Low Popahirum, National Edition (7-25-14)

“On Thursday’s Glenn Beck Program, conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza joined Glenn to discuss his latest book and film titled America: Imagine the World Without Her. The project is particularly fascinating because of the range of opinion D’Souza chose to include. Glenn asked D’Souza how he was able to sit through interviews with radicals like Ward Churchill, Bill Ayers, and Noam Chomsky, who make it clear they have nothing but disdain for this country.” – Glenn Beck

“Republicans have distinct advantages in Senate races this year, including President Obama’s low job ratings, the number of vulnerable Democrats, and an unhappy national mood. But there’s another advantage: the generally high quality of their candidates. This wasn’t the case in 2010 and 2012, when Republicans blew chances to capture the Senate.” – Fred Barnes/The Weekly Standard

Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price was arrested Friday morning for bribery, tax fraud and mail fraud. Federal prosecutors claim from 2001 to 2011 Price received a stream of $950,000 in corrupt payments and financial benefits in the form of money, cars and land.” – Fox DFW

The president’s demeanor is worrying a lot of people. From the immigration crisis on the Mexican border to the Islamic State rising in Mesopotamia, Barack Obama seems totally detached. When he does interrupt his endless rounds of golf, fundraising, and photo ops, it’s for some affectless, mechanical, almost forced public statement.” – Charles Krauthammer/National Review

“Gruber responded: ‘What’s important to remember politically about [Obamacare] is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits—but your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill. So you’re essentially saying [to] your citizens you’re going to pay all the taxes to help all the other states in the country. I hope that that’s a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together and realize there are billions of dollars at stake here in setting up these exchanges. But, you know, once again the politics can get ugly around this.’ – Forbes

“In an otherwise excellent article on the Hamas terror tunnel network in Gaza, the Jerusalem Post buries the lede. An Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier in the field told the Post that while Hamas fighters offered fierce resistance when the ground operation began, now Hamas operatives are fleeing, abandoning their positions, leaving behind weapons and other material that the IDF is using to expand its assault on the terror group.” – Breitbart

This is truly a seminal moment in our history. The weight of our future, our children’s future, our children’s children’s future, partially rests on the decision you are facing. Your task, ladies, is simple. All you must do is not buy tickets to 50 Shades of Grey when it’s released in theaters on Valentine’s Day.” – Matt Walsh

“In a sense, Jonathan Gruber’s response today to the emergence of his 2012 explanation for the language in ObamaCare mirrors the attempt to get courts to ignore the plain text of the statute and instead rule based on the most current interpretation. The New Republic’s Jonathan Cohn reached out to Gruber to get his reaction to the emergence of the Nobilis video in which the architect of ObamaCare explains that the restriction of subsidies to states with their own exchanges was a rational attempt to coerce states into creating those exchanges, rather than shifting the burden back to the federal government. Gruber calls that ‘a speak-o — you know, like a typo’: – Hot Air

“It’s rare that a piece of video evidence comes along which, in an instant, so clearly and thoroughly undermines the case that one faction has made so consistently. I’m a little shocked myself, and interested to see how the people who’ve been calling Michael Cannon nuts for years offer their mea culpas. Because they will do that, right?” – Ben Domenech/The Federalist

“Are there great private charities (who in fairness often receive public support) that do great work with individuals? Absolutely. Will that last when they are full on deputies of the state? I have…doubts. State and federal bureaucrats will partner with some great groups (and undoubtedly horrible ACORN like ones) and then take whatever good they do and ruin it. Federal bureaucrats will have to monitor and control how the states spend the money, state workers will then start to micro-manage and regulate the charities because everyone will be most interested in keeping the funding going, not helping people. Eventually we will see Veterans Affairs level of book cooking because that’s what government programs inevitably become. It is a blunt instrument that cannot possibly know what is in an individual’s best interest and will never have the flexibility to react at that level. It just doesn’t work that way. Never has, never will.” – Ace of Spades

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