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Thoughts on David Letterman Retirement Announcement

By on 4.4.14 | 1:51PM

David Letterman will call it quits next year after more than three decades on the air first with NBC's Late Night with David Letterman and The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS. 

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Beer Spectator: Who Does the Three-Tier System Truly Serve?

By on 4.4.14 | 10:41AM

“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.” -Abraham Lincoln

As any good American knows, Prohibition tarnished almost every cultural good. The last vestiges of that oppressive regime still haunt our drinking habits.

One such vestige jumped up in Florida recently, where distributors are actively denying competition by stifling brewpubs.

 A bill in the Florida Senate

would force craft brewers to sell their bottled and canned beer directly to a distributor. If they want to sell it in their own tap rooms, they would then have to buy it back at what is typically a 30-40 percent mark-up without the bottles or cans ever leaving the brewery, according to Joshua Aubuchon, a lawyer and lobbyist for the Florida Brewers Guild. 

The rule would not apply to draft beer.

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Morning Round-Up 4-4

By on 4.4.14 | 9:46AM

Feature of the Day: The New Face of Heroin

Morning Headlines

Domestic                                                          

Associated Press

  1. Fort Hood Gun Store Again Linked to Base Rampage
  2. Legal Pot in Colorado Hasn’t Stopped Black Market
  3. Milwaukee Group Wants to Buy Pabst Blue Ribbon

Politico

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Obama Admin Shouldn’t Pick a Fight With Big Papi

By on 4.3.14 | 8:47PM

So now White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is mad that Boston Red Sox DH David Ortiz took a 'selfie' of himself and President Obama while the Red Sox were being honored for their 2013 World Series triumph on Tuesday. 

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The Koch-pire Strikes Back

By on 4.3.14 | 3:57PM

Crisis! Sound the alarm!

The Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC has given the Koch brothers new, unabated power to destroy the little guy and fund as many crazy right-wing activists as they so desire—completely destroying democracy! Fear King Kochs!

In case you haven’t heard, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Shaun McCutcheon’s case, which argued that aggregate caps on campaign financing restricted his free speech. He was permitted by law to give no more than $2,600 to no more than nine candidates in an election cycle. If he liked a tenth candidate? Too bad. Giving to the tenth would reek of corruption.

The 5-4 ruling was certainly close, but the outrage from the left is deafening. Here are just a few examples of the doomsday hysteria. First from the Huffington Post:

[T]he current majority in the Supreme Court has no earthly idea how money in politics actually works.

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#CancelBillZeiser: A Response to Robert Stacy McCain

By on 4.3.14 | 3:17PM

In Plato's Republic, one of the definitions of justice is "to do well to friends and to harm enemies." Robert Stacy McCain's lengthy rebuke to yours truly was an attempt to do right by his friend, Michelle Malkin. It was also, I think, a friendly warning to a budding conservative writer not to mess with Malkin, a woman of considerable and well deserved fame. Robert asked me, rhetorically, if I want to go to war with the Divine Ms. M. I would be crazy to seek out such conflict, a point Robert made in a tweet alerting me to the coming smackdown. Let's go to the tale of the tape: @BillZeiser, 1010 followers on Twitter. @RSMcCain, 81 thousand followers. @MichelleMalkin, 692 thousand followers and counting! Look upon my tweets, ye Mighty, and despair!

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Jindalcare: Time for Solutions

By on 4.3.14 | 1:35PM

After four years of criticizing Obamacare, Republicans such as Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal have decided it’s time to start offering solutions.

Jindal’s plan lacks details, but his goal is precise: make health care simpler and more affordable. He explains:

The plan I’m endorsing includes an innovative $100 billion grant program that incentivizes our “laboratories of democracy”—the states—to come up with insurance reforms and other solutions that can stem the rising tide of health costs. States’ eligibility for the grants would be tied to their ability to lower insurance premiums for their citizens.

We include other reforms in our plan too – tax equity between employer and individually-purchased health plans, lawsuit reform, wellness incentives, and new incentives for Health Savings Accounts.

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Celebrity, Social Media, and War

By on 4.3.14 | 1:30PM

It’s finally happened. Kim Kardashian weighed in on the situation in Syria. Spoiler alert: She gets it all wrong. It shouldn’t come as a shock that silly people have stupid opinions about important issues that confound them. Still, let's investigate. It all speaks to a bigger point about celebrities, social media, and war.

Tweets Kardashian:

Please let's not let history repeat itself!!!!!! Let's get this trending!!!!

#SaveKessab

#ArmenianGenocide

Moments later:

If you don't know what's going on in Kessab please google it, its heart breaking! As an Armenian, I grew up hearing so many painful stories!

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Morning Round-Up 4-3

By on 4.3.14 | 10:03AM

Feature of the Day: The Technology of Baseball: Here’s how the game goes from field to screen.

Morning Headlines

Domestic                                                          

Associated Press

  1. Fort Hood Gunman Sought Mental Health Treatment
  2. Supreme Court to Decide Texas Execution Drug Case
  3. 2nd Suit Filed Challenging Texas’ New Abortion Law

Politico

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