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Positive News: FCC Delays Vote on Toxic TV Set-Top Box Scheme

Good news within the federal regulatory leviathan has been depressingly rare, perhaps most of all at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  This week, however, brought a remarkably welcome development worthy of celebration.

Specifically, the FCC delayed its vote on a toxic and entirely unwarranted new proposal to regulate cable television set-top boxes before the Obama presidency's clock expires, in what The Wall Street Journal labeled "a major blow to the proposal" and "a setback to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on one of his top priorities for the year."

Even Democrats have attacked the scheme as a "massive new federal regulation," and CFIF stands alongside a broad coalition of conservative and libertarian organizations in opposition.  The…[more]

September 30, 2016 • 12:08 pm

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On the Looming Backdoor Bailout for ObamaCare
 
 

"As the nation weighs who should next be trusted with the presidency, the current occupant of the White House seems poised to provide yet another reminder of the importance of maintaining checks on executive power. President Obama's Department of Health and Human Services has in recent weeks floated the possibility of the federal government using a backdoor method to funnel money to insurers losing money through Obamacare, even though Congress has twice voted to block such payments. ...

"This comes as the Government Accountability Office issued an opinion on Thursday that concluded the administration didn't have the authority to divert $3.5 billion from the Treasury Department to Obamacare insurers as part of another program within Obamacare.

"The looming and illegal bailout of Obamacare is the latest of many reasons why those Republicans who plan not to vote for Donald Trump should nevertheless vote for Republicans in down-ballot races. It is vital that the GOP retain control of Capitol Hill as a check on the power of the executive branch, that has abused its powers for the past eight years. If low turnout hands the Senate over to Democrats, an Obamacare bailout seems likely to be an early and unwelcome consequence."

 
 
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted September 30, 2016 • 07:55 am
 
 
On Clinton's Russian Relations:
 
 

"Clinton's diplomatic outreach to Russia, one of her earliest initiatives as Obama's top diplomat, is one of many embarrassing and consequential failures that expose her claims to good judgment and competence as empty. American diplomacy and intelligence alike failed to detect Putin's ambitions until Crimea and eastern Ukraine had already been overrun.

"Throughout and immediately after Clinton's tenure at the State Department, Russia elevated itself from being a minor annoyance to being a leading cause of world instability. Clinton, like the man she hopes to succeed, has no plan to curb Putin's ambitions, which are likely to grow as his nation's economy shrinks."

 
 
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted September 29, 2016 • 07:51 am
 
 
On a New Low in Public Trust of the Media:
 
 

"A recent Gallup survey found a new low in public trust of the media, with only 32 percent of Americans saying they have a great deal or some trust in newspapers, TV and radio 'to report the news fully, accurately and fairly.' Trust fell eight points in one year alone and is only 14 percent among Republicans.

"In a change election where both candidates have historically high negative ratings, many voters could make their choice for secondary reasons.

"Voting against the other candidate is the most likely option, while voting against the media as a proxy for voting against the establishment is emerging as another.

"In that case, the news media could be more than part of the story. They could be the story."

 
 
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted September 28, 2016 • 08:02 am
 
 
On the First Clinton-Trump Debate:
 
 

"The first Clinton-Trump debate was roughly a draw -- which is bad news for her, because she needs to turn this race around, and she failed. ...

"Donald Trump remains the candidate of change; Hillary Clinton, the tribune of the status quo."

 
 
— New York Post Editorial Board
— New York Post Editorial Board
Posted September 27, 2016 • 08:11 am
 
 
On Immunity Deals and the HRC Email Scandal:
 
 

"One of several nagging questions about Clinton's emails is that if there's no 'there' there, as the campaign claims, why are so many of the people involved pleading the Fifth before Congress? Why do they need a shield from self-incrimination? ...

"If Clinton is not personally to blame for obstructing justice by spoliating evidence that was under congressional subpoena, someone else must be. Yet somehow, no one is going to be held accountable, perhaps in part because everyone involved has been granted immunity.

"This whole thing absolutely stinks, and we're not the only ones of this opinion. The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows that 64 percent of American voters are concerned about Clinton's email scandal. Contrary to team Clinton's protestations, this new revelation should prompt Congress to investigate further, and ask more questions, not fewer."

 
 
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted September 26, 2016 • 07:24 am
 
 
On the Economics of Immigration:
 
 

"Immigration drains the government, sapping as much as $296 billion a year from federal, state and local taxpayers while depressing wages, at least in the short run, according to an authoritative study released Wednesday by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

"The 500-page academic tome is supposed to be the final word about the fiscal and economic effects of mass immigration, and its findings challenge some long-held assumptions of Washington policymakers that immigration is an unqualified benefit.

"The data show that immigrants take more in benefits than they pay in taxes. Although immigrants do boost the size of the economy, the gains are heavily skewed toward the immigrants themselves and to wealthy investors -- not to native-born workers who end up competing with the new arrivals. ...

"The report also concludes that new arrivals aren't assimilating as well as past waves of immigrants. They struggle to learn English and to increase their wages at the rates of immigrants just a few decades ago."

 
 
— Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times
— Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times
Posted September 23, 2016 • 08:05 am
 
 
On Impeaching IRS Commissioner John Koskinen:
 
 

"I do not usually go out of my way to publicly disagree with National Review editorials, but I respectfully dissent from our piece calling for the impeachment of IRS commissioner John Koskinen.

"He shouldn'€™t be impeached. He should be imprisoned. ...

"Every day this crime-enabling, justice-obstructing, lying, craven, tinpot totalitarian walks around in the sunshine is a day we should be ashamed to be Americans."

 
 
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
— Kevin D. Williamson, National Review
Posted September 22, 2016 • 08:24 am
 
 
On EPA and Green Groups' Rules Collusion:
 
 

"A newly released cache of government emails offers more evidence of behind-the-scenes collusion between the Environmental Protection Agency and environmental groups in crafting greenhouse gas regulations, including an effort by one lobbyist to enlist the EPA in fundraising.

"The Energy & Environment Legal Institute issued a report Tuesday based on 492 communications obtained last week through open records requests, one week before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is scheduled to hear a challenge to the Obama administration's sweeping Clean Power Plan.

"The plan, a cornerstone of President Obama's effort to combat climate change, seeks to reduce by 32 percent emissions from coal-fired plants by 2020. Critics say the goal would force most plants to close and drive up electricity costs."

 
 
— Valerie Richardson, The Washington Times
— Valerie Richardson, The Washington Times
Posted September 21, 2016 • 07:51 am
 
 
On Middle East Migration Talks:
 
 

"During the last decade, according to the United Nations, the number of people fleeing wars around the world jumped from 37 million to 66 million -- most of them from the Mideast, and many flooding Europe.

"European policymakers are at a loss for answers, and Syria's neighbors -- Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey -- are struggling to handle the inflow.

"But not to worry. Obama's on the case. While at the UN assembly, he'll host world leaders in a conference on migration. They've already reached an understanding to talk about it further and may even, in two years or so, reach a global treaty (which will surely be too weak to make a dent in the growing problem).

"It's a problem, so they'll talk about it, and talk about talking about it some more."

 
 
— Benny Avni, New York Post
— Benny Avni, New York Post
Posted September 20, 2016 • 08:16 am
 
 
On Shifting African-American Voter Support:
 
 

"Donald Trump is gaining support among African-American voters -- whose enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton is eroding, a tracking poll released Saturday revealed.

"Trump saw a 16.5 percentage-point increase in backing from African-American voters in a Los Angeles Times/University of Southern California tracking poll, up from 3.1 percent on Sept. 10 to 19.6 percent through Friday.

"Meanwhile, the same poll showed Clinton's support among that group plummeting from 90.4 percent on Sept. 10 to 71.4 percent."

 
 
— Mary Kay Linge, New York Post
— Mary Kay Linge, New York Post
Posted September 19, 2016 • 07:59 am
 
Question of the Week   
The first session of the U.S. Supreme Court was held on February 1, 1790, in which one of the following cities?
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"As the nation weighs who should next be trusted with the presidency, the current occupant of the White House seems poised to provide yet another reminder of the importance of maintaining checks on executive power. President Obama's Department of Health and Human Services has in recent weeks floated the possibility of the federal government using a backdoor method to funnel money to insurers losing…[more]
 
 
—The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
 
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