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Did Citizens United hand the US electoral system to nefarious corporate interests and “dark money”? We ask former FEC chairman and free speech advocate Bradley Smith. His lucid explication makes even this murky realm of the law very clear.

Jay and Mona then consider emotionalism, tribalism, and extremism in American politics. Also, is it just the women angle that makes Trump unacceptable? Bob Dylan gets a shout out that he might not like.


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Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, joins Jay Caruso and Neal Dewing on this episode of The Fifth Estate. They chat about the Donald Trump candidacy, focusing on several areas:

  • What does it mean for the GOP if he wins or loses by a small margin?
  • What does it mean for the GOP if he loses big?
  • What culpability does the media have in giving him a platform for most of 2015 and into 2016?

In more general terms, Bill spoke of who he sees as the next generation of conservative leaders to emerge once the dust settles and what if anything should be done about people (like Sean Hannity, for example) who aligned themselves so firmly with Trump they were reduced to following in his footsteps and insulting conservatives.

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“It doesn’t matter what your card says. We’re not taking patients.” Or the Joys of Obamacare, Part 320,349


Today, I finally decided I was low enough on my standard medications for my chronic illnesses that I would finally contact that new doctor I signed up for in August. It didn’t take effect until September 1st. See, I had to fire my last internist. After a (literal) 5 minute appointment with the man for my yearly evaluation, I was told that he was very busy, one of my other specialists could do my labs and investigate any further issues (that being every issue, since he did nothing). That was the extent of the appointment. After he rushed out, I was nearly in tears which does take quite a lot for me these days.



Obamacare Premiums Skyrocket as Insurers Flee the Program


The darker the red, the more your Obamacare premiums will jump in 2017.
If only someone had warned that a federal takeover of the health care system would result in lower quality and less choice at higher prices.

You’ve probably seen the news that Obamacare premiums will be skyrocketing next year. Just as everyone with a basic understanding of economics expected. The benchmark silver plan will jump by 22 percent on average, or about $300 a month. Indiana fares the best with a 3 percent drop, while Arizona’s rates (where I live) will rise a shocking 116 percent.

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The Red Pill Documentary


I’ve just stumbled upon some interviews of a documentary film maker who has a new film coming out called The Red Pill Documentary. The film is about the filmmaker, Cassie Jaye, who identified as a liberal feminist, who decided to investigate the Men’s Rights Movement. She speaks to men who are MRA’s, as they are identified as, and feminist as well for balance, and also has her own video diary segments as to how her mind has been changed about MRA’s and the legitimacy of their movement, as the title of the film indicates. The red pill is a reference to the film The Matrix in which if you wanted to be taken out of the matrix and have your mind opened to the reality of The Matrix you had to take the red pill.

Recently, Dave Rubin interviewed her about her journey making this film. There are two parts to the interview that are about a half and hour each, I recommend the interview.


Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy WikiLeaks expose the Democratic panic after Pres. Obama publicly said he only learned of Hillary Clinton’s email server through the media. They also unload on both Megyn Kelly and Newt Gingrich for their exhausting and devolving debate on Tuesday night. And they shake their heads as Mike Pence is sent to Utah to shore up that state for the GOP ticket.


The Conservative Movement Is Dead; Long Live the Conservative Movement


national-review-anniversary-william-f-buckley-r “Only a few prefer liberty — the majority seek nothing more than fair masters.” Sallust, Histories

I have been thinking about what went wrong with the Conservative movement and why in a year where the Democrats nearly handed us the election we failed to capitalize yet again. It dawned on me that so much of the commentary focused on the Republican Party, conservatives in general, the failure of our gatekeepers, our “betrayal” by the establishment, and the inadequacies of the various candidates. What I want to do is look at the Conservative movement and see how it is doing.


This week Charles “Englishman” Cooke and Kevin “Mad Dog” Williamson talk about election commercials, Republicans and cities, the race in Texas, and Charlie’s new newsletter. (Sign up at his website.)


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Yale, Beyond the Pale


shutterstock_278796842In his recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Yale President Peter Salovey tried to explain how colleges can make room for both freedom of speech and a culture of inclusion and diversity. Salovey wants to have his cake and eat it, too. The supposed tension between free speech and inclusion is false, he argues, because it is possible to pursue both ends simultaneously.

Several days later, Yale was again in the news for its sexual harassment tribunals. As Jennifer Braceras explains in her op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, “College Sex Meets the Star Chamber,” Yale’s current policy on sexual harassment has led to a massive expansion of Yale’s control over the life of its faculty, students, and staff. At first, look, Salovey’s defense of free speech and inclusion seems unrelated to Braceras’s argument about the reach of Yale’s sexual harassment directive. But they are part of the same problem.


Trump Shuts Down Big-Money Fundraising Efforts


Donald TrumpHillary Clinton has 42 fundraisers planned through Nov. 3. Donald Trump and his surrogates have stopped doing them altogether:

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has effectively shut down his high-dollar fundraising operation for the rest of the campaign, a highly unusual move that deals another serious blow to the GOP’s effort to finance its get-out-the-vote operation before Election Day.


Small Victories Against Goliath


david-and-goliath-vbaAs much as we hate to admit it, many of us have felt victimized and outraged by Obama’s power-mongering, arrogant, and defiant administration. I look ahead and wonder whether the next president will tackle our disgraceful debt? What about the bloated federal government? Or the lopsided reality of a supposed three-part federal government? I’m also skeptical about whether Congress will finally reverse any of the administration’s or agencies’ abuses of the last eight years.

I think the first steps to correct these injustices are actually happening. The actions are small, but they have already shown signs of success in the past year, and suggest hope for the foreseeable future: Actions by the federal court system outside of the Supreme Court against the tyranny of our government will be the path to salvation.


The Tyranny of Pronouns


jack-sparrowWhen I think back on how prophetic Bob Dole was, I want to flambé a grammar book. You may recall that in the midst of losing the 1996 presidential election, he began referring to himself in the third person, as in: “Make no mistake, Bob Dole is going to be the Republican nominee.” But at least he had the good sense to use his actual name, and didn’t demand that we refer to him with inanities like “Ze,” or “Hir,” or “they.” And when he excused himself to go the men’s room Bob Dole didn’t say, ”Bob Dole has to go to the ladies room.” Dave Carter misses Bob Dole.

All of which is a far cry from Leo Soell, a fifth-grade teacher in Oregon who won a $60,000 lawsuit a few months back over her insistence that she be referred to as, “they.” Yes, you read that correctly. Want to read it again? It’s okay, I’ll wait. Let it sink in for a moment, and then let us pause briefly and pray that Soell doesn’t teach English, otherwise her fifth-graders won’t know the difference between third person plural and third person singularly ridiculous. Here, I disclose that I actually identify as a Lamborghini Owner (please contact Ricochet’s editors for instructions on how you can help accommodate my new identity).


Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America appreciate at least one prominent Democrat facing justice as former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is sentenced to jail. They also wince as the Cook Political Report predicts Democrats will win back the U.S. Senate. And we unload on a new PSA showing schoolkids berating a classmate because his dad didn’t vote.


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Echoes from the Digital Frontier


Two interesting, semi-related items caught my eye this week.

The Rehabilitation of Julian Assange
Just a few short years ago, he was despised and rejected of men and women on the conservative side of the aisle for revealing information about Guantanamo and the NSA’s efforts to spy on friend and foe alike. The same people on social media who called him a traitor and demanded he be shot for damaging our intelligence-gathering abilities are now praising him for revealing the true depth and breadth of Clinton’s corruption.


On People Control


shutterstock_381308797Among the various down-ticket items on the ballot for Washington State voters is so-called gun control initiative aimed, ostensibly, at keeping guns out of the hands of people likely to hurt themselves or others. I read Initiative Number 1491 over my morning coffee, and you can too. It provides law enforcement agencies and others a vehicle for obtaining a court order preventing someone from possessing, buying, or using firearms.

The initiative begins by outlining who can petition (the petitioner) the court to have an individual’s (the respondent) second amendment rights temporarily abridged. Those people are law enforcement officers, as well as a person who has some relationship to the respondent, such as a family member, a step parent, a girlfriend or boyfriend, a co-parent (regardless of relationship status), or someone who lives with the respondent, even someone who has lived with the respondent within the previous 12 months.