Jordan to ISIS: We’ll make the swap for our pilot

28 Jan 2015, 3:41 pm

Which hostage will get freed -- if any?

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(John Hinderaker)The President’s duty under the Constitution is to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.” The Attorney General is the President’s chief agent in that regard. With respect to immigration, the laws of the United States set forth the manner in which im

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In a stunning turn of events, Jordan’s government has indicated it is willing to swap an imprisoned female terrorist for one of the country’s own fighter pilots captured by the Islamic State after he crashed. A debate is now ensuing on whether the United States start

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The American Spectator

Marco Rubio's Wife Crashed Into a Donor

I wrote a bit about the 2016 Iowa candidate summit this weekend, but I failed to mention that Marco Rubio was there. Somehow, in all of the confusion and hubub and the decision as to whether to write my column about Presidential contenders or crochet shorts (I'm doing both because crochet

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Yesterday, President Obama and his wife Michelle attended the funeral of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah. And while most of the delegation - of all dudes - that met them in the nation's capital was clad in the traditional funeral black (though not the President, who wore navy blue), Michelle Obama dre
Following a videotaped threat by ISIS to kill Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kasaesbeh and Japanese hostage Kenji Goto within 24 hours if Sajida al-Rishawi, a female terrorist involved in the attacks on Amman in November 2005; the Jordanian government has now offered to release al-Rishawi in exchange
There's lots of news circulating this week about Bowe Bergdahl, the American solider we traded five high-ranking Taliban officials for, who may (or may not, depending on who you ask) face a court martial over his alleged desertion. It seems that, while senior Army officials are keen to tell news or

The Federalist

Anti-Middle-Class Economics: What Obama’s 529 Grab Revealed

Obama's 529 proposal was almost insanely suicidal. What politician in his right mind proposes a tax aimed so narrowly at education and the middle class?

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A veteran reviews ‘American Sniper.’
My family qualifies for Gov. Pence's Medicaid expansion. But we're not poor. No one eligible for public assistance should be able to live as comfortably as we do.
The incentives built into Mike Pence’s Medicaid scheme almost guarantee that poor Hoosiers will become permanent dependents of Indiana’s expanding welfare system.

The Washington Free Beacon

Former Navy Seal: Bergdahl Set Precedent For ‘Slippery Slope’ To Trade Prisoners With IS

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The Obama administration continues to resist appeals by U.S. lawmakers to provide lethal aid to Ukraine’s beleaguered military, even as deaths mount in the government’s conflict with pro-Russian separatists.
China’s development of precision weapons and other advanced capabilities has undermined U.S. military superiority, the Pentagon’s senior weapons developer told Congress on Wednesday. “We're at risk and the situation is getting worse,” Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense

Big Government

Pope Francis' Disturbing Cuba Activism

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced that the United States would be changing its policy toward Cuba, opening a Havana embassy and expanding travel. “Through these changes, we intend to create more opportunities for the American and Cuban people and begin a new chapter among the na

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President Barack Obama revealed his favorite film of the year to People Magazine in an interview released on Wednesday.  Obama named Richard Linklater’s Boyhood his favorite movie of 2014.  “Boyhood was a great movie,” he told People Magazine. “That, I think,
On Wednesday's broadcast of ABC's "World News," network report Cecilia Vega confirmed North Korea was behind the cyber-attack on Sony. “Tonight, ABC News has learned federal investigators have determined North Korea is responsible for the worst corporate cyber-attack in history,” Vega
Minnesota State Representative Greg Davids is calling for embattled MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber, the "architect" of Obamacare, to return all $329,000 he was paid by the state of Minnesota as a subcontractor on a 2011 contract to analyze the state's plan to develop its Obamacare he

American Thinker

Rubio's Use of Language

Language is malleable and can be arranged in infinite combinations to generate almost any response, emotion, or action. We need to take advantage of that magic. Don’t keep trying to pull the same rabbit out of the same hat.    

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A war is coming.  China is intent on it and there is nothing any other party can do about it.  The question from here is what is the likely timing? 
Advocates think body cameras hold all the answers...but they're not even asking the right questions.
Call it the Blizzard of Oz.  The “Snowstorm of the Century.”  Monday was supposed to be historic.  All we got was histrionics.

Heritage Foundation

Championing Regulation, EPA Brings More ‘Extreme’ to the X Games

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy traveled to the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo.. last week to raise awareness of climate change and its... Read More The post Championing Regulation, EPA Brings More ‘Extreme’ to the X Games appeared first on Daily Signal.

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It’s official: Indiana has given in and adopted Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. Before jumping into the weeds of Indiana’s Medicaid expansion agreement with the Obama administration,... Read More The post 3 Problems With Indiana’s Medicaid Expansion appeared first on Daily S
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has acknowledged its role in Operation Choke Point and is taking dramatic steps to reverse its policies in targeting legal... Read More The post Exclusive: FDIC Changes Tactics in Response to Operation Choke Point appeared first on Daily Signal.

28 Jan 2015, 1:15 pm

With the onset of another snowstorm hitting the Northeast, New Jerseyans are shaking their snow shovels at a federal law that causes them almost yearly... Read More The post The Jones Act Risks Lives appeared first on Daily Signal.

Obama, Ignoring Realities, Sticks to His Comfort Zone

A week after his State of the Union address, political observers are still trying to figure out what President Obama's game is. That's because rhetorically and substantively, he seems to be in another world.

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While at Gitmo, he told a military review board that he wanted to kill as many Americans as possible. Nonetheless, despite a history of violence at Gitmo, he was returned to his native country Kuwait.
Almost a year before the Iowa caucuses, the fight for the middle class is already well underway. President Barack Obama made income inequality the centerpiece of his State of the Union address, and Hillary Clinton has been honing a populist narrative in recent appearances, though presumably not in h
Some storylines are too irresistible to ignore, even if theyre not true. Sometimes, it involves important stories, laced with violence, tragedy and cultural overtones such as the false hands up, dont shoot, narrative that emerged from the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri last August. Oth

The Corner

Netanyahu's Visit and the Constitution

Reihan, you might want to check out Adam White’s defense of the constitutionality of the invitation. I found it persuasive. (Whether it’s wise for leaders in one branch of the government to use foreign leaders as political weapons in battles over policy with the other branches, as both

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Utah senator Mike Lee interrogated attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch about her view of prosecutorial discretion during her Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing today. Lynch has said that she thinks the president’s executive action on immigration is “reasonable,&rdqu
Another day, another act of liberal intolerance directly aimed at the First Amendment: When the California Supreme Court voted last week to prohibit state judges from belonging to nonprofit youth organizations that practice discrimination, Julia Kelety was not surprised. The issue, which had bee

28 Jan 2015, 3:10 pm

Kevin: On your definition of “social engineering,” it applies to policies that reduce the amount that the federal government influences behavior. That seems perverse. The example I used in my previous post wasn’t “single-entry accounting”: I explicitly noted that chil

Red State

Know Who’s Pleased by Syriza’s Success in Greece? Vladimir Putin.

The success of Greece’s Coalition of the Radical Left, also known as Syriza, in the country’s parliamentary elections this past weekend is creating headaches for the European Union, but there’s at least one person in Europe who’s pleased with this development: Vladimir Putin

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The last time you filled up your cart at Walmart or checked your balance with your account at Bank of America you were likely making a decision based on the cost benefits and convenience of doing business.  You probably weren’t thinking, “I’m supporting the ‘official Hi
Finally, someone on the Left gets it. You won’t hear me say that often, but when someone is right, they’re right. Iraq War veteran and current Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2) didn’t mince words in explaining how she feels about the Obama Administration’s insistence that
So. When Joni Ernst gave the official Republican response to the State of the Union address, she included a homely detail from her childhood: in the wintertime, she and all the other kids would have bread bags placed over their shoes in order to protect them from the weather. …And why am I b