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  • GOP leaders vow continued scrutiny of Obamacare

    House Republicans want a true measurement of Obamacare's performance. How many Americans have genuinely enrolled? How many were previously uninsured? What about Medicaid? But it turns out that even though lawmakers have demanded information from the administration and passed legislation to get...

  • Elijah Cummings accuses Darrell Issa of 'scuttling' chance to have Lois Lerner testify

    Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., accused House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., of "scuttling" an opportunity to have former IRS official Lois Lerner testify about the targeting of conservative groups, a charge Issa's team attributes to dishonest statements...

  • Are government statistics deteriorating?

    My American Enterprise Institute colleague Nick Eberstadt provides a reminder that the federal government has been a pioneer in producing useful and reliable statistics. It began with the Constitution's unprecedented and, in Eberstadt's words, “truly revolutionary” requirement that a census...

  • HHS rule would further tighten noose on individual insurance market

    President Obama's health care law vastly expanded the role of the federal government in regulating health insurance, a job that has traditionally been left to state governments. Fearing that individuals might exploit an exception in the existing regulations, the Department of Health and Human...

  • Harry Reid blocks Republican request to pass bill cracking down on rapists

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., scheduled a Friday session that won't have any votes, rejecting Republican and Democratic requests that he allow a vote on a bill that would allow rape kits to be processed more quickly. “Debbie Smith is an extraordinary woman and an effective...

  • Watch Hillary Clinton dodge a thrown shoe during Las Vegas speech

    If you throw your shoe at Hillary Clinton, you'd best not miss. During a speech Clinton was delivering in Las Vegas, a shoe was thrown in her direction. The throw was less than accurate, and Clinton emerged unharmed. For what it's worth, George W. Bush was far superior at dodging flying...

  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali: What I would have said at Brandeis

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born women's rights activist and former Dutch parliamentarian, took her commencement speech to the pages of the Wall Street Journal on Friday after Brandeis University buckled to the demands of the Islamist extremist lobby and disinvited her.

  • GOP senator says NLRB college sports ruling endangers women's Title IX sports

    Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said Thursday that a recent ruling by a National Labor Relations Board regional director in favor of college sports unionization is a threat to college athletics in general and to women's sports under Title IX in particular. In a joint speech on the Senate floor,...

  • Watch George W. Bush telling a dirty joke at the Civil Rights Summit

    Former President George W. Bush shared some humor Thursday, cracking a bawdy joke while speaking at a summit honoring the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

  • Media Matters writer cries sexism over column critical of Hillary Clinton

    Apparently, it's sexist to write about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's lack of accomplishment, and it's even more sexist to suggest that she has to rely on husband Bill and President Obama to sell her candidacy, according to Media Matters writer Eric Boehlert. Boehlert played the...

  • Watch Harry Reid mentioning the Koch brothers 134 times on the Senate floor

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has a Koch fixation. The Nevada Democrat, whose office may have violated Senate rules by using his official website to attack Charles and David Koch, has repeatedly taken to the Senate floor to criticize the billionaire brothers and link them to the Republican...

  • Liberals are determined to keep Condoleezza Rice down

    Liberals are determined to make former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sit back and retire (not the worst thing in the world, but the woman wants to continue to work). Fresh off a successful protest of Mozilla that led to the resignation of CEO Brendan Eich, the Left is now determined to...

  • What a woman wants: More babies

    Many people explain low fertility rates in the West as a fruit of women finally having control over how many babies they have.

  • Eric Holder in hot water with federal judge over drug sentencing guidelines

    Attorney General Eric Holder is the nation's chief law enforcement officer, so his job is to enforce laws duly passed by Congress and signed by the president. Nowhere in his job description does the AG get to decide unilaterally to reduce federal drug sentencing guidelines. Don't expect Holder...

  • Sylvia Mathews Burwell confirmation hearing should focus on vast powers of HHS secretary position through Obamacare

    After President Obama's health care law passed in March 2010, I dubbed Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius the "Empress of Obamacare" given the vast powers granted to her under the new law. Now, after wielding that power through the tumultuous rollout of the health care...



From the Weekly Standard

  • Through a Google Glass, Darkly

    “Just because something bears the aspect of the inevitable one should not, therefore, go along willingly with it.” ​—​Philip K. Dick

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  • 2014 ≠ 2016

    Polls are overrated, but they can be still instructive. So what’s to be learned from a Fox News survey of 1,012 registered voters conducted April 13-15? 

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  • As Goes North Carolina

    Raleigh, N.C.  To win the Senate, Republicans must win North Carolina. While it’s mathematically possible to take the Senate without ousting Democratic senator Kay Hagan, the chances of that...

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