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Day's End and Weekend Watch

My church is having a "Silent Retreat" tomorrow where attendees "fast from speaking" for eight hours. Don't know if I'll make it this year. After a week in front of...

James Baker: Not a Republican Any More

So this is an understatement, I'd say, from Peter Baker in the New York Times: When former Secretary of State James A. Baker III accused Israel’s leader this week of...

Reid and the Federal Judiciary

I mentioned this morning that Harry Reid could well be remembered as the man who finally reversed the arrows on what had become a suffocating expansion of the filibuster. At...

What Should the Left Do About HRC?

Since each day lowers the already very poor odds a viable challenger like Elizabeth Warren is going to take on Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, there will...

Lunch Buffet

To the commenter who upbraided me yesterday for disloyalty to the SEC because I was not rooting for the Kentucky Wildcats, I will note they clearly do not need my...

The Senate Budget Votes

I wouldn't make too big a deal about this, since it's just one chamber's version of a non-binding budget resolution, but the Senate did pass one 52-46, taking the "defense...

Whatever Amnesty Is, They're Agin' It

The thing about flip-flopping is that it doesn't work too well unless it is executed cleanly. If you find yourself issuing "clarifications" or encountering very different interpretations of where you've...

The Devil Came Down to Georgia And Paid Off Judas

In some startling, if preliminary, good news from Georgia, members of a state House committee, including three Republicans, "gutted" a religious liberty bill by adding language foreswearing any preemption of...

Country Music Stations Fighting the Gay Agenda

So here's an example of why Ted Cruz thinks he ought to be a country music fan, per WaPo's Emily Yahr: Alana Lynn, a morning co-host on country music station...

Say It Is So, Louie!

After Donald Trump's announcement of a presidential exploratory committee, you kinda figured the 2016 Republican field couldn't get much larger or crazier. But then The Hill did a routine check...

Harry Reid To Retire

I can't say I'm surprised, but he did do a pretty good head-fake about being determined to run for a sixth term: Harry Reid has announced he will retire from...

Daylight Video

British keyboard and bass player Andy Bown is 69 today. Here he is with The Herd (featuring Peter Frampton) in a video of "From the Underground" in 1967....

Day's End and Night Watch

I'll be doing some checking around in Disciples of Christ circles to see how Sharon Watkins's protest against Mike Pence's "religious liberty" bill is playing among the faithful, and will...

If You Are Going To Sabotage U.S. Diplomacy, Do It On Your Own Dime

Check out this pertinent amendment being offered by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) in response to the Cotton Letter to Iran (per TPM's Caitlin MacNeal): Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) would like...

Rand Paul the Omni-Hawk

To the extent that the battle over the FY 2016 budget resolution among Republican Members of Congress is being billed as a fight between defense hawks and fiscal hawks, let...

The Walker National Security Doctrine: It It Bleeds, It Leads

Believe it or not, there was something in that Hugh Hewitt interview with Scott Walker that's more disturbing than his claim that service as a county executive is a better...

Lunch Buffet

Sweet Sixteen starts up tonight. Trying to decide if I care. Probably will root for Wichita State over Notre Dame, and West Virginia over Kentucky. Man, will some couches burn...

Walker's "Think Locally, Act Globally" Standard of Foreign Policy Experience

Conservative gabber Hugh Hewitt interviewed Scott Walker on foreign policy issues yesterday, and the ensuing headlines involved Walker's commitment to nullify any U.S.-Iran nuclear deal "on day one" if he...

Pence Signs "Religious Liberty" Bill, Says Everybody's Doing It

To no one's surprise, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law a "religious liberty" bill that has spurred threats of convention boycotts, including one from the sponsors of GenCon, the...

What's Next? "Death Tax" Repeal as Blow Against Inequality?

It's obviously no surprise that proponents of the most egregiously inequality-producing measure the United States could take on any given day, a total repeal of inheritence taxes, want to hide...

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