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RNC to Discuss Mississippi Radio Ads

By 7.29.14

The Republican National Committee will take up the explosive subject of the race-card playing radio ads in the Mississippi Senate GOP run-off election between Senator Thad Cochran and Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel. The RNC is scheduled to hold its summer meeting in Chicago August 6-9 at the Westin Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

The discussion, according to an RNC source, will occur on the morning of August 7 — behind closed doors — at the “Members Only” breakfast that runs between 8:00-9:30. There is no word whether RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, under pressure to investigate the ads, will then comment publicly on the discussion.

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Political Hay

Headless Elephants

By 7.29.14

Last week, amid alarm bells going off in Gaza, Ukraine, and on the Texas border, and while he golfed and attended campaign fundraisers, President Barack Obama saw his approval rating as measured by Gallup drop to 39 percent. Some 54 percent of the venerable polling firm’s respondents registered active disapproval of the president’s job performance, an indication that America is coming to a consensus around the idea that Obama is a failure in office.

This comes with a flurry of mainstream media reports speculating that Obama has checked out of his job, and a growing acceptance of the narrative that the president simply doesn’t care anymore.

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Constitutional Opinions

Obamacare Was Designed to Punish Uncooperative States

By 7.29.14

It all comes down to four crucial words. In 2009, as the Affordable Care Act was being rammed through the Senate, those words made their way into the statutory behemoth. The law says that the federal government has the power to dole out premium-lowering subsidies through those insurance exchanges “established by the State.” Now that thirty-six states have declined to set up exchanges, the implication is that those who purchase insurance from the federal HealthCare.gov website are, under the text of the law, ineligible for the tax credits. Their premiums would be much higher.

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Michelle Nunn and Hamas

By on 7.28.14 | 5:40PM

An embarrassing leak today has exposed the core strategies of the campaign of Michelle Nunn, who is running to fill the opening seat by retiring Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia. Not only do the documents show how she will be organizing her candidacy, they also discusses her weaknesses at length.

One of the major flaws is the candidate’s attachment to her foundation:

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Fool Me Once, Shame On You; Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me; Fool Me Thrice, Shame on Gruber

By on 7.28.14 | 3:58PM

As the fallout continues over last week’s Halbig decision by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, so does the walking back of words by Obamacare architect and MIT professor Dr. Jonathan Gruber. The case, which ended with a ruling that Obamacare subsidies can't be distributed in federal exchanges, has the potential to send the health care law into a death spiral. While the right-wing blogosphere celebrated, many on the left and Gruber himself were quick to deflect.

But now they may have an even bigger problem on their hands.

Before the release of contradictory video evidence, Gruber went on MSNBC to defend the law that he helped craft:

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Jonathan, was this a typo saying that only if you had a state exchange you could get a subsidy and therefore be required to participate or was it some significant policy decision not to include states that didn't have exchanges?

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Loose Canons

Things Obama Just Won’t Do

By 7.28.14

Watching Fox News on Friday morning, I saw my friend retired Navy Capt. Chuck Nash talking about what we need to do to help resolve the crisis in the Ukraine. What he said made a lot of sense, but it struck me that we all know that President Obama will do absolutely nothing he recommended.

There are so many crises like that around the world and here at home that could be solved entirely or at least ameliorated by the president. The long list of actions President Obama should take to resolve many crises around the world describes many that are — or at least were before Obama — in America’s interests and within America’s grasp. We can take it to the bank that Obama will do none of these things. It takes only a few examples to illustrate the point.

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Political Hay

What Texas Has to Tell Us About How Immigration Will Play Out in 2016

By 7.28.14

So whose job is it, exactly, to stem the tide of illegal entries into a state? Someone sneaking across the Rio Grande from Mexico is entering both the state of Texas and the United States of America, but if the authorities take notice of his presence here, the federal government will claim jurisdiction, preempting, for the most part, anything Texas might have to say about the nature of the hospitality extended to the unauthorized visitor

The problem is that the federal government seems insufficiently interested in preventing illegal immigration. This is what finds us in the second decade of the twenty-first century with between seven and twenty million illegals among us. If that seems an absurdly broad range, consider that illegals do not exactly raise their hands for the census. You therefore get those who don’t consider illegal immigration a pressing problem citing the lower figure, while more concerned voices cite the higher. If we split the difference at about fourteen million, that’s between 4 and 5 percent of all the human beings in the United States.

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Architect of Obamacare Says Subsidies Were Only Intended for State Exchanges

By on 7.25.14 | 2:55PM

Earlier this week, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the subsidies dispensed by the IRS through Obamacare's federal exchanges were illegal. As the debate raged through the wonk blogs, the left tried to downplay the significance of the case. One of their staple talking points was asking members of the conservative media to find an example of anyone saying that the subsidies were supposed to be limited to state exchanges. Well, over at Reason, an example has been found.

Last night, video surfaced of Johnathan Gruber undermining the entire premise of the government's argument for Obamacare. First, who is Gruber? Reason explains his role:

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Why Abortion Will Never Be Mainstream

By on 7.25.14 | 10:58AM

In 1996, President Bill Clinton stated that "abortion should not only be safe and legal, it should be rare." The far left has since changed its tone with a campaign to normalize and de-stigmatize abortions.

The new website Notalone.us, founded by Emily Letts, the woman known for posting a video of her abortion on YouTube, aims to reassure that abortion is common and not shameful by allowing women to share their stories. 

“The pregnancy wasn’t real to me, it was a problem that needed to be fixed. It wasn’t a baby that I was giving up on, it was a mistake that I was repairing, it was our future that I was being protective of, it was our baby that I would plan for someday and care for from the moment of conception that I was thinking of,” reads one testimonial. “Had I not had the procedure, I wouldn't be where I am now: a law student, living my dream and sharing my story. None of this would be possible without my abortion,” reads another.

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State Watch

New England’s Blue-State Blues

By 7.25.14

They call it the “Texas Miracle,” though California doesn’t think there’s anything heavenly about it. Texas’s economic boom, driven by low taxes and a business-friendly regulatory climate under the cocksure leadership of Governor Rick Perry, is the envy of the rest of the country. There’s a running joke that California’s biggest export is its own people, headed straight for the Lone Star State.

But it’s not just California that has the blue-state blues. Outside the West Coast, the most cerulean part of the country is the Northeast, and specifically New England, the six-state region once bound together by Puritan values, now bound together by mandatory sex education classes. But while New England has embraced looser social values, economically it’s a case study in high taxes, obscene spending, and coercive regulations.

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