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"A cautionary tale": The fall of the sheik behind the Anbar Awakening
6/11/2015 10:01:23 AM  Ed Morrissey
The Obama administration announced an “adjustment” to its ISIS strategy yesterday, sending 450 military advisers to train Iraqi forces, specifically tribal fighters in Anbar. The move intends to encourage the Sunni tribes in Anbar to rally to

Atlantic Coast Pipeline pretty much as popular with voters as Arctic drilling
6/11/2015 9:21:07 AM  Jazz Shaw
When you think of pipelines making news, Keystone is usually the first one to come to mind. But you may not be aware of another project on the eastern seaboard which is on the way and generating it’s own share of controversy among domestic energy

Video: Search for escaped convicts ramps up near prison
6/11/2015 8:41:50 AM  Ed Morrissey
Have New York police finally gotten a break on the location of two dangerous escapees? Roadblocks and checkpoints went up overnight around Cadyville, less than ten miles from the prison in Dannemora where two convicted murderers escaped last weekend. A

Welcome to the conservative ghetto
6/11/2015 8:01:40 AM  Jazz Shaw
The Washington Post has launched a new section dubbed The Power Post, covering opinion on all matters political, with a subsection titled The Outrage Machine. (Really?) Assuming that the navigation of this menu hasn’t already lost you, the

Quotes of the day
6/10/2015 10:41:35 PM  Allahpundit
Like Chris Rock and Larry the Cable Guy, Jerry Seinfeld avoids doing shows on college campuses. And while talking with ESPN's Colin Cowherd on Thursday, the comedian revealed why: College kids today are too politically correct. *** Stand-up comedian Todd

End of Discussion: Jerry Seinfeld and Colin Quinn fight back
6/10/2015 10:01:27 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
In researching our culture of outrageous outrage, Guy Benson and I found a bright spot while writing “End of Discussion”— comedians. Comedians (certainly not all but many) chafe at the imposition of speech codes because the nature of their

Miami principal loses job over unremarkable online comment on McKinney pool party
6/10/2015 9:21:10 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
The McKinney pool party video is a national news story. It is something that is shared frequently on Facebook and almost everyone has some opinion on. If you don’t happen to have an opinion on it, you might even feel socially compelled to comment

Bob Costas: It's a crass publicity stunt for ESPN to give Caitlyn Jenner an award for courage
6/10/2015 8:41:33 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mollie Hemingway, skip to 7:45 for the key bit. The most interesting part of this is the prelude to Costas’s comments. He knows he’s about to commit a thoughtcrime by saying something very mildly critical of Jenner, an offense so serious

Harry Reid and the Republicans are preparing to shut down the government again. Wait… what?
6/10/2015 8:01:12 PM  Jazz Shaw
It’s like some sort of bad news reel rewind, isn’t it? I mean… it never ends. The Republicans are getting ready to shut down the government again. I know this, because I have it directly from the lips of the GOP Speaker of the House,

Video: Bailed-out former US automaker wants other bailed-out automaker to merge
6/10/2015 7:21:12 PM  Ed Morrissey
The two poster corporations for crony capitalism over the past decade may soon merge — if one CEO can muster enough pressure from “activist investors” to force the other into a deal. Seven years after the Bush and then Obama

Baltimore cops on soaring crime rate: The public wanted a softer police force and now they've got it
6/10/2015 6:41:56 PM  Allahpundit
The numbers don’t lie. There were 23 homicides and 39 nonfatal shootings in Baltimore in May 2014. Through 29 days of May 2015, there were 42 homicides and 104 nonfatal shootings. Gulp. Why are arrests down so sharply? Some cops may fear that

You probably don't want to know how your nurses talk about you
6/10/2015 6:01:38 PM  Jazz Shaw
Some recent events on the personal front have reminded me once again of a bit of friction which occasionally takes place in hospitals between the staff and patients. It’s not limited to medical situations by any means, but it seems to be the most

WaPo: Black voters oddly skeptical of third Obama term without Obama
6/10/2015 5:21:02 PM  Ed Morrissey
Disappointment has its consequences, even in politics. To read Washington Post reporter Robert Samuels’ take on the temperature among black voters, they might be skeptical of a third Barack Obama turn even with Obama himself. After organizing

Pew: Just 47% of Democrats think U.S. should honor its NATO obligations to defend an ally against Russia
6/10/2015 4:41:24 PM  Allahpundit
That’s not the worst part. The worst part is that, as is so often true of our friends on the left, they’re much more in sync with European thinking than we are. Why would Democrats want to add new members to NATO, especially a new member

Texas cop's lawyer: His emotions got the better of him at the pool party after responding to two suicide calls
6/10/2015 4:01:09 PM  Allahpundit
A surprise at today’s press conference, which I guess now makes it unanimous among interested parties that Casebolt overreacted. Skip to 9:00 of the clip for her statement, then to 21:00 when she’s asked again if this amounts to an apology. I

Radio host to Sanders: Aren't you an Israeli dual citizen like some other members of Congress? Update: Rehm says mistake was not putting it in the form of a question
6/10/2015 3:21:44 PM  Ed Morrissey
One doesn’t usually dial up NPR or its affiliates to indulge in conspiracy theories, but perhaps they’re looking to rebrand. WAMU radio host Diane Rehm turned an otherwise dry hour with Senator Bernie Sanders into a surreal moment, falsely

Rand Paul on how "white kids don't get the same justice"
6/10/2015 2:41:23 PM  Jazz Shaw
Rand Paul made a rather unusual pitch in Baltimore yesterday as part of his presidential campaign. He was back on the topic of criminal justice reform (which is certainly a valid issue for discussion) and invoked a number of criminal cases which

John Kasich taps noted conservative-basher as senior campaign strategist for some reason
6/10/2015 2:01:02 PM  Allahpundit
And I do mean “noted.” With the possible exception of Steve Schmidt, no Republican advisor is better known to the right for sneering at the right than John Weaver. Re-read this old post, written when Weaver was helping to steer Huntsman 2012

Video: White House announces 450 additional military advisers sent to Anbar
6/10/2015 1:21:32 PM  Ed Morrissey
Stung by criticism over its lack of a “complete strategy” to fight ISIS, the Obama administration announced today that they would send 450 more US troops to the beleaguered Anbar province. CNN’s sources informed the network of the

NH parking meter "Robin Hoods" off the hook… for now
6/10/2015 12:41:24 PM  Jazz Shaw
In some cities they call them parking meter angels. In New Hampshire they are apparently known as parking meter Robin Hoods. No matter the label, they are the folks who follow around parking enforcement officers and put money into expired (or about to

Another view: Subpoenaing Reason over comments is affront to free speech
6/10/2015 12:01:26 PM  Ed Morrissey
Writers and producers of on-line content like to joke that the first rule of the business is not to read the comments. The cadre of commenters at Hot Air are the exception, of course, but having been a fan and reader of Reason in both its print and

"Indefensible": McKinney cop in pool-party incident slammed by police chief after resignation
6/10/2015 11:21:27 AM  Allahpundit
Verrrry unusual that the local chief would be so quick to turn on one of his own guys, but then it’s also unusual that the officer, Eric Casebolt, resigned so quickly. The pool party happened Friday; the video went viral over the weekend; by

Chicago's high school graduation rate was apparently calculated using "new math"
6/10/2015 10:41:30 AM  Jazz Shaw
Have you heard the good news? (No.. not that Good News.) The high school graduation rate in Chicago has finally started going back up as of the last full year of available records. (2012-2013) It jumped up from 61% to 63%, which still isn’t really

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