Goodnight Vienna (3)

3 Jul 2015, 9:02 am

(Scott Johnson)Omri Ceren provides an email update on the latest from Vienna, this one addressing “State Dept vs. State Dept on Iran cheating on deal — contradicts State Dept damage control on Iran violations.” Omni writes: Day 3 of this, and still nothing on the record f

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Plugging leaks.

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3 Jul 2015, 8:56 am

(Scott Johnson)You probably missed the story of the latest attempt to break the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza. The blockade prevents the resupply of Hamas terrorists with the tools of their murderous trade. Attempts to break the blockade are held out as acts of pro-Palestinian activism, but they ar

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3 Jul 2015, 8:08 am

(Scott Johnson)It feels like we have had to wait too long for relief by Ammo Grrrll this week. She arrives just in time with THE THRIFTY TEXAN. She writes: The Paranoid Texan is my regular morning walking partner whenever the temperature in our Dusty Little Village is lower than body temperature. We

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The American Spectator

The Declaration of Independence: Vindication and Defeat

Something we ought to consider in the controversy over the Confederate (battle) flag: The United States defeated the Confederacy on the battlefield, but eventually gave in to the political principles that the Confederacy stood for. In the years leading up to and through the Civil War, Abraham Linco

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3 Jul 2015, 3:00 am

“Where the sole employer is the state, opposition means death by slow starvation,” Leon Trotsky, whose death came slowly by way of a quick icepick, famously observed. Nonconformity appears as the capital offense when the market serves as the main employer. If you’ve ever carried t
From our July 1984 issue, a review of James Webb’s third novel, A Country Such As This (Doubleday). Yesterday Webb announced he’s running for president, the fifth Democrat to declare, and certainly the most distinguished literary talent in the race for either party. Which can’t be
I’ve always found President Obama declaration that he will “degrade and destroy ISIS” to be odd. If he wants to destroy ISIS then he should simply state that he will “destroy ISIS.” Well, it doesn’t really look like Obama is in any hurry to degrade ISIS, muc

The Federalist

This Week In Weird Twitter, Volume 7

Celebrate your love for your country by blowing up a small piece of it, and yourself, in a dazzling array of color.

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Many Americans still retain the American character of not only asserting rights but standing to defend them.
If you’re still wondering what to serve for Independence Day, here are a few of our presidents’ favorite dishes and drinks to inspire your holiday cookout.
At some point, the Fourth of July must return to being a day we remember why Americans believe in self-evident truths and self-government.

The Washington Free Beacon

SSA Can’t Collect Overpayments Without Wasting Money

The Social Security Administration (SSA) spends more money than it collects when trying to recover payments to individuals who received benefits for which they were not eligible. According to the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the SSA issued $128.3 million in “low-dollar” overpayme

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3 Jul 2015, 4:00 am

What is it about France’s Third Republic—the period between two defeats at the hands of the Germans, the first at Sedan in 1870, and the second everywhere in 1940—that so captivates the American middle class imagination? Of course Americans who yearn to visit Paris one day aren&rsq
The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards Skynet. That’s my takeaway from five Terminator movies. No matter what we do, no matter how many attempts we make to go through time to stop it, we’re going to wind up with a self-aware computer system that is bent on the destru

3 Jul 2015, 4:00 am

So she doesn’t know how to use a fax machine. Big whoop. If there is a “smoking gun” in the 3,000 pages of Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department this week, it’s not in her technological ineptitude, or her calling her hairdresser “Santa,” or her

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

David Cameron, Islamophile

The PM thinks we'd all get along if we just called a spade a "digging utensil".

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The undeniable truth is the whole same-sex marriage thing is really about poking a finger in the eye of Christianity 
NATO must recognize that the threat of Islamist terrorism, and now particularly of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is much more serious than that of Russia. 
Much of modern history is that of peoples seeking to replicate the success of the American Revolution, and failing, usually miserably.

Heritage Foundation

What Fireworks Does ISIS Plan for the 4th of July?

What to make of reports that ISIS may try to pull off a terrorist attack on Independence Day? Let’s look at the facts. It is not the... Read More The post What Fireworks Does ISIS Plan for the 4th of July? appeared first on The Daily Signal.

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Trust in American institutions varies widely by political ideology, according to a new Gallup poll. Gallup found that American liberals and conservatives “report markedly different... Read More The post What American Institutions Conservatives Trust, And Which Ones Liberals Trust appeared fir
  Many Americans have honored the nation’s birth in numerous ways and festivities. Here are some photos showing how Americans have celebrated over the years. The post These 18 Photos Show America’s Long History of Celebrating the Fourth appeared first on The Daily Signal.
No thanks to his fellow Democrats, President Barack Obama won a victory in Congress last week when Republicans voted to give him the authority to... Read More The post Obama’s Pessimistic Outlook Hurts Our Trade Dealings appeared first on The Daily Signal.

Pundit's Death Marks End of An Era for Democrats

Ben Wattenberg died this week at the age of 81.

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Ten thousand college students, many of whom may not be able to find a good full-time job when they graduate, were cheering socialism at a Democratic political rally in Wisconsin on Wednesday.

2 Jul 2015, 11:01 pm

My fellow Americans: If you see something, say something -- even if it means CAIR will threaten to sue you.

2 Jul 2015, 11:01 pm

"We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."

The Corner

Independence Day links

Want some inspiration? Read Lincoln’s 1858 speech on the meaning of Independence Day: “Let us stick to it then. Let us stand firmly by it then.” More excellent speeches from Coolidge (1926) and Reagan (1986). Video of the Reagan speech is here. The 7 most

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At the National Press Club today, former Texas governor Rick Perry gave the first real policy speech of his 2016 presidential campaign, and it’s well worth your while to read it.  He took up the question of equal opportunity, spoke bluntly about the Republican Party’s failure to c
E-mails from Hillary Clinton’s private server are slowly being released in batches — and each one reveals a little more about the woman we thought we knew so well. The revelations aren’t surprising, but they are a problem for Clinton, who is seeing her poll numbers drop and i
I thought Trump would eventually beat a retreat to Celebrity Apprentice, but now that that avenue is cut off, I guess he’s in for the duration. At least for the near-term, he is enjoying a Herman Cain–like surge, fueled in part by the media and corporate campaign against him. I write ab

Red State

A Disappointing Jobs Report and Greece’s Big Vote

On today's edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the disappointing June jobs report, Greece's big bailout vote, and Independence Day. The post A Disappointing Jobs Report and Greece’s Big Vote appeared first on RedState.

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3 Jul 2015, 7:46 am

What is the difference between George Takei and Ku Klux Klan member? The Klan member can pretend to not be a racist while on television. George Takei is a racist. There is no other way to put it. He might as well have his valet send his white robe to the cleaners to have it pressed and starched whi
Yesterday, Rick Perry gave a speech on economics to unveil his plan. Perry, of course, created 1.5 million jobs while the rest of the nation lost 400,000. In delivering his speech, Perry did what so many of us have wanted -- someone to point out that our first black President has left the black fam