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August 29, 2014 • 05:56 am

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On the President's Planned Unilateral Amnesty Action:
 
 

"The White House appears to be moving full-speed ahead on an executive order that would provide widespread protection to illegal immigrants from deportation, Republicans -- and maybe some Democrats -- be damned. 

Those close to the process expect an order in the first few weeks of September -- and expect it, in the words of one immigration advocate, to be 'significant.' 

White House aides stress that nothing has been finalized. Yet the administration's posture has been one of anticipating -- even inviting -- a highly public confrontation with Republicans over the issue. And while the concerns of vulnerable Senate Democrats in key races are being taken into account, they don't seem to be persuading the White House to deviate from its course -- suggesting that the matter is viewed less in terms of the politics of the moment and more in terms of President Obama's long-term liberal legacy."

 
 
— James Oliphant, National Journal White House Correspondent
— James Oliphant, National Journal White House Correspondent
Posted August 29, 2014 • 08:42 am
 
 
On Sinking the ObamaCare Bailout:
 
 

"When Congress reconvenes on Monday, September 8, Republicans should fire a torpedo directly into the USS Obamacare. It would blast the creaking vessel’s hull well below the waterline and possibly flood the engine room. And for this, a recent survey reveals, Americans of all stripes would cheer wildly. 

"Republicans must sink the Obamacare bailout. Believe it or not, Obamacare forces taxpayers to help health-insurance companies absorb significant losses that they incur through Obama’s medical scheme. According to the House Government Oversight Committee, this could cost $1 billion this year alone. This outrage — lodged on page 233 of the original 2,409-page Obamacare bill — would be awful enough if these insurers were prosperous, albeit unwitting, victims of Obama’s $2.6 trillion entitlement. Instead, insurance companies helped pile-drive Obamacare down the throats of Americans, a majority of whom opposed this legislation and loathe it more today than yesterday."

 
 
— Deroy Murdock, Scripps-Howard Columnist and Hoover Institution Media Fellow
— Deroy Murdock, Scripps-Howard Columnist and Hoover Institution Media Fellow
Posted August 28, 2014 • 07:37 am
 
 
On Lois Lerner's Blackberry and the IRS Targeting Scandal:
 
 

"Lois Lerner’s Blackberry was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun its probe into IRS targeting of conservative groups, a senior IRS lawyer acknowledged in a sworn declaration. 

"Thomas Kane, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for the IRS, wrote in the declaration, part of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the IRS, that the Blackberry was 'removed or wiped clean of any sensitive or proprietary information and removed as scrap for disposal in June 2012.'  

"That date - June 2012 - is significant because by that time, ex-IRS official Lerner had already been summoned before congressional staffers who interviewed her about reports of the IRS' targeting of conservative groups. ... 

"News of the Blackberry's destruction followed Monday’s statement by Judicial Watch that Justice Department attorneys said in a Friday phone call the federal government backs up all computer records to ensure continuity of government in event of a catastrophe, but retrieving the Lerner emails would simply be 'too onerous.'"

 
 
— Doug McKelway, Fox News Channel
— Doug McKelway, Fox News Channel
Posted August 27, 2014 • 07:43 am
 
 
On ObamaCare and the Midterm Elections:
 
 

"Obamacare has hit a lull. The president's signature domestic policy program isn't causing quite as much chaos right now in people's lives as it did last October and November during the incompetent launch of healthcare.gov. The absence of an immediate crisis has prompted smug suggestions from the usual suspects in government, on campus and in the news media to declare that the law is working and people like it. 

"Obamacare is working only in the unlikely event that its goal is to deliver the Senate to Republicans this fall. Disapproval of Obamacare hit an all-time high last month, in part because premiums keep rising. PriceWaterhouseCoopers finds that the average insurance premium in the Obamacare exchanges will rise by 8 percent this year. ... 

"So, even though Obamacare is not exploding into a thousand pieces at this moment, it has saddled millions of people with higher costs and inferior coverage. It offers precious little of benefit to the middle class — those people whom Democrats keep saying they work for, and whom will march angrily to polling stations in November."

 
 
— The Editors, The Washington Examiner
— The Editors, The Washington Examiner
Posted August 26, 2014 • 07:38 am
 
 
On America and the Islamic State:
 
 

"America’s basic objective is clear: We must seek to destroy the Islamic State. It is simply not enough to block the group’s threat to the Kurds or other vulnerable minorities in the region. The risks of even a relatively small 'state' (or 'caliphate,' as they proclaim it) are chilling. Leaving the Islamic State in place and in control only of its current turf in Iraq and Syria (including northern-Iraqi hydrocarbon deposits and associated infrastructure) would make it viable economically and a fearsome refuge for terrorists of all sorts. Just as Afghanistan’s Taliban gave al-Qaeda a base of operations to launch terrorist attacks culminating in 9/11, a similar result could follow if the Islamic State successfully erased and then redrew existing boundaries."

 
 
— John R. Bolton, AEI Senior Fellow and Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
— John R. Bolton, AEI Senior Fellow and Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
Posted August 25, 2014 • 07:16 am
 
 
On Stopping the Islamic State's Momentum:
 
 

"These are the worst people on earth. They openly, proudly crucify enemies, enslave women and murder men en masse. These are not the usual bad guys out for land, plunder or power. These are primitive cultists who celebrate slaughter, glory in bloodlust and slit the throats of innocents as a kind of sacrament. 

"We have now seen what air cover for Kurdish/Iraqi boots on the ground can achieve. But for a serious rollback campaign, Obama will need public support. He has to explain the stakes and the larger strategy. His weak and passive rhetorical reaction to the beheading of American journalist James Foley was a discouragingly missed opportunity. 

"'People like this ultimately fail,' Obama said of Foley’s murderers. Perhaps. But 'ultimately' can be a long way — and thousands of dead — away. The role of a great power, as Churchill and Roosevelt understood, is to bring that day closer."

 
 
— Charles Krauthammer, Syndicated Columnist
— Charles Krauthammer, Syndicated Columnist
Posted August 22, 2014 • 07:38 am
 
 
On Determining the Facts in Ferguson, Missouri:
 
 

"Those of us who admit that we were not there, and do not know what happened when Michael Brown was shot by a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, seem to be in the minority. 

"We all know what has happened since then -- and it has been a complete disgrace by politicians, the media and mobs of rioters and looters. Despite all the people who act as if they know exactly what happened, nevertheless when the full facts come out, that can change everything. 

"This is why we have courts of law, instead of relying on the media or mobs. But politics is undermining law.  ... 

"If we can't be bothered to stop and think, instead of repeating pat phrases, don't expect to live under the rule of law. Do you prefer the rule of the media and/or the mob?"

 
 
— Thomas Sowell, Economist, Author and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow
— Thomas Sowell, Economist, Author and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow
Posted August 21, 2014 • 08:30 am
 
 
On the Role of the Media in Ferguson, Missouri:
 
 

"The most poisonous '-ism' now infecting Ferguson, Missouri, is not virulent racism. It's viral narcissism. 

"Over the past two weeks, the impoverished St. Louis County suburb has become a magnet for self-absorbed publicity seekers of all colors and agendas. 

"Perhaps the most repulsive species on display in Ferguson is the Journalisto Vanitatis. This breed of egotistical East-Coast reporters can be easily identified by its ever-present appendages: a smartphone and smart glasses. ... 

"From the L.A. riots to Hurricane Katrina to Ferguson, an eternal truth endures: Tragedy is the mother of poisonous pretension."

 
 
— Michelle Malkin, Syndicated Columnist
— Michelle Malkin, Syndicated Columnist
Posted August 20, 2014 • 07:49 am
 
 
On Senator Landrieu's Questionable Travel:
 
 

"Vulnerable Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is under renewed scrutiny for potentially violating campaign finance laws by tapping official Senate funds to cover the cost of fundraising trips. 

"A review of Landrieu’s office expenditures and campaign records reveals two trips from 2012 that may have been improperly billed to her Senate office rather than her reelection campaign.  ... 

"Both trips included campaign-related events that raise questions about whether some or all of the costs of the charter flights should have been covered by Landrieu’s reelection campaign, rather than her official office. 

"The trips are becoming a serious headache for Landrieu, who is in the fight of her political life this year against Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA). After other reports of improper travel spending, Louisiana Republicans are dubbing Landrieu 'Air Mary' to portray her as out of touch with voters after her lengthy Senate career."

 
 
— John Bresnahan and Manu Raju, Politico
— John Bresnahan and Manu Raju, Politico
Posted August 19, 2014 • 07:54 am
 
 
On Self-Defeating Texas Democrats:
 
 

"Kay Bailey Hutchison. Tom DeLay. Rick Perry. 

"Any list of the most powerful politicians to hail from the Lone Star State over the past 50 years would certainly include the three names listed above. Certainly, they are three of the most powerful Republicans to hail from Texas in modern times. Yet former Sen. Hutchison, former House Majority Leader DeLay, and Gov. (seemingly for all of time) Perry also share another thing in common. As of late Friday night, all three have been indicted by grand juries in Travis County, Texas, on so-called 'public integrity' charges. ... 

"The weakness of the case against Perry may be the least of the worries for Perry's critics (fair-minded and otherwise). Do not underestimate the political consequences of this indictment: Perry may not be a rocket scientist, but he is among the most effective political actors in the country -- just ask Hutchison how easy it is to beat him. 

"By attempting to put him in prison, liberals have made the governor a martyr. He can now bid for the White House as a brave hero fighting the Left."

 
 
— George Fairview, Attorney, Austin, TX
— George Fairview, Attorney, Austin, TX
Posted August 18, 2014 • 07:50 am
 
Question of the Week   
Which one of the following individuals is credited with describing the office of Vice President of the United States as “the spare tire on the automobile of government”?
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Quote of the Day   
 
"The White House appears to be moving full-speed ahead on an executive order that would provide widespread protection to illegal immigrants from deportation, Republicans -- and maybe some Democrats -- be damned.  Those close to the process expect an order in the first few weeks of September -- and expect it, in the words of one immigration advocate, to be 'significant.'  White House aides stress…[more]
 
 
—James Oliphant, National Journal White House Correspondent
— James Oliphant, National Journal White House Correspondent
 
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