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Feinstein At Stanford To Discuss NSA, Mass Surveillance

quoting Amy Zegartvia Stanford University
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Feinstein is expected to discuss Congress' role in overseeing America's intelligence agencies, such as the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, and laws that govern their operations. The idea behind the Security Conundrum series is to invite national experts to Stanford to explore issues raised by the federal government's mass surveillance programs, especially in the area of national security, privacy and civil liberties.

Kevin Warsh, a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution
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Former Fed Governor Warsh Laments Lack Of True Fed Debate

featuring Kevin M. Warshvia The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Speaking Thursday, Kevin Warsh told a conference held by Stanford University’s Hoover Institution that, by and large, gatherings of the rate-setting Federal Open Market Committee are stylized affairs that end up approving whatever the Fed chair wants. “I don’t think it’s terribly well understood” how FOMC meetings are structured, Mr. Warsh said.

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Hillary Clinton Finally Takes Some Questions From The Press

by Bill Whalenvia Daily Caller (DC)
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Why the sudden change in availability? Blame or credit it to the ordinary folks who wanted to know where the Democratic frontrunner stood on the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership. That, and a series of bad news stories Mrs. Clinton no longer could ignore: Benghazi; her State Department emails; longtime Clinton sycophant Sidney Blumenthal being called the former Secretary of State’s Libya whisperer.

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Housing Costs Should Be Back On State Lawmakers’ Agenda

by Bill Whalenvia Sacramento Bee
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Since the Legislature is spending money about as fast as Silicon Valley can mint it, why not create a new state agency? Specifically, the Department of Recyclable Ideas Perpetually Shelved, or DRIPS. Consider what it could do for the thorny matter of tax reform. Rather than set up a time-consuming council of economic advisers to study the matter, as state Controller Betty Yee has done, DRIPS would simply dust off the 2009 plan crafted by the so-called Parsky Commission.

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Carson Bruno: Loretta Sanchez Likely To Face Off Against Kamala Harris In November 2016

by Carson Brunovia San Jose Mercury News
Thursday, May 21, 2015

The past week has not been kind to Rep. Loretta Sanchez. First, her campaign-in-waiting fumbled her Senate announcement. Then, just a few days later while speaking to an Indian American group at the California Democratic Party State Convention, Sanchez made an insensitive gesture to signify the difference between Indian Americans and American Indians, forcing her to first run from reporters and then use her convention address to publicly apologize.

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2016: Do Looks Matter?

by Bill Whalenvia A Day At The Races
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Over the course of the next year, you’re going to hear plenty of theories as to what guarantees victory in a president election. For example, there’s the matter of candidates’ height — the premise being that the taller contender always wins. A few years ago, researchers at Texas Tech took a look at this and decided there was something to it — something having to do with voters and their primordial instincts.

Democrat's Donkey
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Think Like A Liberal -- Or Else

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

What happens when the public does not wish to live out the utopian dreams of its elite leaders? Usually, the answer for those leaders is to seek more coercion and less liberty to force people to think progressively. Here at home, President Barack Obama came into power in 2009 with a Democratic Congress, a sympathetic press, and allies in Hollywood, academia, unions, and philanthropic and activist foundations.

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Give Michelle Obama A Break

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia The Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Conservatives have been giving first lady Michelle Obama a hard time over her commencement speech at Tuskegee University on May 9. They denounce her complaints of continuing racism in America while recalling outrages long past. They wonder why she said nothing of the problem of black criminality. They scorn her unwillingness to acknowledge the privilege she enjoyed from attending Princeton and Harvard. Yet the speech had much merit that conservatives should appreciate.

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Were We Right To Take Out Saddam?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Probable Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush got himself into trouble by sort of, sort of not, answering the question whether he would have supported going into Iraq in 2003 — had he known then what we know now.
 

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