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I'm Sure I'll Get Pawlenty of Air Time

I'm scheduled to appear on MSNBC's "Daily Rundown" around 9:30 Eastern or so, talking Pawlentymania and other 2012 buzz. UPDATE: The video is now posted: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Jim Geraghty Read more CompleteI'm Sure I'll Get Pawlenty of Air Time … Read entire article »

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Shinseki to Run for Hawaii's Senate Seat? Apparently Not.

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki might have been an intriguing candidate for Hawaii Democrats, running in what is pretty friendly territory but perhaps facing tough competition in Linda Lingle . . . but apparently there's not much to the rumor at all: There's a report circulating that retired U.S. Army General and current Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki is considering a run for Sen. Daniel Akaka's soon-to-be vacated Senate seat. Veterans Today this week reported Shinseki, a native son, "has informed his private staff he plans to resign his post and run for the Senate seat to be vacated by Daniel Akaka, Democrat of Hawaii. Shinseki is considered a 'shoo in' with no strong opposition in place." Queries to the Department of Veterans Affairs were unanswered. But a top aide to Sen. Daniel K. … Read entire article »

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McCaskill's 2006 Campaign Themes Come Back to Bite Her

I guess Claire McCaskill won't be returning to the "we have paid every dime of our taxes" slogan of her 2006 campaign. UPDATE: When confronted with uncomfortable questions, run and hide! Run and hide! Eh, at least she didn't go all Bob Etheridge on him. Jim Geraghty Read more CompleteMcCaskill's 2006 Campaign Themes Come Back to Bite Her … Read entire article »

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Claire McCaskill's Sudden No-Fly Zone

There's a lot on Libya in today's Morning Jolt, but the Air McCaskill saga continues . . . Claire McCaskill’s Sudden No-Fly Zone One of my readers scoffed, “Sure, now that Claire McCaskill has to pay her back taxes and can’t charge the taxpayer for costs related to travel to political events, she doesn’t want the plane anymore.” I would note, I’m unsympathetic to any lawmaker who finds flying first or business class somehow beneath them. What makes their junk so special? Chuck Todd and the guys at MSNBC recognize the powerful symbolism at work here: “This is just the latest in a string of problems for McCaskill involving her private plane. This is a MAJOR problem for her — not just in how she used the plane, but that she owned one in … Read entire article »

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Rumsfeld: Maybe Obama Skipped Congress Because He Doesn't Know His Own Goals

My friends at SiriusXM POTUS channel send along word that their morning anchor, Tim Farley, completed an interview with former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld, discussing Libya and the Middle East. The interview will air tomorrow, but they offer a quick preview: Obama unsure on Libya mission: “It may very well be that one of the reasons he [Obama] didn’t go to Congress was that he didn’t know what his goals were or what the mission would be. And you can’t go to Congress and ask for support if you don’t have some reasonable precision as to what it is you plan to do. And we’ve heard varying views as to what the goal is. One person says it’s to have Gadhafi eliminated and taken out of office other people say, 'no, that’s … Read entire article »

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Governor Caught Using State Jet for Campaign Events

So, what's new with the one incumbent Democratic governor who's up for reelection this year? Gov. Steve Beshear will reimburse the state for using a state plane for a political event Monday, his campaign manager said Friday. Beshear’s campaign manager, Bill Hyers, acknowledged that the governor, a Democrat, attended a political event late Monday in Louisa. The stop came during two days of traveling around the state to gain public support for his Medicaid plan. Beshear said Monday morning at a stop in Lexington that he was using a state airplane to urge the public to call Senate Republicans to side with his Medicaid plan to avoid cuts in state agencies and education. He contended that his trips to nine Kentucky cities during the first two days of a special legislative session to try … Read entire article »

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Putting the Left’s Ethics Smears in Perspective—Part 1

Putting the Left’s Ethics Smears in Perspective—Part 1

As I have documented in post after post after post after post (and so on, seemingly ad infinitum), the Left’s “concerted attack” of feeble ethics charges against Justice Thomas and Justice Scalia routinely involves serious distortions of the relevant facts and law. In this post and one or two more, I’m going to put the Left’s charges in perspective by highlighting some conduct by liberal justices that the Left has been happy to ignore. Let’s start … Read entire article »

Filed under: From the Bench, Politics

Russell Wheeler on Left’s Ethics Proposals

In this essay, Brookings Institution’s judicial scholar Russell Wheeler cogently explains that various recent proposals to apply the Code of Conduct for United States Judges to members of the Supreme Court “rest on basic factual misunderstandings about federal judicial ethics regulation, could create a ‘cure-worse-than-the-disease’ situation, and are probably unconstitutional in part.” Ed Whelan … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Constitution, From the Bench

Re: Judicial Excuses

“Judicial engagement”? Ah, there’s a catchy term. Anthony Sanders criticizes in passing what he calls the “false alternative of judicial activism versus judicial restraint.” But no serious advocate of judicial restraint contends that the courts should enforce laws that have been demonstrated to be unconstitutional (or should, as Sanders claims, “abdicate their solemn duty to determine whether a law complies with the Constitution”). “Judicial activism” and “judicial restraint” are incomplete accounts of judicial vice and virtue, respectively. There’s also, for example, the vice of what I call judicial passivism (and what Sanders calls “judicial abdication”)—the wrongful application of a law that is unconstitutional. Like all terms of political discourse, “judicial activism” and “judicial restraint” are subject to misuse (as Sanders illustrates). But they are not false alternatives. And insofar as they signal … Read entire article »

Filed under: American Constitution, From the Bench

Aron-neous Ethics

In an op-ed in today’s Washington Post, in support of a call for an ethics code for Supreme Court justices, Nan Aron of the Alliance for Justice takes some more cheap whacks at Justice Scalia and Justice Thomas for supposedly “appearing at political strategy conferences hosted by the conservative Koch brothers.” As I have pointed out, according to the Supreme Court spokeswoman’s account (at the end of this article), Scalia spoke about international law at a Federalist Society dinner sponsored by Charles and Elizabeth Koch in January 2007 “and did not attend the separate political and strategy meeting hosted by the Kochs.” Thomas spoke about his autobiography at a similar Federalist Society dinner sponsored by Charles and Elizabeth Koch in January 2008. Thomas then made “a brief drop-by” at “one of … Read entire article »

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Fact-Checking Obama's Oil Production Claims

National Journal: Obama’s Fuzzy Oil Production Math Bush administration actions have led to gains in supply. He doesn’t want to admit it, but President Obama is taking credit for something George W. Bush did. The White House is touting federal data that shows domestic oil production is at its highest level since 2003. In a blog post last week, Obama’s top climate and energy aide, Heather Zichal, points to Energy Information Administration data that shows oil production from the Outer Continental Shelf (which basically means the Gulf of Mexico) has increased by more than a third between 2008 and 2010. EIA Administrator Richard Newell says it takes several years for any major federal policy action — such as issuing leases — to affect domestic oil production. “Even if one has development drilling going on, there is … Read entire article »

Filed under: Global Warming Hoax

Watch Brian Williams Carry Obama’s Water on Jimmy Fallon Show

—- This is remarkable video where Brian Williams’ knee-jerk reaction is defend President Obama — “might be a bit unfair” “got all of his people with him” “appearance” “perception” “gets very little time off” — from the growing narrative that the President is disconnected and distant from the ongoing economic, energy, and […] … Read entire article »

Filed under: Where is the Main Stream Media?

He’s Baaack! Olbermann’s “Worst Person” Turns Up Online

I feel a little let down and a bit sorry for Keith Olbermann. How does one maintain a healthy ego going from the glitz of an MSNBC set to the window corner of a poorly-lit cubicle with a vanity featuring a sobriquet born years ago in Youtube comments? Where are the “Worst Person” graphics? They don’t […] … Read entire article »

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NewsBusted: Is President Obama Now a NeoCon?

Filed under: Where is the Main Stream Media?

NYT: Glenn Beck Contemplates Starting Own Channel

The rumor mill has been pretty active on this issue over the past couple weeks; we’ll be keeping an eye on it. From the newspaper of record: The possibility that Glenn Beck will exit the Fox News Channel at the end of the year has prompted a big question in media circles: if he leaves, […] … Read entire article »

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Peanut Gallery Shocked At Bullying When They’re Not Behind It

Remember that iconic PSA about the dad who confronts his teenaged son about the pot he found in his room? The dad angrily shouts “Where did you learn this?!” and finally the son cracks and spews forth: “YOU, ALRIGHT? I LEARNED IT BY WATCHING YOU!” And ta-da! Daddy is forced to face the Frankenstein’s monster that […] … Read entire article »

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Activist Media Group Uses Soros Billions to Train Progressive Pundits

It says a lot about who’s #winning when progressive activist groups have to take their sugardaddy billions to train other progs to be as good as conservatives on air. Meet the new comedy hour: The primary mission of Media Matters, he said, is to obsessively monitor Fox News and call attention to its distortions. But now it’s […] … Read entire article »

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Organized Left Plan Massive Protests for April 4th

In the wake of changes to government employee unions’ power in Wisconsin and elsewhere, The Communist Party USA is working in conjunction with national labor unions and other left wing political groups to organize protests in Madison, Wisconsin and across the nation on April 4th. Scott Marshall, Vice Chair of The Communist Party USA said his […] Read more CompleteOrganized Left Plan Massive Protests for April 4th … Read entire article »

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ObamaCare: The Road to Rationing

It doesn’t take a soothsayer to know that if ObamaCare and the push toward government-run health care continue, America will begin to ration drugs and treatment for the sick and the elderly. In fact, it may be too late.  Rationing is creeping into the system already. The Wall Street Journal highlights the latest efforts to “end the […] Read more CompleteObamaCare: The Road to Rationing … Read entire article »

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Remembering the Day America Was Ignored

One year ago today President Barack Obama signed into law government controlled health care. It was a punch in the gut to a majority of Americans who had passionately pleaded that this legislation be thrown in the dumpster. How many times did millions of people travel to Washington D.C., call and email our congressman, or […] Read more CompleteRemembering the Day America Was Ignored … Read entire article »

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