The Fast and Furious Cover-up, Hiding In Plain Sight

Featured image The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been trying to investigate the Fast and Furious scandal for years, but has been stymied by the Obama administration’s stonewalling. The House committee was willing to narrow its request for Department of Justice documents to an extraordinary degree; ultimately, the committee asked only that the Obama administration produce documents after February 4, 2011, relating to the false letter to Congress that bore »

A hidden message from SNL

Featured imageAt TPM, Caitlin MacNeal provides a brief summary of last night’s Saturday Night Live opening: The cast of “Saturday Night Live” mocked President Obama’s response to the Ebola cases diagnosed in the U.S. during Saturday’s cold open. At the beginning of the skit, Obama explains that the Ebola response wasn’t that bad, relatively speaking. “Some people want to criticize the way our administration has handled this crisis, and it’s true »

Media Alert: Gipperpalooza Tomorrow

Featured imageI’ll be a guest on Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show tomorrow at 8:05 am eastern time to discuss the 50th anniversary of the “Time for Choosing” speech.  Check the website for a broadcast station nearby or to listen online.  And there’s still time to make your reservation (free) to my lecture and panel discussion about The Speech at the Reagan Library tomorrow morning at 11:00 a.m. Pacific time. »

Sharpton’s shape: An update

Featured imageWe’ve written repeatedly about the disgraceful role played by Al Sharpton as a power broker and arbiter of racial affairs in the Democratic Party, most recently in “Sharpton’s shape.” In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Heather Mac Donald illuminated the phenomenon in The Democratic embrace of Al Sharpton” (behind the Journal’s subscription paywall, but accessible via Google here). It is a valuable contribution to the discussion. Indeed, it is valuable in »

The Attkisson angle

Featured imageSharyl Attkisson’s new book about her career as an investigative reporter at CBS News in the Age of Obama — Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington — won’t be published officially until November 4. Kyle Smith provides a preview here in the New York Post. Here is Smith’s account of the Attkisson angle intersecting with the Ingraham angle: Attkisson, who »

Barack Obama? Who’s He?

Featured imageOne of the main story lines of this year’s elections has been Democratic Senate candidates fleeing from President Obama, even as he insists that his policies are on the ballot and they are all his staunch supporters. The spectacle has had plenty of entertainment value, but its significance shouldn’t be overlooked. While they don’t want to admit it publicly or even to pollsters, it is obvious that nearly all Democrats »

Will Immigration Swing New Hampshire to the GOP?

Featured imageIn New Hampshire, Scott Brown has pulled into a statistical dead heat with incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. Brown is not a staunch conservative on every issue; if he were, he would not be competitive in purple New Hampshire. But one issue on which Brown is strong is immigration. That, plus the fact that by all accounts he has crushed Shaheen in their debates, has propelled him into a strong position. »

The Week in Pictures: Groundhog Day Edition

Featured imageYou thought Groundhog Day was in February, right?  No: it’s been moved.  The Obama Administration woke up (if they can ever be said to wake up about anything), saw the groundhog’s shadow up in New York, and realized it means six more weeks of Ebola.  What was that about disease vectors?  (Ten days.) As they say on college campuses, “No means no”: Tweet of the week: And finally. . . »

In defense of QE

Featured imageA long-time reader and professional investor responded both to the critical if tentative substance as well as the spirit of inquiry in which I posted “The Age of QE” yesterday. Our reader’s company is devoted to private equity investment and he has asked me to withhold his name for professional reasons; I thought readers interested in the subject would appreciate his response. He writes: I want to offer some perspective »

Something happening here? An update

Featured imageWe have yet to hear from the White House press office in response to our request for a comment on our reader’s report that a major network problem has hit the computers used by staff in the Executive Office of the President. Our source, however, updated us with the latest on the issue overnight. He believes it is expected that news of the problem (whatever it is) will soon break »

Why Climate Negotiations Are Like Arms Control

Featured imageNews out of Europe yesterday is that the EU has adopted an ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction target, calling for a 40 percent reduction in GHG emissions by the year 2030. But the announcement was larded with lots of talk of “flexibility” and contains so many contradictory elements that it is clear this is not serious. My favorite condition is this one: A 27% renewable energy target that is binding »

Sen. Mark Udull Strikes Again

Featured imageIt’s becoming increasingly clear that Colorado Senator Mark Udall—or Senator “Mark Uterus” as he has been cleverly but accurately dubbed by local media—deserves to lose to Cory Gardner on grounds of his obvious sheer stupidity.  Watch him mangle—but perhaps tell the effectual truth of liberal dogma today?*—the famous axiom of Martin Luther King Jr in this 25-second train wreck: Here’s the transcript (hat tip: RealClearPolitics): “I’m so proud of our »

I Am the Walrus—Not!

Featured imageJohn has already done a good debunking three weeks ago about the latest climate hysterics over walruses stranding themselves on the beach instead of planting themselves on ice floes, but in case you missed it or would like another helping, our friends at the Global Warming Policy Foundation in Britain have released this three-minute video that calmly shows how the climatistas once again ran away with unfounded claims merely to »

Of Bidens and buttheads [Updated]

Featured imageMichelle Malkin performs a case study of Robert Hunter Biden that she dubs “The chronicles of Hunter Biden.” Biden is the younger of Vice President Biden’s two sons. Hunter Biden was discharged from the Navy when he flunked a Navy drug test; he tested positive for cocaine use. Michelle declares that Biden’s saga signifies something larger than appearances might suggest. She finds it illustrative of beltway nepotism, corporate cronyism and »

Hillary Clinton Reveals Her Stunning Ignorance of Economics

Featured imageIn this one-minute clip, trying to shore up the floundering Coakley campaign in Massachusetts, Hillary Clinton displays her ignorance of how the world works not once, but twice. First she assures her audience that raising the minimum wage doesn’t cost jobs, it leads to job gains. (“Our entry-level employees will now cost $15 an hour? Great! Let’s hire two!”) Of course, no one ever asks: if that’s true, Hillary, then »

A Lefty Explains What the Election Is All About

Featured imageRob Stein is the founder of the Democracy Alliance, an umbrella a group that organizes the funding of left-wing causes by rich liberals and interest groups. In The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado by Adam Schrager and Rob Witwer, at page 7, Stein explains candidly what politics is all about for the Left: “The reason it is so important to control government is because government is the source of »

It’s The Economy, Stupid

Featured imageAs Peggy Noonan points out in her weekend WSJ column, the “war on women” theme isn’t working so splendidly for Democrats: “This one is old and mined out.”  Even more cutting is this line: The advertisement that most captures the 2014 cycle is from Kentucky’s Alison Lundergan Grimes : “I’m not Barack Obama.” She looked for all the world like Christine O’Donnell, who uttered the most famous words of her »