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Michael Moore Melts Down on Rachel Maddow's Show

An instant classic. And for all the Michigan fans hating on Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel right now, check out Mike's new hat! Stick around for when Moore starts talking about the trillions of dollars the rich have stolen from the poor and how he's going to get it back. Video here and here. Greg Pollowitz Read more CompleteMichael Moore Melts Down on Rachel Maddow's Show … Read entire article »

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Mother Jones vs. the New York Times

Mother Jones vs. the New York Times

Get the popcorn. Here’s a must-read by Mac McClelland of Mother Jones that absolutely crushes the New York Times on their recent report concerning the rape of an eleven-year-old girl in Texas. Again, well worth reading in its entirety, but here’s an excerpt: You can’t blame a reporter for reporting uncomfortable facts, like this evidence of a culture that places more responsibility on victims and has more sympathy for rapists. You can blame a reporter, though, … Read entire article »

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Longtime NPR Host Unloads on his Former Employer

Howard Kurtz: The former Morning Edition host rips the network's videotaped debacle, executive blunders, and Juan Williams fiasco—but defends its federal funding. After three decades at National Public Radio, Bob Edwards views the turmoil at his former employer with a mixture of amazement and disgust. “It seems cursed, doesn’t it?” he says in an interview. “It’s one thing after another.” Likening the network to “that Al Capp character who walked around with a cloud over his head,” Edwards says it has been “seriously damaged” by the mistakes that led to a high-level shakeup this week. While this might seem like sour grapes from a man who had a bitter divorce from the institution in 2004, Edwards says he still reveres NPR as a media jewel — albeit one that he sees as tarnished by … Read entire article »

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So Much for the 'New Tone' of Keith Olbermann

Wow: Al Gore must be so proud of the wit of his newest hire. A "Special Comment" on Wisconsin from Keith Olbermann's "FOK News" blog: This is not to try to mitigate the disaster for Wisconsin and its public servants and its immediate future. Governor Scott Walker, the cross-eyed Koch-sucker, will make inchoate sounds of celebration, like a seal with a rack of horns before it. The Right will claim victory. Such is the state of "progressive" political commentary on Channel Gore. Greg Pollowitz Read more CompleteSo Much for the 'New Tone' of Keith Olbermann (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); … Read entire article »

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The Largely Ignored Prequel to Peter King's Radicalization Hearing

It's rather fascinating that so many folks are up in arms about Rep. Peter King's hearing on radicalization of American-born Muslims, when the Senate committee with the roughly equivalent jurisdiction held a hearing on Fort Hood that dealt quite a bit with the same topic. Those hearings and the report they generated were largely ignored. Joe Lieberman, of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, unveils the committee's conclusions here: Among the Senate committee report's conclusions: Despite the remarkable work of America's military, intelligence, and law enforcement agencies in preventing individual terrorist attacks, the ideology that inspired 9/11 and other attacks and plots around the world continues to motivate individuals to commit terrorism. The threat is exemplified by Omar Hammami, an American from a typical upbringing in Alabama who now fights … Read entire article »

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The Presidential Contradiction Du Jour

In today's press conference, President Obama lamented that "new drilling won't be online soon" and then lamented that "we've been having this conversation for nearly four decades now." Indeed, if those who opposed drilling in the past, like the president and his allies, had relented, we might have had the new drilling operating by now. Jim Geraghty Read more CompleteThe Presidential Contradiction Du Jour … Read entire article »

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Candidate Trump, Today and 22 Years Ago

The Des Moines Register: A senior aide to billionaire Donald Trump arrived in Iowa today to meet with Republican officials and activists and seek input about his effort to draft the real estate magnate and reality television star to run for president. But that aide, Michael Cohen, said the draft effort was independent from his role working for Trump, despite using one of Trump’s private aircraft to travel to Iowa. Cohen is executive vice president of The Trump Organization and special counsel to Trump. He is also is a co-founder of ShouldTrumpRun.com, a website formed to gauge interest in a 2012 bid for the Republican. Cohen said Monday the website had drawn more than 500,000 supporters. Hey, Donald, if this guy isn't doing this on your behalf, he hijacked your jet. Donald … Read entire article »

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Chris Christie’s Correction List to the New York Times Is as Big as He Is

The staff of New Jersey governor Chris Christie would like a moment of your time, to address that New York Times article that contended that the governor gets his facts wrong. The Facts Behind Governor Christie’s Facts GOVERNOR CHRISTIE ON PUBLIC-SECTOR UNIONS AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING: CLAIM: Governor Christie States that New Jersey’s Public Sector Unions Routinely Pressure the State Legislature to Give Them What They Want. “They go around the collective bargaining when they don’t get what they want, everything that they want, and they go to the Legislature to do it, and use their political power and their money to be able to buy the Legislature to get what they want — and governors, too, in the past.” (Richard Perez-Pena, “Scrutinizing a Governor’s Statements,” NY Times, 3/10/2011) FACT: Governor Christie Has Routinely Said … Read entire article »

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The Golden Parachutes at Taxpayer-Funded NPR

The big news this morning is the resignation of NPR CEO Vivian Schiller, after NPR executives were caught on videotape mocking the Tea Parties, appearing to concur with the contention that Jews control newspapers, and discussing a $5 million donation from two men claiming to represent an organization tied to the Muslim Brotherhood. The departure of heads of NPR can prove costly for the organization, which is funded in part by the U.S. taxpayer. According to NPR's 990 financial disclosure form with the IRS, in 2008, former NPR CEO Kenneth Stern received $872,189 in severance payments. Stern was reportedly forced out by the NPR's corporate board after less than 18 months in the top job. To her credit, Schiller understood that the organization was facing tough times and felt a need to … Read entire article »

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Miguel Estrada on Goodwin Liu’s Contemptible Mud-Flinging

More on Richard Painter’s insipid argument (see point 2 here) that Goodwin Liu’s attacks on the nominations of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito shouldn’t be held against him: Former D.C. Circuit nominee Miguel Estrada, whose unsuccessful nomination Richard Painter despicably tried to invoke in support of his shoddy Huffington Post defense of Liu, strongly disagrees with Painter. In an e-mail to me, Estrada writes (emphasis added): No one doubts that Senators from both parties have behaved shamefully toward nominees of the other party. The treatment of then-Judge Alito by Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee is not yet all that far in the rear-view mirror, and some of President Obama's nominees have waited far too long.  There is much to be said, therefore, for the proposition that the degradation of the … Read entire article »

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Gaziano/Yoo Against Judicial Enforcement of a Balanced-Budget Amendment

In an excellent essay just published on NRO, Todd Gaziano and John Yoo make what strikes me as a compelling case against any version of a balanced-budget constitutional amendment that would allow judicial enforcement of its provisions. An extended excerpt: Judicial enforcement of most constitutional rights is necessary, even if too many judges elevate their own preferences above the text of the law. But a balanced-budget amendment would raise numerous political questions — similar to those the federal courts rightly used to (and still occasionally do) refuse to entertain — with a vengeance. Rather than rely on the federal courts to resist the temptation to rule on such political questions (they won’t), an amendment should bar judges from considering, and eventually micromanaging, the federal budget. One of the proposed balanced-budget amendments receiving … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Constitution, From the Bench

Why Whelan Is Right about Liu

I was surprised and disappointed by Richard Painter's endorsement of Goodwin Liu. I see that Ed Whelan, Miguel Estrada, John Yoo, and Matthew Franck have done an excellent job of dissecting the large number of substantive errors in Painter's analysis, and I recommend those entries to anyone who is tempted to take Painter's piece seriously. Rather than duplicate that work, I want to make one point about Liu's general approach to the Constitution.  In this video, Liu discusses his book, Keeping Faith with the Constitution, and makes it clear that he is a fan of what I would call "the living constitution in a tuxedo." According to Liu, "What we mean by fidelity is that the Constitution should be interpreted in ways that adapt its principles and its text to the … Read entire article »

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This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism—March 6

 1857—Chief Justice Taney’s ruling in Dred Scott marks the Supreme Court’s first use of the modern liberal judicial activist’s favorite tool—“substantive due process”—to invalidate a statute.  In striking down the Missouri Compromise of 1820, which prohibited slavery in the northern portion of the Louisiana Territories, Taney nakedly asserts:  “[A]n act of Congress which deprives a citizen of the United States of his liberty and property, merely because he came himself or brought his property into a particular Territory of the United States, and who had committed no offense against the laws, could hardly be dignified with the name of due process of law.”   The dissenters in Dred Scott invoke, and properly apply, the originalist principles that liberal judicial activists regard as abhorrent.  As Justice Curtis declares rhetorically in exposing Taney’s … Read entire article »

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Halligan and the D.C. Circuit

Earlier today, the Senate Judiciary Committee favorably reported Caitlin Halligan’s nomination to the D.C. Circuit by a 10-8 vote. Meanwhile, here’s another sign of how underworked D.C. Circuit judges are: D.C. Circuit judge Brett Kavanaugh will be sitting by designation on a Ninth Circuit panel tomorrow. (It’s common for senior judges to sit by designation on other circuits, but much less so for judges like Kavanaugh who are in regular active service.) Ed Whelan … Read entire article »

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Tom Coburn vs. the Ethanol Tax Subsidy

NewsOK: Joining other Oklahoma lawmakers who have attacked federal ethanol policy, Sen. Tom Coburn introduced bipartisan legislation on Wednesday to eliminate billions of dollars in tax breaks for production of the corn-based fuel. Coburn, R-Muskogee, said the 45 cents per gallon credit given to blenders of ethanol is “bad economic policy, bad energy policy and bad environmental policy.” “The $6 billion we waste every year on corporate welfare should instead stay in taxpayers' pockets where it can be used to spur innovation, stimulate growth and create jobs,” Coburn said. He cited a Government Accountability Office report released last week that deemed the credit — set to expire at the end of this year — unnecessary to ensure demand for domestic ethanol. Bob Dinneen, president and CEO of the Renewable Fuels Association, said ethanol was part … Read entire article »

Filed under: Global Warming Hoax

House GOP vs. the EPA

Elections matter: House Panel Votes to Strip E.P.A. of Power to Regulate Greenhouse Gases Greg Pollowitz Read more CompleteHouse GOP vs. the EPA … Read entire article »

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'High Speed Derailed'

The editors of the Washington Times write: Florida’s Supreme Court on Friday dealt a serious blow to President Obama’s $53 billion high-speed rail pet project. The seven jurists sided unanimously with Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s right to forgo $2.4 billion in federal taxpayer-backed grants the Obama administration wanted to blow on an 84-mile train track linking Tampa and Orlando. More and more, Republican governors are rejecting this type of federal bribe in the name of fiscal responsibility. That’s the right move considering the “high-speed” promises don’t hold up to scrutiny. Although the Florida trains were to have been capable of hitting 168 mph, project documents show the average nonstop speed would actually be 100 mph. That figure doesn’t reflect the actual average, which would be much lower after taking into account the … Read entire article »

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Paging Tom Friedman: Another Example of China's Awesome Infrastructure

Maybe if they spent less on high-speed choo-choos, windmills, and solar panels . . . An earthquake toppled more than 1,000 houses and apartment buildings in China's southwest near the border with Myanmar on Thursday, killing at least 24 people and injuring more than 200, officials and state media said. Photos from the scene showed buildings that buckled, crushing their lower floors. Police, firefighters and soldiers rushed to the area to pull out people trapped in the rubble, including a man and girl stuck in the stairwell of a four-story building, according to state broadcaster China Central Television. Parts of a supermarket and a hotel caved in, while sidewalks were lined with injured on blankets, being shielded from the sun by large vendor umbrellas. The official Xinhua News Agency reported that 24 people had … Read entire article »

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For a Second Time, NPR Claims to Have ‘Rejected’ Phony Donation; Emails Appear to Say Otherwise

The fallout from independent journalist James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas investigation has been fast and furious. NPR is obviously in major damage control mode and throwing liabilities that look an awful lot like high-powered executives overboard just as fast as they appear on video and audio. All good and proper, but there’s this small detail that […] … Read entire article »

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Rep. Walden: NPR Will Suffer ‘Consequences’ for ‘Partisan Attitude’

From Politico: The Republican’s top voice on tech and telecom issues says National Public Radio will suffer a “consequence” on Capitol Hill if “there’s this attitude inside the organization that would appear to be as partisan as what’s come out.” Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee […] … Read entire article »

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