News Today: Articles from DC's 3 Major Newspapers, plus Front Pages of the Post and the Times
Core Docs : 50 Core Documents for Understanding American History -- Ashbrook Center
James Madison recommended certain fundamental documents as essential reading for future citizens and statesmen, including the Declaration of Independence, The Federalist, and George Washington's Farewell Address. The Ashbrook Center's list of 50 Core American Documents is meant to fulfill those same purposes 200 years later.
2017-04-23: WT: Presidential popularity parallels dollar strength, by S. Moore & J. Tammy
Strong dollar presidents have been economically successful (JFK, Reagan, Clinton) and weak dollar presidents have been mostly unsuccessful and unpopular (Nixon, Ford, Carter, G.W. Bush, Obama). Correlation is not causation, but it is instructive.
2017-04-16: WT: Democrats latching onto 'completely false' (Dem-funded) Russia dossier
Not one of the sensational allegations in the Democrat-financed memos from former British spy Christopher Steele has been verified independently, at least publicly. Yet Democrats are citing the dossier as a reason to achieve their major political objective -- an independent investigative commission on Trump-Russia.
2017-04-12: Sun Gazette: Single-payer is the exact wrong way to go, by Donna Hurlock, M.D.
Many seem to think that having a health-insurance policy equals having access to health care. So having "coverage" is their goal, and forcing working people to pay for "coverage" for non-working people through taxes is somehow seen to be virtuous. Sadly, this is terribly misguided.
2017-04-05: Tablet Mag: The Obama Spying Scandal Started Long Before Trump, by Lee Smith
At least as far back as the Iran Deal, the Obama administration weaponized the NSA's legitimate monitoring of communications of foreign officials to stay one step ahead of domestic political opponents. Intelligence collected on Americans, lawmakers, and figures in the pro-Israel community was fed back to the Obama White House as part of its political operations.
2017-04-03: NY Post: The Russia 'scandal' now looks like a Team Obama operation -- Editorial
It's no surprise that US spooks intercept foreign officials’ calls. But to "unmask" the Americans' names on the other end is rare. The Obama administration not only unmasked Trump associates' contacts with the Russians, but changed the classification of the unmasked transcripts, and other similar material, in order to spread the information as widely as possible within the government.
2017-04-02: WT: Trump should inflict Obamacare on members of Congress -- Editorial
To inspire Congress to address the Obamacare mess, Trump should direct the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to cancel a certain congressional exemption from Obamacare -- it's probably illegal, anyway -- and this would require senators, representatives and their staffs to live with the rest of us without the generous premium subsidies members of Congress now receive.
2017-03-27: Frontpage Mag: The Civil War [with the Left] is Here, by Daniel Greenfield
A civil war has begun. This civil war is very different than the last one. There are no cannons or cavalry charges. The left doesn't want to secede. It wants to rule. Political conflicts become civil wars when one side refuses to accept the existing authority. The left has rejected all forms of authority that it doesn't control.
2017-03-23: WT: Social warriors, sometimes, by Kelly Riddell
Rape stories, when they can be used to vault social-justice issues into the nation's psyche, get exhaustive coverage and opining by the mainstream media, regardless of whether they're even true -- remember the Duke lacrosse team and the UVa fraternity. But a Rockville, Maryland high school rape case involving two illegal aliens is virtually ignored in the mainstream media -- it goes against their liberal narrative.
2017-03-19: WT: Maryland county's count suggests noncitizens voting across U.S.
In Frederick County, a check against jury pools found that nearly 180 noncitizens were registered to vote, and 63 of these had voted, some in multiple elections. Such numbers offer a limited snapshot from a handful of jury pools, but they indicate that noncitizens are in fact registered to vote and are casting ballots in federal, state and local elections.
2017-03-16: WT: Transgendered child abuse, by Kelly Riddell
As many as 98% of gender-confused boys and 88% of gender-confused girls accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty. The trend of medicating young children toward their 'authentic selves' is wrong and dangerous, and amounts to child abuse in the name of social justice.
2017-03-16: WT: The hateful idea of hate crime -- Editorial
Hate-crime laws enshrine the concept that some lives are worth more than other lives and thus more deserving of protection than others -- like the barnyard pigs in George Orwell's cautionary tale, Animal Farm.
2017-03-14: WT: Number of sanctuary cities nears 500 (listed here), by Stephen Dinan
Nearly 500 jurisdictions are now sanctuary cities, according to a group that's tracked the issue for more than a decade, and who said there’s been a massive surge in the number of places trying to thwart federal immigration agents since President Trump’s election.
2017-03-07: Daily Signal: House Republican Health Care Bill Misses the Mark, by Ed Haislmaier
This bill misses the mark primarily because it fails to correct the features of Obamacare that drove up health care costs. Congress should continue to focus on first repealing the failed policy of Obamacare and then act to offer patient-centered, market-based replacement reforms.
2017-03-03: Breitbart: Mark Levin says Obama conducting 'Silent Coup' vs Trump, by J. Pollak
The Obama administration sought, and eventually obtained, authorization to eavesdrop on the Trump campaign; continued monitoring the Trump team even when no evidence of wrongdoing was found; then relaxed the NSA rules to allow evidence to be shared widely within the government, virtually ensuring that the information would be leaked to the media.
2017-03-01: Epoch Times: Sanctuary Policies Shield Convicted Criminals From Feds
The number of illegal immigrants handed over to authorities nationwide is less than 3 percent of what it was six years ago, thanks to a suite of sanctuary policies at the local level combined with a hands-off approach at the federal level in recent years. So immigration agents are now forced to the streets to find criminal aliens released by local jails.
2017-03-01: Daily Mail: Obama and Valerie Jarrett plan Trump insurgency from Kalorama
EXCLUSIVE: Barack Obama's close confidante Valerie Jarrett has moved into his new DC home, which is now the nerve center for their plan to mastermind the insurgency against President Trump. Obama's goal is to oust Trump from the presidency either by forcing his resignation or through his impeachment, a family friend tells DailyMail.com.
2017-02-23: Epoch Times: Immigration Economics, by Valentin Schmid
Unlike the make-it-on-your-own-or-die immigration polices of the 19th century, the modern welfare state has fundamentally changed the incentives of immigration. Today, it has become the largest anti-poverty program in the world. The question becomes if the native population is ready to pay the price.
2017-02-22: WT: Feds no longer push transgender bathrooms, leave to states, by B. Richardson
The Departments of Education and Justice on Wednesday issued a two-page letter reversing the Obama-era edict, saying that Title IX's prohibition on "sex" discrimination in education DOES NOT also apply to gender identity. The guidance also said the federal government must recognize "the primary role of the States and local school districts in establishing education policy."
2017-02-20: WaPo: Trump advisor views Islam itself as the problem, by Greg Jaffe (Horrified!)
For much of the past 16 years, Bush and Obama had played down Islam's role in fueling terrorism. But deputy assistant to President Trump Sebastian Gorka realizes the terror threat is rooted in Islam and "martial" parts of the Koran that he says predispose some Muslims to acts of terror. (A very good article, once you ignore the Post's bias against Gorka's perspective.)
2017-02-20: WT: Lower Obamacare premiums using high-risk pools, by Betsy McCaughey
The key is high-risk pools, not Paul Ryan's Obamacare-lite. There are, at most, 500,000 people in the individual market who would need high-risk coverage -- not the millions Democrats claim. Covering each of them will cost at least $32,000 a year. That's $16 billion or more a year, versus the $56 billion the nation currently shells out on Obamacare subsidies.
2017-02-20: WT: Finding the Flynn leak in the "Dark State" -- Editorial
There is no evidence that Mr. Flynn's telephone calls constituted any collusion with the Russians. There is, however, suspicion that U.S. intelligence agents broke the law, either in spying on Mr. Flynn or in leaking his telephone recordings to the abundant reporters in the opposition press.
2017-02-15: WT: Nearly 2 million non-citizen Hispanics illegally registered to vote
The National Hispanic Survey provides additional evidence for use by anti-voter fraud conservatives and bolsters an analysis by professors at Old Dominion University who say non-citizens registered and voted in potentially large numbers.
2017-02-14: WT: Could North Korea deliver EMP to U.S. today?, by Peter Vincent Pry
When might North Korean develop missiles capable of striking the United States? Today. North Korea launched satellites in a polar south-to-north orbit in 2012 and 2016. Should these satellites contain low-yield nuclear payloads, Kim could, at will and without fingerprints, knock out the nation's entire electrical grid for over a year.
2017-02-12: WT: Think tank backs ODU study on non-citizen voter fraud, by Rowan Scarborough
"Contrary to the claims of certain major media outlets and fact checkers, a comprehensive analysis of polling data, election records and government investigations shows that many noncitizens vote illegally in U.S. elections." -- 'Just Facts' President James D. Agresti
2017-02-11: NY Post: How Obama is scheming to sabotage Trump's presidency, by Paul Sperry
Obama isn't following the usual post-presidential hands-off. He's working behind the scenes to set up effectively a shadow government to not only protect his threatened legacy, but to sabotage the incoming administration and its popular "America First" agenda. His 'Organizing for Action' helped organize anti-Trump marches across US cities, some of which turned into riots.
2017-02-10: Epoch Times: Innovation Key to Job Growth in America, by Emel Akan
After decades of globalization, manufacturing needs to return to U.S. shores. It turns out that when a country loses the capability to manufacture, it loses the ability to innovate and compete as well. With apologies to Thomas Friedman, the world is not so flat, and distance still matters in certain industries.
2017-02-08: WaPo: The Disaster that is Obamacare [buried on page A15], by Dan Gorenstein
Although this Post article doesn't mention Obamacare, it bemoans the high-deductible insurance policies that Obamacare spawned, making even a Harvard medical doctor stay home rather than enter an ER with a potential heart attack. The article instead criticizes consumers for not price-shopping more effectively.
2017-02-06: City Journal: No Thug Left Behind [in Public Education], by Katherine Kersten
President Obama's Dept of Education made "racial equity" in school discipline one of its top priorities. The public schools of St. Paul, Minnesota have led the way in this racial-equity crusade. The violence and chaos that racial-equity policies have produced there should sound alarms across the nation about what can be expected by pursuing this course.
2017-02-05: WT: BSA's moral compromising induces Scouting alternatives -- Editorial
One of the fastest-growing alternatives to the Boy Scouts of America is Trail Life USA, which is faith-based but non-sectarian. It was organized in 2013, and is a partner with American Heritage Girls, an alternative to the Girl Scouts of America.
2017-02-02: TIME: Steve Bannon, Second Most Powerful Man in the World?, by David Von Drehle
"Anytime you do anything hugely successful that challenges a failed orthodoxy, you're going to see protests," Steve Bannon told CBS News. "In fact, if nobody is disagreeing with what you're doing, then you're probably not doing anything that really matters in the scheme of things."
2017-01-xx: Limbaugh: My conversation with Tucker Carlson
In his Limbaugh Letter, Rush has a Q&A with Tucker Carlson, longtime conservative commentator, cofounder of The Daily Caller, and host of the hot new show "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on the Fox News channel.
2017-01-xx: IMPRIMUS: How and Why the Senate Must Reform the Filibuster, by Tom McClintock
Imprimis lecture by Tom McClintock, U.S. House of Representatives.
2017-01-27: Grabien.com: Hard to beat #44 for chilling press freedom
After all, the Obama Administration literally tried imprisoning an uncooperative journalist, monitored journalists' every digital move, and "hammered" at least one challenging reporter with IRS audits.
2017-01-26: WT: ODU study bolsters Trump's non-citizen voter assertion, by Rowan Scarborough
Political scientist Jesse Richman of Old Dominion University has worked with colleagues to produce groundbreaking research on noncitizen voting. He reports that 6.4 percent of the estimated 20 million adult noncitizens in the U.S. voted in November. So Hillary could have garnered 800,000+ votes from non-citizens, still far short of Trump's 5 million estimate.
2017-01-20: WhiteHouse.gov: Full text of President Donald Trump's Inaugural Address
2017-01-20: Examiner: James O'Keefe "going after the media next", by Miaread McArdle
"We're just getting started, I'm telling you. Everyone's saying, who are you going after next? I'm going to tell you. I'll make it public. I'm going after the media next." -- James O'Keefe of Project Veritas, at the DeploraBall held at the National Press Club.
2017-01-19: Politico: Democrats in the Wilderness, by Edward-Isaac Dovere
The Democrat Party is in full panic mode after the 2010, 1014 and 2016 elections. There hasn't been an American political party in worse shape in living memory. And there may never have been a party less ready to confront it.
2017-01-18: NBC News: Democrats Left in the Lurch Electorally, by Alex Seitz-Wald
The Democrat Party finds itself more removed from power than at almost any point since the party's creation. Part of the problem is their unintentional self-gerrymandering into the major urban areas, which is arguably a bigger handicap than the GOP's intentional gerrymandering.
2017-01-11: WT: Colleges reshape civics to 'Rules for Radicals', by Bradford Richardson
Instead of conferring an understanding of the U.S. Constitution, American history and Western civilization upon students, progressive activists have coaxed colleges and universities into defining civics education to mean community organizing, service learning and civic engagement toward progressive ends. -- National Association of Scholars report
2017-01-08: WT: Speaking FOR a border adjustable tax system, by Stephen Moore
America must fix its corporate tax system, which punishes domestic production and rewards foreign production. Instead, a 15% border adjustable tax would turn this around, by in effect placing the tax on consumption rather than production -- similar in concept to the value-added tax (VAT) used in Europe -- and end all talk of tariffs and trade wars.
2017-01-08: WT: Speaking AGAINST a border adjustable tax system, by Brian J Wise
A consumption tax, which this new reform package effectively creates, is not necessarily a bad idea, but it must be accompanied by reductions in the individual income tax for those consumers. Otherwise, the border adjustment is simply a tax increase on hardworking American consumers.
2017-01-02: Breitbart: A look back at Obama's 'Scandal-Free' presidency, by John Hayward
President Obama and his mouthpieces have embarked on a bizarre scheme to hypnotize America into forgetting the many scandals of his presidency. They seem to think that intoning "this administration hasn't had a scandal" over and over again will make history disappear. But here's the 18 I remember.
2016-xx-xx: FCTA: U.S. Congressional Contacts, Key Votes: Incl email addresses (if available)
2016-12-xx: Limbaugh: The Defeat of the Elites
In his Limbaugh Letter, Rush describes how the ruling class has been tossed on the ash heap of history. And the Clintons have -- finally -- been dispatched into the deep.
2016-12-xx: Limbaugh: Bo Snerdley's post-election conversation with ME
In his Limbaugh Letter, Rush agrees to be the December 2016 issue's interviewee, with questions fielded by his trusty sidekick, Bo Snerdley.
2016-12-xx: IMPRIMUS: A More American Conservatism, by Larry P. Arnn
Imprimis lecture by Larry P. Arnn, President, Hillsdale College.
2016-12-29: The Atlantic: Democrats Have a Religion Problem, by Emma Green
A conversation with Michael Wear, a former Obama White House staffer, about the party's illiteracy on and hostility toward faith.
2016-12-25: WT: Political correctness and opioids [Don't mention its from China or Mexico]
While a recent CDC report on opioid deaths describes in detail the heroin epidemic, there is precisely zero discussion of the sources of the problem. The words "Mexico," "China" (source of fentanyl), "the border," "cartels" or "trafficking" do not appear. And the mainstream media seem to be conspiring to omit these details in their coverage of the opioid problem in this country.
2016-12-25: WT: Obama has reshaped federal courts for decades, by Dave Boyer
President Obama has reshaped the federal courts for decades to come with a record number of women and minorities appointed to lifetime judgeships. Of the more than 340 judges nominated by Mr. Obama and confirmed by the Senate, about 42% are women, 19% are black and 11% are Hispanic -- more female and minority appointees than any other president.
2016-12-21: AP: DEA chemists race to identify synthetic opioids, by Erika Kinetz
The proliferation of rapidly evolving synthetic opioids has become so fierce that the DEA says they now constitute an entire new class of drugs, which are fueling the deadliest addiction crisis the United States has ever seen. The fentanyl-like drugs are pouring in primarily from China, U.S. officials say, and laws cannot keep pace with the speed of scientific innovation.
2016-12-18: WT: Obama Dems decry Trump's Putin ties - after own Russia outreach fizzles
Liberals are condemning President-elect Donald Trump and his people for supposed links to Vladimir Putin, but there was a time when Democrats were ingratiating themselves to the autocratic Russian leader and his country’s money. It was the Obama administration that opened the gates to deeper business and personal relationships with Mr. Putin.
2016-12-16: Epock Times: Debt Nation: The Problem, the Solutions, by Valentin Schmid
We have too much debt, but there are some good solutions for getting out of debtors' prison and kick-starting the economy again. The financial system based on bank debt is flawed. However, ideas such as quantitative easing for the private sector or allowing banks to write down their losses over several years hold promise for freeing the economy from debtors’ prison.
2016-12-13: FCTA: 2016 Presidential Results, EV vs Popular Vote In Extremis, by David Swink
The actual 2016 state-by-state Presidential election results are shown, with Trump's 306-232 electoral count against Clinton's 2% popular vote lead. Plus a thought experiment is provided demonstrating how far this deviation could go in theory.
2016-12-10: Examiner: Ben Carson's HUD to kill Obama's "slum housing" rule, by Joseph Lawler
Of everything that President Obama has done that President-elect Trump stands to undo, perhaps no policy better symbolizes the differences between the two than a housing rule meant to reshape towns and counties across America. Local governments were threatened with loss of federal funding if they didn't rezone neighborhood to accommodate public housing.
2016-12-07: Gateway Pundit: Michigan Recount Uncovers Serious Voter Fraud in Detroit
More bad news for Democrats. Green Party candidate Jill Stein's Michigan recount unintentionally exposed this major voting fraud scandal. In Detroit, one of the chief ways they engage in voter fraud is to count the same ballot MULTIPLE times -- up to six times in some precincts.
2016-12-07: AMAC: "American History in No Time", by Randolph G. Russell -- Book Review
The idea for American History in No Time began with the author's realization that his children did not know many things he assumed they were learning in school. And bookstores had no short, easy-to-read offerings. So the author has provided an easily digestible history of America from before Columbus to the present day, laying out the basics of our culture, or the "big picture", in around a hundred pages.
2016-12-06: WaPo: U.S. high schoolers drop further behind internationally, by Joe Heim
In the latest Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) measuring math literacy in 2015, U.S. students ranked 40th in the world. The U.S. ranked 25th in science literacy and 24th in reading literacy. Singapore topped all nations in all three categories. China, Japan, Korea, Canada, Switzerland, Estonia, Australia and New Zealand were among the other top-performing countries.
2016-12-06: Rxaminer: Presidential election major setback for cultural Marxism, by V. Gaetan
Saul Alinsky was a disciple of the Frankfort School concluded that to end working class passivity, the pillars of Western civilization, especially the nuclear family and Christianity, had to be destroyed. This is cultural Marxism, and it pervades American universities and the entire Liberal/Progressive/Democrat Party movement. They lost this time. Don't expect them to surrender.
2016-11-22: The Federalist: Meet the Intolerant Vulgarians of the Dirtbag Left
The spasms of outrage and protest that have rocked the country since Donald Trump's election have revealed what should have been plain to see for a long time: progressives are through debating; they are interested only in enforcing their views. They believe they have won the culture wars, that there is no room left for dissent.
2016-11-18: Epoch Times: Election Gives Media Chance to Change Course, by Stephen Gregory
"By and large, talented reporters scrambled to match stories with what internally was often called 'the narrative'. We were occasionally asked to map a narrative for our various beats a year in advance, square the plan with editors, then generate stories that fit the pre-designated line." -- Michael Cieply, relating his 12 years at the New York Times as a reporter and editor
2016-11-18: Breitbart: Public supports Trump's immigration policies -- hidden Ipsos poll
A just-released Ipsos poll shows that Donald Trump's campaign-trail immigration and labor policies have overwhelming public support, and strong opposition from just one-sixth of voters. Ipsos conducted the poll in September and hid the pro-Trump answers until Nov. 16, a week after the election.
2016-11-17: Fox News: The five essential reasons Hillary lost, by Bryan Wright (a Democrat)
The past week has been difficult for my Democratic party. After all, it's not particularly fun to lose, especially to a man that many in country view with great suspicion and apprehension. But shifting responsibility to false boogeymen will lead to a far greater loss: the credibility that we need to convince the American people to listen to our vision for the country.
2016-11-17: BCN: What Led to Post-Election College Campus Protests?, by Dr. Everett Piper
My response in brief: Why would you expect anything different? This is what you get when you send your kids off to colleges and universities that teach politically correct pablum rather than the time-tested truths of a free people and civil society.
2016-11-15: WT: The Obama legacy -- Editorial
A president's legacy is shaped by his deeds, not by his wishes, hopes and dreams. There's nothing Barack Obama can do now to influence the unforgiving verdict of history.
2016-11-13: WT: Obama IRS denies Tea Parties tax-exempt status after 7 years, by S. Dinan
The tax agency, under orders from a federal judge, is belatedly tackling the remaining tea party cases that it delayed for years, and so far the tea party isn't doing well. Only one of the three groups in the case was approved, and the other two, including Albuquerque, got notices of proposed denials last week.
2016-11-10: Examiner: Americans have voted; so what actually is populism?, by Dick Sim
The results are in, and Democrats are shocked by what they perceive as an uneducated mob of populists taking unified control of the federal government. Democrats assume populists are racist and bigoted. In truth, they are neither. They're actually rather boring. What many don't realize is that populists want what most people want.
2016-11-10: CBS News: The unbearable smugness of the press -- a mea culpa, by Will Rahn
Our theme now should be humility. We must become more impartial, not less so. We have to abandon our easy culture of tantrums and recrimination. We have to stop writing these know-it-all, 140-character sermons on social media and admit that, as a class, journalists have a shamefully limited understanding of the country we cover.
2016-11-08: FCTA: Vote for President: Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? -- Opposing editorials
FCTA presents the Washington Post's best post for Hillary Clinton as President, alongside the Washington Times' best post for Donald Trump as President. The posting are in plain-text for easy viewing, and may be upgraded as more favorable editorials for either candidate are received.
2016-11-08: AMAC: Democrats vs Republicans on 10 Key Issues -- from official party platforms
2016-11-07: PJ Media: Expansive George Soros Funding to Manipulate Federal Elections
Leaked funding documents reveal an effort by George Soros and his foundations to manipulate election laws, fuel litigation to attack election integrity measures, push public narratives about voter fraud, and to integrate the political ground game of the left with efforts to scare racial minority groups about voting rights threats.
2016-11-07: CNS News: Gov't Workers Now Outnumber Manufacturing Workers by 9,977,000
The United States lost 9,000 manufacturing jobs in October while gaining 19,000 jobs in government. The 22,235,000 employed by government in the United States now outnumber the 12,258,000 employed in manufacturing by 9,977,000.
2016-11-06: Examiner: The death of elitism, by Saleno Zito
Somewhere off U.S. 62 between Sharon, Pa., and Masory, Ohio, a sign reads, "You had your chance, it's our turn now." That homemade sign in all its simplicity offered more insight into the discord between the American electorate and the governing elite than any pundit has been able to explain, let alone comprehend.
2016-11-05: Examiner: How 2016 changed the news media, by Eddie Scarry
It's unclear if 2016 changed the way the media will cover future national elections. But this year, perhaps more than any other year, did reveal the media's collective mindset. Journalists saw it as their responsibility to step out of their normal roles. And the public's "trust and confidence" in the news media has dropped from 55% in 1999 to 32% in 2016.
2016-11-02: Examiner: Illegal trial lawyer donations lift Democrats' finances
Partners of a personal injury law firm in Boston paid bonuses corresponding exactly to political contributions they made to Democrats. This scheme appears to be completely illegal. People have gone to prison for doing this, but the firm appears to have taken that risk and tried to skew public policy to enrich themselves and their fellow trial lawyers.
2016-10-xx: IMPRIMUS: Sovereignty vs "Who We Are As a People", by Edward J. Erler
Imprimis lecture by Edward J. Erler, co-author of The Founders on Citizenship and Immigration.
2016-10-31: Peter Thiel, on why he supports Donald Trump for President -- Video (13:10)
Billionaire venture capitalist and entrepreneur Peter Thiel rocked Silicon Valley with his support for Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump. Today he discussed that political endorsement and the 2016 election at a National Press Club speakers newsmaker event.
2016-10-26: WT: Obamacare is collapsing ... by design, by Monica Crowley
Obamacare co-ops are collapsing, fewer people are enrolling and loss ratios are soaring. The long-anticipated death spiral is here. But it is not well known that Obamacare was designed to implode, so that the architects could "ride to the rescue" with their preferred single payer system.
2016-10-23: Zero Hedge: Podesta Email Exposes Playbook for Rigging Polls via "Oversamples"
Now, for all of you out there who still aren't convinced that media polls are "adjusted", we present to you the following Podesta email, that conveniently spells out exactly how to "manufacture" the desired data. The email starts out with a request for recommendations on "oversamples for polling" in order to "maximize what we get out of our media polling."
2016-10-23: ACDemocracy.org: Is War Imminent?, by FCTA's Thomas Cranmer
Surprises are not new to Americans: The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the German takeover of small countries starting WWII, the Korean War, and even WWI. The warning signs of the next "surprise" global war that is likely to destroy our lives, families, and the homeland, are everywhere. Yet, our politicians and the media are ignoring the gathering storm.
2016-10-20: WT: Trump campaign rally disrupter is an Alinsky protege, by Kelly Riddell
President Barack Obama. Weather Underground domestic-terrorist Bill Ayers. Rules for Radicals' Saul Alinsky. Now, Democratic consultant Robert Creamer. What do they all have in common? Chicago politics -- specializing in radical left community-organizing, agitation and disruption.
2016-10-19: WT: When character is in season -- a presidential perspective, by Suzanne Fields
"Reputation is the shadow," Abraham Lincoln said, "and character is the tree." Lincoln understood that character is more than reputation. Reputation is what we want others to see. With that perspective, how do we rate today's presidential candidates.
2016-10-18: AMAC: About Those Unthinking, Backward Catholics, by Archbishop Charles Chaput
Of course it would be wonderful for the Clinton campaign to repudiate the content of these ugly WikiLeaks emails. All of us backward-thinking Catholics who actually believe what Scripture and the Church teach would be so very grateful.
2016-10-17: Breitbart: O'Keefe videos Dem admitting 'bird-dogging' at Trump rallies
Democrats have used trained provocateurs to instigate violence at Republican events nationwide throughout the 2016 election cycle, including at several Donald Trump rallies, using a tactic called "bird-dogging", according to a new video investigation released Monday by James O'Keefe's Project Veritas.
2016-10-16: WT: The vast left-wing media consensus -- Editorial
Many Americans haven't heard about the WikiLeaks disclosures because a part of the mainstream media, so called, has decided there's nothing to see, just move along. Donald Trump has called out this media as part of a conspiracy, but it's worse than that. It's a vast left-wing media consensus.
2016-10-13: WT: Leaked emails reveal journalists 'friendly' to Clinton, by Dave Boyer
Whatever other revelations lurk in the huge cache of campaign emails being published by WikiLeaks, one thing is clear: Clinton campaign officials clearly exude an air of confidence that much of the mainstream media are in the bag for their candidate and hostile to Republican rival Donald Trump.
2016-10-12: Video: Democrat explains voter fraud techniques in NYC, by Project Veritas
In a video released by Project Veritas, James O'Keefe exposes what everyone except Democrats have known to be true; there is a lot of voter fraud. NYC Democrat Commissioner of the Board of Elections Alan Schulkin is caught on hidden camera admitting that there is widespread voter fraud in New York City.
2016-10-12: WT: Medieval America -- a culturally apt analogy, by Victor Davis Hanson
In medieval Europe, the great medieval universities -- at Bologna, Paris and Oxford -- continued to make strides in science. They were not unlike the medical and engineering schools at Harvard and Stanford. But they were not centers of free thinking. Instead, medieval speech codes were designed to ensure that no one questioned the authority of church doctrine. (Sound familiar?)
2016-10-12: WT: Fewer colleges require seven core disciplines, by Bradford Richardson
A new study indicates the vast majority of colleges and universities are failing to teach their students core disciplines (composition, literature, intermediate-level foreign language, U.S. history or government, economics, mathematics and natural sciences) necessary for success in the workplace and the maintenance of a free and self-governing republic.
2016-10-11: Chapman Univ: Top American Fears of 2016 -- Gov't corruption #1
Top 10 fears for which the highest percentage of Americans reported being "Afraid" or "Very Afraid": Gov't corruption 60.6%, Terrorist attack 41%, Lack of money 39.9%, Victim of terrorism 38.5%, Gun control 38.5%, Loved ones dying 38.1%, Economic collapse 37.5%, Identity theft 37.1%, Loved ones seriously ill 35.9%, Obamacare 35.5%.
2016-10-09: WT: Lawlessness from above, by Robert Knight
Corruption and abuses of power by America's ruling class are becoming such everyday occurrences that they leave one wondering if there is any bottom to it. No matter how outrageous the power overreach, it just keeps happening without apparent consequences to the guilty. (With references to "After the Republic".)
2016-10-08: PJ Media: America, You Have No Right to Judge Donald Trump, by D.C. McAllister
Oh, the irony! The Republican political elite has told its religious base that social and moral issues don't matter in politics. "It's all about the economy, stupid. Leave your morals in the church but don't voice them in the public square." So the Republican base finally grants the elites their wish, in the form of Donald Trump, and they are outraged!
2016-10-06: Examiner: Science is becoming increasingly unscientific, by Ashe Schow
Researchers are increasingly seeking grants and tenure at the expense of sound science, argues Patrick J. Michaels, commenting on an article from Britain's Royal Society. The article, titled "The Natural Selection of Bad Science," explains that rewards for scientists have polluted the scientific process.
2016-10-06: JWR: America's 'quiet catastrophe' (low workforce participation), by George Will
A smaller percentage of American males in the prime working years (ages 25 to 54) are working than were working near the end of the Great Depression in 1940, when the unemployment rate was above 14 percent. If the labor-force participation rate were as high today as it was as recently as 2000, nearly 10 million more Americans would have jobs.
2016-10-05: WT: Voter fraud is real, and it's happening now, by Tammy Bruce
Motor Voter, or the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, was decried as swinging open the door for election fraud, which, when I was on the left and a community organizer when this was implemented, it was jokingly referred to as "expanding the base."
2016-10-05: WT: From Greek tragedy to American therapy, by Victor Davis Hanson
The Greeks gave us tragedy -- the idea that life is never fair. Terrible stuff for no reason tragically falls on good people. In Greek plays, heroism and nobility only arise out of tragedies. In contrast, modern Americans have given the world therapy. Life must always be fair. If not, something or someone must be blamed. All good people deserve only a good life -- or else.
2016-10-05: WT: Questioning the gap between soldier and state, by Ken Allard
The harsh reality of PTSD is the downside of the professional military force that has served us well ever since Vietnam. But there are no free lunches and 40 years later, Americans have become accustomed to fighting our wars using Other People's Kids.
2016-10-05: WT: Obama's DOJ drops charges in Libya weapons scheme, by Rowan Scarborough
The case against Mr. Turi became less appealing from a prosecutor's perspective, as the defense team won rulings from the judge for extensive discovery of government classified documents -- materials that could touch on Mrs. Clinton's missteps in Libya. Rather than comply, Obama's Justice Department dropped the charges.
2016-10-04: WT: Social justice: Principled or power-hungry lobby?, by Bradford Richardson
Protests over police shootings of black men. Outrage over gender bias in business and government. Panic over melting ice caps and rising sea levels. Demonstrations against the "1 percent". Racism. Sexism. Environmentalism. Classism. What's a social justice warrior to do? Protest without end, apparently.
2016-10-04: Examiner: Record 42.4M immigrants, 23% of school kids, by Paul Bedard
Children from immigrant households now account for nearly one in four public school students, almost one-third of children in poverty, and one-third without health insurance, creating enormous challenges for the nation's schools, health care system, and physical infrastructure.
2016-10-02: WT: Veterans facing hostility in federal workplace, by Rowan Scarborough
The son of former Fairfax County chairman Kate Hanley, Sgt Patrick Hanley retired on disability after being wounded in Iraq, only to face co-worker discrimination when he entered the federal workforce. Officially a wounded warrior, he took a seat as a safety official at the EPA, and soon found out it was not the place for a hero's welcome.
2016-09-xx: IMPRIMUS: Restoring America's Economic Mobility, by Frank Buckley
Imprimis lecture by Frank Buckley, author of The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America.
2016-09-27: Claremont: After the Republic, by Angelo M. Codevilla
The United States of America was great because of a whole bunch of things that now are gone. We have stepped over the threshold of a revolution. It is difficult to imagine how we might step back, and futile to speculate where it will end. Our ruling class's malfeasance, combined with insult, brought it about.
2016-09-25: Scott Adams: Why I Switched My Endorsement from Clinton to Trump
The creator of 'Dilbert' explains why he now favors Trump. In his view, the president must first and foremost be able to persuade people. "If you understand pacing and leading, you might see him as the safest candidate who has ever gotten this close to the presidency. That's how I see him."
2016-09-23: Fx Free Citizen: The Crisis of Faith, by Michael Giere
There was a time not all that long ago in America where no educated person didn't have a passing familiarity with Scripture and the American Founding. Scripture because it is the instruction manual on what makes men, women, and societies tick and a consistent moral compass. No mature understanding of the human condition is informed without it. ...
2016-09-21: Book: 'Scorched Earth: Restoring the Country After Obama', by Michael Savage
... a no-holds-barred, tell-it-like-it-is recounting of leftist-controlled life under the Obama administration and warning of the potential dire decline of America if such administration policies continue under a Clinton presidency. (Reviewed by Anthony J. Sadar.)
2016-09-21: Examiner: What happens to the Democrat Party if Hillary loses?, by Michael Barone
There's been lots of speculation about the fate of the Republican Party if (as most of the prognosticators expect and hope) Donald Trump loses. There's been less speculation, though recent polling suggest it may be in order, about the fate of the Democrat Party if Hillary Clinton loses.
2016-09-20: WT: 'Political correctness' now targets fiction writers, by Clifford May
Having undermined the humanities, political correctness now imperiling fiction writing as well. "The kind of fiction we are 'allowed' to write is in danger of becoming so hedged, so circumscribed, so tippy-toe, that we'd indeed be better off not writing the anodyne drivel to begin with." -- novelist Lionel Shriver, speaking at an Australian literary festival
2016-09-20: NR: NeverTrumpers: Not voting Trump is Republican suicide, by Victor Davis Hanson
Some NeverTrump critics would prefer a Trump electoral disaster that still could redeem their warnings that he would destroy the Republican party. They say he is unsuited to be commander-in-chief, without asking "compared to what?" ... It may be discomforting for some conservatives to vote for the Republican party's duly nominated candidate, but as this Manichean two-person race ends, it is now becoming suicidal not to.
2016-09-19: Epoch Times: The U.S. Real Estate Bubble 2.0, by Valentin Schmid
Due to the Fed's low interest rate policy, institutional investors avoid banking products, and go instead into real estate. For the last 50 years in the U.S., you had -- not counting the bubble -- roughly 1 to 3 percent residential housing appreciation per year. Now, you have 5, 10, 15, or 20 percent annually in certain areas. That's ridiculous. Unsustainable.
2016-09-15: WT: Welcome details of Trump economics -- Editorial
Donald Trump put some meat on the bones of his economic plan in New York on Thursday, and his plan to restore growth should mute some of his more ardent conservative critics.
2016-09-14: Examiner: Obama DOJ's two-tiered system of justice, by Shepard Stewart
Obama DOJ lost its case against former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, but wants to reopen the case. Meanwhile, liberal Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber appears to be skating by despite there being clear proof that he used the power of his pulpit to help his fiancé gain government contracts.
2016-09-12: Examiner: The Obama Legacy: Big government's failed pitchman, by Philip Klein
President Obama entered office in 2009 with the twin goals of expanding the role that government plays in the lives of individuals and businesses and proving to Americans that the government could be trusted to achieve big things. He was only half successful.
2016-09-12: WT: The President and the Constitution -- Special Report, 23 articles
Subtitle: "How citizens, congress, the courts and the media influence presidential power". -- A Special Report by the Washington Times Advocacy Department and the National Constitutional Literacy Campaign.
2016-09-07: WT: IRS continues targeting of tea party, conservative groups, by Stephen Dinan
The IRS is refusing to recant the targeting criteria it used to single out tea party groups for intrusive scrutiny, according to court filings made public Wednesday that show the tax agency still struggling with the fallout from the scandal.
2016-09-07: WT: Leaders who live by their own rules, by Matt Patterson
After erecting an arch for a cathedral in medieval times, the architect would stand under his creation while the temporary scaffolding was removed. If the arch was shoddily made, it would collapse and kill the architect first. Brilliant incentive for ensuring sound design. If only the architects of our current federal bureaucratic edifices were held to the same standard.
2016-09-05: WT: Labor Day thoughts from President Reagan, 1981 and Henry Ford, 1922.
2016-09-05: Infowars: Reuters orders cameraman to kill positive Trump footage, by P.J. Watson
A shock example of anti-Trump media censorship was caught on tape when Reuters ordered its cameraman to cut live footage of Trump receiving praise from African-American Bishop Wayne T. Jackson in Detroit.
2016-09-05: Claremont: The Flight 93 Election, by Publius Decius Mus
2016 is the Flight 93 election: charge the cockpit or you die. You may die anyway. You -- or the leader of your party -- may make it into the cockpit and not know how to fly or land the plane. There are no guarantees. Except one: if you don't try, death is certain.
2016-09-05: Breitbart: 80% Captured at Border Set Free in U.S., Says Agent, by Bob Price
A U.S. Border Patrol agent told Fox News Channel: "Eight out of ten people that are caught entering our country illegally are not deported and are allowed to stay in the United States. ... Through executive orders and prosecutorial discretion ... Most of the people that we apprehend end up getting released into the country."
2016-09-02: NR: The Reopening of the American Mind, by Jim Talent
The recent University of Chicago letter to incoming freshmen is a hopeful sign that there is still a vein of classic liberalism on the Left, and that the proponents of it are prepared to draw a line in the sand. Also, a group of scholars, including left of center scholars, are fighting to reintroduce a measure of intellectual balance into higher education.
2016-09-01: WT: With Obama leaving, despots' window of opportunity closing, by L. Todd Wood
Whether it's through incompetence or the result of a some misguided agenda, President Obama has weakened the power of the United States around the world. Even worse, he has invited our adversaries across the globe to attempt to obtain their nefarious foreign policy goals while Mr. Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry appease them all the way to the bank.
2016-08-31: WT: Trump's call for an oath to America, by Cal Thomas
Here's the declaration of intention Albert Einstein signed in 1936: "I will, before being admitted to citizenship, renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty. I am not an anarchist; I am not a polygamist nor a believer in the practice of polygamy." Why not now?
2016-08-31: WT: Higher education, beyond parody, by Suzanne Fields
University of Chicago students take school pride in being self-motivators with intellectual curiosity, eager to debate trendy "truths" and expose squishy emotional approaches that elevate feelings over facts. So it's hardly surprising that it's one of the first elite universities to rebel against the corrosive influences that, like kudzu, have swarmed across the ivy-covered inner sanctums of higher education.
2016-08-31: Examiner: Who's afraid of free speech? A tale of two universities, by Alexis Zhang
Less than 10 miles separate the University of Chicago and DePaul University geographically, but a gulf has formed between them. Where the University of Chicago has been resolute in its defense of freedom of expression, DePaul University has flailed: It desperately needs to follow the moral leadership coming from Hyde Park.
2016-08-30: WT: IRS stayed silent as 1M taxpayers' IDs stolen, by Stephen Dinan
The IRS has discovered more than 1 million Americans whose Social Security numbers were stolen by illegal immigrants, but officials never bothered to tell the taxpayers themselves, the agency's inspector general said in a withering new report released Tuesday.
2016-08-30: Politico: George Soros' quiet overhaul of the U.S. justice system, by Scott Bland
Progressives have zeroed in on electing prosecutors as an avenue for criminal justice reform, and the billionaire financier is providing the cash to make it happen.
2016-08-30: Breitbart: George Soros' Plan for Federally Controlled Police, by Aaron Klein
A leaked document from George Soros' Open Society Foundations exposes the billionaire's level of involvement in attempting to build what his organization describes as a "national movement" to reform local police forces across the U.S. The reform largely consists of federal guidelines for local police forces.
2016-08-29: IBD: Caution, Men (Not) At Work -- could become a hidden, combustible underclass
Nicholas Eberstadt, a fellow at AEI, argues in a new book called "Men Without Work", that we're suffering not from full employment, but massive underemployment, where nearly one out of six working-age men have no job and are no longer looking for one. A release for his book calls this "a hidden time bomb with far-reaching economic, social and political consequences."
2016-08-28: FCTA: Why NOT to vote 3rd-party in the U.S., by David Swink
Unlike in parliamentary systems, third party candidates in the United States don't play well in our two-party system of government -- often acting as spoilers and flipping the general election to the consternation of those same voters silly enough to effectively promote their last choice to public office.
2016-08-26: AMAC: Obamacare Double-Digit Rate Hikes in 17 States, by Melissa Quinn
AZ 39%, CA 13.2%, CO 20.2%, CT 17.8%, DE 28.8%, ID 20%, KY 23.3%, LA 23.6%, MD 20%, ME 21.5%, MI 17.2%, MT 34.6%, NY 16.6%, OR 20%, PA 25%, VA 20.5%, TN 51%
2016-08-25: Examiner: Why are so many white men angry?, by Frederick R. Lynch
Why are white men (and often their families) angry? Are their grievances wholly or partially legitimate? Has the system treated them unjustly? And is this right-wing populist ire truly directed at immigrants -- or towards Democratic (and GOP) elites who pitted American workers against immigrants via open borders/cheap labor/outsourcing policies compounded by an expanding, questionable list of ethnic preferences in education and workplaces.
2016-08-24: WT: Democrats leaving no voter behind -- Editorial
Democrats are poised to complement their celebration of diversity with an emphasis on indiscriminate inclusivity. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is restoring voting privileges to 13,000 felons. California's New Motor Voter Act automatically registers individuals to vote when they obtain a driver's license. And thousands of 110-year-olds are still voting.
2016-08-23: AP: Foundation donors got access to Hillary at State Dept, by Braun & Sullivan
More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money -- either personally or through companies or groups -- to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president.
2016-08-23: Examiner: George Soros worked to prevent documentation of illegals, by Rudy Takala
The philanthropic Open Society Foundations run by George Soros sought in 2010 to foster an alliance between civil liberty advocates and proponents of illegal immigration in order to block comprehensive immigration reform, and language that would have required closer tracking of immigrants, hacked documents reveal.
2016-08-22: Reuters: U.S. judge grants nationwide injunction to halt Obama transgender policy
Under the injunction, the Obama administration is prohibited from enforcing the guidelines on "against plaintiffs and their respective schools, school boards, and other public, educationally based institutions." -- U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor
2016-08-22: Daily Caller: Mainstream Media won't cover the Soros leaks, by Peter Hasson
Even as the New York Times ignored the major role George Soros' Open Society Foundations network has played in American policy-making, the paper wrote stories focusing on the role of wealthy donors in the Republican party.
2016-08-21: Examiner: Onstage, Trump 2.0 sheds ego, hones new role, by Byron York
Trump 1.0 spent an inordinate amount of time telling audiences how great he was. He also spent a lot of time bashing the press. Like much else in the Trump campaign, that has changed dramatically in the last seven days. In Fredericksburg, Trump 2.0 focused on a broad-based presentation of his agenda and sharp attacks on Hillary Clinton.
2016-08-21: NY Post: American journalism is collapsing before our eyes, by Michael Goodwin
Donald Trump may or may not fix his campaign, and Hillary Clinton may or may not become the first female president. But something else happening before our eyes is almost as important: the complete collapse of American journalism as we know it.
2016-08-17: WT: Sheriff Clarke's hard truths about inner-city dysfunction, by Cal Thomas
Sheriff Clarke called progressive policies "a total disaster," not only in Milwaukee, but in Chicago, Baltimore, New York and elsewhere. His answer? "Until the black community does a self-evaluation and until they begin to self-criticize about some of the lifestyle choices they are making, this stuff is going to continue to fester."
2016-08-14: WT: Anti-Trump letter reveals jittery band of GOP establishment power brokers
An anti-Trump letter signed by 50 national security Republicans provided a look inside at Washington's shadow power structure -- the largely unseen roster of former officials who have exchanged their government jobs for the capital's lucrative corporate landscape.
2016-08-14: Epoch Times: Making College Worth the Cost, by Arthur Wiegenfeld
Americans are increasingly wondering if liberal arts colleges are worth the cost to both students and taxpayers. After noting the most important deficiencies, I propose a set of reforms...
2016-08-10: Watchdog.org: Court says FCC can't preempt state broadband laws, by Johnny Kampis
The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit unanimously ruled in favor of the attorneys general of Tennessee and North Carolina. Those states filed the case after the FCC voted in February 2015 to block laws that prevent municipal broadband networks from expanding outside their territories.
2016-08-10: Daily Caller: Obama DOJ stops FBI investigation of Clinton Foundation
The Dept of Justice declined a FBI request to open up a public integrity investigation into the Clinton Foundation. According to CNN, the FBI made the request earlier this year, but the DOJ said it did not have enough evidence to open a formal probe. (So the details of Uranium One and other Clinton deals will have to await a Trump presidency.)
2016-08-09: Examiner: Thomas Sowell takes down the gender 'wage' gap, by Ashe Schow
Thanks to an aggressive propaganda capaign, the idea that women are paid less than men for doing the same work has persisted for decades despite a mountain of data to the contrary. On Tuesday, conservative commentator Thomas Sowell took to debunking the myth yet again.
2016-08-09: Daily Caller: NPR Host Proves Why We Need Alternative Media, by Scott Greer
Smug liberal extraordinaire and host of the public radio podcast "On the Media" Bob Garfield really hates The Daily Caller. Garfield can't stand the fact that TheDC (accurately) reported on Khizr Khan's writings on Islamic law and specialty in immigration law. Those topics are apparently off-limits to reporters who want to be held in good graces by progressives.
2016-08-05: WT: Court says IRS must prove it stopped tea party targeting, by Stephen Dinan
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said tea party groups can't sue individual IRS employees such as former senior executive Lois G. Lerner, but said the tax agency itself has not sufficiently proved that it has banned any future targeting, as some organizations were still awaiting approval years after they applied.
2016-08-02: Breitbart: Obama paid $400M ransom to Iran for 4 hostages, by W. Todd Huston
In January, Iran released Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, and Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari immediately after the Obama administration landed an unmarked cargo plane into Tehran with $400M in assorted non-dollar currencies.
2016-08-02: Breitbart: Khizr Khan's law firm specializes in pay-to-play Muslim immigration
Khizr Khan, the Muslim Gold Star father that Democrats and their media allies have been using to hammer GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, has deleted his law firm's website from the Internet. This development is significant, as his website proved that he financially benefits from unfettered pay-to-play Muslim migration into America.
2016-07-29: Watchdog.org: Feds confirm higher-than-expected Medicaid expansion costs
Six years after Obamacare became law, Florida has yet to embrace one of the law's core features: Medicaid expansion. Republican leaders have resisted federal funding temptations, to much criticism. But the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services now admits that Medicaid expansion costs are much higher than predicted.
2016-07-25: Examiner: Trump blows up conventional convention strategy, by Byron York
There was plenty of news to discuss on the third morning of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, especially Bill Clinton's speech on behalf of his wife. It was all in the daily mix -- until about 11:00 a.m., when Donald Trump walked to a microphone for a news conference...
2016-07-25: Infowars: O'Keefe films Dems saying how they plan to ban guns, by Adan Salazar
"If your goal is an outright gun ban, you need to use terms such as 'common sense gun legislation' to fool the public, a Hillary Clinton campaign delegate admitted in a recent undercover sting video released exclusively to Infowars." -- Clinton alternate delegate, Mary Bayer, told a Project Veritas reporter.
2016-07-20: WT: "Don't give up the ship!"-- [Former] Naval dictum, by Adm James Lyons
The recent "surrender" of two 48-foot heavily armed U.S. Navy patrol boats to slightly smaller armed Iranian Navy fishing-type boats was more than an embarrassment for the Navy. It also indicated a much more symptomatic problem: the destruction of our warrior mentality. More than 240 years of U.S. Navy customs and traditions were thrown overboard without a shot being fired.
2016-07-19: WT: 9/11 report details Saudi funding of U.S. Islamists, by Rowan Scarborough
Saudi Arabia was funding Muslim radicalism in mosques and charities at the time the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers were gathering in the United States and making contacts with Saudi nationals, according to a declassified intelligence document. The report section, referred to as "Part 4", deals mainly with one topic: suspected Saudi government support for the Sept. 11 plot.
2016-07-18: WT: New data prove the obvious: Taxes matter!, by Curtis S. Dubay
Liberal politicians support hiking taxes on cigarettes, gasoline and other fossil fuels precisely because they know it will reduce consumption of these commodities. Yet at the same they insist we can raise income taxes on the rich without triggering any ill effects on the economy. They're wrong, and recently released data from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) shows why.
2016-07-18: WT: Democrat-funded black protests face voter backlash, by Valerie Richardson
Pro-Democrat donors have been linked to groups affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement. The movement might have petered out but for millions of dollars from pro-Democrat funders such as billionaire George Soros. (See the Jan 2015 report by the Times' Kelly Riddell.) Like in 1968 such civil unrest does not bode well for the party in power.
2016-07-17: WT: Those 28 pages on 9/11 -- Read them here!
The U.S. House Intelligence Committee finally released 28 pages of the long-suppressed findings of its investigation into the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan, and the interesting stuff appears to have been written between the lines. A reasonably talented sixth-grader can connect some of the dots.
2016-07-12: WT: Obama's State Dept spent $350K in 2015 to oust Israeli PM, by Stephen Dinan
The State Department paid $350,000 in taxpayers grants to an Israeli group that used the money to build a campaign to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in last year's Israeli parliamentary elections, a congressional investigation concluded Tuesday.
2016-07-07: WT: DOJ ends funding to sanctuary cities, by Stephen Dinan
The Justice Department on Thursday finally shut off funding to so-called "sanctuary cities" that ignore federal laws and protect illegal immigrants wanted for crimes. ICE has been pushing for years for the Justice Department to move against sanctuary cities, but made no headway under former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.
2016-07-07: JWR: 1966 Coleman Report study of public education still valid, by George Will
Coming out one year after the more famous Moynihan Report, the Coleman Report presented a statistical analysis of public education across the country. Coleman's evidence that cultural rather than financial variables matter most was not welcomed by education bureaucracies and unions. Fifty years later, this still-valid conclusion continues to be ignored.
2016-07-06: WT: Paper - System forgives sexual abuse by U.S. doctors, by Andrew Blake
More than 2,400 doctors nationwide have been sanctioned for sexual misconduct involving patients between 1999 and 2015, yet over half still maintain active medical licenses, according to a new investigation. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday said it became aware of the staggering statistic after one of its reporters was examining state medical records.
2016-07-06: WT: Dems’ filibusters shield illegal immigrants, sanctuary cities, by S. Dinan
Senate Democrats launched filibusters Wednesday to protect sanctuary cities and to shield repeat illegal immigrants from mandatory minimum five-year prison sentences, saying Republican lawmakers were following the lead of Donald Trump in attacking immigrants.
2016-07-05: NR: FBI Rewrites Federal Law to Let Hillary Off the Hook, by Andrew C. McCarthy
FBI Director Comey recommended against prosecution of the law violations he clearly found on the ground that there was no "intent" to harm the United States. In essence, in order to give Mrs. Clinton a pass, the FBI rewrote the statute, inserting an "intent" element that Congress did not require. (Similar in form to Chief Justice Roberts' tortured Obamacare opinion.)
2016-07-04: Examiner: What's next for the college snowflakes?, by Ashe Schow
This past school year, colleges and universities saw some of the most embarrassing displays of student and faculty behavior ever witnessed in modern history, bolstered by a grievance culture that promotes victimhood.
2016-06-xx: IMPRIMUS: Freedom and Obligation -- 2016 Commencement Address, by Clarence Thomas
Imprimis lecture by Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court.
2016-06-30: WT: Loretta Lynch, Bill Clinton hold impromptu private meeting at Phoenix airport
Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton met privately as they crossed paths at a Phoenix airport earlier this week -- a meeting that took place as the FBI continues its investigation into likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state.
2016-06-30: WT: Justice Thomas' opinions set course for future -- celebrating 25 years
Fixed like Polaris in continually shifting skies, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas points unwaveringly toward the founders in his approach to constitutional interpretation. Friday marks the 25th anniversary of the justice's nomination to the nation's highest court -- a tenure marked by no shortage of public and scholarly scrutiny.
2016-06-29: WT: Federal judge upholds voter citizenship checks, by Stephen Dinan
Kansas, Alabama and Georgia can demand their residents submit proof of citizenship before signing up to vote even if they're using the federal government's registration forms, a judge said Wednesday, delivering a win to states concerned about voter fraud.
2016-06-29: WT: Benghazi report overlooked failed arms scheme, by Andrew Napolitano
The truth is that the House Select Committee on Benghazi concealed more truth than it revealed. There is ample evidence to support the argument that Benghazi was the unintended consequence of Mrs. Clinton's private war against Libyan strongman, Col. Moammar Gadhafi. Yet the report does not delve into that.
2016-06-27: WT: McDonnell's bribery conviction overturned by Supreme Court, by Ryan McDermott
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was cleared of corruption charges Monday in a unanimous decision by the Supreme Court. Justices Roberts and Breyer suggested that the bribery law could be considered unconstitutionally vague, and thus a recipe for giving the Justice Dept and their prosecutors enormous power over elected officials.
2016-06-20: WT: Obama's attempt to alter the Orlando transcript -- Editorial
It's not the crime, but the cover-up. Attorney General Loretta Lynch learned this Monday when, no doubt under careful instructions from the White House, she released a heavily edited transcript of the conversations between Omar Mateen and police negotiators when he was in the midst of killing 49 men and women in Orlando.
2016-06-20: Examiner: The genderfication of U.S. politics, by Steven Hayward
This issue fits the need of liberalism to find new victim classes over which to extend its protections. ... It is ironic that liberals who otherwise champion the sanctity of nature when it comes to global warming or endangered species or pristine forests draw the line when it comes to human nature.
2016-06-15: Daily Caller: 'Guccifer 2.0' Leaks Big Donor Info From DNC Breach, by Chuck Ross
A hacker called Guccifer 2.0 has leaked what he claims are records of donations to the Democratic National Committee and other potentially damning documents. The hacker, whose breach of the DNC's computer systems was reported on Tuesday, released a slew of donor records and other memos to The Smoking Gun website and to his own Wordpress account.
2016-06-14: WT: Conservatives struggle to get ahead in academia, by Bradford Richardson
One conservative English professor said attempts to find higher-paying positions at other universities were futile, largely because the only openings were "for somebody who wrote on race and empire." Although he does not believe he faced discrimination in hiring as a conservative, that may be in part because he kept his beliefs hidden from his colleagues.
2016-06-11: Examiner: Dilbert creator analyzes Donald Trump, by Sean Higgins
Scott Adams has long mocked business management techniques in his comic strip, but has made a point of examining what works and what doesn't. He argues that Trump is engaging in a master class in the arts of negotiation and marketing that is running rings around his political competitors. And Trump knows exactly what he is doing.
2016-06-10: Daily Caller: Feds Push To Urbanize Suburbia Under New HUD Regulation
In its final months, the Obama administration has set up a strategy to bring inner city living to the suburbs by deploying three federal agencies to dictate to states and local communities how to set up schools, housing and mass transit.
2016-06-09: WT: The other driver of congressional gridlock, by Alfred J. Lechner Jr.
'Chevron deference' allows federal agencies to usurp the role of lawmaker. Using a baseball analogy, Congress is the pitcher, the executive branch, the batter, and the Supreme Court, the umpire. The Chevron doctrine inappropriately cedes the umpire's role to the batter. That is the type of unfair insider baseball that causes the pitcher to stay in the dugout, undermining the American system of government.
2016-06-07: FCTA: Letter to FBI RE Hillary Clinton's crimes at the State Dept, by Tom Cranmer
This amicus letter is in response to the FBI's request for the public's assistance, and is based on my experience as a State Department employee with a top secret clearance and work in corrupt countries from Albania to Zimbabwe for decades.
2016-06-06: WT: Hillary and the 'what if' scenarios, by Cal Thomas
... In this unpredictable election season, any one -- or all -- of these scenarios are possibilities, including the ultimate scenario: The delegates turning to Vice President Joe Biden to save them from Hillary and defeat in November.
2016-06-05: WT: IRS finally reveals list of targeted tea party groups, by Stephen Dinan
More than three years after it admitted to targeting tea party groups for intrusive scrutiny, the IRS has finally released a near-complete list of 426 organizations it snagged in a political dragnet. The list was released after a series of federal judges, fed up with what they said was the agency's stonewalling, ordered it to get a move on.
2016-06-02: WT: Obama's Middle East report card after 7 years, by William C. Triplett II
On June 4, 2009, President Obama gave a speech at Cairo University which the White House calls "A New Beginning" meaning a change in the relations between the West and the Middle East North Africa (MENA), the region from Morocco to Iran. Seven years later, let's consider whether we or the peoples of MENA are "better off"?
2016-05-xx: Limbaugh: The Left - World's Most Destructive Force
In his Limbaugh Letter, Rush describes how the cultural threads of the Left -- the global tentacles of criminal communism, the dark moneyed designs of the George Soros left, and aggressive militant Islam -- have conjoined now, and together are working to thwart American liberty.
2016-05-29: WT: Bernie's utopian nightmare, by Armstrong Williams
Bernard Sanders' appeal among young people has focused on the supposed benefits a socialist society can give them: free education, free health care and a government-mandated "living wage". But his vision for a socialist utopia flies in the face of reason -- and the sad saga of socialism in Europe.
2016-05-26: Examiner: Why U.S. v McDonnell is important, by Former MD Gov. Robert Erhlich
Hopefully, the Supreme Court will use the McDonnell case to draw a bright and shining line between appropriate and inappropriate behavior. Our political system will be better for it.
2016-05-26: BW: Trump getting advice from Reaganomics team, by Hamilton & Jamrisko
As the presumptive Republican nominee gets ready to put out his plan to boost U.S. growth, he's sought advice from some of the most notable names in Reaganomics, including Arthur Laffer, Larry Kudlow and Stephen Moore.
2016-05-25: WT: Clinton broke rules with secret server - State Dept IG, by Stephen Dinan
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did break her department's rules by setting up her own secret email server, the inspector general concluded in an 83-page report sent to Congress on Wednesday. She also failed to report hacking attempts and waved off warnings that she should switch to a more official email account.
2016-05-25: WT: 11 states sue Obama regime over transgender school-bathroom directive
A coalition of 11 states led by Texas is serving as the first line of defense against President Obama's mandate compelling schools nationwide to permit toilet and locker room access on the basis of gender identity, not biological sex.
2016-05-24: Examiner: McAuliffe just one of many shady Hillary fundraisers, by Timothy Carney
Nobody in America is surprised to learn the FBI is investigating Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D, over campaign contributions. Disregard for rules is part of who McAuliffe is, and it is typical of the Clinton fundraising world.
2016-05-24: Bacon's Rebellion: The New Map of Economic Growth
Analysis by the Economic Innovation Group points to very different futures for American communities. In summary: Large metros enjoy a major competitive advantage, smaller metros are teetering on a knife's edge, and rural areas and small towns are hosed. A mere 20 counties accounting for only 17 percent of the U.S. population were responsible for half of the net national increase in business establishments from 2010 to 2014.
2016-05-21: Examiner: Justice rots from the top -- Editorial
Obama's DOJ lawyers on Thursday were denounced by a federal judge as "unseemly and unprofessional". Maybe it's not surprising that Justice Department attorneys keep getting caught misbehaving when their boss, the president himself, puts undemocratic change ahead of everything else, including apparently ethical behavior in the practice of law.
2016-05-21: CFACT: Graduates face big a challenge... to THINK, by Paul Driessen
World-renowned physicist and Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman's admonition has been largely discarded in the halls of academia. "I would rather have questions that can't be answered," he said, "than answers that can't be questioned." Sadly, answers that none dare question now dominate classroom life.
2016-05-16: WT: Universal gov't-funded preschool proves to be misguided, by Burke & Furth
Studies of large-scale preschool programs in Quebec and Tennessee show that vastly expanding access to free or subsidized preschool may worsen behavioral and emotional outcomes for students. Even proponents acknowledge that universal preschool does nothing to improve future academic performance.
2016-05-16: Watchdog.org: Google's unrivaled White House access, by Johnny Kampis
White House visitor logs show the Obama administration has extended an open door to Google. Google's director of public policy -- in effect, the company's top lobbyist -- has visited White House officials 128 times since President Barack Obama took office in 2009.
2016-05-16: BlackBoxVoting.org: Fraction Magic - The Decimalization of Votes, by Bev Harris
This report reviews the GEMS election management system, which counts approximately 25 percent of all votes in the United States (including Virginia). This study demonstrates that a fractional vote feature is embedded in each GEMS application which can be used to invisibly, yet radically, alter election outcomes by pre-setting desired vote percentages to redistribute votes.
2016-05-14: Examiner: The truth about credit card swipe fees, by Lyle Beckwith
Most consumers don't even know they're being nicked every time they swipe a debit or credit card thanks to the big banks' quiet subversion of the free market.
2016-05-13: WT: Obama orders transgender bathrooms in all public schools, by Brad Richardson
The Obama regime will order every public school in America on Friday to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of the opposite sex. Obama's DOJ went after North Carolina on Monday; now every other state is liable to a similar lawsuit, and could risk losing millions in federal education funding if they do not comply with the order.
2016-05-12: WT: Judge rules in favor of House GOP in Obamacare lawsuit, by Tom Howell Jr.
A federal judge dealt President Obama and his health care law a major blow Thursday, ruling in favor of House Republicans who said the administration broke the law and trod on Congress' fundamental powers by paying Obamacare insurers without permission from Capitol Hill. (Read the opinion.)
2016-05-12: JWR: Amtrak's for-profit regulation, by George Will
Congress, by piling "anomaly on top of anomaly," has made Amtrak into a "wholly unique statutory creature" -- one empowered to regulate its competitors. Amtrak illustrates the administrative state's routine drift into constitutional impropriety.
2016-05-12: TIME: Saving Capitalism, by Rana Foroohar
Over the past four decades, the rules that govern the United States' free-market system have been warped. That, Rana Foroohar, argues in her new book, Makers and Takers, seriously imperils every American's economic future. She explains how we got here and how to fix it.
2016-05-10: WT: Obama and Lynch rely on distorted lens of racism, by Charles Hurt
Bathroom liberation. Pee free or die! Equality before the commode! President Obama and his crew of craven, lawless radicals have trivialized everything that is most sacred and cherished in America. And they have elevated and sanctified all that is trivial and pernicious.
2016-05-09: WT: Fakebook accused of blacklisting conservative news, by Andrew Blake
Fakebook employees tasked with telling users what's trending are routinely told to dismiss articles of interest to conservative readers, former "news curators" told tech blog Gizmodo on Monday. So we have merely another MSM outlet simply ignoring Lois Lerner, Scott Walker, CPAC, or anything not first approved by The New York Times.
2016-05-07: Examiner: How Obama plays his adoring fans in the press -- Editorial
White House adviser Ben Rhodes described to The New York Times how gullible the media is and how the Obama regime has taken advantage of that ignorance. "The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old ... They literally know nothing." And senior reporters get their egos stroked to help parrot the White House line.
2016-05-04: Fox News: Romanian hacker Guccifer describes his Clinton email breach
The infamous Romanian hacker known as "Guccifer", speaking exclusively with Fox News, claimed he easily -- and repeatedly -- breached former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's personal email server in early 2013.
2016-05-04: Daily Caller: Regulations cost economy $1.9 trillion in 2015, by Ethan Barton
American consumers and the U.S. economy were hit with a nearly $1.9 trillion tax in 2015 through federal regulations. The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) describes the thousands of ways Americans are unknowingly taxed by federal regulations in its annual report, "Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State."
2016-05-04: AMAC: Wade into the Culture Waters, by Diana Erbio
Decades ago there was a much bigger emphasis on personal responsibility. We learned that in America there was great possibility, but you, as an individual, had to put in the effort. These days our education system, media and political conversation are dedicated to themes that are largely concerned with what will best benefit the collective.
2016-05-03: WT: Immigration self-support law ignored, by Stephen Dinan
Immigrants are supposed to be beneficial to the U.S. -- so much so that federal law requires them to prove they won't end up on the public dole if they are legally admitted. But in practice, half of immigrant-led households collect welfare as admission rules go unenforced.
2016-05-02: Examiner: What the 'bathroom wars' tell us about our culture, by Kim Holmes
There are all sorts of reasons why it's a bad idea to let men in women's bathrooms, but what interests me in the bathroom wars is the larger context of the fight. It reveals how aggressive the progressive Left has become in the culture wars.
2016-05-01: WT: GOP establishment pressured to embrace insurgents, by Seth McLaughlin
"I think the national contours of Republican politics is up in the air. The script has been flipped, and it being rewritten," said Larry Jacobs, political science professor at the University of Minnesota. "The tectonic plates of Republican politics have shifted, and, frankly, I don't know if it is ever going back."
2016-04-xx: Limbaugh: The Democrat KKK
In his Limbaugh Letter, Rush notes that while Democrats accuse Republicans of racism, bigotry, resurrecting Jim Crow, and embracing the Ku Klux Klan, it is the Democrats who have a long history of these practices. Numerous quotes are provided along with context.
2016-04-28: CNS News: Majority of H.S. Seniors Not College-Ready, by Barbara Hollingsworth
Despite the fact that the U.S. spends more than $600 billion per year on public education, a large majority of high school seniors are not ready for college-level work in math and reading, according to the latest results of the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as "the nation's report card".
2016-04-26: Bull Elephant: Speech, Religion, Assembly: RIP?, by Michael Giere
For nearly a century a primary objective -- in a long list of really bad objectives -- of the radical left in Europe and in the U.S. has been to silence all traditional voices of opposition, eradicate orthodox Christianity from public life, and to crush individualism.
2016-04-25: WT: Debating about Harriet Tubman, by Tammy Bruce
Everything Mr. Obama does is political so, of course, the remaking of our currency fits within his consistent and declared desire to "fundamentally transform" the United States. So our currency becomes an instrument of identity politics, suggesting "our side" versus "your side".
2016-04-24: WT: Knocking the Ty Cobb meme out of the park, by Robert Knight
Media narratives can last for years, especially if contradictory evidence is suppressed or ignored. So Ty Cobb was evil, voter ID laws "suppress minority voters", Tea Party rallies are violent, the Planned Parenthood videos were "doctored", and Republicans have a "war on women".
2016-04-24: WT: Obama marches armed forces leftward, by Rowan Scarborough
In his final months in office, Mr. Obama is leaving a legacy of a more politically correct armed forces, with the top brass squarely behind him, save the Marine Corps. Social conservatives are aghast, worried that the world's finest military has become a sociological test tube.
2016-04-18: Fox News: America has forgotten how to win at war, by Lt Gen Michael Flynn
Somewhere along our national journey our political leaders lost the clarity of vision, our military commanders the habits of strategic thought, and our public the determined will to achieve victory.
2016-04-16: JWR: Histories that shouldn't be secret (incl 9/11, Bay-of-Pigs), by George Will
Those 28 pages implicating the Saudis in the 9/11 Commission report, and the CIA's official history of the 1961 Bay of Pigs debacle: both remain under wraps and immune to FOIA requests. ... So, documents can be kept forever secret by government agencies declaring them "drafts" or otherwise "deliberative".
2016-04-16: NR: Willful Blindness and Our Saudi 'Friends', by Andrew C. McCarthy
I wrote Willful Blindness in 2008 because American counterterrorism, even seven years after 9/11 (and fully 15 years after the jihadists declared war by bombing the World Trade Center), had bored its head ever deeper in the sand. It consciously avoided the central truths driving the terrorist threat against the United States.
2016-04-14: WT: Gay rights movement "emboldened" by queeriage ruling, by Brad Richardson
The Supreme Court opened a Pandora's box in June when it struck down all laws nationwide defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Rather than resolving an issue once and for all -- as the court often thinks itself capable of doing -- the decision only further emboldened the gay rights movement and led to a series of fights at the state level.
2016-04-14: JPost: BDS movement harasses Jewish faculty across U.S., by Shula Kopf
The Jerusalem Post looks at the academicians being bruised and battered by BDS on campuses across America.
2016-04-13: WT: A line-by-line history of Form 1040, by Thomas V. DiBacco
2016-04-10: WT: Border Patrol ordered to release illegals 'still soaking wet' from Rio Grande
Border Patrol agents have been ordered to release dripping-wet illegal immigrants at the Rio Grande unless they actually see them climbing out of the river, creating what amounts to "an open border with Mexico," the chief of the agents' labor union told Congress in new testimony last week.
2016-04-10: The Peoples Cube: Boston Globe Trump Parody and Counter-Parody -- Which is best?
2016-04-09: Examiner: The wages of the minimum wage is more joblessness -- OpEd
If the minimum wage had been $15, you would probably never have been given the job. You might not have known why. But everyone will know why when this happens soon in California.
2016-04-08: Fox News: Romanian hacker Guccifer extradited amid Clinton email probe
Guccifer first accessed in 2013 the email account of Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal, one of Clinton's most prolific advice-givers when she was secretary of state. It was through that hack that Clinton's use of a personal account -- clintonemail.com -- first came to light. A source claims the timing of Guccifer's extradition to the U.S. is "not a coincidence".
2016-04-01: Daily Caller: Ted Cruz And The Wall Street Connection, by Roger Stone
Cruz named Former Texas Senator Phil Gramm as his economic guru. This guy virtually crashed the U.S. economy. Gramm is largely responsible for the repeal of Glass Steagall and for the Commodity Futures Modernization Act (CFMA), which freed derivative trading from any regulatory oversight. Both were central to the bubble creation from 2000 to 2008, and then again today.
2016-03-xx: Limbaugh: Interview with Jeffrey Lord on Donald Trump
In his Limbaugh Letter, Rush has a Q&A with Jeffrey Lord, former aide to President Reagan and Jack Kemp, American Spectator editor and columnist, CNN commentator, and supporter of Presidential candidate Donald Trump.
2016-03-xx: IMPRIMUS: Who Was Ty Cobb? The History We Know That's Wrong, by Charles Leerhsen
Imprimis lecture by Charles Leerhsen, author of Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty.
2016-03-31: WT: The peasants have tasted the milk and honey, by Wesley Pruden
Donald Trump has changed things, and permanently. The Trump disease, as the elites regard it, is infectious and is likely to start an epidemic. The peasants have tasted milk and honey, and they like it better than table scraps.
2016-03-25: Examiner: The Constitution's cancer clause, by Tracie Groh
The most carcinogenic words in American government have become the Constitution's Commerce Clause granting Congress the limited power "[t]o regulate commerce ... among the several states."
2016-03-25: Epoch Times: Why Our Economy Crashes Every 18 Years, by Joshua Philipp
Adam Smith's 1776 book "The Wealth of Nations" lists three ingredients to a functioning economy: wages, profit, and rent. However, the neo-classical school views the world as a two-factor model, labor and capital, and they've buried the concept of land as a part of capital. Minimizing the pivotal role played by land and rent in the GDP causes problems.
2016-03-24: McClatchy: America to Establishment: Who the hell are you people?, by D. Lightman
The people who spend two bucks for chili can't fathom why anyone would pay Hillary Clinton $225,000 to make a speech. Somehow, people all over America are saying loudly and clearly this election year, Washington and its enablers -- the media, the political pros and Wall Street -- don't understand us.
2016-03-23: CFACT: Washington's despotic lawlessness, by Paul Driessen
America's "soft despotism" is light years from the atrocities and gulags of its infamous predecessors, but it is highly effective nonetheless. The same agencies write, impose, enforce and adjudicate the rules, and impose punishment for infractions. They work tirelessly and imperiously to "fundamentally transform" our nation's legal, energy, economic and social systems.
2016-03-22: WT: When universities become day care centers, by Clifford D. May
Today, many campuses are dominated by students who spend more time nursing grievances than studying. They demand "safe spaces" and protection from ideas and language that might bruise their tender sensibilities. They suppress -- belligerently and sometimes violently -- the free speech of anyone they deem "privileged."
2016-03-21: Examiner: Is Donald Trump Obama's real legacy?, by W. James Antle III
"President Obama didn't give us Trump in any kind of Machiavellian or deliberate fashion," Douthat wrote. "But it isn't an accident that this is the way the Obama era ends -- with a reality TV demagogue leading a populist, nationalist revolt." In short, Obama gathered the tinder. Trump lit the match.
2016-03-21: US Defense Watch: The Death of the U.S. Marine Corps, by Ray Starmann
The US Marines are the latest casualty in the Maoist Cultural Revolution being shoved down the throat of the military and incinerating the fighting spirit and readiness of the armed forces like a five alarm fire.
2016-03-20: WT: DIA ex-chief pans Army's DCGS war data network, by Rowan Scarborough
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, who headed the Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency until 2014 and held a number of terrorist-hunting jobs, is the most senior officer to publicly chastise the Army for how it has clung to the Distributed Common Ground System, or DCGS. (Read also 2012 article.)
2016-03-16: RCP: GOP path forward is both Conservative and Populist, by Michael Needham
In the 2016 primary, we find that the establishment lane to the Republican nomination is nonexistent. It ran into a cliff of unsustainable debt, neglect of important cultural issues, and an unwillingness to stand and fight for people eager to have politicians fight for them.
2016-03-07: Americans Don't Know Who Washington DC is Named After!!! -- video (4:37)
2016-03-06: WT: Bill Clinton left NSA 'brain dead' for 9/11 attacks, by Rowan Scarborough
President Clinton left the National Security Agency, the nation's electronic eavesdropper, in shambles at the very moment al Qaeda was in the final planning stages of carrying out the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York City and the Pentagon.
2016-02-xx: IMPRIMUS: Islam -- Facts or Dreams?, by Andrew C. McCarthy
Imprimis lecture by Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review Institute.
2016-02-25: MarketWatch: 45% of Americans pay no federal income tax, by Catey Hill
On average, those in the bottom 40% of the income spectrum end up getting money from the government. Meanwhile, the richest 20% of Americans, by far, pay the most in income taxes, forking over nearly 87% of all the income tax collected by Uncle Sam.
2016-02-24: BLS: Private hourly earnings rise 1.1% in 2015 (Was 2.4% in 2014!)
2016-02-20: Legal Insurrection: Is Twitter Silencing Conservatives?, by Jonathan Levin
Twitter, an invaluable news aggregator when properly run and used, has seemingly taken aim at conservatives and those advocating conservative causes. Rumours that Twitter has begun 'shadowbanning' politically inconvenient users have been confirmed by a source inside the company, who spoke exclusively to Breitbart Tech.
2016-02-17: Just Facts: The State of the U.S. Education System -- video (6:56)
Just Facts president Jim Agresti states that the U.S. spends $283,000 per year per classroom for K-12 education. Students from the U.S. fare poorly relative to students from other countries, but not before Grade 4. Private schools cost half as much per classroom and get better results, including students who have switched from public school to private school.
2016-02-15: WT: Antonin Scalia, the justice who set words on fire, by Wesley Pruden
Antonin Scalia was the rare lawyer who could speak and write without taking refuge in learned bloviation. He mocked the obsessive pursuit of the trivial and the superficial by public men with the vapid intensity of a goldfish. But he knew it was a lost cause.
2016-02-15: Examiner: The country our founding presidents envisioned, by Sen. Mike Rounds
Today we celebrate Presidents' Day. As we reflect on the presidents past -- particularly those who founded our nation -- I wonder whether they would recognize the overreaching, centralized system of government we operate under in 2016.
2016-02-13: AMAC: Equal Outcome Musical Chairs Anyone?, by Diana Erbio
Would there be any eagerness to join a game of Musical Chairs if there were the same number of chairs as players? Maybe Bernie Sanders and others who like a guaranteed equal outcome would consider that version of the game ideal. But the participation rate would dwindle as would any interest in the game.
2016-02-10: WT: Rubio knows Obama is no incompetent; it's deliberate, by Don Feder
President Obama is right on course. His worldview is that of Saul Alinsky, Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright. When he told us before the 2008 election, "We're just five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America," he was not speaking of a return to constitutional government and fiscal responsibility.
2016-02-07: WT: Pentagon to prioritize "climate change" in all military actions
Dakota Wood, a retired Marine Corps officer and U.S. Central Command planner, said the Pentagon is introducing climate change, right down to military tactics level. But by equating short-term tactical actions with large-scale strategic-level issues of profound importance, people will dismiss what's truly important, because of all the little silly distractions.
2016-02-03: WT: Indoctrination, not education in today's colleges, by Victor Davis Hanson
In the past, the university said, "Leave us alone to do our business that we know best, and we promise to turn out the best-educated and most inductive generation of American youth." But employers and the adult world no longer equate a bachelor's degree with proof of a well-rounded education.
2016-02-03: WT: College ignorance and the threat to liberty, by Michael Poliakoff
Of the top 25 ranked liberal arts colleges in the country, only two require students to take even one course in American history or government: the Naval Academy and the West Point. Colleges say that students have already studied U.S. history in high school -- a highly dubious assumption, given surveys of recent college graduates. And those who cannot remember the past...
2016-02-03: WT: The failure of multiculturalism, by Cal Thomas
History demonstrates that no nation can long survive if it forgets why it exists. Our failure to inculcate American traditions, beliefs and history, even in the native born, not to mention immigrants, is rapidly destroying the country bequeathed to us by our forebears.
2016-02-01: CATO: President Clinton and the Chilean Pension Model, by José Piñera
The architect of Chile's successful privatization of its pension system describes how President Clinton was on board to advocate for such a system in the U.S. in the late 1990's. But then the Lewinsky scandal occurred and caused the plan to be derailed.
2016-01-31: WT: Judging the tax plans, plus the Bar Graph, by Stephen Moore
One common goal of nearly all these plans is to turbocharge growth by dramatically lowering the business tax rate (now the highest in the world) and reducing the punitive double taxation of investment income. Most Republican plans would cut the corporate/business tax to between 15 and 25 percent.
2016-01-27: WT: How Donald Trump made anger legit, by Monica Crowley
As a political emotion, anger has long been controlled by the left, which markets their anger as "righteous". But when conservatives have tried to channel their righteous anger, they have been smeared, intimidated and crushed. The GOP has long considered anger as unseemly, and avoids confrontation at all costs -- until Donald Trump smashed the cycle.
2016-01-26: NAS: The Architecture of Intellectual Freedom, by Peter Wood
In response to recent broad-based campus situations: We rightly expect higher education to address four things: vocation, culture, truth, and character. The last of these four may seem the least definite, but it is surely the foundation of the other three. We seek a form of education that teaches young men and women how to be free.
2016-01-24: Fx Free Citizen: Shining Light On Common Core, by Ileana Johnson
Common Core was developed by 30 individuals with the purpose of dumbing down American education even further. These 30 people had to sign a confidentiality agreement that they would not discuss what took place in their meetings. Five committee members did not sign the final standards and were thus "expunged from the record".
2016-01-22: Fx Free Citizen: Think tanks miss boat on poverty, causes and cures
The report suffers from its omitting a compelling goal by which to set standards of behavior; implying that sex is an unbounded recreational activity; expanding of the government monopoly in education; and ignoring IQ as a causative factor in performance in school and work. On the positive side, it advocates work for welfare and apprenticeships.
2016-01-19: WT: 2016's resemblance to 1937, by Eric Wilson
We have begun to hear the drumbeat that we may be on the verge of another 2008. Truth is, if you really want to better understand where we may be heading, you might want to look back even earlier: It's time to party likes it's 1937. History's cycle is reformulating conditions that led to World War II.
2016-01-19: Va Right: Trump Needn't be Conservative or Polite to Fix America, by Tom White
I do not think Trump walked into his first rally, or which ever rally it was, with a prepared strategy. But something happened on the stage that day. Something happened to the crowd, but more importantly, something happened to Donald Trump.
2016-01-18: WT: The moral case against the Establishment, by Tammy Bruce
It's becoming apparent voters would rather have a jerk who can lead us out of this mess than a nice guy who wants to drag us back through the last 15 years insisting that if we only keep showing the world how nice we are maybe they'll love us.
2016-01-18: The Federalist: O'Keefe's Common Core Videos Are Just The Tip Of The Iceberg
Self-described right-wing muckraker James O'Keefe has begun publishing a series of undercover videos about Common Core. One thing these videos emphasize: When companies can earn money not by producing good things people want to buy but by influencing politicians to tilt the playing field in their favor, quality drastically suffers.
2016-01-15: AMAC: Simple economics may cause Obamacare to self-destruct, by John Grimaldi
Three years ago in April we predicted that Obamacare would crumble under its own weight and the events of recent months indicate that it will, unless the next president opts to repeal it. The big for-profit insurance companies are ready to opt out, and smaller insurers might follow suit to avoid the increased risk.
2016-01-13: AMAC: Education, More than Elections, Shape a Nation, by Diana Erbio
Elections are important and do shape the future of a nation when it is a democratic republic as our country is. However, we must remember that we are reflected in our elected government and that "We the People" have responsibilities as citizens of this democratic republic beyond voting.
2016-01-02: Examiner: American business could learn from near-death of the railroad industry
Business executives deal with the spiraling cost of complying with government regulation every day, but consider these as "inevitable". The history of the U.S. railroad industry, however, suggests that fighting to lift the weight of government restrictions is possible -- and profitable.
2015-xx-xx: FCTA: U.S. Sanctuary Cities: Incl leaders, party affiliation (if available)
2015-12-xx: IMPRIMUS: Property Rights and Religious Liberty, by Larry P. Arnn
Imprimis lecture by Larry P. Arnn, President, Hillsdale College.
2015-12-29: WT: The American Left, source of homegrown Islamic terrorism, by Manda Zand Ervin
It is American intelligentsia, the mainstream media and leftist politicians who teach young Muslim Americans to hate America, not ISIS, al-Shabab, al Qaeda or the Khomeiniist regime in Iran.
2015-12-29: WT: Americans feel like strangers in a strange land -- Editorial
When the sentiment that "there's no place like home" declines to the feeling that "there's no place that's home," it's a signal to Mr. Obama that his goal of fundamental transformation tracks over the line. There's nothing sinister about taking pride in the nation's founding principles.
2015-12-29: Examiner: 2015, the year the Democrats fully embraced corporatism, by Tim Carney
Democrats have long been purveyors of patronage and corporate welfare, but forever they've gotten away with pretending to be populists. In 2015, that charade ended.
2015-12-21: WT: Surviving the season of the sophomores, by Wesley Pruden
An entire generation of students is denied "the intellectual challenge of debating conflicting views," because self-censorship is turning campuses into oversanitized "safe spaces", say a group of British academics. The British mob eerily resembles mobs at the gates of American universities.
2015-12-21: Conservative Intel: What Ryan got in his Omnibus, by David Freddoso
Conservatives have plenty of reasons to be unhappy with the omnibus spending bill that passed the House last week. But there are three things this bill does that, given a long-term outlook, will promote large conservative goals that may not be immediately obvious: 1) Obamacare repeal; 2) Tax reform; and 3) Oil exports.
2015-12-20: WT: Explaining Donald Trump, by Daniel Gallington
Many Americans believe our entire government is dysfunctional and can't -- or won't -- correct itself. The collective record for the last three administrations is not good -- and because of it, our world is more dangerous today than it was at the height of the Cold war. So now people are looking for dramatic change in the way our government "works".
2015-12-18: Fx Free Citizen: Musings on Indoctrination by Teachers, by Ileana Johnson
The depth of blatant ignorance and naiveté of American teachers, even smart ones, is astonishing. Teachers across the country willingly indoctrinate their students many hours a day into the tenets of Islam, collectivism, environmentalism, and perverted and inappropriate for their age sexuality.
2015-12-17: Limbaugh: GOP Sells America Down the River -- Caves again to Dems on budget
The House again surrendered its power of the purse, giving the Democrats virtually everything they wanted in the 2016 budget. "Republican voters would not be wrong to conclude that their own Republican leaders are hostile to them, just as Democrat leaders are hostile to Republican voters," said Sen. Jeff Sessions.
2015-12-08: WT: Supreme Court to weigh whether redistricting should include non-citizens
Supreme Court justices grappled Tuesday with how to balance the "one person, one vote" principle against late-20th century affirmative action policies, hearing two cases testing how far states can go in accommodating noncitizens or racial minorities when it comes time to draw voting districts.
2015-12-05: JWR: Still no empirical argument for progressive taxation, by George Will
Progressives are increasingly preoccupied with income inequality, and their current hero, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt), favors increasing the tax system's progressivity. So, in this 103rd year of the income tax, it is timely to note that there still is no intellectually sturdy case for progressive taxation.
2015-12-01: Examiner: Whither the snowflakes?, by Noemie Emery
Whither the snowflakes? Inquiring minds want to know. Curious people all over the country are wondering what will occur when the snowflakes -- aka, the crybullies -- are finally forced out of their safe spaces on campus, and into the cold winds of life.
2015-11-30: WT: The showboating college student, hard at work, by Wesley Pruden
There is much to do for the student with awakened conscience. Scrubbing out the moral stains on America, to make the grove of academe the bright spot of the fruited plain, is a job bigger than anyone first imagined.
2015-11-29: WT: Creating isolation, not assimilation of refugees, by Bon Barnett
Prior to 1980, refugee resettlement was a work of true sacrificial charity. The 1980 Refugee Act guaranteed 3 years of federal support to refugees upon arrival. This latter stream of support was halted completely by 1991 resulting in a significant cost shift to the states.
2015-11-28: JWR: Battling the modern American administrative state, by George Will
As the administrative state distorts the United States' constitutional architecture, Clarence Thomas becomes America's indispensable constitutionalist. Now in his 25th year on the Supreme Court, he is urging the judicial branch to limit the legislative branch's practice of delegating its power to the executive branch.
2015-11-25: AMAC: Do You Know Saul Alinsky?, by Ellen Cora
Alinsky's aim for community organizers is to bait the opposition. "The enemy, properly goaded and guided into reacting, will be your major strength," Alinsky penned. He believed in creating unrest by searching out controversial issues and convincing people they could actually effect change. Consider 'Black Lives Matter' and 'Income Inequality' as two examples.
2015-11-23: Fx Free Citizen: Republican Elites Experienced Only in Failure, by Jon Moseley
Donald Trump's popularity with voters continues to puzzle tone-deaf GOP elites. The trouble with experts in Washington, D.C. is how little they know. To borrow a phrase from Ronald Reagan, the problem is not that Republican elites are ignorant, but they 'know' so many things that simply are not so.
2015-11-19: WT: Obama's distorted strategy to take down America, by James Lyons
Virtually all of President Obama's actions while in office have be been to favor America's enemies and hamstring American's ability to fight Islamic terrorism, or to even recognize Islam as a toxic political ideology that is fundamentally incompatible with Western civilization and seeks to destroy it.
2015-11-19: WT: The demise of academic freedom, by Gerald Walpin
Certain Yale students did not simply attack my free speech rights, but the rights of all students to obtain the benefit of free speech by hearing different views. Most disconcerting, it was not a single incident, but one of many in the nationwide movement at schools to suppress any thinking that the self-appointed student and faculty thought-police find unacceptable.
2015-11-19: Examiner: Obamacare losses worsening, unsustainable past 2016 -- UnitedHealth CEO
UnitedHealth Group CEO Stephen J. Hemsley warned investors about $425 million in losses primarily due to its participation in Obamacare, and that the insurer would likely leave the program. "We cannot sustain these losses. We can't really subsidize a marketplace that doesn't appear at the moment to be sustaining itself," he said.
2015-11-17: MarketWatch: New B-3 bomber to keep China and Russia at bay, by STRATFOR analysts
The next-generation U.S. long-range strike bomber, recently awarded to Northrop Grumman for development, will not rely on as yet undeveloped technologies. Instead, the aircraft will combine and fully exploit existing advanced stealth technologies, integrated software, ordnance and countermeasures.
2015-11-16: WT: The government holds down interest rates for its own benefit, by Richard Rahn
Fed and the Treasury have been in effect running an unsustainable money laundering scheme since 2009. If the Fed interest rate subsidy to the Treasury stops -- the cost of debt service will soar, either crowding out other spending or forcing massive tax increases or inflation.
2015-11-16: Examiner: Democrats' war on youth, by W. James Antle III
Democrats claim that Republican positions amount to a "war on women". Yet politicians and pundits are now saying that a constellation of liberal policies favored by Democrats, on issues ranging from entitlements and healthcare to education and the economy, constitutes a war on youth.
2015-11-15: JWR: Academia celebrates diversity in everything but thought, by George Will
On campuses so saturated with progressivism that they celebrate diversity in everything but thought, every day is a snow day: There are perishable snowflakes everywhere. Students melt at the mere mention of even a potential abrasion of their sensibilities. The institutions have brought this on themselves.
2015-11-13: Fx Free Citizen: The Alinsky Effect taking hold in America, by Ron Edwards
It seems odd that more Americans are protesting in favor of oppression and against liberty. But for over fifty years, government school educators have been used to fundamentally change America. This has been accomplished by systematically lowering some standards and eliminating others altogether.
2015-11-12: WT: Feds spend $462 billion after debt cap is lifted, by Stephen Dinan
The spending was the result of last month's budget deal -- an agreement between Republican leaders on Capitol Hill and President Obama, boosting spending in 2016 and 2017 in exchange for some questionable cut and gimmick savings later in the decade.
2015-11-12: EAGnews.org: Liberal fascism... now at Vanderbuilt, by Kyle Olson
A conservative Vanderbilt professor isn't cowering while a progressive lynch mob targets her. She's fighting back. Students have begun circulating a petition calling for the suspension of Dr. Carol Swain, a professor of law and political science at Vanderbilt University. Her offense? Posting materials of interest to "Christian conservatives" on the Internet.
2015-11-11: WT: The fiction of 'Truth', by Victor Davis Hanson
Utter disregard for old-fashioned truth is now deeply embedded in contemporary America, largely because it advances a particular agenda. Subsequent fact-finding does not seem to dispel these untruths. Instead, what could or should have happened must have happened, given that the noble ends of social justice are thought to justify the means deemed necessary to achieve them.
2015-11-11: WT: The closing of the American
mind mouth, by Suzanne Fields
If Allan Bloom's "The Closing of the American Mind" was the first shot in the culture wars, it has been followed by a barrage of bullets to silence free speech, spreading intolerance through ignorance, infantilizing students who want to be coddled rather than challenged.
2015-11-11: WT: U.S. no longer a nation of laws, by David Keene
History makes clear that a free and prosperous society depends on the rule of law to survive. In this country we are increasingly forced to refer to the stability protected by the rule of law as something that once existed but may soon be but a historic memory.
2015-11-11: WT: Common Core's double whammy, David V. Anderson
Common Core has not brought any improvements in the important subjects of mathematics and reading. In fact, the presence of this unfortunate "experiment" correlates with performance degradation in both subjects. And states which have formally participated in Common Core have fared worse than those not doing so.
2015-11-05: WT: Minot AFB ground zero in military's new gender wars + Updates 1 and 2
Tech Sgt Aaron Allmon is an award-winning combat photographer who stands accused of trying to pick up women in the public affairs office at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, and for that prosecutors wanted to put him in prison for 130 years. (Perhaps "military justice" has become an oxymoron.)
2015-11-04: WT: The left plans to move Obamacare into single-payer, by Monica Crowley
If you loathe Obamacare, you're going to hate what the Democrats have planned next. Their imminent assault on health care will go far beyond the quasi-socialized medicine of Obamacare. The Obamacare architects rigged the system to implode so they could ride to the rescue with single payer.
2015-10-29: WT: The miraculous Republican debate on CNBC, by Newt Gingrich
For years the elite news media has assumed it was in charge -- that it could define the topics, lengths of answers, and who got to speak. Thursday night's presidential debate on CNBC may go down in history as a major turning point in candidate-news media relations.
2015-10-27: WT: Planned Parenthood doc will 'strive' for intact fetal skull -- PP video #11
A Planned Parenthood doctor describes how she uses what may be a partial-birth abortion technique to deliver fetal trunks intact, then laughs as she says she will "strive" for an intact fetal skull in an undercover video released Tuesday.
2015-10-25: WT: What political correctness has wrought, by Robert Knight
If you're wondering how America and Western Europe went from marriage-centered societies to post-Christian sexual anarchy abetted by massive government growth enforced by brutal political correctness in just a few decades, let's just say it was no accident.
2015-10-23: WT: Obama's DOJ clears IRS, Lois Lerner in tea party scandal, by Stephen Dinan
The decision comes more than two years after the IRS's internal watchdog reported that auditors singled out tea party groups' applications for special scrutiny and delayed those applications beyond reasonable timelines, preventing the groups from being able to say they were officially recognized nonprofits.
2015-10-15: WT: Liberals can't see what's coming, by L. Todd Wood
Every 30-40 years, riding some type of generational learning curve, the United States must suffer through a spasm of socialist lunacy and suffer the consequences. But weakening our national defense, stealing from the other guy, taking all we can until the lights go out, just doesn't work. At the end of the day, reality sinks in for enough people to vote the communist-lites out of power.
2015-10-14: WaPo: Meet the abortion foe behind the hidden camera, by Sandhya Somashekhar
The slim young man with the Clark Kent glasses mingled easily at the conference of abortion providers. David Daleiden, 26, is the antiabortion activist who masterminded the recent undercover campaign aimed at proving that Planned Parenthood illegally sells what he calls aborted "baby body parts".
2015-10-08: WT: Number of sanctuary cities, criminal releases rise, by Stephen Dinan
The list of sanctuary cities has grown to more than 340, and they shielded an average of 1,000 immigrants a month from deportation last year -- and more than 2,000 of those released have been arrested for yet more crimes, according to a report released Thursday by the Center for Immigration Studies, just as the Senate considers legislation to crack down on sanctuary jurisdictions.
2015-10-08: Cato: Federal gov't workers make 78% more than private workers, by Chris Edwards
Since the 1990s, federal workers have enjoyed faster compensation growth than private-sector workers. In 2014 federal workers earned (on average and including benefits) 78 percent more than private-sector workers, and 43 percent more than state and local government workers.
2015-10-08: BW: Steve Bannon, the vast right-wing conspirator, by Joshua Green
Business Week profiles Steve Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News, and claims he is "the most dangerous political operative in America". Subtitle: "Steve Bannon runs the new vast right-wing conspiracy -- and he wants to take down both Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush".
2015-10-07: Reason: How to Create a Gun-Free America in 5 Easy Steps -- incl video (2:11)
2015-10-05: WT: Clinton White House suppressed evidence of Iran's terrorism, by John Solomon
Bill Clinton's administration gathered enough evidence to send a top-secret communique accusing Iran of facilitating the deadly 1996 Khobar Towers terrorist bombing, but suppressed that information from the American public and some elements of U.S. intelligence for fear it would lead to an outcry for reprisal, according to documents and interviews.
2015-10-04: Examiner: Gun control and magical thinking, by Hugh Hewitt
No television appearance elicits more angry comments from viewers than one in which the simple point is made that the "common sense gun control measures" would do exactly nothing to prevent any of the recent massacres that litter the American landscape with blood and tears.
2015-10-01: WT: How the election revolution has arrived, by Robert W. Merry
The process of selecting party presidential candidates has been transformed in the last two or three election cycles. Now we have the early debates designed to drive poll numbers and tell us who's "ahead" and who's "behind". Meanwhile, not a single voter has pulled a lever in a voting booth or gone to a single caucus. And yet candidates are being winnowed out.
2015-09-xx: IMPRIMUS: Justice and the Obama Justice Department, by Michael B. Mukasey
Imprimis lecture by Michael B. Mukasey, former U.S. Attorney General.
2015-09-30: WT: How the GOP gets to the final four, by Ralph Z. Hallow
With the reality setting in that even the 15-candidate field is unsustainable, Republicans are beginning to contemplate what the Final Four might look like. Here is a handicapping of who is up and down, and who might not be around by spring.
2015-09-28: WT: Why payday loans are in consumers' best interests, by Rep. Alcee Hastings
CFPB's insistence on regulating payday loans to the point of near-extinction is not in the best interest of American consumers. Payday loans have served as a valuable safety net to countless individuals, and eliminating them outright would fail to provide financial protection to those who need it most.
2015-09-24: WT: The phenomenon of the unpleasant fact, by Michael Hayden
Politicization -- the shading of analysis to fit prevailing policy or politics -- is the harshest criticism one can make of an intelligence organization. Although I know nothing of the particulars of the current analysis of the war in Iraq and Syria, let me add my perspective based on my previous high-level experience in such matters.
2015-09-24: WT: Dodd-Frank suppresses job and wealth creation, by Eric Grover
The Dodd-Frank Act doesn't address the principal causes of the financial crisis and Great Recession but it does suppress economic growth. When tens of millions of average Americans understand banks do good and Dodd-Frank is a millstone around their necks and thus around the neck of the beleaguered economy, its repeal will be inevitable.
2015-09-16: WT: CIA opens window to its workings in 1960s, by Guy Taylor
The CIA has released roughly 2,500 briefs, spanning from 1961 through 1969 and now publicly accessible and searchable on a CIA website, present an unparalleled window into the conclusions and inner workings of American intelligence in a bygone era.
2015-09-15: WT: Planned Parenthood worries about fetal-tissue 'headlines' -- PP video #10
In the 10th video, released Tuesday, Deborah VanDerhei, national director for the Consortium of Abortion Providers at Planned Parenthood, said the abortion industry has been trying to figure out "how we're going to manage remuneration," due to the potential for scandal. "The headlines would be a disaster," Ms. VanDerHei said.
2015-09-15: WT: Navy head ignores deficient combat performance of women, by Elaine Donnelly
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has announced his intent to disregard the best professional advice of the Marine Corps on the issue of "gender diversity" on combat missions. The Marine report on female combat deficiencies echoes similar finding by the Army and by the British Ministry of Defense.
2015-09-10: WT: Ex-Im subsidy recipients keep profits offshore, skirt taxes, by Arthur Kane
U.S. companies that benefited from more than $65 billion in taxpayer-backed loan guarantees have kept nearly $458 billion in profits offshore -- avoiding paying billions in taxes to the government that helps them sell their goods overseas at a competitive rate, a Watchdog.org investigation found.
2015-09-08: WT: Michael Hayden on Obama's Iran nuke deal: Anger, Recognition, & Way Forward
"My personal thoughts and emotions about the deal have been sorting themselves out through a three-step process: first anger, which admittedly still lingers; then recognition, the product of assessing domestic and global political realities; and finally determination, a less emotional and more reasoned calculus on a way forward."
2015-09-04: Examiner: A closing argument for rejecting the Iran deal, by Philip Klein
It's not that it's President Obama's deal or war. I think it's going to be Obama's deal and war. And when that war comes, Iran will be stronger and the consequences [of military action] are going to be much more severe." -- Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
2015-08-30: WT: Army's PC leadership leaves soldiers in the lurch, by Rowan Scarborough
"What we hear consistently is what many of these soldiers can't say publicly, and that is Army leadership has created an environment that has soldiers second-guessing themselves and hesitating constantly, and one misstep -- whether intended or not -- is a career killer." -- Joe Kasper, chief of staff for Rep. Duncan Hunter
2015-08-28: AMAC: New AP Test Seeks to Rewrite History for Political Gain, by John Grimaldi
The previous AP U.S. History course featured a strong insistence on content, i.e., on the students' acquisition of extensive factual knowledge of American history. The new 2014 framework repudiates that earlier approach, centralizes control, deemphasizes content, and seeks to "internationalize" the nation's past. (Read related IMPRIMUS post.)
2015-08-27: WT: Bloated U.S. voter rolls could lead to lawsuits, by Stephen Dinan
America's voter rolls are so bloated that dozens of counties have more people registered than there are adults living there, according to two new studies that the authors said could lead to lawsuits forcing states to clean things up. The Obama DOJ is not pursuing easy cases that could have pressured jurisdictions to keep their voter rolls clean.
2015-08-25: WT: StemExpress shown hustling for organs -- PP video #8
StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer says that it isn't easy keeping up with the demand for fetal organs procured from abortions -- she could use "another 50 livers a week" -- which is one reason she relies on Planned Parenthood. "I mean, Planned Parenthood has volume, you know, because they're a volume institution."
2015-08-24: WT: IRS finds yet another Lois Lerner email account, by Stephen Dinan
The use of secret or extra email accounts has bedeviled the Obama administration, which is has tried to fend off a slew of lawsuits involving former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and her top aides, the White House's top science adviser, top Environmental Protection Agency officials and the IRS.
2015-08-21: Examiner: Republicans have themselves to blame for Donald Trump, by Adam Brandon
The sad thing is that Republicans created Trump, or at least his ability to compete in a major election. They created him by failing, again and again, to live up to the principles they campaigned on, and now, only they can stop him.
2015-08-19: WT: With heart still beating, aborted baby organ harvested -- PP video #7
In an undercover video released Wednesday, a former technician for a tissue-harvesting company details how an aborted baby was kept alive so that its heart could be harvested at a California Planned Parenthood facility, raising more legal questions about the group's practices.
2015-08-19: WT: What if Tehran turns down the nuclear deal?, by Daniel Pipes
While Obama's Iranian nuclear deal would greatly benefit Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei may yet reject the deal, as it betrays Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's vision of unyielding enmity to the U.S., a core principle that has guided the Islamic republic since he founded it in 1979. If Iran rejects the deal, then what?
2015-08-18: WT: A Shariah-approved nuclear EMP attack, by James Woolsey and Peter Pry
Because EMP destroys electronics directly, but people indirectly, it is regarded by some as Shariah-compliant use of a nuclear weapon. "Passive Defense" and other Iranian military writings are well aware that nuclear EMP attack is the most efficient way of killing people, through secondary effects, over the long run.
2015-08-18: Examiner: Teachers clueless on money schools spend per student, by Jason Russell
It's possible that the gap shows the difference between how much is spent on education and how much reaches the classroom. There's a difference between spending on instruction and spending that gets swallowed up in bureaucracy or non-instructional services.
2015-08-07: Examiner: IRS's Lois Lerner called conservatives 'a--holes' (Senate final report)
The emails are included in a final bipartisan report issued Wednesday by the Senate Finance Committee, which cited "gross mismanagement" and also "personal politics" as the root cause of the IRS mishandling of tax-exempt applications from Tea Party organizations.
2015-08-05: WT: 1965, the start of uncontrolled immigration, by Ian deSilva
The 1965 revision of immigration law completely transformed U.S. immigration policy. In the 1960s, 1.1 million European immigrants were admitted, along with 1.6 million from elsewhere. In the 1970s, after LBJ's 'reforms', the latter groups doubled to 3.2 million, while European immigration was suppressed to 826,000. And it no longer mattered if they assimilated or spoke English.
2015-07-xx: IMPRIMUS: History, American Democracy, and the AP Test Controversy, by W. McClay
Imprimis lecture by Wilfred M. McClay, University of Oklahoma.
2015-07-29: WT: Is Obama taking Hillary out? ... will endorse Biden, by Monica Crowley
Mr. Obama needs a successor whom he can control to ensure that the "fundamental transformation of the nation" continues. He cannot control either of the Clintons. He will therefore pass along his sophisticated technical campaign infrastructure to the one person he knows will do his bidding: his vice president, Joe Biden.
2015-07-29: The Federalist: Paglia Blasts Media Refusal To Cover Planned Parenthood Videos
In an interview with Salon, liberal culture critic Camille Paglia "was horrified and disgusted" at the Planned Parenthood abortion videos. She also excoriated liberal media outlets for refusing to cover the story or its implications. The media blackout is "shockingly unprofessional".
2015-07-28: WT: Third Planned Parenthood video follows money behind fetal-organ supply chain
"I thought I was going to be just drawing blood, not procuring tissue from aborted fetuses. The harder and more valuable the tissue, the more money you get. So if you can somehow procure a brain or a heart, you're going to get more money than just chorionic villi or umbilical cord." -- Holly O'Donnell, former StemExpress procurement technician (Read also: #WomenBetrayed: Pro-life activists rally for Planned Parenthood investigation.)
2015-07-28: WT: "Lost" emails show IRS tried to cover up tea party targeting -- Stephen Dinan
"This material shows that the IRS' cover-up began years ago. We now have smoking-gun proof that top officials in the Obama IRS unlawfully harassed taxpayers just to keep them from complaining to Congress about IRS' targeting and abuse. No wonder the Obama IRS has had such little interest in preserving or finding Lois Lerner's emails." -- Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch
2015-07-26: FCTA: The Futile Fight Against ISIS -- letter by Fred Costello
Muslims believe they are working for God. But since the U.S. does not consider religion in its policies, it cannot defeat a people whose underlying motivation is their religion. And it offers by example a cultural lifestyle (eg - pre-marital sexual relations, homosexual behavior, government supported abortion) that is anathema to Islam.
2015-07-22: WT: On the path to Soylent Green -- OpEd on American morality, by Cal Thomas
The shocking Planned Parenthood abortion video should jolt us as a culture. For once whatever remaining moral boundaries are erased, and the cost of medical care rises, the killing standard will be expanded to the elderly and the sick, it will quickly threaten others. The concept of morality and humanity will have degenerated to the price of meat.
2015-07-20: WT: Another bailout looms for Fannie, Freddie, by Kelly Riddell
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are hurtling toward another possible taxpayer bailout, a development that could put an uncomfortable election light on the Clintons' record of enabling the government-backed mortgage giants to engage in risky practices that led to the 2007 financial crisis.
2015-07-20: Examiner: HUD's "disparate impact" war on suburban America, by Michael Barone
Following the Supreme Court's 5-4 Texas v Inclusive Communities decision, HUD Secretary Julian Castro, the former part-time mayor who is mentioned by some as a vice presidential candidate, wants to use the disparate impact doctrine to overturn local zoning laws and place low-income housing in suburbs across the nation.
2015-07-18: NRA: Obama attempting to strip some 4M Social Security recipients of gun rights
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is currently developing a program to strip the Second Amendment Rights of over four million Americans currently receiving SSA benefits through a "representative payee".
2015-07-16: WT: Congress guts No Child Left Behind education plan, by Tom Howell
Congress has voted to scrap much of the Bush-era education plan. The government will continue to ship billions of dollars to states, but with fewer strings attached. Gone are the yearly progress goals, designed to force schools to show continual improvement. But schools were supposed to be at peak proficiency by last year, and none were close.
2015-07-16: Examiner: Obama and the end of U.S. leadership, by Pete Kasperowicz
President Obama on Wednesday all but admitted he's either unwilling or unable to lead the free world, saying the U.S. has no choice but to follow the international consensus on the Iranian nuclear deal. Obama's remarkable explanation was that of a prostrate president.
2015-07-14: WT: Planned Parenthood doc discusses selling baby parts -- View video1 and video2
"We've been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I'm not gonna crush that part, I'm gonna basically crush below, I'm gonna crush above, and I'm gonna see if I can get it all intact." ... Costs to the buyers could be $30 to $100 per specimen, said Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood's senior director of medical research.
2015-07-14: WT: Murder rates drop as concealed carry permits soar, by Kellan Howell
Since 2007, the number of concealed handgun permits has soared from 4.6 million to over 12.8 million, and murder rates have fallen from 5.6 killings per 100,000 people to just 4.2, about a 25 percent drop, according to the report from the Crime Prevention Research Center.
2015-07-12: WT: 17th Amendment moved power from states to Washington, by John S Baker
The modern Administrative State is the progeny of the 17th Amendment, which stripped state legislatures of control over their U.S. senators, a control based on the former system of state legislatures electing senators. Previously, a House-passed bill proposing to nationalize some issue could be blocked by state-protecting Senators.
2015-07-11: Examiner: OPM breach highlights perils of big, stupid government -- OpEd
A government that demands every American's most sensitive information and then cannot protect it is a government that doesn't deserve the public's confidence. Unfortunately, that's the government we have in Washington today.
2015-07-09: WT: F-35 highlights Pentagon's bad choice of weapon systems, by Jed Babbin
America's military is being redefined by changes the unplanned result of budgetary constraints and bad choices of weapon systems we spend hundreds of billions of dollars to buy. The worst example is the F-35 joint strike fighter, which is supposed to replace the F-15, F-16, A-10 and F/A-18. (Read World's Worst New Warplane.)
2015-07-09: NCPPR: Law Should Not Treat Bill Cosby Differently..., by Judy Kent
Members of black leadership group 'Project 21' say that a U.S. District Court judge was wrong to release the permanently-sealed transcript of a deposition in a 2005 Cosby civil case explicitly because Cosby gave a 2004 speech telling young black parents to do a better job of raising their children.
2015-07-08: Examiner: Documents show Obama's DOJ and FBI linked to IRS scandal
New records, obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act, suggest the Justice Department played a larger role in the IRS targeting scandal than previously known, that the Obama IRS scandal is also an Obama DOJ and FBI scandal.
2015-07-07: WT: Washington finally united -- in hatred for Donald Trump, by Charles Hurt
The fact that people here in Washington fear and loathe Mr. Trump so much is final proof that these people here in Washington fear and loathe you; the great unwashed voters of America. In this ever-lying world of Washington politics, it is wrong to speak the truth if it is shocking or unpleasant. Which, of course, is how this country has gotten into the terrible fix we are in today.
2015-07-07: Examiner: The Supreme Court's rule by talking points, by Naomi Rao
In the United States, we frequently reaffirm that we have a government ruled by laws, not men. The judiciary has a duty to "say what the law is," not what some lawmakers hoped it would be. This term the Court has demonstrated, in constitutional and statutory cases, how grand themes rarely make for good law.
2015-07-01: WT: Obama, the Left and their Declaration of Dependence, by Monica Crowley
In several short years, President Obama and his leftist army have fundamentally shifted the balance away from the individual and toward government, and from the notion of self-reliance to an increasing reliance on government. "IN GOV. WE TRUST!"
2015-06-29: WT: Why gays "can't get no satisfaction" -- OpEd by Wesley Pruden
It's the "ick" factor of same-sex marriage that will keep the issue on the stove. And what must be done with the clergyman who won't participate in the new orthodoxy? A town in Idaho has already enacted an ordinance to fine and jail stubborn parsons. The show has barely begun. We ain't seen nothin' yet.
2015-06-28: WT: Supreme Court 'disparate impact' ruling encourages repeat of housing crisis
In Thursday's Texas Dept of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court stated that housing lawsuits based on race no longer need proof of intentional discrimination. So even defendants with no racist intent can be sued for racist outcomes if a plaintiff can prove "disparate impact". Housing Bubble 2.0, anyone?
2015-06-28: WT: Religious leaders reject queeriage ruling -- Tax-exempt status next?
As a result of the ruling, some of the dissenting Supreme Court justices said they foresee new legal challenges related to religious liberty in three particular areas: the tax-exempt status of religious organizations, the unwillingness of some churches and individuals to perform same-sex marriages, and gay adoption.
2015-06-28: WT: New York farm claims gay couple 'set them up', by Valerie Richardson
"The gay community is constantly attacking the church as if the church were singling them out. However, it is the other way around; the gay community is singling out the church," Patricia L. Dickson said in a Nov 2 article in American Thinker. "How else do you explain gay couples running straight to Christian business owners as soon as their state lifts the ban on same-sex marriage?"
2015-06-26: WT: Supreme Court legalizes queeriage in all 50 states -- 5-4 decision
By a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court today struck down four state marriage laws, paving the way for gay marriage to be legal in all 50 states. The ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges said the 14th Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between people of same-sex, and also recognize same-sex marriages from out of state.
2015-06-25: WT: Roberts saves Obamacare a second time -- Scalia: "Words have no meaning"
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has saved Obamacare for a second time, writing the majority opinion that upheld the health law's key provision of paying tax subsidies to customers in all states, saying that Congress couldn't have intended to pick and choose among the states (even though the Jonathan Gruber videos clearly indicate that was the intent).
2015-06-25: Examiner: Second Roberts rewrite turns courts and the IRS into legislators
The Roberts Court is creating a new type of republic in which Congress basically suggests laws, and the other two branches actually write them. In this Obama-Roberts world, Congress's role is to express values and desires -- to lead a figurative chant that the IRS and the Supreme Court turn into actual binding laws.
2015-06-23: WT: Confederacy of one dunce spurs battle flag retreat, by Charles Hurt
Even people who have long fought to remove the Confederate flag from a monument outside the South Carolina Capitol must now marvel at the spinelessness of politicians who would capitalize on such a tragedy ... including in Virginia. (Yet another First Amendment casualty!)
2015-06-17: WT: HUD's war against the suburbs, by Betsy McCaughey
An African-American millionaire can buy a home in any expensive suburb. Color is no longer a barrier. Despite this progress, President Obama's Department of Housing and Urban Development is accusing expensive towns of racism, simply because most minorities can't afford to live there.
2015-06-17: US News: Americans Have Lost Confidence ... in Everything, by Ken Walsh
Congress, down 16 points; the presidency, down 10 points; the Supreme Court, down 12 points. All in all, it's a picture of a nation discouraged about its present and worried about its future, and highly doubtful that its institutions can pull America out of its trough.
2015-06-14: FoxNews: Ballot machines easy targets, including Virginia's WINVote
It used to be a "conspiracy theory" but now the potential for electronic tampering with voting machines is being recognized as a problem. The Virginia Information Technologies Agency issued a report finding that the AVS WINVote machines Virginia has used since 2002 have such flimsy security that an amateur hacker could change votes from outside a polling location.
2015-06-10: WT: White House actively suppresses all FOIA requests, per WH memo
President Obama will be long gone from the White House before all his sensitive "White House equities" are revealed to the public. Meantime, if he controls what people know, he can control what they think. And that gives him power to control what people do.
2015-06-05: Examiner: Obamacare paperwork costs states $880M, 27M worker hours, by P Bedard
Burdens on large corporations and small businesses receive plenty of attention in the regulatory world, but it is states that often to have to carry the heaviest load dealing with federal requirements. The Obama administration has forced states to employ hundreds of compliance personnel dedicated to navigating red tape.
2015-06-04: WaPo: Chinese hack OPM, steal data on 4 million federal employees, by E Nakashima
The hack was the largest breach of federal employee data in recent years. It was the second major intrusion of the same agency by China in less than a year. OPM, using new tools, discovered the breach in April.
2015-06-03: Watchdog.org: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - Nosier than the NSA?
CFPB's spying program exceeds the it's statutory authority in its demands for "huge" quantities of data "regarding individual consumers' financial transactions on an ongoing, real-time basis."
2015-06-02: WT: Clinton Foundation cashed in as Sweden lobbied Hillary on Iran sanctions
... collected $26 million in donations at the same time that country was lobbying Hillary Rodham Clinton's State Department to forgo sanctions that threatened its thriving business with Iran. (Read the summary.)
2015-06-01: Dennis Prager: The Speech Every 2015 College Grad Needs to Hear (Video 5:50)
There were thousands of college commencement speeches around the country this year for the Class of 2015. But there was one missing -- one very truthful, funny and witty speech that graduates should've heard, but didn't. Well, here it is, spoken by George Will, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist at the Washington Post.
2015-06-01: WT: TPP would trump American interests, by Tammy Bruce
"TPP is much larger than NAFTA and is mostly not about trade. It's also about regulating the Internet, labor conditions, how you can favor local industry, regulating hospitals and health care, even banking. Essentially every aspect of a modern economy are in the TPP." -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange
2015-05-30: JWR: A summer break from campus muzzling ... via Progressivism, by George Will
In "The Promise of American Life" (1909), progressivism's canonical text, Herbert Croly said, "The average American individual is morally and intellectually inadequate to a serious and consistent conception of his responsibilities as a democrat." National life should be "a school", with the government as the stern but caring principal.
2015-05-27: WT: Obama's Internet overhaul includes extortion, shakedowns, by Earnest Istook
Businesses and individuals must buy multiple websites in self-defense against domains like .sucks, which debuts in June. Mr. Obama is adding cost, confusion and cronyism to the Internet, just as Obamacare did for the nation's health care system.
2015-05-26: WT: A Reaganesque solution to the Ex-Im Bank dilemma, by John Bolton
The Ex-Im Bank's critics have their economics entirely correct, but they have their geopolitics wrong. Their solution -- simply terminating the bank -- is appealing but counterproductive. What America should do, under a president with the wit to do it, is negotiate the global elimination of "export credits" (as these subsidies are generically known).
2015-05-24: WT: Supreme Court's long war against the family, by Robert Knight
"While our legal system was maintaining the fiction that individuals were the only reality, we were living the truth that individuals are all members of families and that families are the real components of society." -- Quote by Michael Schwartz
2015-05-24: WT: Nixon's 1974 Memorial Day speech -- just as applicable today!
2015-05-19: WT: Defense report rebuts Obama-Clinton Benghazi narrative, by Rowan Scarborough
At the very time President Obama, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other top leaders were blaming spontaneous protests for the deadly Benghazi attack, the Defense Department broadly circulated a detailed intelligence report that said an al Qaeda-linked group planned the assault 10 days beforehand, with the goal of killing as many Americans as possible.
2015-05-12: WT: U.S. Christians shrink, but Evangelicals increase, by Cheryl Wetzstein
There were 62 million evangelical Protestants in 2014, about 2 million more than a parallel survey found in 2007, the Pew Research Center said in its Tuesday report, "America's Changing Religious Landscape". Those numbers stood in contrast with an overall shrinking population of Americans who identify as Christians.
2015-05-12: WT: ACU releases 2015 Congressional ratings, by Jennifer Harper
Findings: Liberals in Congress tend to vote together as a block; the Left does a great job of enforcing lockstep orthodoxy, to the detriment of the constituents they represent. A slim few Republicans were rated between 40 and 49 percent on the scale, with the majority of them scoring 60 percent and above. Sixteen earned a 100 percent rating this year.
2015-05-11: Examiner: Cash crop -- a treatise on American farm subsidies, by Vince Smith
Farmers in the United States benefit from hundreds of government programs. In 2015 alone, they will receive about $18 billion in the form of direct taxpayer-funded subsidies. These so-called "farm income safety net" payments flow to farmers through federal crop price support, dairy income support and livestock insurance programs.
2015-05-10: WT: Kirsten Powers on The Left's Crusade Against Free Speech, by Jennifer Harper
In "The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech," Kirsten Powers points out that leftist methodology is to simply shut down public debate with the help of a compliant liberal news media and a secular culture -- while squawking about tolerance and values.
2015-05-08: Examiner: There's a war on free speech, and radical Islam is winning, by P Klein
If Christians responded to an art show that they found offensive with violence, the media would call for a national conversation on Christian fundamentalism. But when radical Muslims do it, the national conversation is on hate speech.
2015-05-04: Detroit News: Think voluntary, not coercive, unions, by Mark Mix, NRTWF president
Americans regularly join and form clubs, civic associations and church groups, and countless other organizations that rely on little more than the enthusiasm and support of their members. A club that alienates its core supporters must adapt quickly or disappear. Similarly, a union should be required to attract members voluntarily or go out of business.
2015-04-xx: IMPRIMUS: The Battle of Indiana the Promise of Battles to Come, by David French
Imprimis lecture by David French, a writer for National Review and National Review Online.
2015-04-28: WSJ: Baltimore shows how progressivism has failed urban America
You're not supposed to say this in polite company, but what went up in flames in Baltimore Monday night was not merely a senior center, small businesses and police cars. Burning down was also the blue-city model of urban governance.
2015-04-26: WT: Left makes it safe to commit voter fraud, by Robert Knight
On a host of electoral integrity issues, the liberal position can be summarized in two words: enable cheating. How else to explain their rhetoric against voter photo ID laws? Or the intense drive for Election Day registration, mail-in voting and earlier and earlier balloting, all of which make it harder to detect and prevent vote fraud?
2015-04-26: WT: Army seeks private help for 50-year-old M4 rifle, by Rowan Scarborough
The Army is asking the gun industry to build new components for its soldiers' primary weapon -- the M4 carbine -- a move that experts say is a tacit admission that the service has been supplying a flawed rifle that lacks the precision of commercially available guns.
2015-04-23: WT: The Legacy of Eric Holder... Articles by Powell, Adams, Fund, and Connor
1. A calculated corruptor of justice, by Sidney Powell
2. Race was always at the core of his agenda, by J. Christian Adams
3. The interests of Barack Obama came before justice, by Hans von Spakovsky John Fund
4. In agreement with America's enemies, by Joseph F. Connor
2015-04-15: WT: Obama amnesty granted 541,000 Social Security numbers to illegal immigrants
... thus opening the door to government benefits ranging from tax credits to driver's licenses. Republican critics of the president's immigration policy say he's helping illegal immigrants at the expense of American workers, whose taxes pay for Social Security and other government benefits.
2015-04-14: WT: ICE released 30,558 criminal aliens into community in 2014, by Stephen Dinan
Had amassed nearly 80,000 convictions, including 250 homicides, 186 kidnappings and 373 sexual assaults.
2015-04-14: JW: ISIS Camp a Few Miles from Texas, Mexican Authorities Confirm
Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as "plans" of Fort Bliss -- the sprawling military installation that houses the US Army's 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation.
2015-04-13: WT: OPT program offers incentive to hire foreign workers over Americans
An H-1B-type program for foreign college graduates. "You can be out of your university for more than two years and kindly old Uncle Sam still regards you as a student, allows you to still work legally in this country and worse, pays your employer a bonus instead of hiring a comparably qualified citizen or green card holder." -- Report by researcher David North
2015-04-09: LA Times: FCC's net neutrality rules open door to new fee on Internet service
"The federal government is sure to tap this new revenue stream soon to spend more of consumers' hard-earned dollars," warned Ajit Pai, a Republican on the FCC. "So when it comes to broadband, read my lips: More new taxes are coming. It's just a matter of when."
2015-04-08: WT: Obama gun control push backfires as industry sees unprecedented surge
From 2001 to 2007, gun production held steady at between 3 million and 4 million units a year. It topped 4 million in 2008 but shot to 5.6 million in 2009, held steady in 2010 and then spiked to 8.6 million guns in 2012 and a record 10.8 million in 2013, according to ATF data.
2015-04-08: WT: The dirty little (open) secret about the press, by Monica Crowley
The only difference between the Rolling Stone "reporter" and these "journalists" is that the magazine writer got caught. The Rolling Stone debacle is one more example of journalists being more interested in creating a narrative that supports their agenda than reporting objectively. (Related article)
2015-04-08: Politico: Drudge Report still dominant, by Hadas Gold
The Drudge Report is the leading source of referral traffic (excluding social media and search referrals) for many of the top news organizations in the country, according to a new report from the Drudge Report's advertising management firm Intermarkets.
2015-04-05: LA Times: Pentagon's $10-billion missile defense bet gone bad, by David Willman
Expensive missteps have become a trademark of the Missile Defense Agency. Over the last decade, the agency has sunk nearly $10 billion into SBX and three other programs that had to be killed or sidelined after they proved unworkable.
2015-03-xx: IMPRIMUS: Frank Capra's America and Ours, by John Marini
Imprimis lecture by John Marini, professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Reno.
2015-03-31: Examiner: The Left wages total war and then plays victim... (standard procedure)
They're now astroturfing Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. As stunning as their ambitions of total victory is their continued pretense to be fighting a defensive war. It should be obvious to all that the Left long ago dropped its love of pluralism and tolerance -- if that ever was their goal.
2015-03-26: WT: Obamacare begins a death spiral... regardless of King v. Burwell outcome
The death spiral isn't just a theory. Eight states learned this the hard way in the 1990s when they enacted two policies known as "community rating" and "guaranteed issue", requiring health insurers to sell coverage to anyone who wanted it at the same price. Obamacare is already on the same trajectory.
2015-03-26: WaPo: Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous, by Fareed Zakaria
The author of "In Defense of a Liberal Education" argues that obsessive STEM education has nothing to do with America's past and continuing ability to innovate. For that, a traditional liberal education is required, which hopefully still nurtures the ability for critical thinking.
2015-03-24: WT: Small business owners still victimized by 'Operation Choke Point'
Gun shop owners, payday lenders, and other small businesses deemed politically incorrect by the Obama administration are apparently still being targeted two months after the FDIC retracted its "reputational risk" listing denying credit to such businesses.
2015-03-23: Heritage: 2015 Federal Budget in Pictures
It is critical that Americans understand what the nation's spending, debt, and taxes mean for them and their families -- as well as what solutions can point the way forward. The Heritage Foundation's Federal Budget in Pictures offers a unique tool to learn about these vital issues in a clear, compelling way.
2015-03-22: Examiner: Silenced workers who lost jobs to H-1B visa abuse (quietly) speak out
American industry is abusing the H-1B skilled guest worker visa program, with many tech giants using the program to fire well-paid current workers and replace them with workers from abroad at significantly lower pay.
2015-03-20: Watchdog.org: U.S. subsidies energize foreign corporations, by Kenric Ward
The United States may have the highest corporate tax rate in the developed world, but large companies are reaping billions of dollars in subsidies from Uncle Sam. And the biggest beneficiary isn't even an American firm -- it is the Spanish utility giant, Iberdrola.
2015-03-19: Examiner: Tech giant seeks more foreign workers, to displace costlier Americans
So not everyone agrees with Schmidt on the need for more H-1B workers. Certainly not the laid-off IT employees at Southern California Edison. And not the workers reportedly displaced by similar practices at Disney, Harley Davidson, Cargill, Pfizer and other companies.
2015-03-18: WT: A 'reasonable' view of privacy, security, by Michael Hayden
Gen. Michael Hayden, a former director of the CIA and the National Security Agency, describes the details of how the NSA uses smart algorithms to filter foreign intelligence and mask domestic identities, to stay within the spirit of the 4th Amendment.
2015-03-16: WT: Chile, where freedom nurtures success, by Richard Rahn
Countries that have the rule of law (including honest and competent judges), protect private property, have free markets and free trade, have relatively low tax rates and government spending, avoid destructive economic regulation, and have sound money tend to grow at much faster rates than those countries that don't.
2015-03-16: WT: Failure to track death cost feds $124B in bogus payments, by Stephen Dinan
One major problem is tracking when Americans die -- the Social Security Administration admitted last week that its rolls are filled with names of more than 6 million folks who are listed as 112 years of age or older.
2015-03-16: WT: The dark secrets of federal pensions, by Adam Andrzejewski
Imagine if you could review your congressman's pension, or that of former IRS chief Lois Lerner or former Secret Service boss Julia Pierson? But we don't know because we can't see them. The data is not merely opaque, but literally housed and hidden in a Cold War-era underground complex in Pennsylvania.
2015-03-15: AP: Pipeline Boom -- Fight over Keystone XL project doesn't deter industry growth
While the Keystone project awaits a final decision, lesser-known developments have quietly added more than 11,600 miles of pipeline to the nation's domestic oil network. About 3.3 million barrels per day of capacity have been added since 2012 alone -- five times more oil than the Canada-to-Texas Keystone line could carry if it's ever built.
2015-03-11: Watchdog.org: Public-private SBA firms capitalize in secret -- Apple Intel?
The portfolio of "small businesses" in SBIC programs are mostly mature companies with stable dividend cash flows of up to $50 million in revenues. "This is the privatization of profits and the socialization of loss."
2015-03-04: WT: Book Review - Hidden in Plain Sight -- housing policies => financial crisis
Peter Wallison's important, engaging and alarming "Hidden in Plain Sight" is the definitive work on the financial crisis. He makes a cogent case that "the 2008 financial crisis would not have occurred but for the housing policies of the U.S. government between 1992 and 2008."
2015-03-03: WT: FBI tolerates nepotism, and discourages whistleblowers -- by Kelly Riddell
Certain FBI team members are increasingly frustrated that their mission is being hampered by internal politics and nepotism. Meanwhile, a potential whistleblower was warned he could face retaliation by coming forward with concerns about political meddling inside a secret terrorism and counterintelligence surveillance program.
2015-03-03: RT: Hillary Clinton's "hacked" Benghazi emails -- via "Guccifer"
2015-02-26: WT: Huge trove of 'destroyed' Lois Lerner emails found -- Criminal probe by IG
The IRS's inspector general confirmed Thursday it is conducting a criminal investigation into how Lois G. Lerner's emails disappeared, saying it took only two weeks for investigators to find hundreds of tapes the agency's chief had told Congress were irretrievably destroyed.
2015-02-26: NR: Comrades for Net Neutrality -- Powers behind FCC's muscling of the Internet
Today's vote by a bitterly divided Federal Communications Commission that the Internet should be regulated as a public utility is the culmination of a decade-long battle by the Left. Using money from George Soros and liberal foundations that totaled at least $196 million, radical activists finally succeeded in ramming through "net neutrality", or the idea that all data should be transmitted equally over the Internet.
2015-02-25: WT: Clinton's war on Libya lost terror intelligence -- Gadhafi was aiding U.S.
Hillary Clinton's 2011 campaign to drive Moammar Gadhafi from power did significant damage to U.S. intelligence, according to a top Libyan aide and U.S. intelligence officials. The Libyan dictator provided regular reports to the CIA that helped capture or kill key al Qaeda figures and thwart terrorist attacks against American targets overseas, those sources said.
2015-02-25: American Thinker: Same Sex Marriage and Dred Scott, by J Peter Mulhern
What to do when the Supreme Court vandalizes state law with a delusional ruling that has no basis in the Constitution? Just say no. It really is as simple as that. ... Both Dred Scott and Windsor were foolish attempts to resolve contentious political issues by arbitrary judicial decree.
2015-02-24: Watchdog.org: Unions throw millions at data firm accused of breaking election law
Materials from secretive leftist donor network Democracy Alliance obtained by the Free Beacon suggest DA sees for-profit data vendors as a way to skirt campaign finance law. DA and left-wing billionaire George Soros have been Catalist supporters since the company's 2006 launch.
2015-02-16: WT: FCC, FEC look to ruin the Internet -- OpEd by Tammy Bruce
The FCC and the FEC have declared their intention to regulate the Internet. Fascists always explain their actions as efforts to make something more efficient, "fair," or to "protect" their target. With the feds' latest effort, their new slogan might as well be, "If you like your Internet, you can keep your Internet." Make no mistake: The Internet is under assault.
2015-02-16: WT: Carly Fiorina Unplugged - takes aim at liberal elitism, by Ralph Hallow
"Warren's wrong about the answer to crony capitalism. It's not more big government, which only creates more crony capitalism," she said. "The answer is less government, radical simplification, real government reform — not just enough to lower tax rates. You have to simplify the tax codes."
2015-02-12: WT: Obama amnesty creates path for illegal immigrants to vote, by Stephen Dinan
President Obama's temporary deportation amnesty will make it easier for illegal immigrants to improperly register and vote in elections, state elections officials testified to Congress, saying that the driver's licenses and Social Security numbers they will be granted create a major illegitimate voting opportunity.
2015-02-11: WT: Texas ruling allows cross-state handgun purchases, overturns 1968 gun law
A federal district court in Texas overturned a 1968 gun law prohibiting the sale of handguns to out-of-state residents, granting those who live in Washington, D.C., the ability to travel to an out-of-state gun store, buy a handgun and bring it home without a middleman.
2015-02-11: WT: Obama drafts federal workers to shill for Obamacare, by Ernest Istook
President Obama wants millions of new recruiters for Obamacare, so he is drafting federal workers -- including soldiers -- to ask their friends and family to sign up for coverage at HealthCare.gov. OPM has provided millions of pro-Obamacare fliers and postcards for workers to distribute before the enrollment deadline Sunday.
2015-02-09: WT: Exposing the cause of the Great Recession -- Gov't redistributionist policy
Peter J. Wallison, former general counsel of the U.S. Treasury Department and a member of the congressionally authorized Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, has just published a book, "Hidden in Plain Sight," in which he clearly documents what caused the financial crisis and why it is likely to happen again.
2015-02-06: Examiner: Which states get the most bang for their educational buck? -- Utah #1
Utah spends its education dollars most efficiently, scoring 86 points on the Nation's Report Card for every $1,000 spent on education. Despite spending only $6,441 per pupil, less than any other state, Utah's combined reading and math score on the Nation's Report Card beats 20 other states.
2015-02-06: Free Beacon: Afghanistan War Hero Stripped of Silver Star -- Criticized strategy
A recent survey conducted by the Military Times revealed only 27 percent of the military felt that their leaders were looking out for the best interests of the troops. Golsteyn's situation illustrates why this is the case, along with Will Swenson (Medal of Honor package "lost"), and Jim Gant (drummed out of the Army) after running afoul of their superiors.
2015-01-28: WT: Secret tapes undermine Clinton on Libyan war: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, OpEd
Top Pentagon officials and a senior Democrat in Congress so distrusted Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2011 march to war in Libya that they opened their own diplomatic channels with the Gadhafi regime in an effort to halt the escalating crisis, according to secret audio recordings recovered from Tripoli.
2015-01-28: WT: FDIC attempts to end "Operation Choke Point" (Obama's war on gun sellers)
In an effort to end Operation Choke Point -- a financial task force that was created by the Obama administration to "choke out" businesses it finds objectionable like gun shops -- the FDIC issued a letter saying all banks should examine their customer relationships on a case-by-case basis and not by industry operational risk.
2015-01-28: WT: Former CENCOM chief criticizes Obama defense, security policies, by Bill Gertz
Gen. Mattis urges fixing the country's faulty defense strategy "because in an interconnected age when opportunistic adversaries can work in tandem to destroy stability and prosperity, our country needs to regain its strategic footing. We need to bring the clarity to our efforts before we lose the confidence of the American people and the support of potential allies."
2015-01-23: WaPo: New Marine Corps Commandant plans to shake up the service, by Dan Lamothe
Commandant Gen. Joseph F. Dunford took over as the service's top officer on Oct. 17, replacing the retiring Gen. James F. Amos. He released a 16-page plan on Friday outlining how the Marine Corps "will set the conditions to fight and win against future enemies".
2015-01-20: Watchdog.org: 25-year-old 'test program' shields federal contract data, by K Ward
While government agencies snoop into the private lives of Americans, Congress maintains a stone wall around trillions of dollars in public contracts. Just before their Christmas break, lawmakers quietly renewed the Comprehensive Subcontracting Plan Test Program, a oxymorically titled law that blocks disclosure of Pentagon spending.
2015-01-19: Examiner: Government created the housing and financial crises - may do so again
The real problem was housing finance, argues Peter Wallison in his new book Hidden in Plain Sight: What Really Caused the World's Worst Financial Crisis and Why It Could Happen Again. Without changes in housing finance policy, he says, there would have been no financial crisis in 2008.
2015-01-19: Watchdog.org: 'Dark money' scolder CMD doesn't disclose union donations
The Center for Media and Democracy positions itself as a crusader against anonymous political contributions -- so-called "dark money". But this self-righteous left-wing propaganda machine apparently doesn't mind keeping the public in the dark about some big labor union checks it has cashed.
2015-01-14: WT: Taxpayer advocate predicts 'new lows' for IRS service, by Stephen Dinan
The IRS has seen a "devastating erosion" of its ability to do its job, and the worst is yet to come after budget cuts have trimmed staff and the tea party targeting scandal has damaged the agency's reputation, the government's official National Taxpayer Advocate said in a report Wednesday, delivering the latest grim assessment of the agency.
2015-01-14: WT: George Soros funds Ferguson protests -- $33 million for "astroturf" activists
Liberal billionaire George Soros gave at least $33 million in one year to support already-established groups that emboldened the grass-roots, on-the-ground activists in Ferguson, according to the most recent tax filings of his nonprofit Open Society Foundations.
2015-01-06: Examiner: Racism for fun and profit -- "Race-hustling" perfected by the Rev Al
A few entrepreneurial charlatans have managed to monetize this revulsion and build from it something that resembles an extortion racket. Nice business you have there -- if you care about it, you're going to need to pay someone for protection.
2015-01-05: WT: Apocalypse prophecies drive Islamic State strategy, recruiting efforts
One U.S. official said al-Baghdadi may simply be leaning on end-of-times propaganda because he knows how intoxicating it is to young recruits thirsting for meaning in their lives. At the same time, the official said, there's "nothing to suggest that he and a circle of others around him don't actually believe this stuff."
2015-01-05: Examiner: Family fragmentation: Can anything be done?, by Michael Barone
The nation is being deprived of a substantial amount of human capital by family fragmentation. Young people are achieving less than their potential, with cumulative negative consequences for all of us.
2014-12-21: Military Times: Obama's mark on the military; deeply unpopular commander-in-chief
Obama is an unpopular president in the eyes of the men and women in uniform. Yet his two-term administration is etching a deep imprint on the culture inside the armed forces . As commander in chief, he will leave behind a legacy that will shape the Pentagon's personnel policies and the social customs of rank-and-file troops for decades to come.
2014-12-19: WT: Obamacare's Christmas surprise -- CMS to re-enroll you in cheaper plan
CMS has laid the perfect trap: Sign up at healthcare.gov one time in your life and we will never let you go. If you don't continually re-enroll each and every year, CMS will keep you on the plan that it chooses.
2014-12-09: Examiner: "Gummint don't work so good" any more, by Michael Barone
"Big government has become a big, waddling, sluggish beast, ever ready to boss you around, but not able to perform useful functions at anything but a plodding pace. It needs to be slimmed down and streamlined, so it can get useful things done."
2014-12-03: Brookings: The Earned Income Tax Credit in Your County -- An interactive map
2014-12-02: Conservative Intel: The U.S. Electorate Since 1982, In 12 Graphs, David Freddoso
2014-12-01: Examiner: Are IGs REALLY Independent?... or lapdogs of agency management?
Allegations against top officials at the State Department were devastating and had to be suppressed, so the agency's inspector general quickly obliged, delivering what amounted to a cover-up of a cover-up. What happened at the State Department is not unusual, recent disclosures show.
2014-11-xx: IMPRIMUS: Effects of Obamacare on Economic Productivity, by Casey Mulligan
Imprimis lecture by Casey Mulligan, professor of economics at the University of Chicago
2014-11-19: CSpan video: Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States -- Arthur Laffer (53:05)
Arthur Laffer talks about his book, An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States: How Taxes, Energy, and Worker Freedom Change Everything. He argues that every measure of economic prosperity on the state level is linked to taxation and says the data shows that low tax states are outperforming high tax states around the country.
2014-11-17: WT: In the beginning there was Goldwater -- Started modern conservative movement
Republicans saw his defeat as the end. Things would return to normal with Democrats and "respectable" Republicans differing on the margins, but agreeing on major issues. But Barry Goldwater in losing had changed their world and ours in ways they couldn't imagine; they were soon to discover that it was only the beginning.
2014-11-17: WT: The menace of civil forfeiture -- Was originated to fight organized crime
Civil forfeiture was designed as a tool in the government's arsenal against predatory criminal enterprises. In the ensuing decades, however, Congress vastly expanded it. Nearly half a century later, it has so metastasized that asset forfeiture is now available for virtually every offense of the federal criminal law.
2014-11-12: Examiner: Gruber's Obamacare comments expose what's wrong with liberalism
Gruber, in a moment of candor, acknowledged what has always been true about Obamacare and liberalism -- that the masses have to be tricked into ceding control to those who know what's best for them.
2014-11-12: Examiner: Obamacare's foundation of lies a warning for new Supreme Court case
Given the clear text of the law and Gruber's admissions on other occasions, the Democrats' argument in King v. Burwell is: we obviously never intended to exclude the federal exchange. If it's an argument about legislative intent, Obamacare's authors are asking us to trust them.
2014-11-07: GRUBER: Lack of [Obamacare] transparency a huge political advantage, video (0:53)
In this just-posted 2013-10-17 video, Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber brags about deceiving the American people, who he thinks are stupid. He admits a "lack of transparency" helped the Obama administration and congressional Democrats pass the Affordable Care Act.
2014-11-07: More Gruber videos: #3 (2:31), #5 (1:26)
2014-11-05: Examiner: GOP's new turnout machine was in top gear -- Learned from Dems
The party has spent 100 million overhauling the way it campaigns, finally giving it a data and analytics-driven operation that can compete with the Democratic machine built by President Obama. Thus they were able to confidently project a sweeping Republican advance ahead of the elections.
2014-11-04: Breitbart: Second Amendment Crushes Gun Control Candidates In Midterm Elections
The day before the elections took place, Breitbart News reminded red state and pro-Second Amendment voters to vote like their guns depended on it. They did, the Second Amendment won the day, Republicans won the Senate, and gun control took a beating.
2014-10-xx: IMPRIMUS: The Case Against Liberal Compassion, by William Voegeli
Imprimis lecture by William Voegeli, Senior Editor, Claremont Review of Books
2014-10-28: Examiner: Obama's digital health records effort may be 'effectively dead'
President Obama's ambitious $30 billion subsidy program to encourage doctors and hospitals to use electronic health records may be "effectively dead," as doctors and hospitals flee the program. The 2009 electronic health records law was heavily promoted by President Obama as a precursor to Obamacare.
2014-10-26: WaPo: The family deficit -- How the marriage decline affects the nation.
Robert Samuelson describes the decline of the institution of marriage over the last few decades... "It explains some stubborn poverty and our frustrations in combating it. We've learned that what good families provide cannot easily be gotten elsewhere."
2014-10-25: Examiner: Study shows illegally voting non-citizens could tip close races in U.S.
Enough non-citizens illegally vote in U.S. elections to potentially decide close races, a new study suggests. Old Dominion University political scientists found that 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in the 2008 elections and 2.2 percent voted in the 2010 midterms.
2014-10-23: Breitbart: Judge refuses to penalize IRS targeting; Opinion: True the Vote v. IRS
The opinion, by Judge Reggie B. Walton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, found that the IRS had taken sufficient "remedial steps to address the alleged behavior."
2014-10-19: WT: The Pentagon's war on the global climate -- Green agenda vs core mission
The Pentagon's "2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap," published last week, demonstrates how thoroughly and deeply liberal "climate change" ideology is being embedded in our military establishment. To undo the damage will require a determined effort by our next president.
2014-10-16: Daily Beast: Insiders Blame Rove for Covering Up Iraq's Real WMD, by Eli Lake
Starting in 2004, some members of the George W. Bush administration and Republican lawmakers began to find evidence of discarded chemical weapons in Iraq. The issue of Iraq's WMD remnants was suddenly thrust back into the fore this week, with a blockbuster New York Times report accusing the Bush administration of covering up American troops' chemically induced wounds.
2014-10-10: Examiner: Doctors, hospitals rethinking electronic medical records <--2009 law
A revolt is brewing among doctors and hospital administrators over electronic medical records systems mandated by one of President Obama's early health care reforms, claiming electronic records "fail to support efficient and effective clinical work".
2014-10-06: Kudlow: 'Subsidizing Non-Work' Hobbles Labor Market -- It pays not to work!
CNBC's Larry Kudlow notes: "We still can't seem to stop the hemorrhaging of people dropping out of the labor force. People at the margin who might grab a job have walked away because the government benefits are quite substantial."
2014-10-06: Governing: The Secret to Making Tough Fiscal Choices: Open Gov't -- Chuck Reed
When governments make it easy for citizens to know the facts and engage them in the conversation about what needs to be done, reforms can happen.
2014-10-06: Examiner: Democrats losing long war against voter ID -- Fund and Von Spakovsky
In courts of law and the court of public opinion, the issue is gaining traction. With few exceptions, liberal pressure groups have lost lawsuits in state after state, with courts tossing out their faux claims that ID laws are discriminatory, unconstitutional or suppress minority voting.
2014-10-02: Examiner: The disaster caused by granting mortgages to non-creditworthy Hispanics
An estimated one-third of the mortgage foreclosures in the 2007-10 period were of Hispanic homebuyers. Very many had been granted mortgages, despite bad or dubious credit, thus gaining brownie points with regulators for lending to "minorities".
2014-09-xx: IMPRIMUS: The History and Danger of Administrative Law, by Philip Hamburger
Imprimis lecture by Philip Hamburger, Columbia Law School
2014-09-30: WT: Navy sailors distrust commanders, fear crippling political correctness
Navy sailors harbor "widespread mistrust" in the admirals who command them, complaining of poor leadership and a disciplinary environment that tolerates absolutely no mistakes, says a survey of the fleet... "[T]he fact that a growing number of quality officers have already left the service or are planning to head for the doors seems to be going undetected by senior leadership."
2014-09-30: NPR: Mexico Pays To Help Its Citizens Avoid Deportation From The U.S.
Since the Obama administration created DACA in 2012, more than 580,000 unauthorized immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors have received temporary relief from deportation and been given work permits that last for at least two years.
2014-09-15: Heritage: The War on Poverty After 50 Years, by Robert Rector Rachel Sheffield
Since 1964, U.S. taxpayers have spent over $22 trillion on anti-poverty programs. This spending is three times the cost of all military wars in U.S. history since the American Revolution. Despite this mountain of spending, progress against poverty, at least as measured by the government, has been minimal.
2014-08-27: WT: Racial hostility, discrimination inside Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
"The treatment of women and minorities at the CFPB is deplorable," Mr. McHenry said in a statement to The Times. Unfortunately, due to the unique structure of the bureau -- leaving it free from both congressional and executive branch oversight -- there is little that can be done to stop these rogue agency leaders.
2014-08-19: WT: Army quits tests after competing rifle outperforms M4A1 carbine
A competing rifle outperformed the Army's favored M4A1 carbine in key firings during a competition last year before the service abruptly called off the tests and stuck with its gun, according to a new confidential report. (Related story: M4, M16 a National Disgrace?)
2014-08-11: Daily Mail: O'Keefe Strikes again, crosses US-Mexico dressed as Osama bin Laden
James O'Keefe, known for guerrilla documentaries targeting liberals, says US Border Patrol was nowhere to be seen when he crossed border twice wearing a bin Laden mask to show the national security implications of unmonitored borders.
2014-08-09: Examiner: Don't mistake Tea Party birth pains for death throes, by Star Parker
Tea Party sentiments point to troubles in America flowing from the erosion and undermining of American institutions. It is about restoring strength and viability to our institutions -- certainly not undermining trust in them.
2014-07-29: Examiner: Highway Trust Fund going into bike lanes?, by Mark Tapscott
Traffic getting worse during commuter hours? Potholes from last winter still not filled? Don't understand why bike lanes are suddenly so important? More than 90 percent of Americans depend upon their personal cars and trucks to get to and from work every day. But many government officials at all levels seem determined to make life miserable for drivers.
2014-07-25: Examiner: Dodd-Frank at war with itself, by Hester Peirce
Rather than hope in Dodd-Frank's hyper-regulatory solutions, we should look for ways to eliminate government distortions. Craft simple rules that force financial institutions -- under the watchful eyes of their creditors, shareholders and counterparties -- to make prudent choices about their size, structure, funding sources and assets.
2014-07-23: Heritage: 2014 Index of Culture and Opportunity -- Change over last 10 years
The Index tracks 31 cultural and economic indicators -- from the marriage rate and religious attendance to welfare dependence, workforce participation, and educational opportunities -- and categorizes them in three sections: culture, poverty and dependence, and general opportunity.
2014-07-19: Ars Technica: Feds have old IP addresses, full credit card numbers
FOIA request turns up 9 years of records. Not just "metadata". The 76 new pages of data, covering 2005 through 2013, show that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) retains massive amounts of data on us when we travel internationally.
2014-07-14: WT: Editing out an enlightened history of America
The Founders' grand experiment is being put at risk by liberal progressive educational ideologues intent upon creating a citizenry ignorant of its real history, but indoctrinated to hate its country, its history and those who founded it. This disease has infected Common Core and now threatens even the College Board.
2014-07-11: WND: Catholic Church Raising Money for Illegals
Catholic Charities USA has taken on a major role in helping the federal government find temporary housing for the droves of Central Americans illegally crossing the border into the United States. And it's also helping finance the operation.
2014-07-10: Guardian: The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control
At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US, says whistleblower William Binney -- that's a 'totalitarian mentality'.
2014-07-10: ABC News: Police Face Severe Shortage of Recruits
With the number of applicants down more than 90 percent in some cities, police departments may soon be posting more signs that say "Help Wanted" instead of "Most Wanted". ... In Fairfax County, Va., an entrance exam advertisement would draw 4,000 people five years ago. Now, it brings in 300.
2014-07-03: WaPo: Why we stuck with Maliki -- and lost Iraq
American adviser Ali Khedery on how the Obama administration leaders kept Nouri al-Maliki as prime minister of Iraq, and how that has led to the apparent breakup of Iraq today.
2014-06-26: NR Online: All Employment Growth Since 2000 Went to Immigrants
A recent study finds that there were 127,000 fewer working-age natives holding a job in the first quarter of 2014 than in 2000, while the number of immigrants with a job was 5.7 million above the 2000 level.
2014-06-23: WT OpEd: Free speech on the guillotine
Liberals employ extreme measures to silence opposition. ... Such intolerance is hardly new, but it has never found such acceptance among so many supposedly mainstream politicians.
2014-06-14: American Thinker: Obama's Children's Crusade, by James Lewis
Would you send your own kids in wild mobs to a strange land? Do Hispanics love and protect their children less than we do? No. This is another Obama agit-prop stunt, with a U.S. president assaulting our southern borders.
2014-06-05: AmRen.com: FAA Changes Hiring Practices for Air Traffic Controllers -- "Diversity"
Thousands of potential FAA air traffic control trainees, with College Initiative Training (CTI) degrees or previous military experience, have been told by the federal agency they are no longer eligible for job interviews. Instead, the FAA now accepts less qualified applicants, apparently to satisfy concerns that the agency needs a more diverse workforce.
2014-06-01: Telegraph: Bowe Bergdahl: a darker story behind the release of America's last POW
America celebrates the release of a young soldier who allegedly abandoned his post after growing disillusioned with the war in Afghanistan.
2014-05-xx: YG Netwk: Conservative Reforms for Limited Gov't, Thriving Middle Class
This free 120-page e-book contains essays on policies discussed at a conference that took place this March in Middleburg, Virginia. On the discussion panel were Rep Eric Cantor (VA), plus Sens Mike Lee (UT), Mitch McConnell (KY), and Tim Scott (SC).
2014-05-xx: IMPRIMUS: The Worldview that Makes the Underclass, by Anthony Daniels
Imprimis lecture by Anthony Daniels, Writer and Doctor
2014-05-24: Examiner: Export-Import Bank costs taxpayers $2 billion a decade, by Tim Carney
The Obama administration and the business lobby defend the Export-Import Bank of the United States by claiming it "makes a profit" for taxpayers. But this "profit" is an accounting fiction, a top federal budget agency recently found. (George Allen just wrote a WT article praising Ex-Im.)
2014-05-20: WT OpEd: The academic recession: Big bucks, little knowledge
Many college graduates can't handle a family budget, express themselves clearly or understand what American democracy is about. Good citizenship requires more than the ability to hold a job. It means being informed and well-rounded as a person. American universities have become big businesses turning out graduates who are neither.
2014-05-19: The Atlantic: The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage
Far from offering expanding attractive career opportunities, it seems that many, but not all, science and engineering careers are headed in the opposite direction: unstable careers, slow-growing wages, and high risk of jobs moving offshore or being filled by temporary workers from abroad.
2014-05-18: WT: Feds press banks to cut off gun retailers -- 'Operation Choke Point'
Gun retailers say the Obama administration is trying to put them out of business with regulations and investigations that bypass Congress and choke off their lines of credit, freeze their assets and prohibit online sales. The "Justice" Department has launched 'Operation Choke Point'.
2014-05-18: WT: Corporations hoard cash away from high U.S. taxes
The highest-in-the-world U.S. corporate tax rate and the Federal Reserve's artificially low interest rate combine to produce marketing decisions not beneficial for the U.S. economy.
2014-05-13: House Floor: Trey Gowdy gets a standing ovation - 'We Make Law!' -- video (5:28)
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), sponsor of the "Enforce the Law Act", gave an very passionate speech defending the need for legislation to stop Obama's power grab. Five Democrats joined the Republican majority to advance a bill that would authorize the House or Senate to sue the executive branch for not enforcing laws. Gowdy received a standing O on the House floor.
2014-05-12: Heritage: IRS Tries to Silence Political Speech Again, with New Regulations
The IRS's proposed rules on "Guidance for Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organizations on Candidate-Related Political Activities" raise a host of serious concerns. The proposed rules ignore Supreme Court precedents and the Internal Revenue Code.
2014-05-08: WT: Obama's attack on the independence of inspectors general
Inspectors general are the taxpayers' policemen. Their beat is the corridors of the bureaucracy, which they patrol for waste, fraud, abuse and even crime. This often puts them at odds with a president, his administration and his congressional allies.
2014-05-05: WT: Margaret Sanger, racist eugenicist extraordinaire, by Arina Grossu
A couple of years ago, Margaret Sanger was named one of Time magazine's "20 Most Influential Americans of All Time". Given her enduring influence, it's worth considering what the woman who founded Planned Parenthood contributed to the eugenics movement. (Read also The Truth About MARGARET SANGER.)
2014-04-xx: IMPRIMUS: Sagebrush Rebellion Redivivus, by William Perry Pendley
Imprimis lecture by William Perry Pendley, President of the Mountain States Legal Foundation
2014-04-28: Examiner: Education spending skyrockets while student achievement stays stagnant
... What those trends suggest is that every state in America has suffered an education productivity collapse. Outcomes are generally stagnant or declining despite massive increases in expenditures.
2014-04-28: Examiner: Out of touch With America: Are unions obsolete? -- 5-part series
Chapter 1: Big Labor's identity crisis
Chapter 2: Unions and the Democratic Party
Chapter 3: Right to work vs. card check
Chapter 4: Forced unionism: The SEIU and Illinois home health-care workers
Chapter 5: Reinventing the union
2014-04-24: Examiner: Will demographics doom the GOP -- video (24:41)
Philip Klein and Michael Barone discuss the conventional wisdom, that Republican voters are too old and too white for the party to compete in an increasingly diverse American electorate. Does this mean that demographics will doom the GOP?
2014-04-23: CFACT: Secure property rights: Hold government to the law
The Cliven Bundy rancher story traces back to 1992 in a protest bound for a federal courthouse in Las Vegas. ... "The message terrified abusive bureaucrats: There are private rights in federal lands -- vested rights, not privileges."
2014-04-23: TIME: The Drinking Age Is Past Its Prime, by Camille Paglia
The age-21 rule sets the U.S. apart from all advanced Western nations, and it has pushed kids toward pills and other antisocial behavior.
2014-04-21: WT: A better way to help the dangerously mentally ill
While we spend $203 billion annually on what he found can only loosely be described as mental health care, much of what we are doing is wasteful, misdirected or even counterproductive. The perhaps 11 million men and women with truly severe mental problems who too often lead to violence, arrest, prison and suicide are often ignored in favor of minor mental health issues.
2014-04-14: A Libertarian song for the tax filing blues
"How would I live without filing taxes / What would I do with my free time /
Where would I go on a beautiful Sunday? / Good thing I won't have to make up my mind."
2014-04-12: Examiner: K Street loses a loyal ally in Kathleen Sebelius
Sebelius was a model of Obamanomics: carrying plenty of sticks to drive industry where she wanted it to go and bushels of carrots to reward the compliant businesses. The revolving door. Abortion extremism. Disregard for the rule of law. Incompetent management. That's Sebelius's legacy. The secretary shall not be missed.
2014-04-10: WT: RINOs head to FL while Conservatives meet in NH
The "Republican Main Street Partnership" is gathering in Florida this weekend. This "echo chamber for the left" (as seen by grass-roots conservatives) perceives the tea party and other conservatives as the authentic base of the GOP and therefore a threat to the levers of power that the party's behind-the-scenes leaders -- the Bushes, Karl Roves and Haley Barbours -- control. Meanwhile, GOP conservatives meet in New Hampshire on Saturday.
2014-04-10: WSJ: Ali: Here's What I Would Have Said at Brandeis
On Tuesday, after protests by students, faculty and outside groups, Brandeis University revoked its invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali to receive an honorary degree at its commencement ceremonies in May. The protesters accused Ms. Hirsi Ali, an advocate for the rights of women and girls, of being "Islamophobic". Here is an abridged version of the remarks she planned to deliver.
2014-04-04: WSJ: The Unemployment Puzzle: Where Have All the Workers Gone?
Glenn Hubbard explores the current U.S. labor market, whether cyclical or structural. "It seems clear by this late date that our problems are in no small part structural. What we need most urgently is to rethink the federal government's wider role in the labor market."
2014-03-25: OpenMarket: How Obamacare Victims Can Escape the "Liberty Tax"
Buried deep within the Obamacare law is an exemption from the individual mandate for a "health care sharing ministry". Health care sharing ministries are similar to the voluntary mutual aid societies that supported many social welfare institutions in early 20th century America among nearly every demographic community.
2014-03-24: Free Beacon: Obama to Kill Tomahawk, Hellfire Missile Programs
President Barack Obama is seeking to abolish two highly successful missile programs that experts say have helped the U.S. Navy maintain military superiority for the past several decades.
2014-03-22: WaPo: Sinkhole of bureaucracy -- OPM in Pennsylvania limestone mine.
Inside the caverns of an old Pennsylvania limestone mine, there are 600 employees of the Office of Personnel Management. Their task is nothing top-secret. It is to process the retirement papers of the government's own workers. But that system has a spectacular flaw. It still must be done entirely by hand, and almost entirely on paper.
2014-03-03: Dennis Prager: The Bigger the Government... the smaller the citizen. (Video 5:17)
"...the smaller the citizen." This has been true in Europe for decades and is becoming ever more so in the United States. But it's not the kind of nation, the Founding Fathers had in mind.
2014-03-03: Examiner: Paul Ryan releases new report criticizing the federal safety net
The report is highly critical of much of the existing safety net, noting at the outset that it comprises 92 programs that are "duplicative and complex" that accounted for $799 billion in spending in 2012.
2014-02-25: Free Beacon: Pentagon Contractors Exploring Business with Iran
Multiple companies currently exploring new business ventures in Iran are also cashing in on highly lucrative contracts with the U.S. Defense Department, raising questions about whether their dealings with Iran could run afoul of U.S. law.
2014-02-25: Free Beacon: End of American Military Dominance
President Barack Obama will sharply cut ships, aircraft, and troops as part of a major reduction of U.S. military forces that will face even steeper downsizing in 2016, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced on Monday.
2014-02-24: Ars Technica: DOD aims to scrap A-10 to keep F-35 alive in new budget
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is unveiling the Pentagon's proposed budget today—a budget that will dramatically scale back the size of the military. But in order to save the most sacred of cows in its ongoing modernization efforts, the Pentagon is proposing the elimination of what has arguably been the most effective combat aircraft in the Air Force's inventory: the A-10 Thunderbolt II.
2014-02-21: CNS News: Universities in FCC Newsroom Probe Have Close Ties to Soros
The FCC may have suspended its invasion into American newsrooms, but the controversial "Critical Information Needs" study also has George Soros' fingerprints all over it. While disturbing, this should come as no surprise since Soros gave more than $52 million to media organizations from 2000-2010.
2014-02-19: WT: Part 1 - Troops must use inferior rifle; Part 2 - Army cover-up?
Soldiers and marines have long had problems with the Army's main battle rifle (read here). Rowan Scarborough brings us up-to-date citing experiences in Afghanistan and Iraq, and exploring apparent Army cover-ups of the weapon's deficiencies.
2014-02-19: Examiner: UAW loss in Chattanooga a repudiation of 1930s unionism
It is 611 miles from the United Auto Workers headquarters in Detroit to Volkswagen's assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. It's a long day's drive, about 10 hours almost entirely on Interstate 75, but it turned out too be to far for the UAW.
2014-02-10: WSJ: The FCC Wades Into the Newsroom
An FCC commisioner questions why the agency is studying 'perceived station bias' and asking about coverage choices.
2014-02-09: USMC Times: Marine Corps Times first casualty in HQ's war to "professionalize"
Brass says independent newspaper does not conform to new Marine Corps message. ("I want the truth! ... You can't handle the truth!")
2014-01-xx: Limbaugh: The "Common Core" Debacle
In his Limbaugh Letter, Rush quotes from numerous publications that have picked out deficiencies in the "Common Core" school curriculum being pushed in many states. (Virginia, fortunately, has chosen not to follow these perverse guidelines.)
2014-01-28: WaPo: The diminishing returns of a college education, by Kathleen Parker
American students are paying too much for too little. Getting people into college is only half the battle. Getting them out with a useful education seems an equal challenge.
2014-01-23: BW: Spy vs Spy, the inside story of Tor.
... the best internet anonymity tool the government ever built.
2014-01-23: Frank Wolf's letter to Speaker Boehner urging Benghazi action
Former member of the House of Representatives Allen West has released a copy of a letter sent to Speaker of the House John Boehner by Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA). The letter is demanding a House Select Committee on Benghazi.
2013-12-13: Brookings: Income Taxes in Your County -- An interactive map
2013-12-12: Gallup: Americans Cite Gov't, Economy, Healthcare as Top Problems
Three issues -- dissatisfaction with government, the economy, and healthcare -- are the clear leaders when Americans name the most important problem facing the country.
2013-12-09: Bob Lonsberry: Two Americas -- Essay
The Democrats are right, there are two Americas. The America that works, and the America that doesn't. The America that contributes, and the America that doesn't. It's not the haves and the have nots, it's the dos and the don'ts. Some people do their duty as Americans, to obey the law and support themselves and contribute to society, and others don't. That's the divide in America.
2013-12-09: JW: U.S. Gov't Purges Law Enforcement Training Material Muslims Deem 'Offensive'
Judicial Watch today released a 26-page Special Report which includes a detailed chronology, identifies specific Islamic propaganda organizations, and identifies five top "Islamist influence operators" associated with the Obama administration.
2013-12-06: AMAC: ObamaCare's Next Legal Challenge
The law says subsidies can only go through state-run exchanges. The IRS, however, is attempting to enforce tax penalties in all states -- including Oklahoma and the majority of the other states that have declined to create their own exchanges.
2013-12-06: AMAC: Americans 'Dismayed' By the Country's Left Turn
Two new polls show most people are unhappy with the direction of the country under current liberal leadership.
2013-11-xx: IMPRIMUS: The Case for Repealing Dodd-Frank, by Peter J. Wallison
Imprimis lecture by Peter J. Wallison, American Enterprise Institute
2013-11-26: Limbaugh: Conversation with David Horowitz -- Conservatives: Fight fire with fire.
Horowitz talks about his book: The Black Book of the American Left... "Progressives believe that they are creating the Kingdom of Heaven on earth and that people who oppose them are the Party of the Devil. That's the way they fight. [Conservatives] have to use that kind of language. Fight fire with fire."
2013-11-26: Brookings: Property Taxes in Your County -- An interactive map
2013-10-xx: IMPRIMUS: Budget Battles and Growth of the Administrative State, by John Marini
Imprimis lecture by John Marini, Visiting Distinguished Fellow, Hillsdale College
2013-09-24: Herman Cain: Yes, there's a Republican plan to replace ObamaCare, including HR2300
ObamaCare continues to come apart at the seams... Democrats respond with, "And replace it with what?"... Actually, there have been many Republicans proposals, including HR2300 by Rep. Tom Price (R-Georgia), also a medical doctor. He calls it Empowering Patients First.
2013-09-04: Are You a Patriot or a Comrade?, by Krayton Kerns, DVM
The primary tenet underlying Marxism is the re-distribution of wealth from each according to their deeds to each according to their needs. This principle of government theft is no longer taught as evil in schools mostly because education feeds on wealth re-distribution.
2013-08-13: WAR is BORING: F-35 - The World's Worst New Warplane, by David Axe
Due mainly to its vertical takeoff requirement, the JSF could be openly acknowledged as the worst fighter in the world and, in the worst case, still be the only new fighter available for purchase by the U.S. military. Instead of revitalizing the Pentagon's air arsenal as intended, the JSF is eating it -- and putting future war strategy at risk.
2013-04-09: Pithocrates.com: Civilian Labor Force Participation Rate Recessions 1950-Present
Looking at the civilian labor force may be a better indicator of the health of the economy. Or better yet, the civilian labor force participation rate (CLFPR). Which is basically the percent of those who can work that are working. So let's do that. Starting with the Fifties. ...
2013-03-24: The Hill: Senate Votes to Stop US from Joining UN Arms Treaty
But both Virginia U.S. Senators (Kaine and Warner) fail to support our 2nd Amendment.
2013-02-xx: IMPRIMUS: Calvin Coolidge and the Moral Case for Economy, by Amity Shlaes
Imprimis lecture by Amity Shlaes, Author, Coolidge
2013-01-xx: IMPRIMUS: Man, Sex, God, and Yale, by Nathan Harden
Imprimis lecture by Nathan Harden, Editor, The College Fix
2012-12-xx: IMPRIMUS: Time to Give Up or Time to Fight On?, by Larry P. Arnn
Hugh Hewitt interviews Larry P. Arnn, president of Hillsdale College, on the day after the election, November 7, 2012.
2012-12-11: NR: An Embarrassing Metric Disappears -- "How Money Walks" tax migration data
The Obama administration is quietly killing a key economic metric that tells how, and how many, people are voting with their feet -- IRS statistics compiled since 1991. (Blue states with high state and local tax burdens have come out looking bad in recent years.)
2012-10-25: Video: Jihad in America: The Grand Deception (70 min) -- plus IBD review
This documentary exposes the subversive structure of the Muslim Brotherhood, how its leaders rose to prominence in the United States, and how they exploit American values under the cover of religion for their ulterior political agenda. The perceptive viewer will note similarities between the MB and current Liberal/Progressives in the technique of demonizing their opposition.
2012-10-13: FCTA: Entitlement Spending Leading to Bankruptcy
Graphs illustrate America's path to bankruptcy.
2011-01-24: Examiner: Who Controls the Democratic Party? -- Lawyers, Unions, Greens, Insiders
This Examiner Special Report is about the plain truth of who owns the Democrats. Trial lawyers and three other special interests -- Big Labor union leaders, Big Green environmentalists, and Big Insiders with billions of dollars in personal wealth and foundation grants -- together essentially dictate what Democrats can and cannot support on many key public policy issues.
2010-xx-xx: Chuckhawks: M4, M16 (AR) - A National Disgrace?
"We know the M4 is a deficient carbine. We know the 5.56 is a deficient cartridge. Aside from Senator Tom Coburn, very few seem to care while our troops are left wounded or dying due to inadequate equipment. Our nation should be outraged beyond words."
2009-11-11: Thurmont Statement -- We are for freedom, they are for coercion.
Retornare Al Segno. Return to the Banner. 1) We conservatives are for personal responsibility and autonomy enforced by self-restraint and community standards. They, the left, are for obligations and requirements imposed from without by unelected government bureaucrats. 2) ...
2009-08-17: Canada Free Press: First Lady Now Requires 26 Servants??, by Dr. Paul L. Williams
"In my own life, in my own small way, I have tried to give back to this country that has given me so much. See, that's why I left a job at a big law firm for a career in public service." -- Michelle Obama. But now we find that Michelle is served by twenty-six attendants who stand by to cater to her every whim.
2009-04-15: Cause of Action: White House to review all agency FOIA requests -- Executive order
Watchdog group 'Cause of Action' uncovered this April 2009 memo from White House Counsel Gregory Craig, requiring agencies to consult with the president's people before releasing any information involving "White House equities".
2005-xx-xx: DiscoverTheNetworks.org: The Cloward-Piven Strategy, by Richard Poe
First proposed in 1966 and named after Columbia University sociologists Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, the Cloward-Piven Strategy seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.
1991-05-22: Muslim Brotherhood: An Explanatory Memorandum On General Strategic Goal In America
This official document (in Arabic and English) was found in the home of Ismael Elbarasse, a founder of the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, during a 2004 search. Elbarasse was a member of the Palestine Committee, which the Muslim Brotherhood had created to support Hamas in the United States. Note the 29 sponsored sub-groups including ISNA, MSA, ICNA, and CAIR(IAP).
1965-03-xx: DOL: The Negro Family - The Case for National Action, by Daniel Patrick Moynihan
"A community that allows a large number of young men to grow up in broken families, dominated by women, never acquiring any stable relationship to male authority ... that community asks for and gets chaos." (Full text without images.)
1964-10-27: Video: "A Time for Choosing", by Ronald Reagan (29:32); read the full text
As Michael Barone describes: 50 years ago, a movie actor and television host delivered a 30-minute speech on primetime national television in support of the presidential candidacy of Barry Goldwater. Few if any viewers realized it, but they were watching a future president of the United States.