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MN State Rep Wants $329,000 Refund from Jonathan Gruber for Work With 'Beyond Laughable' Error Rates

Minnesota State Representative Greg Davids is calling for embattled MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber, the "architect" of Obamacare, to return all $329,000 he was paid by the state of Minnesota as a subcontractor on a 2011 contract to analyze the state's plan to develop its Obamacare health care exchange, MNSure.

On November 21, Davids sent a letter to Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson requesting her to investigate Gruber's work.

"In recent weeks," Davids wrote, "significant concerns have been raised regarding the contract between the State of Minnesota and Dr. Jonathan Gruber entered into in March 2011. In light of troubling remarks by Dr. Gruber and MNsure, I believe that a review of Dr. Gruber’s work, and payments made to him, is necessary."

On December 9, Davids sent a second letter to Swanson.

"Earlier today," Davids wrote, "in testimony before Congressional investigators, Dr. Jonathan Gruber refused to answer questions regarding compensation for his work with state-based insurance exchanges. The evasiveness displayed by Dr. Gruber reinforces my concerns expressed in the previous letter."

"I implore your office to investigate Dr. Gruber’s work and its relationship to MNsure’s fiscal troubles," Davids requested again, "and urge you to explore all possible remedies for recovering the taxpayer funds wasted on his report."

"To date," Davids told Breitbart News in an exclusive statement on Wednesday, "I have received word via phone call that the Attorney General's office was working on a response, but nothing in writing yet."

Davids blasted Gruber's projections for the state of Minnesota about enrollment for the state's health care exchange, MNSure, when it launched.

"MNsure, Dr. Gruber and Governor Dayton's Administration repeatedly guaranteed that the exchange would serve 1.3 million Minnesotans by 2016, including over 600,000 in commercial plans - a financial necessity to avoid a taxpayer bailout," Davids told Breitbart News.

"Those projections were so far off that it has proved absurd," Davids said.

"Instead of 500,000 private enrollees by the end of 2015, MNsure has repeatedly lowered Dr. Gruber's projections and now estimates that fewer than 70,000 will enroll in private plans by the end of next year," Davids added.

"The error rate for Dr. Gruber's work is beyond laughable," Davids stated.

"It is a shame," Davids continued, "that nearly $600,000 in public funds was used for projections that were inaccurate from the moment MNsure opened. The Dayton Administration has essentially used over $150 million in taxpayer money to build a broken IT system for public health programs."

Davids, who has served in the Minnesota House of Representatives since 1991, is scheduled to become Chairman of the powerful House Taxes Committee in January.

"There has been little to no transparency in Dr. Gruber's work with MNsure," Davids told Breitbart News. "Given that Dr. Gruber missed the deadline to submit his final report by four months - thereby avoiding scrutiny during the legislative process that led to MNsure's creation - it is sadly unsurprising that he may have failed to live up to other aspects of his taxpayer-funded contract," Davids concluded.

A Breitbart investigation into the state of Minnesota's 2011 contract in which Gruber was paid $329,000 as a subcontractor to develop economic projections using his proprietary Gruber Microsimulation Model has uncovered a disturbing pattern of billing practices that indicate a lack of oversight. April Todd-Malmlov, the former executive director of MNSure, the state's Obamacare health exchange, was the official responsible for that oversight.

Breitbart obtained copies of the Gruber invoices, the contract,  and the Gruber subcontract in a public records request filed with the state of Minnesota.

Though the contract, which was signed by former executive director Todd-Malmlov, clearly specifies that all Gruber's invoices should be itemized in detail, the invoices submitted by Gruber and paid by the state of Minnesota were notably lacking in itemization.

Gruber's invoices do not specifically tie to deliverables specified in the contract other than to assert vaguely that some of them were delivered. The invoices do not consistently refer to the deliverables specified in the contract, nor, with the exception of the final report, do they specify the dates the deliverables were completed, to whom they were delivered in the state of Minnesota, nor whether they were formally accepted by specific bureaucrats in the state of Minnesota.

Despite these shortcomings, former executive director Todd-Malmov authorized all of Gruber's interim payments as well as his final payment.

Gruber delivered two final reports, one in 2012 and one in 2013, each about 60 pages long. Todd-Malmlov formally certified her acceptance of both these reports.

But records obtained by Breitbart News from the state of Minnesota indicate there is no auditable trail for the work product that resulted in those final reports.

In addition, Gruber's invoices do not track specifically to the deliverables identified in Exhibit B of the contract. The deliverables in that exhibit are labeled Deliverable A, Deliverable B, Deliverable C, and Deliverable D. None of Gruber's invoices refer to Deliverable A, Deliverable B, Deliverable C, or Deliverable D.

The Gruber invoice that potentially aligns with Deliverable B is cryptic at best in describing what was delivered. The Gruber invoice that potentially aligns with Deliverable C actually does not match what is specified as Deliverable C in the contract. Only the final Gruber invoice--which refers to the final report referenced in Deliverable D-- tracks with any degree of specificity to the contract.








New York to Ban Fracking; Environmentalists Cheer

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits.

New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in Pennsylvania and other nearby states, has banned shale gas development since 2008, when the state began an environmental review of the drilling technique also known as hydraulic fracturing.

Wednesday's announcement, though not final, means a ban is all but etched in stone.

"Never before has a state with proven gas reserves banned fracking," said Deborah Goldberg, an attorney with Earthjustice, adding that the decision "will give courage to elected leaders throughout the country and world: Fracking is too dangerous and must not continue."

Industry and its supporters expressed outrage at the decision.

"We are very disappointed that it appears the governor is unwilling to be a leader and is going to pass the buck at the expense of New Yorkers," said Jack Gerard, president of the American Petroleum Institute.

"This technology has been used for over 65 years in the United States. It's been demonstrated repeatedly after drilling millions of wells that we're able to do it while protecting the environment and protecting the people."

Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said Wednesday that he is recommending a ban, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, responded that he would defer to Martens and Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker on the decision.

The Department of Environmental Conservation will put out a final environmental impact statement early next year, Martens said, and after that he will issue an order prohibiting fracking.

About 30 anti-fracking activists cheered the decision at a rally outside Cuomo's New York City office, chanting "Thank you, Governor Cuomo, for saving our air!" and "New York banned fracking — and next, United States!"

Zucker and Martens on Wednesday summarized environmental and health reviews that concluded fracking carries risks that haven't been studied enough.

The drilling boom in the Marcellus Shale, which also runs under Ohio and West Virginia, was made possible by high-volume hydraulic fracturing, which releases gas from rock by injecting wells with chemically treated water at high pressure.

The technique has generated tens of billions of dollars in industry profits and landowner royalties, and has reduced energy bills and fuel imports. But it has also brought concerns and sparked protests over air and water pollution, earthquakes, property devaluation and truck traffic.

Zucker said he had identified "significant public health risks" and "red flag" health issues that require long-term studies before fracking can be called safe. He likened fracking to secondhand smoke, which wasn't fully understood as a health risk until many years of scientific study were done.

Martens noted the low price of natural gas, the high local cost of industry oversight, and the large areas that would be off limits to shale gas development because of setback requirements, water supply protections and local prohibitions. Those factors, he said, combine to make fracking less economically beneficial than anticipated.

Even if drilling were allowed in New York, it probably wouldn't take off any time soon because of the uncertainty around regulations and legal challenges and the huge number of promising drilling locations that remain in Pennsylvania, David Spigelmyer, president of the industry group Marcellus Shale Coalition, said last week.

The Marcellus Shale is enticing to energy companies because of its proximity to the major demand centers of New York City and New England, which is paying more for gas because of delivery constraints. But the regulatory uncertainty remains too high to commit to drilling in New York, Spigelmyer said.

In states where fracking is not yet allowed or is happening but is subject to criticism, New York's move excited some anti-drilling activists.

"The more fracking expands, the more opposition grows," said Sharon Wilson, of the group Earthworks, who has organized anti-fracking activists in Texas, California and Colorado. "Industry is its own worst enemy because they continue to deny the impacts."

Fracking supporters decried the New York move. Karen Moreau, executive director of New York's branch of the American Petroleum Institute, said the Cuomo administration is denying landowners the right to develop their mineral resources.

"The secretary of energy, the U.S. EPA administrator and President Obama recognize the benefits of fracking, and yet the Cuomo administration simply did not want to anger their activist base," Moreau said.

Dan Fitzsimmons, president of the Joint Landowners Coalition, which represents leaseholders, accused Cuomo of appeasing "environmental extremists" for political gain.

"Is our health department ignoring impacts of other energy options and suggesting that we continue with our reliance on coal and nuclear energy?" Fitzsimmons said. "Did our health department consider the health effects of poverty and unemployment?"

Cuomo said he is expecting lawsuits will be filed "every which way from Sunday."

In California, energy companies have been using a type of fracking to extract oil for many years and are pushing to expand such drilling. Environmental groups hope the New York decision will influence Gov. Jerry Brown, who has largely supported fracking. A scientific study is due to be released next month.

Californians will ask now, "If it's not safe for New Yorkers, why should we think it's safe for us?" said Charles Margulis, with the California branch of the national Center for Environmental Health, a nonprofit organization.

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Associated Press writers Jon Fahey and Jenn Peltz in New York, Emily Schmall in Dallas and Don Thompson in Sacramento contributed to this report.








Goodlatte: Court's 'Unconstitutional' Executive Amnesty Opinion 'Good Sign'

The recent court opinion declaring portions of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration to be “unconstitutional” bodes well for future litigation against the president’s recent order, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte tells Breitbart News. 

Tuesday, District Court Judge Arthur Schwab ruled that aspects of Obama’s executive actions go “beyond prosecutorial discretion” to actually legislating. He made these judgments as part of an opinion dealing with a criminal case.

“President Obama’s unilateral legislative action violates the separation of powers provided for in the United States Constitution as well as the Take Care Clause, and therefore, is unconstitutional,” Schwab wrote.

In a statement to Breitbart News, Goodlatte — whose committee has jurisdiction over immigration matters — said he agreed with Schwab’s analysis and expressed optimism about future court challenges to Obama’s executive actions. 

"I agree with Judge Schwab that President Obama's unilateral rewriting of our immigration laws violates the separation of powers and the President's duty to enforce the law,” the Virginia lawmaker said. “This ruling is a good sign for the states' lawsuit challenging President Obama's unilateral, unconstitutional actions.”

Goodlatte continued, saying that when Congress returns next year it must look at all options to take on Obama’s executive actions.

“Congress will continue fighting the President's actions early next year and should consider all the tools it has at its disposal, including potential litigation. Additionally, I am hopeful that the states will be successful in their effort to stop the President's actions from being implemented.”

Goodlatte recently signed on to an amicus brief the conservative American Center for Law and Justice submitted Tuesday in support of the recent lawsuit 24 states have filed challenging Obama’s executive amnesty. 

“The President’s executive overreach on immigration must be stopped,” he stressed Tuesday in announcing his support of the brief.









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Like mother like daughter: This month’s Al Gore Eco-Crusading Junior Mega-Hypocrite award goes to…

**Written by Doug Powers

Chelsea Clinton has earned this month’s honor because of her tremendous sacrifices for the cause of lowering fossil fuel emissions by torching a whole lot of jet fuel in the name of “clean energy” promotion:

Chelsea Clinton opted to travel to a “clean energy” roundtable in Asheville, North Carolina on Wednesday afternoon in a private jet to campaign on behalf of her mother Hillary Clinton.

Clinton first attended two events in Greenville, North Carolina, stopping by a campaign office and then going to an event at East Carolina University to discuss college affordability.

After her two events in Greenville, Clinton was scheduled to attend a “clean energy roundtable” in Asheville, which is about a 5-hour drive away. But instead of driving or flying on a commercial plane, Clinton opted to a take a private jet. The NTK Network posted a tracking video that shows Clinton boarding the private jet on Wednesday.

The Clinton campaign pledged last year they would be carbon neutral on the trail and that they would be “offsetting the carbon footprint of the campaign and that includes travel.” The Clinton team has yet to fulfill this promise, however, as the campaign is using private jets to travel to events.

Like mother like daughter!

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Is hypocrisy is a learned behavior?
FBI Director James Comey continues to make Inspector Clouseau look like Sherlock Holmes

**Written by Doug Powers

“There is a time to laugh and a time not to laugh, and this is not one of them.” – Inspector Clouseau

*****

At the New York Post, Paul Sperry lays out a long and damning trail about a James Comey-led FBI “investigation” of Hillary Clinton that was either botched or willfully glossed over. Here’s just part of it:

It’s bad enough that FBI Director James Comey agreed to pass out immunity deals like candy to material witnesses and potential targets of his investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s illegal private email server.

But now we learn that some of them were immunized despite lying to Comey’s investigators.

In the latest bombshell from Congress’ probe into what’s looking more and more like an FBI whitewash (or coverup) of criminal behavior by the Democratic nominee and her aides, the Denver-based tech who destroyed subpoenaed emails from Clinton’s server allegedly lied to FBI agents after he got an immunity deal.

That’s normally a felony. As a federal prosecutor, Comey tossed Martha Stewart in jail for it and helped convict Scooter Libby for it as well. Yet the key Clinton witness still maintained his protection from criminal prosecution.

With Comey’s blessing, Obama prosecutors cut the deal with the email administrator, Paul Combetta, in 2015 in exchange for his full cooperation and honest testimony. But the House Judiciary Committee revealed Wednesday that he falsely told agents in a Feb. 18 interview that he had no knowledge that emails he bleached from the server were under congressional orders to be preserved as evidence.

In a second interview on May 3, Combetta admitted he in fact did know. But he still refused to reveal what he discussed with Clinton’s former aides and lawyer during a 2014 conference call about deleting the emails.
[…]
Another panel member, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), established that former Clinton chief of staff Cheryl Mills also lied when she told agents she had no idea Clinton maintained a private email server. She once sent the server administrator a message asking “is server ok” after emails she sent Clinton kept bouncing back. Yet Mills continued to get immunity as well.

Comey said he looked “very hard” but couldn’t make an obstruction case “against any of the subjects we looked at.” He claimed not to have the evidence.

Lots more here.

At Wednesday’s hearing, Comey again acted more like a Clinton defense attorney than the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Here are some examples.

Rep. Trey Gowdy cut to the core of the problem, and it’s that Comey keeps saying he couldn’t prove intent, but that those witnesses who knew of Hillary’s intent were given immunity by the DOJ:

When Comey announced the findings of the FBI’s investigation, remember when he said he could find no precedent for recommending the prosecution of Clinton for what she did? Of course Comey couldn’t find a precedent for that, because everything, from Team Hillary’s actions to the FBI’s investigation of her, set a precedent. But don’t take my word for it:

Comey also testified that it was the U.S. Justice Department, headed up by Loretta Lynch, that gave immunity to Hillary’s top aide Cheryl Mills. And that all leads back to this:

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There was no need to do it again. Once was obviously enough.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Precedent-setting
Obama at UN last week: US too sovereign — Obama after landslide override of his 9/11 bill veto: It’ll make US less sovereign

**Written by Doug Powers

Congress overrode an Obama veto for the first time, with the Senate voting 97-1 and the House voting 348-77 to go over the president’s head and make the 9/11 bill a law. Harry Reid was the one senator who sided with Obama, probably mostly because he’s not running for re-election anyway. But at least it’ll give him something to complain about in his remaining Senate days while he swats at imaginary flies with faces that look just like Charles and Fred Koch.

Here’s what struck me about all this: Just last week, Obama was telling the festival of globalist bureaucrats that the United States has too stop clinging to the notion of national sovereignty:

In his final speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, President Barack Obama said the United States has to give up some freedom in exchange for security.

“We can only realize the promise of this institution’s founding to replace the ravages of war with cooperation if powerful nations, like my own, accept constraints,” Obama said.
[…]
“Sometimes I am criticized in my own country for professing a belief in international norms and multilateral institutions,” Obama told the assembly of foreign diplomats. “But I am convinced in the long run, giving up some freedom of action, not giving up our ability to protect ourselves or pursue our core interests, but binding ourselves to the international rules over the long-term enhances our security.”

After Congress overrode his veto Wednesday, Obama said it was a vote that will damage American sovereignty:

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Maybe this is a clue why Obama is a sovereign immunity fan:

This principle is commonly expressed by the popular legal maxim rex non potest peccare, meaning “the king can do no wrong.”

Now it makes sense.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Confusing

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Resistance is Not Futile

In fact, it's a good thing. So get over it already.

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The Borg are the best villain to come out of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Even people that didn't watch the show know the name. The Borg assimilate the uniqueness of others into their collective, in order to achieve their own view of perfection. Resistance is futile, they say.

The Borg have become part of our cultural language, a shorthand for a variety of complex ideas that generally can be summed up in the notion of being assimilated; forced into compliance and conformity through some type of pressure or force. There is no doubt that the Trump campaign is 2016's "The Borg."

I have written before about the "NEVER Never Trump" folks. They are the anti-never Trumps. They seem to exist solely to attack other Republicans who fail to endorse or otherwise support Donald Trump. They punish the ones who won't assimilate. The ways in which this unhealthy obsession is antithetical to treasured American and conservative principles are as myriad as the ways that Trump himself is antithetical to the same, but what we often fail to mention is how utterly short-sighted they are.

I remember, back in the days of George W. Bush, when RedState would criticize him we got a lot of criticism in the comments and diaries and by email. When Erick and Leon went on offense over Harriet Miers, there were those who attacked them as betrayers of the party, as enablers of the Democrats and more. I'll never forget the best defense I saw, other than forgetting who said it. They said, "if we don't tell him no, then how does he know he's wrong?"

It sounds arrogant, but this is what activism and blogging are all about. It's the reason we and tea partiers and voters brag about "primarying" somebody. The simple idea is that you hold a politician accountable so that they behave as they ought to. If you give them license to run roughshod, they will. They need someone telling them "NO."

Trump must be told no. Without those who hold him accountable for his many left turns, how much more "progressive" would he be right now? With nothing but a chorus of "yes" no matter what, he, like a lot of politicians, would take the wrong roads.

Resistance, you see, is in no way futile. In fact it can be quite productive.

Now that is not to say that's why someone like myself is never going to vote for Donald Trump, but it is a consequence of opposition nevertheless. And before you Trump fans get too all-fired up about it, just remember your side has done the same with him on at least one occassion. Led by Coulter, there was minor Trumpian revolt over his going soft on immigration. Consequently he pretended not to be going soft anymore. See? Not futile. And not a complicated or new principle.

Again, that's not why I oppose him, but it is a consequence of his having opposition from the right. (If you want to know why I and others oppose him, search the site. Or better yet, listen to him when his mouth is open.)

Resistance serves another purpose too. Conservatives refusing to endorse Trump's anti-Republican, anti-conservative agenda are keeping the political ideas our side used to support in the conversation. Trumpists often say "nobody was talking about immigration until Trump." Well there are a lot of things that nobody is talking about since Trump. In the same way that Trump fans saw value in bringing that issue to the fore, so there is value in keeping other issues from being lost. Things like personal liberty, freedom of speech, and the right to bear arms.

Let's be frank, if the people on the right opposing Trump suddenly endorsed him, it would probably not change the outcome of the election. The Borg miss this point. It doesn't mean those people don't have influential voices, many do. But it's not going to change what happens in November if they suddenly give up and start lying about him being fit for office. Resistance isn't futile, but at this point, assimilation pretty much is.

Of course, the other thing the Borg miss is that our criticisms of Trump are true and accurate. I remember when truth and accuracy were something of value, not a reason to spend your days ranting and raving like a lunatic on Twitter about conspiracies against the object of your worship. Vaguely, but I remember them.

That truth does matter to me. I'm not going to say "Trump is a good choice for President" when I know very well that he isn't. And I'm certainly not going to pretend that he doesn't say the things he says, do the things he does, or believe the things he believes. Not every Trump voter lies for him. But a lot do. And those principled Trump voters who do not lie for him also don't spend their time attacking fellow conservatives who have not converted. They focus on Hillary, not #NeverTrump. Think about that.

Yesterday, Leon said his goodbye as Editor of RedState, and he wrote "if you stick by your principles, more often than not, the rest will take care of itself." At RedState, our principles are generally simple. Smaller, less intrusive government. The protection of unborn life. The importance of religious liberty. The sanctity of personal liberty. And above all, facing and telling the truth about politicians. That has always been what we do here.

We don't have an editorial stance on the election, despite the histrionics you see from the Borg. Each writer here has an equal platform to say what their opinion is, including opinions that do not agree. We have those who will never vote for Trump. We have those who have already stated publicly that they will vote for him. We have relentlessly pursued every story about Hillary Clinton's malfeasance, her ill intent, her deceitfulness, her betrayals of the American people and the public trust, her duplicity, and her unfitness for the highest office. Search the site if you doubt it. We have done the same with Donald Trump, and for pretty much the same reasons.

Which is to say that your complaints about attacking Trump have been noted and dismissed. We will continue to state what we think, report things that are true, and advocate for the issues that we consider to be important. Whether you agree or not.

And if you don't agree, don't forget we have a lively community where diarists can post their own content saying exactly what they think. Many of those diaries get shared far and wide, even when they disagree with something on the front page. It's a community. I think you should participate. You might be surprised how welcoming it is.

We are not the Borg. Resistance is welcome. You will be reasoned with.

As the new Managing Editor, I welcome you to this latest iteration of RedState. Stick around. If nothing else, there are going to be a lot more photoshops.

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USA Today’s Editorial Board Has Never Endorsed. But For the First Time, They’ve ANTI-Endorsed. Guess Who?

It's a year for firsts. First time the two major party candidates have both been this unpopular and disliked. The first time a GOP candidate with Democrat values has spent most of the campaign mocking the appearance, disability, or family members of opponents. The first time millions have agreed to pretend that multiple criminal and negligent acts relating to our very national security is just | Read More »

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It's a year for firsts. First time the two major party candidates have both been this unpopular and disliked. The first time a GOP candidate with Democrat values has spent most of the campaign mocking the appearance, disability, or family members of opponents. The first time millions have agreed to pretend that multiple criminal and negligent acts relating to our very national security is just no big deal. And now, it's the first time in their 34 years that the USA Today editorial board has anti-endorsed someone for president.

In an editorial titled "Trump unfit to lead," the board, which despite every hysterical reaction you'll hear from the Trump boosters tonight, does have some conservatives, blasts Donald Trump and urges people to "resist the siren song of a dangerous demagogue."

Here's an excerpt:

This year, the choice isn’t between two capable major party nominees who happen to have significant ideological differences. This year, one of the candidates — Republican nominee Donald Trump — is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.

From the day he declared his candidacy 15 months ago through this week’s first presidential debate, Trump has demonstrated repeatedly that he lacks the temperament, knowledge, steadiness and honesty that America needs from its presidents.

Whether through indifference or ignorance, Trump has betrayed fundamental commitments made by all presidents since the end of World War II. These commitments include unwavering support for NATO allies, steadfast opposition to Russian aggression, and the absolute certainty that the United States will make good on its debts. He has expressed troubling admiration for authoritarian leaders and scant regard for constitutional protections.

You may be wondering why Hillary is not also "unfit" for the presidency. So is Steve Deace, who will be on the air tonight with Deputy Editorial Page Editor David Mastio to discuss the anti-endorsement as well as the Hillary question.


You may also wonder "does this even matter?" To the Trump loyalists, certainly not. As Trump himself noted, he could commit cold-blooded murder and they would still cheer him on and try to explain why that is actually a good thing (along with a healthy dose of "but Hillary" you can be sure). To the board itself, absolutely. It matters to be on record against something which you vehemently oppose. To the election? Inasmuch as it is yet another newspaper breaking tradition to oppose Trump, it ought to give any thinking person pause. Especially if you bother to read the devastating article in its entirety. So yes, it does matter in that way.

Not every act of opposition to Trump is a matter of positioning or Hillary-boosting. It's both sad and inexplicable to me that so many otherwise intelligent conservatives can't seem to grasp that simple fact.

But that's just my two cents. Hear it straight from the key author tonight at 9 eastern on Steve's show, which you can find here.

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Against the Advice of His Advisers, Trump Insists on Barreling Ahead With a Campaign of Insults

Donnie “Diaper baby” Trump is incapable of maintaining any level of maturity. Being utterly humiliated on national TV by a sickly old woman, wearing a bright, red horse blanket has sent him into post-debate hysterics. Despite warnings from fellow Republicans against insulting a beauty queen he disparaged for gaining weight and launching an attack on Hillary Clinton for her husband’s well-known infidelities, Trump is now | Read More »

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Donnie “Diaper baby” Trump is incapable of maintaining any level of maturity. Being utterly humiliated on national TV by a sickly old woman, wearing a bright, red horse blanket has sent him into post-debate hysterics.

Despite warnings from fellow Republicans against insulting a beauty queen he disparaged for gaining weight and launching an attack on Hillary Clinton for her husband’s well-known infidelities, Trump is now directing his surrogates to do just that.

“Mr. Trump has never treated women the way Hillary Clinton and her husband did when they worked to destroy Bill Clinton’s accusers,” reads one of the talking points the campaign sent to surrogates on Thursday as the controversy surrounding the story of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado continued to dominate headlines of the race.

And during a rally Thursday afternoon in Bedford, N.H., Trump himself referenced the scandals of the 1990s that he’s been congratulating himself for not talking about all week. “The Clintons are the sordid past,” he said. “We will be the very bright and clean future.”

While they have a point, in regards to Bill Clinton’s lecherous past and his wife’s culpability in his abuse of his position, it’s not as if Donald Trump is an icon of chivalry, so he may not want to pull on that thread.

In fact, Trump has a long history of maltreatment of women, adultery, and is the last person to cast stones at anyone else’s marriage.

While he insists that his aides not tell people he lost (as if that changes the results), his inner circle desperately grapple over something to stop people from talking about just how abysmal and outclassed he was.

Inside Trump Tower, his inner circle of advisers has been in turmoil: while some have attempted to reach to the hard-headed candidate by suggesting to reporters that he must prepare more thoroughly for the second debate, others have spit-balled ideas aimed at changing the subject, including a last-minute trip to Israel that might replicate the more presidential optics and media saturation coverage they achieved with last month’s surprise summit with the Mexican president.

One of Trump’s closest confidants at the moment, Rudy Giuliani, said immediately after the debate that he’d advise Trump to skip the next two and on Wednesday indulged a conspiracy, propagated by a Russian state-controlled news site, that Clinton might have gotten the questions in advance. And on Thursday, campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said she had indeed told her candidate not to call women “fat pigs” but quickly tried to dismiss his insults as “beside the point” because he in fact supports women.

That’s not support. It shows a mean-spirited, unstable frame of mind.

These are also things that will turn off women voters who may have been willing to look over some of the candidate’s other shortcomings.

(Yeah, I don’t know who these women are.)

Desperate to put any sort of positive gloss on a disappointing debate performance, Trump’s campaign claimed to have seen an $18 million windfall in small-dollar online donations in the 24 hours after the debate. However, it’s not yet clear if that money is all from online contributions or how much of it will be available to Trump, as POLITCO reported Thursday.

The facts are, Trump is not disciplined. He is not serious. He will continuously find a way to shoot himself in the foot, and then he will insert that foot in his mouth.

Barely more than a month away from the election and Donald Trump is no closer to showing a willingness to run a professional campaign, but then, he’s not a “career politician” so his supporters should know that this is exactly what they asked for.

The post Against the Advice of His Advisers, Trump Insists on Barreling Ahead With a Campaign of Insults appeared first on RedState.

Scary Halloween: Your Pet’s Costume May Be Sexist

The obsession with sexism in the human world is downright nauseating. It supposedly lurks behind every corner, waiting to offend, belittle, and dominate. Don't compliment women, because that's sexist. Don't assume they want to be mothers, because that's sexist. And whatever you do, don't look at them too long, male population. Now, sexism has gone beyond the human world into the canine world. Halloween is | Read More »

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The obsession with sexism in the human world is downright nauseating. It supposedly lurks behind every corner, waiting to offend, belittle, and dominate. Don't compliment women, because that's sexist. Don't assume they want to be mothers, because that's sexist. And whatever you do, don't look at them too long, male population.

Now, sexism has gone beyond the human world into the canine world. Halloween is already scary, but it is even more so because you may be dressing your dog in a sexist costume.

Yes, really.

The Washington Post published an article today questioning that very thing.

Young girls may be discarding their princess wands for superhero capes this Halloween, but not so in the canine world.

The glass ceiling appears to be firmly in place at PetSmart, where career costumes labeled “male” include firefighter and police officer, while female dogs can choose between a pink cowgirl costume and pink loofah.

“It seems silly on the surface, but this is part of a larger message we’re sending, that there are certain jobs for men, and certain jobs for women,” said Scott Lawrie, 36, who co-hosts a podcast, ‘She will not be ignored,’ about gender issues. “The career options for women — and dogs — need to go beyond pink loofahs and pink cowgirls.”

At Party City,  Supergirl and Wonder Woman doggie costumes were priced 30 percent higher than Superman costumes ($16.99 versus $12.99). Batgirl costumes, meanwhile, were selling for $19.99, a 33 percent premium on Batman’s $14.99 price tag.

“Even if it’s just on principle, this is important,” he said. “I’m waiting until they fix it.”

No, it's actually not important. Because they are dogs. It's not costume manufacturers' fault that owners, who may get upset by the labeling, are social justice warriors just emerging from their safe spaces, and are now standing in the blinding light of a super sexist society. Or something.

However, it really goes beyond all that. The Left supposes that very general male and female categories for career choices - even those for dog costumes - are further proof of systematic sexism. In fact, they're really not. More men than women are in law enforcement or firefighting careers because of the very physical demands of the job. Girls naturally gravitate toward the color pink. Admitting these things is the first step to recovery.

More importantly, parents who care will reinforce to their children, whether they be male or female, that they aren't defined by societal whims. Their inherent worth is already established, and career paths, whatever they turn out to be, have no bearing on that.

So, continue with that plan to dress your dog in Halloween garb which best reinforces the frightening patriarchy.

Cats are better, anyway.

The post Scary Halloween: Your Pet’s Costume May Be Sexist appeared first on RedState.


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