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25 Jan 2015, 7:01 pm


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(John Hinderaker)At American Thinker, Ciaran Brady eloquently makes the case for an effective right of self-defense in Europe, and in particular in Great Britain: The threat of marauding gunmen in a city, so vividly illustrated at the offices of Charlie Hebdo and the Kosher supermarket, has been cle

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I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords

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Byron York DES MOINES — As a chance to evaluate possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates, the Freedom Summit here in Des Moines was a solid success. washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential

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The American Spectator

FNC's Chris Wallace: Netanyahu ‘Wicked,’ ‘Malicious’ for ‘Sneaking Up’ on Obama's Back

In an appearance with Shepherd Smith on Friday, his FNC colleague Chris Wallace blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his impending speech to Congress in early March: To give you an idea of how malicious this is, I’ll tell you that US Secretary of State John Kerry met with th

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Canadian essayist David Warren is a man with whom I seldom disagree. Imagine my surprise on reading his depressing assessment of the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Warren’s “Marching to Nowhere” starts strongly, with a withering reminder of when a Representative from my
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was a sensation at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday drawing an enthusiastic standing ovation. His message of "going big and going bold" resonated with the crowd. Here is a guy who has governed as a conservative in a Blue State and despite the anger and death threa

24 Jan 2015, 11:38 am

Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks has passed away. The cause of death is unknown. He was 83. After a stint in the Negro Leagues with the Kansas City Monarchs, Banks became the first African-American player to sign with the Cubs and spent his entire 19 year big league career with the Cubs and would be

The Federalist

Eight Parenting Lessons I Learned From My Parents’ Early Deaths

Don’t make the same mistakes my parents did. Prepare for the worst, so if it happens, your children will be as secure as possible.

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When personal investments are converted to universal entitlements, quality declines for everyone while the tax increases are a burden we will pay forever.
When Pope Francis damages the cause of liberty across the globe, it's only right that its defenders should speak up.
Politicians pushing everyone to extend tax-paid education should explain why thirteen years isn't enough.

The Washington Free Beacon

White House Defends Embattled Counterterrorism Strategy

As chaos in Yemen continued to escalate, Denis McDonough, the White House chief of staff, appeared on all five major talk shows on Sunday to defend the administration’s counterterrorism efforts in the region.

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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

CAIR Mourns Charlie Hebdo, Yet Advocates Censorship

A trip down a bad memory lane is necessary in order to evaluate critically CAIR’s commitment to free speech rights.

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Interracial random acts of kindness happen every day in America.
So says French prime minister Manuel Valls, joined by the whole of French history.
Egypt’s president backs away from his historic call for doctrinal reform.

Heritage Foundation

Carly Fiorina: ‘Hypocrisy of Liberals’ on Abortion Is ‘Breathtaking’

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina criticized House Republican leadership in a speech Saturday for their decision this week to postpone the vote on the Pain... Read More The post Carly Fiorina: ‘Hypocrisy of Liberals’ on Abortion Is ‘Breathtaking’ appeared first on Dai

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Two U.S. senators – a Republican and a Democrat – called for an increased American presence in Yemen this morning on CBS’ Face the Nation.... Read More The post McCain, Feinstein Call for More US Presence in Yemen appeared first on Daily Signal.
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough evaded a question today on whether he agreed with an unnamed senior American official who told the Haaretz... Read More The post White House Chief of Staff on Netanyahu Visit: Our Relationship With Israel is ‘Deep and Abiding’ appeared first on
An internal investigation into how the federal government awarded contracts for developing and building the Affordable Care Act’s most important public element — the online exchanges... Read More The post Audit: HHS Failure to Screen Obamacare Contract Recipients Cost Taxpayers $40


On Immigration, it's GOP v. GOP

The morning after President Obama's State of the Union address, Politico had a story on how Republicans had responded to one contentious issue. The headline: "Priebus struggles to explain GOP immigration messages."

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25 Jan 2015, 9:10 am

Progressive politicians and activists, from President Obama to NBC News, love to talk about moving America forward. But what does that mean? Forward into what?
Simply stated, tax-and-transfer entitlement programs dont work very well with aging populations.
The problem with the global economy in general is debt. You cannot cure a debt-deflation problem via attempts to force more debt into the system. It is axiomatic the cure cannot be the same as the disease.

The Corner

Syriza's Moment? Um, Yes

Greece has voted and, on the basis of early(ish) polls, it looks as if the far-left Syriza has done what it needs to secure an absolute parliamentary majority or come very close.   Panic to ensue. Fun fact No. 1: Ine of the two sons of Syriza’s leader was given the middle name &ld

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25 Jan 2015, 12:46 pm

Dan Hannan takes aim at Davos: When it comes to free markets, Davos Man is often on the same side as the Lefties. He derives most of his income, directly or indirectly, from state patronage. If he is in the private sector – and he is more likely to be a lobbyist, politician or bureaucrat th
President Obama’s proposals in his State of the Union speech may have actually hurt Democrats’ hope in 2016, warns the National Journal’s Ron Fournier. While he believes the president is more focused on his own legacy than on the party’s prospects, members of Hillary Clint
The only way President Obama could deliver such a forthright and ambitious State of the Union address earlier this week after his party’s shellacking in the midterms a few months is if he is denial, says George Will. “Ignoring reality is part of the job description of being a progres

Red State

Russian official warns sanctions of “brink of war”

Russia’s elites have been feeling the bite of US sanctions coupled the the near halving of the price per barrel of oil. As the West starts to look at Russia more as a gigantic criminal enterprise rather than as a nation-state, everyone is becoming more comfortable with reducing economic ties

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I don’t know whether this is demonic, inspired, or both: “A sweeping proposal to cut taxes for Maine families and businesses could upend one of the most widely accepted practices in the country: the property-tax exemption for nonprofit organizations… A recent budget pla
One of the big falsehoods President Obama told during his State of the Union concerned Iran’s nuclear program. He said, “[W]e’ve halted the progress of [Iran's] nuclear program and reduced its stockpile of nuclear material.” It’s a claim that was so egregious
During his State of the Union speech on last Tuesday, one of the few proposals he made that I could approve of was his push for an Authorization of Military Force against ISIS. It’s a proposal that is long overdue. However, it unsurprisingly appears like we should not get our hopes up too muc