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The 2008 election of President Obama has paradoxically set back race relations about 50 years. It s not the president’s fault. It is the fault of his loony left supporters. More

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Pundits are buzzing about the idea that Hurricane Sandy may require the postponement of next week’s presidential elections. Although the impact of the storm was devastating, especially in the region where I grew up (I remember visiting Atlantic City as a kid, pre-casino), it does not appear that any nationwide postponement is necessary. But suppose the weather got worse. Luckily, the decision will be up, I believe, to the legislators and governors of the affected states, and not federal officials.

Some who are speculating that President Obama could postpone the elections haven’t read their Constitution (though, to be fair, he has had a habit of doing things that don’t reflect a reading of the Constitution). The Constitution confers no authority on the presidency to postpone an election — in fact, it barely recognizes congressional power to do the same.

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As Pejman notes below, Mitt Romney is still very much in the race in Pennsylvania. And if this new ad — the opening seconds of which strike me as brutally effective — is any indication, it looks like Team Romney is out for blood:

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When you want to laugh at the absurdity of the conservative position, you just snicker as you ask your “unbiased question” You understand that the conservative bias is impossible to control (see: Fox News). However, the reasonable, evidence-based liberal bias in no way affects the almost exclusively liberal mainstream media (see: everyone) You understand that […]

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From a friend’s Facebook page: Not much more to add to that. There have been some amazing photographs from New York over the past 24 hours. Let’s hope we see more like the one above. More

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I think I’ve discovered a new mental condition that needs an official name and a careful, clinically-sound identification of symptoms. I have preliminarily called it “Election Anticipation Anxiety Syndrome,” but other, more accurate, names are likely available. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson: Associate Justice Antonin Scalia

 

This week on Uncommon Knowledge, a wide-ranging interview with Associate Supreme Court Justice of The United States Antonin Scalia on the occasion of the publication of his new book, Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts (co-written with Bryan A. Garner). Our thanks to the Federalist Society of Silicon Valley for allowing us to record this show at their event.

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After a major disaster like Sandy, there’s always a post-disaster effect. And it’s already started, sort of. From Reuters: U.S. lumber futures soared on Wednesday on expectations for demand to increase in the aftermath of monster storm Sandy that caused massive flooding in the northeastern United States, damaging numerous homes that would need rebuilding. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Question of the Hour, Or, Why Are the Polls So Screwy This Year?

 

Today on RealClearPolitics, Sean Trende:

Given what we know about how individual states typically lean with respect to the popular vote, a Republican enjoying a one-point lead nationally should expect a three-to-four-point lead in Florida, a two-to-three-point lead in Ohio, and a tie in Iowa. Instead we see Romney ahead by roughly one point in Florida, and down by two in Ohio and Iowa.

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An utterance from the senior Senator from the state of Arizona on the topic of the Benghazi scandal, with which it is difficult to disagree:

This president is either engaged in a massive cover-up deceiving the American people or he is so grossly incompetent that he is not qualified to be the commander in chief of our armed forces. It’s either one of them.

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At the suggestion of James Lileks in the podcast, I signed my company up to Squarespace for our website creation and hosting (www.tessive.com). They’re awesome. Turns out their datacenter is in lower Manhattan, so has been flooded and is without power–yet they’re still working to keep things online. They had many contingency plans, like fuel […]

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Just read that Chris Christie has postponed Halloween in New Jersey until November 5. So, I have to ask: Since when is Halloween a function of government and what gives him the right? More

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One of my New Year’s resolutions for 2012 was to publish 3 articles beyond the Personalist Project. I got off to a great start by writing a short one on love for Catholic Exchange back in January. Then I hit a slump. I don’t know why I can’t get myself to write. I dither and […]

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It’s October 31, 1517, and a young German priest and scholar nails a paper to the heavy door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany. Ninety-five points, pointing out corruption and excess, and pointing to true repentance and grace. Four hundred ninety-five years later, I wondered about this radical man, who began his list with the […]

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David Ignatius–not seen at any time working for the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy–argues that more information and transparency is needed regarding the Obama administration’s actions in response to the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi. He appears to be hopeful that we might get more information this week, but I have to say that I am skeptical. After all, the Obama Administration has gone this long keeping vital information from the rest of the public and the election is just six days away. Why risk putting out new information that might make the administration look so bad so close to Election Day?

Of course, I would be glad to be wrong. I would also have been glad if liberal blogs and much of the mainstream media–the latter being filled with actors that work to fulfill many of the same functions as liberal blogs–would have put more pressure on the Obama Administration to level with the American people from the very beginning about what happened in Benghazi, and to disclose the maximum amount of information possible from the outset.But alas, much of the media worked hand in glove with liberal blogs to tell us that when it came to Benghazi, there was nothing to see and that we all should just move along.

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I have thought that such communications MUST exist, but have despaired of obtaining them before the election. Perhaps this is the fuel we need to restore this event to the forefront of the nation’s mind in time for the voting. – The PJ Tatler – http://pjmedia.com/tatler –White House May Have Told Counterterrorism Group to Stand Down on Benghazi Rescue […]

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I’m fundamentally confused about the dialog around Libya and would appreciate the perspective of someone with much more knowledge of military capabilities than I possess. The current theme, with both the Administration as well as the press (or the small section that seems to be interested in the story) is, to quote Panetta, “you don’t […]

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An article in the Telegraph explains that researchers at the University of Western Australia, after dissecting brains from over 150 species of shark, have discovered that there are remarkable similarities with Great White Shark brains and human brains which lends credence to the theory that attorneys and sharks do indeed have a common ancestor. “Great […]

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Here’s something I know you all were worried about: how did all of those investment bankers who work in downtown Manhattan fare during Sandy? Well, it wasn’t easy. From Bloomberg: “I had to go to the wine cellar and find a good bottle of wine and drink it before it goes bad,” Murry Stegelmann, 50, […]

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