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Can Trump Unlock the Keystone State?

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 06:56:22 -0500

Joseph Rago, Wall Street Journal
If Donald Trump can win in Pennsylvania, he could take residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Do We Want a Middle-Schooler in the Oval Office?

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 06:57:29 -0500

Ruth Marcus, Washington Post
Perhaps the best way to understand Donald Trump is as a case of arrested development. In terms of personality and worldview, Trump is stuck in middle school. Early middle school. And that’s being charitable. Part of growing up is developing self-control. Trump never has. Listen to him in the presidential debate, interjecting compulsively, and flash back to seventh grade and the boy in the back of the class who kept interrupting the teacher with wisecracks. It was amusing the first time or two. Then it became annoying.

Why Hillary Clinton's Sex Smears Will Backfire

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 06:56:33 -0500

Mercedes Schlapp, Washington Times
It’s about the last thing we needed this election season. Sex has been brought into the presidential campaign. Who started it? Well, put the blame this time squarely on Hillary Clinton and her new de facto running mate: former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. The Clinton campaign has made a big gamble by featuring Ms. Machado in their latest negative political ads. The spots paint her as a victim of Donald Trump’s bullying, but her real motivation seems to be to reclaim the limelight. Her story is increasingly hard to credit when one examines Ms. Machado’s controversial and...

How Could Anyone Vote for Trump?

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 06:57:16 -0500

Gail Collins, New York Times
That first debate seems to have helped Hillary Clinton move ahead of Donald Trump in the polls. However, I know that many of you are asking yourselves: Why is this even a question? Why isn’t she leading 3 to 1? This is not a normal race between a Democrat and a Republican. One of the candidates has made it clear that he has no attention span or self-control. World security experts in both parties are terrified by the idea of a Trump presidency. He’s screwed small contractors in his business dealings and bought dumb presents for himself with money from his charitable foundation...

Trump's Secret Weapon: The Conservative Agenda

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 06:56:47 -0500

Deroy Murdock, National Review
Why is Donald J. Trump neck and neck with Hillary Clinton? For the most part, he is doing exactly what the Right would want and expect from a Republican nominee.Left for dead just a month ago, Trump now bests Clinton in Nevada (43 percent to 40 percent), North Carolina (45 to 40), and Ohio (42 to 37), according to a September 18â??20 Fox News survey (margin of error, +/- 3.5 percent). Nationwide, an ABC News/Washington Post poll has Trump and Clinton tied at 41 percent.How did Trump construct this dramatic turnaround?Hillary Clintonâ??s May Day parade of ethical and medical woes certainly has...

David Plouffe Isn't Worried

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 06:56:51 -0500

Isaac Chotiner, Slate
David Plouffe may be most famous for his role in managing Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, but in the 2016 campaign he has taken on a visible role as a highly optimistic surrogate for Hillary Clinton. Despite considerable liberal fretting over the possibility of a Trump presidency—and polls that are much too close for even a smidgen of comfort—Plouffe has repeatedly expressed his absolute faith in Clinton’s candidacy, even going so far as the put her odds of winning at 100 percent.

Clinton Actions on Benghazi Disqualifying

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 06:57:34 -0500

Rep. Jim Jordan, Philadelphia Inquirer
Hillary Clinton spent part of Monday night, as well as the last year and a half, trying to convince the American people why she's the best choice to be the next president of the United States. The entirety of her pitch seems to be that she's the most qualified candidate due to her record as a U.S. senator and secretary of state. But, in reality, it is her record as secretary of state that disqualifies her from consideration.

Republicans Wrong About Obamacare Apocalypse

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 06:56:53 -0500

Dana Milbank, Washington Post
It was a case of the dog that didn’t bark. For 90 minutes on Monday, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton clashed in their first presidential debate on a full range of issues. But meriting not a single mention? Obamacare. The Affordable Care Act ripped apart the nation and dominated political argument for several years. But now, six years after enactment, Obamacare isn’t on the radar screen during this election. And for good reason: The predicted apocalypse has not occurred.

Obamacare in 2017: Higher Prices, Fewer Choices

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 06:57:02 -0500

Jennifer Fallon, LifeZette
Experts agree on at least one thing when it comes to Obamacare: Premiums are just going to keep increasing next year. So prepare yourself to do some serious insurance shopping this fall. Not only are premiums going to increase, they’re increasing faster than before. Projections show the cost of the second-lowest silver plan — by far the most popular and purchased by 68 percent of enrollees — will rise an average of 9 percent. The same plan increased only 2 percent this year. “The impact that taxpayers are going to feel may be very expensive,” said one consumer...

Yellen Can't Hide the Struggle Inside the Fed

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 06:57:05 -0500

Peter Coy, Bloomberg BusinessWeek
At the presidential debate on Sept. 26, Republican candidate Donald Trump accused Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen of inflating “a big, fat, ugly bubble” by keeping interest rates too low. Yellen couldn’t just shrug off the accusation, because only five days earlier three members of her own rate-setting group, the Federal Open Market Committee, had expressed the same idea in more delicate language. Loretta Mester, Esther George, and Eric Rosengren dissented from the FOMC decision to stand pat on rates, the committee announced, because they “preferred” to raise...

Why Don't You Just Call the Cops?

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 06:57:07 -0500

Desmond & Papachristos, New York Times
SINCE the year began, police officers have killed 804 people, roughly three a day. In recent weeks, police officers fatally shot Terence Crutcher in Tulsa and Alfred Olango in a San Diego suburb. Both men were black and unarmed. When the police beat or kill an unarmed black man, what impact does it have on a city and on its black community in particular? Until recently, we have been unable to answer this question with solid data, even as the national debate about this issue has grown more contentious.

The Ferguson Effect in Ferguson

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 06:57:14 -0500

Heather Mac Donald, National Review
How did the Ferguson effect affect Ferguson, Mo., last year? Precisely as you would expect. The little city of 21,059 already had a disproportionately high crime rate, as anyone observing the behavior of Michael Brown before he was fatally shot by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in August 2014 would have guessed. In 2014, Ferguson’s violent-crime rate was 545 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, considerably above the 2014 national average of 362. But in 2015, the number of violent crimes in Ferguson surged 65 percent, from 115 to 190. Ferguson’s violent-crime rate in 2015 was 790...

Hillary Clinton's Red Army March of Tax-Hike DestructionHillary Clinton's Red Army March of Tax-Hike Destruction

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 06:57:19 -0500

Larry Kudlow, IBD
You've got to hand it to Team Hillary Clinton. Its message discipline is awesome -- at least in terms of taxes. It reminds me of the orderly march of the Chinese Red Army on the way to battle. Here's the latest message: The George W. Bush tax cuts were responsible for the financial meltdown and recession of 2008-09. That's a new low for Hillarynomics. In this week's debate, Clinton said: "Trickle-down it did not work. It got us into the mess we were in in 2008 and 2009. Slashing taxes on the wealthy hasn't worked."

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How Donald Trump Measures a Woman's Worth

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 06:57:23 -0500

Michelle Goldberg, Slate
Earlier this year, it seemed like Donald Trump was going to try to use Bill Clinton’s infidelities against Hillary Clinton. “She’s married to a man who was the worst abuser of women in the history of politics,” Trump said at a rally in Spokane, Washington. “She’s married to a man who hurt many women.” Later that month, Trump releasedan Instagram video of Bill Clinton chomping on a cigar as unnamed women accuse him of sexual harassment and assault; the spot ends with the sound of Hillary Clinton’s witchy cackling. Trump apparently saw this as a...

Liberals Have Nothing But Contempt for Women

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 06:57:32 -0500

Kurt Schlichter, Townhall
Forgive me if I’m confused, but there seems to be a huge disconnect between what our would-be elite overlords are telling us about women and what they actually think. Apparently coherence and consistency are sexist, and probably also racist and homophobic, making the pooh-bahs of the establishment and their media gimps the most tolerant people in the world.

The Lincoln-Douglas SolutionThe Lincoln-Douglas Solution

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 06:57:44 -0500

Allen Guelzo, RealClearPolitics
No matter which of Monday night’s two candidates you think won or lost, the real loser was the debate itself. The physical environment of Hofstra’s Mack Center was surprisingly cramped and poorly lighted; the podiums made both candidates seem remote; and Lester Holt’s hapless management was repeatedly stampeded-over by the debaters and the audience. Both Trump and Clinton appeared to be playing parodies of themselves, Trump by turns meandering and furious, Clinton condescending and unimaginative. Both did little more than rehearse first-hand the insults they had previously...

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The U.S. Has a Weak Hand In Syria--and Russia Knows It

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 06:57:26 -0500

Ian Bremmer, Time
How fast can a peace deal fall apart? On day one (Sept. 12), a U.S.-Russia-brokered cease-fire went into effect in Syria. By day four, Moscowâ?¦

Trump Infrastructure Plan's Fatal Flaw

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 07:10:53 -0500

Even Blue Cross Plans Are Bailing Out of Obamacare

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 07:10:58 -0500