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[VIDEO] Defending Shakespeare & ‘Call of Duty’ in the Gun Debate: Penn Jillette’s 2013 Scolding of ‘Blame-Society’ Arguments

Ed Morrissey writes:

…Why is this clip going viral this weekend, three years later? Probably because it encapsulates the debate over gun violence to this day. Gun violence is still declining, but the media just seizes on each incident more and more in order to fuel the “epidemic” narrative. No one wants to blame the perpetrators, but instead find ways to climb aboard their political hobby horses in order to demand action against … well, fill in the blank: guns, video games, society, politicians, and apparently Aspies, too. The ignorant just keep making ridiculous assertions to suit their own political purposes, and they get lots of people cheering them on — something that’s not limited to the debate over gun violence, either. Read the rest of this entry »

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[VIDEO] PANTSUIT REPORT: Emailgate: What’s the Worst Case for Hillary Clinton?

Ed Morrissey writes:

A perp walk? Oddly, that doesn’t come up in this clip from Bloomberg’s “With All Due Respect,” where John Heilemann and Mark Halperin focus more on the short-term worst-case scenarios for Hillary Clinton. If the scrubbed server gets restored and classified material is found, plus e-mail that Hillary deleted turns out to be work-related, she could face a lot more problems than she does now, Halperin states. Heilemann replies that if the server stays scrubbed, that won’t play well either, but whose fault is that? “This story is not going away,” Halperin concludes, “and it’s of her own doing.”

It’s a pretty good look at the short-term risks for Hillary, but mostly from a political point of view. That is no longer the big risk, though. Given the referral from the IGs on just a sample of 40 e-mails, there is plenty of evidence strongly
PANTSUIT-REPORTsuggesting that Hillary and her team violated two laws governing the handling of classified material18 USC 1924 and 18 USC 793 — both of which carry prison terms.

[Read the full text here, at HotAir.com]

The Department of Justice has prosecuted people for criminal violations of both statutes, especially 1924, which was used against David Petraeus in this administration. As one former US Attorney tells the Boston Herald, a refusal to prosecute in this case would raise all sorts of red flags about favoritism, especially after Petraeus’ conviction:

“I believe there will be a concern that if they don’t in this case, that it will be perceived as preferential treatment,” said Bradley D. Simon, a former federal prosecutor, noting the Justice Department set a recent precedent by going after the high-profile general who was admired for pulling the Iraq War back from disaster….(read more here)

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At a minimum, Clinton kept classified material at an unauthorized location — her house in Chappaqua, in electronic form. The referral makes that clear. The question will be whether the Department of Justice will want to look much farther past that point to see what else Clinton did. Read the rest of this entry »


‘Hey, I Could Get Reelected’ Poll: 68% ‘No’

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Just 30 percent of people polled said that the next president ‘should take an approach similar to that of Barack Obama’.

Ed Morrissey writes:

So much for continuity. Recently, Barack Obama bragged that he could win a third term in office if the Constitution didn’t prohibit it, but a new Monmouth poll shows that Americans overwhelmingly want a change of direction and approach. Only 27% would support a hypothetical Obama re-election, and more than two-thirds would vote for someone else if Obama appeared on the ticket:

The poll also looked at Pres. Barack Obama’s overall standing with the public. In a recent speech, Obama said that he could win a third term if the Constitution didn’t limit him to two. The poll’s results suggest this may be a bit of wishful thinking. Just 26% of American voters say they would vote to re-elect Obama if he was allowed to run for another term while fully 68% would vote for somebody else. obama-incandescentIt’s no surprise that Obama would find little enthusiasm for another four years in the White House among Republicans (5%) or even independents (23%) at this stage. However, his support among Democrats is not particularly strong either – just 53% would back the incumbent for a third term while 43% of his fellow partisans would vote for somebody else.

[Read the full text here, at Hot Air]

“Well, it was worth a shot,” said Murray. “It’s not like the president’s claim could ever be tested for real.”

Pres. Obama’s job rating has dropped after temporarily poking its head above water last month. He currently has a negative 45% approve to 50% disapprove rating with the American public. That’s lower than the 47% positive to 46% negative rating he held in July, but it is similar to his job ratings from earlier in the year. Currently, 79% of Democrats approve of the president’s job performance – similar to 80% in July – whereas 85% of Republicans disapprove – up from 80% in July. Independents give Obama a negative split at 39% approve and 52% disapprove, which is slightly worse than last month’s rating of 42% approve and 48% disapprove.

Part of this might be the Iran deal, which reminds Americans why term limits in this office are a good idea. While a large number of people remain unsure about the deal, a narrow plurality (27/32) opposes it, with independents breaking almost exactly with the public at large (27/33). Read the rest of this entry »


‘Hey America, Shut Up’: The War on Speech and the End of Discussion

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At Hot AirEd Morrissey writes: On June 9, Crown Publishers will release a new book, End of Discussion: How the Left’s Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun), written by our own Guy Benson 51reT9PxDcL._SL250_and Mary Katharine Ham. “They want to shut you up,” Guy and MK write, “but don’t let this be the End of Discussion.” The book encourages all Americans who value the open exchange of ideas to fight back against this strategic effort to make America less free, less feisty, and less fun.

[Pre-0rder MK Ham‘s book “End of Discussion: How the Left’s Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun)” from Amazon.com

In an exclusive to Hot Air and Townhall readers, we are publishing the first chapter of End of Discussion, “Head Explosions.” At the same time, readers can sign up for the chance to win a free copy of the book!

[Read the excerpt of Guy Benson and MK Ham‘s book here, at Hot Air]

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In the meantime, the book’s website has the links to pre-order End of Discussion, so be sure to visit there and find out more about the book….(read more)

BONUS: You know who else has a book about the Left’s War on free speech? Kirsten Powers.

[Order Kirsten Powers book The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech” from Amazon.com]

 

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Correction of the Decade: NY Times

The New York Times' editorial page is not exactly beloved by staffers, according to a New York Observer report. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey notes the NYT’s institutional reluctance and predictable delay:

the Mark Landler article included this curious sentence: “Unlike Mr. Bush in the Iraq war, Mr. Obama has sought to surround the United States with partners.” Two days later, the Gray Lady issued a correction on a photo credit, but it took the layers of fact-checkers and editors another ten days to issue this correction(read more)

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GOLF WAR: NY Daily News Cover Savages Obama’s Post-Beheading Tee Off

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[Also see – GLOBAL PANIC OF 2014 UPDATE: President Obama Plans 16-Day Martha’s Vineyard Vacation on $12m Estate]

[FLASHBACK: Washington Post, Wednesday, May 14, 2008 – Bush Says He’s Not A Golfer In Wartime]

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President Bush said yesterday that he gave up golfing in 2003 “in solidarity” with the families of soldiers who were dying in Iraq, concluding that it was “just not worth it anymore” to play the sport in a time of war…(more)

NEW YORK TIMES HEADLINE: OBAMA VOWS TO ‘STAY ON COURSE’

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Hot Air‘s Ed Morrissey provides some additional quotes and commentary:

…Their [NY Daily News] article didn’t pull any punches, either:

President Obama put his own spin on the oft-quoted advice of predecessor Teddy Roosevelt: speak strongly and carry a nine iron.gpoa-stamp

The vacationing commander-in-chief returned to the golf course Wednesday after calling for justice in the brutal killing of an American journalist by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) terrorists. …

The president zipped quickly from a local school to a Martha’s Vineyard golf course after his 12:45 p.m. media session. Obama delivered a short statement and took no questions from the assembled media.

And it doesn’t get any better for Obama at the Daily Mail. Read the rest of this entry »


[VIDEO] Oh Yes He Did: Obamacare’s Architect Agreed That Only State Exchanges Could Offer Subsidies

gruber-halbig“What’s important to remember politically about this is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credit.”

Jonathan Gruber, on the record explaining that Obamacare subsidies are limited to state exchanges

NRO‘s Veronique de Rugy has the best summary of this breaking story, from last night. Follow the links to see more from the sources, and here to see the full text of this one at The Corner. Reason’s Peter Suderman published an interesting revelation about the history of the decision reached this week by the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, that Obamacare subsidies couldn’t be distributed unless it happened through a state exchange.

Is there video? Oh yeah, there’s video:

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[See Dueling Rulings Hasten Obamacare’s Almost Certain Path Back to the Supreme Court]

[Also see Ed Morrissey’s comments at Hot Air]

It turns out that one of the key minds behind Obamacare, MIT professor Jonathan Gruber, entirely agreed with Michael Cannon and Jonathan Adler, the scholars behind the legal theory that backed up the Halbig plaintiffs who triumphed this week.  He’s on the record explaining that Obamacare subsidies are limited to state exchanges.

UPDATE: Wait, there’s more video? Yes, there’s more video. The White House takes a flailing spin:

Back to Veronique de Rugy‘s Corner item, quoting from Reason‘s Suderman bombshell Suderman writes:

Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist who helped design the Massachusetts health law that was the model for Obamacare, was a key influence on the creation of the law. He was widely quoted in the media. During the crafting of the law, the Obama administration brought him on for his expertise. He was paid almost $400,000 to consult with the administration on the law. And he has claimed to have written part of the legislation, the section dealing with small business tax credits. Read the rest of this entry »


[CHART] Americans’ Trust In Congress: Low When Dems Control Senate, Higher when GOP Has Majority

About this chart, Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey concludes: “This is evidence of correlation, not causation … but it’s an intriguing correlation. Be sure to read Jeff’s post for the explanations of methodology.”

Jeff concludes: “Vote Republican: help America regain trust in Congress.”

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Here’s Jeff’s post, from his blog The Voice in My Head:

Back in July of 2010 I used the occasion of a Gallup Poll on the trust Americans have in various institutions, as related by a post Ed Morrissey did at Hot Air, to compare that trust in the US Congress with the number of Republicans serving in the Senate.

Well, this morning there was another Morrissey post that caught my eye. In a post about Congressional approval ratings, Ed writes:

Here’s the problem with this analysis of the poll, however — Congressional approval ratings always stink. These may stink more than usual, but the 90%+ reelection rate for Congressional incumbents is probably not in serious danger, except perhaps in the Senate, where the numbers don’t favor Democrats.

We’ve had a couple more elections since my 2010 post, so let’s run those numbers again.

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[VIDEO] Gibbs: Maybe the White House will start being honest about ObamaCare now

Ed Morrissey writes: Has the White House learned a lesson yet from the fallout from ObamaCare? Former press secretary and Barack Obama campaign guru Robert Gibbs certainly hopes so.  Gibbs tells Morning Joe today that the use of foggy metrics like “works for a vast majority of users” has left the Obama administration open to scathing criticisms of its honesty and competence while many users see the site fail to process their requests.  At least, Gibbs hopes that the White House will deal more honestly with their failures to get the back end of the infrastructure — that which actually enrolls and subsidizes those insurance plans — finally up and working (via The Weekly Standard):

“Well, look, I think, you know, the notion that it works for a vast majority of users, obviously, is as many have pointed out an arbitrary measure. We don’t know the exact number. It is clear from reporting that people are having a better user experience,” said Gibbs.

“Again, I think the pressure now will be on the administration to be more forthcoming about what’s happening on the back-end and whether insurance companies are getting the information.”

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Hot Air LOVES the New York Times

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Loves it. Truly, madly, deeply. Can’t make it through a news cycle without reading every page. Generously linking to NYT articles, daily. Sometimes, multiple articles in a single day.

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Unbeknownst to the rest of us, apparently, It’s a must-read paper! Can’t miss it. While many of us could go several weeks without reading a single word of the increasingly-irrelevant New York Times Editorial page, even several months, and not miss a thing, or even notice, the folks at Hot Air? Unthinkable! Hot Air staff would be in acute withdrawal, if they miss a single day.

Bravo, Times Editors. You’ve got fans in conservative media, some of them depend on you, and hang on every word! A toast to Brooks, Krugman, Friedman, security guards, janitors, everyone. To the whole NYT staff and management. Courageous talents, tastemakers, and trendsetters in Manhattan media, your input is truly needed. Keep up the good work.