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Hillary Clinton (Finally) Announces Presidential Campaign ‘For the People’

By on 4.12.15 | 3:53PM

Guess what guys? Hillary Clinton is running for President! 

I am absolutely floored, as I know you are. Today, several hours later than originally planned (isn't is just like a woman to be late to her own Presidential campaign announcement? har.), Hillary Clinton released a two-minute video called "Getting Started," and a logo that, by the looks of it, was made using Microsoft Paint and some clip art of the internationally-recognized symbol for "hospital."

In the video, regular people explain their regular problems to other regular people who have other regular problems. At the end, Hillary Clinton herself announces (in front of her $2 million New York mansion, of course), that the people need a champion, and thanks to the outpouring of support and expectation from exactly no one, she knows that she is that champion

Hey, What’s Just Happened to George Will?

By on 4.12.15 | 3:25PM

In his column in the Washington Post on April 12, 2015, George Will seems to embrace a “Containment Plus” policy with respect to Iran and the Middle East: Give them all the bomb and they’ll contain each other. Seriously.

Here’s his argument:

Premise 1. If you really, really want something, nothing can stop you from getting it. And Iran really, really wants the bomb. “Iran is going to be a nuclear power if it intensely wants to be — and it does; no practicable sanctions can be severe and durable enough to defeat this determination.” None at all. This is an a priori certainty, a certainty by definition, like 1 + 1 = 2.

Red Sox Best Yankees in 19 Innings & I Watched The Whole Thing

By on 4.11.15 | 2:51AM

It took them 19 innings & 6 hours and 49 minutes, but the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 6-5 in their first regular season meeting in 2015. Those 409 minutes were the longest in Red Sox history. And yes, I watched the whole thing and kept score of the game.

Going into the sixth, the Sox had a 3-0 lead. Wade Miley was pitching magnificently in his Sox debut. But he had been sitting on the bench for 27 minutes while the Sox scored two measly runs. But Miley lost his command giving up two runs on two hits and two walks.

But the Sox still had a 3-2 lead in the 9th with but one out to go. However, Chase Headley had other ideas and took Edward Mujica deep to tie the game. 

In the middle of the 12th, the game was delayed for nearly half an hour because a bank of lights went out at Yankee Stadium.

The impassed would remain until the 16th inning when David Ortiz hit his first home run of the season off Esmil Rogers to give the Sox a 4-3 lead.

Biden Steals Baby’s Pacifier Because Of Course He Did

By on 4.10.15 | 12:25PM

With the Hillary Clinton announcement looming, it's almost as though a personal dream is dying. Obviously, when the woman who is owed at least Quixotic shot at the Presidency, having been bested by a first-term Senator from a flyover state only a few short years ago, enters the race, the man, the myth and the legend, Mr. Joe Biden, will likely have to bow out.

This is disappointing on so many levels. First, the bumper sticker that reads "I'm Ridin' With Biden" that I bought from the Draft Biden campaign will now look more like a relic of a bygone era. Second, Joe Biden will never get to buy that campaign Corvette Z06 that he's been looking forward to since he first got into this game. And third, we're going to miss so many fantastic political moments, like that time Joe Biden took a pacifier from a former NYC mayor's grandson and sucked it in his face. 

Hillary Clinton Will Announce Sunday. On Twitter. Probably

By on 4.10.15 | 12:06PM

Last night, the Guardian broke some Very Important News: that, cognisant of the incredible outpouring of love and support for Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, both of whom are clearly anti-woman, Hillary Clinton feels that she must enter the race sooner than later. Despite running behind nearly every Republican in nearly every poll, the nation is clamoring for her ancient, sage wisdom, her dedicated foreign policy leadership and a reminder of times gone by, when comprehensive healthcare overhauls failed and First Families hurled bedside lamps instead of wilting vegetables.

So, this weekend, Hillary Clinton will take to Twitter and announce her candidacy in 140 characters or less, en route to her first campaign stop in Iowa.

Hillary Clinton is expected to officially declare her candidacy for president on 'Sunday afternoon,' according to a Democratic Party source in Iowa. 

Tea Are The Ones They’ve Been Waiting For

By on 4.10.15 | 10:50AM

One of the favorite pastimes of the left is finding, and lauding, conservatives who are not conservative. Republicans who are Democrat. The insider who is outside. It’s a hobby, or at least a hobby horse, for much of the published online left. It is why Meghan McCain enjoys fame. It is why Frank Schaeffer exists. And it is why, as we posted about earlier this week, the “Green Tea Coalition” has a raft of glowing “heretic” coverage from the left ever since its inception under the leadership of Debbie Dooley.

Prediction: Obama Will Invite The Castros to Visit U.S.

By on 4.9.15 | 11:02PM

President Obama is expected to meet Cuban President Raul Castro in Panama at the Summit of the Americas. There's a good chance the State Department will soon remove Cuba from its state sponsors of terrorism and discuss plans to re-open embassies in D.C. and Havana.

Let me offer a prediction. The next time Obama and Castro meet it will be at the White House. I believe President Obama will invite both Raul and Fidel Castro to visit the United States before the end of his term. Fidel is probably not well enough to travel, but I expect him to extend the invitation anyway. In turn, the Castros will invite Obama to visit Cuba. 

And if that happens then look for Marco Rubio to eviscerate both the Obama Administration and Rand Paul, who is supportive of Obama's Cuba engagement policy. 

Why The Obama Admin Will Pretend Ayatollah Khamenei’s Comments Were Never Made

By on 4.9.15 | 10:43PM

Not long after Israelis chose to keep Benjamin Netanyahu in office, White House Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough told J Street, the left wing anti-Israel Jewish organization, "We cannot simply pretend these comments were never made." The comments in question were Bibi's declaration that there would never be a Palestinian state under his watch.

However, when it comes to Iran, the Obama Administration is modern day version of The Great Pretender. 

First, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei proclaimed, "Death to America!!!" as he has been doing since coming to power more than a quarter century ago. And now the Ayatollah has declared the Obama Administration is "lying", accused them of being "deceptive" and having "devilish intentions."

When the Ayatollah said "Death to America", WH Press Secretary said his remarks "underscored why it is so critically important" to have a nuclear agreement with Iran. 

Iran Sanctions Back From The Dead?

By on 4.9.15 | 5:31PM

As I wrote yesterday, there is no Iran deal, and the reason the Obama administration is pretending otherwise is to stop legislation that would trigger sanctions absent an actual deal in June — and it seemed to be working, inasmuch as Senator Mark Kirk had said that his bill to do just that was now on ice.

Today Ayatollah Khamenei gave a speech emphatically underscoring that Iran hasn't agreed to what the Obama administration claims they've agreed to, and Eli Lake reports that Kirk is going to try to move his bill forward after all:

Hillary Clinton Hires Makeup Artists, “Relatability Consultants”

By on 4.9.15 | 4:02PM

I think, if there were another job in politics I'd like to have, aside from the digital communications aspect, it would be as a "campaign stylist." In that role, you get to tell the candidate what to wear, who to talk to, how to do their hair and makeup, and you get to be endlessly critical all while earning a paycheck (and probably looking like the tyrannical dance teacher on Dance Moms, to boot). 

Hillary Clinton, not known for being quite the woman of the people her dire bank account situation post-Presidency should suggest she is, has brought on not just one stylist, but a team of people whose entire job it is to transform Hillary Clinton into something the public thinks resembles an actual human being.

Having helped shape Mrs. Obama’s public image into that of an accessible everywoman, Ms. Schake is about to face what may be her toughest challenge yet: working to get another first lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, elected president.