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  • Fed Communication Complexity

    31 October 2014, 4:12 pm by: Michael R. Strain

    FOMC Statements: Reading Grade Level and Length pic.twitter.com/SKp6sWJ8w2— Michael R. Strain (@MichaelRStrain) October 31, 2014From the St. Louis Fed:Over the years, the Federal Reserve has developed numerous communication tools aimed at increasing…
  • There's Something About Mary

    31 October 2014, 4:11 pm by: Charles C. W. Cooke

    Mary Landrieu has represented Louisiana in one form or another since 1980. So it is amusing to see her suddenly discover that the state is a sexist sort of place at the exact moment that she has run into political trouble. It is even more amusing that she was…
  • Other Studies of the Montana Supreme Court

    31 October 2014, 4:11 pm by: Jonathan Keim

    As Carrie Severino mentioned on Tuesday, the Judicial Crisis Network recently released a white paper about the Montana Supreme Court’s defiance of Supreme Court precedent on particular issues of federal law, such as free speech, property rights, and…
  • Student Group Says UNC's Student-Athlete Fraud Is Actually a Result of White Supremacist,…

    31 October 2014, 4:03 pm by: Ian Tuttle

    An enormous academic scandal is not sitting well with some students at the University of North Carolina -- but not for the reasons one might think. On Wednesday, UNC student group The Real Silent Sam hosted a “Rally Speaking Back To The Wainstein Report,”…
  • Could the GOP's Larry Hogan Really Have a Shot in Maryland?

    31 October 2014, 3:59 pm by: Jim Geraghty

    Hmmmm:Wow: @cookpolitical moves #MDGOV, #RIGOV and #AKGOV all to tossups.— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) October 31, 2014Really? The Cook Political Report thinks there's a shot Republican Larry Hogan wins in Maryland? Other than a Baltimore Sun poll putting…
  • Wanted: Tech Workers at $1.21 an Hour

    31 October 2014, 3:58 pm by: Mark Krikorian

    Last week's revelation that Electronics for Imaging, Inc. (EFI) had paid imported Indian workers $1.21 an hour to install computer systems in its Silicon Valley headquarters generated a good deal of outrage. The workers were apparently brought here from the…
  • Nothing Creepy at All About This

    31 October 2014, 3:09 pm by: Fred Schwarz

    As John Fund reports, the New York State Democratic Committee has sent menacing letters to registered Democrats who haven’t voted recently. The letters state pointedly that “we will be reviewing voting records#...#to determine whether you joined your…
  • President Carolla's Campaign Without Lies

    31 October 2014, 3:02 pm by: Tim Cavanaugh

    President Me: The America That's in My HeadBy Adam Carolla (HarperCollins, 275 pp., $26.99)Adam Carolla, who by his own account neither reads nor writes, has already written his third book, and it serves a higher purpose than the previous works in the Carolla…
  • Dems to Black Voters: You're Idiots. Vote for Us

    31 October 2014, 3:01 pm by: Peter Kirsanow

    Democrat campaigns across the country are, once again, engaging in race-bating. This occurs every election cycle--usually under the radar of the mainstream media. This year's version contains impressive historical and linguistic jiu-jitsu designed to stoke…
  • Maine Judge Overturns Nurse's Mandatory Ebola Quarantine

    31 October 2014, 3:00 pm by: Brendan Bordelon

    A Maine judge reversed the mandatory 21-day quarantine of nurse Kaci Hickox following her return from treating Ebola patients in West Africa, rejecting the governor's push to keep her confined while leaving in place other requirements.On Friday Judge Charles…
  • How the Far Left Hijacked a Cat-Calling Debate And Started to Eat Itself

    31 October 2014, 2:54 pm by: Charles C. W. Cooke

    A video depicting a woman walking around New York City and, through no fault of her own, being intermittently approached or cat-called by strangers has become an Internet sensation this week, racking up hits and provoking outrage across the political spectrum.…
  • Don't Want More Higher-Ed Regulation? Then We Need More Transparency

    31 October 2014, 2:48 pm by: Kevin James

    Last week, the Pope Center’s George Leef offered a critical take on proposals to gather more data on higher education. Leef argues that federal efforts to make information like graduation rates, average earnings, and student debt loads available to the…
  • Judging the Stance

    31 October 2014, 2:35 pm by: Ramesh Ponnuru

    I have seen a lot of discussion this week about the end of quantitative easing, with many commentators saying that Fed policy remains “loose” or “stimulative” (and some even denying that QE has come to an end). So it’s as good a time as any to note…
  • How the GOP Can Attract Hispanics

    31 October 2014, 2:00 pm by: Lamar Smith

    If Republican party officials want to know how to attract Hispanic voters, they should look at Bexar County (which contains San Antonio) in South Texas.Bexar County has a population of 1.8 million people. About 60 percent are Hispanic, 30 percent Anglo, and 10…
  • Martha Coakley, a Masterpiece of Bad Campaigning

    31 October 2014, 1:56 pm by: Jim Geraghty

    Wow. Martha Coakley, never change. You are so bad at this, you are actually fun to watch:My favorite is:Martha Coakley: I don't anticipate that we will raise fees.Moderator: But it's not a solid promise?Martha Coakley: Well, I -- is Charlie pledging? Are you…
  • Don't Count on Lower Turnout In a Louisiana Runoff

    31 October 2014, 1:38 pm by: Jim Geraghty

    Louisiana’s Senate race is likely to go to a runoff after Tuesday night.Incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu has led a lot of the pre-runoff polling, but by increasingly small margins, and with a percentage of the vote that’s particularly ominous. Anywhere…
  • GOP Files FEC Complaint Against Kansas Dems For Helping Orman

    31 October 2014, 1:24 pm by: Andrew Johnson

    The Kansas Republican party has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission regarding Democratic involvement in independent Senate candidate Greg Orman's campaign. The complaint comes after numerous reports that national and state-level Democrats,…
  • Every Day Is a Holiday for the Sugar Industry, Thanks to Our Insane Sugar Policies

    31 October 2014, 12:42 pm by: Veronique de Rugy

    Happy Halloween! According to the National Retail Federation, candy sales for Halloween are estimated to reach $2.2 billion this year, up from $2.08 billion in 2013; Halloween alone accounts for 4 percent of our candy consumption. That's a bit irksome for some…
  • Treating Our Friends Like Enemies

    31 October 2014, 12:36 pm by: Benjamin Weinthal

    The Obama administration’s foreign policy provides a kind of porcelain alliance for America’s allies across the world. Three telling cases in point over the last week brought things to a head.First, a senior Obama official termed Israel’s Prime Minister…
  • On Cat-Calling

    31 October 2014, 12:20 pm by: Jonah Goldberg

    As someone who had several summer jobs in New York -- foot-messenger (I didn't deliver feet, I walked), ice-cream vender etc -- never mind someone who grew up in New York City and now lives in Washington, D.C., I find it bizarre that anyone needs to argue that…
  • Charlie Rangel: Some in GOP 'Believe That Slavery Isn't Over'

    31 October 2014, 12:13 pm by: Brendan Bordelon

    New York Democratic congressman Charlie Rangel slandered his Republican colleagues during a rally for New York governor Andrew Cuomo, comparing them to Civil War--era racists who "believe that slavery isn't over.""We're going to be able to send a national…
  • The IRS Is Hiding Its Communications with a Democratic Senator

    31 October 2014, 12:11 pm by: David French

    Yesterday, my colleagues and I at the ACLJ filed a new lawsuit against the IRS in federal court in New Hampshire. The facts of the case are simple: On June 18, 2014, Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire submitted a FOIA request to the IRS for all communications…
  • Euthanasia About Killer's "Choice"--For Now

    31 October 2014, 11:51 am by: Wesley J. Smith

    We keep hearing about the "right to die." There is no right to die--no escape, of course,--but no right.Yet, I hasten to add. No right to die, yet.What do I mean? The killing decision in euthanasia and assisted suicide isn't really the suicidal person's…
  • Debate Moderator Tries to Show Up Scott Brown on NH Geography—Later Admits He Was Wrong

    31 October 2014, 11:40 am by: Andrew Johnson

    With so many issues on the table during the New Hampshire Senate debate, no one expected the location of Sullivan County to be the most heated. During Thursday's debate, moderator and WMUR analyst James Pindell corrected Republican challenger Scott Brown about…
  • To Be Honest, I Thought It Was an Obvious Point

    31 October 2014, 11:38 am by: Jim Geraghty

    MSNBC quoted me approvingly. My credibility's shot, isn't it?
  • Federalist Society’s National Convention

    31 October 2014, 11:08 am by: Ed Whelan

    The Federalist Society’s annual national lawyers convention—always a great event—will take place in D.C. from Thursday, November 13 to Saturday, November 15. The convention opens with an address by Justice Scalia, and the dinner features a keynote…
  • Re: CDC Doublespeak on Ebola

    31 October 2014, 11:01 am by: Ed Whelan

    A follow-up to my post on Monday:The CDC has revised its Q&A on whether Ebola can be spread by coughing or sneezing, but the new Q&A is just another exercise in doublespeak:There is no evidence indicating that Ebola virus is spread by coughing or sneezing.…
  • Time for Every Democrat to Panic!

    31 October 2014, 10:54 am by: Jim Geraghty

    TIME FOR EVERY DEMOCRAT TO PANIC!The New York Times' Nate Cohn says,In Iowa, the overall early vote is nearly tied in a state where Democrats usually fare well in the early vote.#...#The challenge for Democrats will be making sure that their voters from 2010…
  • Pat Roberts Receives Primary Foe's Endorsement

    31 October 2014, 10:52 am by: Andrew Johnson

    When Pat Roberts defeated Dr. Milton Wolf in August's Republican primary, he probably didn't envision that the endorsement of the tea-party favorite might be a pivotal part of his reelection bid against independent candidate Greg Orman. Now, four days before…
  • New Florida Polling Shows Gubernatorial Race Tied

    31 October 2014, 10:46 am by: Ryan Lovelace

    Two new polls show the Florida governor's race remains tied heading into the last few days of the campaign. A new Quinnipiac poll shows Democratic candidate Charlie Crist leading Republican governor Rick Scott by three percentage points among likely voters,…

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