When Hillary Clinton is President, She’ll Use Her Pen and Phone…On Your Guns

By on 10.5.15 | 4:31PM

Hillary Clinton is desperate to get on the gun-grabbing bandwagon because its the only place she can feel truly to the left of Bernie Sanders (who has expressed support for gun rights in the past), for the moment anyway.

Aaron talked about it this morning, but suffice it to say, Hillary has been over herself all weekend, trying to prove to progressive that once she's fully minted in the position of Commander in Chief, her top priority will be grabbing the nation's guns and hosting a mass meltdown on the White House lawn. And if Congress won't help her because they're too far into the pockets of the NRA, well, she'll use her pen and her phone, and she'll take those guns by force, and by executive order

The proposal most likely to generate controversy is using executive action to close the so-called gun show loophole, if efforts to pass new measures in Congress do not succeed, according to a campaign aide to Mrs. Clinton, who asked for anonymity to lay out the plans before the candidate does…

McCarthy and Bush Tagged by Bad Quotes or Bad Journalism?

By on 10.5.15 | 1:56PM

Friday, everyone from the New Yorker to the White House was in a tizzy over comments Jeb Bush made about the Oregon community college shooting at a campaign event. Apparently, according to reporter Ryan Lizza, who was at the event, Jeb Bush . took a casual moment away from his campaign speech to address the tragic event with the words, "stuff happens."

Carly Fiorina Wastes Hillary Clinton in NBC News Iowa Poll

By on 10.5.15 | 1:03PM

This morning, Hillary Clinton asked reporters "who can be more of an outsider than a woman President?"

Apparently, voters agree, at least in Iowa. Just not with Hillary on which woman that is, exactly. Today's NBC News/WSJ/Marist poll shows Carly Fiorina . leading Hillary Clinton among likely voters in Iowa by a striking fourteen points

That bears strongly for Carly even amongst her Republican peers. A showing against Clinton makes her an asset for a final ticket even if her uptick fades. She's showing signs of staying in the race, and as a formidable opponent. 

Hillary Takes Shot at Bernie With Gun Control Proposals

By on 10.5.15 | 12:35PM

Hillary Clinton is expected to unveil a four point gun control plan today in New Hampshire. The proposals include a) take executive action if Congress fails to close the gun show and Internet sales loophole b) tighten existing background checks c) Bar domestic abusers from buying and possessing firearms and d) remove liability protection from gun manufacturers.

The final proposal is a specific dig at Bernie Sanders as he voted in favor of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act in 2005 which gave gun manufacturers immunity from liability while then Senator Clinton voted against the bill.

Know the Name: Chris Mintz, Hero

By on 10.2.15 | 1:35PM

Yesterday's Oregon shooting is a tale of tragedy and terror, but as with many tales of tragedy and terror, there are aspects of heroism and love. 

The Oregon shooter wanted the media to mention his name, which is the very reason we have not here, nor will we. But there is one name you should know, that has emerged in the media coverage of yesterday's events: Chris Mintz. Chris Mintz is a hero. And Chris Mintz deserves coverage. 

When Chris Mintz heard gunfire at Oregon's Umpqua Community College on Thursday, his thoughts were not of himself.

Instead, he thought first of protecting others. Then he thought of his 6-year-old son, Tyrik.

Nine people were killed when a gunman opened fire at the College on Thursday. Nine others were injured.

When the shooting broke out, Mintz, 30, an military veteran and a former high school football player in Randleman, North Carolina, tried to save the lives of others.

Nancy Pelosi, Expert Catholic

By on 10.2.15 | 1:07PM

Yesterday, Nancy Pelosi held a press conference, where she touted her commitment to "women's health," and her participation in a movement to ensure Federal funding continued for Planned Parenthood.

Although she held the conference open for questions from the media, she clearly did not believe anyone would actually ask any, and was, apparently, quite taken by surprise when a journalist asked her whether a fetus with a beating heart and functioning liver, like the ones referred to in the Center for Medical Progress videos as being perfect to harvest for body parts, was human. Nancy Pelosi responded by, of course, accusing the reporter of having an "ideological agenda," and explaining that she knew more about the subject of abortion because she is a "devout, practicing Catholic."

The reporter sparked the exchange by asking: “Is an unborn baby with a human heart and human liver a human being?”

Student Wounded at Umpqua Community College Tells Father That Gunman Targeted Christians

By on 10.2.15 | 11:22AM

According to this dispatch by CNN, Anastasia Boylan, one of the students wounded at yesterday's mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, told her father before going into surgery that the gunman was targeting Christians. Boylan told her father that the gunman told the students to stand up and asked if they were Christians. Those who responded yes were told, "Good, because you're a Christian, you're going to see God in about one second."

At this point, it isn't known if the shooter had any religious affiliation nor has there been any indication that he visited jihadist websites. His MySpace page did feature images of the IRA.  It does appear the shooter wrote about the ex-reporter who shot and killed two of his former colleagues on live TV in Virginia in August.

With All Due Respect, Mr. President, Fix Your Own Gun Plan

By on 10.2.15 | 11:14AM

My usual rule is to refrain from discussing policy in the interim following a tragic situation. After all, there's nothing more useless than pontificating in the meantime, while tempers are hot, and no one knows what to do. We all want an easy fix to horrifying situations like the one that played out yesterday in Oregon. We all want to believe there's one, singular solution that will put an end to senseless violence. There isn't.

But yesterday, President Obama used the Oregon shooting to make a political point, openly and unabashedly, before the bodies of the dead had cooled, before knowing the facts of the case, and without, apparently, a modicum of respect for the families and community that is suffering losses today. As a nation sought help, leadership, prayer and support; President Obama did little but throw a temper tantrum on national television, calling for solutions in the form of "gun control," and "action," without specifiying any concrete legislative agenda, or, even, what he believes the country needs to take action on

Why Hillary Won’t Have a “Sock it to Me” Moment on SNL

By on 10.1.15 | 4:39PM

Hillary Clinton is set to appear on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live alongside current Hillary impersonator Kate McKinnon this weekend. The fact that she turned down an opportunity to speak before the Human Rights Campaign, the country's most prominent LGBT organization, tells you how much of a priority this appearance is.

But it's not like Hillary hasn't appeared on SNL before. She did so during the 2008 campaign with Amy Poehler, who was then impersonating her. Fat lot of good that did her. So I don't see Hillary having a "sock it to me" moment like Richard Nixon did on the season premiere of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In during the 1968 campaign (please see video posted below).

House and Senate Pass Temporary Government Funding Bill, Avert Shutdown

By on 10.1.15 | 1:19PM

A few days ago on Twitter, someone - I don't remember who or I'd link them - mentioned that John Boehner's resignation is sort of like that scene in Independence Day, where they task the one fighter pilot with flying right up into the heart of the giant flying saucer that's sitting over New York, clogging up the spaceships deadly laser beam and basically blowing the aliens back to whatever planet they ravaged before systematically deciding to murder everyone on Earth.

In this case, though, Boehner has undertaken a different kind of self-immolation in service to our country (or, at least, Establishment Republicans looking to deny Ted Cruz . an opportunity to grandstand his way into a spike in the polls), inspiring a continuing resolution that funds the government through December, ensuring that nothing will shut down, Planned Parenthood will remain funded, John Boehner can exist stage left with a win under his belt, and the White House loses a media-favorable talking point big enough to distract from the fact that Russia is bombing our Syrian to smithereens.