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Environmental groups called on President Obama Tuesday to reject pending applications to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals, citing the negative impacts from natural gas throughout its life cycle.” – The Hill

“Apparently, no one at the Ferndale Public School District in Michigan took a civics course or bothered to read their own state constitution — and neither did the union representing teachers in the district. Michigan Capitol Confidential found an interesting, and totally unconstitutional, clause in the contract between the district and the Michigan Education Association local that requires the district to provide “special consideration” to “those of the non-Christian faith” in hiring decisions.” – Hot Air

“Meanwhile, Putin’s ideology holds little such allure to Americans or the populations of the European Union. With the exception of a few cranky apologists and flacks, it’s hard to find anyone in the West openly defending Putin on the merits. And even those who come close are generally doing so in a backhanded way to criticize U.S. policies or the Obama administration. The dream of a ‘greater Russia’ or a ‘Eurasian Union’ simply does not put fire in the minds of men — non-Russian men, at least — the way the dream of global socialist revolution once did. And that’s a good thing.” – Jonah Goldberg/National Review

“Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he led the charge to include Poland in NATO when he was the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, a claim that is simply not true.” – The Blaze

“Pennsylvania Democrats were caught on surveillance tape reportedly accepting cash bribes in return for opposing voter ID in the Pennsylvania legislature. Gifts of Tiffany’s jewelry were also given to Democrat legislators from Philadelphia, reportedly in exchange for ‘NO’ votes on a Pennsylvania voter ID bill that passed in 2012.” – J. Christian Adams/PJ Media

“First Lady Michelle Obama will be accompanied by her children and her mother on her trip to China, which begins today. But she won’t be accompanied by the press.” – Weekly Standard

For a start, a Republican-led upper house would kill the president’s appointment power for the remainder of his tenure, subjecting every single major personnel decision to GOP acquiescence. Personnel being policy, this is no small deal. Second, the days of Obama’s going in front of the country and complaining that a ‘small group of legislators’ were holding up his agenda would be gone — forever. In the new environment, Obama would be the one out on a limb: during budget negotiations, when setting the legislative agenda, and when discussing Obamacare, the president would be the only center of power representing the progressive point of view. This matters. The shutdown was always folly, and I warned against it from the start. But were it not for Harry Reid, it would have gone rather differently I suspect. It really is a different thing to play the ‘we are being held up by one half of one house’ game than it is to play the ‘I am at war with the entire Congress’ game during negotiations — especially if Republicans buck the trend and, shock horror!, pass a budget. Obama knows this.” – Charles Cooke/National Review

“Everyone loves and respects Thomas Sowell so it’s disappointing to see him join the ‘shut up and get in line’ wing of the GOP. In making the case that conservative sponsored primary fights are endangering the GOP chances to take the Senate he adopts plenty of pithy talking points but shuts his eyes to a whole lot of history.” – DrewM./Ace Of Spades

“Former Obama adviser David Axelrod wants you to know he’s smarter than you because he knows what ‘dystopia’ means and you don’t.” – Washington Examiner

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