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I had to read the headline and article twice because I thought my eyes were deceiving me: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/california-supreme-court-rejects-law-requiring-trump-to-release-tax-returns-to-be-on-primary-ballot More

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Conservatives have responded poorly to Chic-Fil-A’s abandonment of The Salvation Army. The problem is not that the company has arguably joined the Left’s zeitgeist with its corporate donations. The problem is that companies make donations at all.

A corporation is just individuals working as a team for business purposes. Whatever money donated by the company is taken from the same revenue that supports wages/salaries and can be invested in the company for the good of all employees. 

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Jussie Smollett is back in the news. He’s filed a countersuit against the City of Chicago for malicious prosecution. In case you’ve forgotten who Jussie Smollett is he claimed that two white MAGA men attacked him in the early morning hours as he was walking home with a Subway sandwich. As everyone knows Chicago streets […]

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The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has just received another confirmed Trump appointee, tilting the balance toward Originalism and away from Progressivism. Welcome Barbara Lagoa, confirmed 85-15 by the US Senate. From the article: The Eleventh Circuit is now the third such transformation during President Trump’s first term. Another, and arguably the most important, campaign […]

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Activists protest President Donald Trump’s decision to end DACA, Portland, OR, Sept. 5, 2017. (Shutterstock.com)
A vexed Supreme Court is now considering the legal status of the highly popular program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, better known as DACA. DACA’s survival is now up for grabs in three related cases before the Court, which are being consolidated under the name Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California. The Court displayed its angst about the legality of DACA during last week’s oral argument for the case.

In June 2012, President Barack Obama initiated the program whereby children who were brought into the United States illegally became eligible to remain for two-year renewable periods so long as they did not commit any felonies or misdemeanors. As designed, the program does not offer these “Dreamers” a path toward citizenship, but it does authorize them to get jobs, obtain driver’s licenses, social security, and a host of other privileges. There are now close to 700,000 Dreamers in the United States, and they have often excelled, as students, military personnel, and workers. Most emphatically, they are not “far from angels,” let alone “hardened criminals,” as President Trump scandalously tweeted on the day of oral argument.

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The business members of the Downtown Seattle Association have noticed that there are many “repeat offenders” who always seem to engage in criminal activities very shortly after being released from jail. Recently, they got proof.

A study just found that “90 of 100 repeat offenders from February” have re-offended and been booked into jail in the nine months since. The response from the city government? New programs.

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Back to our usual format with three big stories today! Jim and Greg applaud the Senate for passing legislation designed to sanction anyone found targeting the human rights of people in Hong Kong, but they still wish the demonstrators could get some public support from President Trump. They also react to U.S. Ambassador to the […]

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In silent homage to my father, I leaf through the prospectuses I get from the mutual funds I have invested in. I fear however that it is also stupid homage: unlike Dad, I don’t even pretend I understand what I’m seeing. I appreciate the openness of the funds’ stewards, but I am willing to presume […]

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From the Second City Cop blog: There’d better be an exodus of 1 from O’Hare after an absolutely cowardly act Sun morning of a fellow officer standing and watching 2 co-workers fighting for their lives with a homeless maniac in which even the taser didn’t work. Useless Mr “Too Many Cameras” do the right thing […]

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However, the bad news for wind power could be good news for flying animals! Just a few links to bring folks up to date on this “clean” source of “free” energy:

Retiring worn-out wind turbines could cost billions that nobody has

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Nothing but crazy martinis today! First, Jim and Greg react to news that former Republican, Democrat, and independent Lincoln Chafee is now a Libertarian and thinking about running for president with his new party in 2020. They also slam the Democratic National Committee for recoiling at the idea of Politico’s Tim Alberta asking questions at […]

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Michael Horowitz, the inspector general for the Department of Justice, released an audit report today on the FBI’s management of confidential human sources (CHS). Horowitz, who was nominated for his position by President Obama, found that the FBI violated guidelines established by the Attorney General to oversee the use of CHS and failed to adequate vet the reliability of individual source. Horowitz cited as an example that the FBI had used one CHS who turned out to be a child sex offender. Watch Horowitz’s video summary below, read the press release here and the audit report here. Let us know in the comments what you think, especially if you find anything interesting in the report.

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Happy Monday! Jim is in a good mood after a Jets win on Sunday and he’s fired up for all three martinis. First, Jim and Greg applaud FedEx CEO Fred Smith for fighting back against smears from the New York Times that accused his company of evading taxes thanks to the recent tax reforms. They […]

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With one Texas-said-I-needed-it-for-teacher-certification exception, I never took a psychology course, and I never read a psychology book. But that is all changing fast as I proceed through Barron’s MCAT prep guide. It occurred to me that someone teaching introductory psych would do well to have his students buy this book and read, methodically, the relevant […]

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One of the things I like about “TheConservativeTreehouse” is that the site provides source material for most important things in the news. In addition to a video, there is usually a transcript included. Yesterday (I think), Attorney General Bill Barr gave a speech to the Federalist Society where his topic was the Constitution’s approach to […]

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It’s a no-filter Friday on the Three Martini Lunch. Jim and Greg start by reacting to the Roger Stone convictions before even starting their martinis. Then they shake their heads as President Trump goes on a Twitter rant against former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovonovitch while she’s testifying on Capitol Hill and Adam Schiff […]

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Bob and Cara talk with Jason Bedrick, EdChoice’s director of policy, about New York’s controversial “substantial equivalency” proposal that would give the state Department of Education oversight of school curricula at yeshivas and other private and parochial academies to ensure parity with their public school counterparts. Jason explores the historical roots of “substantial equivalency” statutes, […]

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The “billionaire effect” isn’t how the mere existence of the super-rich seems to cause great alarm in some people. Well, it isn’t just that, obviously. UBS defines the “billionaire effect” as how entrepreneur-led businesses “have tended to outperform others financially” due to “long-term vision, smart risk taking, business focus, and determination.”

UBS analysis of more than 2,000 global billionaires finds that over the past 15 years, billionaire-controlled companies returned almost twice the annualized average performance of the market and generated a 50 percent higher return on equity. Moreover, while the billionaire effect is seen globally, the effect was strongest in the United States.

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Is there any Democrat who won’t run for president at some point this year? Today, Jim and Greg dissect the eleventh hour campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and the message he’s sending to the other Dems in the race by launching a campaign now. They also sigh as they realize the impeachment process […]

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