Dem Filibuster Succeeds, House Gives Up On Defunding Executive Amnesty

Featured image The news was so heavy yesterday that I held off on commenting on the House vote to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year, with no exclusion of the administration’s executive amnesty. Some observations on the vote: 1) The roll call was 257 to 167, with all Democrats voting “yes,” but only 75 Republicans. This has prompted speculation about Boehner’s standing with his caucus. »

King v. Burwell: a discouraging mid-argument report [UPDATED] [WITH FINAL UPDATE]

Featured imageEric Citron at Scotusblog provides a mid-argument report on King v. Burwell, the vital Obamacare case being heard by the Supreme Court today. According to Citron, the petitioners, who argue that subsidies are not available on the federal exchange faced a troubling question from Justice Kennedy, on whose vote the case may very well turn. Kennedy, says Citron, “expressed deep concern with a system where the statute would potentially destroy »

Who is Eric Hoteham? [Updated With Twitter Account]

Featured imageIn its excellent story this morning on the private email account Madam Hillary set up for official business during her tenure as Secretary of State, the Associated Press notes this telling detail: It was unclear whom Clinton hired to set up or maintain her private email server, which the AP traced to a mysterious identity, Eric Hoteham. That name does not appear in public records databases, campaign contribution records or »

Why no deal is better than Obama’s deal

Featured imageI found Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress persuasive in all but one respect. I question Netanyahu’s claim that the alternative to the deal Obama seems prepared to settle for is “a better deal.” It believe that the Iranian regime’s overriding goal is to obtain nuclear weapons. If that’s the case, Iran will not agree to a deal that significantly impedes its ability to reach this goal. It follows that the »

Democrats respond to Netanyahu (video edition)

Featured imagePresident Obama let it be known that he didn’t watch Prime Minister’s historic speech to the joint session of Congress yesterday. Netanyahu came to present the case against the nuclear deal with Iran that is in process. Obama has made concession after concession that would abrogate sanctions against Iran and facilitate Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons. Netanyahu sought to explain why that was athe case and why it wasn’t a »

Energy Sense from an Unlikely Source

Featured imageIn preparing for this week’s session of my graduate course on energy policy, I happened to stumble across a very sound discussion of why the energy romanticism of the Climate Haters (I think I’m going to retire “climatistas” and go with the more accurate Climate Haters instead, because settled science!) makes no sense. It is in a series called “Getting to Zero” (as in zero carbon emissions), written by a »

Another Reason Why Hillary Can’t Win

Featured imageSteve noted earlier tonight a little-noticed exchange with an ABC reporter who was assigned to follow Hillary Clinton, which suggested one reason why Hillary’s 2016 campaign may be doomed. Here is another one: her relationship with Bill–the only reason anyone has heard of her in the first place–can’t withstand the light of day. The email controversy that came came to light today is a problem for Hillary, for obvious reasons. »

Why Hillary Won’t Make It

Featured imageTime out briefly from the Obama Debacle to contemplate the Hillary 2016 debacle-in-waiting. Jennifer Rubin has a nice rundown of all of the new difficulties Hillary mas made for herself lately with all of the usual foibles we associate with the adjective “Clintonian” but without any of the Big Dog’s roguish charm. This includes her use of a personal email account at the State Department in what looks like an »

Pelosi: Netanyahu “Insults Our Intelligence”

Featured imageI thought this had to be a hoax, but no—here’s Nancy Pelosi’s entire statement; you need to read it, not to believe it: Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement regarding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the Joint Meeting of Congress: “The unbreakable bonds between the United States and Israel are rooted in our shared values, our common ideals and mutual interests.  Ours is a »

Netanyahu’s moment, part 6

Featured imageThe video of Prime Minister Netanyahus’s speech to the joint session of Congress is below. The Prime Minister’s Office has posted the text of the speech here. Paul Mirengoff has posted an excellent summary and analysis in the adjacent post. This was a historic speech. In the heart of his speech Netanyahu hit many of the themes we have hit here. He also anticipated and addressed the Obama administration’s criticism »

U.S. boots on the ground in Iraq after all

Featured imageThe Washington Post reports that some former U.S. troops have taken up the fight against ISIS in Iraq: [A] growing band of foreigners [is] leaving behind their lives in the West to fight with new Christian militias against the Islamic State extremist group. The leaders of those militias say they have been swamped with hundreds of requests from veterans and volunteers from around the world who want to join them. »

MSM mainstays cut Clinton no slack over her email account

Featured imageIf the mainstream media were applying the sort of scrutiny to Hillary Clinton it has applied to Republican presidential candidates, we would by now have seen articles in the New York Times and the Washington Post about Whitewater, Travelgate, and the 1993 health care reform debacle. We would also have been treated to disparaging stories about Clinton dating back to her days as a Goldwater Girl. But the MSM’s fondness »

What Color Is the Dress? What Dress?

Featured imageIf you don’t know what The Dress is, it means, among other things, that you don’t have teenage daughters. But even the daughterless are generally aware of the dress that took Twitter, and most of the rest of the internet, by storm a few evenings ago. Only Michael Ramirez would think to connect The Dress with President Obama’s myopia (or collaboration, whichever it is) on Iran. Click to enlarge: »

The Democrats Respond to Netanyahu’s Speech [Updated]

Featured imageThis afternoon, Democrats in politics and the media promptly swung into action to try to discredit Benjamin Netanyahu’s powerful indictment of the administration’s policies toward Iran. Nancy Pelosi bordered on the hysterical. Here, Chris Matthews accuses Netanyahu of being a “man from a foreign government” who “tried to take over U.S. foreign policy.” Seems like we’ve heard that somewhere before; Mearsheimer and Walt, call your office: CNN’s Christiane Amanpour says »

Observations on Netanyahu’s Reception by Congress

Featured imageI will leave it to my partners to analyze the content of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress this morning as it relates it Iran. Instead, I want to make some observations about the reception that he received from the joint session of Congress. To say that Netanyahu’s welcome was warm would be an understatement: it was rapturous. President Obama has never gotten such an enthusiastic reception for a State »

Netanyahu’s message to Congress, and to the President

Featured imageStrip away the politics associated with Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress and this simple reality remains: Netanyahu had an urgent, much needed message to deliver about Iran. This morning Netanyahu delivered that message forcefully, persuasively, and to great applause from members of both political parties. A few dozen Democratic members, including a hugely disproportionate number of African-American congressman but also (according to Fox News) half a dozen Jewish members, »

M. Stanton Evans, RIP

Featured imageSad news this morning of the passing of M. Stanton Evans at the age of 80. He was, in addition to his long list of books and distinguished career in journalism, the author of the Sharon Statement, one of the founding documents of modern conservatism produced at the founding of Young Americans for Freedom in 1960. Stan was my first mentor in professional life. I came to Washington DC right »