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We’re not doing enough to patch up the NICS background check system

Shortly after the Texas church shooting we learned that the military hasn’t been providing sufficient information on disciplinary records to the NIC background check system. Since that time, efforts have begun to reform this process and bring the military in line with the needs of law enforcement in the civilian sector. That’s a great start, though it’s horrifying that it took a … [Read more...]

CFPB chief Cordray announces resignation — but he may not be gone for long

Looks like Donald Trump has lost one headache, but Ohio Republicans might have gained a new one. Richard Cordray announced his resignation as head of the controversial Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), allowing Trump to finally appoint a more business-friendly director, as he has long promised. Trump had been under pressure to fire Cordray, but chose to bide his time, according to … [Read more...]

Drudge rips Bannon: “Judge Whore” shows that politics should be left to the professionals

Good lord. Who peed in Matt Drudge’s cereal this morning? “Judge Whore”?! A lesson on leaving politics to the professionals… pic.twitter.com/VSyCtAdYsf — MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) November 15, 2017 That dig about leaving politics to the professionals can only have been aimed at Steve Bannon, Moore’s belated political patron and a Drudge target of longstanding. The … [Read more...]

House Democrats introduce articles of impeachment…again

A group of six House Democrats led by Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee introduced new articles of impeachment against President Trump Wednesday. Cohen gave a press conference this morning at which he outlined each of the five articles of impeachment he was introducing. Over at the Washington Post, Dave Weigel created this list: One: Trump has “obstructed the administration of justice” with coverups … [Read more...]

Today’s hot topics: Middle East turmoil, Planned Parenthood probe, The Star, politics du jour, and more!

Once again, I get to step outside the box and guest host on Relevant Radio’s Drew Mariani Show from 3-6 ET today! The Catholic talk-radio network is heard nationwide on the air after its merger with Immaculate Heart Radio, as well as online and through their free mobile app that plays live and podcasted shows. Today’s Relevant Radio show includes: Jeff Gardner of Picture Christians discusses the … [Read more...]

Quick! We must de-gender the romance languages

I’ve read this story twice today and I still can’t decide if this is a feminist thing or a transgender thing. Either way, if one group is making use of it today the other will no doubt pick up on the cause tomorrow. The “problem” being addressed is the fact that the French language isn’t gender neutral. And in fact it’s been heavily “gendered” as far … [Read more...]

Roy Moore’s lawyer to MSNBC anchor: People of your “background” have arranged marriages, don’t they?

A few of this guy’s highlights from the past week: 1. He went on CNN Friday night and addressed Don Lemon as “Don Lemon squeezy keep it easy.” Watch the second clip below if you don’t believe me. 2. He sent a letter to the Washington Post and a local Alabama news outlet threatening them with a defamation suit for their reporting on Moore, but the letter has grammatical … [Read more...]

Diesel prices are going up and you can thank the White House for that

We recently learned that there would be no slowing down the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) under the leadership of Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt at the EPA. So what’s that going to mean for the American economy? One area to keep an eye on is fuel prices which have recently been driven to crowd-pleasing lows because of surging American energy production. But with the RFS still going strong, … [Read more...]

Grassley to Treasury: Get us financial records on Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele, and Team Hillary cut-out

In the wake of revelations about the infamous Steele “dossier,” the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee has decided to use a famous Watergate axiom — follow the money. Chuck Grassley has sent a letter to the Treasury Department seeking any records of suspicious financial transactions involving prominent figures in the Russian collusion probe. As Buzzfeed’s Jason Leopold … [Read more...]

Megyn Kelly on Bill O’Reilly: Who puts years-old thank-you notes in a file just in case they need them?

A good question, actually. The obvious point to be made about the thank-you notes from Kelly and Gretchen Carlson that O’Reilly’s been waving around is that they don’t disprove anything. They were written years before Kelly got ticked off at him last November for essentially telling harassment victims to find a new place to work if they’re unhappy where they are. What she … [Read more...]

The Chevron Shakedown appears to be on its last legs

After more than half a decade and countless court appearances in countries around the world, the saga of what’s come to be known as the Chevron Shakedown finally seems to be staggering to a close. If you’ve missed our coverage of this story over the years you can catch up with all of it here. A corrupt court in Ecuador provided a ruling in favor of local interests, ordering Chevron to … [Read more...]

WSJ to Mueller after dossier exposé: Resign

“Strip out the middlemen,” the Wall Street Journal’s editors argue this morning, “and it appears that Democrats paid for Russians to compile wild allegations about a US presidential candidate.” The editorial demands a “full investigation” into the FBI’s activities during the previous presidential cycle, saying that collusion may have taken place … [Read more...]

Can we get a copy of the Constitution that the DNC Chair is using, please?

We like to think of the United States Constitution as a perfect document, outlining the rule of law which forms the foundation of the Great American Experiment. And for many it is, at least in theory. But the actual printing of the document was initially riddled with errors. (You can read a nice history of those penmanship and printing problems here.) There was one episode of the West Wing which … [Read more...]

NBC: Halperin suspended after CNN harassment exposé; Update: Morning Joe reacts

It didn’t take long for NBC News to react to a CNN exposé by Oliver Darcy on its top on-air political analyst. Five women have accused Mark Halperin of unwanted sexual advances, including groping, during his tenure as ABC News’ political director. Halperin admitted on the record of pursuing “inappropriate” romantic relationships with subordinates, but denies assaulting … [Read more...]

Still sure that non-citizens don’t vote?

You’ll probably be hearing more about this in the coming weeks, but Pennsylvania election officials have revealed that “hundreds” of non-citizen immigrants may have voted in various elections over the past sixteen years. What they’re revealing isn’t exactly the entire story though, as we’ll get to in a moment. But even the fact that they’ve come up with … [Read more...]

Ben Sasse on Alabama Senate race: “It feels like this party that I’m a part of has gone post-constitutional”

An interesting bit from Jonah Goldberg’s podcast, The Remnant. Goldberg puts Sasse on the spot by asking whether he’ll be following the lead of his libertarian-ish colleagues in the Senate — Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and most recently Ted Cruz — by endorsing Roy Moore, who’s as far from libertarian as a Republican can get. Sasse won’t give him a straight answer, … [Read more...]

Now we’re issuing travel advisories based on skin color

Well… saying “we’re” issuing travel advisories isn’t exactly fair. It’s the NAACP. And CNN points us to a recent advisory they released telling black travelers to be cautious about flying with American Airlines because of possible discriminatory or unsafe conditions. That’s a fairly serious charge to be making so I assume they’ve got something to … [Read more...]

Corey Feldman describes ‘near-death experience,’ launches indiegogo campaign to make a film about past abuse

Wednesday actor Corey Feldman launched a $10 million Indiegogo campaign to tell his own story of sexual abuse at the hands of Hollywood pedophiles in a feature film. In a video describing his goals, Feldman says he was recently arrested and also survived a “near-death experience,” apparently on Tuesday night. “I told everybody a few days ago that I had a plan to hopefully bring … [Read more...]