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  • Kevin Williamson wrote a great column on the hypocrisy of Democrats’ big government agenda: “Our constitutional order strikes an elegant balance between policing the non-angels outside of government and constraining the non-angels within government, setting the ambitions of the three branches against one another and subdividing the legislative branch against itself. The founding generation, being more philosophically sophisticated and biblically literate than our own generation, understood something that often eludes us: Angels are in short supply, but all the devils are here, and our best chance of surviving the avarice and cruelty that exists at least potentially in every human heart is to set our appetites in opposition.”

  • Valerie Jarrett is in Los Angeles, trying to convince movie and TV writers to include ObamaCare in their scripts. Many people refer to Jarrett as President Obama’s Rasputin, but now she’s looking more like Leni Riefenstahl.

  • Congressman Mike Rogers (R-MI) won’t run for re-election, and will instead host a syndicated radio show for Cumulus Media.

  • Senator Rand Paul is courting establishment Republicans to help fund a 2016 presidential campaign. The article quotes a “conservative source close to Paul and Cruz’s camps” as saying, “The establishment sees Rand Paul as a useful idiot.”

  • The stupid Congressional bill to restore the Voting Rights Act to its pre-Shelby County v. Holder condition contains a power grab for the Department of Justice – the bill enables the Attorney General to sue a state for anything he/she perceives is a violation of the 14th or 15th Amendments. Today the DOJ can only bring civil rights lawsuits in the context of specific laws.

  • The California Senate voted to suspend three Democrats: Leland Yee (indicted for arms trafficking and bribery), Ronald Calderon (indicted for bribery, money laundering, and tax fraud), and Roderick Wright (convicted of vote fraud). Unfortunately they were all suspended with pay.

  • The FreedomWorks PAC switched horses in midstream, withdrawing its endorsement of Shane Osborn in the Nebraska Senate race and endorsing Ben Sasse instead.

  • New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez is fighting a lawsuit filed by the Associated Press that seeks access to her travel and work schedules and and her expense and phone records.

  • An Illinois watchdog group, Open the Books, issued a report that quantifies corporate welfare payments to Fortune 100 companies by the federal government. For the years 2000 to 2012, it totaled $1.2 trillion. That number doesn’t include bank bailouts, the Chrysler and GM bail-outs, indirect subsidies like the ethanol mandate, or tax breaks for green energy. The average Fortune 100 company received $200 million in income transfer subsidies.

  • The judge in the Apple/Google/Adobe/Intel class action lawsuit over the companies’ anti-solicitation agreements refused to issue summary judgement. The trial is scheduled to begin May 27, but there’s a good chance the companies will settle the case to avoid the negative publicity that would accompany testimony by their CEOs and board members.

  • Former Norwegian Premier Jens Stoltenberg will become Secretary General of NATO in October.

  • Russia reportedly threatened countries in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Africa over a United Nations General Assembly resolution declaring invalid Crimea’s referendum on seceding from Ukraine; the Russians promised to retaliate if countries voted the wrong way. A Russian spokesperson is quoted as saying, “We never threaten anyone. We just explain the situation.”

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