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Republicans, Antimatter, and Dinosaurs

By on 3.12.14 | 5:27PM

Earlier today, Ben Brophy questioned the wisdom of congressional Republicans sitting on their hands and letting Obamacare do their electoral work for them. Peter Suderman, in evaluating the speeches at CPAC, had a similar observation:

Yet even as the parade of GOP bright lights affirmed support for a positive vision backed by productive policy ideas, most seemed to struggle to define that vision, or talk clearly about what those ideas should be. The GOP has decided that it should probably stand for something—yet aside from electing more Republicans, it’s still not sure what, exactly, that is.

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Conservatives, Poverty, and Race

By on 3.12.14 | 4:37PM

Debate over solutions to poverty has been dominating American politics as of late. Predictably, Democrats have harped on income inequality and have pushed for extensions in unemployment benefits and an increase in the federal minimum wage. Conservatives, in response, have thankfully done more than just voice opposition to these stock, unimaginative policy prescriptions. In fact, since last year, several prominent figures from the Republican ranks, as well as a number of other conservative leaders, have proposed fresh ideas and positive solutions to combat poverty in America.

However, some remain unconvinced. Some, like Steve Patrick Ercolani at The Guardian, see only malicious intent in GOP attempts to fight poverty. This past Monday, Ercolani made the remarkably outrageous—yet unfortunately unsurprising—claim that Republicans are making a big to-do about poverty only because those who are poor are increasingly white.

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About Sharyl Attkisson’s Resignation From CBS

By on 3.12.14 | 3:31PM

Sharyl Attkisson was arguably the only TV reporter in the MSM on a national level who was prepared to vigorously hold the Obama Administration to account. This was evident with her various reports on Fast & Furious, Solyndra and Benghazi. 

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Banning “Bossy” is Just Plain Bossy

By on 3.12.14 | 3:22PM

By now you've probably heard about Sheryl Sandberg's and Maria Chavez’s campaign to ban the word “bossy."

The campaign stems from a sexist conniption about the fact that rude, pushy girls often get labeled “bossy” by their peers and other adults. Sandberg and Chavez write:

Behind the negative connotations lie deep-rooted stereotypes about gender. Boys are expected to be assertive, confident and opinionated, while girls should be kind, nurturing and compassionate. When a little boy takes charge in class or on the playground, nobody is surprised or offended. We expect him to lead. But when a little girl does the same, she is often criticized and disliked.

Hogwash.

First of all, pushy, rude, and “bossy” guys are typically labeled much worse things—“jerk”, “a--hole," and “douchebag” being just a few choice words that come to mind. There was always that guy in high school—the popular, dashing one who got all the attention and girls. Sure, he led the wolf pack of seniors, but did people really love him? Or were they just afraid to stand up to him?

The same goes for bossy girls.

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Was Single Payer Always Obama’s Plan?

By on 3.12.14 | 11:49AM

Today President Obama is touting his new Obamacare numbers: 4.2 million people have enrolled.

Yes, 4.2 million out of his original 7 million goal and the deadline is only nineteen days away. But where most Americans would see defeat, the White House claims this is exactly what they expected. Jay Carney said:

And you know, we're confident in this final month of the open enrollment period that a lot of Americans are going to sign up and that a lot of young Americans are going to sign up. We saw that in earlier numbers...that the growth in enrollments is substantial in the 18-to-34 age category. And we expect that to continue.

It looks like Democrats are banking on procrastinating young people suddenly rushing to Healthcare.gov over the next couple weeks. Republicans don’t buy it:

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Is the GOP Sit-on-Their-Hands Strategy Wise?

By on 3.12.14 | 11:27AM

Congress is on strike. You may not have heard about it, you may not read about it, but for all intents and purposes, Congress has resolved to do nothing until after the 2014 elections. Yes, there have been some noises about immigration reform, but the Senate says the House won’t let them pass anything and the House says the same about the Senate. We all know how the game is played: Nothing will happen. 

From a strategic perspective, there is reason for the GOP to sit out any policymaking until after the elections when they will ostensibly have more leverage to exact a better deal from the White House.

This also frees Republicans to continually hammer away at Obamacare. Polls continue to support the idea that this is a winning strategy.

Frankly, the idea of Congress not passing any sort of sweeping legislation for the next nine months is appealing as well. Congress suffers from the disease of do-somethingism in a way few institutions do. Thus, as a conservative, that status quo seems better than the alternative of making deals with a Democrat-controlled Senate and the Obama administration.

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You Can Get Obamacare ‘For What It Costs To Pay Your Cell Phone Bill’

By on 3.12.14 | 12:33AM

I just saw President Obama's conversation with comedian Zach Galifianakis on his show "Between Two Ferns" at FunnyorDie.com. It was mildly amusing. More reporters should take Galifianakis' approach to questioning Obama, while Obama once again proved he can read a script. 

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Republican Wins Key Florida House Race

By on 3.11.14 | 8:18PM

Republican David Jolly has defeated Democrat Alex Sink in the race to replace Congressman Bill Young's House seat in Florida's 13th Congressional District.

The race was touted as a bellwether for the coming 2016 elections later this year, prompting a flood of $9 million in outside spending. Our own Russ Belli-Estreito threw cold water on much of the politico hyperventilating earlier today, but Florida's 13th is still a purple district and this comes as welcome news for a beleaguered Republican Party. Sink was hit by a kitchen sin...er, a large of number of varied attacks by Jolly, though the most potent were those revolving around Obamacare, for which Sink voiced support.

Jolly defeated Sink 48.5 percent to 46.6 percent, ruling out any possibility of another Florida recount.

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Thoughts on the Tenth Anniversary of the Madrid Train Bombing

By on 3.11.14 | 6:57PM

It is hard to believe that it was 10 years ago today that an al Qaeda cell blew up four trains in Madrid, Spain killing 192 people and injuring more than 1,800.  

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