Trick Question: What’s the Difference Between a Democrat and a Socialist?

Featured image This is entertaining: Debbie Wasserman Schultz struggles to explain how a Democrat is different from a socialist. It apparently is a question that has never occurred to her before: All she can do is recite anti-Republican talking points. This tells us volumes about the state of the modern Democratic Party. »

Speaking of the Iran deal (10)

Featured imageAP Vienna bureau chief George Jahn reports: “Iran: US statements on attacking Tehran violates nuke deal” (subject-verb disagreement in the original, I hate to say). On Twitter, AP diplomatic correspondent Matt Lee concisely comments: “Already?!” Here is Jahn’s report: A senior Iranian official is accusing the U.S. of violating the nuclear deal with his country through comments indicating that the accord would make any attack on Tehran’s atomic program more »

Drew Storen, Jonathan Papelbon, and the closer conundrum

Featured imageThis year, the Washington Nationals were expected to be runaway winners of the NL East and strong contenders to win the World Series. They may yet live up to these expectations, but they haven’t so far. One reason is injuries — to Jayson Werth, Denard Span, Ryan Zimmerman, Anthony Rendon, Steven Strasburg, Doug Fister, and others. Another reason is disappointing performance by the bullpen, except for closer Drew Storen (injuries »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll commits microaggressions galore in DISTINGUISHED MEMBERS. Cumulatively, she may even be responsible for aggressions, or macroaggressions. She writes: Please! I am begging here. In the name of all that’s Holy, stop the fake rape charges! Honestly, I can’t take it any more. I would love to write about something else. Anything else. Heck, maybe even guns and ammo again someday. “But nooooooo….”, as Steve Martin used to say. »

Hillary’s “classified” excuse doesn’t wash

Featured imageScott has called today’s McClatchy story about Hillary Clinton’s emails “must read.” I agree. McClatchy reports that the classified emails known to have been stored on the former Secretary of State’s private server contained information from five intelligence agencies, and included material related to the fatal 2012 Benghazi attacks. And this, if I understand correctly, is just from a sample of 40 emails. Clinton’s defense continues to be that she »

Trump Goes Soft on Immigration

Featured imageAs we have said repeatedly, Donald Trump is not a conservative. This is why he has been a registered Democrat for much of his adult life, and has financially supported more Democrats than Republicans. Mostly, Trump is a mushy thinker and a blowhard. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that yesterday on CNN, Trump retreated on immigration to a position that is hard to distinguish from a typical Democrat’s: Trump »

Cruz, McConnell, and the Ex-Im Bank—The Sequel

Featured imageA great many readers were not happy with my analysis here the other day of the moving parts of Mitch McConnell allowing a vote on an amendment to the transportation bill that would revive the Export-Import Bank, after having apparently promised to Cruz and/or the GOP Senate caucus that he wouldn’t allow the Ex-Im Bank to come back to life. In a sentence, I sought to point out that McConnell »

Planned Parenthood’s Week in Pictures (2)

Featured imageAs noted yesterday, Hillary is keeping a path open to head to the tall grass over Planned Parenthood. The White House is hedging over whether it will veto a bill from Congress defunding Planned Parenthood. I suspect Planned Parenthood has a pretty good idea of what is on the videos still to come out, and, barring a legal gambit to suppress them, has warned its Democratic allies about how bad »

Ivy League honors conservative justices by not honoring them

Featured imageLaw professor John McGinnis finds that Ivy League schools are giving short shrift to conservative Supreme Court justices when they confer honorary degrees. Is anyone surprised? The numbers are stark. Of the fourteen honorary degrees bestowed by Ivy League institutions to living Supreme Court justices twelve went to those on the left of the Court. Justice Ginsburg is the champ: she has an honorary degree from every Ivy League university »

Nixon’s IRS: A reminder

Featured imageIn his capacity as chairman of the relevant Senate subcommittee, Senator Cruz “gave a hard-hitting opening statement, comparing the [IRS]’s actual abuses of political opponents during the Obama presidency to Richard Nixon’s unsuccessful attempt to use the agency to target political adversaries.” So says Andrew McCarthy here at NR’s corner, where he has posted the transcript of Senator Cruz’s statement. Andy links to video of Senator Cruz’s statement here. Reiterating »

Federal judge threatens to hold IRS commissioner and DOJ lawyers in contempt [With Comment by John]

Featured imageThe IRS is in hot water once again with no-nonsense federal district court judge Emmet Sullivan over Lois Lerner’s emails. A year ago, Judge Sullivan ordered the IRS to explain in writing and under oath how some of Lerner’s emails went missing, and to detail any potential methods for recovering them. The IRS managed to recover 1,800 emails that it previously claimed “inadvertently” were destroyed. Now, it has again incurred »

Tweet of the Day from GHW Bush

Featured imageI’m not a huge fan of the Bush family in politics, but it must be said that they have always conducted themselves with class and dignity, unlike certain other current and past presidents I could name. George H.W. Bush wins the Internet for today with this Tweet: »

Cotton v. Kerry: It’s No Contest

Featured imageSen. Tom Cotton shows how it’s done in his questioning of Secretary of State John Kerry in yesterday’s hearing on the Iran agreement. About eight minutes long: »

Planned Parenthood Video #4 Is a Shocker

Featured imageThe Center for Medical Progress released its fourth undercover Planned Parenthood video today. I won’t attempt to characterize it in detail, except to say that most will find it shocking, especially the last three minutes. There is one exchange that I can’t believe means what it seems to mean: Sometimes if we get, if someone delivers before we are able to see them for a procedure, then we are intact. »

Trump could scramble GOP race even if he fades

Featured imageBy now, almost everyone has seen the list of presidential candidates who had excellent poll numbers the year before the race, but who eventually faded or collapsed. I won’t rehearse the full list, but think of Rudy Giuliani and Howard Dean. I believe Donald Trump will join this list, primarily because until fairly recently he was a Democrat and more liberal than conservative. But even if I’m right, Trump might »

Hillary unclassified

Featured imageMcClatchy DC has three reporters with bylines on “Facts in Hillary’s ‘secret’ emails came from five intelligence agencies.” That headline should probably read “five (count ’em) intelligence agencies.” The McClatchy story doesn’t add much to what we already know, but it is must reading. I was most intrigued by the officials who failed to respond to the McClatchy reporters’ inquiries. Other than what must be a Republican source in a »

An Omnibus Climate And Green Weenie Update [With Derision by John]

Featured imageHaven’t had much climate change news for a while. Can’t Donald Trump say something outrageous about it so we can kickstart the issue? There’s actually lots of fun climate news right now, but it is getting lost in the ether. First, there’s a new explanation for the temperature pause that we keep being told isn’t happening. It’s those pesky volcanoes: Over the last few years, many possible explanations have been »