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Kentucky Democrats launch racial attack against Elaine Chao (Mitch McConnells wife). AGAIN.
Aug 4, 2014

What the heckiswrongwiththose people?

A Democrat operative and activist trying to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell from his Kentucky Senate seat is backtracking badly and trying to cover up after a race-based attack on McConnells wife over the weekend.

And that wife is one of the most accomplished women in America of any ethnicity: Elaine Chao, who spent eight years as Labor secretary under President George W. Bush.

In a series of Twitter posts, the activist, Kathy Groob, slammed McConnell repeatedly for being married to an Asian woman, even though Groob herself launched an angry attack last year on another liberal, progressive Kentucky group that argued bizarrely that Chaos ethnic background might explain why American companies are opening factories in China.

I wrote about that at the time (“Progress Kentucky: inbred, racist, xenophobic hicks“*): but I must admit that I thought that such behavior was tossed into the same Garbage Dump of Inane Stupidity as was the Ashley Judd campaign.

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Centennial of Britain Entering WWI Open Thread
Aug 4, 2014

On August 4, 1914, at 11pm London time, the British Parliament’s House of Commons voted to declare war on Germany. The UK’sTelegraph has an excellent series of articles detailing, hour by hour, the events leading up to the declaration. Here is their recounting for what happened today 100 years ago.

The decision was not an easy one for Britain. There was a great debate, both in Parliament and among the British public, as to whether going to war with Germany (and Austria-Hungary, by extension) was worth British lives and money. Max Hastings provides an excellent summary of British feelings about the war in his bookCatastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War:

[M]any British people now recognized that conflict was lapping very close to their shores.

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Rand Paul is a Poltroon
Aug 4, 2014

Via Matt Cover, we now have yet another instance of Rand Paul changing his positions on a key issue and then pretending he never held the previous position in the first place. The latest instance comes in the context of aid to foreign countries (specifically, Israel is under consideration here but to be fair to Rand Paul his point was about foreign aid to all countries, especially “wealthy ones” like Israel):

Paul, who was in Omaha campaigning for Nebraska Senate candidate Ben Sasse before a three-day tour of neighboring Iowa, may not like it when reporters bring up his proposal from three years ago to end all U.S. foreign aidincluding to Israel. But that was in fact his position.

In 2011, the newly-elected Paulproposed a budget that would have cut $500 billion from the federal budgetin part by cutting off foreign aid including financial grants to Israel.

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Grift Versus Theft
Aug 4, 2014

Everyone today has been discussing this sophomoric and sloppy piece in Politico Magazine by former Rep. Steve LaTourette. Erick has already pointed out the delicious irony involved in the banally (yet profoundly) crooked Steve LaTourette accusing anyone of grift (see here and here). It is definitely a valid point that LaTourette’s entire career is testimony to the idea that belonging to the “governing wing” of the Republican Party is really another way of saying that you belong to the “corruption wing” of the Republican Party.

But let’s perform an interesting thought experiment. Let’s assume that Steve LaTourette has a point.

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The Vine
Aug 4, 2014

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Welcome to The Vine, where every week I strive to bring you updates from around the pro-life community to help you keep up with the ever constant battle to save lives. If you arent plugged-in, it is my sincere hope that The Vine will allow you to get familiar with those on the front lines and find your place among them.

How do you know you are winning the war? When the other side has to change the words they use because their current brand has been exposed.

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Inside Gamechanger Salon, The Lefts Action Network
Aug 4, 2014

Note: I co-wrote and researched this piece with Nathan Schacht.

An extensive membership list and a calendar of events offer insight into a leftwing network first revealed by Media Trackers last week. Gamechanger Salon is a members-only Google group run by Billy Wimsatt for forward thinking and top-level political activists on the Left. Members of the group include senior level political hands at NARAL, the SEIU, the AFL-CIO and Planned Parenthood, among dozens of other groups.

Media Trackers first uncovered the network in records obtained through an open records request filed with a University of Wisconsin professor. The membership list released today is far more detailed than the list released last week, and the calendar offers insight into the groups plans for coordinated action in the future.

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In search of a GOP foreign policy
Aug 4, 2014

As the 2016 campaign shapes up one of the most contentious intra-party issues is national security but it is hardly likely to get a serious consideration.

The current national security policy of the United States is broken and a serious debate is needed on what is to replace it.

During Obamas first term, particularly during the slow-motion conquest of the Arab world by Islamic extremists under the warm and fuzzy name of Arab Spring there were two distinct threads running through Obamas national security policy. First, the hen party that pretended to lead American national security policy were heavily invested in the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine (why do we have a Irishwoman, Samantha Power, involved in setting our national security policy? Can Harvard train so few native-born idiots that we must import them?).

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EPA goes from Environmental Protection Agency to Extremist Political Agenda
Aug 4, 2014

Marita Noon at the Stop the EPA Power Grab Rally

During the week of July 28, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held hearings in four cities: Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh, and Washington. DC. The two-day sessions were to allow the public to have their voice heard about the proposed rules it released on June 2 that will supposedly cut CO2 emissions by 30 percent. Many, including myself, believe that these rules are really an attempt to shut down coal-fueled electricity generation and implement a cap-and-trade program that the Administration couldnt get through Congress in 2009, when cap-and-trades obvious allies held both houses of Congress.

If the EPAs plans were clear, direct, and honest, the public would likely revolt outright. Instead, the intent is hidden in pages of cumbersome language and the messaging becomes all about clean air and waterand about the health of children.

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Kansas Senate Race: Positive Conservative Solutions vs. 47 years in Washington and More of the Same
Aug 4, 2014

Washington has lost its way — we all know it — and we will not change Washington until we change who we send to Washington.Tomorrow Kansans have an opportunity to do just that.

Too often, Republicans can offer little more than saying what they’re against, rather than what they stand for. This achieves little more than whining. We desperately need Republicans who can offer bold, positive, conservative solutions rather than just complaints. We desperately need new Republican leaders who can communicate why conservatism is not only effective, but also compassionate.

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House Democrats Claim Momentum For 2014
Aug 4, 2014

The eerie similarities between the Republican disaster in 2006 and the coming Democrat disaster in 2014 continue to mount. The latest is a fairly desperate memo from DCCC chair Steve Israel which purports to show that Democrats have “momentum” heading into the 2014 elections based on some evidence that could most charitably be characterized as “flimsy”:

House Democrats head into the August congressional recess and the fall campaign season with a newly energized base, after some unpopular moves by their Republican counterparts, the head of the Democratic campaign committee argues in a new memo.

Facing a challenging congressional map and political environment ahead of the November elections, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Executive Director Kelly Ward touted the DCCC’s end-of-July fundraising spree, criticized House Republicans’ border bill, and called their vote to take President Obama to court out of the mainstream in the memo, which was obtained byNational Journal.And Ward continued the Democratic drumbeat against the GOP’s “impeachment talk”a key fundraising driver which has grown louder than any Republican talk of removing the president.

Notably absent from the DCCC memo is any suggestion that actual voters are turning towards the Democrats in November – an issue on which polling has remained remarkably consistent for the last two months. Nor is there any suggestion of how the Democrats plan to make gains in the House when they are defending 26 competitive seats while the GOP is defending only 15, according to Cook (note that the Dems would need to win 17 seats to control the majority).

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