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Bush: $85 Billion

By on 1.26.06 | 9:44AM

To the Gulf Coast is a "strong start." How 'bout a wonderfully generous handout?

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Bush and the Press Corps

By on 1.26.06 | 9:29AM

Will dance around each other in a presidential press conference in just a few minutes (10:15 a.m. -- our clock is fast).

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The Heat Is on for Nightline

By on 1.26.06 | 9:09AM

Federalist Society President Gene Meyer has written ABC News President David Westin over Nightline's factually shabby (okay, false) report on Justice Scalia's Colorado teaching trip, reports the Washington Times. (Read our post detailing the lame attack.)

It turns out that Nightline's producers knew that Scalia taught for ten hours and only played two hours of pick-up tennis. His course, for which he asked attending lawyers to read a 481-page book, counted as continuing education credits for the bar in 30 states.

The letter's here in pdf.

The more we learn about the Nightline report, the more apparent it is that Brian Ross and company attempted deliberately to mislead viewers.

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On the Legality of the NSA Wiretap Program

By on 1.26.06 | 8:42AM

Congressional Democrats are convinced that the President has broken the law and trampled the Constitution. Some intellectually challenged Republicans just haven't made up their minds and are waiting for the Senate Judiciary hearings to conclude before they announce their positions.

Let me help the Republicans (as the Democrats are absolutely hopeless when it comes to the Constitution and National Security).

Article II, Section 2 states: "The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States."

The Federalist Papers and Court precedents from the beginning of this republic have held that the President acting as Commander in Chief has the inherent power to defend the nation against foreign threats. Since before WWI, that power has been understood to encompass electronic surveillance.

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Palestinians Vote for Terror

By on 1.26.06 | 8:20AM

That's not the headline on the BBC story, but that's what the Palestinian vote yesterday was. Hamas, the terrorist organization whose stated goal is the destruction of Israel, has apparently won the Palestinian election with a majority. PA prime minister Ahmed Qurei said that he would quit and that Hamas would have to form the next government.

Their vote sheds a brighter light on the Palestinians than has ever before been turned on them. No more pretense about peace plans, road maps and other such European or American smoke and mirrors. Unless the vote is overturned, which it will not be, there should be an immediate and total cutoff of American, European and UN funding of all Palestinian government functions. The UNWRA agency (the UN's arm in the West Bank and Gaza) activities that used to surreptitiously help Hamas and other terrorist groups will have no convenient cover to hide behind, and must end.

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Bailout? I Don’t Think So

By on 1.26.06 | 7:30AM

President Bush gave an interview (sub. req'd) to Wall Street Journal reporters Tuesday. He offered his advice for GM and Ford:

In terms of competitiveness, we live in a world in which a Ford or GM has got to compete with other manufacturers that are able to deal with costs in a different way than they are, as well as coming up with product that is relevant.

I'm thinking no bailout. So is W:

I think it's very important for the market to function. And I haven't been asked by any automobile manufacturer for a bailout, if that's what you're asking.

Let the market work. Build good vehicles and compete. Great idea!

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Brat, Spoiled

By on 1.26.06 | 1:25AM

Being Luke Russert has its perks. Why, "by the time he was 16, he had attended two Super Bowls, a World Series, five Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Games, an NBA final, four NBA All-Star Games, two NCAA Final Fours, an NHL Stanley Cup Final, a U.S. Open and The Preakness Stakes." Clearly, his daddy's got lots of cash to burn, and is in fact a bit of pyromaniac with it. But it doesn't end there! Rather than something to prudently refrain from flaunting and perhaps even be mildly embarrassed about, his life of privilege actually qualifies him to cohost an XM Satellite Radio sports show -- as a college sophmore! Coincidentally, his co-host just happens to be a frequent guest on his daddy's TV show, which features hard-hitting exchanges like this one:

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OBL not quite sighting

By on 1.26.06 | 1:14AM

Best source also suggests that OBL is back in Iran, if he ever left it, but not at Tehran. No confirmation of Iran whereabouts. OBL does not have a strong grasp on his own reality. He is an oafish overstaying guest of the mullahs, and they are not all that much concerned with his pleasure or health just now. Mordor has the IAEA in its sights. February 2,3 showdown will be a treat.

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Missing President

By on 1.26.06 | 1:05AM

Best source up to the moment reports that Ahmadinejad has gone missing along with the missing Imam. Mookie Sadr appeared at presidential palace in Tehran two days back, and no sign of Ahmadinejad. Presidential visit to Ahvaz called off because no sign of Ahmadinejad. Missing three days from view. His presence projected on state TV this news cycle in order to denounce the Brits for planting the bombs in Ahvaz (more likely local rascals, long-standing beef with Tehran), but still no sighting.

Where is he?

Ahmadinejad is likely preparing the next phase of the aggression. Iranian air defense is said to be on unusally paranoid high alert. The gangsters are freshly spooked. Ahmadinejad is also likely conferring with his demons and not a few terror gangs to launch a surrogate attack against the West. Good guess now is that HizbAllah will launch on Israel. However the deal with Bashar al-Assad last weekend in Damascus puts Syria at the center of the storm in the Ummah. Any combination of murder raid, assassination, provocation or oil weapon card is credible.

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