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  • University of Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins, introducing President Barack Obama as commencement speaker on May 17, 2009: “He [Obama] is a leader who has great respect for the role of faith and religious institutions in public life. He has said: ‘Secularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering into the public square.’” Rev. John Jenkins announcing a lawsuit against the Obama administration on May 21, 2012: “We do not seek to impose our religious beliefs on others; we simply ask that the Government not impose its values on the University when those values conflict with our religious teachings… For if one Presidential Administration can override our religious purpose and use religious organizations to advance policies that undercut our values, then surely another Administration will do the same for another very different set of policies, each time invoking some concept of popular will or the public good, with the result these religious organizations become mere tools for the exercise of government power, morally subservient to the state, and not free from its infringements. If that happens, it will be the end of genuinely religious organizations in all but name.” Someone has been schooled over the past three years. It’s a pity Jenkins wasn’t bright enough to see what was coming back in 2009.

  • Mark Steyn wrote a great column on racial identities among Democrats that includes this line about Elizabeth Warren’s contribution to the Pow Wow Chow cookbook: “Mrs. Warren’s fictional Cherokee ancestors in Oklahoma were renowned for their ability to spear the fast-moving Oklahoma crab.” He goes on to draw a parallel between Obama and The Great Gatsby: “Like Gatsby presiding over his wild, lavish parties, Obama is aloof and remote: Let everyone else rave deliriously; he just has to be. He is in his way the apotheosis of the Age of American Incredibility. When just being who you are anyway is an incredible accomplishment, Obama managed to run and win on biography almost entirely unmoored from life. But then, like Gatsby, he knew a thing or two about ‘the unreality of reality.’”

  • A highlight reel from the 2012 True the Vote National Summit.

  • Kansas is working with 14 other states on a system to detect cross-state double voting. Six more states are considering joining the effort.

  • The Arkansas Democratic Party is threatening to disenfranchise Democrat primary voters: Obama challenger John Wolfe’s delegates won’t be recognized at the national convention.

  • Doug Ross used the Wayback Machine to trace Obama’s literary bio — the one that named his birthplace as Kenya. He discovered that it was edited several times over the course of 17 years, but the birthplace wasn’t corrected until shortly after Obama announced his campaign for president.

  • Someone leaked audio recordings of meetings with the Obama administration’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (who knew the federal government had such an agency?) where government officials instructed a contractor to fudge job loss numbers associated with a proposed environmental protection rule. The House Natural Resources Committee has been investigating this topic, but the administration has been slow to turn over documents, and some of the documents they have turned over are heavily redacted.

  • Mitt Romney’s campaign was quick to capitalize on Newark, New Jersey mayor Cory Booker’s weekend experiment with free speech.

  • Yet another reminder that modern public school education can be more focused on liberal indoctrination than it is on learning facts.

  • Empower Texans/Texans for Fiscal Responsibility investigated a PAC that has been sending mail that impersonates their organization and attacks candidates they have endorsed. They traced the PAC back to a local political operative, Holly Turner. The blog post detailing their investigation omits an important detail: Empower Texans endorsed Holly Turner in the race for HD47 back in 2010. Awkward.

Links for 5-18-2012

  • The Obama campaign is running an anti-voter ID ad.

  • An Arkansas attorney, John Wolfe, is polling well against President Obama ahead of the May 22 primary election — he’s within seven points.

  • The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in the Shelby County case. One judge on the three judge panel dissented, and his dissenting opinion appears to offer the Supreme Court a straightforward opportunity to strike down section 5 on appeal.

  • Gerard V. Bradley, a Notre Dame law professor, analyzed the commencement speech that Obama delivered two years ago and noticed something important about Obama’s views on faith: “The faith of which he [Obama] spoke was not, however, the faith of our fathers. Therein lies the novelty of Obama’s initiative. He would protect the state from the church, not by privatizing faith, but by redefining it. In a bold and unprecedented challenge to the churches, Obama told believers, not what they believe, but what it means for them to believe it.”

  • Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst reported raising $6.1 million for his U.S. Senate campaign since April 1st. Unfortunately for him, $6 million of that was a personal loan. During the same period, Ted Cruz raised $6.1 million from thousands of donors. This is shaping up to be another establishment Republican v. Tea Party conservative race. Dewhurst’s money and name recognition may win the primary, but Cruz is aiming to force Dewhurst into a runoff, which he’s likely to win given his larger base of committed voters. There’s a crowded field in this race, too, and Cruz should be well positioned to collect the votes cast by people whose candidate failed to advance to the runoff.

  • Walter Russell Mead on the battle over a tuition increase at the University of Texas at Austin: “UT faculty by and large think that what Texas needs is a flagship public university which is a first class research university — as that concept was developed in the second half of the twentieth century. What the state actually needs is a first class twenty-first century university, and that is almost certainly something that delivers more education to more students at less cost per head than the universities of the last century.”

  • Repsol drilled a duster off the coast of Cuba.

Links for 5-17-2012

  • Incumbent candidate for Texas Senate district 25, Jeff Wentworth, sued primary challenger Elizabeth Ames Jones for libel and slander. The best resolution of the Wentworth/Ames Jones war is to vote for the best candidate in the race, Dr. Donna Campbell, thereby sending both Wentworth and Ames Jones packing.

  • Obama birthers came boiling out of the woodwork today when Breitbart.com published an article describing a brochure printed by Obama’s literary agent in 1991 that stated he was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii. This was later attributed to a fact checking error. I prefer to think that we have a composite president.

  • Senators Chuck Schumer and Bob Casey proposed the “Ex-PATRIOT Act” in response to Facebook founder Eduardo Saverin’s decision to renounce his U.S. citizenship to dodge a big capital gains bill. The Ex-PATRIOT Act assumes that if you have a net worth of $2M or more or if you’ve had an average income tax liability over a five year period of $148K or more and you renounce your U.S. citizenship, you’re doing so to avoid paying taxes. If this isn’t true, you have to convince the U.S. government otherwise — you’re guilty until proven innocent. If you fail to convince the government of your innocence, you have to pay a 30% tax on your investment gains, regardless of where you live. Oh, and the bill is retroactive for ten years. This is the most evil, un-American thing I’ve seen in a long time — since ObamaCare, anyway. The U.S. has the highest corporate tax rates in the world. We have the most “progressive” personal income tax in the world. We have the most highly regulated financial markets in the world. On top of this, the Democrats’ class warfare campaign tactics portray wealthy people as criminals. And then the Democrats are shocked — shocked — when the people they’re treating as criminals seek to escape the prison.

  • Establishment Republicans are mad at Senator Jim DeMint over his PAC’s funding of conservative challengers to their hand-picked candidates.

  • True the Vote is training voting observers in Wisconsin for the recall election.

  • Media Trackers Montana uncovered widespread absentee ballot “irregularities.” Even the sample ballot on the Montana Secretary of State’s web site is wrong.