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Regulatory Capture: Left-Wing Activists Write EPA Talking Points

When activists conspire with like-minded bureaucrats to impose mutually agreeable compulsive agendas on the rest of the public, the arrangement is every bit as corrupt as any crude payoff scheme. The result is the same: a conspiracy against the public interest, for the benefit of a powerful few.

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Socialists Across Europe See Opportunity to Spread Greece Chaos

Yesterday, as Greece’s debt negotiations entered a new hard-core round of brinkmanship mistaken by many observers for conciliatory gestures to Europe, observers warned that if Greece ultimately succeeds in squeezing more money out of its European creditors without making the necessary “austerity” concessions, their triumphant irresponsibility could go viral.

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Chocolate-Covered Junk Science and Candy-Coated Validation

It’s not difficult to sell chocolate-covered junk science and candy-coated validation. The politicization of science corresponds with the gullibility of media, and it’s no coincidence, because Big Media is wrapped in an unbreakable symbiotic relationship with Big Government. They both have a deep vested interest in manufacturing crises, creating Big Problems that require Big Solutions, cooked up in political laboratories located conveniently near major media headquarters in a few power cities.

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Obama Goes Legacy-Hunting in Iran, Which Views Him as a Defeated Enemy

The Obama administration’s mad push for an Iranian nuclear deal has Iran throwing all sorts of last-minute spoilers onto the table, knowing that Obama will not, cannot, walk away. The President wants his historic diplomatic achievement, Secretary of State John Kerry is eyeing a Nobel Peace Prize, and there is no way the Obama team would hand its real adversaries–their domestic political opposition–a huge victory by scuttling the Iran deal.

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Women of ISIS Keep Its Sex-Slave System Running

In May, a U.S. special operations mission in Syria killed one of the top money men for ISIS, Abu Sayyaf, and captured his wife Umm Sayyaf. It would have been great to take Abu Sayyaf alive, but it was known at the time that his wife was also a high-value target, and subsequent interrogations have proven her to be a major asset. In fact, Nancy Youssef at the Daily Beast judges Umm Sayyaf to be “the richest human intelligence source to fall into U.S. hands to date.”

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Greek Meltdown Watch: Yanis Varoufakis Resigns as Finance Minister

As Greece breaks apart on the rocky shores of the European Union, the man who did so much to run his nation’s finances aground has decided to call it quits. The New York Times sees the sudden resignation of “combative” Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis as a gesture of “conciliation” between the socialist Syriza government and a thoroughly fed-up European Union, but it might be premature to talk about Greece making peace with its creditors.

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Cyber Security Fail: Saluting Hillary Clinton for Not Trusting the Big Gov’t She Worships

Just for a moment, let us indulge McLaughlin and Clift and suppose Hillary Clinton, contrary to all available evidence and testimony, really did set up a private server because she thought the State Department system she was required to use was dangerously vulnerable. What does that tell us about Big Government and its high priestess? The Democrats who saddled us with a gigantic burden of taxes, deficit spending, and regulations don’t trust the multi-trillion-dollar government they’ve built.

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Massive Explosion Injures Over 500 People at Taiwan Water Park

A flammable substance, possibly meant for use in a stage performance, exploded in midair at the Formosa Fun Coast water park in Taiwan on Saturday night, creating an immense fireball that injured at least 510 people, 183 of them badly enough to require intensive care at hospitals, according to CNN.

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Kobani Hostage Crisis Ends as Kurds Retake Key City from ISIS

Reports surfaced over the past week of Islamic State (ISIS) terror attacks on the much-abused Kurdish border city of Kobani in Syria, but it now appears ISIS only recaptured parts of the town for a few days. Kurdish forces have reportedly driven ISIS from Kobani for the second time this year. The victory came at horrible cost, as NPR reports ISIS may have killed about 300 civilians over the past 24 hours, many of them slaughtered in a brutal house-to-house massacre.

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The Marriage Mandate

Bottom line: the Marriage Mandate is an idea whose time has come. It combines the reasoning of the Supreme Court’s decisions on ObamaCare, gay marriage, and disparate impact into one atomic fireball of compulsory social justice. Conservatives will love the results, while statists will love the methods.

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A Good Week for Big Government, and Big Business

Big Government loves ObamaCare because it subjugates the middle class, making them dependent on handouts to purchase the “affordable” insurance they are forced to buy. It’s not often that you see millions of people in a supposedly free country grabbed by the seat of their pants and thrown head-first into welfare dependency.

Arielle Cronig (L) and Elaine Cleary embrace outside of the U.S. Supreme Court after the ruling in favor of same-sex marriage June 26, 2015 in Washington, DC. The high court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states.

Gay Marriage and the Political War Against Natural Law

It might be possible for the contours of healthy society to return, if gay marriage advocates collect their victory, show respect for the sincere believes of those who disagree, and let everyone get on with their lives. That’s not going to happen.

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Report: Chinese Hackers Got Into FBI Personnel Files

As always, the breach was hushed up, and its full extent is still either unknown or being kept from the public, including potential primary and secondary identity theft victims. (When personnel files are raided, the friends and family of the targets have reason to be nervous that they might be the next targets.)

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Shocker: ‘Summer in Syria’ Tourism Campaign Flops

Al-Jazeera reports that a brainstorm by the Syrian state news agency, SANA, to boost the image of that war-torn nation—and its dictatorship—did not pan out. SANA’s English-language division asked its Twitter following to contribute photos to a #SummerInSyria hashtag.

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Lois Lerner Hard Drive Damaged by ‘Impact'; Inept Workers Blamed for Deleting Data

“Investigators are blaming two IRS workers at a computer center in West Virginia for erasing thousands of emails related to the tax agency’s tea party scandal, impeding congressional investigations into the treatment of conservative political groups,” reports the Associated Press. “The workers might be incompetent, a lead investigator said Thursday, but there is no evidence they were part of a criminal conspiracy to destroy evidence.”

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Obama ‘Raises Concerns’ About Hacking With China After Most Devastating Cyber Attack in History

It’s amazing to watch the hapless Obama foreign policy team underplay Cyber Pearl Harbor — the massive Chinese attack on vital U.S. government systems that has put up to 18 million current and former federal employees, plus their friends and families, at risk of identity theft, and dealt damage to American human intelligence efforts that will take years to repair.

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Scalia Dismantles the ‘Interpretive Jiggery-Pokery’ of King v. Burwell

Freedom means the ability to change course, correct mistakes, withdraw consent, repeal laws, and build arguments. The Left wants you to think nothing is over until they win, at which point it’s over forever, and it should probably be a crime to even suggest otherwise. Do not listen to them. Look at a decision like King v. Burwell the way they would: as the beginning of a fight, not the end.

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The King v. Burwell Aftermath

This is a very bad precedent to set, especially if Roberts’ reasoning is followed to the conclusion that the bigger and more ambiguously-written a law is, the more untrammeled executive power it grants. No matter what ultimately becomes of ObamaCare, that will come back to haunt us in many other contexts in the future.

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