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The troubled culture of the Secret Service

I've been scratching my head over the degeneration of the Secret Service, which has been in trouble quite a few times in recent years.  Ronald Kessler, a leading critic of the agency (but generally a supporter of the agents) has a critique of what he calls "a troubled culture" at Time: Sep 25, 2014 11:31 AM PT

The Clintons torpedo Obama's 'corporate inversion' campaign

Even those who have a heaping helping of disapproval for Bill Clinton have to admit the old boy can make them laugh.  After all the work President Obama and certain congressional Democrats have put into their dopey War on Corporate Inversions (aka "kneecap everyone who tries to climb over the wall to escape our nutty tax system,") Slick Willie comes along to "express sympathy" for Obama's designated targets.  From the New York Times: Sep 24, 2014 1:27 PM PT

Flashback: Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize citation

As President Obama drops bombs on a record-breaking seventh country, let's look back to 2009 and remember what the Nobel committee said when it bestowed a Peace Prize upon him for simply existing.  You'll need a heart of stone to get through the second paragraph without laughing out loud. Sep 23, 2014 12:56 PM PT

Israel shoots down a Syrian warplane

Just to add to the fun over in Syria - where the stated goal of taking down ISIS has already expanded into airstrikes against their al-Qaeda rivals, who might very well have been the more urgent target - a Syrian fighter jet penetrated Israeli airspace and was shot down over the Golan Heights, in an incident the bemused global media can't quite wrap its head around.  From CNN: Sep 23, 2014 12:42 PM PT

Science, celebrity, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson's tall tales

It's probably not how he planned to spend his September, but Sean Davis of The Federalist has become the go-to guy for puncturing the tall tales of celebrity scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson.  Davis began noticing that several stories Tyson routinely tells during public appearances don't add up.  More specifically, Tyson appears to be fond of manufacturing quotes that make other people look stupid. Sep 22, 2014 9:42 AM PT

The War on Poverty; Failure redefined as success

We just hit the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, and the numbers are grim: $22 trillion spent, but according to the Census Bureau, a slightly greater percentage of Americans fall below the poverty line. Sep 21, 2014 12:37 PM PT

White House fence-jumper gives the Secret Service another black eye

I don't understand what's going on with the Secret Service.  For as far back as I can remember, they were one of the most respected agencies in federal law enforcement.  Not perfect, mind you, but they had a generally excellent reputation, and I'm sure many extraordinary agents are still on the job.  But for the past few years, it's been one bad story after another for the Secret Service - from advance teams tarrying with ladies of the evening in Columbia, to Friday's bizarre fence-jumping incident, reported by Politico: Sep 20, 2014 9:15 AM PT

Fallout from the Wisconsin witch hunt

As John Sexton related on Friday, the Justice Department hasn't been able to find anything liking New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to the "Bridgegate" scandal (and you know Eric Holder's people were very, very keen to find such a linkage.)  It remains to be seen how the bridge affair will affect Christie's political future, which may or may not include a run at the White House.  Some think his vindication after such intense media coverage will make the story a net plus for him, at least among swing voters.  Others wonder if the special sauce from even a nothingburger scandal might have stained him; not only will the media be sure to remind everyone he was "embattled" by the story - and some sort of wheezy partisan investigation will still be limping along in the background of New Jersey politics through the end of 2016 - but voters may think he bears some lingering managerial responsibility for the people who were behind closing those bridge lanes, even though Christie acted quickly and decisively once the story broke. Sep 20, 2014 8:50 AM PT

Beat cops aren't the problem in a 'police state'

Despite all the controversy over encounters between cops and citizens after the Ferguson incident, "police states" really aren't about random meetings between uniformed police officers and regular folks going about their lives.  It's all about the steady expansion of laws and regulators, not beat cops. Sep 19, 2014 2:31 PM PT

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