Live-blogging the Lynch hearing — afternoon edition, starring Ted Cruz

Featured image Loretta Lynch did a superb job of testifying this morning. She artfully ducked the few tough questions directed to her, while somehow managing to sound like the most accommodating nominee ever. Only Sen. Sessions laid a glove on her, in my opinion. The afternoon session will begin soon. I think I’ll present my live-blogging of this one in chronological order rather than reverse chronological order, as I did this morning. »

Live-blogging the Lynch hearing

Featured imageLoretta Lynch’s confirmation hearing is about to start. I’ll live-blog it for a few hours at least. I’ll keep the most recent entries at the top for those who want to keep up with the blow-by-blow. Others should read from the bottom up. Here goes: 12:39 Sen. Amy Klobuchar is up. A lunch break will follow. I will start mine early, and resume the live-blogging this afternoon. The Republican questioning »

Rubio’s short course on Iran

Featured imageIn the January 21 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on our ongoing negotiations with Iran, Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken appeared as the principal witness. Senator Rubio questioned Blinken over twelve minutes toward the end of the hearing. In the course of his questions, Senator Rubio provided a short course on the problematic premises of our negotiations with Iran (video below). “We’re not dealing with Belgium here,” Senator Rubio »

India, Defender of the West?

Featured imageThe media are downplaying the fact that Obama left India empty-handed on the chief object of his state visit: he wanted India to reach some kind of climate agreement like the phony one Obama made with China a few months ago. India refused. The Hindustan Times reports: India’s resistance to accept a peak year for emissions was a prime reason why US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi »

The Prediction Racket

Featured imageOne of John Kenneth Galbraith’s better and more sound witticisms was that economic forecasting was invented to make astrology look good. He should have lived long enough to take in climate change predictions. While we continue Beta testing our Climate Change Cliché Counter and scoreboard, we are pleased to take note of a new website that will surely be indispensable: ClimateChangePredictions.org. This group effort looks to be a one-stop shopping »

Greek Socialists to Send Lump of Coal to the EU?

Featured imageGreece has elected a far-left socialist government that plans to dump austerity (and perhaps the Euro currency with it) into the dustbin of history. The socialist government is also likely to harsh some mellows among enviro-socialists who think socialism is the path for saving the planet. The Guardian reports the reality: Syriza’s election victory has kindled hopes of an environmental champion pushing for greater climate ambition on the European stage, »

Our Self-Obsessed President

Featured imageMany commentators have noted how frequently Barack Obama’s speeches focus on himself. It is true: for Obama, no matter the topic, it turns out to be mostly about him. Earlier today, Obama delivered a farewell speech in New Delhi, wrapping up his trip to India. The speech was only 33 minutes long, and yet…Barack managed to work in references to himself no fewer than 118 times. The folks at Grabien »

A Foolish Consistency Is the Hobgoblin of Chait’red Minds [With Derision by John]

Featured imageJonathan Chait of New York Magazine has a very solid piece which we linked to in our picks section earlier today decrying the runaway political correctness on college campuses.  It contains a robust restatement and endorsement of the fundamental liberal case for democracy and free expression.  Good for him. Except that Chait doesn’t seem to live by his own principles.  Because last week he wrote a column in which he »

Is Russia Financing the Anti-Fracking Campaign?

Featured imageThe production of natural gas by fracking has been an enormous boon to America’s economy and to its hard-pressed consumers. Yet there are some who oppose fracking, and these opponents are lavishly funded. By whom? Investigations by the Washington Free Beacon and the Environmental Policy Alliance indicate that the answer may well be: the Russian government and Rosneft, the world’s largest oil company. The Russians’ motive to suppress American natural »

Mirror, Mirror: Who’s the Warmest. . .

Featured imageThe old paean to witchcraft is looking more and more applicable to the climatistas these days, as seen in the orgasmic response to the “news” that 2014 was the hottest year ever by a margin of two one-hundreths of a degree.  (Honey, can you turn up the A/C?  It’s feeling two one-hundreths of a degree warmer!) Yesterday Britain’s Met Office, one of the principal nodes of the Climate Establishment, offered »

Iran nonsense

Featured imageSteve Hayes captures the Obama administration’s current line on Iran in the Weekly Standard editorial “Iran nonsense.” One fount of nonsense is President Obama’s intent, as I see it, to deliver an agreement with Iran that will secure and finance its nuclear program. President Obama wishes to clear the path to do so without any interference from Congress. While President Obama continues to withdraw the United States from engagements with »

State Department funded group working to defeat Netanyahu

Featured imageJohn has written about how President Obama’s campaign team is working to defeat Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel’s upcoming elections. To make matters worse, the anti-Netanyahu campaign is benefiting from U.S. taxpayer money. As John noted, the organization “One Voice” wants to help take down Netanyahu’s party in the March 2015 Knesset elections that will ultimately determine the next Israeli Prime Minister. “One Voice” claims to be non-partisan, but it is »

Trust us, we’re the government, Obama administration tells Supreme Court [With Comment by John]

Featured imageEarlier this month, the Supreme Court heard a case in which the Obama administration made the extraordinary claim that there can be no judicial review as to whether a government agency met a statutory prerequisite for filing a lawsuit. The case is Mach Mining v. EEOC. The Federalist Society asked me to report on the case via audiotape. My report is here. The Civil Rights Act requires the EEOC to »

Sharyl Attkisson to testify on Lynch confirmation, but why?

Featured imageLoretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee for Attorney General, will testify tomorrow before the Senate Judiciary Committee. It should be an interesting day. Coming up with lists of questions to ask Lynch has become a cottage industry. I offered my entry in November: I hope that during Senate confirmation hearings, Lynch will be asked specifically about each issue as to which the Holder DOJ has applied or considered applying disparate impact »

Manners, Courtesy, and Other Tools of Oppression

Featured imageIn my classrooms, I uniformly use the practice of the University of Chicago’s old graduate programs, in which I address students as “Mr. Jones” or “Ms. Smith.” It introduces a modicum of formality and respect, which counterbalances the more casual, conversational, and indeed often stream-of-consciousness style of my classes. (I hate straight-up lecturing; likewise I dislike the presumptuous faux-familiarity implied by the easy use of first names.) My sense is »

Vexing the Vaxers

Featured imageIs there a vaccine for liberalism? I guess not. Maybe Big Pharma ought to get to work on one—or at least announce a research program for a cure for liberalism. Think of the comedy gold you’d get from the Left. Not so funny is the growing anti-vax movement, which is mostly on the Left but finds a few adherents on the conspiratorial Right as well. (Maybe Big Pharma could disseminate »

Sharpton vs. the Teleprompter, vol. 4

Featured imageThe Free Beacon’s David Rutz has kept his eye on Al Sharton’s travails with the Teleprompter on his MSNBC show PoliticsNation. Having compiled volume 4 of his video series on Sharpton, Rutz notes: “In this latest installment, Sharpton wrecks the names of such people as Ebola patient Nina Pham, quarterback Troy Aikman and actor Ray Romano, of animals like koalas (kola-cue?), and of general terms like waterboarding (waterboating), manhunts (manhoods), »