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  • Halbig Shows Leftist Wonks Are Not Very Good at Their Jobs

    08/01/2014 1:03:41 PM PDT · by SteveH · 7 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 31, 2014 | Sean Davis
    ... To be clear: one of the “leading experts on health care policy” for the Left could not possibly imagine that 36 states would do exactly as 36 states have done. One of the “best health care writers out there” found it hard to believe that 36 states would act exactly as they have acted. At one point during his January 2010 interview with NPR’s Terry Gross, Cohn even went so far as to declare that the ability of a state to opt out would never make it into law. As a result, Cohn admitted that he didn’t even really...
  • America’s Built-In Greek Fiscal Future

    08/01/2014 11:39:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I had a very bad lunch today. But not because of what I ate. My lunch was unpleasant because I moderated a noontime panel on Capitol Hill featuring Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and my Cato colleague Chris Edwards. And I should hasten to add that they were splendid company. The unpleasant part of the lunch was the information they shared. The Senator, in particular, looked at budgetary projections over the next 30 years and basically confirmed for the audience that an ever-expanding burden of federal spending is going to lead to a fiscal crisis. To be blunt, he showed...
  • When All Else Fails Blame "Free Markets"

    08/01/2014 11:33:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    It's rather amazing how people blame "free markets" for things that are 180 degrees removed from "free markets". For example, and in response to Political Greenwashing: US Exports Coal Pollution to Europe; What About China? reader Over Exposed writes "Excellent example of a complete and utter failure of the free market to deal with pollution". I see and hear this every day. I would have hoped that people would have learned by now what a "free market" is and isn't. Chinese State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) are not "free markets"Chinese growth targets at any cost are not "free markets"Interest rate manipulation...
  • Terrorism's Useful Idiots

    08/01/2014 11:21:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | John Nantz
    The Hamas propaganda machine is running full throttle, pumping out disinformation faster than their murderous barrage of indiscriminate missiles, tunneling like grubs into the psyche of the unsuspecting. Their fellow travelers and supporters in the establishment media are all too happy to carry Hamas' corpse-laden water. Worse still are the useful idiots in our own government who parrot the terrorist narrative without so much as a moments reflection. Recently, the addled Nancy Pelosi mouthed what she'd been fed by the Qataris, claiming that "Hamas is a humanitarian organization." Simply astounding. Israel was most recently provoked by Hamas’ kidnapping of three...
  • Deconstructing Barack's Boasting and Bragging

    08/01/2014 11:12:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - Barack Obama has been saying that Americans are doing a lot better than they were before he was sworn into office in 2009. It's a claim he's been repeating everywhere he goes, at party fundraising events and in nearly every interview he's had in recent months. "There's almost no economic measure by which we are not better off now than we were when I took office," he told Democrats earlier this month at a campaign fundraiser in Dallas. "We are indisputably better than when I was elected," he says. It's a fundamentally specious, slippery and exaggerated claim that...
  • The Beauty of Blight

    08/01/2014 11:06:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    It's not every day that the New York Times blog devoted to photography -- it's called Lens -- runs a piece about Pine Bluff, Ark. (pop. 47,000). But it did just the other day when Evelyn Nieves' blog post featured the work of William Widmer, a photographer out of New Orleans who was driving through Pine Bluff on his way back home from an assignment in Kansas City, and was stopped cold by what he saw. The town had captivated him. The photographer would wind up spending the rest of the day in Pine Bluff walking its streets, snapping...
  • Hamas' Propaganda Victory

    08/01/2014 10:48:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | Linda Chavez
    The pictures are horrific: schoolroom walls covered in blood, parents running with injured children against a backdrop of bombed-out rubble, women with outstretched arms imploring Heaven. But they do not tell the full story of what is happening in Gaza any more than the casualty or rocket tallies printed daily in The New York Times and elsewhere do. Midweek, the Times reported that 1,410 Palestinians have died and only 59 Israelis, while Israel had launched 3,577 rockets into Gaza compared to 2,753 fired by Hamas at Israel. But these figures are grotesquely dishonest, implying a moral equivalence that simply does...
  • The Jews Renew Vow of 'Never Again'

    08/01/2014 10:33:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    The front pages across the world tell an old and familiar story. Hatred of the Jews is back. The sons and daughters of Abraham enjoyed a brief respite from an ancient hatred, but it was only an intermission. The old story never ends. Assimilation with everyone else was once the Jewish dream, but Hitler turned the dream into nightmare. Only having a homeland of their own would put an end to Jew-hatred, but old hates do not go gentle into that good night. Or a bad one, either. The Jews who lost both synagogue and state over 2,000 years ago...
  • Stop the Coming Obamnesty!

    08/01/2014 9:24:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    According to Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Obama intends "to act broadly and generously" on behalf of the "millions and millions" of illegal immigrants in the United States today. Gutierrez, who meets often with the president, is implying that Obama, before Labor Day and by executive order, will grant de facto amnesty to five million illegal immigrants. They will be granted work permits and permission to stay. With his pen and his phone, Obama will do what Congress has refused to do. There is a precedent. Obama has already issued one executive order deferring the deportation of "dreamers," children brought into the...
  • How to Save the Soviet Security System

    08/01/2014 8:53:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | John Ransom
    In early 1989, grime-covered coal miners, leading troglodytic lives filled with dust and danger, gathered one morning by their lockers, changed into their work gear, and, with helmets in place and headlamps lighted, refused to decamp into the their underground workplace. At issue wasn’t mine safety; nor was it wages, but rather things more mundane: soap and toothpaste. Neither was available to miners and their families in the isolated mining town. Like coal mining towns in West Virginia, Ohio and Virginia, this town was bent to the exigencies of industry and commerce—the quality of life for miners often suffered as...
  • Democrats, the Constitution and the Rule of Law

    08/01/2014 8:36:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Have we arrived at the point in our nation that a Democratic president and powerful members of his administration can act as lawlessly as they choose without any significant objection or protest from the Democratic Party, the liberal media and Democratic voters? Deny it as they might, liberals seem to have less fealty than conservatives to the U.S. Constitution and the rule of law. Stop right there, you say. Democrats are no different from Republicans. Both parties are equally guilty. Well, as much as it pleases some to invoke moral equivalency excuses when caught in wrongdoing, it simply isn't true...
  • Let Us Now praise Democratic Hypocrisy

    08/01/2014 8:18:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    Throughout my life, various Republicans have suggested amending the Constitution in one way or another. A few years ago, they suggested revising the 14th Amendment to get rid of automatic birthright citizenship. Before that, some proposed amending the Constitution to lock in the traditional definition of marriage. Ronald Reagan wanted a presidential line-item veto added to the Constitution. On nearly every occasion, Democrats opposed such efforts, not just on the merits but on the puffed-up principle that we mustn't "tinker" or "tamper" with the genius of the Founding Fathers' constitutional design. "We should not mess with the Constitution. We...
  • Bipartisanship is Alive and Well, but not in the Obama White House

    08/01/2014 6:53:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Bipartisanship is dead. That's the conventional wisdom, and there's a lot of evidence to support it. But there's evidence to the contrary as well. On two important issues, veterans' health and job training, congressional Republicans and Democrats have, with little notice, reached constructive bipartisan agreements. These are both issues on which everyone agrees government should be involved. The country certainly owes something to veterans. And no one's proposing to eliminate job training programs altogether. But government is also not doing a good job on either. The Veterans Affairs Department scandals have revealed a culture of lying and incompetence that comes...
  • August Arrives

    08/01/2014 6:24:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    Sextili had been the name of the eighth month, but only because it was the sixth month in the Roman calendar. Wikipedia notes that "it became the eighth month when January and February were added to the year before March by King Numa Pompilius, who also gave it 29 days." Julius Caesar put in two additional days. Sextili became August eight years after the birth of Christ to honor Emperor Augustus. While August may have worked out well for Augustus, for American politicians August tends to be a month of scandal and trouble. Congress leaves for its August recess....
  • Obama and the U.N.’s Alternate Universe

    08/01/2014 5:02:51 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 1, 2014 | Bruce Thornton
    Obama and the U.N.’s Alternate UniversePosted By Bruce Thornton On August 1, 2014 @ 12:55 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments Barack Obama has managed to push American foreign policy into an alternate universe in which everything the human race has learned over the past 2500 years about human nature, aggression, and its deterrence has been stood on its head. He is not solely to blame for this. For 150 years the West had indulged the illusion that human nature is progressing away from our violent past toward a world of reason in which conflict can be resolved and negotiated...
  • Defund the UNRWA

    08/01/2014 5:00:44 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 1, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Defund the UNRWAPosted By Daniel Greenfield On August 1, 2014 @ 12:50 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 5 Comments The UNRWA is on the front lines of the Hamas War in Gaza. In the headlines, its schools are forever being fired on or found to be stockpiling rockets. If individual Gazans are being used as human shields, the UNRWA often seems as if it is one big organizational human shield.But the UNRWA isn’t Hamas’ human shield. The UNRWA is Hamas.The “UN” part of the UNRWA, the blue logos and symbols, fool us into thinking of it as an international...
  • America Stands with Hamas against Israel

    08/01/2014 4:59:21 AM PDT · by SJackson · 30 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 1, 2014 | Ronn Torossian
    America Stands with Hamas against IsraelPosted By Ronn Torossian On August 1, 2014 @ 12:10 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 2 Comments The Obama Administration stands with Hamas – an organization which is a designated foreign terrorist organization in America, Canada, the UK and most other civilized countries. Despicable and simply amazing that America is standing with an organization whose leadership and people is anti-American. Shameful, horrible, awful conduct. Clearly, the alliances in the Middle East have changed – Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Israel stand against Muslim extremist fundamentalists – and lining up on the other side is...
  • The Bitter Taste of Jesse Ventura vs. Chris Kyle

    08/01/2014 4:29:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | Mark Davis
    There were two things Jesse Ventura was never supposed to win: the 1998 Minnesota Governor’s race, and his just-ended trial seeking a big payday from a hero’s widow. But he was indeed a one-term Governor of an actual state, and now he has prevailed in another improbable arena— a courtroom where he asserted that one of America’s most admired war heroes lied about him on purpose. The $1.8 million dollar judgment from a ten-person jury voting 8-2 is a direct raid on the family budget of Chris Kyle’s widow Taya and their two children. The first half-million will be covered...
  • The Environmental Corruption Agency

    08/01/2014 4:04:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    The lofty motto of the Environmental Protection Agency is "protecting people and the environment." In practice, however, EPA bureaucrats faithfully protect their own people and preserve the government's cesspool of manipulation, cover-ups and cronyism. Just last week, Mark Levin and his vigilant Landmark Legal Foundation went to court to ask federal district judge Royce Lamberth to sanction the EPA "for destroying or failing to preserve emails and text messages that may have helped document suspected agency efforts to influence the 2012 presidential election." The motion is part of a larger Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit to force EPA to...
  • The Evil Mind of John Kerry

    08/01/2014 2:39:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 28 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | August 1, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    ".....From the moment he burst on the national scene in 1971 as a young Vietnam vet, his family connections and anti-war views landing him a spot testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, right straight through to today as the U.S. Secretary of State, Kerry has demonstrated repeatedly that he is unable to grasp not only serious threats to the United States and the larger world as well. What has been on display again and again in Kerry’s public career is a tone-deafness when it comes to the manifestation of evil. Unless, of course, in the style of that old...
  • OOPS: Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Makes Big Gaffe, Reveals the Truth About Obama

    07/31/2014 7:40:22 PM PDT · by montag813 · 99 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 07-31-2014 | Jason DeWitt
    by Jason DeWitt | Top Right NewsA gaffe? Or Freudian slip? Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL and DNC Chairwoman) made a stunning comment on Obama's pet network, MSNBC, accidentally revealing the truth about her boss: (House Republicans) will be voting for the first time in American history to sue the President of the United States for doing his job.And doing his job actually less often, and a rate that is lower than any President since Grover Cleveland. Um...sure. Who are we to disagree? WATCH:
  • IRS Strikes Deal With Atheists To Monitor Churches

    07/31/2014 6:16:51 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 63 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    First Amendment: Government's assault on religious liberty has hit a new low as the IRS settles with atheists by promising to monitor sermons for mentions of the right to life and traditional marriage. A lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) asserted that the Internal Revenue Service ignored complaints about churches' violating their tax-exempt status by routinely promoting political issues, legislation and candidates from the pulpit. The FFRF has temporarily withdrawn its suit in return for the IRS's agreement to monitor sermons and homilies for proscribed speech that the foundation believes includes things like condemnation of gay...
  • No home for Israel inside the Democratic Party

    07/31/2014 5:33:25 PM PDT · by SJackson · 36 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/31/2014 | GIDON BEN-ZVI
    Slaves to gut emotion, and averse to rigorous academic research, liberals do not bother to figure out who is right or wrong in any conflict. It's official: the Democratic Party has abandoned Israel to its fate. This development has nothing to do with that most ancient of hatreds, anti-Semitism. Rather, in an age when a compelling narrative increasingly trumps a cold, hard history lesson, Israel's version of the events leading up to Operation Protective Edge, while factually sound, is a snoozer. The results of a recent Pew Research Center poll revealed the largest partisan gap in forty years on the...
  • From Mosul to Jerusalem

    07/31/2014 5:24:31 PM PDT · by SJackson · 2 replies
    Mosaic Magazine ^ | July, 2014 | Matti Friedman
    By winning wars and becoming sovereign, the Jews of the Middle East have inverted the regional order of things, and been spared the fate of other native minorities. I was thrilled to have two such outstanding writers and scholars as André Aciman and Aryeh Tepper respond to “Mizrahi Nation,” and I’m grateful to each of them. I’ll offer a few brief comments on their contributions, but I’d like to begin on a different, if related, note. Over the past few weeks, in a part of Iraq that is closer to my home in Jerusalem than Detroit is to New York,...
  • One thought on the war in Gaza

    07/31/2014 5:12:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Perhaps I’m missing something in all of the outcry over the Israeli action in Gaza, but what, really, is Israel supposed to do? What’s the right response to having a country on your border that sponsors – openly – rocket attacks on your territory, and has built a network of tunnels under the border and a whole terror infrastructure from which its operatives can enter the territory and attack your citizens? How would we respond if Mexico did this – not just some rogue band of Mexican “drug lords,” but the Mexican people, acting through their elected representatives? Or to...
  • Democrats: Don't stop talking about impeachment!

    07/31/2014 2:27:00 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Cain TV.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Herman Cain
    Rally the base. Raise cash.You'd think the last thing any president would do is to constantly bring up his own name in connection with the idea of impeachment. It's not exactly a positive association. But why would that matter to President Persecution Complex? We're way past the point where anyone believed he could govern the nation effectively, so his only political play at this point is to make you feel sorry for him, and the way to do that is make the case that those mean old Republicans want to persecute him. How? By impeaching him! Obama is trying to...
  • Winds of War, Again

    07/31/2014 2:25:27 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 30, 2014 6:56 p.m. ET | DANIEL HENNINGER
    If it's true that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it, then maybe we're in luck. Many people in this unhappy year are reading histories of World War I, such as Margaret MacMillan's "The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914." That long-ago catastrophe began 100 years ago this week. The revisiting of this dark history may be why so many people today are asking if our own world—tense or aflame in so many places—resembles 1914, or 1938. Whatever the answer, it is the remembering of past mistakes that matters, if the point is to...
  • Administration's Bias Against Israel Obvious

    07/31/2014 12:45:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Matt Towery
    With every word spoken and every roll of his eyes, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry makes it clear that the Obama administration is no fan of Israel. So why is it that media will not call the White House on this major shift in American foreign policy? The most convincing evidence was Kerry's hot-mic comment about the accuracy of Israel's "pinpoint" missile launches, which have been an effort to deter Hamas from its never-ending attacks on Israel, including its civilians. Since then his disdain for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been more camouflaged, but evident nonetheless. Perhaps...
  • As a new Cold War looms, it's time to stand up to Russian provocations

    07/31/2014 12:15:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Darrell Issa
    Recently, Dianne Feinstein, the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, stated relations between the U.S. and Russia have reached Cold War levels. Are we seeing the potential start of a new Cold War with an aggressive and resurgent Russia? Recent events should put the world on notice. The takedown of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine is yet another escalation in this already tense standoff between a group of Russian-backed separatists being supplied with heavy arms and training and the rightfully elected government of Ukraine. These types of attacks happen when a powerful country with defunct moral leadership gives modern...
  • WaPo Blogger Undercuts His Own Case against Halbig

    07/31/2014 10:32:09 AM PDT · by SteveH · 3 replies
    The National Review ^ | Joly 30, 2014 | Charles C..W. Cooke
    ... In an attempt to establish intent, Sargent quotes Yvette Fontenot, “a lead Finance staffer who was directly involved in the merger of the bills”: During the merger of the two bills, we layered the HELP Committee language that established a federal fallback on top of the Finance Committee language that included “exchange established by the state.” The result was the tax credits were to apply to all exchanges, both state and federal. Frankly, this smacks of post-rationalization and oversimplification. It is easy to forget this in the heat of political passion, but when the HELP and Finance bills were...
  • Flight Ma17: The Absence Of Truth

    07/31/2014 7:27:00 AM PDT · by OneVike · 12 replies
    The Relevant Christian Magazine ^ | 7/31/14 | Simon Smith
    Australia is grieving the loss of 28 lives taken too soon over the skies of Eastern Ukraine. It reminds us that in each act of war there is also collateral damage and always unspeakable suffering and loss. Behind each act of aggression are soldiers led by commanders who are led by leaders and governments all playing the age old battle for territorial and ideological gain.When thinking about those innocent people shot out of the sky over Eastern Ukraine, we already understand that the greatest casualty in this tragedy, as well as the wider conflict in Ukraine, is always “the...
  • Obama's Playbook: Blame Bush and Then Congress (Especially Republicans)

    07/31/2014 7:01:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    In June, President Barack Obama sent a letter to Congress asking for help to address the surge of illegal crossings at the Texas-Mexico border. Among other items, Obama asked Congress to grant him the legal authority "to exercise discretion in processing the return and removal of unaccompanied minor children from non-contiguous countries like Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador." The administration blamed a 2008 anti-human-trafficking law signed by President George W. Bush for preventing officials from promptly deporting minors not eligible for asylum. House Republicans were happy to oblige. Speaker John Boehner maintained that voters would not accept spending more money...
  • House GOP Leaders' Plan Is Amnesty And We Can Prove It

    07/31/2014 6:45:59 AM PDT · by xzins · 9 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 7/31/2014 | George Rasley
    It looks like the ghost of Eric Cantor still haunts the House Republican leadership as conservatives sound the alarm about the latest plan to pass an amnesty for illegal aliens hidden in the leadership border funding bill. Cantor drew conservative ire on a number of occasions for the tactic of appearing to give Members who were reluctant to support a leadership cave-in an opportunity to vote on a conservative alternative, only to make that alternative meaningless. Think about the “deem and pass” budget plan Cantor cooked-up with Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions to make it look like Republicans were doing...
  • Obama's War on Billionaires

    07/31/2014 5:47:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, | John Ransom
    Obama has a new get-tough policy with Russia. It’s called the War on the Billionaires. The United States is using narrow sanctions against Russian billionaires—private persons presumably-- some of whom Obama supposes supports Russia’s war in Ukraine. And the policy isn’t just bizarre; it’s Obama. He’s seen our war on millionaires here at home, and raised them a war on billionaires in Russia. “The U.S. and Europe are gearing up for a new round of sanctions expected to be announced this week that will impose travel bans and business sanctions against several Russian billionaires with ties to Russian President Vladimir...
  • Rouhani: ‘This Festering Zionist Tumor Has Opened Once Again’

    07/31/2014 4:06:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 7/31/2014 | Adam Kredo
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani lashed out at Israel in vitriolic terms on Wednesday, referring to Israel as a “festering Zionist tumor.”Rouhani, who has been championed by Western media as a moderate reformer who could change Iran’s extremist ways, appears to be adopting a violent tone similar to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who has advocated for the complete destruction of Israel in recent days.“Today, this festering Zionist tumor has opened once again and has turned the land of olives into destruction and blood and littered the land with the body parts of Palestinian children,” Rouhani was quoted as saying in a...
  • Is the President Incompetent or Lawless?

    07/31/2014 5:15:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    It has been well established under the Constitution and throughout our history that the president's job as the chief federal law enforcement officer permits him to put his ideological stamp on the nature of the work done by the executive branch. The courts have characterized this stamp as "discretion." Thus when exercising their discretion, some presidents veer toward authority, others toward freedom. John Adams prosecuted a congressman whose criticism brought him into disrepute, an act protected by the First Amendment yet punishable under the Alien and Sedition Acts, and Thomas Jefferson declined to enforce the Acts because they punished speech,...
  • Father of Obamacare Makes a "Speak-O"

    07/31/2014 5:06:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Larry Elder
    Last week, by 2-1 vote, a Washington, D.C., appellate panel ruled that the Obama administration unlawfully changed Obamacare. Meanwhile, on the same day, on the same question, a panel from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the other way. This issue is headed for the Supreme Court. Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute, is -- according to CNBC -- the "intellectual godfather" of what is perhaps Obamacare's most serious court challenge. Cannon says when Congress drafted Obamacare, they made it clear: Tax credits, grants and other subsidies would be available only to those enrollees...
  • Obama and the Road Not Taken

    07/31/2014 4:29:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Obama administration often denies any responsibility for the current global chaos or claims that it erupted spontaneously. Yet most of the mess was caused by, or made worse by, growing U.S. indifference and paralysis. Over the last five and a half years, America has had lots of clear choices, but the administration usually took the path of least short-term trouble, which has ensured long-term hardship. There was no need to "reset" the relatively mild punishments that the George W. Bush administration had accorded Vladimir Putin's Russia for invading Georgia in 2008. By unilaterally normalizing relations with Russia and trashing...
  • Republicans -- Future Versus Past

    07/31/2014 4:20:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    As I wrote in last week's column about Georgia's U.S. Senate race between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue, it will all boil down to turnout -- who turns out to vote. While the Republican candidates are being fair when they tie the Democratic nominee to the Obama administration, they must do more than hope that Democrats can't persuade voters to go to the polls. The Republican candidates need to create and communicate a clear, compelling message for all voters -- that will give them a reason and the passion to turn out and vote Republican this fall. The...
  • Case Against The D.C. Court's Halbig Ruling Crumbles

    07/31/2014 4:15:25 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 7 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 07/30/2014 | IBD Staff
    The more ObamaCare backers try to attack the D.C. Circuit Court's decision that limits subsidies to state-run exchanges, the more it looks like the two judges on that panel got it right.
  • The Islamic State’s Death TV [They a slickly produced, horrific video operation]

    07/31/2014 4:12:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 7/31/2014 | Tom Rogan
    Ramadan ended this week, and the video-production team for the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, has just released another video. Here’s what it shows. The video begins with a message from the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Next, Islamic State lieutenants offer a standard call to arms: The assembled fighters present their weapons to reinforce their raison d’etre of violent jihad. We see captured Humvees, littered bodies, and pickup trucks full of Islamic State fighters seizing Iraqi government buildings. Under the narration of a high-pitched, crying psychopath, we hear celebrations of the killing of unbelievers (essentially, anyone who isn’t with the Islamic...
  • Islamic Jizya: ‘Protection’ from Whom?

    07/31/2014 4:03:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 7/31/2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Is jizya—the money non-Muslims historically paid their Muslim conquerors—meant to buy them “protection,” including from outside enemies, as modern Western academics maintain?  Or was it simply extortion money meant to buy non-Muslims their lives, as Islam’s scriptures mandate? The word jizya appears in Koran 9:29: “Fight those among the People of the Book [Christians and Jews] who do not believe in Allah nor the Last Day, nor forbid what Allah and his Messenger have forbidden, nor embrace the religion of truth, until they pay the jizya with willing submission and feel themselves subdued (emphasis added).”In the hadith, the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad, regularly calls...
  • The Bullies Wake Up as America Goes to Sleep

    07/31/2014 3:59:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/31/2014 | Brian C Joondeph
    Remember what it was like in high school, or middle school, with roving school bullies. They had a knack for identifying the weakest kids and picking on them, sometimes mercilessly, supplanting learning for survival for the kids getting bullied. Fortunately in most schools, teachers and principals were attentive to bullying, catching it early and reining in the bully before they caused much harm. Many schools had little tolerance for bullies, offering them the simple choice of stopping or leaving the school. Bullies exist on a world stage as well. Since World War II, America has played the role of school...
  • It's End of the Month Payday. Quit Putting Freep-a-Thon Off and Give. You Know You Will, Anyway

    07/30/2014 5:43:40 PM PDT · by xzins · 42 replies
    Vanity | 30 July 2014 | Xzins
    Let's not beat around the bush. You give to Free Republic. But you wait....and wait....and in the 2nd month you pull the trigger. Then you feel better, because when it comes down to it you understand the value of Free Republic. It is the lone conservative voice out there that gives average Joes like us a voice to combat the BS of the media, the politicians, and the robots. The election is upon us...3 short months away, give or take a few days. The early days of the campaigns are important days. We all know it. Obama has gone into...
  • Oklahoma AG Cites Jonathan Gruber To Rebut Government Expert Jonathan Gruber (Pruitt v. Burwell)

    07/30/2014 7:28:13 PM PDT · by SteveH · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | Michael F. Cannon
    ... Yesterday, the State of Oklahoma filed a motion to apprise a federal judge of Gruber’s remarks. Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt was the first to challenge the Obama administration’s illegal taxes and subsidies way back in September 2012 (Pruitt v. Burwell). Solicitor general Patrick Wyrick noted Gruber’s remarks are highly relevant, because the government itself has repeatedly relied on Gruber as an expert in these cases: Defendants themselves relied on evidence from Professor Gruber in an attempt to show the supposed “implausibility” of Congress having made something as important as the subsidies hinge on the States’ willingness to establish...
  • Israel, Hamas and Obama’s foreign policy

    07/30/2014 5:08:30 PM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/29/2014 | CAROLINE B. GLICK
    Americans need to be alarmed by what Obama’s actions on behalf of Hamas reveal about the general direction of American Middle East policy under his leadership. When US President Barack Obama phoned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday night, in the middle of a security cabinet meeting, he ended any remaining doubt regarding his policy toward Israel and Hamas. Obama called Netanyahu while the premier was conferring with his senior ministers about how to proceed in Gaza. Some ministers counseled that Israel should continue to limit our forces to specific pinpoint operations aimed at destroying the tunnels of death that...
  • Into the fray: Why Gaza must go

    07/30/2014 5:06:10 PM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/24/2014 | MARTIN SHERMAN
    The only durable solution requires dismantling Gaza, humanitarian relocation of the non-belligerent Arab population, and extension of Israeli sovereignty over the region. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind.... You ask, what is our policy? I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny... That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: victory; victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror,...
  • UNRWA Gives Rockets to Hamas; Why is U.S. Still Funding It?

    07/30/2014 4:11:56 PM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies
    Commentary ^ | 7.20.2014 | Evelyn Gordon
    Last week, the UN refugee agency dedicated exclusively to Palestinians admitted that 20 rockets had mysteriously turned up in one of its schools in Gaza, thereby confirming a claim Israel has made for years: that UNRWA facilities are frequently utilized by terrorists. This week, the organization announced that it has turned the rockets over to “the local authorities” in Gaza, aka Hamas. In other words, a UN agency funded almost entirely by American and European taxpayers handed rockets over to a terrorist organization that is shooting them at Israel. And that isn’t even the most outrageous part of the story....
  • The Obamacare Chimera

    07/30/2014 2:38:57 PM PDT · by SteveH · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 30, 2014 | James Taranto
    ... In other words, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a chimera--a monster made up of parts of multiple ordinary creatures. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (metaphorical rendering) Getty Images Let's call it half man, half snake, to match the illustration we found. The administration's claim is that it has the power to alter Congress's creation by ignoring the snake half and deeming the chimera to be all man. (Note here the rapidity with which Halbig's critics have abandoned any claim that the plaintiffs are wrong about what the law actually says.) That is a stunning...
  • From Andropov to Putin: The Last Spasm of a Decrepit Dictatorship

    07/30/2014 12:42:39 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 5 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Vladimir Tismaneanu
    Years ago, the Soviet dissident Yuri Glazov, one of the most lucid interpreters of the Soviet experience, diagnosed Andropov’s neo-Stalinism, more sophisticated but no less repressive than Leonid Brezhnev’s, as the last gasp of the nomenklatura’s squalid rule. The same can be said about Putinism, this latter-day incarnation of the Andropov model. .... Putinism meant imposing a disguised dictatorship of the KGB’s successor, the new/old secret police known as the FSB. The FSB’s “ethos” is deeply rooted in the tradition which began with the Cheka and the entranced Polish-Russian Bolshevik, Feliks Edmundovich Dzerzhinsky. .... Putin’s propaganda has gone once more...