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Why the 20-Year Mortgage Is the Answer to Housing Finance Mess

By Edward J. Pinto, February 5, 2016, - A recent Associated Press poll found more than six in 10 respondents expressed only slight confidence — or none at all — in the ability of the federal government to make progress on important issues facing the country. The public’s skepticism i...
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Jeb Bush: I’d eliminate the Citizens United decision, and also I won’t blame Obama for anything

My God, he’s gone full RINO. This is a little like Darth Vader vowing to outlaw Death Stars. “If I could do it all again I’d eliminate the Supreme Court ruling” Citizens United, Bush told CNN’s Dana Bash. “This is a ridiculous system we have now where you have campaigns that struggle to raise money directly and they can’t be hel...

Pro-life Democrat Hewes quietly challenges Clinton, Sanders

Henry Hewes (photo from electhenryhewes2016.com) Henry Hewes (photo from electhenryhewes2016.com) New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary is almost here. Bernie Sanders is in position to hand Hillary Clinton a loss (though she’s conceding nothing in the final day of campaigning). More than two d...

Apparently Marco Rubio’s stall is all Joe Scarborough’s fault

Ever since Marco Rubio’s rather repetitive performance at Saturday night’s debate, much of the talk of This Town has been centered on the Marcomentum coming out of Iowa and whether the boom was about to turn into a bust. Rubio’s team has been battling back gamely from the beat down Chris Christie initiated, but the Florida senator seems to be getting some help from the media in the closing hours of the Battle of New Hampshire. Surely there is some other explanation ...

Rush Limbaugh defends Rubio’s debate answer: He’s absolutely right that Obama knows what he’s doing

Via the Daily Rushbo, that’s the second time in a week that Rush has given Rubio a vote of confidence at a moment when the rest of the field (Ted Cruz very much included) is desperate to blow him up. That feels ...

Pop culture and the GOP field

(Paul Mirengoff) Tevi Troy has two excellent posts about the Republican presidential field’s pop culture interests. This one focuses on music. It finds that Donald Trump has “broken the GOP’s music curse.” This one focuses on pop culture in...

Canadian union cozies up to Ecuador in Chevron Shakedown

As we previously reported, Canada has taken the unfortunate step of getting involved in Ecuador’s long running Chevron Shakedown effort with one of their courts agreeing to hear a case related to the ongoing lawsuits. Some of their prominent citizens have warned against the foolish nature of going down this path, but thus far things remain on track. Recent news leads me to suspect that Ecuador is trying to win friends and influence people in th...

A simple math lesson for Gov. Tom Wolf

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Obama Legacy: $19 trillion debt on the road to ruin

Editorial: $19 trillion and counting: A grim milestone on the road to ruin | New Hampshire ...

Time for Team Hillary to break out the gender card for young liberal women who prefer Sanders

I did not expect the “aggressive gender demagoguery” chapter of the campaign to begin until after she’d clinched the nomination, or at least had lost a single primary. But I suppose it’s never too early to start shaming your opponent, especially when that opponent is ...

Hillary on speech transcripts: Show me yours and I’ll show you mine

How can one tell when an issue has gotten under Hillary Clinton’s skin? She begins heaping scorn on those who question her on it. After trying for months to pose as more progressive on Wall Street than anyone else — and especially Bernie Sanders — she has had to defend the millions of dollars she and Bill received from Goldman Sachs and other financial institutions for a handful of paid speeches. When questioned about it during the most recent Democratic debate, Hillary clai...

Was the 1996 Telecommunications Act successful in promoting competition?

New Yorkers try out the internet on an AT&T mobile lunch truck in midtown Manhattan, February 27, 1996. Evaluating legislative success is more art than science. Today our nation commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 becoming law, and there is now a sufficient period to evaluate whether the act has achieved what it was ...

Are license plate readers a violation of your privacy?

This is one story I’ve wanted to get around to for a while now and since we’re waiting for the voting to start in New Hampshire anyway we might as well go for it. In one small town on Long Island, the police have been testing out a system of cameras with license plate reading software since last year. It’s a fairly comprehensive system which captures the tag numbers of cars, stores them all, and automatically matches them against a database of known plates which are involved...

Would Rubio sign an amnesty bill?

(Paul Mirengoff) As conservatives sort through the wreckage from Marco Rubio’s close encounter with Chris Christie the other night, some are debating the question of what Rubio would do as president about illegal immigration. It’s a vitally important question and a fair one, given that Rubio has been all over the place on this issue. ...

Monday Morning News Roundup

(Steven Hayward) I was indisposed most of the weekend at a conference (about which more in due course), so I have a lot to catch up on. Let’s look at a few headlines from the morning papers: From the Washington Post sports page print edition (I can’t seem to find it online), a story about women’s professional soccer: U.S. Women’s Strike Might Be Brewing Now, if I was a hacker, I’d correct this headline online as...

Who’s up for some dubious internal polling showing Kasich passing Rubio for second in New Hampshire?

We’re 24 hours out from an election. At this point, there’s no poll too dubious to blog. Besides, there’s something here for everyone. If you’re a Rubio critic, you may commence high-fiving at the thought that his “Rubot” malfunction during the debate on Saturday night did real damage to him in New Hampshire. If you’re a Rubio fan, this is little more than a fa...

Ted Cruz “goes there” on proposal to force women to register for the draft

One of the lesser noted moments from Saturday night’s GOP debate was the conversation the candidates had about forcing women to register for the draft now that they’ve been approved for front line combat service. Most of the hopefuls quickly lined up to vigorously burnish their Absolutely No War On Women Here No Sir No Way credentials by saying they could see making such a change. Ted Cruz, on the other hand, while recognizing the valuable contributions that women make in...

She would prefer not to

(Scott Johnson) The proposition that she would prefer not to goes a long way in Clinton world. Appearing on ABC’s This Week with former Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos yesterday, Hillary Clinton gave it a new twist. Following up on her declaration this past Thursday that she would think about releasing the transcripts of her highly compensated speeches to Wall Street audiences, Stephanopoulos asked her if she had made a decision yet (video below). Answer: “Yeah, you kno...

Sports for Politics’ Sake at the Washington Post

(Steven Hayward) Paul notes below the irrepressible reflexes of the Washington Post’s arts and entertainment coverage that often appears in their misnamed Style section (misnamed because its relentless politicization shows it has little style and no class). But apparently the problem extends to the Sports section as well. I don’t often take in the Post...

Obama admin accused of forcing bank to pay baseless racial settlement

The New York Post had something of an overlooked bombshell report this weekend regarding a settlement reached between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Ally Bank last year. This is a strange story and if it proves true it could seriously affect the reputation and position of the CFPB. The case in question was a very expensive settlement reached between the Bureau and Ally ov...