Iraqis flee as ISIS gains ground there + they claim deadly Afghan bombing + Iran sends armada of ships towards Yemen pic.twitter.com/nzKfMqExAb— SalenaZito (@SalenaZitoTrib) April 19, 2015
Saturday, April 18, 2015
WATCH LIVE: 2016 GOP hopefuls speak at First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit http://t.co/cKkJNXshf6— NBC Chicago (@nbcchicago) April 18, 2015
FULL SPEECH: Rand Paul at New Hampshire Republican Leadership Summit http://t.co/OPWY9stTi4— The Right Scoop (@TheRightScoop) April 18, 2015
Here are the six survivors from the daycare at the Oklahoma City Bombing. http://t.co/RqGJYYg0tG— Denny Burk (@DennyBurk) April 18, 2015
Capitol Hill has seen a burst of bipartisan deal-making and legislating in recent days as newly empowered Republicans try to show voters they can govern responsibly when they’re in charge.
After a bumpy start, GOP leaders seem to have found their footing — passing a historic $200 billion Medicare reform package, striking big, bipartisan deals on Iran, education and trade, and preparing to pass a GOP budget for the first time in a decade.
Now comes the hard part: keeping the momentum.
Deadlines to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank’s charter, raise the federal borrowing limit, renew the Patriot Act and replenish the highway fund are fast-approaching, and none of the issues will be simple to sort out.
For now, GOP leaders are in a hopeful mood.
I love the lede on this piece. It's not about HRC & Iran, but the GOP going after her for it. --> http://t.co/nNzZOzOz0L— Jay Cost (@JayCostTWS) April 18, 2015
Clinton Embroiled in Scandal Again, Newsweek Frets Over 'Enemies' Discrediting Her http://t.co/1ELYwgKsNw— The Weekly Standard (@weeklystandard) April 18, 2015
Newsweek: Largest individual donor to Clinton Foundation has trade ties to Iran http://t.co/0TQLkvnq0f— Jazz Shaw (@JazzShaw) April 18, 2015
'She might eventually get a question?' DNC plans debates in case Hillary gets a primary opponent http://t.co/RkR3cwy2Kp— TwitchyTeam (@TwitchyTeam) April 18, 2015
Cashinin now: Lamestream Media chasing Hillary's "ScoobyVan" like she's a boy band.will they ever ask her the tough questions?#WakeUpAmerica— Eric Bolling (@ericbolling) April 18, 2015
Why SNL and Chipotle are more dangerous for Hillary than Benghazi and email-gate - http://t.co/HTm020ffMA— Matt Lewis (@mattklewis) April 18, 2015
"Serious" stories about Hillary Clinton did not attract as much coverage as her failure to leave a tip at a Mexican restaurant, writes Matt Lewis
...The day after Mrs Clinton announced her presidential campaign, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, 43, who is young enough to be Clinton's son, made his own presidential announcement – a soaring speech which contrasted with Clinton in every way, casting her as his perfect foil. "Just yesterday," Mr Rubio gibed, "a leader from yesterday began a campaign for president by promising to take us back to yesterday. But yesterday is over, and we are never going back."
The funny thing is that some serious news involving Mrs Clinton came out this week, but has mostly elicited yawns. First, it was revealed that she had simply ignored congressional inquiries into her use of private emails during the time she was serving as Secretary of State back in 2012. Second, it was reported that the Clinton Foundation would continue taking money from foreign governments – even as Mrs Clinton officially ran for president of the United States.
None of these "serious" stories garnered as much coverage or commentary as her failure to leave a tip at Chipotle. This is both a commentary on the American public and the American media. But it's also a warning to Mrs Clinton about how it will be the little things that kill.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Paul Revere’s midnight ride happened 240 years ago http://t.co/yXEVpkzXA9— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) April 18, 2015
Scientists: now closer to being able to resurrect extinct species. Might want to start with Founding Fathers, before it's too late. #tcot— Fred Thompson (@fredthompson) April 17, 2015
"There are lots of persuasive reasons to kill this odious tax." http://t.co/zWNwaIGxrg— Robert Elliott (@maltoy2000) April 17, 2015
The Inheritance Tax -- another issue where gullible, sincere leftists prop up a well-heeled industry http://t.co/b5RHQOR2l9— David Freddoso (@freddoso) April 17, 2015
THOMAS FLETCHER: Kill the death tax - Washington Times http://t.co/EZhSXfFmbb— IrritatedWoman™ (@irritatedwoman) April 15, 2015
ESPN Host: I Have A “Dream” That “Every Black Person In America Vote Republican” http://t.co/EzmJbpSBv0— Julie G (@jag1012) March 19, 2015
Conservatives should be happy we got this done, and confident Republicans will continue fighting to curb Washington’s worst habits for the sake of our children’s future.
The Death of the Left http://t.co/uGGYyhRjHt Wow. A very hard-hitting but very truthful read from The Man Who Nails It - Daniel Greenfield.— Kristy Lonestar (@luchadora41) April 16, 2015
The left is at its best when it’s trying to take power. It unleashes its egocentric creative impulses, it writes poems, plays and songs as its heroes die in doomed battles or pump their fists at protests. And then they win, get rich and fat, the people grow poor and the country becomes a miserable dictatorship. Try putting a 300 pound Che on a t-shirt. Or get inspired by Obama lazily playing golf.
...The left gains its ideological legitimacy from reform. But what happens when it becomes the entity in need of reform? Then reform dies and the word comes to be used as a euphemism for oppression. All the ideas die while the slogans march on like zombies. Radicals kill and then are killed. The men and women who used to fill the gulags, die in them instead. Lenin becomes Stalin becomes Khrushchev.
Before you know it, no one remembers why there was a revolution or how to get rid of it.
The American left survived its last round of victories by losing elections. It won while maintaining the appearance of defeat. Now it has both the appearance and the substance of victory. Maddened social justice warriors lynch-tweet their own over trifles as the revolution’s children devour its elders in search of someone to fight.
The left has won and victory is killing it. It’s a slow miserable death for it, and for us. If we win, then a defeated and revitalized left will go back to fulminating and ranting, plotting and scheming its way to a victory that will kill it. If its victory becomes permanent, a generation from now Cuban sex tourists with pesos will be visiting the Socialist enclaves of Berkeley or Boston for their child prostitution needs.
She announced via a video, the ultimate way to control a message and avoid any engagement with real people or the press.
◼ You Deserve Hillary’s Bloodless, Condescending Campaign - Liz Mair/The Daily Beast
...About the most exciting thing that has happened to the former secretary of state in the last week—and this includes her announcement—is visiting a Chipotle initially undetected, and subsequently having pictures of her burrito-ordering leaked and posted online.
It’s all so dull, so bland, so scripted, so planned, so typically political. And perhaps, just perhaps, it’s what American voters deserve.
Americans want to believe that we’re a nation of risk-takers, pioneers, people willing to cast comfort and safety aside to achieve a dream, tell the truth, and change the world. Some of us still are those things, too. But in reality, a lot of us have become something else in recent years: narcissistic, overly-cautious, superficial, reality-disconnected, and above all, very, very boring....
The most comprehensive depiction of Hillary lies yet? http://t.co/94wWcBPIpq— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) April 17, 2015
◼ Steven Crowder: This ad, is without a doubt, the most effective anti-campaign ad that I’ve ever seen. And it shows Conservatives the blueprint on how to beat Hillary. Attack the dishonesty. I’ve been saying this for years. Hillary Clinton is more than a slimy politician, she’s a compulsive liar. She lies about big things, but more importantly, she lies about little things when she thinks that nobody’s watching. For no reason! Ignore the “sexism” claims from the left, speak freely, and focus on this....
BREAKING: US gov't offers to help Mexico recover stolen radioactive materials, State Dept offl tells me http://t.co/FgJfbDrWxA— Adam Kredo (@Kredo0) April 17, 2015
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who announced his run for president several weeks back, explains why he voted against Manchin-Toomey and how the Constitution trumps public opinion. Interviewed at the NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits in Nashville, Tennessee on April 10, 2015. Filmed by Ben Philippi for Guns.com.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
'She's folksy like that': Team Hillary makes 'everyday Americans' hand over their cell phones http://t.co/eJgIAU89sq— TwitchyTeam (@TwitchyTeam) April 17, 2015
Two mid-term election massacres have all but wiped the Dem's depth on the bench out. Obama built that https://t.co/tSMOYvG7lx— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) April 17, 2015
‘That's our gal’! Meet the totally random, 'everyday' American Hillary just happened to speak to in Iowa http://t.co/wZe6soG6e9— TwitchyTeam (@TwitchyTeam) April 17, 2015
Spontaneous Hillary Clinton photo has a boom mic hanging down from the top of photo. pic.twitter.com/3PI0MHDce1— Bill O'Keefe (@DefendWallSt) April 17, 2015
Hillary and the Scooby mystery van would have gotten away with deceiving the public if it hadn't been for those meddling Republicans. #tcot— CDM (@RWSurferGirl) April 17, 2015
DOES HILLARY EVER TELL THE TRUTH? DO YOU WANT A WOMEN POTUS SO BAD YOU WOULD VOTE FOR A PROFESSIONAL LIAR https://t.co/9p86NP0LzB— TIMENOUT (@TIMENOUT) April 17, 2015
Another MSNBC host slams Hillary Clinton http://t.co/iAuMYX5J2j— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 17, 2015
BARONE: Hillary Clinton: out of sync with the times http://t.co/89zaVM5zaa— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 16, 2015
Muslim migrants throw 12 Christians overboard in Mediterranean, police say http://t.co/prxyLpyxFj— Geri Lafferty (@CapitalVA) April 16, 2015
◼ Italy's migration crisis took on a deadly new twist Thursday as police in Sicily reported that Muslim migrants had thrown 12 Christians overboard during a recent crossing from Libya, and an aid group said another 41 were feared drowned in a separate incident. - AP
The survivors said they had boarded a rubber boat April 14 on the Libyan coast with 105 passengers aboard, part of the wave of migrants taking advantage of calm seas and warm weather to make the risky crossing from Libya, where most smuggling operations originate.
During the crossing, the migrants from Nigeria and Ghana — believed to be Christians — were threatened with being abandoned at sea by some 15 other passengers from the Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali and Guinea Bissau.
Eventually the threat was carried out and 12 were pushed overboard. The statement said the motive was that the victims "professed the Christian faith while the aggressors were Muslim."
◼ Italians revolt against migrant 'invasion' - The Telegraph
Italians are in growing revolt against the number of migrants arriving on their shores, with more than 10,000 people rescued from the Mediterranean in the past week alone.
The huge influx of asylum seekers from the Middle East and Africa is putting an intolerable strain on a country that has been in recession for the past five years.
Conservative politicians called this week for boatloads of refugees to be sent back to Libya, while the system of migrant reception centres is on the verge of collapse.
Ted Cruz is one of the two most active 2016 contenders in reaching out to the Jewish community as a whole http://t.co/CcdygsnzeJ— POLITICO 2016 (@politico2016) April 16, 2015
Cover of our forthcoming issue. pic.twitter.com/h1PNFfJneq— The Weekly Standard (@weeklystandard) April 17, 2015
Dear media: when you outnumber voters at a "Hillary event" 4-to-1, you need to report that. It's relevant.
Count on the British press to expose Hillary's staged appearances--is there anything about her that isn't FAKE? http://t.co/mSkmgLtIzM— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) April 15, 2015
Dear media: when you outnumber voters at a "Hillary event" 4-to-1, you need to report that. It's relevant. http://t.co/znwTxq6HmV— John Hayward (@Doc_0) April 15, 2015
◼ REMINDER TO MEDIA: HELPING HILLARY IS NOT YOUR JOB - John Hayward/BREITBART @Doc_o
The 2016 presidential race has only just begun, and we already have an unforgettable image for the history books: a pack of salivating reporters racing after Hillary Clinton’s taxpayer-funded “Mystery Machine” van, like a flock of pigeons chasing after scattered birdseed. Conservative humorist Iowahawk dubbed it “the stampede of the majestic North American Throne-Sniffers.”
...Here’s the thing, Media – it’s your job to remind Americans that Hillary’s under a thick cloud of scandal, and may end up under indictment, for running the off-the-books email server she was plugged into with that BlackBerry. It’s your job to remind American voters, over and over again, that Clinton jeopardized national security and deliberately violated transparency laws by doing this, and when she got caught, she looked the American people right in the eye and lied extravagantly and demonstrably about setting up her shadow server because she didn’t want to carry two portable electronic devices to check her mail.
That’s not a Republican “talking point” – it’s crucial to who Hillary Clinton is, and how she views herself in relation to the Little People. It says more about her arrogant view of the proletariat and disdain for accountability than a hundred speeches. She hasn’t “addressed” or “dealt with” the email scandal, and it’s not “old news.” In fact, we’re just learning today that Clinton was directly asked if she was running a private mail server by Congress in 2012, and both she and her Department blew off the question.... KEEP READING
Update, 5:00 PM EST: Will we have to abandon the American mainstream media entirely and turn to foreign reporters for real stories about Hillary’s Astroturf campaign? Over at ABC News, we’ve got a “senior national correspondent” slobbering over Clinton working off her shoe leather and winning over voters “one handshake, one chai at a time…” but the UK Daily Mail reveals her coffee-shop meetings are pure political theater, with her campaign staff actually driving activists, lobbyists, and Hillary groupies to sip those chai lattes with her.
Why bother with those extensively-funded mainstream media outlets and their high-priced on-air “talent” when you can get the same propaganda delivered straight to your inbox every morning by giving Hillary’s campaign your email address?
Dear media: Reporting Hillary's "social media success" without mentioning millions of fake followers is propaganda. http://t.co/znwTxq6HmV— John Hayward (@Doc_0) April 15, 2015
PAPER: CLINTON IOWA STOP STAGED; CAMPAIGN DROVE 'ORDINARY' VOTERS FOR PHOTO-OP http://t.co/nwYUUHWKrS— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) April 15, 2015
Vladimir Putin wasted no time turning President Obama’s nuclear diplomacy with Iran into a commercial opportunity, agreeing Monday to sell the mullahs sophisticated air-defense missile systems. Now China plans to join Russia in building new nuclear reactors for the Islamic Republic.
...how tolerant will the public remain about slashing water use once they realize how state and federal officials are using — some would say squandering — the state’s dwindling resources?
California's drought of common sense?: The water isn’t being released to benefit people, but to coax a few… http://t.co/GvSlve5aWK— San Diego Press (@SanDiegoCP) April 8, 2015
“The Republican primary is turning into a GOP NASCAR race, and the longer you wait, the more laps you’ll have to make up, as you try to take on the lead car,” said GOP strategist Ron Bonjean. “It would be wise for [New Jersey Gov.] Chris Christie and others to get in sooner, rather than later, because they risk getting dwarfed by others who are capitalizing on fundraising and infrastructure.”
Here’s a cheat sheet for what we know about the remaining potential candidates’ timelines.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Since announcing her candidacy, several media outlets have voiced their specific opinions on why Clinton might not be the shoo-in some have purported her to be.
Krauthammer: Hillary's Got It Made, But There's One Way the GOP Can Beat Her http://t.co/74CHyF9lMb— IJReview (@ijreview) April 16, 2015
Political pundit Charles Krauthammer recently appeared on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” to voice why he thinks Hillary Clinton will lose to the Republicans in the 2016 presidential election.
As Breitbart reports, Krauthammer thinks she’s “easily beaten” if the GOP fields a “dynamic” enough candidate.
Words that strike more fear than, "I'm from the govt and I'm here to help." - "I'm Hillary Clinton and I want to be your champion."— David B. Carter (@DBCarter62) April 16, 2015
Why can’t she STOP LYING?! Hillary caught telling a whopper on her Scooby-tour http://t.co/B2dae8MCZD— The Right Scoop (@TheRightScoop) April 16, 2015
There's nothing like a genuine listening tour, randomly meeting everyday folks. pic.twitter.com/vK9b1vEtGl— WH PRESS SECRETARY (@weknowwhatsbest) April 16, 2015
Officials: Growers Bogarting Taxes Owed To California: The California Board of Equalization says the medical… http://t.co/8tczQRKOZk— Change Sacramento (@CHNGSacramento) April 13, 2015
◼ The California Board of Equalization says the medical marijuana industry isn't paying the taxes it owes. - Bob Moffitt/Capital Public Radio
The Board of Equalization staff and board members -including George Runner recently met with marijuana dispensaries, nurseries, and growers in Humboldt County.
Runner says the County has begun to add marijuana growers to the tax rolls by establishing a permitting and licensing process.
"They've got concerns with water permits, with business licenses with seller's permits and Humboldt County is doing good work trying to figure out how to bring those people into the normal business stream."
The American income tax is perhaps the most dramatic example of how government grows at the expense of liberty. pic.twitter.com/4uqOogYtvs— ATR (@taxreformer) April 15, 2015
Maryland voters are rallying together to Stop Hillary & we’re counting on you to join the fight. Sign the pledge... http://t.co/eqs5w7W9sT— Maryland GOP (@mdreps) April 12, 2015
Obama's Third Term. https://t.co/HEMomZ9rLS— RB (@RBPundit) April 15, 2015
ICE Director: Agents Risk ‘Termination’ For Not Enforcing Obama’s Immigration Policy http://t.co/PSnDBV4FFu— CNSNews.com (@cnsnews) April 14, 2015
ISIS Terror Camp a Few Miles from Texas: And Obama says, amnesty for all — by executive order! The number of O... http://t.co/cgYSRGbMrk— Pamela Geller (@PamelaGeller) April 15, 2015
◼ Just in time for the 2016 primaries, Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul is getting his very own comic book. - T. Becket Adams/Washington Examiner
The comic book, which will be released Wednesday by Bluewater Productions, tells the story of the Kentucky senator who, along with his father, former Texas congressman Ron Paul, has attracted libertarian-minded voters to the GOP by staking out positions on many key civil-liberty issues, including federal surveillance programs, mass incarcerations and drone strikes.
"Though his short time as the Senator of Kentucky hasn't been without some controversy, Dr. Paul has made an indelible mark on politics," said the publishers of the comic.
The Good, Bad and Ugly of Senate Iran Nuke Compromise http://t.co/Xra0VycBaK— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) April 15, 2015
Senate committee unanimously approved legislation today that would allow Congress to have a say on a U.S. nuclear deal with Iran. #Hannity— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 15, 2015
ICYMI: How the White House blew it on Iran http://t.co/yPSGP7IxvX— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) April 15, 2015
Congress Looks Set to Have a Say on Iran Nuclear Deal After All http://t.co/KuN1teB5K5— CNSNews.com (@cnsnews) April 15, 2015
Corker Gets Unanimous Vote on Iran Bill: 'Great Day for the People of the U.S.' http://t.co/6C8sfyiczz— CNSNews.com (@cnsnews) April 15, 2015
After Unanimous Committee Vote, Obama Drops Threat to Veto Iran Nuclear Review Bill http://t.co/TIJ7eoywu7— CNSNews.com (@cnsnews) April 15, 2015
There is little, if any, evidence for widespread discrimination in wages and employment based on gender in the U.S.
- Is there a wage gap between men and women?
- Which factors explain the wage gap?
- Should the federal government do something to correct the wage gap?
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Peggy Noonan: Hillary Clinton’s announcement followed by her dark-windowed SUV journey into deepest darkest America was the most inept, phony, shallow, slickily-slick and meaningless launch of a presidential candidacy I have ever seen.
...Two points on the general feel of the 2016 campaign so far.
One is that in the case of Mrs. Clinton we are going to see the press act either like the press of a great nation—hungry, raucous, alive, demanding—or like a hopelessly sickened organism, a big flailing octopus with no strength in its arms, lying like a greasy blob at the bottom of the sea, dying of ideology poisoning.
Republicans know—they see it every day—that Republican candidates get grilled, sometimes impertinently, and pressed, sometimes brusquely. And it isn’t true that they’re only questioned in this way once they announce, Scott Walker has been treated like this also, and he has yet to announce. Republicans see this, and then they see that Mrs. Clinton isn’t grilled, is never forced to submit to anyone’s morning-show impertinence, is never the object of the snotty question or the sharp demand for information. She gets the glide. She waves at the crowds and the press and glides by. No one pushes. No one shouts the rude question or rolls out the carefully scripted set of studio inquiries meant to make the candidate squirm. She is treated like the queen of England, who also isn’t subjected to impertinent questions as she glides into and out of venues. But she is the queen. We are not supposed to have queens.
Second point: We have simply never had a dynamic like the one that seems likely to prevail next year.
On the Republican side there is a good deep bench and there will be a hell of a fight among serious and estimable contenders. A handful of them—Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Rubio, maybe Bobby Jindal—are first-rate debaters, sharp advancers of a thought and a direction. Their debates, their campaigning, their oppo geniuses, their negative ads—it’s all going to be bloody. Will the American people look at them in 2016 and see dynamism and excitement and youth and actual ideas and serious debate? Will it look like that’s where the lightning’s striking and the words have meaning? Will it fortify and revivify the Republican brand? Or will it all look like mayhem and chaos? Will the eventual winner emerge a year from now too bloodied, too damaged to go on and win in November? Will the party itself look bloody and damaged?
It's going to be fun reading @Peggynoonannyc for the next 18 months. http://t.co/4JMyuShJgl pic.twitter.com/NjHlk5sU7W
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) April 15, 2015
Students bemoan Hillary’s community college visit: She’s going to be ‘talking s–t’ http://t.co/pegIljuwb6 via @mchalfant16
— Red Alert Politics (@RedAlert) April 15, 2015
"Today in Iowa, Hillary Clinton defended common core.... I really don’t want to live in HER village." John Stossel
— Thomas Del Beccaro (@tomdelbeccaro) April 15, 2015
Ed Schultz: Hillary Doesn't Need To Answer Your Stupid Questions | Truth Revolt http://t.co/3uh8IE4XWp
— Caleb Howe (@CalebHowe) April 15, 2015
Marco Rubio: Hillary Clinton's Ideas Are From The Last Century http://t.co/nKbkSVEdpu
— Jeff Dunetz (@yidwithlid) April 15, 2015
IT’S POTEMKIN VILLAGES ALL THE WAY DOWN: More than 2 MILLION of Hillary Clinton’s Twitter fo... http://t.co/jvFuDXUDw3 via @instapundit
— Instapundit.com (@instapundit) April 14, 2015
◼ More than 2 MILLION of Hillary Clinton's Twitter followers are fake or never tweet – and she's already under fire for 'buying' fake Facebook fans - DAVID MARTOSKO, US POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
- The newly minted presidential candidate is fending off accusations that her Facebook page is full of fake 'likes'
- Her Facebook fan base includes more people from Baghdad, Iraq than any US city
- When she was secretary of state, her agency paid $630,000 to bulk up its Facebook likes, but pledged to stop after she left
The Viral Video Of Reporters Chasing Hillary Clinton's Van Inspired Us To Make These 5 Vines http://t.co/PQ2rMqp9lq— IJReview (@ijreview) April 15, 2015
Hillary staged Iowa coffee shop talk, what about Chipotle? http://t.co/armc3zrFhR— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) April 15, 2015
How long can Hillary Clinton hide? http://t.co/r0ggSBRHEd— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) April 14, 2015
The most dramatic contrast between Hillary Clinton and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) may not have been in their announcements, although Rubio’s live and inspiring speech was certainly different from a polished video in which Clinton barely appeared. The real difference, and the challenge, for Clinton came afterward.
She was driving being driven to Iowa and making small talk ignoring people at a fast-food restaurant. Since she said nothing about any issue and merely identified with “everyday” people, each tidbit of exceptionally not-everydayness brings smirks. As Politico noted, “Clinton’s new campaign manager, Robbie Mook, has instructed his staff to adopt a humble, underdog’s posture, but it’s been hard for Clinton and her rich, powerful family to shake off some of their gold rust. As the new candidate was rumbling across the gritty byways of Pennsylvania, Indiana and Ohio — stopping to gas up and scarf Chipotle — daughter Chelsea was gracing the cover of Elle in pricey Cartier jewelry, her hair blown into a glamorous corona by a wind machine. And Clinton’s friends told The Associated Press that the former first lady had made her final decision to run while vacationing at the waterfront mansion of her dear friend, the fashion designer Oscar de la Renta.” This, however, was her choice. She could have said something of substance, given a speech and sat through interviews on meaty matters. Live by the gimmick, die by the gimmick, I suppose.
Rubio gave a speech, a really good one, and also sat through a lot of interviews — with ABC, NPR and Fox.
...In sum, he can easily navigate through policy issues because he knows what he believes and has no qualms about saying it. Clinton, on the other hand, is apparently still trying to figure out what she will be saying, so naturally any substantive interview would be hard. Moreover, any interviewer worth his or her salt would soon start grilling her on the e-mail scandal, the foreign countries’ donations to her foundation and her wealth.
But here is the question: What happens when Clinton can no longer hide in a van and behind sunglasses at a Chipotle? At some point, she will need to say what she thinks and sit through probing interviews. What’s she going to do then?
"I can't believe the NYT is writing pieces about what Hillary Clinton ordered for lunch." <- The media who doesn't press her for answers.— RB (@RBPundit) April 14, 2015
◼ Halperin Praises Clinton’s Newness: ‘We’ve Never Seen Her Get a Burrito Before’ - Mediate
◼ Hillary Clinton´s Candidacy Is Depressing - Dennis Prager/National Review
◼ Hillary Clinton’s insultingly vapid video - Washington Post
◼ Reporter: Team Hillary Hoping Handpicked Journos at Off-Record Dinners Echo Favorable Talking Points - Breitbart Big Journalism
The Obamacare tax is finally biting Americans this year, but it's mostly toothless....the majority of the uninsured won't end up having to pay up. This year at least, the penalty's bark is a lot worse than its bite. Here's why:
1. The IRS has only two ways to collect the tax.
There are only two ways the IRS can get the penalty from the uninsured: By taking it from their tax refunds or receiving it voluntarily. The agency isn't allowed to use other tools normally at its disposal, like garnishing wages or issuing liens, to collect the penalty for being uninsured.
"It certainly reduces the size of the stick the IRS has to prod people into getting coverage," said Bob Williams, a senior fellow with the Tax Policy Center....
2. The tax is bigger than most people think, but still relatively small this year.
Most taxpayers think the uninsured penalty is $95 this year, tax assisters say, since that's been the number most often reported in the media. That's far below the cost of insurance premiums, so in the minds of some it makes sense to pay the penalty instead.
But that's only part of the story. The uninsured must pay either $95 or 1 percent of income above the filing threshold, whichever is greater. That means someone earning $50,000 would pay about $400.
Some have wondered whether that's enough to prompt more to buy coverage. But the key question is what taxpayers actually believe, tax experts say. Because many people think their fine would be $95, the penalty may be less effective as a motivating tool than if they realized the full truth of the matter....
Here's something interesting. 9 facts you didn't know about Marco Rubio. http://t.co/hrXgHtLG— ♫♫Cynthia Heath♫♫ (@CynthiaCHeath) May 24, 2012