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Republican field passes debate warm-up test

(Paul Mirengoff) It’s not difficult to find fault with the individual members of the huge GOP presidential field. But watching nearly all of them (Trump, Huckabee, and Gilmore were no shows) participate in the first candidate’s forum of the cycle, I was impressed with what I saw, and more inclined than I have been for some time to agree that the GOP does have a pretty deep bench. (We don’t get to run a bench, though). To be sure, it was not a challenging format. ...
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Senate Democrats Block Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

Photo credit: Ron Cogswell (CC-By-2.0) Photo credit: Ron Cogswell (CC-By-2.0) Senate Democrats defeated a cloture vote on a motion to proceed with a bill that woul...

Republican field passes debate warm-up

(Paul Mirengoff) It’s not difficult to find fault with the individual members of the huge GOP presidential field. But watching nearly all of them (Trump, Huckabee, and Gilmore were no shows) participate in the first candidate’s forum of the cycle, I was impressed with what I saw, and more inclined than I have been for some time to agree that the GOP does have a pretty deep bench. (We don’t get to run a bench, though). To be sure, it was not a challenging format. ...

The state of Afghanistan and prospects for the future: A discussion with General John Campbell

U.S. General John Campbell, commander of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), speaks during a ceremony Event Information August 4, 2015 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT Saul/Zilkha Rooms Brookings Institution 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW ...

Hillary’s Supporters Want to Repeal the Bill of Rights

(John Hinderaker) This is a man in the street video filmed by Mark Dice in San Diego. I don’t know anything about Dice, but these Hillary supporters have got to go: if you tell them that Hillary wants to repeal the Bill of Rights, they are on board. No one ever said democracy would work if people are stupid. Still, no matter how low your expectations are, this is painful: ...

What is on the Council Agenda for Aug. 4th: A tax giveaway to Neighborhood Resource Center and a very long agenda. (update)

The big item of interest on this agenda is a bill on second reading which would change the terms of an original deal in order to provide a windfall for the leftist Neighborhood Resource Center. See the analysis of BILL NO. BL2015-1304 below.If you don’t know what the Metro Council is voting on and you watch a council meeting, you will find it rea...

Can Rand Paul use the Cleveland debate to make himself relevant?

(Paul Mirengoff) Rand Paul has become a diminished force in the presidential race, to the point that we have wondered “where did Rand Paul go?” Thursday’s debate will give Paul an opportunity to roar back into the consciousness of Republican voters. But to do so, ...

Democrats manning the walls to defend sanctuary cities

Let’s not criminalize the criminals, now. Last month, trying to strike while the iron was hot, some members of Congress – most notably Chuck Grassley – drafted legislation to reign in the so called “sanctuary cities” where illegal immigrants are regularly re...

White House adds to Joe-mentum

(Paul Mirengoff) Appearing this morning on MSNBC, White House press secretary Josh Earnest seemed to be doing all he reasonably could to promote a Joe Biden presidential run. Asked by Mika Brzezinski: “Does President Obama want Joe Biden to jump in the race for president and will he support his vice president, Earnest responded: It certai...

“True Detective” grumble thread: Playin’ out the string

One to go. In hindsight I’m embarrassed that I’ve pushed theories on you guys about huge twists to come as season two tumbled to its end. Between the complexity of the plot and the endless detours into humdrum personal drama, like Frank’s IVF treatment, watching the show has gr...

Having solved all other problems, NY fines companies selling toy guns

We’re finally safe New York’s Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, in cahoots with his boss, Andrew Cuomo, are very big into solving problems. Not to confuse anyone here… they’re not dropping the murder rate in New York City or staunching the the hemo...

Open thread: Are you ready for the first GOP non-debate debate?

7 p.m. ET. The things you learn when you return from vacation: Not only is the first candidate forum of the primary campaign being held tonight at 7 p.m. ET, three days before the Trump show/GOP debate on Fox News this Thursday, but virtually every candidate will be in New Hampshire to...

Obama Announces Global Warming Plan: We’re Saved!

(Steven Hayward) So today Obama released the EPA’s final rule for the “Clean Power Plan” that gives the EPA the power to restructure our electric utility industry nationwide. By their own admission, full implementation of the emissions targets will avert only 0.018 degrees C of warming by the year 2100. I’m sure we’ll all notice that much change in temps! But at least now we’ve “taken action” to “save the planet.” The final...

Video: Adorable hitchhiking robot brutally murdered in Philadelphia, of course

Requiem. To cleanse the palate, he made it across Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands without incident. In the U.S.? Rubble in less than two weeks. His safe travels were a “huge test of human kindness,” per NBC, all but guaranteeing that the robot would neve...

Bobby Jindal Announces Termination of Medicaid Contract with Planned Parenthood

Photo credit: Dave Davidson (Prezography.com) Photo credit: Dave Davidson (Prezography.com) Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s office announced today that the state was terminating its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood. Jindal’s action ...

Reuters In the Bag for Planned Parenthood

Thomson Reuters Building in LondonPhoto credit: Reuben Thomas George (CC-By-SA 3.0) Thomson Reuters Building in LondonPhoto credit: Reuben Thomas George (CC-By-SA 3.0) I don’t write about instances of media bi...

Video: Team Biden “ramping up,” but is Hillary worried?

“90% in”? In August? ABC’s Jon Karl calls this a “possible bombshell” in the 2016 sweepstakes, but it would have been little more than a footnote had it not been for the epic failure of Hillary Clinton as a candidate. The polling woes of Hillary have lured ...

Meet and Greet with Senator Ted Cruz, Monday August 10th.

Southern Sweets Meet and Greet with Senator Ted Cruz, Monday, August 10th, 1:30 pm, Cool Springs House, 1490 Volunteer Pkwy, Brentwood, TN 37027 (link) ...

Video: Navy won’t rule out charges against Chattanooga defender

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Minimum Wage, Maximum Folly

(Steven Hayward) Interesting news on the minimum wage front this weekend. First, the Brookings Institution, perhaps better known as the Hillary Clinton administration-in-waiting, put out a note by an economist who served in the last Clinton administration that is highly critical of the proposal for a national $15-an-hour minimum wage: A...