Low Popahirum, National Edition (1-29-14)

“Of all the troubling aspects of the Obama presidency, none is more dangerous than the president’s persistent pattern of lawlessness, his willingness to disregard the written law and instead enforce his own policies via executive fiat. On Monday, Mr. Obama acted unilaterally to raise the minimum wage paid by federal contracts, the first of many executive actions the White House promised would be a theme of his State of the Union address Tuesday night.” – Ted Cruz/WSJ

“Austin, a 36-year veteran of the Gary Police Department, said he initially thought Indianapolis resident Latoya Ammons and her family concocted an elaborate tale as a way to make money. But after several visits to their home and interviews with witnesses, Austin said simply, ‘I am a believer.’” – Indianapolis Star

“My general impression was this was a remarkably boring speech, intellectually and rhetorically. Not every idea was terrible. But no idea was particularly exciting, or all that significant. Because it lacked ambition, it was a far less offensive speech that I thought it would be. He soft-pedaled the inequality schtick, preferring instead to talk the more optimistic topic of ‘opportunity.’ I thought this fell flat, at least in part because he tried to make it sound like the economy was going, if not great, then really well. That’s a hard message to sell against the backdrop of Americans’ lived experience, not to mention the White House’s insistence that America desperately needs “emergency” extensions of unemployment payments, etc.” – Jonah Goldberg/National Review

Wendy Davis’ core political narrative was one of overcoming victimhood — an abandoned single teenage mom  who struggled to raise her family in a trailer park and overcame the odds to work her way through college and Harvard Law School, and on to a successful law career, through grit and determination. Only problem was, the narrative was misleading, at best.” – Legal Insurrection

“The airline says flights to Los Angeles are aimed at accommodating the thousands of Saudi students studying in the United States on Saudi government scholarships.” – Fox News

“We can see it in the response, which was good on substance as well as delivery. She has an Everywoman quality, and doesn’t hesitate to deploy it. She started off the speech noting that her first job was at McDonalds, and connects to voters outside the Beltway and the thought leaders. Unlike some politicians even at this level, McMorris Rodgers knows how to express herself dynamically rather than read off of cue cards, and how to channel joy, intellect, principle, and common sense in tandem.” – Hot Air

“However, actions speak louder than words. A look at the policies signed into law in recent years by Democrats who run some of the largest states in the union shows that unequal treatment is the name of the game when it comes to fiscal policy. Prominent Democratic governors, some of whom are 2016 contenders, have passed laws that raise taxes and costs for ordinary individuals, families, and small businesses, only to then exempt the politically-connected.” – Patrick Gleason/Forbes

“Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore expertly dealt with an obnoxious man who invaded his live shot on Tuesday, delivering a swift knee to his groin area.” – The Blaze

“MSNBC political contributor Howard Fineman said Tuesday in conversation with Hardball host Chris Mathews that ‘a president with a 43% approval rate isn’t taken seriously by anyone around town.’ Fineman’s comments came before Obama delivered his State of the Union Speech on Tuesday.” – Breitbart

“As for the Upper East Side having more trash than others, the mayor’s office released this statement: ‘Any allegations that neighborhoods were chosen over others for trash removal are totally absurd.'” – Fox New York

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