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Liberals Champion Freedom of
Speech -- Except in Politics

Washington Examiner, by Michael Barone

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Posted By:garnet, 6/27/2014 9:13:45 AM

I´m old enough to remember when American liberals cherished the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment. They celebrated especially the freedom accorded those with unpopular beliefs and protested attempts to squelch the expression of differing opinions. Today things are different. American liberals are not challenging the Supreme Court rulings extending First Amendment protection to nude dancers, flag burners and students wearing antiwar armbands. They are content to leave these as forms of protected free speech. But political speech is a whole other thing. Currently 43 Democratic senators are so-sponsoring the constitutional amendment introduced by New Mexico´s Sen. Tom Udall to amend

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Liberals Champion Freedom of
Speech -- Except in Politics
Washington Examiner, by Michael Barone    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 6/27/2014 9:13:45 AM     Post Reply
I´m old enough to remember when American liberals cherished the freedom of speech guaranteed by the First Amendment. They celebrated especially the freedom accorded those with unpopular beliefs and protested attempts to squelch the expression of differing opinions. Today things are different. American liberals are not challenging the Supreme Court rulings extending First Amendment protection to nude dancers, flag burners and students wearing antiwar armbands. They are content to leave these as forms of protected free speech. But political speech is a whole other thing. Currently 43 Democratic senators are so-sponsoring the constitutional amendment introduced by New Mexico´s Sen. Tom Udall to amend

   

 

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A Woman Should Run for
President Against Hillary
Clinton. Or Many Women.
New Republic, by Rebecca Traister    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 6/26/2014 9:20:39 AM     Post Reply
I spent a lot of 2008 feeling crushed. It was exhilarating covering Hillary Clinton’s historic run for the presidency, but there was so much about the race that was backward and retro, more 1958 than 2008. It wasn’t just the media’s goggle-eyed questions about whether the country was “ready” for a female president or the inane things that spilled out of people’s mouths on cable television—though let’s remember that Christopher Hitchens called Clinton “soppy and bitchy,” Mike Barnicle compared her to “everyone’s first wife standing outside a probate court,” and Keith Olbermann suggested that the Democratic Party needed “somebody who

Keeping Up With the Clintons
Creators Syndicate, by Debra Saunders    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 6/26/2014 9:07:49 AM     Post Reply
It´s time to pass the hat for Hillary Clinton. The former secretary of state has tried to distance herself from her weeks-ago assertion that after husband Bill left the White House, the couple were "dead broke." She told PBS that the line was "inartful," but only after she told a British paper that she does not count herself among the "truly well-off." Nobody knows the troubles she´s seen. In the United Kingdom pushing her latest book -- for which she received a reported eight-figure advance -- Clinton told The Guardian that the Clintons should not be seen as out-of-touch swells: "We

Obama’s Weakness, or Ours?
New York Times, by Nicolas Kristof    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 6/26/2014 9:04:35 AM     Post Reply
The odds are that you think President Obama’s foreign policy is a failure. That’s the scathing consensus forming, with just 36 percent of Americans approving of Obama’s foreign policy in a New York Times/CBS News poll released this week. Foreign policy used to be a source of strength for the president, and now it’s dragging him down — and probably other Democrats with him. Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, warns that Obama “has weakened the national security posture of the United States.” Trent Franks, a Republican member of the House from Arizona, cites foreign policy to suggest that Obama is “the

Big Losers in GDP Report: Democrats
Bloomberg, by Megan McArdle    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 6/26/2014 8:59:04 AM     Post Reply
You can sum up today’s report on first-quarter gross domestic product in one short word: oof. The last estimate had GDP shrinking slightly from the prior quarter. The current estimate has it shrinking a lot: 2.9 percent on an annualized basis. If this keeps up for another quarter, the economy will officially be in recession. How did this happen? The White House line is that this was driven mostly by health care and net exports. But treat those figures carefully -- which is what I’ve seen a lot of people on Twitter not doing. Health-care spending is a major factor in the downward

Who can get to the truth at the IRS?
An independent investigator.
Los Angeles Times, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 6/25/2014 9:18:42 AM     Post Reply
After more than a year of scrutiny, three congressional committees continue to flail away at the Internal Revenue Service´s alleged targeting of conservative nonprofit groups without producing any definitive answers to the questions they´ve raised. This page worried at the outset that the investigations would become too politicized to get to the bottom of the scandal. The result, however, has been even worse: Not only have two House probes disintegrated into partisan sniping, but the IRS further damaged its own credibility by belatedly disclosing the disappearance of two years´ worth of emails belonging to a key agency figure who has

   

 

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Hillary Clinton Just Tipped Her
Hand About Her 2016 Platform
New Republic, by Brian Beutler    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 6/24/2014 9:30:23 AM     Post Reply
The downside, and the upside, and the other downside of Hillary Clinton´s overwhelming popularity among Democrats, and the related likelihood that she will avoid a divisive primary campaign, is that she´s absorbing a tremendous amount of partisan opposition far ahead of her expected official candidacy. Her status forces Republicans to expend ammunition earlier than they´d ideally like, but it also carries the potential to weaken her favorables—to puncture her aura of inevitability—and a risk that she´ll make an irreparable error on the public stage.

Hillary Clinton’s Latino Problem
Daily Beast, by Ruben Navarrette Jr.    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 6/24/2014 9:21:31 AM     Post Reply
What’s up with Clinton saying at that CNN town hall that kids crossing the border should be sent home? Believe me, Latino voters noticed. If the bond between Hillary Clinton and Latinos could be boiled down to a relationship status update on Facebook, it would read: “It’s complicated.” Boy, is it ever. And the relationship between the all-but-certain 2016 presidential candidate and America’s largest minority—and arguably its most important group of swing voters—was made even more complicated recently when Clinton stampeded into the delicate immigration debate. In an exchange that likely made many of her Latino supporters wince, Clinton wound up showing more

Report: Polish minister
says US ties worthless
Associated Press, by Vanessa Gera    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 6/22/2014 10:31:24 AM     Post Reply
Warsaw, Poland — A Polish magazine said Sunday it has obtained recordings of a conversation in which Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski says the country´s strong alliance with the U.S. "isn´t worth anything" and is "even harmful because it creates a false sense of security." In a short transcript of the conversation, a person identified as Sikorski by the magazine Wprost tells former finance minister, Jacek Rostowski, that Poles naively believe the U.S. bolsters their security. Using vulgar language, the person argues that such beliefs are nonsense, and that the Polish-U.S. alliance alienates the Russians and Germans.

Why Hillary Clinton Will Win in 2016
Real Clear Politics, by Carl M. Cannon    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 6/22/2014 10:20:16 AM     Post Reply
At the end of the Civil War, but before the pernicious reach of Jim Crow undermined the Union Army’s battlefield victory, former slaves and free blacks found themselves in possession of a most precious right -- the right to vote. It didn’t matter if a man had been a war hero in the famed, all-black 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment or a house servant in a Southern plantation. All that mattered was that he was a man. To say that this development didn’t sit well with the progressive-minded women of this country is an understatement. Before the war, the abolitionist movement and
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Taking a Tumble Again
Weekly Standard, by Jay Cost    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 6/22/2014 10:10:52 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama’s job approval seems to be slipping again. After a brutal couple of months following the failed launch of HealthCare.gov, the Real Clear Politics average of opinion polls found his approval at 40 percent in December. But the government claimed to have fixed HealthCare.gov, never mind the continuing problems, and the “surge” in enrollments gave him a further boost. By mid-April, he was back up to nearly 45 percent approval in the RCP average. Recently, though, his numbers have tumbled again, and today his job approval is just 42 percent.The likely driver of this decline is the onslaught

   

 



 
Is It Time for a Special Prosecutor?
Real Clear Politics, by Carl Cannon    Original Article
Posted By: garnet- 6/20/2014 9:22:28 AM     Post Reply
The anniversary of the Watergate burglary arrived this week, along with the disquieting revelation that it’s not just disgraced former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner who’s taking the Fifth. Her email is clamming up, too. More than a year into the controversy over the tax agency’s targeting of conservative non-profit groups, IRS officials casually told congressional investigators last week that a 2011 computer crash caused thousands of sought-after Lerner emails to disappear. So, can the mess at the IRS now objectively be called an Obama administration scandal? Hillary Clinton seemed to acknowledge as much. “I think that anytime the IRS is involved,”



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