The Paul Campaign Borrows From Obama

Featured image I don’t think Barack Obama is particularly talented, with one exception: he is the greatest money machine in the history of politics. So when it comes to fundraising, if you’re going to steal, you may as well steal from the master. One famous aspect of Obama’s email campaign was his team’s use of seemingly odd or inappropriate subject headings. Foremost among these was “hey.” A tech publication writes: President Obama’s »

Is Iran rational and would that be good enough?

Featured imageFareed Zakaria argues that (1) “at the heart of the concerns surrounding the deal with Iran is [the] simple question [of] whether Iran is rational” and (2) Iran’s foreign policy has, for decades, been rational. Zakaria also takes critics of President Obama’s “deal” to task for claiming both that Iran is not rational and prescribing a policy — racheting up pressure — that presupposes Iran’s rationality. Zakaria’s analysis is shallow »

Who Pays Federal Income Taxes?

Featured imageToday’s Wall Street Journal has an estimate of who paid 2014 federal income taxes. The estimate is from the Tax Policy Center, as official IRS data won’t be available for a couple of years. The Journal headlines, “Top 20% of Earners Pay 84% of Income Tax,” but that actually understates how skewed the tax burden is. This chart shows shares of income and income taxes by quintile. Note that the »

John McCain and those newly released Lois Lerner emails

Featured imageAccording to Judicial Watch, documents it has released show that top staffers from the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee met with Lois Lerner and others in a “marathon” meeting to discuss concerns raised by Senators John McCain and Carl Levin that IRS was not reining in political advocacy groups in response to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. The meeting took place 11 days prior to Lerner’s admission at an ABA »

Jorma returns

Featured imageJorma Kaukonen was the lead guitarist of the Jefferson Airplane. Together with bassist Jack Casady, he split off from the Airplane to form Hot Tuna and pursue other interests, originally in acoustic blues. Their first album, recorded live in Berkeley, has been reissued in a deluxe two-disc format and sounds better than ever. The heart of the album consists of traditional blues songs with updated arrangements of numbers by Rev. »

Two Good Reasons to Curb Immigration

Featured imageI spent a good part of the Laura Ingraham show today talking about immigration. I read portions of Jeff Sessions’ op-ed in the Washington Post titled “America needs to curb immigration flows.” Senator Sessions makes several basic points in a clear and persuasive manner: The first “great wave” of U.S. immigration took place from roughly 1880 to 1930. During this time, according to the Census Bureau, the foreign-born population doubled »

Overheard high on Foggy Bottom

Featured imageWe understand that Secretary of State John Kerry placed a frantic call to Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Zarif yesterday after the Supreme Leader’s speech on the occasion of National Nuclear Technology Day. According to the partial transcript provided to us, the conversation went down like this: John Kerry: Mohammad, your Supreme Leader is killing us! We understand he might have gotten carried away in the spirit of the day. »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll returns with VISITING MY PEOPLE, a Six-Part Love Letter and Travelogue of Sorts. She writes: My parents were celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary (Holy Moly, Rocky!), followed four days later, by my Mother’s 94th birthday. (More on these in Part Six. Hang in there with me!) It was time to leave Arizona for Minnesota. In March, the iffiest of months, weather-wise. We have discussed my aversion to flying. »

Marie explains, in words you can understand

Featured imageFormer Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George Shultz collaborated on a devastating Wall Street Journal column (accessible here via Google) criticizing the pending arrangement with Iran. Asked about the column at a State Department briefing, department spokesman Marie Harf demonstrated that she may not have learned everything she needs to know in kindergarten. Her response had a sort of na-na-boo-boo quality to it: “I didn’t hear a lot of »

A word from their Supreme Leader

Featured imageOmri Ceren writes to comment on the Supreme Leader’s speech today, posted here by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies: Just making sure that you had Khamenei’s speech from today [linked above]. It was a barn-burner generally – he ruled out cooperation with the US and downplayed the prospects for a nuclear deal – but those parts won’t be any more problematic than his “Death to America” chants, which »

Ted Cruz surprises the establishment again

Featured imageWhen Ted Cruz officially entered the presidential race a few weeks ago, I wrote that the pundit-oddsmakers were undervaluing his prospects for success. As a favorite of the GOP’s large conservative base, it seemed clear to me, as I later suggested in one of our podcasts, that if Cruz isn’t a Tier 1 candidate, he’s no worse than Tier 1A. Now comes word that, in one week, super PACs backing »

The Alinsky Way of Governing

Featured imageMy School of Public Policy colleague (and top statewide GOP vote-getter in California last November) Pete Peterson has a nice piece in today’s Wall Street Journal on “The Alinsky Way of Governing” that details the degrading effect Alinskyist politics is having on today’s generation of liberals.  (Keep in mind that Hillary Clinton wrote her senior thesis at Wellesley on the greatness of Alinsky.) Since the article is behind the Journal‘s »

Bottom Story of the Week

Featured imageThe New Republic, with its punk owner Chris Hughes having locked the cockpit door, continues its rapid decompression and descent into the mountainside.  This week TNR carries a piece saying that the Rolling Stone UVA rape hoax story is the fault of . . . conservatives. The story (and “story” it is) by Elizabeth Stoker Brunig shows what an expensive college education in postmodern theory gets you these days: Pinning »

Report: Hillary changed stance on trade deal after donations to Clinton Foundation

Featured imageThe Hillary Clinton email saga, and in particular her explanations of it, appear to have hurt her soon-to-be-announced candidacy. Polling by Quinnipiac shows now Clinton struggling in the key states of Colorado, Iowa and Virginia. Quinnipiac’s Peter Brown finds it “difficult to see Clinton’s slippage as anything other than a further toll on her image from the furor over her e-mail.” I agree. In the long run, however, scandals associated »

A Stillness at Appomattox

Featured imageToday is the 150th anniversary of Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox on April 9, 1865, ending our Civil War. Carl Cannon observes the occasion in this RealClearPolitics column as does Jarrett Stepman in a good Breitbart column. To these columns I would only like to append a brief literary footnote. Bruce Catton’s three-volume history of the Army of the Potomac concludes with Catton’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book A Stillness at »

Media Alert

Featured imageI will be guest hosting the Laura Ingraham radio show again tomorrow morning from 9 to 12 Eastern, 8 to 11 Central. Once again, we have some good guests, including National Review’s Eliana Johnson, Steve Dinan of the Washington Times, and author C.J. Box. We hope to have a live report from the NRA’s annual meeting in Nashville, and perhaps a surprise guest. So please tune in, and if the »

Mock this

Featured imageIn looking online this morning for the White House fact sheet (sic) on the arrangement with Iran, I found the image posted below on another White House page summarizing the framework of the arrangement. The White House is making an important point here, of course, and the Times of Israel expertly decodes it: “US mimics Netanyahu cartoon bomb to sell Iran deal.” For “mimics,” I’d read “mocks,” as the text »