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OPM Hack Affects 24 Million Americans, But OPM Chief Isn’t Resigning; UPDATE: Archuleta Resigns

By on 7.10.15 | 1:12PM

Update: Approximately 20 minutes ago, OPM director Kathleen Archuleta finally submitted her resignation. Lower-level employees in charge of tech still remain. Her deputy will take over. 

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If you weren't certain, before, whether your personal information had been compromised in the series of Chinese hacks that hit the Office of Personnel Management earlier this year, well, let me set your mind at ease. You probably were.

Omar Sharif, R.I.P.

By on 7.10.15 | 11:41AM

Actor Omar Sharif has died of a heart attack in his native Egypt. He was 83.

After a successful career in his homeland, Sharif would become an international star in 1962 for his portrayal of Sherif Ali in Lawrence of Arabia with Peter O'Toole and directed by the incomparable David Lean. This would earn him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Later in the decade, Sharif would also appear in Dr. Zhivago and in Funny Girl with Barbra Streisand. During the filming of Funny Girl, the Muslim Sharif would become romantically involved with the Jewish Streisand. At the same, the Six-Day War had occurred and Sharif would nearly lose his Egyptian citizenship when a still photo of the two kissing went public.

Sharif remained active in movies and television until he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's a couple of years ago.

Ken Stabler, R.I.P.

By on 7.10.15 | 11:06AM

Legendary NFL quarterback Ken Stabler passed away on Wednesday of colon cancer. He was 69.

Stabler is best remembered for his days with the Oakland Raiders and was one of the best QBs in the game during the 1970s and was up there with the likes of Roger Staubach, Fran Tarkenton, and Terry Bradshaw. Speaking of the Steelers, if not for Franco Harris catching “The Immaculate Reception” (a.k.a. “The Immaculate Deception”), Stabler would have led the Raiders to one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history in 1972 after filling in for a struggling Daryle Lamonica.

Remove Lew, Not Hamilton

By on 7.10.15 | 12:23AM

On June 17th, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew shocked many, including former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke, when he proclaimed that Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) — the first and foremost Treasury Secretary — would be demoted and share the ten-dollar bill with a yet unnamed woman. Undaunted by wide-spread criticism, Secretary Lew continued to press his case at an event at the Brookings Institution on July 8th. Asked about the ten-dollar bill’s selection, Secretary Lew insipidly claimed that the ten-dollar bill was the “next up” for redesign to help combat forgery. The diminution of Hamilton, for whatever reason, is simply indefensible.

Just how great was Hamilton? A recent scholarly book by Robert E. Wright and David J. Cowen, Financial Founding Fathers: The Men Who Made America Rich, begins its pantheon of greats with a chapter on Alexander Hamilton. It is aptly titled “The Creator.”

Ann Coulter to Discuss ‘Adios America,’ Sign Books in Anaheim on Monday, July 13

By on 7.9.15 | 5:59PM

In the way of the world, Ann Coulter, who has been out there beating the drums endlessly on illegal immigration, suddenly is at the center of the storm with her bestselling Adios America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole.  The disgraceful tragedy with Kate Steinle  and Donald Trump’s attention — Coulter had sent him her book — is now lifting a Coulter appearance out of the normal, if there is such a thing.

You can count that her upcoming appearance that was originally scheduled for the Nixon Library will be huge, with the left doubtless just waiting to show up and disrupt. The event has been moved from the Library to a nearby and larger hotel because of popular demand, and you can imagine what lies ahead.

So if you are in the Anaheim, California area and want to show up to hear Ann’s passionate voice on the hottest topic going and get a book signed — and keep a wary eye on the libs we all know will show up to disrupt — here’s the info: 

Josh Earnest Invokes David Duke

By on 7.9.15 | 5:12PM

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest invoked former Klansmen David Duke in response to a House decision to pull the appropriations bill for the Department of the Interior. Earlier in the week, the House had accepted amendments to ban the Confederate flag in cemeteries run by the National Park Service. But the bill was taken back following concerns by some House Republicans that Southern history was being excised.

After the bill was pulled back, House Speaker John Boehner called for an “adult” debate about Confederate symbols. But asking the Obama Administration to have an adult debate is like asking Iran not to engage in anti-Semitism.

In reference to House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, Earnest said, “These are these same House Republicans who voted for a party leader who once described himself as, quote, ‘David Duke without the baggage.’”

Chuck Schumer Will Save You From Cell Phone Cases That Sort of Look Like Guns

By on 7.9.15 | 3:43PM

Now that he's won his battle against those Tide Pods that supposedly look like candy to small children, who are, apparently, eating them by the millions, Chuck Schumer is taking on yet another threat to your very health and safety, and everything you hold dear in this life and the next. 

Ladies and gentlemen, Chuck Schumer is here to rescue you from cell phone cases that kind of look like guns.

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is raising alarm about the sale of iPhone cases that are made to look like the handle of a 9 mm handgun. 

In letters to online retailers and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the senator said the product is a disaster waiting to happen and warned it might violate federal law. 

The New York senator's warning had an immediate effect; Amazon and eBay told news outlets they were removing listings for the product. 

Clinton Thinks Trump is a Racist But Won’t Give Back His Donation

By on 7.9.15 | 3:25PM

I suppose that, when you openly solicit donations from entire nations who still think stoning women to death for being raped is an acceptable practice, holding on to a couple hundred thousand from a guy with a big mouth and a penchant for "speaking his mind" about Mexican immigrants barely registers on your radar.

In her first television interview as a Presidential contender, Hillary Clinton (who was not asked what its like being a "feminist" candidate whose family is funded by decidedly oppressive regimes) called Trump's comments that Mexican immigrants are, generally, rapists, inappropriate and expressed her "disappointment" that the Republican Party is not doing more to rein Trump in, because, apparently, that's their job. At no time did she mention that Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka, a successful entrepreneur in her own right, have contributed somewhere in the ballpark of $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation, and the Clinton Foundation has no plans to return the money.

Alan Grayson Will Run for Senate in Florida

By on 7.9.15 | 1:17PM

That headline should probably read, "Former Rep. Alan Grayson to Run for Senate in Florida Because This is the Best Day Ever, Sorry Democrats."

Dems have been working hard to find an acceptable replacement for Sen. Marco Rubio, who is vacating his seat to run for President. It's not very easy since, after all, the Florida Dems live in Florida, where people get high on bath salts and eat other people's faces, and dudes walk around Miami Beach wearing living snakes as accessories. The last thing they needed was noted crazypants former Rep. Alan Grayson to challenge their hand-picked candidate. 

But yet, here we are

Next year’s Florida Senate primary between Reps. Alan Grayson and Patrick Murphy will test whether Sunshine State Democrats are ready to embrace a deep-blue liberal.

Sen. Murray and the ‘No Evidence for School Choice’ Canard

By on 7.9.15 | 12:55PM

There are many good reasons to oppose a federal school voucher program, but a supposed lack of evidence that school choice improves student outcomes isn’t one of them. Sadly, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), the ranking minority member of the U.S. Senate’s education committee, repeated this canard during the debates over a proposed amendment that would have added a federal school voucher program to the No Child Left Behind replacement bill: 

What’s more, studies of voucher programs in Milwaukee and the District of Columbia have shown that they do not improve students’ academic achievements, she said. “Study after study has shown that vouchers do not pay off for students or taxpayers,” Murray said.

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