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April 30, 2016, 12:18 am, 1631504
(John Hinderaker)

Democrats love to cherry pick statistics to make the case that Barack Obama’s stewardship of our economy has been successful. Obama himself often claims to have saved the world economy from disaster, but how? If anything averted collapse, it was the Troubled Asset Relief Program, which was executed ...


April 30, 2016, 12:18 am, 1631505
(John Hinderaker)

I think Donald Trump likely will defeat Hillary Clinton, simply because she is such a terrible candidate. But if the current trend toward anti-Trump riots and violence continues, Trump could win going away.

Last night in Orange County, Trump addressed a crowd of thousands. Anti-Trump demonstrators, some waving Mexican ...


April 29, 2016, 8:18 pm, 1631465
(Steven Hayward)

You may have seen the news yesterday that the faculty senate at George Mason University has voted by a wide margin to oppose naming their well-regarded law school after Antonin Scalia. Among other complaints, according to Inside Higher Ed, is “the reinforcement of the external branding of ...


April 29, 2016, 8:18 pm, 1631466
(Steven Hayward)

Further to Paul’s point below on “Ted Olson’s Bad Idea,” just take in the dreams of Erwin Chemerinsky, writing a couple weeks ago in The Atlantic about his ideas for what the Supreme Court could do with a durable liberal majority. Chemernisky, one of the leading ...


April 29, 2016, 8:18 pm, 1631464
(Paul Mirengoff)

With only a few days remaining before the Indiana primary, Gov. Mike Pence has endorsed Ted Cruz. He did so during a radio interview this morning.

Pence began by praising Donald Trump. He stated:

I like and respect all three of the Republican candidates in the ...


April 29, 2016, 4:18 pm, 1631392
(Scott Johnson)

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign seeks to delegitimize and destroy Israel. It has made its presence felt on many college campuses. Whence BDS? Bret Stephens and Caroline Glick devote invaluable columns to the question this week.

Both columns are based ...


April 29, 2016, 4:18 pm, 1631391
(Paul Mirengoff)

The estimable Ted Olson, writing in the Wall Street Journal, argues in favor of Republicans giving Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, “a good look, a respectful hearing and a vote on the merits.” More broadly, Olson calls for “a pact. . .among ...


April 29, 2016, 12:18 pm, 1631312
(Scott Johnson)

H.A. Goodman is an immoderate supporter of Bernie Sanders for president. He is also a Huffington Post blogger. In his most recent column, republished at Salon, Goodman returns to the matter of Hillary Clinton’s private email set-up to conduct official business as Secretary of State. ...


April 29, 2016, 12:18 pm, 1631313
(Scott Johnson)

Ammo Grrrll is thinking about metaphorical ONE WAY STREETS. She writes:

Let’s begin with Dimwit Street. It is One-Way. Let’s say a Republican Vice President is having one of those photo op, Feel-Good visits to a classroom. The little children are having a spelling bee. A boy spells ...


April 29, 2016, 4:18 am, 1631162
(Paul Mirengoff)

Team Leniency for Drug Felons, the bipartisan group of Senators that wants, among other things, to let thousands of federal drug felons out of jail, held a press conference today to announce its revised leniency legislation. The changes to the Senate bill that stalled late last year ...