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Pope Francis: Time for a "bold cultural revolution" to confront climate change and "compulsive consumerism"
6/18/2015 10:01:39 AM  Ed Morrissey
As expected, the Vatican released Pope Francis’ much-anticipated encyclical on the environment this morning, and as anticipated, it demands a radical departure from the current status quo. Titled Laudato, Sí in honor of his namesake St. Francis of

Report: Brian Williams to be "the face of MSNBC"
6/18/2015 9:21:59 AM  Jazz Shaw
Back in March, facing abysmal ratings and poor revenue, MSNBC head Phil Griffin announced that they were going to focus more on news and less on bombast. Some of their “opinion journalism” faces were removed and others are still expected to

Hillary "starting to formulate" defense of her record at State
6/18/2015 8:41:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
Shouldn’t this have been the first task on Team Hillary’s agenda — starting immediately after her exit from the State Department? More than two years later, with her time as Secretary of State the only executive experience on her

Nine dead in mass shooting at SC church
6/18/2015 8:01:53 AM  Jazz Shaw
Very bad news out of South Carolina overnight. A young white man allegedly entered an historic black church in Charleston and shot a group of congregants attending Bible study. Nine are reported dead in the initial release from local police, including

Quotes of the day
6/17/2015 10:01:35 PM  Allahpundit
Don and Kathy Watson had driven up from Ottumwa to get a closer look at the candidate. "Why not?" Kathy Watson said. "He's as good as anybody. . . . He's not afraid. He's not a politician."… John Revak, who is in the lumber business, said he was

Report: Trump placed casting call for extras to play supporters
6/17/2015 9:41:37 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
An audience of would-be reality show contestants for the ultimate reality show starring the greatest reality-show star God ever created: Donald Trump’s big presidential announcement Tuesday was made a little bigger with help from paid actors — at

Newest campus microaggression: "I believe the most qualified person should get the job"
6/17/2015 8:41:37 PM  Allahpundit
That’s according to the University of California, an arm of state government, as Ace reminds us. I don’t get it. Since when does government dislike meritocracy? More microaggressions per U of C: “America is a melting pot” and

Oh my: UN offering DNA testing for 'peacekeeper babies'
6/17/2015 8:01:58 PM  Matt Vespa
Last week, a new report showed that UN peacekeepers are engaging in the sexual exploitation of Haitian women, specifically the underreported problem of "transactional sex," which is obviously prohibited. Yet, as Ed noted, it's also happening in the UN's

YouGov poll: Republicans now more critical of free trade than Democrats are
6/17/2015 7:21:38 PM  Allahpundit
I’m blown away, and I say that knowing these numbers are influenced, probably strongly, by partisanship. The guy in the White House has spent the past month pounding the table for free trade; he’s a Democrat, so wavering Dems will break for

Whoopi Goldberg to Carly Fiorina: Are you running as someone who can govern for everyone or are you running as a Christian?
6/17/2015 6:41:23 PM  Allahpundit
Via the IJR, I don’t recall President Infanticide facing a question quite like this during his 2008 run. How can he claim to represent everyone when he takes a position on abortion that a supermajority of the public opposes? I bet he’d be

Do GOP candidates really need to "slow jam" the late night shows?
6/17/2015 6:01:48 PM  Jazz Shaw
If you were watching any of the “lighter side of political news” today you no doubt saw the clip from Jimmy Fallon’s show where Jeb Bush did Jimmy’s running schtick of “slow jamming the news.” I don’t watch the

Teacher: Get Shakespeare out of the classroom
6/17/2015 5:21:17 PM  Matt Vespa
My colleague Christine wrote earlier this week about how Shakespeare is being eviscerated by an emoji-based series of his works. No, seriously; "OMG Shakespeare" is a thing, with 'YOLO Juliet" and "srsly Hamlet." It's horrifying–and the revered English

Another civil forfeiture case with a drug twist
6/17/2015 4:41:04 PM  Jazz Shaw
We’ve covered a number of cases of police forfeiture of assets under more than questionable circumstances here in the past. (See here, here and here.) Now there’s another one, and while there may be something of a twist here, it doesn’t

Trump 2007: Hillary's "very, very capable," her health care plan is "very good"
6/17/2015 4:01:19 PM  Allahpundit
Says Andrew Stiles, “Portions of the aggrieved right are rallying around someone who was basically a member of Team Clinton until recently.” Basically, yeah. BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski dug up this old interview with Trump by CNN eight

Time for the annual debate over compulsory national service?
6/17/2015 3:21:05 PM  Ed Morrissey
Actually, this has been an ongoing debate on one level, and an episodic debate on another. Charles Rangel and other progressives have beat the drum for a military draft ever since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, not because it was necessary militarily, but

Sex offender status, age of consent and fraud
6/17/2015 2:41:18 PM  Jazz Shaw
Reason magazine has a strange story out of Michigan which should have us taking a fresh look at how we handle shifting standards for sexual assault laws, age of consent and related issues. But in truth, the age of consent issue in this case is somewhat

Good news: U.S. may lift sanctions before confirming Iran's previous work on nuclear weapons
6/17/2015 2:01:56 PM  Allahpundit
Remember, the only reason this appalling sellout will have the color of law in the U.S. is because Bob Corker, McConnell, and the Senate GOP willingly surrendered their leverage over the deal. You sent these suckers to Congress to stop Obama. This is how

Putin: We're ramping up our ICBMs to defeat missile-defense systems
6/17/2015 1:21:01 PM  Ed Morrissey
Quick — someone get another reset button! Not only has the Cold War begun again, now it appears we have returned to the old days of nuclear arms races, throw weights, and the like. Vladimir Putin announced that the Soviets — excuse me, the

The GOP's minority trap
6/17/2015 12:41:45 PM  Jazz Shaw
Writing for the Washington Post, reporter Janell Ross is issuing yet another set of “helpful” suggestions for the GOP this week as to how they might potentially made solid inroads with minority voters. (You can see some more of Ms.

Fact-checking AP: An economic goal is not a "fact"
6/17/2015 12:01:13 PM  Ed Morrissey
Not long ago, a researcher contacted me for a survey on political fact-checking, touching on the habit of some media organizations to distort the fact-check process into political opinion. The Associated Press gives us Exhibit A today in a “fact

Rachel Dolezal: There's no proof those two white people are my biological parents
6/17/2015 11:21:42 AM  Allahpundit
Where’s the birth certificate? Oh, right: Her mother has it, and has been handing out copies to any media outlet that asks. Is this the statement of someone who’s so desperate to preserve what’s left of her black

New Q-Poll: Hillary not looking anywhere near inevitable
6/17/2015 10:41:51 AM  Jazz Shaw
Is the aura of invincibility finally cracking around Hillary Clinton after months of scandals and negative stories? The latest set of swing state polling from Quinnipiac seems to suggest that Hillary Clinton is still very viable as a presidential

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Signature strike: CIA didn't realize they were targeting Al Qaeda's number two
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Brian Williams loses anchor job, demoted to MSNBC
My reform plan: Repeal the tax code, eliminate deductions, and impose a 14.5% flat tax rate
White House: Obama continues to have confidence in OPM chief for some reason
Move over, Hamilton: Woman to be featured on redesigned $10 bill
Massacre: Nine murdered by gunman during Bible study class at Charleston church
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