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Draining ‘the Swamp’ Through the Appellate Court System

Posted: May 25, 2017 at 10:51 am   /   Friends

Steve Bannon, a top White House adviser, has famously stated that he wants to deconstruct the “administrative state.” For decades, this has been a goal of true conservatives, who believe that the federal government is out of control and engaged in broad and expanding unconstitutional endeavors. A federal government that wants to extend its tentacles […]

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The Trump Budget: Real Cuts vs. the Media Version of “Cuts”

Posted: May 25, 2017 at 10:45 am   /   Friends

By: Ryan McMaken One of the cardinal rules of government accounting and rhetoric is to call ant slowdown in the growth rate of government spending a “cut.” This gives the impression that less is being spent when more is being spent. It’s just that less is being spent than the government had planned on spending […]

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Give Gianforte a Brooks Award

Posted: May 25, 2017 at 10:32 am   /   Friends

(Steven Hayward) Even if we credit an Alex Jones-style conspiracy theory that Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs is a perfect ass who was trying to provoke GOP congressional candidate Greg Gianforte into some kind of indiscretion, there really isn’t much excuse for Gianforte’s complete loss of discipline and composure. If Gianforte wins the election today, the […]

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McCaleb: Public pensions in some ways mirror Madoff’s Ponzi scheme

Posted: May 25, 2017 at 10:05 am   /   Friends

“In a world full of lies, the most dangerous ones are those we tell ourselves.”  ― Diana B. Henriques HBO debuted its original movie on Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff over the weekend. Based on Henriques’ book “The Wizard of Lies,” the film (and book) tells the chilling tale of Madoff’s fraudulent investment scheme in which more than […]

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In Defense of Amateurs

Posted: May 25, 2017 at 10:00 am   /   Friends

“If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.” So goes one of the G.K. Chesterton’s most famous and most quoted lines. Considered “a man of colossal genius” by George Bernard Shaw, G.K. Chesterton was a prolific writer— publishing 80 books, 200 short stories and over 4000 essays in his lifetime. And in those […]

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Middlebury students disciplined; none expelled or suspended

Posted: May 25, 2017 at 9:21 am   /   Friends

(Paul Mirengoff) Middlebury College announced its punishments this week for the students involved in the protests against Charles Murray — protests that devolved into violence and resulted in injury to a Middlebury professor. Most of the protesters who faced the possibility of discipline were placed on probation. None was expelled or suspended. The school announced […]

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Kimmy Schmidt Uses the Market to Enact Social Change

Posted: May 25, 2017 at 9:20 am   /   Friends

As an avid Tina Fey fan, a large portion of my own personal admiration stems from her frequent skewering of “sacred cows.” While presented in a different style, her “no one is immune to criticism” attitude is comparable to the political commentary found in Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s long-running South Park, which has left […]

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Speaker Ryan Addresses New HHS Report at Weekly Press Conference

Posted: May 25, 2017 at 9:01 am   /   Friends

In case you missed it, yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services released a new report finding that average health care premiums have more than doubled since Obamacare took effect. Speaker Ryan addressed this report today at his weekly press briefing: “I want to talk about a very important health care report. It’s a […]

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Is Rex Tillerson clueless?

Posted: May 25, 2017 at 8:31 am   /   Friends

(Paul Mirengoff) No, not as a general matter. But when it comes to Middle East, he may be. Consider this statement by the Secretary of State: We solve the Israeli Palestinian peace dilemma, we start solving a lot of the peace throughout the Middle East region. We’ve been railing against this sort of nonsense for […]

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