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GOP Unseats Begich in Alaska, Picks Up Senate Seat #8

By on 11.12.14 | 12:36PM

The GOP bloodbath from last Tuesday has finally swept north. Last night Alaska finished counting all of its absentee ballots, and GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan was declared the winner, unseating Demcratic incumbent Mark Begich by around 8,000 votes. This is the GOP's 8th Senate pickup. 

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan defeated Sen. Mark Begich, the Democratic incumbent, in Alaska’s U.S. Senate race Wednesday – a win that gives the GOP eight Senate pickups in the midterm elections.

The Republican Party also is seeking a ninth seat in Louisiana’s runoff in December.

Sullivan ran a confident campaign, ignoring the debate schedule Begich established and setting his own terms.

He pledged to fight federal overreach, talked about energy independence and, at seemingly every opportunity, sought to tie Begich to President Barack Obama and Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, who are unpopular in Alaska.

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Kevin Vickers Honored by Israeli Knesset; Meets with Netanyahu

By on 11.12.14 | 11:40AM

Canadian House of Commons Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, the man who shot and killed the Parliament Hill shooter last month, was honored by the Israeli Knesset today and had a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Vickers had been scheduled to be in Israel for a security meeting long before his heroic act.

Netanyahu said during Vickers' visit, "This terror attack in Ottawa proves, once again, that Islamic radical terrorism has no limits and respects no borders. Israel and Canada stand side-by-side in the international effort to eliminate terrorism."

For his part, Vickers deflected the praise stating that stopping Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was "a real team effort."

It may very well have been a team effort, but Vickers was its captain.

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Obama Agrees to Cut U.S. Carbon Emissions While Allowing China To Increase Theirs

By on 11.12.14 | 11:34AM

So I guess this is what President Obama meant when he said he wanted to take U.S.-China relations to a new level.

Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have come to an agreement on carbon emissions (H/T Patrick Brennan at NRO). The U.S. will commit to reducing emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels while China's carbon emissions will peak "around 2030."

In other words, while this country has to reduce carbon emissions above and beyond what we have previously committed (17% below 2005 levels by 2020) for the next 15 years, China gets to increase its emissions unabated for the next 15 years give or take.

How exactly does this agreement advance American interests one bit? How does this help our economy?

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Showalter, Williams Earn AL/NL Managers of the Year

By on 11.11.14 | 8:13PM

There might not have been a Beltway World Series this year, but the managers of the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals have earn each league's top honors for skippers.

Buck Showalter guided the Orioles to their first AL East pennant since 1997. It is Showalter's third time winning this honor and has done so with three different teams, a feat only matched by Tony La Russa. He won it previously in 1994 while managing the New York Yankees and with the Texas Rangers in 2004. Showalter beat longtime Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia and Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost for the award.

Meanwhile, in his first season as a big league manager, Matt Williams led the Washington Nationals to the NL East pennant and the best overall record in the NL. The Nationals re-emergence following a disappointing campaign in 2013 under Davey Johnson. Oddly enough, Johnson earned the award in 2012 when the Nats won their first NL East title. Williams bested Pittsburgh Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle and San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy.

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Megyn Kelly Says What We’re All Thinking About Mike Huckabee

By on 11.11.14 | 3:59PM

I kind of love her. 

The former Arkansas governor was most recently in the news when he threatened to leave the GOP over growing national support for gay marriage, which is, quite honestly, not an argument against the growing support of gay marriage. Since most of his followers consider themselves GOP, so far, he hasn't followed through on his promise to burn his party loyalty card.

Megyn Kelly says she feels bad about the incident, but she shouldn't. She was just saying what we've all been secretly saying for years. 

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Executive Amnesty?

By on 11.11.14 | 3:39PM

According to President Obama, who is recovering from his sound defeat at the ballot box by insisting that people who didn't vote support him, and therefore he has a mandate from a majority of Americans who would rather watch Lifetime movies and eat Cheet-os than make decisions about their elected leadership, has said that if Congress does not pass immigration reform by the end of the year, he'll pass it himself, traditional Constitutional limitations on Executive authority be damned.

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Dems Calling MSNBC To Find Out About President Obama

By on 11.11.14 | 1:08PM

The President has gone underground, at least as far as Congressional Democrats are concerned. 

While they were once such good friends, now, it turns out, he never calls, he never writes, he never sends flowers, and he most certainly never appraises them of his legislative agenda. According to MSNBC this morning, Congressional Democrats have actually be calling the cable news station, just in case their sources at the White House has heard something they haven't.

How terribly sad. I bet the Senate Democrats get lonely in their little offices, just pining away for a phone call from the President. It's almost too much to bear. 

The funny thing is, the White House still wonders why Congressional Democrats didn't run on the President's agenda. Considering this new information, it might not even be that they disagreed with it. It might be because they just didn't know what the hell was going on.

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Remembrance Day Draws Record Crowds in Ottawa

By on 11.11.14 | 10:53AM

Yesterday, in anticipation of Veterans' Day, I paid homage to the U.S. military being the most important organization on Earth.

In Canada (as throughout the British Commonwealth), November 11th is referred to as Remembrance Day and poppies are worn in observance. The poppies are a reference to the poem "In Flanders Fields" written by a Canadian war physician named Dr. John McRae. In Flanders fields the poppies blow/Between the crosses, row on row.

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Could Rush Win a Defamation Lawsuit Against The DCCC?

By on 11.11.14 | 9:56AM

As our old friend Patrick Howley reported at The Daily Caller yesterday, Rush Limbaugh has threatened to bring a defamation suit against the Democratic Congresssional Campaign Committee (DCCC) for writing a fundraising letter which said that the conservative talk radio icon condoned rape. Back in September, Rush had been commenting on Ohio State University's mandatory sexual consent rules.

Should Rush bring this suit forward, can he win it?

Erik Wemple at The Washington Post doesn't think so:

First there’s the issue of Limbaugh’s status as the most public of public figures for the purposes of media law. Any libel action brought by public-figure Limbaugh must prove that the defendant acted with knowledge of the falsity of its statement or with reckless disregard of its truth. Virtually impossible, considering the number of folks who reached similar conclusions.

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