Saturday, March 14, 2015

The press routinely expects Republicans to condemn their own side for things Democrats routinely do. The press never does that to Democrats.

The outrage is always disproportionate against the GOP. It always iS. - ERICK ERICKSON/RED STATE

...Just last week, the Democrats’ communications director said he wanted to kill Chris Christie dead. Were it the communications director of the GOP saying that about Hillary Clinton, we would be in the second week of news stories about the outrage. News networks would have daily coverage of Democrats getting threatened....

The biases are not just in what is covered, but in how much it is covered and where the coverage happens in the paper and in the segment placement and whether something is treated as claimed or true. Outrage over Republicans is always disproportionately higher. Republican statements are treated as claims and Democrat statements are treated as facts. It is not always intentional per se, but is always a reflection of the world view of those packaging the news. They view the tea party and conservatives as more disruptive, more malcontented, and more prone to bad behavior. So they focus on that as it conforms to a pre-conceived narrative....

If the press has no intention of being fair, don’t expect the rest of us to be.

If This Bill Becomes Law, Arizona Is About To Throw A Major Wrench Into President Obama’s Agenda.

This Wednesday, the Arizona House of Representatives passed House Bill 2368, sponsored by Representative Bob Thorpe, R-Flagstaff. If signed into law, the bill would prohibit Arizona from funding any executive orders issued by President Obama. - Lilia Dashevsky Journal/IJ Review

According to the state legislature’s fact sheet, there are only two provisions to the bill:

  1. Prohibits this state or any of its political subdivisions from using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer or cooperate with an executive order issued by the President of the U.S. that has not been affirmed by a vote of Congress and signed into law as prescribed by the U.S. Constitution.
  2. Prohibits this state or any of its political subdivisions from using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer or cooperate with a policy directive issued by the U.S. DOJ to law enforcement agencies in this state that has not been affirmed by a vote of Congress and signed into law as prescribed by the U.S. Constitution.

Byron York: On Benghazi, a timeline of State Department obstruction

What if Hillary doesn't run?

Bill’s female cabinet members and feminist supporters had no choice but to accept the unappetizing quid pro quo: The Clintons would give women progressive public policies as long as the women didn’t assail Bill for his regressive private behavior with women.

Anti-Semitism, I've seen, is like a disease that goes dormant, flaring up with the next political trigger.

Op-Ed Michael Douglas finds Judaism and faces anti-Semitism - LA Times

If we confront anti-Semitism ... if we combat it individually and as a society, and use whatever platform we have to denounce it, we can stop the spread of this madness.... TODAY'S MUST READ

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Under Obama, Democrats have lost more than 900 state legislative seats, 69 U.S. House seats and 13 U.S. senate seats, all the most since World War II. Democrats also have lost 11 governorships

Why Are Democrats Stuck With Hillary? Blame Obama - IBD

The party controlling the White House almost always loses down the ballot, especially for a two-term president, according to Geoffrey Skelley, associate editor of Sabato's Crystal Ball.

But under Obama, Democrats have lost more than 900 state legislative seats, 69 U.S. House seats and 13 U.S. senate seats, all the most since World War II. Democrats also have lost 11 governorships.

Republicans now control 31 governorships. Obama was elected as a sitting senator, but usually governors, former governors or vice presidents win.
"That executive experience has to make you a more attractive option," Skelley said. "Governors have a track record for executive decision-making."

The GOP has governors in several key battleground states, including Florida and the Midwest's Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan. It even has the governor's mansion in deep-blue Illinois and Iowa.

It's not a real surprise that the early GOP front-runners for the 2016 presidential nomination are Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and ex-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

But it gets worse. Democrats don't just lack a bench. The bench lacks a bench.

The GOP now controls 68 of the country's 98 legislative chambers, excluding Nebraska's officially nonpartisan unicameral legislature. That's a gain of 30 chambers since the end of 2008. Republicans hold the most slate legislative seats since the 1920s.

As a result, the Democrats' pool of potential future governors and U.S. senators is historically low. That suggests that the ranks of attractive Democratic presidential contenders will be thin for years to come, even if the party starts to reverse its down-ticket losses.... KEEP READING

The Tyranny of Silence - Why Liberty

#WhyLiberty? For journalist Flemming Rose free speech is worth the price

Vladimir Putin in Switzerland for ‘birth of love child’? No?

Russian President Vladimir Putin hasn’t been seen in public since March 5, and depending on whom you ask, he’s either dead, has had a stroke, has cancer, is being overthrown in a palace coup, or, contrary to his spokesperson’s denials Friday, has been out of the public eye because he has fathered a lovechild.

“Information that a child has been born to Vladimir Putin is not true,” Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Forbes Russia. “I am planning to appeal to people who have money to organize a competition for the best journalistic hoax,” he added.

Putin is on paternity leave! - New York Post

After days of rumors that mysteriously missing Russian President Vladimir Putin was sick or dodging a coup, a Swiss paper is reporting that the leader was in Lugano for the birth of his love child. The paper Blick said uber-playboy Putin and his alleged paramour Alina Kabayeva, 32, a former Olympic gymnast, welcomed their baby in a private clinic in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino, The Daily Beast reported. A Swiss radio station reported that Putin reserved two rooms at the fancy clinic—one for the new mommy and another for their bodyguards.

Friday, March 13, 2015

“Running against Hillary is like running against Jerry Brown in California,”


California Governor Jerry Brown (D) knows better than to give Hillary Clinton a pass on her private email scandal.

When the Washington Post asked Brown about it on Friday, “Brown said he is not convinced the issue is a passing storm, as many other Democrats contend.”

“I don’t know that,” Brown said. “With these things, what makes a difference, you often don’t know until it unfolds because nothing is just what it is. It’s always in part of a larger context. Things unfold and things happen.”

As the New York Times noted, Democrats, who believe Clinton is “too big to fail” and their inevitable nominee, have been put in the unenviable position of defending Clinton’s many scandals....

"So that lie by Hillary didn't even last 3 whole days."

State Dept Contradicts Clinton Claim that Emails to State Accounts Were ‘Automatically Saved’ - Washington Free Beacon

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Obama’s Treason Is the New Patriotism

Obama and Biden, along with their political allies, are trying to spin their shameless pandering to a terrorist state as patriotic and opposition to it as treasonous. - Daniel Greenfield/Front Page Magazine

The New York Daily News denounced senators opposed to an Obama deal giving Iran the ability to develop and deploy nuclear weapons as “Traitors”. The administration’s social media allies’ hashtag dubbed Republicans opposed to Iran’s nuclear weapons as #47Traitors.

Traitors oppose terrorists getting nuclear weapons. Patriots like Joe Biden not only support it, but they blast a president trying to stop it while collecting $30,000 at a pro-Iranian fundraiser.

“Treason doth never prosper: what’s the reason?” Sir John Harrington cynically observed. “Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason.”

But the Elizabethan courtier left out that when traitors rule, patriotism becomes treason. Obama commits treason and taunts his critics as traitors.

Republicans who want to see American leadership rise to the challenge of ISIS and Iran are accused of collaborating with ISIS and Iran by an administration that willfully lied and misrepresented the growth of ISIS for as long as it could and that is now doing the same thing for Iran’s nuclear threat.

Valerie Jarrett: "I intend to stay until the lights go off."

‘We’re PAYING her for that’? Guess what Valerie Jarrett says is ‘part of my job’ - Twitchy

Gawker Suing Feds Over 'Nixonian' Plot to Frustrate FOIA Process

National Archives Tried to Hide Email About Living in Fear of White House - Washington Free Beacon

Associated Press president Gary Pruitt reported in an op-ed on government transparency that, during the course of an AP investigation into Michelle Obama’s dresses, NARA used a privacy exemption to redact a line in an email that was actually about the agency’s fear of the White House:
As the president said, the United States should not withhold or censor government files merely because they might be embarrassing.

But it happens anyway.

In government emails that AP obtained in reporting about who pays for Michelle Obama’s expensive dresses, the National Archives and Records Administration blacked out one sentence repeatedly, citing a part of the law intended to shield personal information such as Social Security numbers or home addresses.

The blacked-out sentence? The government slipped and let it through on one page of the redacted documents: “We live in constant fear of upsetting the WH (White House).”
The Freedom of Information Act should be administered with a clear presumption: In the face of doubt, openness prevails,” the White House said in a 2009 memo to all federal agencies. “The Government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears.”

How Obama's policies caused a thin Democratic bench for 2016


Rand Paul: “I’m not particularly happy with being lectured by the administration about the Constitution; this is an administration… that has trampled the Constitution at many turns”

Rand Paul Skewers Obama: Letter to Iran ‘Should Have Been CC’ed to the White House’ - MRC TV

“This is an administration that seeks to legislate [what] is not in their purview: whether it be immigration…healthcare…or a war that has now been going on eight months without Congressional authorization,” said Paul pointedly.

“This administration is in direct defiance of what Sen. Obama ran on, what he was elected upon,” said Paul. Obama “said ‘no country should go to war without the authority of the Congress unless under imminent attack.’”

Paul: “I signed the letter to Iran, but you know what? The message I was sending was to you. The message was to President Obama. We want you to obey the law. We want you to understand the separation of powers.”

47 Senate Republicans signed an open letter to Iran this week that said: "we will consider any agreement regarding your nuclear weapons program that is not approved by the Congress as nothing more than an executive agreement between President Obama and Ayatollah Khomenei."

Paul continued: “So why do I sign this letter [to Iran]? I sign this letter to an administration that doesn’t listen. To an administration that every turn tries to go around Congress because you think you can’t get your way. The president says ‘oh the Congress won’t do what I want, so I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone, I’m gonna do what I want.’”

“The letter was to Iran, but it should have been CC’ed to the White House, because he needs to understand that any agreement that removes or changes legislation will have to be passed by us,” said Paul.

Iran Instructs U.S. to Bypass Congress on Deal, Go to U.N.

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A Contrived Controversy and an Emboldened Iran

ADVANCE EDITORIAL from the March 23, 2015, issue. - Stephen Hayes/Weekly Standard

Finally, a debate about Iran. Last week, 47 Republican senators released a public letter addressed to the leaders of the Iranian regime. The letter made what might have seemed a self-evident point: If the Obama administration reaches a deal with Iran, Congress will not be bound by parts of the deal to which it has not assented.

Then, hysteria....

FCC Cites Soros-Funded, Neo-Marxist-Founded Group 46 TIMES In New "Net Neutrality' Regs

New internet regulations finally released by the Federal Communications Commission make 46 references to a group funded by billionaire George Soros and co-founded by a neo-Marxist. - Chuck Ross/Daily Caller

...The FCC received more than 4 million public comments as it was weighing the net neutrality initiative, but Free Press and other activist groups have received the most attention by pressuring the FCC and the White House on behalf of their cause.

One argument made against the FCC’s regulatory push is that the general public is largely happy with its internet service. Support for net neutrality was seen as the domain of special interest groups like Free Press.

The activist group has big money behinds its effort. It has received $2.2 million in donations from progressive billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Foundations and $3.9 million from the Ford Foundation.

And one of Free Press’ co-founders, Robert McChesney, a communications professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, has not been shy about his desire to see the internet regulated heavily....

But internet regulation appears to be only part of McChesney’s more radical agenda of completely revamping how the media operate in the U.S.

“In the end, there is no real answer but to remove brick by brick the capitalist system itself, rebuilding the entire society on socialist principles,” McChesney wrote in a 2009 essay.

“Only government can implement policies and subsidies to provide an institutional framework for quality journalism,” he said.

“The news is not a commercial product. It is a public good, necessary for a self-governing society. Once we accept this, we can talk about the kind of media policies and subsidies we want,” McChesney once argued.

Sentiments such as these have raised questions about whether the FCC’s new regulations will eventually lead to oversight of internet content.

“The unthinkable has become thinkable, and the free-market Internet – one of freedom’s greatest triumphs – is set to be reduced to a public utility, subject to pervasive economic regulation and, in turn, to content control,” American Commitment’s Kerpen wrote in an open letter to McChesney after the FCC voted 3-2 in favor of the regulations.... KEEP READING

60% Say Obama’s Deal Unlikely To Keep #Iran From Nukes

Thursday, March 12, 2015

EmailGate: First Lois Lerner, Then Hillary Clinton, Now Eric Holder. How Corrupt Is This Administration?

Although we all talk about Hillary’s EmailGate, we shouldn’t forget that this controversy actually started with Lois Lerner. When Republicans tried to find out whether the IRS had purposefully targeted conservative organizations, this former head of the Internal Revenue Service said her email had suddenly disappeared.

And then came in Hillary, who, the Benghazi Select Committee says, didn’t hand over all her emails and who used a personal, rather than a government email address to conduct official business, everything related to the attack on the embassy in Benghazi, Libya, included. Again, important information is being hidden from the American people.

Lastly, we now have Attorney General Eric Holder who has used not one, not two, but three email aliases. He maintains all records have been kept, but whether that’s true is anyone’s guess.... ◼ KEEP READING

Judge Keeps Obama Immigration Policies On Hold to investigate if Obama Admin lied to Judge.

FCC releases 313 pages of #NetNeutrality regulations

Gallup Poll: America's most important problem? Government.

Why Clinton's Emails Matter only need watch the press conference from Tuesday to see the real cause for concern. It isn’t just that Clinton looked tired, was flat-footed in her responses, and made some cringe-worthy comments about not wanting to have two email accounts to follow.... - Sean Trende/Real Clear Politics

To see how I think it might matter, it’s worth thinking back to 2008, and why Hillary Clinton lost the Democratic nomination to a relatively inexperienced challenger. Barack Obama running a pitch-perfect campaign mattered a lot, as did Hillary Clinton’s vote for the Iraq War.

Her problems, however, went deeper. To start, she’s not a natural politician. Remember, the wheels started to come off the campaign bus for her in 2008 after her answer to this question on driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants. It’s still hard to watch the exchange without cringing. Her speeches tended to be wooden and forced. She didn’t exude warmth.


...It is undisputed that Clinton did not take the steps that are required before documents may be removed from Department custody. In fact, it is undisputed that the deleted emails were never in the Department’s custody.

For that matter, the emails that Clinton didn’t destroy were not in State’s custody for a period of about two years following her departure from the Department. This too is a violation, Coffin notes. Thus, the case that Clinton committed the felony of willfully and unlawfully concealing and/or destroying records seems strong....

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One Shot in the face - Reuters
'Ambush' - CBS St. Louis
Seriously injured - KSDK
Protests continue after police chief quits - St. Louis American

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“These police officers were standing there and they were shot, just because they were police officers.”

'Subliminally negative'? New TIME magazine cover gives Hillary Clinton 'horns'

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

IT Expert Says He Traced Hillary’s Email Server To Manhattan Government Building [VIDEO]

Cyber-security expert Vinny Troia told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren on Tuesday that he traced the IP address of the server Hillary Clinton used to host the private email account she used as secretary of state to a government building in the heart of New York City. - Chuck Ross/Daily Caller

There are 18 lawsuits, ten of which are active in federal court, as well as about 160 Judicial Watch FOIA requests that could be affected by Mrs. Clinton and her staff’s use of secret email accounts to conduct official government business.

To be clear, there is potential criminal liability for Mrs. Clinton and others for concealing these government records, stealing these government records, and mishandling any classified information. - BREITBART

Clinton apologists from within and outside of the State Department have made the point that by turning over 55,000 pages of emails to department officials, critics should be placated. So then in order to diffuse the controversy, why doesn’t Clinton simply release the records she already turned over? To do so “would highlight the fact that Clinton’s own aides and lawyers determined which records were work-related,” Politico surmises. That is putting it charitably.

There seems to be an assumption that the account(s) at issue are her “personal” accounts. On the contrary, these accounts, which were set up by the Secretary of State to conduct government business, are alias government accounts and should be treated as such. No third party reviews, as some are suggesting, are necessary if State follows the law and treats the account(s) as it would any other account. The State Department is obligated to secure the accounts as soon as possible to protect classified materials, retrieve any lost data, protect other federal records, and search records as required by court orders in our various FOIA lawsuits, and in response to congressional subpoenas, etc.

Rather than her private lawyers/campaign advisers reviewing the accounts and releasing material to the government, the agency should assert its ownership, secure the material, and prohibit private parties from illicitly reviewing potentially classified and other sensitive material.

Democrats are probably stuck with Clinton. So Democrats have taken to hoping that Republicans “overplay their hand.”


They’re hoping and praying that Trey Gowdy ruins everything - HotAir
In fact, the press has been publicly entertaining this scenario since the revelations regarding Clinton’s emails were disclosed. But the GOP’s unusual message discipline and reserved silence with regard to Clinton’s email controversy has frustrated those in the commentary class for whom Republican tactical errors are as predictable as the tides. Distraught, some in the press are now placing their hopes on the one Republican who has consistently failed to overreach, despite the fact that Democrats and the press have provided him with miles of rope with which he was expected to hang himself.

“The stakes have suddenly gotten very, very high for Rep. Trey Gowdy,” the latest Politico report on Clinton’s email scandal began....KEEP READING
IT BEGINS: AP SUES FOR CLINTON RECORDS - T. Becket Adams/Washington Examiner
Sen. Boxer: ‘If You Don’t Believe’ Hillary’s Excuses for Email Scandal, ‘Don’t Vote for Her’ - Washington Free Beacon

Said she emailed with Bill...
BUT spokesman claims he only has sent two in his life... Circus back in town...
Media Demons Return To Haunt...
Huma and Cheryl Mills used private emails at State...
VIDEO: Wacth her age 50 years in 60 seconds...
FLASHBACK: Deputy independent counsel says he wrote 'rough draft indictment' of Hillary...

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Barack Obama: I Did Not. Exchange. Electronic. Mail With That Woman. Secretary Clinton.

President Barack Hussein Obama doesn’t lie all the time. Only when the truth doesn’t suit him. - Jim Treacher/Daily Caller

Here’s the standard pattern:
Tell a big fat stinkin’ lie.
See if anybody buys it.
If so, move along to the next lie. If not, do a complete 180 while claiming it’s what you’ve said all along.
As always, Obama lied when he said he didn’t know about the wrongdoing under his administration until he saw it on the news. Usually, these claims of incompetence are brushed aside by our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters in the media. “He’s the smartest president ever, yet he has no idea what’s going on? Seems legit!” He’s just that awesome.

However, the gatekeepers seem to be taking an unusual interest in this story, even though the people brazenly lying to them are their fellow Democrats. So maybe they’ll keep asking questions. Maybe they’ll risk being called racists. Maybe they’ll extract something resembling the truth out of these corrupt slimeballs. And maybe everybody will finally realize that when Obama says “transparency,” he means the other thing.

4 reasons the Hillary emails are hurting Obama - Brian Hughes/Washington Examiner @BrianHughesDC
The White House insists that Hillary Clinton's exclusive use of a private email account as secretary of state is not President Obama's problem.

Already, that logic has been punctured.

With each passing day that Clinton chooses to stay silent on why she kept her digital correspondence private, the White House is forced to answer questions on her behalf.

White House aides are clearly frustrated that Obama has gotten engulfed in the controversy with so little time before the entire political conversation turns to 2016.

Yet Obama's problems have only compounded since his messaging team tried to sidestep blame for the latest uproar surrounding secretive Clinton tactics.

Here are the 4 reasons the Hillary emails are so damaging for Obama

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

LA Times Op-Ed California's public unions have too much clout and compensation

Californians' public employees are paid handsomely at the expense of public services - DANIEL DISALVO/LA Times

...To a substantial extent, these compensation premiums are driven by the rising costs of public employee pensions and healthcare. In Los Angeles, pension costs have risen to nearly 20% of the city's budget from 3% in 2000. Statewide pension liabilities are increasing at a rate of $17 billion a year, which make the state's current cash surplus a mirage.

As the city and state pay more for public services they've already consumed, there are fewer resources left for other public priorities. Government ends up spending more but doing less, which is a governing formula that pleases neither liberals nor conservatives.

What is to be done?...

#waitingforhillary The Press Conference

Meanwhile: ISIS released a video showing a child executing alleged Israeli spy Mohammad Ismail.

BREAKING: ATF Temporarily Pulls Proposal to Ban AR-15 "Green Tip" Ammunition

After an unprecedented response, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms has temporarily pulled its proposal to ban common AR-15 M885 "green tip" ammunition. - Katie Pavlich/Townhall


Last week, Dr. Ben Carson, a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, stepped onto unstable political ground. Asked whether he believes that “being gay is a choice,” Carson stated that he “absolutely” did. - Ben Shapiro/Breitbart

The media, who have an interest in slandering Republican presidential candidates, took Carson’s poorly-articulated answer and used it to slam him repeatedly over the weekend, with Saturday Night Live leading the way, mocking Carson over and over again. But that was nothing compared to the typically vile output of supposed anti-bullying advocate Dan Savage. After laying out a typically illogical complaint comparing the merit of homosexual activity to that of religious living, Savage then stated:
Dear Dr. Carson,

If being gay is a choice, prove it. Choose it. Choose to be gay yourself. Show America how that’s done, Ben, show us how a man can choose to be gay. Suck my dick. Name the time and the place and I’ll bring my dick and a camera crew and you can suck me off and win the argument.

Very sincerely yours,

Dan Savage

Sen. Cotton Responds to Obama’s Jibe About Iran Letter: ‘There Are Nothing But Hardliners in Iran’

Forty-seven GOP senators signed an open letter informing the Iranian regime that they will consider any nuclear agreement that Congress does not approve “as nothing more than an executive agreement between President Obama and [supreme leader] Ayatollah Khamenei.” - CNS
“The next president could revoke such an executive agreement with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time,” stated the letter, initiated by Sen. Tom Cotton, a freshman Republican from Arkansas.

Responding to Obama’s jibe about a coalition with “the hardliners in Iran,” Cotton said later, “There are nothing but hardliners in Iran, nothing but hardline Islamic extremists who’ve been killing Americans around the world for 35 years.”

“That’s why Iran cannot be allowed to get a nuclear weapon,” he told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

“If they’ve been the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism for 35 years, imagine what they will do if they have a nuclear umbrella.”
Democrats are pushing back against the letter, circulated by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and signed by 47 Senators in all, that warns the Iranian regime that any deal it signs with President Barack Obama could be voided by the next president if it is not ratified by the Senate under the U.S. Constitution. They have enlisted Vice President Joe Biden and even retired Sen. Richard Lugar to disparage the effort. In so doing, they have proved Cotton’s point–and checkmated the administration.


Breitbart News reported that Gabby Giffords renewed her push for background checks to require purchasers at gun shows to pass the same background check her attacker, Jared Loughner, passed. - AWR Hawkins/Breitbart

Some media outlets and gun control advocated responded to the report by claiming Loughner’s successful passage of a background check simply proves the background check system isn’t sufficient. But those making this argument miss a very important point: Namely, that Giffords’ husband, Mark Kelly, was turned away twice on gun purchases in 2013 because of certain requirements and stipulations of the current background check system.

Breitbart News previously reported that Kelly went to Tucson, Arizona’s Diamondback Police Supply in February 2013 to show that “background checks are easy.” Kelly brought in a Texas ID instead of an Arizona ID and was denied because the current background check system stipulates that you can only purchase a handgun in the state within which you reside.

Kelly returned with an Arizona ID 13 days later and passed the background check for a 1911-style handgun. He then released a hidden-camera video of how easy it was to purchase the gun but made no mention of the fact that his first attempt was refused.

Last year, Breitbart News reported that Kelly’s highly-publicized AR-15 purchase was terminated as well. Kelly made such a show of his attempt to buy the rifle — telling CNN’s Wolf Blitzer his plan was to hand the gun over to someone else all along — that Diamondback Police Supply owner Douglas MacKinlay cancelled the purchase and refunded Kelly’s money.

Obama attacks Scott Walker after Wisconsin right-to-work move

President Obama took direct aim at Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Monday night after the state became the 25th in the nation to enact right-to-work laws that weaken the power of labor unions. - Ben Wolfgang/The Washington Times

In a statement, Mr. Obama said the Wisconsin bill is the latest in a “sustained, coordinated assault on unions” led by the wealthy and their friends in government, predicting it will hamper economic growth and harm the middle class moving forward.

But he saved his harshest words for Mr. Walker, a potential 2016 presidential candidate and rising star in the Republican party.

“Wisconsin is a state built by labor, with a proud pro-worker past. So even as its governor claims victory over working Americans, I’d encourage him to try and score a victory for working Americans by taking meaningful action to raise their wages and offer them the security of paid leave,” Mr. Obama said. “That’s how you give hardworking middle-class families a fair shot in the new economy — not by stripping their rights in the workplace, but by offering them all the tools they need to get ahead.”

Mr. Walker shot back and said the president could learn lessons from states such as Wisconsin.

“On the heels of vetoing Keystone Pipeline legislation, which would have paved the way to create thousands of quality, middle-class jobs, the president should be looking to states, like Wisconsin, as an example for how to grow our economy,” he said in a statement. “Our reforms are moving Wisconsin forward and helping create family-supporting jobs for people in our state.”

#9724; Freedom not to choose: Right-to-work proliferates as workers balk at paying costly union dues - Stephen Moore/The Washington Times

Unions and the think tanks they fund are in an understandable panic. History shows that when workers aren’t forced to pay union dues and fees, they usually choose not to.

A right-to-work law does not prohibit unions. There are active, powerful unions in right-to-work states. This law simply gives individual workers the freedom to choose whether to financially support a union as a job condition.