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Trump’s Left-Leaning Court Nominee Confirmed


In a 72-25 ruling, the Senate confirmed Trump Court of Appeals nominee Mark Bennett to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court.  Trump nominated Bennett on February 12th and he was confirmed July 9th. The majority of votes in favor (46) were Democrats. Most nay votes were Republican, including Senators Ted Cruz (TX), Tim Scott (SC), and […]

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Vietnamese Religious Minorities Continue to Face Persecution


On Wednesday, July 11th, the United States Embassy in Vietnam issued a statement criticizing a decision by a Vietnamese appeals court to continue to detain three human rights activists for “propaganda against the State.” These activists were not part of some vast effort to topple the Communist regime in Vietnam, but rather, took issue with […]

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Illinois Teachers Unions Fight Smart Lawmaking


Illinois lawmakers smartly capped end-of-career salary bumps for state employees in an effort to combat ballooning, budget-busting pension increases, but teachers unions are fighting against the policy. In 2005, legislators limited annual salary increases to 6 percent, and reduced that number to 3 percent this year. Teachers unions in Illinois have circulated petitions that have […]

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A Hively Debate


On April 4, 2017, an incredibly important court decision emerged from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals: Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College. But you probably heard little about it. Even the Spectator only published one article, and that was brief. The case was simple: does the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s prohibition against sex […]

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Forget the Other Nominees


The nominees for the award for the most irritatingly smug expression on the face of a witness legitimate questions have bang to rights are: Oh hell, forget the other nominees. Just give the award to Peter Strzok in perpetuity. The little ear mite has retired the gold. The cup lives at his house forever. He […]

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Missing Andy Rooney


As I was motorvating through the horrible heat here in Los Angeles a few days ago, wondering if maybe there was something to this “global warming” stuff, I heard a true jewel on my CBS News Radio station. A man was fondly remembering the great Andy Rooney. He quoted many times from the great grouch, […]

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Rebels Without a Clue


The leftist group Women’s March experienced a premature, uh, announcement, when they sent out an email press release blasting Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee as a lackey of “white patriarchal supremacists.” Problem was, the release went out before there even was a nominee, and featured “XX” where the nominee’s name should have been. Reminds one […]

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Judge Brett Kavanaugh Nominated to Supreme Court


Tonight, President Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nomination for the vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement. Judge Kavanaugh currently serves on the bench of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, where he has written several influential opinions. Among these are a decision on the Second Amendment frequently cited by the Supreme Court […]

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Incredibles 2: The Heroic Koch Brothers


Incredibles 2 is a blast. It’s more grown-up than its predecessor. Characters struggle with their own challenges, but all of our main characters emerge more lovable and their changes are fully positive. The plot is fun, the villain interesting, and the animation superb. There are car chases with impeccable attention to detail and consistency. The […]

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Only 2.3 Hours to Recharge!


My teeth and gums are particularly sore today. I read — and relate with sourness — that GM has achieved the miracle of reducing the charge-up time of the 2019 Chevy Volt to “only” 2.3 hours — assuming you can plug the thing into a 240 Volt “fast” charger. If not, the time to achieve […]

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