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Inside the Heads of Liberal Pervs

Featured image If LSD or mescaline aren’t doing the trick for you, you can always take in the podcast and interview with Anthony Weiner that for some reason the Puffington Host thinks the world really needs today. Here’s a sample: “I’m probably the best campaign politician you will ever interview. I’m like perfectly evolved. I’m like the Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator,” Weiner said in this week’s episode of HuffPost’s Candidate Confessional podcast. “I »

First Truth, Now Chappaquiddick

Featured image Some time ago–several decades, actually–a group of us at my law firm formed a Chappaquiddick Book Club. We read three or four books on the fatal car accident that should have ended Ted Kennedy’s public career. The facts are much worse than most people realize: Kennedy presumably was drunk, but that is the least of it. After his car plunged into Poucha Pond, Kennedy saved himself but left Mary Jo »

The inside story of a Tennessee Islamist terrorist

Featured image I listened with disbelief last night as the media reported that investigators are searching for the motive behind the attack by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez on two military centers in Tennessee. Surely, the deeds tell us the motive. Res ipsa loquitur, as lawyers say. The interesting question is how Adbulazeez came to harbor his terrorist motive. Who, if anyone, inspired him? Who, if anyone, directed him? We don’t know Abdulazeez’s story »

First They Came for the Sociologists. . . [Updated]

Featured image I’m currently working on a long article analyzing why more academics who know better don’t stand up to the braying mobs of the politically-correct Left. There’s a lot to this problem—stay tuned for the full article when it appears—but one part of it reminds me of the famous quote from Martin Neimoller about the Nazis: First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not »

Jeanne Shaheen helped lead charge to have IRS attack 501(c)(4) groups

Featured image According to the Daily Caller, “Jeanne Shaheen was principally involved in a plot with Lois Lerner and President Barack Obama’s political appointee at the IRS to lead a program of harassment against conservative nonprofit groups during the 2012 election.” The “plot” consists of developing IRS regulations that would make life difficult for 501(c)(4) groups. We have written in some detail about these regulations which, properly viewed, boil down to an »

Syria airstrikes off to rocky start; no-fly zone needed

Featured image The Washington Post reports that U.S. airstrikes in Syria have “gotten off to a rocky start.” The primary beneficiary of the strikes, according to Post reporter Liz Sly, is the Assad regime. With ISIS under pressure from U.S. airstrikes, Sly says the regime has been able to focus its resources on the rebels that President Obama hopes, after a year of training, will be able successfully to fight ISIS. One »

Leading Dem insider: Save America; scrap the Constitution

Featured image Harry Reid is a determined radical, intent on limiting freedom, overturning American traditions, and remaking our institutions in the name of crushing the opposition and empowering the left. His attempt to amend the First Amendment to curb free speech is a natural extension of his obliteration of longstanding Senate rules that promote deliberation and minority input. But Reid seems almost moderate by left-wing Democrat standards. Take Donna Brazile, vice-chair of »

IRS experts say Lois Lerner’s hard drive was just scratched

Featured image The IRS’s claim that Lois Lerner’s hard drive was irreparably damaged always seemed laughable to attorneys who (like John and me) have been involved in disputes over electronic discovery, as well as to IT professionals and their trade association. Now we learn, via Byron York, that IRS’s own IT professionals dispute this claim: Top IRS officials told congressional investigators that Lois Lerner’s hard drive — the one containing emails that »

The IRS scandals: An evidentiary note

Featured image Yesterday on FOX News Sunday Chris Wallace invited Washington superlawyer Cleta Mitchell and reptilian Democratic hack Julian Epstein to discuss the IRS scandals in the context of the “lost” IRS emails. More than one scandal inheres in the events, including Obama’s declaration of innocence regarding those involved; I therefore refer to the IRS scandals. The video of the FOX News Sunday segment is below and is worth a look if »

The IRS lays down the law of Obamacare

Featured image New York Times health care reporter Robert Pear brings the latest news of Obamacare, courtesy of the IRS. Obamacare was signed into law in March 2010, yet four years later this comes as something of a surprise: Many employers had thought they could shift health costs to the government by sending their employees to a health insurance exchange with a tax-free contribution of cash to help pay premiums, but the »

Election law experts join in the denuniciation of IRS’s attempt to curb free speech

Featured image Scott and I have been writing about the IRS’s latest attempt to silence conservatives, this time through potentially crippling regulations on political advocacy groups (known as 501(c)(4) organizations). The period for commenting on the IRS’s proposed rules, which we discussed with some specificity here, is now closed. I understand that more than 120,000 comments have been filed. The proposed rules don’t just adversely affect conservative groups. Many liberal groups would »

On the IRS case

Featured image FBI Director Robert Mueller appeared before the House Judiciary Committee yesterday. Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan had a few questions about the FBI’s investigation of the IRS scandal. With a few basic questions about the case, Jordan stumped Mueller. Language note: It’s always a bad sign — indeed, it echoes Watergate’s “at this point in time” — when the witness limits his answer to “this juncture.” »

White House counsel met with top treasury lawyer three times last year after learning of IRS audit

Featured image The Daily Caller reports that White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler had three unprecedented one-on-one meetings last year with the Treasury Department’s chief lawyer, Chistopher Meade. The meetings were in September and December of 2012. Meade had known about the inspector general’s investigation of the IRS’s targeting of conservative nonprofits since at least June 2012. According to the Daily Caller, Ruemmler had never previous met with Meade one-on-one. Meade and Ruemmler »

DOJ’s Fox News Surveillance: Legitimate Leak Investigation, Or Outrageous Violation of the First Amendment?

Featured image Yesterday the Washington Post broke an explosive story: as part of a leak investigation, the Department of Justice obtained access to Fox News reporter James Rosen’s email account, without giving notice of such access to Rosen, Fox or anyone else: When the Justice Department began investigating possible leaks of classified information about North Korea in 2009, investigators did more than obtain telephone records of a working journalist suspected of receiving »

How the IRS Scandal Could Backfire

Featured image CBS News reported yesterday that senior officials in the Treasury Department knew of the IRS targeting of conservative groups during the 2012 campaign.  While this doesn’t yet place the matter inside the West Wing, it assures another leg to the scandal at least.  To paraphrase an old Watergate-era slogan, “Follow the money-grubbers.” (CBS News) WASHINGTON – There were new questions Saturday night concerning if anyone in the White House was »

Inside Mitt Romney’s polling numbers

Featured image I doubt that many of our readers want to look back at the election; more likely they have gotten beyond that defeat, as November draws to a close. But a few may find it worthwhile to read this piece by Noam Scheiber about Romney’s internal polling numbers. The Romney campaign’s polls, taken during the final weekend of the campaign, showed him pulling away in North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida, and »

“Taliban inside the building”

Featured image NRO’s Katrina Trinko amd Jennifer Rubin round up the leading revelations from yesterday’s congressional oversight committee hearing on Libya. It is more than enough to make your blood boil, but that has been true roughly since September 12 and the Commander in Chief’s fundraising jaunt to Las Vegas in the immediate aftermath of the assault in Benghazi. Perhaps the most damning moment came in the testimony of State Department security »