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September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675723
After 2 years of lambasting the Bush administration about its supposed failure to adhere to the rule of law, it takes a military judge to remind our new President that he too must adhere to it.

You may remember that the new commander-in-chief issued a request ...


September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675724
That’s something they’ve been busily doing in Davos.

Global investment in clean energy must reach $515 billion per year by 2030 — triple that of last year’s investment — in order to avoid “the catastrophic impact of climate change,” according to a report from the World Economic Forum ...


September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675725
While the Coleman/Franken election remains in limbo, the Obama administration may have solved the problem of getting that 60th Senator who would caucus with the Democrats:

There is a strong possibility that Barack Obama will ask Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) to serve as his Secretary of Commerce, Democratic ...


September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675726
From the bully pulpit:

President Obama yesterday scolded Wall Street bankers who received millions of dollars in bonuses last year, calling the payouts "shameful" and chiding the executives for a lack of personal responsibility at a precarious time for the nation’s economy.

"There will be time ...


September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675722
Disgruntled employee or an attempt to hide some skeletons?

The Justice Department says it foiled a plot by a fired Fannie Mae contract worker in Maryland to destroy all the data on the mortgage giant’s 4,000 computer servers nationwide.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 35-year-old Rajendrasinh Makwana, ...


September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675721
Congratulations to Michale Steele for winning a tough race for the RNC Chair. It took several votes, but I think the RNC made a good choice:

Meet the new chairman of the Republican National Committee: Former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele, who defeated South Carolina party chairman ...


September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675718
All in the name of bread and circuses I suppose:

National Journal reported this week that the Senate’s economic stimulus bill includes a provision that would make Hollywood studios eligible for a special 50% write-off of equipment purchases. According to the report, "the provision is backed by firms ...


September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675719
David Harsanyi nails it:

Imagine that. The most expensive social experiment in American history — one that will cost taxpayers more than both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined — was allotted less than a single day of debate in Congress.

How many speed-reading whiz-kid representatives do ...


September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675720
Of course most QandO readers are smart enough to understand that no matter what our political class says or promises, not much at all changes within the DC beltway. Despite the smiling assurances of ’hope’, change’ a ’new attitude’ and ’bi-partisanship’, it is obvious that there is neither ...


September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675717
If Obama is the messiah, does that make Bill Ayers Lazarus? By that I mean, is there any doubt Ayers would be wasting away in obscurity without Barack Obama? Instead, the unrepentant terrorist turned ill-qualified college professor has regained whatever notoriety he had lost:

Ayers, co-founder ...