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CNN poll: Obama approval back underwater, Iran deal opposition grows to 56%
8/21/2015 10:01:31 AM  Ed Morrissey
The more people hear the details of the agreement with Iran, the more they want Congress to stop it. In the latest CNN poll, the majority desiring Congress to block the deal has grow by four points to 56%, while support has dropped from 44% to 41%. That

Republicans recruiting more women candidates to hold the line in state-level races
8/21/2015 9:21:31 AM  Matt Vespa
The Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) has a daunting task ahead: funding a $125 million effort over the next several years to make sure Republicans maintain the dominance they have in their respective states' legislatures. Right now,

Reuters: Dozens of Hillary emails were always classified
8/21/2015 8:41:41 AM  Taylor Millard
Team Hillary and the State Department’s pinky-swear claim her server didn’t knowingly contain classified emails is looking less and less true as the days go by. A Reuters report suggests the emails should have been classified from the

"Constitutional literacy adviser" seems to think we can't deport anyone
8/21/2015 8:01:42 AM  Jazz Shaw
Say what you will about Donald Trump, but Mr. Bald Eagle has certainly gotten the nation talking in a very serious fashion about important nuances of constitutional law, particularly on the subject of immigration. This long overdue conversation will no

Obligatory video: Trump's photo shoot with an actual bald eagle
8/20/2015 10:41:53 PM  Guy Benson
Allahpundit asked if we had to talk about this episode. Answer: Hell yes, we do.  Say what you will about Trump, the man has mastered the art of attracting attention.  While other candidates in the field are seeking “political oxygen” with

Gov't to creamery: Your milk is entirely too natural to not be labeled "imitation"
8/20/2015 10:01:25 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Sometimes government’s dishonesty, incompetence, wastefulness, and misguided nannyism combine to make a perfectly ridiculous story. Today’s comes to us from Florida, where the Ocheesee Creamery is being forced to dump gallons upon gallons of

You know, Obama's Clean Power Plan sort of punishes states that voted for Romney
8/20/2015 9:21:38 PM  Matt Vespa
So, another major policy battle is brewing. It pits the president against GOP governors once again, with some presidential candidates possibly weighing in as this regulatory nightmare draws nearer. Carly Fiorina was the only 2016 Republican candidate who

Trump wonders: What if I demanded that CNN donate $10 million to charity to do their debate?
8/20/2015 8:41:28 PM  Allahpundit
His participation in the Fox debate surely doubled and maybe even tripled the expected audience. If you’re CNN and he demands $10 million for charity to get him to show up, you say yes. If you’re CNN and he demands that Wolf Blitzer make fart

An alternate take on immigration reform
8/20/2015 8:01:09 PM  Taylor Millard
Donald Trump’s proposal on "fixing" America’s immigration system is getting mixed reviews. Jazz was happy a candidate released a proposal, while Ross Kaminsky at The American Spectator wrote it was economically ignorant over the demand to

Kasich: We live with the fact that Roe v. Wade is the law of the land
8/20/2015 7:21:59 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Weekly Standard and the Federalist, lots of buzz among social conservatives about this exchange yesterday afternoon. The soundbite in isolation isn’t dramatic — Roe is, tragically, the law of the land and we do live with it —

Swing-state voters in Quinnipiac poll: Marco Rubio cares about the problems of people like us
8/20/2015 6:41:02 PM  Allahpundit
A small but potentially important footnote to the Q-poll that Ed blogged this morning. This data point caught Phil Kerpen’s eye and mine as well, and if you remember the 2012 exit polls, you know why. Here’s what happened when voters in

Judge to State: Hillary violated gov't policy, "wouldn't be here" otherwise
8/20/2015 6:01:09 PM  Ed Morrissey
So much for the talking point offered by Team Hillary about private e-mail servers being allowed under law. A federal judge overseeing a FOIA lawsuit rebuked the State Department in court, demanding that they ask the FBI whether they have restored

Report: Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane is now facing an FBI inquiry
8/20/2015 5:21:40 PM  Gabriel Malor
The Federal Bureau of “Reaching Out” has launched an inquiry into Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane, says the Philadelphia Inquirer. Just two weeks ago, Kane was charged under state law for perjury, obstruction of justice, and abuse of office.

Bobby Jindal to counter pro-choice protest at governor's mansion — by screening videos from Planned Parenthood sting outside
8/20/2015 4:41:54 PM  Allahpundit
A bit of political counterprogramming so masterful I dare call it “Breitbartesque.” I just hope he doesn’t expect these people to be shamed by the idea of cutting into a baby’s face to remove its brain while its heart is still

Ted Cruz 2011: The Constitution protects birthright citizenship for illegals and it's a mistake for conservatives to spend time fighting it
8/20/2015 4:01:11 PM  Allahpundit
David Freddoso’s right that this is, in fact, consistent with what Cruz has been telling reporters this week. Well, part of it is, at least. Cruz yesterday: “Absolutely,” Cruz replied. “We should end granting automatic birthright

Is Donald Trump CNN's new MH370?
8/20/2015 3:21:50 PM  Jazz Shaw
Yesterday, CNN spent a fair amount of their time trumpeting their exclusive, spectacular, luxurious one hour special interview with The Donald. It may have turned out to be a case of unfortunate timing, considering that the entire country was pretty well

GOP health care plans should go bold, or go home
8/20/2015 2:41:12 PM  Ed Morrissey
This week, an odd contretemps brewed briefly as Republican presidential candidates unveiled (or in Marco Rubio’s case, re-unveiled) their health-care plans. Bobby Jindal blasted Scott Walker’s plan as trading one entitlement for another, even

Bad news from HuffPo contributor: Changing the Constitution to end birthright citizenship would be unconstitutional
8/20/2015 2:01:45 PM  Allahpundit
I’m torn between thinking this is one of the most inane legal analyses ever to come out of a lefty blog and that it’s simply the logical conclusion of the “Living Constitution” ethos. If the Constitution is just a vehicle for

IT company that housed Hillary's server shocked to find how ugly politics can be
8/20/2015 1:21:48 PM  Jazz Shaw
More proof that apparently Hillary Clinton can’t do anything with anyone without it turning into a big ole’ mess. The company who hosted her now famous, private email server is claiming that they’ve received a rather rude introduction

Los Angeles VA was caught shredding veterans benefits claims without processing
8/20/2015 12:41:34 PM  Gabriel Malor
Responding to an anonymous tip, the Inspector General for Veterans Affairs sent a surprise inspection to the offices of the Los Angeles VA. The results of that inspection were made public this week and they are damning (PDF).  The IG’s team found

The end of the comments section. (No… not this one)
8/20/2015 12:01:16 PM  Jazz Shaw
The BBC is featuring a report this week which examines the trend of news and opinion sites doing away with their comments sections. This isn’t a new phenomenon, but it does seem to be picking up steam. The article features a couple of popular sites

The GOP establishment's nightmare: What if the race comes down to Trump versus Ted Cruz?
8/20/2015 11:21:27 AM  Allahpundit
Gooooood question by Scott McKay, and he’s not just blowing smoke. A Trump/Cruz death match, while still implausible, is more plausible than it might seem thanks to Cruz’s surprising fundraising strength. He’s got the dough to make a

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