UPDATE: Top Ky. Dem: Beating McConnell Will Be Like Defeating Nazis


Unseating Mitch McConnell in this year's midterms will be like freeing Europe from Hitler's Nazi control, according to Kentucky's Democratic speaker of the House."It reminded me of the feeling our troops must have had when they liberated the European nations after World War II," state representative Greg Stumbo said at an event for McConnell's Democratic challenger, Kentucky's secretary of state Alison Lundergan Grimes. "Can you imagine what it felt like that you were liberating a country?""Well, you're about to liberate your state from the worst reign of misabuse that we've seen in the last 30 years," he added.Polls have shown
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Obama's Speech: A Little Relief, More Dereliction of Duty


Conservatives could react to President Barack Obama's NSA speech today with a collective "whew," sop their brows, and say it could have been a lot worse. President Obama did not give in to the pleas of the antiwar Left and cripple the NSA completely, or end the collection and analysis of telephone metadata. He should receive some credit for a speech that recognized the long American history of signals intelligence -- the interception of foreign communications -- and its great benefits during the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, WWII, and the Cold War. Critics who want the NSA's activities shut
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The Heart of the Matter


A book I'm buying today is Heart: An American Medical Odyssey, by former vice president Dick Cheney and his cardiologist, Dr. Jonathan Reiner of the George Washington University medical center. Tevi Troy writes in The Weekly Standard: This engaging book is cowritten by Cheney and his cardiologist, Jonathan Reiner, with an assist from his daughter Liz Cheney. As the former vice president writes, Reiner once related to him that he is not aware of anyone else, besides Cheney, who suffered a heart attack in the 1970s and is still alive. Furthermore, and this is something even political junkies might not
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The Mask Slips at HHS


In a Federal Register notice yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are soliciting nominations for possible membership on the Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer in Young Women. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but the notice contained this interesting passage (my italics):“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will give close attention to equitable geographic distribution and to minority and female representation so long as the effectiveness of the Committee is not impaired. Appointments shall be made without discrimination on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual
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Media Internship


NR’s New York office is in the market for a media intern beginning immediately. Please send a cover letter, résumé, and relevant clips to mpeace@nationalreview.com if: #*#You are a TV news junkie;#*#You have an eye and ear for newsy clips and some creative ideas about how to use them;#*#You know how to edit video in iMovie or Final Cut Pro (not required, but a plus).NR offers a small stipend with the position.

Pro-Life? Not Welcome in Andrew Cuomo's New York


Today from Albany, Governor Cuomo not only gave his analysis of the Republican party but declared the state not big enough for those who want to defend the sanctity of human life against his abortion-expansion plans, among others: You have a schism within the Republican Party. … They’re searching to define their soul, that’s what’s going on. Is the Republican party in this state a moderate party or is it an extreme conservative party? That’s what they’re trying to figure out. It’s a mirror of what’s going on in Washington. The gridlock in Washington is less about Democrats and Republicans.
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Friday Links


What if we were to dump all the tea in the world into the Great Lakes? How strong, compared to a regular cup of tea, would the lake tea be?Amazon product review du jour: perfect for revenge against your office's mystery food/candy thief (plus additional funny reviews).How to shelter from fallout after a nuclear attack on your city.The lush underwater gardens of competitive aquascaping.The untold tale of Pow!, the fourth Rice Krispies elf, with bonus Rolling Stones Rice Krispies commercial.The 15 most unintentionally profound quotes ever.ICYMI, Wednesday's links, including the most comprehensive zombie-classification chart ever and the reason fake phone
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The 'Separate Checks' Dodge


My post yesterday about Obamacare’s abortion subsidies and Slate’s coverage thereof drew this e-mail:Sorry, Ramesh, but you’re not a lawyer and it shows. The fact is that the Affordable Care Act does NOT subsidize abortion. It requires plans that cover abortion to charge a separate fee for the abortion coverage, so the federal premium subsidy covers the rest of the plan. Your post was misleading, and so was the Susan B. Anthony ad, even if Lithwick is going overboard to call it a lie.The main point of my post was to establish that the “federal law” that prohibits federal funding
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Omnibus Bill on Its Way to the President's Desk


After being cleared in the Senate, the bipartisan and massive omnibus budget bill is heading to the White House to receive the president's signature. The rationale for growing spending beyond the sequester levels is that we certainly couldn't live within the limits set by the Budget Control Act, and the sequester cuts were too drastic (in particular for an allegedly funding-starved military). And yet a look inside the bill reveals that it is stuffed with waste, duplicate and outrageous spending items that if eliminated wouldn't constantly require Congress to violate its commitment to cutting spending. Here are a few of
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De Blasio’s House Worth $1.4 Million


New York’s mayor Bill de Blasio talks a lot about inequality. He also owns a house worth $1.4 million.A New York Post report found that the value of Mayor de Blasio’s Park Slope home doubled during the last eight years under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, increasing in value from just shy of $700,000 in 2006--07 to $1.4 million in a 2014--15 assessment.During his mayoral campaign, de Blasio spoke in behalf for the poor and downtrodden against the “inequality crisis” plaguing New York City. “We are called to put an end to economic and social inequalities that threaten to unravel the city
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