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God Bless the IRS

By on 7.16.14 | 1:27PM

In a series of releases from the House Oversight Committee last night, Chairman Darrell Issa released new information in the ongoing investigation of the IRS. The revelations deal with Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. According to a YouTube video released here, the recording is of Solis soliciting funds for President Obama’s reelection campaign. Federal law, under the Hatch Act, prohibits federal officials and bureaucrats from campaigning during work time. Issa is alleging that these calls were made on federal time, which is a clear violation of the act. 

In another allegation, this one from the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Issa points to several tweets from an April Sands, who was Lerner’s deputy before resigning earlier this year. One of the tweets, posted on Issa’s Twitter page, shows Sands attacking Mitt Romney on federal time:

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A Few Words About the UN Relief Works Agency

By on 7.16.14 | 11:50AM

Micah Meadowcraft is absolutely correct to say that it is Hamas that bears responsibility for the deaths of civilians in Gaza. This is illustrated by Hamas' refusal yesterday to accept an Egyptian brokered ceasefire which Israel accepted.

But what struck me about Micah's post was the fact that he cited the UN Relief Works Agency and quoted Pierre Krahenbuhl, its Commissioner General.

The UN has two agencies which deals with refugees - the aforementioned UN Relief Works Agency (UNRWA)which deals exclusively with Palestinian refugees and the UN Refugee Agency (a.k.a. the UN High Commissioner for Refugees) which deals with the rest of the world's refugees.

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Demolishing Democrat Claims After Hobby Lobby

By on 7.16.14 | 10:40AM

Few people do as good a job making important points in very few words than George Mason University economist Don Boudreaux.

In today's note, he demolishes Democrats' arguments that the Hobby Lobby decision "allows employers to deny women access to certain kinds of contraception."

Please read and share widely:
http://cafehayek.com/2014/07/politics-a-prophylactic-against-honesty-decency-and-good-sense.html

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Morning Round-Up 7-16

By on 7.16.14 | 10:17AM

Feature of the Day: How Do You Pay For a Drug That Costs $84,000?

 

Morning Headlines

 

Domestic                                                          

 

Associated Press

 

1. Palestinians Flee After Israel Warning, Airstrikes

2.  Mexico Southern Border Control So Far Just Talk

 

Politico

1. Who's Talking About Impeachment? Barack Obama

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Rove American Crossroads in Mississippi Controversy

By on 7.16.14 | 8:00AM

The headline in the Washington Post on June 4 was clear:

Rove-backed American Crossroads won’t get involved in Cochran runoff

Said the Post story the day after Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel had defeated six-term Mississippi GOP Senator Thad Cochran in the first round of the state’s GOP primary:

American Crossroads, a GOP establishment organization, has decided to shift its political focus almost entirely to the general election and will not be spending money in the likely runoff election to decide the Mississippi Senate nomination that was virtually deadlocked after Tuesday night. […]

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AL Wins Back to Back All-Star Games; Trout Named MVP

By on 7.16.14 | 12:21AM

For the second straight year, the American League won the All-Star Game. The Junior Circuit prevailed 5-3 in the midseason classic which was played at Target Field in Minneapolis.

The AL took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a triple by Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and a two-run home run by Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera. All three runs were scored of NL starter Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals. 

The NL scored two runs in the second on back to back doubles by Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley and Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. In the fourth, Lucroy would tie the game at 3-3 on yet another RBI double. 

The AL would take the lead for good in the fifth on a double by Trout and added another run on a sacrifice fly by Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. Both runs were scored off Cardinals reliever Pat Neshek who would end up taking the loss.

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A Woman’s Right to Choose

By on 7.15.14 | 5:34PM

In the course of my journalistic wanderings, I met a woman who gave up a dream of becoming a medical researcher to marry a farmer and have ten children. She not only homeschools them all, but also teaches a theological course for local teenagers at her kitchen table. And she enjoys it:

“I didn’t realize just how important motherhood is until I became a mother,” she told me at the Deseret News. “I think motherhood is the answer to changing the world instead of what I thought I was going to do.”

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Tonight’s Two Runoffs

By on 7.15.14 | 4:57PM

After several weeks with little election news, two House primaries are being held today, one in Alabama and one in North Carolina. In both races, the leading candidates failed to reach the necessary vote threshold to avoid a runoff. In Alabama, both State Representative Paul DeMarco and Gary Peters are vying for a seat, while in North Carolina Phil Berger Jr. and Mark Walker are in contention. Both seats are open as both incumbents retired.

Alabama

In Alabama, both DeMarco and Peters have long histories in politics. DeMarco has been in the state house for the past nine years. Peters is the founder of the conservative think tank Alabama Policy Institute. Running to replace retiring Congressman Spencer Bachus, both men are making last-second pushes for votes. DeMarco came in the heavy favorite after the primary with 32.7 percent to Palmer’s 19.7 percent. While DeMarco seems to have the advantage, Palmer is trying to consolidate support from his primary opponents’ voters.

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The Dead in Gaza

By on 7.15.14 | 10:44AM

War is hell, not just for the soldiers, but also for those caught in the crossfire, the puppets and victims. The noncombatants of Gaza are bearing the brunt of the violence and bombings of the last week. They are cornered between Hamas, which has not hesitated to use them as human shields, firing rockets from within civilian neighborhoods and buildings, and Israel, which, although it tries to forewarn nonmilitants of attacks, remains relentless in its bombardment of Hamas’s rocket launch sites. The result for the people of Gaza: some 174 dead and thousands of refugees. 

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So Now Professional Wrestling is Racist?

By on 7.14.14 | 10:03PM

Racism is probably the worst thing a person can be accused of in America.

Unfortunately, it is an accusation that is leveled in the most casual manner. It is leveled daily against conservatives who dare to differ from President Obama. It is leveled against comedy shows for not having black female cast members. It is now being leveled against World Wrestling Entertainment because, among other things, black wrestlers are losing too many matches. I kid you not. 

Yet this is the argument by Dion Beary in an article in The Atlantic. But here is the claim Beary made that drew my attention. Beary writes, "In its 62 year history, WWE has never chosen a black wrestler to hold its world championship."

 

So how does Beary address the championship reigns of Mark Henry and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson?

 

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