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If Republican Legislatures Drown In Trump’s Wake, What Will Happen To Education Reform?

Image credit:  istock Featured via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog) Policy wonks and political prognosticators have begun to forecast the collateral damage that is apt to follow if Donald Trump manages—in spite of himself, and notwithstanding his Wisconsin setback—to win the Republican nomination, damaging not only GOP prospects for retrieving the White House but also the party’s odds of prevailing in innumerable races for Congress and for state (and even local) leadership. … Read entire article »

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The Politicization Of The English Language

Image credit:  istock Analysis and Commentary via Tribune Media Services Last week, French President Francois Hollande met President Obama in Washington to discuss joint strategies for stopping the sort of radical Islamic terrorists who have killed dozens of innocents in Brussels, Paris and San Bernardino in recent months. Hollande at one point explicitly referred to the violence as “Islamist terrorism.” … Read entire article »

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Schafer: U Political Scientist Larry Jacobs Takes On The Fed In New Book

Image credit:  spirit of america, Shutterstock In the News quoting Kevin Warsh via Star Tribune (MN) Business columnist Lee Schafer says Jacobs makes important points, though he doesn’t agree with all of them. … Read entire article »

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#NeverCoup

Image credit:  istock Analysis and Commentary via National Review Republican leaders seeking an alternative to Cruz or Trump are living in a dangerous fantasyland. … Read entire article »

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Why The Justice Department Will Not Indict Hillary Clinton

Image credit:  istock Analysis and Commentary via Thoughtful Ideas Barack Obama is the first black president of the United States. Attorney General Loretta Lynch is black. In the seventeen primary and caucus states (excluding American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands), which Hillary Clinton has won through Wisconsin on March 5, 2016, blacks voted for her by an average of 80%, from a low of 60% in Illinois to a high of 90% in Alabama and Mississippi. … Read entire article »

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Supreme Court Politics

via Defining Ideas Though they may lament partisanship, the Justices have politicized the judicial confirmation process. … Read entire article »

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A Shoutout To Kenyon College

Image credit:  istock Analysis and Commentary via Lawfare It’s been a bad few years for the free exchange of ideas on campuses around the country. Barely a day goes by where we don’t read some story about students at elite institutions trying to silence one another’s, or faculty’s or visitors’, points of view. … Read entire article »

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California Needs Bold Fixes, Is Sacramento Up to It?

Image credit:  istock Analysis and Commentary via Real Clear Markets Sacramento in an election year tends to be a place of caution, hoping to not upset swing voters and activists alike. But 2016 may be different. Earlier this year, Republicans worked with Democrats to reform the Managed Care Organization (MCO) tax – to the dismay of many conservative activists.  … Read entire article »

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FBI Director James Comey Speaks at Kenyon College

Image credit:  iStock via Lawfare Wednesday evening finds me at Kenyon College, at a conference on privacy, where I will speaking tomorrow on a combination of this paper and some work I have been doing recently on sexual extortion online. … Read entire article »

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Implicit Advice From A Nine-Year Old

Image credit:  istock Analysis and Commentary via EconLog We are hearing more and more about 18-to-22 year old college students demanding “safe spaces” on campuses where not only they won’t be insulted or verbally attacked but also their most cherished views will not be challenged. Various people who, like me, have little respect for such people, think that they probably do not belong on a college campus. … Read entire article »

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How Our National Insecurity Colors the 2016 Race

The first in a weekly series this month on national security — in its various forms — as an issue in the 2016 campaign. … Read entire article »

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Bill Clinton vs. Black Lives Matter: "You're Defending The People Who Kill The Lives You Say Matter"

Former President Bill Clinton responds to Black Lives Matter activists who interrupted a campaign event for his wife in Philadelphia. Clinton angrily tells Black Lives Matter protesters that they “are defending the people who kill the lives you say matter,” prompting criticism from black voters. “See these other signs? This is what’s the matter. I don’t know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and sent them out into the street to murder other African American children. Maybe you thought they were good citizens. [Hillary Clinton] didn’t. She didn’t. You are defending the people who kill the lives you say matter! Tell the truth!” Trump told the BLM protestors. Clinton also said at the same speech that the “world is coming apart,” unlike … Read entire article »

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Krauthammer: Trump Has to Win On First Ballot, Otherwise "He Is Likely To Be Denied The Nomination"

Charles Krauthammer says Donald Trump “has to win on the first ballot,” meaning obtaining at least 1237 ballots, in order to win the nomination. Otherwise, he said, Trump will “be denied the nomination if it goes to multiple ballots.” MEGYN KELLY, FOX NEWS: We’re still likely headed for a contested convention… Donald Trump has 69% of the American public with unfavorable views of him, Ted Cruz at 59%, very unfavorable. How do you see this shaping up? CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I think the best analysis right now would be to say that Trump has to win on the first ballot, that he’s likely to be denied the nomination if it goes to multiple ballots. Because he will only get weaker as the delegates are released from their obligations. I still think he … Read entire article »

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Former Cruz Advisor Rick Tyler on MSNBC: "Dangerous" Roger Stone Should Be Banned From Convention

Former Cruz advisor and now MSNBC contributor Rick Tyler said Thursday Republican operative and off and on Trump advisor Roger Stone is “dangerous” and should be banned from attending the Republican national convention in Cleveland. Last week, Stone talked about a convention “day of rage” where rogue delegations would be hunted down. This past weekend Stone threatened to disclose “hotels and the room numbers of delegates directly involved in the steal.” Tyler, you may recall, was Ted Cruz’s campaign spokesman until he was fired for spreading a “false” story about Marco Rubio criticizing the Bible. “Roger Stone just threatened delegates attending the convention in Cleveland saying he would publicize delegates’ hotel rooms and hotel room numbers if the Trump campaign felt like they were part of stealing delegates from Donald Trump,” Tyler said … Read entire article »

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Mark Levin Rips "Stop Trump" Movement: These People "Not Conservatives," They're "Frauds"

MARK LEVIN: Now those people out there, those people out there who are saying ‘stop Trump,’ I can understand ‘stop Trump’ in a primary process. But stop Trump or you’ll vote for Hillary? Stop Trump or you won’t vote at all? These people are not conservatives. They’re not constitutionalists. They’re frauds. They’re fakes. They’re not brave. They’re asinine. They’re buffoons… If you believe that Hillary Clinton is in part responsible for the rise of ISIS and for what took care of Benghazi and what’s taking place in Libya and that [Vladimir] Putin is on the move and that China is on the move and all the rest of it, then how the hell – how the hell could you take any steps – passively or affirmatively that would put that woman … Read entire article »

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McCaskill: "Calling Hillary Clinton Not Qualified Is Like Fingernails On A Black Board To Many Women"

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri), a Clinton surrogate, says hearing Bernie Sanders call Hillary Clinton unqualified for the presidency is “like fingernails on a black board” to women voters. McCaskill on Thursday’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, via MSNBC: ANDREA MITCHELL, MSNBC HOST: And joining me now from Washington, from Capitol Hill, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill. She’s endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. Senator, you’ve worked with both of the — both Senator Clinton, obviously, when she’s in the Senate and have known Bernie Sanders for a long time. What is going on here? SEN. CLAIRE MCCASKILL (D), MISSOURI: I’m not sure. I’m a little worried about it. I mean, come on. Of course, Hillary Clinton is qualified. I don’t know why Bernie went there, especially if you watch … Read entire article »

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Ben Carson: "Probably" Better Choices Than Donald Trump, Doesn't Mean He's Not Good

Former presidential candidate Ben Carson, who endorsed Donald Trump, told CNN Thursday there is “probably” better candidates for the Republican nominee for president but it doesn’t mean he’s not good. Carson was on CNN to clarify disparaging remarks he made over the weekend when he was stumping for the Republican frontrunner on a radio show. Carson said Trump has “major defects” as a candidate. Audio issues later in the segment made for an awkward exchange between Carson and the anchors when he tried to explain there is always someone better at something than you are. “Everybody believes that we are weak, we are weak on the world stage, we’re not doing things that make sense economically and he’s probably the person most likely to do that. Are there better people? Probably,” Carson had … Read entire article »

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First Lady Michelle Obama Hosts an Event to Mark Nowruz

First Lady Michelle Obama Hosts an Event to Mark Nowruz … Read entire article »

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Mike Gallagher to Ted Cruz: If You Teamed Up With Trump, You Two Would Be "Unstoppable"

Sen. Ted Cruz artfully answers this question about uniting the Republican Party from talk show host Mike Gallagher. MIKE GALLAGHER: Final thought: I saw Pat Buchanan last night who said, if Ted Cruz and Donald Trump unite, if they teamed up, they’d set the nation on fire, they’d be unstoppable. It might be hard to put the toothpaste back in the bottle, but do you see any scenario where that could happen? TED CRUZ: Well listen — I would welcome Donald’s support. … Read entire article »

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Hillary Clinton Struggles With NYC Subway Card

Hillary Clinton takes a trip on the New York City subway. Fourth time is the charm. … Read entire article »

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