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Obama Says No to Recess Appointment to SCOTUS

By on 2.15.16 | 1:36PM

Mitch McConnell has already said he is unlikely to approve any Supreme Court nominee before November, and it seems the White House would rather go to war then admit defeat.

According to reports this morning, the White House is declining the opportunity to make a recess appointment to the Supreme Court - an option they have if they believe the Senate will not act, and an option that could be beneficial if the White House intends to have a new justice in place before the Court stops hearing cases, likely in late April. 

RIP Justice Antonin Scalia

By on 2.13.16 | 5:23PM

Justice Antonin Scalia was found unresponsive this morning while on a quail hunting trip to Marfa, Texas. Most major media outlets are now confirming that the Supreme Court justice and model jurist, who was 79, has died.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead Saturday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement.

According to the San Antonio News-Express, which was first to report his death, Scalia was found dead in his room at a West Texas resort.

Scalia, 79, was one of the staunchest conservative members of the court. He was nominated in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan. He championed the philosophy of "orginalism," meaning he interprets the Constitution according to what he believes the original authors intended over 200 years ago. 

I was blessed to not only have met Justice Antonin Scalia, but to have had him for lectures. He was a great man, an excellent jurist and legal scholar, a dedicated Catholic and a phenomenal Supreme Court justice. He will be missed, and not just by the people who agreed with him. 

Media Matters

Donald Trump and the Shame of Arianna Huffington

By 2.12.16

You can’t make it up. The Huffington Post, constantly bidding to become the racial sewer of Internet websites, is at it again. Its latest

A Racist, Sexist Demagogue Just Won the New Hampshire Primary

This time it was ranting and foaming in the HuffPo’s perpetual rabid racial style about Donald Trump’s victory in New Hampshire. At the end of the article the editors posted a note with links to “xenophobe,” “racist,” “repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims.”

Ah. But follow the links. 

Follow the link to Trump as “xenophobe” and you get this racial screed headlined:

9 Outrageous Things Donald Trump Has Said About Latinos

“They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

What was outrageous? The writer headlines:

Mark Levin Rehired — Until 2025!

By on 2.11.16 | 9:11PM

Who says merit doesn’t out? Take a look at this headline and part of a press release from Westwood One:

Westwood One Announces Lifetime Extension for “The Mark Levin Show”

Popular Show Hosted by Mark Levin Renewed Through 2025

NEW YORK, NY, February 11, 2016—Westwood One announces that Mark Levin will continue his eponymous talk show for many years to come, as The Mark Levin Show has now been extended through 2025. Levin, one of the most important, popular, and trusted voices in radio, is always at the top of the political conversation. Indeed, his name has been invoked by candidates throughout the presidential primary process during the debates and at campaign rallies.

The Mark Levin Show — which not only covers the most critical events of the day, but delves into history, economics, philosophy, and the constitution — continues to be an enormous ratings and revenue winner for Westwood One and for the more than 300 stations that broadcast the show, including

A Further Perspective

Gov. Kasich Extols the Tortoise Lane

By 2.11.16

“There are too many people in America who don’t feel connected. They’ve got victories that no one celebrates with them. And they’ve got defeats, and pain sometimes, that they have to absorb themselves,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich said in a speech that celebrated his second-place showing in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday. It was a breakthrough moment. In early GOP debates, Kasich talked too much about his working-class roots and his mailman dad. “I care about poor people,” he crowed in a November debate — as if no one else did. Tuesday night, however, Kasich moved from boasting that he relates to working stiffs to relating to working-class voters.

Bernie Sanders Wins New Hampshire, but Hillary Clinton Gets All the Delegates

By on 2.10.16 | 2:19PM

Last night seemed like a runaway success for "outsider" candidate Bernie Sanders. He beat Hillary Clinton by a solid twenty points, in every single demographic. He made it next to impossible for Hillary Clinton to say that she's won the "hearts" or "minds" of New Englanders, and while he's definitely had home court advantage, he performed better than even he could have reasonably expected.

But while Bernie may have earned all the accolades, Hillary Clinton - not Bernie Sanders - will come away with most of New Hampshire's delegates

And you thought politics was fair? Shame on you.

Though Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire primary in a landslide over Hillary Clinton, he will likely receive fewer delegates than she will.

Sanders won 60 percent of the vote, but thanks to the Democratic Party’s nominating system, he leaves the Granite State with at least 13 delegates while she leaves with at least 15 delegates.

Hillary Clinton, Old Person, Required Staffer to Create Printouts of Classified Emails

By on 2.9.16 | 5:03PM

Apparently, Hillary Clinton's troubles with technology extend even further than her famous tussle with the fax machine, revealed in the first set of FOIA'ed emails the State Department released several months ago. She also has a lot of difficulty with printers.

According to a batch of email released to Judicial Watch, Hillary Clinton not only received classified information on her Chappaqua bathroom server, she often asked for said emails to be printed out so that she could review them without all of the distractions attendant to technology. Or, of course, she's just old and needed things in their paper versions. Bifocals and pixels don't mix, you see.

Hillary Clinton forwarded two emails that included “foreign government” information to a top State Department aide and asked for the messages to be printed out, according to correspondence obtained by the watchdog group Judicial Watch.

Will New Hampshire #SettleforHillary?

By on 2.9.16 | 4:37PM

We are just hours away from the end of America's first-in-the-nation primary and you can feel the excitment in the air as we all ponder the pressing questions: will voters rescue Marco Rubio from his media narrative? Can Jeb Bush pave his way through to next Tuesday with Chris Christie fat jokes? Are there enough out-of-touch-with-reality New Englanders willing to put yet another nail into the Clinton campaign's coffin? 

So many questions, so few people who care about the answers. But at least as far as the last question is concerned, well, maybe things are looking better for ol' Hillary than can reasonbly be expected. Thanks to an enterprising Hillary supporter pictured on the Jumbotron at her final New Hampshire rally, the Clinton campaign - which is rumored to be "restructuring" in response to her devastating loss in Iowa - may have a very workable new slogan: #SettleforHillary.

Political Hay

The Donald Takes on the Donor Class

By 2.9.16

So in the middle of the GOP New Hampshire debate, the nominal subject was eminent domain. The back and forth was between Donald Trump and Jeb Bush.

Exasperated at Bush’s attack, Trump said to Bush: “Let me talk — quiet.” Boos arose from the audience, which instantly led Trump to look into the TV cameras at the audience watching at home and say this:

TRUMP:… that's all of his (Bush’s) donors and special interests out there.

(BOOING)

TRUMP: So — it's what it is. That's what — and by the way, let me just tell you, we needed tickets. You can't get them. You know who has the tickets for the — I'm talking about, to the television audience? Donors, special interests, the people that are putting up the money.

(BOOING)

That's who it is. The RNC told us. We have all donors in the audience. And the reason they're not loving me…

(BOOING)

Women Who Don’t Support Hillary Clinton Are Probably Going to Hell

By on 2.8.16 | 12:18PM

At least according to Madeleine Albright.

Last week, there was a Hill story about an organized pressure campaign on Elizabeth Warren, designed to shame her into openly supporting Hillary Clinton rather than the person who fits better with her New England socialist lifestyle, Bernie Sanders. This week, there's word that Clinton surrogate Madeleine Albreight has damned Bernie's feminist legions to Hell for their gender apostasy, openly declaring that they'll be chewed alive by Satan himself in the 11th circle if they don't wise up and get on the Clinton bus.

“Just remember, there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other,” Albright — who was the first-ever female secretary of state — told the audience.

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