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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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Abreu, deGrom Named AL, NL Rookies of the Year

By on 11.10.14 | 8:51PM

Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu easily beat out Los Angeles Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker and New York Yankees reliever Dellin Betances.

The Cuban slugger was a bright spot in an otherwise dismal year for the Chisox. Abreu hit .317 with 36 HR and 107 RBI and led the AL in slugging percentage with .581. He is the first White Sox player to win the honor since Ozzie Guillen in 1985.

Meanwhile, New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom won NL Rookie of the Year honors. This is the first time a Mets player to win the honor in 30 years when Dwight Gooden graced the mound at Shea Stadium. The Mets did not call up deGrom until mid-May, but in 22 starts he went 9-6 with a 2.69 ERA. In 140 1/3 innings pitched, deGrom fanned 144 batters while walking only 43. The 23-year old deGrom beat out St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong and Cincinnati Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton (who I picked to win the award prior to the start of the season). 

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Joe Biden is Calling Children in Iowa Now

By on 11.10.14 | 4:55PM

The 2016 campaign has officially begun, and let it be known that Joe Biden is the first to start officially contacting voters ahead of the Iowa caucus. 

Apparently, Joe Biden has a rabid 3-year-old fan in Iowa who likes to talk to her imaginary friend, also Joe Biden, on her fake plastic cell phone. Considering that her parents might be potential participants in the caucus system, Joe Biden decided to give his number one fan in middle America a real, live, phone call last Wednesday.

Avery's grandmother, Becky Burke, posted a message on Joe Biden's White House website eight months ago telling him about his young fan. She never gave it a second thought until her phone rang Wednesday night.

"He said 'This is Joe Biden' and I said, 'Who the hell is this?’ And he said, 'This is Joe Biden,' and I said, 'I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry I said that to you," Burke said.

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