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Bolton Won’t Pursue GOP White House Bid; Would Make a Fine Secretary of State

By on 5.14.15 | 12:25PM

Former UN Ambassador John Bolton announced today that he will not be making a GOP bid for the White House.

This isn't particularly surprising. Bolton had contemplated a White House bid in 2012, but ultimately did not run.

Of course, one needn't be President of the United States to make an impact.

Save for Rand Paul, Bolton would be the top candidate for Secretary of State should a Republican win in 2016.

Lord knows he would be a definite improvement over John Kerry, never mind Hillary Clinton.

Stephanopoulos Steps Into It; Donates $50,000, Er, Make That $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation UPDATED

By on 5.14.15 | 12:15PM

George Stephanopoulos has egg on his face after being forced to apologize for not disclosing $50,000 worth of contributions to the Clinton Foundation in 2013 & 2014 while interviewing, or more accurately interrogating, Peter Schweizer last month about his book Clinton Cash which documents funds donated by businesses and foreign governments to the Clinton Foundation.

Stephanopoulos has been with ABC News since 2002, but came to fame a decade earlier as Bill Clinton's communications director for his 1992 presidential campaign and would be a part of the Clinton White House during its first term in office.

Naturally, ABC News stands by Stephanopoulos saying he made an "honest mistake". When it comes to donating $50,000 to your old boss there are no honest mistakes.

Stephanopoulos Gets Clinton-y, Takes Donation Story to Friendly Outlet, Not Free Beacon

By on 5.14.15 | 12:14PM

Let's just call this one a "#ThrowbackThursday." 

George Stephanopoulos, a Clinton crony from as far back as anyone involved with the Clintons can remember, gave two $25,000 donations to the Clinton Foundation while employed by ABC News, but failed to disclose any involvement with the organization, despite his position as an independent, fair-minded, leading journalist at a major news organization.

ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos donated $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, records show.

Stephanopoulos, a former aide to President Bill Clinton, confirmed the donation to POLITICO’s Dylan Byers after the Free Beacon contacted ABC News for comment. The host acknowledge making two donations of $25,000 between 2013 and 2014. Stephanopoulos issued a statement apologizing for failing to disclose the donation.

Rockies Manager Walt Weiss Undergoes Appendectomy

By on 5.14.15 | 10:25AM

Yesterday, I wrote about the Colorado Rockies' 10-game losing streak.

Things went from bad to worse for the Rockies when manager Walt Weiss had to be hospitalized prior to last night's game against the Los Angeles Angels for severe abdominal pains which he had been experiencing for several days. Weiss had to undergo an emergency appendectomy. No doubt the Rockies' struggles contributed to this malady. Weiss is expected to be released from the hospital later today.

Bench coach Tom Runnells filled in for Weiss last night. Unfortunately for the Rockies, they lost 2-1 in 11 innings to extend their losing streak to 11 games. This is their longest losing streak since 2000. The Rockies begin a four game series tonight against the Dodgers before returning home to host the Philadelphia Phillies in a battle of last place teams.

No timetable has been released as to when Weiss will return to the dugout.

Obama is Condescending, Not Sexist

By on 5.14.15 | 10:13AM

I suppose I shouldn't interrupt the civil war which has erupted in the Democratic Party between President Obama and Senate Democrats over TPP. Much of Obama's energies have been directed at Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. But then Warren's colleague Sherrod Brown of Ohio entered the fray and accused Obama of sexism against Warren because the President addressed Warren by her first name.

Josh Earnest, bearing more resemblance to a caporegime for the Corleone family than the White House Press Secretary, declared, "He'll find a way to apologize."

The New Republic Goes Off Rails Over Amtrak Accident…And So Does Josh Earnest - UPDATE

By on 5.13.15 | 5:09PM

Undoubtedly the top story today is last night's Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia which claimed the lives of seven people and hospitalized over 200 people.

The train was going over 100 MPH. Whether this was the result of human or mechanical error has yet to be determined and will be up to the NTSB to conclude.

But this hasn't stopped the Left from putting this tragedy on a political track. Over at NRO, Jonah Goldberg took the gang at MSNBC's Morning Joe to task for buying into former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell's argument that the accident was a consequence of a lack of government spending on infrastructure. Goldberg writes, "Disgusting. They just learned there was a sixth fatality from the crash and they used that to promote hackish arguments about the need for high-speed rail (Rendell went on about how in Europe the rails are straight for high speed not like our shabby curved rails here)."

Classical Mythology Now Too Much for Sensitive College Students

By on 5.13.15 | 1:08PM

The good news for my generation is that we finally make up a controlling portion of the working population. The bad news is, that there probably aren't enough blankies and nap rooms to accomodate all of us as we graduate into the real world. At least, as some of us graduate into the real world. Others of us have too many things to do to take time out of our day to cuddle stuffed animals and gripe to each other about the cultural appropriation and microagressions typically associated with the Patriarchy.

Thankfully, college students have no such demands on their time, which is why a cadre of Columbia University students are able to, collectively, pen an op-ed calling on their institution of higher learning to take a second look at the foundational works of Western literature and the building blocks of modern thought in order to preserve their adorable, innocent and easily-triggered minds from the mere threat that they might have to welcome in an opposing viewpoint or critically consider historical cultures in addition to their own coddled experience.

Pope Francis to Recognize Palestinian State

By on 5.13.15 | 11:54AM

The Vatican has announced a treaty with the Palestinian Authority declaring its recognition of a Palestinian state.

In conjunction with this announcement, Pope Francis will bestow sainthood upon two Palestinian nuns this Sunday.

This development is troubling though not surprising. Pope Francis used the phrase "state of Palestine" when he visited Bethelem almost a year ago. As with various parliaments throughout Europe, this moves grants legitimacy to Palestinian statehood while circumventing negotiations with Israel on final status matters (especially Jerusalem). It also legitimizes a regime that has not held an election in a decade.

Moody’s Downgrades Chicago Bonds to “Junk”

By on 5.13.15 | 11:39AM

Yesterday, Chicago got the Obama Presidential Library and thank heavens, since Chicago also lost any semblance of dignity in terms of our bond rating, and we'll most definitely need the kind of multi-million dollar public works project the Library promises to be in order to survive financially.

After years of teetering on the edge of fully bankrupting the city, Moody's finally pulled the plug, dropping Chicago's status two notches to "junk," in a (probably futile) effort to encourage either pension reform or a tax increase. The move came (at least in part) as a response to an Illinois Supreme Court decision that dropped late last week, declaring that the pension reform package the legislature had concocted was unconstitutional, and wiping it off the books. 

Moody’s Investor’s Service on Tuesday dropped Chicago’s bond rating two more notches — to junk status — turning up the heat on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to raise property taxes and on the Illinois General Assembly to approve a Chicago casino.

Colorado Rockies Lose 10 in a Row; Tulowitzki Could Ask for Trade UPDATE: Weiss Hospitalized

By on 5.13.15 | 11:01AM

The Colorado Rockies' 2015 season had a promising beginning as they won 7 of their first 9 games. But they have gone 4-16 since and have now lost 10 consecutive games. Their latest loss came last night against the Los Angeles Angels in an interleague game and now stand 9 ½ games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

Their offense is pretty decent. Although Carlos Gonzalez is hitting under .200, Troy Tulowitzki, Charlie Blackmon, Nolan Arenando and 2014 NL batting champ Justin Morneau are pulling their weight. The Rockies have a team batting average of .271 which is currently third in the NL behind the Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals. The same cannot be said of their pitching. Their 5.48 team ERA is the worst in the NL is nearly a full run higher than the lowly Milwaukee Brewers (4.58).