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Memo to Thomas Massie: Even Hobbits Are Corruptible

By 10.13.15

This past Wednesday, Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) joined Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) on Google Hangouts for a discussion on their bipartisan opposition to the Innovation Act, the patent reform bill currently wending its way through Congress. The discussion was moderated by Gene Quinn, founder of the pro-patent troll website IPWatchdog, and also joined by Louis Foreman of Edison Nation, a front group for the biotech industry.

The irony that the event was taking place thanks to an invention by Google, one of the foremost supporters of patent reform, appeared to be lost on the panelists, as did the irony in naming a pro-patent organization for Thomas Edison, whose approach to intellectual property was… loose. 

However, a few more direct lines of attack were anticipated by the panelists, particularly by Massie.

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The Bread Slicers’ Debate

By 10.13.15

Call it the “bread slicers’ debate.”

“Bread slicers” is a term once used by the late Jack Kemp as he happily described to me the difference between himself and then-Vermont Congressman Bernie Sanders, the latter famously a self-described socialist. Kemp described himself as a “bread baker.”

The concept was as obvious as it is simple. Redistributionist economics is, if you will, the equivalent of slicing a loaf of bread. There are only two questions to be had: who gets the thick slice and who gets the thin slice. Bread baking economics — aka “Reaganomics” or supply-side” or “classical” economics — is about abundance, baking an endless number of loaves of bread to feed everyone.

As Kemp biographers Morton Kondracke and Fred Barnes have noted of Kemp in a recent Wall Street Journal article: 

DNC VP Uninvited From the Debate — For Calling for More Debates

By on 10.12.15 | 2:26PM

The Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee claims she was disnivited from this week's Las Vegas bash because she dared to suggest that a single debate might not be enough for the waiting public, who desperately want to hear from their potential Presidential candidates.

According to Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who hails from Hawaii, she was just trying to give voice to some of the "lesser" Democratic candidates, like Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley, who simply don't think six is enough to get their points across. But in typical Debbie Wasserman Schultz fashion, Gabbard was quickly dismissed from the "cool kids" lunch table, chastized for wearing pink twice in one week, and uninvited from Debbie's post-debate sleepover party at the Venetian. Oh, and they probably froze her training bra, too, based on their standards of behavior.

Obama Hits Out at Hillary, Disclaims Role in Arming Syrian Opposition on “60 Minutes”

By on 10.12.15 | 1:55PM

Hillary Clinton clearly isn't going to get any help from the White House as she battles her way out from under a pile of questions about her email server. 

Last night, on 60 Minutes, the President gave his traditional, yearly softball interview to whoever is still alive on the 60 Minutes staff. In it, he was asked about Hillary's "email scandal, claimed that he "didn't know" about her server - which is probably a legitimate argument given that he finds out about more serious scandals, paging through the Sunday New York Times looking for the crossword puzzle - but that what Hillary did is a "serious mistake" and questions about it are essentially political ones, but that an investigation is entirely "legitimate."

KROFT: Did you know about Hillary Clinton’s use of private… private email server —


KROFT: — while she was secretary of state?


KROFT: Do you think it posed a national security problem?

Jason Chaffetz Still Having Bad Luck With Hearings

By on 10.9.15 | 2:52PM

Obviously, I'm partial to Paul Ryan ., if only because of his deep blue eyes and his super-sexy economic policy, but Jason Chaffetz ., who is also rumored to be running for Speaker now that Kevin McCarthy . has dropped out, seems like an intriguing choice as well. He's not well known, but he's young, mostly acceptable to several warring factions of the Party and he has had a few high-profile opportunities of late.

Party With Obama and Jamie Foxx — For a Cool $10K

By on 10.8.15 | 2:42PM

Do you have an extra $10,000 just lying around that you're not spending on healthcare premiums or food for your family? 

This weekend, the President will be partying in the Pacific Palisaides with Jamie Foxx, and for a cool $10K, you could be in on the adventure. According to TMZ, the Democratic party issued invitations, pictured above (courtsey of TMZ), for a fundraiser this weekend. The event promises to be star-studded, with Jamie Foxx providing the evening's entertainment in the form of a private concert.

President Obama could be blaming it on the a-a-a-a-alcohol this weekend — 'cause he's gonna be partying with Jamie Foxx at a ritzy celebrity event ... TMZ has learned.

Kevin McCarthy Drops Bid for Speaker

By on 10.8.15 | 2:31PM

Kevin McCarthy was the obvious frontrunner for the Speaker of the House position, but just a few short minutes ago, he dropped his bid without immediately citing a reason. What was once a race almost completely tied up for the California Republican has now been blown open wide.

McCarthy, it seems, was fine with the idea of running for Speaker through yesterday evening, even going so far as to look to strike a deal with the more conservative House Freedom Caucus - a compromise which might have put him over the 218 votes necessary to earn the title. Then, he held a secret meeting today with a few key lawmakers and promptly announced that he was pulling out of the race. McCarthy has so far declined to provide any further information, and speculation is rampant.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on Thursday abruptly pulled out of his bid to be the next speaker of the House.

McCarthy was expected to coast to an easy win, as he was thought to have the support of nearly 200 Republicans.

Donald Trump Explains Why Eminent Domain is Awesome

By on 10.8.15 | 2:18PM

Needless to say, I don't agree with Donald Trump on this particular issue, but it isn't as if his position comes as a particular surprise. Donald Trump has been bulldozing trailer parks for years in an effort to build his chain of luxury hotels, altering skylines and flying his name across the landscape. It's just that someone finally asked.

Donald Trump really likes eminent domain, even when it's a private organization doing the taking at the behest of the government. And he'd like you to like it, too. 

Trey Gowdy Schools the Media on Benghazi

By on 10.8.15 | 11:49AM

Tuesday, the chairman of the House Select Committee that is looking into the Benghazi massacre, Congressman Trey Gowdy, appeared before the press on Capitol Hill and asked the press some perfectly reasonable questions. At least they appeared reasonable to me. For instance, what was Ambassador Christopher Stevens doing in Benghazi the night he was murdered? Why were his repeated requests for stronger security measures ignored? Why were we the last Western flag flying there and why did the President not call upon our allies for help. Why did he not deploy nearby assets to rescue the four Americans murdered there?

Below we have embedded the whole series of questions that Gowdy asked. View them for yourself.


Then savor former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s political advertisement protesting that the Republicans are trying to politicize this atrocity. I inched up to it last week. Now I shall say it: Hillary’s e-mails will go a long way to answer our questions about Benghazi and the role she played.

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Trump Leads in New Poll: Frustrates Media Narrative

By 10.8.15

The New York Times says Donald Trump is toast, running this headline: 

Donald Trump’s Bombast Seems to Be Wearing Out Its Welcome 

No sooner was that story published than a quite different story appeared, generating this headline only hours later on CNN:  

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton lead in swing state polling

The CNN story was a report on a brand new Quinnipiac poll that reports in detail on Trump’s standing as follows: