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August 28, 2015, 10:18 pm, 1536041
(Steven Hayward)

One of my fellow cruisers on the Baltic Sea last week was Seth Lipsky of the New York Sun, who wrote a terrific column about 10 days ago for the New York Post arguing that since Democrats are giving up on Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson (because, ...


August 28, 2015, 10:18 pm, 1536042
(John Hinderaker)

There are several reasons why Donald Trump is popular with Republicans, even though he probably isn’t a Republican himself, and certainly is not a conservative. One of them is the way he stands up to left-wing media. This is a classic, from earlier today:

Republican presidential candidate Donald ...


August 28, 2015, 8:18 pm, 1536031
(Steven Hayward)

Last year we reported on the case of John Beale, the career EPA employee who was busted for fraud for claiming to be a covert CIA operative while bilking the EPA for years as one of its highest paid employees, who was spending his time at home ...


August 28, 2015, 8:18 pm, 1536030
(Steven Hayward)

So what happens when a politician says, “I am, you know, adamantly against illegal immigrants”? Oh wait, the person who said that was Senator Hillary Clinton, to WABC Radio’s John Gambling in a 2003 interview. Whatever.

Today Hillary trumped (heh) her suggestion yesterday that Republicans are the moral equivalent ...


August 28, 2015, 6:18 pm, 1535990
(Steven Hayward)

Over at Commentary today Noah Rothman raises a great question: by tacking left to reflect the current center of gravity in the Democratic Party, Hillary Clinton is essentially repudiating the policy orientation of her husband’s presidency:

Does Hillary Clinton believe her husband’s presidency set the Democratic Party back?

. ...


August 28, 2015, 4:18 pm, 1535936
(Steven Hayward)

The Energy Institute at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley has posted a working paper entitled “The Distributional Effects of U.S. Clean Energy Tax Credits.” The paper is a devastating indictment of who’s getting Cecil the Lion’s share of the tax ...


August 28, 2015, 4:18 pm, 1535937
(John Hinderaker)

That’s what Democratic Senator Chris Murphy says:

I think change is going to happen. I just don’t think that democracy can work with when you have 90 percent of the American public that want changes in our gun laws and Congress not responding.

This is sheer fantasy. In fact, ...


August 28, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1535860
(Steven Hayward)

Paul notes below the extremism of Hillary Clinton’s likening of Republicans to Islamic terrorists, but this morning MSNBC went off on Hillary. Money quote from Bloomberg reporter Mark Halperin: “If a Republican did this, the world would come to a halt.” Here’s the three-minute video:

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August 28, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1535859
(Scott Johnson)

Jeffrey Goldberg is a trusted interlocutor of President Obama and a hand-wringing supporter of the Iran deal. Robert Satloff is executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a scholarly critic of the deal. Goldberg has posted Satloff’s 10 questions for ...


August 28, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1535775
(Paul Mirengoff)

The election of Muriel Bowser as mayor of the District of Columbia has sparked widespread optimism about the city’s prospects. And Bowser’s response to the wave of murders plaguing the District (murders are up 43 percent this year) suggests that the optimism is warranted. Unfortunately, the ...