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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

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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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Harry Reid Has a Tax to Grind

By on 4.2.14 | 8:32PM

Over at the Weekly Standard, John McCormack draws our attention to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's official Senate website, which states that the Koch Brothers do not pay corporate taxes. 

Harry Reid has a tax to grind. But it isn't just the Koch Brothers. Let us not forget that during the 2012 campaign, Reid accused Mitt Romney of not having paid his taxes for 10 years. That whopper earned four Pinocchios from Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post. I have a feeling there are a few more Pinocchios in Reid's future. 
 
But what does Harry Reid care if he lies? He does so with the knowledge that some people will believe the lie. If Reid's lie helped Romney lose to Obama then he has every incentive to lie about the Koch Brothers to keep his job as Senate Majority Leader. 
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Party at the White House Tonight!

By on 4.2.14 | 3:41PM

They're breaking out the champagne at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue tonight. In case you didn't hear, 7.1 million Americans signed up for insurance on the Obamacare exchanges.

And if you want all the drama-laden details, Politico took the time to type a true all-American underdog tale of how the White House managed to surprise even itself. After a devastating roll-out, a glitchy website, and low enrollment numbers, President Obama and his team dug in their heels, developing the finest strategy for winning the Obamacare debate. They got celebrities, they got radio hits, they got TV ads, they got hot men in boxer briefs and bros doing keg-stands—they even got your mom. They threw it together and at the last second hit that buzzer three-pointer to win the game.

And the crowd went wild!!

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The Inconsistency of Feminism and Sex-Selective Abortions

By on 4.2.14 | 1:07PM

Yesterday the American Conservative published an insightful piece, “Here’s the ‘Missing’ Evidence for S.D.’s Sex-Selective Abortion Ban” by Jonathan Coppage.

Coppage does excellent work researching and explaining the evidence behind sex-selective abortions in the United States, sadly concluding that the facts reveal this practice does, in fact, occur within our borders.

South Dakota just became the eighth state to pass a ban on sex-selective abortions, and in doing so, ignited rage from pro-choice advocates. They immediately conjured up the race debate, claiming laws against sex-selective abortions were inherently discriminatory toward Asian-American women and were entirely unnecessary.

Citing scholarly and journalistic works, Coppage debunks the theory that these abortions never happen in the United States, but gives the opposition a break. He says their arguments that this is not America's primary domestic issue, and that laws alone won’t solve the problem, are viable.

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Help Make A Documentary on Kermit Gosnell

By on 4.2.14 | 12:49PM

Gross media negligence on the Kermit Gosnell trial has left many disgusted.

That case signified the turning of the tide against late-term abortion, as more states pass legislation banning and regulating the gruesome process every day. In fact, this may be the “Uncle Tom” moment of the abortion movement, as younger Americans come to realize what abortion actually is.

While I don’t usually rally for fundraising causes, this one is worthy.

Ann and Phelim Media, an independent production company, is trying to crowdsource $2.1 million over the next forty days to produce a movie about Kermit Gosnell. You can find more at this link.

To actually be an “Uncle Tom” moment, the pro-life movement needs a piece of pop culture. A documentary seems fitting.

If you are so inclined, please give. If you donate $25, you’ll get a copy of the DVD for free. Help these guys spread the truth about this killer.

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Michelle Malkin Is Right (as Usual)

By on 4.2.14 | 11:55AM

Last week, American Spectator contributor Bill Zeiser wrote a blog item with the unfortunate headline, "Michelle Malkin Is Wrong." The topic of the dispute -- Stephen Colbert's tasteless use of anti-Asian slurs -- is interesting, but ultimately irrelevant to the point I wish to make, for the sake of Mr. Zeiser and anyone else who may read this now or in the future: Michelle Malkin keeps score.

On your short list of "People You Never Want to Go to War Against," be sure to include her name at or near the top, because Michelle Malkin will win that war.

Bill Zeiser is a young fellow, and perhaps did not consider the foolish impropriety of his gesture when he decided to draw attention to himself with such a headline as "Michelle Malkin Is Wrong." It would be most unfortunate if The American Spectator were to become collateral damage as a result.

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Morning Round-Up 4-2

By on 4.2.14 | 9:49AM

Feature of the Day: March Was First Month Without U.S. Fatalities in Iraq or Afghanistan In 11 Years

Morning Headlines

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Associated Press

  1. Scandal-Weary Voters Boot DC Mayor From Office

Politico

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Simon Schama Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story About Israel

By on 4.2.14 | 3:00AM

Last week, my mother strongly recommended that I watch Simon Schama's five-part series, The Story of the Jews, which aired on PBS. I cannot give a comprehensive review as other activities permitted me to watch only three of the five episodes including the final installment, which was devoted to the State of Israel. I shall confine my comments on Schama's documentary to the Israel episode.

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A Response to Bill Zeiser re: Rand Paul and Immigration

By on 4.1.14 | 6:13PM

I think Bill Zeiser speaks to two sides of a major problem facing today’s Republican Party.

When it comes to the Hispanic vote, the GOP suffers from cognitive dissonance. On the one hand, they pay lip-service to a burgeoning constituency that produces 50,000 potential new voters every month. On the other, they appear perfectly content to cede their support. This, despite the fact that 2.3 million Hispanic-owned businesses anchor a Latin mainstream that identifies the economy as the country’s chief concern.

After the 2012 cycle, the conservative pollsters at Resurgent Republic took a closer look at four critical swing states—Florida, Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico—with a post-election survey of Hispanic voters. Their conclusion? “Republicans have run out of persuadable white voters.” Bill cites Ramesh Ponnuru’s criticism in his piece—his analysis is fair, but, perhaps, too pessimistic. It also speaks to hard truths.

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