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Tom Coburn to retire early

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Posted by    Friday, January 17, 2014 at 2:44pm
Tom Coburn Senate Floor National Debt

I guess this was a surprise to most people, including me, via Fox News:

Sen. Tom Coburn, one of Washington’s leading and most fiscally conservative lawmakers, announced Thursday he would be stepping down at the end of the year.

The Republican from Oklahoma had previously announced he would not seek reelection but his...

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Obama NSA Reform Speech (Video)

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Posted by    Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:05pm
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Obama just completed his speech on NSA reforms.

Below the key video portion of the speech (full text here).

I found this part to be a key dose of reality often lacking from the debate:

First, everyone who has looked at these problems, including skeptics of existing programs, recognizes that we have real enemies...

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134 House Members sign letter against academic boycott of Israel

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Posted by    Friday, January 17, 2014 at 10:55am
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A total of 134 Members of the House of Representatives have signed a letter, organized by the offices of Reps. Peter Roksam (R) and Ted Deutch (D) condeming the academic boycott of Israel passed by the American Studies Assoction. The effort was truly bipartisan, with 65 Republicans and 69 Democrarts signing. ...

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Propagandists with Ph.D’s: Month One of the anti-Israel academic boycott

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Posted by    Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 9:00pm
Boycott Israel U Michigan

It has been one month since the American Studies Association announced that its membership — or at least the small percentage who bothered to vote — approved an academic boycott of Israel.

We have had great success rallying opposition, but even this first month teaches us some important lessons.

The ASA has peddled...

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Just like Amazon.com, Obamacare has no idea who has paid for stuff already shipped … oh, wait

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Posted by    Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 3:24pm
Obama CMS Premium Payments Unknown

It’s bad enough that the Obama administration counts as “enrolled” people who merely have done the equivalent of the Amazon.com shopping cart — expressed the desire to have some stuff, in this case Obamacare.

Amazon.com doesn’t count stuff put in the shopping cart in the sales figures it reports — that would be...

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Bill Owens (D NY-21), who never should have been elected, retires

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Posted by    Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:33am
Bill Owens Campaign Ad

For those of you who have been reading Legal Insurrection since the early days, the name Bill Owens may be familiar.

Owens won the 2009 special election in what then was the NY-23 District (since reconfigured and now NY-21) against the insurgent conservative candidate Doug Hoffman.  In a precursor to the Tea...

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Local opposition stymies NY SAFE Act gun law

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Posted by    Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 9:26am
County Opposition to SAFE Act ao January 2014

There has been a mostly quiet refusal of county and local officials to implement and enforce the onerous provisions of the NY State gun law rushed through the state legislature in almost comical fashion after the Newtown, CT, school shooting.

In the rush to legislate, the text of the law failed to...

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Forget deer birth control, State opens special hunting season in Ithaca area

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 4:27pm
Whitetail Doe

On Monday I wrote how the Village of Cayuga Heights, bordering the Cornell University campus and the City of Ithaca, has spent $2,984 per deer in  a sterilization program which had no hope of reducing the deer population to an environmentally safe level.

A reader just emailed me with a press release...

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Wisconsin “John Doe” target goes on offense, threatens federal suit

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 1:38pm
Walker addresses crowd

We previously wrote in detail about the “John Doe” investigation in Wisconsin targeting a wide range of conservative groups and Scott Walker supporters relating to the failed Democratic attempt to recall Walker.  See Secret probe of conservatives makes Wisconsin ground zero in First Amendment war for the details.

We also noted the ...

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100 House Reps already have signed onto letter denouncing anti-Israel academic boycott

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 11:15am
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For background, see my prior posts:

The letter will be finalized tomorrow morning as the House goes into recess Friday and many members leave tomorrow afternoon.  The letter is being coordinated through the offices of...

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One year ago, David Gregory was let off the D.C. gun law hook

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 9:35am
David Gregory NBC 30 round magazine

On December 23, 2012, David Gregory waved the now infamous 30-round ammunition magazine on air during a Meet the Press interview with Wayne LaPierre of the NRA following the Sandy Hook school shooting.

In D.C., mere possession of a 30-round magazine is a crime, regardless of whether the magazine is loaded.  D.C. is ...

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Still trying to digest the Big Belly Budget

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 4:11pm
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Any other “Bs” you can come up with regarding this?

Lawmakers unveil massive $1.1 trillion spending bill in bipartisan compromise:

Congressional negotiators unveiled a $1.1 trillion funding bill late Monday that would ease sharp spending cuts known as the sequester while providing fresh cash for new priorities, including President Obama’s push to expand...

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Employment Law Firm: Drop American Studies Assn membership or risk Title VII liability

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 2:15pm
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Based on its Quarterly publication, the American Studies Association as of last year had 80 Institutional Members.

Since ASA announced its academic boycott of Israel, we have confirmed that 6 universities have dropped their Institutional Memberships, while 11 more have denied being Institutional Members despite being so listed.

The updated list appears at the...

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Will we ever fully know the terms of surrender?

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 11:58am
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The new “moderate” President of Iran has declared victory and international surrender (featured image above).

But what are the terms of our surrender?

According to Iran, we don’t really know; according to the State Deparment, we will find out. Via L.A. Times, New Iran agreement includes secret side deal, Tehran official...

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Has your Rep signed Congressional letter against Israel academic boycott?

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:00am
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I reported last Friday on the draft Bipartisan Congressional letter to denounce academic boycott of Israel.

The letter reads, in part:

We write in strong opposition to the American Studies Association’s (ASA) recent decision to boycott Israeli universities and academic institutions. While ASA has every right to express its views on policies pursued...

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Santa Claws: Hillary has a list, and she’s checking it twice

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Posted by    Monday, January 13, 2014 at 3:30pm
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Is there anyone who has not been in a coma for 30 years who is surprised that Hillary Clinton maintained a Hit List of those who betrayed her 2008 campaign?

Via Politico, Hillary’s Hit List:

Almost six years later, most Clinton aides can still rattle off the names of traitors and the favors...

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NY Town spends $2,984 per deer in sterilization program

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Posted by    Monday, January 13, 2014 at 12:30pm
Whitetail Doe

We have written before about the deer sterilization program in Cayuga Heights, which borders the Cornell campus (most people think of it as Ithaca, but it’s actually a separate municipality).

Because Reproductive Health Care Is A Cervine Right:

I have written before about the moral angst sweeping the upscale Village of Cayuga Heights,...

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