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  • Sarah Palin on the White House Correspondents Dinner: “That #WHCD was pathetic. The rest of America is out there working our asses off while these DC assclowns throw themselves a #nerdprom”

  • Andrew McCarthy makes an interesting point about the Obama administration’s leaking information from their questioning of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev:

    We are governed by leftists given to finger-wagging about their commitment to due process and the rule of law – they’re not like those bad old warmongering Bushies. Still, here we are in the post-arrest phase of the civilian prosecution the administration was hell-bent on commencing – the phase when due process obliges government officials to remain mum about non-public investigative information that could taint the jury pool and undermine the defendant’s right to a fair trial – and we’re being inundated with stunning confession evidence…

    Why?

    Because you are being softened up. Steered by its Gitmo Bar veterans and Lawyer Left compass, the Obama administration is executing a massive national-security fraud: the farce that the jihad against America can be judicialized, that civilian-court processes are a better answer to enemy warfare than are combat protocols.

  • The “Gang of Eight” comprehensive immigration reform bill kills E-Verify before resurrecting it and making it mandatory for all employers. There’s a good chance this is accidental – a drafting error – but it illustrates why it’s a very bad idea to write and attempt to pass enormously long and complicated bills. As we’ve seen with ObamaCare, there are likely to be lots of unanticipated consequences.

  • The “Gang of Eight” bill also gives huge latitude to the Department of Homeland Security and immigration judges to suspend future deportations; anytime you give the Obama administration an inch, they’ll take several miles, so you can expect them to take full advantage of this.

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  • Three years after Andrew Breitbart and Lee Stranahan revealed the federal government’s settlement in the Pigford case to be a multibillion dollar fraud, The New York Times investigated and…discovered that Pigford is a multibillion dollar fraud. Better late than never.

  • The Heritage Foundation and the Franklin Center gave the second annual Breitbart Award to Michelle Malkin. Most conservative commentators have been giving Marco Rubio the benefit of the doubt with respect to his participation in the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” and their “comprehensive immigration reform” bill, but not Malkin – in today’s syndicated column, she let Rubio have it with both barrels.

  • Not surprisingly, Democrats are backpedaling from the notion that Congress might exempt itself from ObamaCare’s health insurance exchanges.

  • U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler read Dhokhar Tsarnaev his Miranda rights while he was still being questioned by the FBI, which prompted Tsarnaev to stop talking. The media has been blaming Bowler for this, claiming she took this action on her own. But she was accompanied by an assistant U.S. attorney from the Massachusetts office, leading to articles like this one from Ken Klukowski arguing that this was Attorney General Eric Holder’s doing.

  • Two Democrat operatives in South Bend, Indiana were found guilty of conspiracy to commit petition fraud and forgery. The petitions in question were those that put Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on Indiana’s Democrat primary ballot in 2008.

  • Bills were introduced in the House and Senate to tax flu vaccines at a rate of $.75 per dose. The money would go into the “Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund,” which sounds like a gift to trial lawyers.

  • A U.S. District Court judge determined what “fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory” (FRAND) rates ought to be for standards essential patents in a breech of contract case brought by Microsoft against Google’s Motorola Mobility subsidiary. The standards involved included H.264 video and Wi-Fi, and the rates totaled up to a $1.8 million annual payment by Microsoft to Google. Google had been arguing it ought to be closer to $4 billion, so you’d have to count this as a Google loss. It also suggests Google overpaid when it bought Motorola Mobility – that deal was worth $12.5 billion, and Motorola’s patent portfolio was supposed to be a good chunk of the price.

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