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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

THREE MARTINI LUNCH: MARCH 4, 2015

National Review's Jim Geraghty and Radio America's Greg Corombos discuss current events. Today's Martinis: Benjamin Netanyahu's address before Congress, Hillary Clinton's secret e-mail system, and the Dept. of Veterans Affairs illegally diverted $92.5 million in medical-support money toward the development of a new IT system.



Netanyahu's Masterpiece
From the perspective of the craft of speechwriting, Prime Minister Netanyahu's address to a joint session of Congress was a masterpiece.
The speech started out appropriately high-minded and gracious. It laid out Mr. Netanyahu's case with logic and care, offering a crisp and indisputable indictment of the Iranian regime and, especially, the fundamental flaws in the deal President Obama wants to strike with Iran. The conclusion of the speech - where the Israeli prime minister said "I can guarantee you this, the days when the Jewish people remained passive in the face of genocidal enemies, those days are over" - was stirring and evocative. So was Mr. Netanyahu's obvious love and affection for America. (Unlike President Obama, Prime Minister Netanyahu, when he describes America, isn't inclined to criticize her.) And the speech itself included some terrific and memorable lines:
  • At a time when many hope that Iran will join the community of nations, Iran is busy gobbling up the nations.
  • So when it comes to Iran and ISIS, the enemy of your enemy is your enemy.
  • That's why this deal is so bad. It doesn't block Iran's path to the bomb; it paves Iran's path to the bomb.
  • This deal won't be a farewell to arms. It would be a farewell to arms control.
  • If Iran changes its behavior, the restrictions would be lifted. If Iran doesn't change its behavior, the restrictions should not be lifted.
  • Now we're being told that the only alternative to this bad deal is war. That's just not true. The alternative to this bad deal is a much better deal.
  • For the first time in 100 generations, we, the Jewish people, can defend ourselves. This is why as a prime minister of Israel, I can promise you one more thing: Even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand. But I know that Israel does not stand alone. I know that America stands with Israel. I know that you stand with Israel.
In watching the speech, one could not help but feel that this was not only a dramatic moment - thanks in large part to President Obama's pre-speech campaign to smear the Israeli leader - but a remarkable one, thanks to Prime Minister Netanyahu. He was fully in command...
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YESTERDAY'S HEADLINES TODAY - VOL. 583



Netanyahu's Message of Truth to the American People

Obama Poses an Existential Threat to Western Civilization

1996 Called, Wants Its Clinton Fundraising and Document Scandals Back

The Latest Clinton Scandal Is Quintessentially Hillary

Clinton's E-mails Raise Questions That Require Answers

How Liberals Are Trying to Intimidate Roberts Court in King v. Burwell Case

The Chavez Legacy: Venezuela in Shambles

Newspapers' Obituaries Smear Pro-life Legend John Willke

Pope Francis Compares Gender Theory to Nuclear Bomb

The Emperor's New Gender

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THIS DAY IN TWITCHY: MARCH 3, 2015



'My God': Bibi vs. Obama summed up in one absolutely BRUTAL flashback

Benjamin Netanyahu begins 'destructive' speech with shout-out to Harry Reid

'Holy fuck this is staged': Tweeters bring the hate to Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress

'Good thing Barack ain't listening': Netanyahu slams Obama's 'bad deal' with Iran

'Damage control': Dem Rep. Steve Cohen skips Netanyahu speech, immediately tweets photo proving he watched it

Heh: Did Benjamin Netanyahu punctuate his speech with 'a little nod to Rubio'?

Is David Axelrod's jackass whining over Bibi's speech his stupidest take yet? Boy, it's up there!

Oh, the humanity! Poor Nancy Pelosi was 'near tears throughout' Bibi's speech

Feckless White House trashes Bibi's speech; Most 'truly disturbing' part? THIS (You will fume)

Senator Tim Scott called 'Uncle Tom' for supporting Netanyahu

Ouch! So, Mitt Romney just flogged Obama over #Netanyahu speech with THIS crushing truth-boom




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KID LETTERS: TONIGHT SHOW DESK DANCE

Jimmy reads suggestions for improving The Tonight Show written by elementary school children.



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10 AMAZING TAYLOR SWIFT MAGAZINE COVERS



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TRIFECTA: H.R. CLINTON'S WAGE GAP HYPOCRISY





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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CLEVVER NEWS #DHR - MARCH 3, 2015



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EWTN NEWS NIGHTLY: MARCH 3, 2015



EWTN News Nightly's Brian Patrick presents the headline news of the day.

Additional news and views from around the Catholic world:

A global problem: Anti-Christian harassment around the world

Indian diocese joins with Pope Francis in praying for persecuted Christians

Cardinal Wuerl: Catholics Should Speak up for Faith amidst Religious Freedom Attacks

99% Nonsense: 'Muslim' Does Not Equal 'Islam'

Abortion Bill in Chile Sparks War on Credibility, Moral Authority

Suicide, Homicide, Verbicide … "Dignicide"

Signs of Hope: The Benedict Bishop Bump

St. Joan of Arc: Holiness beyond comprehension

Chesterton the Poet

Anglican Decline and Its Biblical Remedy

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NERDIST NEWS: MARCH 3, 2015



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THREE MARTINI LUNCH: MARCH 3, 2015

National Review's Jim Geraghty and Radio America's Greg Corombos discuss current events. Today's Martinis: Hillary Clinton used a personal e-mail exclusively when she was secretary of state, Obama may be plotting executive action on taxes, and House GOP leadership attack conservatives over DHS funding.



Network anchors on Clinton's e-mail lawbreaking: "Smells terrible," "stunning breach of security"
Remember the old Miller Lite TV commercials where the beer's fans would argue whether its primary virtue was that it "tastes great" or was "less filling," but Miller wanted you to believe both? Imagine a large stadium filled with people who still recall the abuses of power during the Clinton administration (Travel Office, anyone?) arguing over Hillary Clinton's four-year dodge of transparency and the Federal Records Act. One could almost hear one side of the stadium yelling, "Smells terrible!" and "Stunning breach of security!", no?
Let's start with MSNBC, where Lawrence O'Donnell had to go on live right after the New York Times broke the story based on information from the Benghazi select committee investigation that the Left despises. O'Donnell pulled together a panel that raised a few good questions, while O'Donnell himself called it "a stunning breach of security."
Say, where were the State Department lawyers? Perhaps they wanted to keep their jobs, given that Hillary ran the department. When MSNBC's Beth Fouhy says Hillary will have to address this at an upcoming speech, O'Donnell almost laughs in her face. Jeremy Peters aptly notes that this will once again raise the problems of the Clintons acting as though laws don't apply to them, and that this story will last at least "a few more days." O'Donnell goes farther, concluding that there can be no "legitimate" reason to have done this; Fouhy says that this will encourage Republicans to keep digging on Benghazi, but as O'Donnell says in response, it's not just the Republicans — the New York Times is on it too.
At CNN this morning, Chris Cuomo sniffs the air surrounding Hillary Clinton and declares it an olfactory assault. It "smells terrible." Cuomo says, throwing it to longtime Clinton toady Richard Socarides, who then says the issue is whether Hillary Clinton "used the right e-mail account." Socarides then laments that we won't be able to "talk about real issues" when Hillary runs for President. "The press has lost all sense of proportion," Socarides tells Cuomo about a high-ranking government official who hid her communications and broke the law for four full years. In other words, it's a vast right-wing conspiracy, or something.
After Socarides' ridiculous spin, even Cuomo seemed to be suffering from motion sickness. If that's the defense Team Hillary plans to mount for this story, they're in for an unpleasant ride.
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YESTERDAY'S HEADLINES TODAY - VOL. 582



Obama's Dishonest and Unconstitutional De-Authorization

Latest News Events Suggest U.S. Constitution a Dead Letter

U.S. Allies Left in the Dark

Scott Walker is Right, Leadership Matters More Than Expertise

Netanyahu Is Everything Obama Is Not

Civil war on the Left: Centrist Dems about to take on Warren wing?

Howard Dean and the Elmer Fudd Theory of Economic Policymaking

Judge Slams EPA for Discriminating Against Conservative Group

'Born In the USA' Now Fits The Conservative Message

Why 'Star Trek' - and Mr. Spock - Matters

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THIS DAY IN TWITCHY: MARCH 2, 2015



Family of Brian Terry unveils statue to honor slain Border Patrol agent

'What nerve!' Media lapdog ticked that Bibi took so long to thank Obama at AIPAC

'Repercussions to your actions': Curt Schilling warns scumbags who sent appalling tweets about his daughter

'iPad minis?!' Is your kid being bribed to take the PARCC test?

Hundreds of students hold #PARCCWalkout in New Mexico districts

'I'm going home'': Internet, computer crashes trip up PARCC tests

For real: 9th graders forced to read 'Rapunzel' for PARCC test

Tweet teasing Vox Sentences apparently deleted; What is it, and can Vox Words be far behind?

'Everything looks like a nail': Slate says climate change caused ISIS

'Glum and Glummer': John Kerry's handshake with Russian foreign minister 'says it all'

Marie Harf 'incredibly disappointed' by what Netanyahu might say

David Limbaugh blasts 'petulant' President Obama over 'destructive' Netanyahu visit

Warren, Dems lecture Bibi, plan to skip speech because it's 'partisan'

Priceless: At AIPAC, Susan Rice gets standing ovation — just not when she wants it



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Monday, March 2, 2015

CLEVVER NEWS #DHR - MARCH 2, 2015



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PJTV'S THE RUNDOWN: MARCH 2, 2015

President Obama argues there is no fix if the Supreme Court limits subsidies, and MSNBC makes large changes to their daytime television lineup. Plus, singer John Legend's controversial comments at The Oscars.



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EWTN NEWS NIGHTLY: MARCH 2, 2015



EWTN News Nightly's Brian Patrick presents the headline news of the day.

Additional news and views from around the Catholic world:

Vatican police chief confirms ISIS threat to Pope Francis

Pope Francis explains why judging yourself is a Christian virtue

Irish Liberals Have Second Thoughts on Pope Francis

Obama Administration Ties Funding for Care of Child Migrants to Abortion Services

A former Catholic goads Islamist attacks in Egypt

'Conversion' Charge Against Mother Teresa Stirs National Protest in India

From Atheism to Catholicism, By Way of Truth and Beauty

Rural families have strong ties to their farms and their faith

Fordham Students Announce 'Sexual Health Network' for Contraceptive Distribution

How Lent Can Strengthen Your Marriage

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THREE MARTINI LUNCH: MARCH 2, 2015

National Review's Jim Geraghty and Radio America's Greg Corombos discuss current events. Today's Martinis: The impact of CPAC and a possible GOP Senate pick-up in Maryland, another Putin critic turns up dead, and John Kerry's rosy view of U.S.-Israeli relations.



Walker Thrills a Packed House at CPAC
Scott Walker hit all the right notes when he took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday to address a standing-room-only crowd — even gamely handling a heckler. Walker was talking up Republicans' push to pass a right-to-work law in Wisconsin, a measure to weaken labor unions, when a heckler stood up and began shouting in the packed ballroom. What he said wasn't clear, but Walker handled it like a pro: He quipped, "Apparently the protesters come [here] from Wisconsin as well."
The governor, considered a top contender in the 2016 Republican presidential primary, got a quick standing ovation for his response — one of a number he got during his address. After spending some time touting his strong domestic record as governor of Wisconsin, Walker sharply criticized the Obama administration for its ineffective strategy in the fight against the Islamic State, and its disapproval of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming address before Congress.
Walker's speech, one of the most anticipated of the conference, capped off the first day, and had the auditorium filled to capacity, including crowds standing alongside the walls. Before Walker wrapped up, the crowd briefly erupted into a chant of "run, Scott, run" when talk on stage turned to 2016...









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NERDIST NEWS: MARCH 2, 2015



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9 ACTORS WHO ALMOST PLAYED CHRISTIAN GREY



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TDC: THE BEST WORST MOVIE EXTRAS OF ALL TIME



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YESTERDAY'S HEADLINES TODAY - VOL. 581



Arrogant Media Elites Mock Middle America

Scott Walker Accurately Remembers History, And You Won't Believe What Happens Next!

Liberals' Attacks Are Helping Scott Walker

Walker: 'My view has changed' on immigration

The Murder of Yet Another Putin Critic

What Will Nemtsov's Assassination Mean for Hillary?

Why Are Dem Lawmakers Attacking This Archbishop for Requiring Catholic Teachers to Not Slam Catholicism?

Inside the power struggle at Clinton, Inc.

Obama, Christianity and Scandal

Obama Admin, not Netanyahu, Working to Weaken America's Support for Israel

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THIS DAY IN TWITCHY: MARCH 1, 2015



Jezebel writer who smeared Scott Walker has protected her Twitter account

'Why are you still pushing this lie?'; Women's Media Center tweets discredited Scott Walker smear

NARAL yet to correct tweet of debunked Scott Walker rape story; Bonus: Walker 'needs 2 b sexually assaulted, pronto!'

'The stupidest rag out here'? Could be. HuffPo tweets debunked headline on Scott Walker rape story

'I am not afraid': Thousands march for murdered Putin critic Boris Nemtsov

'Bullies should be mocked': Not everyone is outraged by SNL's ISIS sketch

'Rahm is toast'? New poll has Rahm Emanuel up only 4% in mayoral runoff

'You're really going with that title?’ The Boston Globe's ridiculous Elizabeth Warren headline is 'low hanging fruit'

'Look up irony in the dictionary': Harry Reid's communications director blasts GOP for wanting to 'change the rules'

'It's healing': William Shatner reminisces with fans of Leonard Nimoy



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Sunday, March 1, 2015

REMEMBERING ANDREW BREITBART #WAR

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'He is why I do what I do': It's been 3 years since we lost Breitbart

Three years ago today we lost Andrew Breitbart. He is gone but he is far from forgotten. His spirit still inspires. He remains one of the biggest reasons many of us "do what we do."






















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YESTERDAY'S HEADLINES TODAY - VOL. 580



Right to Work Gives Gov. Scott Walker Powerful 2016 Boost

Scott Walker's legislative years: A staunch conservative, then as now

Yeah, about that latest Scott Walker "gaffe"

Bush Tries, Fails to Explain American Exceptionalism at CPAC

Unmark your calendars: Mosul liberation postponed indefinitely

Don't Doubt the Islamic State's Sincerity

Calling in the Big Guns to Fire at the San Francisco Archdiocese

Queering the GOP

No Exit: Nemtsov's Murder Will Heighten U.S.-Russia Standoff

Europe Without Jews?

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THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERNET



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THE ANGELUS DOMINI - MARCH 1, 2015

Every Sunday and on the main liturgical feasts, the Pope recites the Marian prayer of the Angelus with the pilgrims. Before and after the prayer, he delivers a brief reflection and issues greetings.