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Politinerds: James Hewitt
7/31/2015 10:01:24 AM  Jazz Shaw
This week on Politinerds we sat down with James Hewitt, son of conservative radio host (and Salem affiliate) Hugh Hewitt. In the first half of the show James talks about how he wound up becoming involved in conservative politics while in college and

Matthews to DWS: What's the big difference between a Democrat and a socialist?
7/31/2015 9:21:30 AM  Ed Morrissey
Answer: Not much at all, and Debbie Wasserman Schultz knows it. When Chris Matthews attempted to press the DNC chair on whether Bernie Sanders, an avowed Socialist, would get a high-profile speaking slot at the Democratic convention even if he loses the

Video: Mystery of MH370 deepens as debris lands off Africa coast
7/31/2015 8:41:32 AM  Ed Morrissey
The last time anyone saw the Boeing 777 used for Malaysia Air flight 370 was as it took off on a the evening or March 8, 2014, and vanished into one of the airline industry’s enduring mysteries. More than sixteen months later, experts increasingly

Portland eco-terrorists arrested as Fennica heads out to sea
7/31/2015 8:01:08 AM  Jazz Shaw
This is a follow-up to yesterday’s story about Greenpeace eco-terrorists who were blocking the harbor in Portland in an effort to prevent Shell’s leased icebreaker, the Fennica, from setting out to sea. The primary question I had at the time

Quotes of the Day
7/30/2015 10:11:29 PM  Ed Morrissey
*** Sen. Susan Collins (R., Maine), who has supported Planned Parenthood, said she is having "extensive talks" with fellow centrist Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.), who said he remains undecided on the defunding measure. Ms. Collins said the two have

Colorado announces plan to spend $50 million on subsidized housing for artists…like craft brewers?
7/30/2015 9:21:28 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Look, I love art as much as the next guy and beer more than the next. I agree that artists can bring energy and interest to areas that weren’t formerly very enticing, and often go hand-in-hand with hip eateries and hip businesses that make actual

Emails show how Baltimore devolved into chaos
7/30/2015 8:41:43 PM  Matt Vespa
The controversial arrest and death of Freddie Gray–he died in police custody of a spinal injury–hurled the city of Baltimore into an unpleasant era of unrest. Some unrest occurred during the White House Correspondents Dinner on April 25. As Freddie Gray

Murder arrest of 15 yr old boy reignites debate over adult sentencing rules
7/30/2015 8:01:02 PM  Jazz Shaw
While it wasn’t a particularly politically charged story and didn’t get very much play on the cable news circuit, the tale of eight year old Madyson Middleton in California was an unspeakable tragedy all the same. The little girl had gone

Jeb Bush supported Planned Parenthood before he opposed it; Bush campaign response added
7/30/2015 7:21:52 PM  Dustin Siggins
In the world of politics, flip-flopping is an art. Unfortunately for Jeb Bush, he’s clearly not much of an artist. From LifeSiteNews bureau chief Ben Johnson: Until the eve of his presidential campaign, Jeb Bush was director of a philanthropy that

Senate Democrats to gun dealers: help us expand background checks
7/30/2015 6:41:29 PM  Matt Vespa
Senate Democrats eager to expand background checks are reaching out directly to those vendors since their bills that chip away at Second Amendment rights was rightfully blocked in 2013. Gun dealers with a federal firearms license must conduct background

Judge to IRS attorneys: I'm about to charge Koskinen personally with contempt
7/30/2015 6:01:50 PM  Ed Morrissey
Via Katie Pavlich, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen has had a bad week. Thanks to his efforts to obstruct a Congressional investigation into the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax exempt status, House Republicans have demanded his dismissal by

Portland police fail to arrest eco-terrorists blocking Shell icebreaker in harbor
7/30/2015 5:21:59 PM  Jazz Shaw
Last month we saw Greenpeace protesters in kayaks attempt to block the exit of a deep sea oil rig from Seattle. That effort failed, though they did manage to massively pollute the harbor and endanger both marine life and people in the process. Never ones

Damage control, indeed: Democrats don't have a response to Planned Parenthood videos
7/30/2015 4:41:33 PM  Ed Morrissey
It’s their own fault, really. After abandoning the “safe, legal, and rare” position adopted by Bill Clinton in the 1990s for absolutism on anytime-and-anywhere abortions, Democrats left themselves exposed for backlash from an electorate

2nd-quarter GDP – +2.3%; 1st-quarter GDP – +0.6%, but lower than before
7/30/2015 4:01:31 PM  Steve Eggleston
The Bureau of Economic Analysis released their advance estimate of second-quarter GDP and said that real GDP grew by an annualized 2.3% over the first quarter. The bigger news is that release also incorporated revisions to GDP estimates from the first

Thursday TEMS: Duane Patterson, Darin LaHood, Ben Johnson
7/30/2015 3:21:09 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), we have another great lineup for the news of the day! Duane "Generalissimo" Patterson brings us up to date on the week's top stories and gives us a preview of tonight's Hugh Hewitt show. Darin LaHood, who won

False data and the moral panic that follows: a threat to liberty
7/30/2015 2:41:34 PM  Ed Morrissey
Let’s start this topic with the latest in a long series of debunked claims resulting from studies that are later discovered to be either incompetently conducted or flat-out fraud. Reason’s Linda LeFauve dismantles one of the key bases for the

The next Rubio "scandal" breaks: he was on the West Miami city commission
7/30/2015 2:01:21 PM  Jazz Shaw
For a guy who is currently languishing well down in the second tier of candidates for the Republican nomination, Marco Rubio certainly punches well above his weight class in terms of negative media attention. Whether it’s his pricey real estate

Trump: Deport illegals, but expedite the return of "the good ones" for legal status
7/30/2015 1:21:02 PM  Ed Morrissey
Is that a change from a hard-line immigration position, or an endorsement of it? The deport-then-immigrate position has long been the hard-line position on immigration on the Right, although it does have one twist that’s outside the orthodoxy.

Could labor be getting ready to bail on Hillary in favor of Bernie?
7/30/2015 12:41:53 PM  Jazz Shaw
I’m still not at the point where I’m willing to raise the possibility of Hillary losing the nomination to some number greater than 0% but there are some interesting smoke signals coming up on the horizon lately which might have me questioning

Clinton e-mails had classified data from five intel agencies, including NSA
7/30/2015 12:01:19 PM  Ed Morrissey
Since March, Hillary Clinton has repeatedly claimed that nothing that she sent or received through her e-mail system contained information that was classified at the time. Two Inspectors General referred the matter to the Department of Justice, claiming

Hillary Clinton's curious relationship with major Swiss bank draws attention
7/30/2015 11:21:35 AM  Jazz Shaw
The State Department (which Hillary Clinton used to run and where she still holds significant influence) has been very clear about one thing. There is no relationship between donations to the Clinton Foundation and actions taken by the Secretary of State

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