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I heard about this on the ride into work this morning, (when I find it, I’ll link the audio version, still can’t find the podcast of it yet to link). This seems like a petty good idea. I hope it doesn’t backfire on us in 20 years and just increase the number of ambulance chasers.  I […]

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Their is talk of limiting certain deductions for charitable contributions, mortgage interest and state and local taxes as a way to increase revenue. While I think certain of such limitations may have merit, a thought about the “fairness” of doing so. Any limitation on charitable deductions, whether by limiting the tax rate for or capping […]

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The audacity of the Obama regime is stunning.  I’m stunned.  OK, so we were out-played in the election and lost, perhaps cheated, but not defeated.  The Democrats and Obama are now full surge mode, trying to at least demoralize and perhaps rout us, their opponents, by laying the blame for a financial meltdown that they engineered at […]

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Poverty Eliminated — But Not According to the Feds

 

In the New York Post yesterday, Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation published a column that proved important–and maddening.  Rector’s argument consists, essentially, of two points:

1.  The United States of America has accomplished something unknown in all human history: the elimination of poverty. Even below the poverty line, Rector notes,

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The fact that what passes for intelligence among much of elite, fashionable opinion would  have no clue whatsoever about the Biblical origins of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, and could not remotely answer why it does not constitute a violation of church and state: a good article. A wonderful video, too, that if it […]

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Livestreaming “Constitutional Law After ObamaCare”

 

Tomorrow (Thursday, November 29), I’ll be participating in a conference on constitutional law with our own Richard Epstein, as well as Nicholas Rosenkranz of Georgetown and Michael Greve of AEI. The topic is “Constitutional Law After ObamaCare.”  The fun starts at 6:30 pm Eastern, and you can listen to it live at this link.

The moderator is Jim Copland from the Manhattan Institute, which is hosting the event.  I hope you can listen in.  

Obama’s Response to Iran Compared With His Response to Egypt Raises Troubling Questions

 

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s power grab and the resultant upheaval in Egypt, along with the ever-progressing nuclear program and ever-deteriorating human rights situation in Iran, lead us back to the Arab Spring and to President Obama’s troubling response. 

Compare his response to the Green Revolution in Iran with his response to Egypt’s revolt against Hosni Mubarak. Why did President Obama ignore the plight of Iranian protestors and their pleas for support while being quick to support protests against Mubarak? Egypt was an essential American ally in desperate need of domestic reform; Iran was a declared “enemy” of America, so fanatical that reform would never be enough. Why support for Egyptian youths, but not Iranian youths? Why was Mubarak told by Obama to “go now,” if the much worse Ahmadinejad, in the face of a more widespread collapse of support, was not? 

Seven Questions for Mohamed Morsi

 

Imagine yourself a reporter for Time magazine, once a respected purveyor of serious news and now a publication primarily read by people whose dentist’s office doesn’t have a television. You’re given the opportunity to interview Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in the immediate aftermath of his decree that he is beyond judicial oversight (a development that follows his consolidations of power in the military, the press, and the drafting of the nation’s forthcoming constitution). Less than two years after Hosni Mubarak was chased from office, the Egyptian revolution already seems to be at a tipping point. What do you ask him?

Well, if you’re Richard Stengel, Bobby Ghosh, and Karl Vick, the Time trio that actually got this opportunity, your seven questions (two of which, you’ll note, aren’t actual interrogatives) are as follows:

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I participate on a separate mail list/forum that is comprised of retired members of my profession, most of whom are conservative.  The liberal members seldom engage – they do monitor and occasionally submit drive-by comments that are usually contentious.  Recently one of them responded to a series of complaints and observations about Obama’s re-election with […]

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As relief from the mind-numbing boredom of grading exams, I thought I would pose the question here.  St. Thomas argues that monarchies have the greatest potential to be just, because a virtuous ruler will be the most efficient and effective in bringing about justice for all. He is focused especially on distributive justice, which is […]

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Dan Mitchell calls it an “IQ test”, Krauthammer calls it a political attack, Ace characterizes it as a Poison Pill.  Says Ace,  Obama does in fact want to take the country over the cliff. It’s win-win-win-win-win.* He gets to raise taxes (including on the middle class, which he needs to pay for his welfare state), […]

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That’s the question Reason editor Matt Welch asks as he summarizes the completely over-the-top commentary about Grover Norquist these days. He’s not exaggerating. In outlets such as Slate, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times, we’re told that Norquist — a private citizen who argues against tax rate increases — is a “terrorist,” […]

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Presumably, We Aren’t Supposed to Care about Any of This

 

So, consider this story. It tells us the following about the talking points that were delivered to Ambassador Susan Rice–the very same ones that she delivered to the public:

  • General Petraeus reported in congressional testimony that someone removed references to “terrorism” and “al Qaeda. He also said that it wasn’t the CIA.
  • The Obama administration won’t tell us who made the changes.
  • Later on, the CIA said that “a senior level in the interagency process” is where and when the changes were made, and that the changes were made in order to protect intelligence sources and methods.
  • Later on, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence reported that actually, the changes were made because the connections to terrorism were too “tenuous” to make public.
  • Still later, acting Director of Central Intelligence Michael Morell said that it was the FBI who made the changes, and that the changes were made to ensure that an ongoing criminal investigation would not be compromised.
  • After that, someone from the CIA spoke up and said that Morell was wrong. It was actually the CIA that made the changes. No reason for the changes was given.
  • Oh, and there is this as well:

Speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on behalf of the White House five days after the attacks, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice did not directly say an al Qaeda affiliate was suspected or point to terrorism. She said the “assessment at present” was that the attacks began “spontaneously” in response to an inflammatory anti-Islam video posted on YouTube. She added that “extremist elements” then joined the effort.

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If you’re looking for entertainment from the time when the kids could watch primetime along with their parents and not end up swearing like sailors at school the next day, look around and see if your area has a station affiliated with the relatively new — they just went national in 2010 — Me-TV Network […]

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