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Why Alex Salmond’s help could hinder Labour

Anyone surprised by Alex Salmond’s comments in the Independent about SNP MPs possibly voting on English matters if it helped Labour is clearly missing out on the wealth of wisdom… Continue reading The post Why Alex Salmond’s help could hinder Labour appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Today in Politics

President Obama leaves Friday for a two-week vacation in Hawaii, ending a frantic three-week stretch that saw Congress fitfully conclude its business just hours before the president made his announcement that he was restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba.

On Friday’s Radio Show…

• American atheists president David Silverman explains why his group is launching anti-Christmas billboards across the country that target “in-the-closet atheists.” • It’s the Friday Night Free-For-All!

Thoughts from the ammo line

(Scott Johnson) Ammo Grrrll returns to comment on GRUBER: THE POLITICAL EQUIVALENT OF EX-LAX. She writes: I grew up in the Fiber-Free Fifties. With a steady diet of Jello, Twix, Wonder Bread, and Velveeta, small wonder laxative ads were prominent on television. Show More Summary

“The last nail in his coffin”: How America deluded itself about Cuba for 50 years

President Obama wants to abandon over half a century of bad Cuba policy -- but here's who's standing in the way

Sony hackers’ real crime: Why it’s not an assault on speech — but something worse

"The Interview" could still be released online. What's really under attack is not speech, but property. Here's why

CIVIL RIGHTS UPDATE: Second Amendment and people who had been committed to a mental institution 28 …

CIVIL RIGHTS UPDATE: Second Amendment and people who had been committed to a mental institution 28 years ago. An episode of situational depression isn’t enough to overcome the right to arms, according to a new Sixth Circuit decision...

The Collapsing Ruble: A Cautionary Tale for the United States

I don’t know if you have noticed, but the Russian ruble has utterly collapsed in recent days. It’s basically in free fall. Here’s Zero Hedge: On the year, the ruble has lost more than 55 percent of its value against the dollar, breaking psychological barrier after psychological barrier. What is the explanation? The Voxsplainer types […]

Seib Video: The Politics of Cuba Relations

President Obama's gamble on renewing diplomatic relations with Cuba seems to represent a calculation by the president, White House and perhaps the Democratic Party that the politics of Cuba have changed in this country. WSJ’s Jerry Seib, Beth Reinhard and Colleen McCain Nelson explain in this video clip from the Capital Journal Roundtable.

Gruber’s after-the-fact explanation of his Obamacare remarks

“The point I believe I was making was about the possibility that the federal government, for whatever reason, might not create a federal exchange. If that were to occur, and only in that context, then the only way that states could guarantee that their citizens would receive tax credits would be to set up their […]

What Obama can do about Cuba, and how Congress can interfere

President Obama this week announced plans to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than 50 years of restrictions, but lawmakers from both parties have opposed the new initiative. The administration can act alone on certain matters when it comes to Cuba, but congressional cooperation is required for other steps. Show More Summary

Morning Thread (12-19-2014)

Did you surrender to the Communists yet, daddy?...

8 Weird Things You Can Buy for the Republican or Democrat In Your Life This Holiday Season

With five shopping days left until Christmas—and four for Hanukkah, slacker—you might be feeling pressure to come through with some great gifts for friends and family. Not to worry: the Republican and Democratic parties are here to help!...Show More Summary

A Conflict of Visions, Part 4: The Constrained Vision’s Support for the Free Market

I have promised a series of posts on Thomas Sowell’s revelatory book A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles. The book has given me critical insights into the way people think about various issues, and I now find it hard to consider any political issue without seeing it through the lens of Sowell’s […]

Does Hollywood need bullies?

There have always been bullies in Hollywood; it’s institutionalised, like a form of hazing, but the key difference between the film business and the Marine Corps is that bullying in… Continue reading The post Does Hollywood need bullies? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

Friday Morning Open Thread

Now our President is just funning with his critics. Per NBC News: When outgoing Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts began the final WGBH-FM radio call-in show of his tenure, he probably didn’t expect to hear a tongue-in-cheek complaint from a former resident – who now happens to be the leader of the free world. Patrick, [Read more...] This space reserved for your ad.

An Apple A Day

'An apple a day keeps the doctor away' is an old saying given a modern twist by the announcement that the iconic American company has decided to halt online sales in Russia because of the economic turmoil surrounding the Russian rouble. Show More Summary

Bricks and Windows

I like Daniel Finkelstein's regular columns in The Times and this offering is a perfect example because he has a great ability to laugh at himself and others without being malign, bitter or downright nasty. The same arguments have applied...Show More Summary

Spotlight on Sentencing

A young man's reckless driving snuffs out the lives of two women who were on their way to the local supermarket. Turns out that the driver James Clunie (36) had appeared in court on no less than 46 times since the age of 26 and had been...Show More Summary

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