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HEAD: Don, or Ron? Which Side Will Republicans End Up On?

Sports has off-seasons. Politics does not. For most, it is exhausting. But I love it. President Trump’s presidential campaign announcement drew groans from a small but loud faction of “Republicans” who consistently demand an off-season while the left stays on the field. “Ugh! Not again! We can’t handle it!” Then don’t handle it. Maybe politics isn’t for you. Go have a cup of chamomile tea and hide under a fuzzy blanket. “Ron DeSantis is now the leader of the Republican Party… it’s time to move on from Trump… he’s dragging down the party.” Those making these flawed claims – alongside

Gen Z – Whose Votes Bolstered Democrats in the Mid Terms – Are Suffering Massive Pandemic-Induced Depression.

Millions of Gen Zers are struggling with mental health problems, according to a new survey, which reveals many of these problems were first identified during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is further evidence of the serious health consequences caused by the social-distancing measures taken in response to the virus. Generation Z is the third-largest population in America, after millennials and baby boomers. While Zoomers are often singled out for praise by the corporate media for racial and sexual diversity, it’s also becoming clear many of them are suffering mental health issues to a far greater degree than earlier generations. The survey

Why Fiorina Matters

Mention former New York Gov. George Pataki or Carly Fiorina in the 2016 GOP primary and many voters will say: “Who?” Nonetheless, Pataki has been giving speeches in New Hampshire, has made plans to speak at the Iowa Agricultural Summit, and is getting his 15 minutes of media buzz. Both Fiorina and Pataki are most likely going to be in the GOP mix. But if you are looking for long shots, Fiorina is the one to take seriously. True, Fiorina (the first female leader of a Fortune 20 company) has not held any political office, and she lost her 2010 bid in California to unseat U.S.

One Smart MSM Reporter Notes Jindal’s Smart Strategy

Frank, at least one NBC reporter noted the logic behind Jindal’s move, at least in regards to Common Core. While most of the media moaned and groaned in an effort to persuade Team Jindal they were being dumb, Leigh Ann Caldwell pointed out: Common Core is more than the issue du jour for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. His evolving opposition to the national education standards has become his signature cause and one that may help differentiate him in a potentially crowded Republican presidential field. Jindal, whose second term ends this year, has embarked on a national tour calling for the

Jindal’s Amazingly Smart Week

In one week, Jindal has picked a fight with Jeb Bush on Common Core, with Bush and Obama on marriage (he won’t evolve on gay marriage and is supporting a constitutional amendment if the Supreme Court disagrees), and with the president and the respectable media of nuance on ISIS. “The Medieval Christian threat is under control, Mr. President. Please deal with the Radical Islamic threat today” has become a Facebook meme. Gov. Jindal’s refusal to backtrack when the nuanced crowd demanded it on the idea of “no-go zones” in France highlighted his theme that assimilation is the issue, not necessarily

SPLC Apologizes For Labeling Carson Extremist Hater

Last October, the Southern Poverty Law Center quietly added Dr. Ben Carson to its “extremist hate watch,” basically for opposing gay marriage. This week, the SPLC backed down, withdrawing the designation and apologizing to Dr. Carson: “In October 2014, we posted an “Extremist File” of Dr. Ben Carson. This week, as we’ve come under intense criticism for doing so, we’ve reviewed our profile and have concluded that it did not meet our standards, so we have taken it down and apologize to Dr. Carson for having posted it,” SPLC’s statement reads. Congrats to Ben Carson, whose stature achieved something even

NYT: Marriage Drives Economic Inequality

For Valentine’s Day, The New York Times offers this essay by Andrew Yarrow, noting how marriage makes people economically better off, and how the decline of marriage among the non-college educated is creating serious economic inequalities: Studies have shown that married women and men tend to be much better off financially than those who are unmarried, and that those who have fewer assets and more debt early on are less likely to marry or have stable marriages than those who are more financially secure. ‘There are relatively few relationships that are more fully documented than those between economic well-being and

Red Flags for Walker on Life?

Over at The Stream, the new magazine published by mega-evangelical James Orbison, John Zmirak reports doubts from pro-lifers about Walker’s commitment to life issues, based on his decision to hire several pro-abortion staffers: Pro-life leaders are planning to demand that Walker decisively demonstrate his commitment to the unborn. If he does not purge his campaign of questionable personnel — the kind who will whisper names like “O’Connor” and “Souter” in his ear — then his credibility gap on the issue of life will only widen. I asked’s own Marjorie Dannenfelser for her reaction. “A better barometer would be what happens in

Earth to GOP: Talk About Rising Costs

When it comes to economics, Republicans love talking about jobs, jobs, jobs. They cite real unemployment numbers that are far worse than what the public is told. They cite record numbers of Americans leaving the work force. They talk about cold, hard numbers. The GOP is obsessed with talking about jobs—but why? The vast majority of voters already have a job. We also know that government doesn’t create jobs—that’s what the private sector is for—so when conservatives engage the Democrats on the jobs issue, we’re at a huge disadvantage. They get to play Santa Claus, and we’re left talking vaguely about

Pres Obama: I Didn’t Lie, I just Waffled

Obama responds to Axlerod’s claim he lied about opposing gay marriage in Rev. Rick Warren’s church: “I think David is mixing up my personal feelings with my position on the issue,” Obama said in an interview with BuzzFeed News published Tuesday. Pres. Obama says he “always felt” gay couples should have equal benefits, he found it “frustrating to me not to, I think, be able to square that with what were a whole bunch of religious sensitivities out there.” “I’m just not very good at bullshitting,” Axelrod reports Obama telling him. Axelrod also claims it was the sensitivities of the black church

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