Links for 9-4-2015

  • Hugh Hewitt quizzed Donald Trump about the Middle East and Trump flunked. Later in the same radio show Hewitt quizzed Carly Fiorina and she did well. Trump threw a temper tantrum about “gotcha” questions, but if he’s serious about becoming president he should do his homework. Fiorina did hers.

  • Hillary Clinton’s State Department emails demonstrate that she relies on her inner circle for the simplest things:

    If I were to approach a person on the street and list off traits like “doesn’t drive,” “needs food prepared,” “needs help with the remote control,” “needs people to bring her beverages,” “has trouble remembering things,” and “doesn’t pay her own bills” about someone anonymously, he wouldn’t think I was referring to a current presidential front-runner in the year 2015. He would think I was referring to his poor nana, whom he had to place in a home because she wouldn’t stop yelling at the lamp and was at risk of accidentally microwaving her dentures.

    Later:

    No, the choice of Hillary’s wardrobe ultimately doesn’t matter (even if to media it suddenly does when the subject is the price-tag on a Sarah Palin or Ann Romney outfit). But optics to middle-class voters do. If Hillary Clinton wants to run a class-warfare election and pretend she’s a champion of the little people who buy their own milk for their tea, then middle-class voters have a right to know when the last time was that she prepared her own meals. When was the last time Hillary Clinton drove her own car? (Spoiler Alert: 1996.) When was the last time Hillary Clinton operated a television remote control?

    When was the last time Hillary Clinton paid her own bills?

  • Randy Barnett and Josh Blackman offer advice to Republican presidential candidates on how to select Supreme Court justices:

    More practically, zeroing in on a single issue, whether it is abortion, the war on terror, or same-sex marriage, has proved to be a miserable predictor of future judicial behavior. Nominees, who deftly refuse to answer questions about specific cases, have become adept at dodging these popular topics. Presidents should not pigeonhole appointments based on the issue du jour, but instead focus on broader constitutional philosophy. After all, that’s what the Founders (and authors of the Fourteenth Amendment) did when they gave us a republican Constitution that would still work more than 200 years later. Provided, as Benjamin Franklin famously said, that we “can keep it.”

    What is the constitutional philosophy on which Republican presidents should focus? In a word, it is “originalism.” In a phrase, it is: “Adhering to the original meaning of the text of the Constitution—each and every word.” Only persons with a demonstrated commitment to, and understanding of, the original meaning of the text of the Constitution should be chosen for a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court and, for that matter, to lower courts too. Only a person who evidences in his or her professional life and personal interviews the character it takes to uphold the Constitution, even when a majority of the law professoriate, or the general public, protests. And only a person who understands there is a huge difference between what the Constitution commands and what past Supreme Court “precedents” have said. A proper nominee, in short, will be someone who grasps that judges take an oath to the text of our Constitution, not the text of fallible justices.

  • David Harsanyi writes about the Left’s perception of the rule of law in the Kim Davis case:

    As far as I can tell, there are only three unassailable Constitutional rights left in United States: The right not to be “discriminated” against. The right to have an abortion. The right to have a gay marriage. In the eyes of a liberals, nothing—not the freedom of association or religion or anything else mentioned in the First or Second Amendment—will ever supersede these consecrated rights. The rest? Well, it’s malleable, depending on the situation.

  • John Hayward reminds us that it was really Senator Bob Corker that enabled the Iranian nuclear deal by subverting the Senate’s role in approving treaties, not Senator Barbara Mikulski’s vote (the 34th).

  • The Department of Justice changed its policy about using stingrays – faux cell towers that are used to track people through their cell phones. Now federal agents will have to obtain a search warrant to use a stingray. Previously they not only failed to obtain warrants but actively concealed from judges the fact that they were using this equipment.

  • Ohio’s legislature is considering a bill that would make it illegal to abort a baby because he or she has Down Syndrome.

  • Denied access to trains, more than a thousand immigrants stranded in Budapest decided to walk the 150 miles to Vienna. Later the Hungarian government decided to use buses to transport immigrants to the Austrian border. Hungary’s parliament passed bills making it illegal to assist immigrants; the bills also give the government new surveillance powers and permit police to conduct warrantless searches.

  • The three year old Kurdish boy who washed up a Turkish beach, Aylan Kurdi, was buried in Kobani, along with his mother and brother.

  • The Department of Homeland Security announced that it will grant legal status to thousands of Yemenis in the U.S., saying that it’s too dangerous to send them back to Yemen.

  • The Chinese ships that appeared in the Bering Sea during President Obama’s visit to Alaska entered territorial waters, coming within 12 nautical miles of the coast.

  • Authorities in Thailand admitted that there isn’t a DNA match between the two foreigners they arrested for the bombing in Bangkok and evidence collected at the scene. There is a DNA match to explosives discovered in two buildings in north Bangkok, so police are still investigating what these two people were up to.