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“Attorney General Eric Holder can’t explain constitutional basis for Obama’s executive orders” — Because there is none.
Unfortunately, the real headline should be “Wendy Davis should have no future in politics” —
Wendy Davis has no future in politics
Want to know why Wendy Davis will have trouble winning higher office in Texas or anywhere else in America? It’s not because she stretched the truth in her “from mobile-home-living single mom to Harvard Law grad” campaign biography, nor because her husband paid for her education, nor even because she placed a lot of value on her career.
Nope: It’s because Davis, the Lone Star State senator who became famous for her filibuster of an abortion-limiting bill in Texas, lost custody of her children to her ex-husband.
… Americans will forgive a lot in a politician. But a woman who leaves her kids is just beyond the pale.
The feminist left wants her to be untouchable because she’s female. Hope it doesn’t work, but the jury is out.
At American Thinker, Edward H. Stewart, Jr. correctly aserts that proposed IRS rules on allowable 501(c)(4) activities are all about “Silencing the Opposition.”
Far-left New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is working on undoing the progress Rudy Giuliani made on crime during his tenure. For all his considerable boneheadedness, Michael Bloomberg, de Blasio’s predecessor, wasn’t stupid enough to mess with Giuliani’s success formula.
Charles C.W. Cooke at National Review — “What Would the Founders Think? Today’s expansive notion of government is alien to the ideas behind the Constitution.” The answer is that they’d be utterly horrified and disgusted.
Of all the reasons cited here for declining participation in youth sports, these resonated with me the most: “We have to be aware of single sport specialization, overuse, overworking kids searching for the elite athletes; all of these things are causing kids to leave youth sport and not return.” Every sport seems to demand year-round focus which I believe is largely unnecessary.
Elaborating: “The kid who practices hard and who takes pride in being part of the team but who gets only a few minutes in the game—that kid has too many other options …” But I would add that their effort isn’t respected, either.
At the Wall Street Journal on January 26 — “A Victory for the Little Sisters; The Supreme Court suspends ObamaCare’s birth-control mandate.” I bring it up because the loons at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, called it a “compromise.”
Politifact Ohio is supposedly dead (HT Ohio MediaTrackers).
Reflecting stunning historical ignorance, Ted Diadiun’s reference to “truth squad reporting” is to a term which had its origins in Nazi Germany. Of course, considering the serial lies Politifact Ohio told during the 2012 election season, maybe he was serious.
At Forbes: “New Jersey Taxes Could Eat Up All Of Peyton Manning’s Super Bowl Earnings.”
That’s because the tax climate in New Jersey has improved so much during Chris Christie’s four-plus years in office (/sarc).
Opportunity Ohio (release; full report; HT Ohio MediaTrackers):
Since January 2013, Ohio has experienced the 49th best (or 3rd worst) job growth in the country, growing only 0.5 percent adding 22,900 private sector jobs. Since January 2012, Ohio has not fared much better, ranking 45th worst among the states for private sector job growth.
Yet the National Journal says that Ohio Governor John Kasich “is serious about running for president, and he’d be a formidable candidate.”
Though the above is damning enough if I don’t get to it, I’ll hopefully have more on Ohio’s “formidable” economic record during the past three years later this week.