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Taylor Swift: Intellectual Property and Anti-Counterfeiting Champion

We take no position in the ongoing Taylor Swift versus Kanye West divide.  But as perhaps surprisingly featured in a Wall Street Journal opinion this week, we do applaud her strong stance in defense of intellectual property (IP) and against the scourge of counterfeiting:

Pop star Taylor Swift has been feuding in recent days with rapper Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian.  The details of the drama are lurid and complicated, but young aficionados of Snapchat and Instagram have been following it all intently.  If only the same were true for other Taylor Swift feuds that have received less attention.  Namely, those the 26-year-old songstress has fought in defense of a principle often scorned by fellow celebrities and the social-media generation generally:  the value of intellectual…[more]

July 22, 2016 • 01:09 pm

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On the GOP's 'Disruptive' Nominee:
 
 

"Disruptive. That's a good word to describe Donald Trump's presidential candidacy, and to describe the sometimes ramshackle Republican National Convention his campaign more or less superintended in Cleveland this past week. ...

Over history America has mostly been built by disruption. ...

Maybe some disruption from a candidate who says he has 'no tolerance for government incompetence' is in order."

 
 
— Michael Barone, Principal Co-Author, The Almanac of American Politics and Washington Examiner Senior Political Analyst
— Michael Barone, Principal Co-Author, The Almanac of American Politics and Washington Examiner Senior Political Analyst
Posted July 22, 2016 • 08:47 am
 
 
On the Importance of Donald Trump's RNC Convention Speech:
 
 

"Although polls show that the race is tight and that Hillary Clinton is widely viewed as dishonest, she enjoys an Electoral College advantage, as well as a personal one. Her proximity to presidential power and decades in top government positions make it easier for many voters to at least imagine her sitting in the Oval Office.

"More than a majority of voters say they simply cannot imagine Trump as president. His challenge, then, is to change millions of minds with the speech of his life.

"He should not try to be all things to all people, but he must reveal a man fully ready to lead the nation for all occasions."

 
 
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted July 21, 2016 • 07:33 am
 
 
On Debunking Charges of 'Systemic Racism' in Policing:
 
 

"The repeated exoneration of allegedly racist cops by minority jurors and judges -- from Ferguson and Staten Island to Cleveland and now Baltimore -- seriously undermines the anti-cop movement started by Black Lives Matter and fueled by President Obama.

"With half the Baltimore cops now acquitted in the death of Freddie Gray, a pattern has emerged where highly publicized cases against cops for racially motivated murder of black suspects have crumbled under the weight of court evidence. ...

"Judges and jurors are debunking charges of 'systemic racism' in policing as another of the left's many false narratives. But the damage may already be done, evidenced by the vicious war on cops and a related violent crime wave in major cities across the country."

 
 
— Paul Sperry, New York Post
— Paul Sperry, New York Post
Posted July 20, 2016 • 07:58 am
 
 
On the Iran Nuclear Agreement's Secret Side Deal:
 
 

"More bad news about the Iran nuclear deal landed Monday -- a dangerous secret President Obama has been keeping from the American people.

"The Associated Press reports that the unpublished side deal is even more disastrous than the rest of the accord. It relaxes key restrictions on Iran's nuclear program in just over a decade, rather than the 15 years Team Obama has been touting. ...

"Since agreeing to the deal, Iran has kept on testing ballistic missiles that can deliver nuclear warheads. It's also been caught in clandestine efforts to illicitly acquire high-level nuclear technology and equipment.

"It's becoming alarmingly clear that Team Obama played the American people -- and the congressional Democrats who supported the deal -- for fools."

 
 
— New York Post Editorial Board
— New York Post Editorial Board
Posted July 19, 2016 • 08:23 am
 
 
On Federal Government Funding Deadlines:
 
 

"The worst-kept secret in Washington, D.C. is that Congress will once again fail to do its most basic constitutional job and pass legislation to fund the federal government beyond the end of the current fiscal year on September 30.

"Although both party's leaders are slow to admit it, the annual fight over $4 trillion of federal funding is heading down a now-familiar path. Lawmakers will lurch toward a government shutdown, pass a temporary continuing resolution to keep federal doors open, and eventually agree to a last-minute omnibus funding bill -- a massive trillion dollar-plus package riddled with waste and cobbled together without public scrutiny or congressional debate.

"And lawmakers wonder why their approval ratings hover in the teens.

"Worse, Republicans will take the blame, because they run Congress. What a policy and political debacle a few weeks before the November elections."

 
 
— Stephen Moore, The Washington Times
— Stephen Moore, The Washington Times
Posted July 18, 2016 • 07:48 am
 
 
On No Charges for Hillary Clinton:
 
 

"Tom Brady has been held more accountable 4deflating footballs than Hillary for lying, evading transparency laws & risking national security."

 
 
— Tweet from Ari Fleischer, Former White House Press Secretary to President George W. Bush
— Tweet from Ari Fleischer, Former White House Press Secretary to President George W. Bush
Posted July 15, 2016 • 07:54 am
 
 
On America Seen Through the Eyes of Our Enemies:
 
 

"The United States appears to be entering another era of dangerous internal instability similar to the one it endured in the 1960s-1970s. ...

"Our enemies increasingly may gamble that provocations won't elicit a U.S. reaction. Or that even if America did respond, the resulting domestic divisions and turmoil would diminish the effectiveness of the response.

"Add to the equation record debt and vast cuts in the defense budget, and our enemies may conclude that we are Rome of AD 500, Britain of the late 1940s, or Russia of the 1980s.

"To be blunt, America's vulnerable post-war global order may already seem to those abroad to be bloated carrion ready to be picked apart by opportunistic vultures."

 
 
— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
— Victor Davis Hanson, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow and Nationally Syndicated Columnist
Posted July 14, 2016 • 08:03 am
 
 
On AG Lynch's Refusal to Pursue Criminal Charges Against HRC:
 
 

"The Obama administration circled the wagons around Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, with Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch refusing to detail why she didn't pursue criminal charges against the former secretary and the State Department going to bat for her, saying she shouldn't have to testify under oath about her secret email account.

"Facing irate Republicans on Capitol Hill, Ms. Lynch repeatedly passed the buck to others in the Justice Department, saying that while she announced she wouldn't pursue charges against Mrs. Clinton, the decision was made by the FBI and career prosecutors and she had no public thoughts on the matter.

"She said refusing to divulge details of her decision protected her employees from political pressure, but Republicans said she was the one engaging in politics by protecting the Clintons as repayment for having been appointed as a prosecutor by President Bill Clinton."

 
 
— Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times
— Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times
Posted July 13, 2016 • 07:45 am
 
 
On Dem Plan to Attack Conservative Groups on Senate Floor:
 
 

"Democratic senators have been assigned conservative nonprofit groups to call out by name on the chamber floor in speeches on Monday and Tuesday criticizing corporations and advocacy groups for opposing Democratic climate policies, internal emails reveal.

"Nineteen Senate Democrats will attack specific organizations in what they are calling a 'web of denial,' according to a schedule of floor speeches circulated by Emily Enderle, a top environmental policy adviser to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who is spearheading the effort.

"Internal emails about the effort obtained by the Free Beacon reveal a highly coordinated plan between members of Congress and environmental activist groups to fuel a public relations and legal offensive against fossil fuel companies and groups they support."

 
 
— Lachlan Markay, The Washington Free Beacon
— Lachlan Markay, The Washington Free Beacon
Posted July 12, 2016 • 08:05 am
 
 
On the Dallas Police Massacre:
 
 

"The cold-blooded massacre of police officers in Dallas late last Thursday night is a terrible reminder of what peace officers in America face every day they go out to do their jobs. That is so whether it is in skyscraper-walled canyons of our biggest cities or in the smallest, tree-shaded New Hampshire village. Those whose mission is 'to protect and to serve' need our support, and prayers, now and always."

 
 
— The Editors, New Hampshire Union Leader
— The Editors, New Hampshire Union Leader
Posted July 11, 2016 • 08:00 am
 
Question of the Week   
In which one of the following years was Secret Service protection afforded to major candidates for President and Vice President of the United States?
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Quote of the Day   
 
"Disruptive. That's a good word to describe Donald Trump's presidential candidacy, and to describe the sometimes ramshackle Republican National Convention his campaign more or less superintended in Cleveland this past week. ...Over history America has mostly been built by disruption. ... Maybe some disruption from a candidate who says he has 'no tolerance for government incompetence' is in order."…[more]
 
 
—Michael Barone, Principal Co-Author, The Almanac of American Politics and Washington Examiner Senior Political Analyst
— Michael Barone, Principal Co-Author, The Almanac of American Politics and Washington Examiner Senior Political Analyst
 
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Following the Republican National Convention, how do you now rate Donald Trump’s chances of winning the presidency?