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Renee Ellmers Rejects Affair Rumors As Completely Baseless; Says She'll Pray for Those Bearing "False Witness"
You know, one thing I'll say, I've noticed people are terrible gossips, and will claim to "know" things they plainly don't know at all, but have merely heard or suspected.. I hear gossip like this about DC people and I gotta tell you it usually seems to me that the chief information a gossip wants to present to you is "I am Important and Connected and I Know Things the Common Folk Don't Know"
It's Moderates In the House, Not Conservatives, Who Are Sowing the Chaos
Orderliness is a function of predictability, and the fact that moderates are now talking about forming a coalition with Democrats is an unpredictable, chaos-sowing maneuver... the conservatives, on the other hand, are predictable: they always prefer a conservative, but will, if needed, support a more moderate leader... The Moderates, on the other hand, are the ones talking about unprecedented coalitions with liberals. So who's the problem here?.

Scientists say ‘runner’s high’ is like a marijuana high
If that were true, @ConArtCritic would be svelte. [rdbrewer]

Peggy Noonan: Shows of Strength From Trump and Putin
Via Drudge. "Donald Trump has entered his second act. His polls, sometimes characterized as weakening, are in fact strong. As Bloomberg’s John Heilemann said on 'Morning Joe,' if Jeb Bush had Mr. Trump’s numbers everyone would declare the race over." [rdbrewer]

Clickhole: 18 Facts About The Ocean That Will Blow Your Mind
"2. The ocean’s two halves—underwater and the waves—are connected using an apparatus called Horizon’s Joint." [rdbrewer]

SciAm: How Elephants Stay Cancer-Free
"The animals have 20 copies of a key tumor-fighting gene; humans have just one." [rdbrewer]

CampusReform: Clemson University apologizes for serving Mexican food
No, not gas. Insensitivity. "Dr. Doug Hallenbeck, Clemson University’s Senior Associate Vice President of Student Affairs apologized for the event’s 'flattened cultural view of Mexican culture.'" Via Drudge. [rdbrewer]

Chris Cillizza: Kevin McCarthy’s implosion signals a full-blown Republican revolution
"If you are Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio or John Kasich, what happened on Thursday in Washington should put a lump in your throat. The Republican establishment has been operating for months -- really since the rise of Trump -- under a belief that, eventually, things will return to 'normal'...." [rdbrewer]

Mediaite: Newt Gingrich Leaves Door Open to Return As Speaker of the House
AFAIC, the only thing you can say about that is BRING BACK NEWT! Let's get this show on the road. Added: With Boehner's record of failure, you're going to let him pick a successor? Sweep these guys out. [rdbrewer]

Michael Isikoff: Benghazi committee, under fire, releases more Clinton emails
"Hillary Clinton used her private email account to pass along the identity of one of the CIA’s top Libyan intelligence sources, raising new questions about her handling of classified information...." Via @GabrielMalor. [rdbrewer]

Kimberley Strassel: The Real Benghazi Investigation
"The Clinton-McCarthy spat is a shame. Trey Gowdy has led a model search for the truth." [rdbrewer]

Lanny Davis, Fox News: Hillary Clinton will be president... just look at how Republicans can't stop attacking her
Does that even make sense? Hillary is such a creepy figure, you have to wonder what Lanny Davis gets out of his knee-jerk defense(s). Still on the payroll? [rdbrewer]

NPR: Area Man Pickets MFA Because He Hates French Impressionist Paintings Of Renoir
No, not The Onion. "'Rosy cheeks are for clowns, do your job take them down,' they chanted as they stood at the end of the museum’s horseshoe driveway on Huntington Avenue for about an hour." [rdbrewer]

Eddie Scarry: Press just can't wait for the end of Donald Trump
"It's true that Trump's seemingly endless rise in polls and media coverage has leveled out and, in some cases, taken a dip. But he still maintains the lead in recent polls and usually by a large margin in a crowd of 13 other candidates." [rdbrewer]
Video of the Fight In Which Spencer Stone was Stabbed
Apparently he was coming out of a gay bar... but before you read too much into that, he was with three women and a male friend. Who knows.
Salon: Islam Has Totally Granted Women Rights Since 610 AD That Women Still Don't Have In the West
Actually this link is to Caleb Howe making fun of Salon, so feel free to click
U Texas Professor Emeritus of Economics Withdraws to Teach Elsewhere, Because He's Afraid University's Concealed Carry Policy (They Allow It) Will Allow Students to Just Shoot Him In Class
Dude, are you stupid? Do you not follow the news? Did you not see that the Umpqua Shooter was forbidden by the school from bringing a gun to school (not to mention forbidden from mass murder) and did so anyway...? Eh, this guy's too dumb to teach at college. (Though he is now teaching at Sydney University -- and frankly, if I had an opportunity to work in Australia, I'd jump at it. Which makes me think he was already thinking about doing this and is using this chance to politically grandstand.)
Charles Cooke to Gun-Grabbers Mika Brezinski and Mark Halperin: Yes yes yes, but what, specifically, is your plan?
They never seem to have one... They operate in two modes: 1, Legislative Prayers, which are laws that cannot possibly help but, like religious prayers, are someone hoped to call upon some supernatural reservoir of power to do something or other, and 2, Full Gun Bans & Confiscation, which is what they're really after, but cannot admit they're after. Which is why they spend so much time offering up Legislative Prayers to the Gods of Progressivism

Study: Government Workers Make 78 Percent More Than Private Sector
"Average pay and benefits $52,688 higher than non-gov’t employees." Shouldn't average be pegged to average non-government employee pay? Via @AceofSpadesHQ [rdbrewer]

Tim Graham: CBS News Slams Rathergate Film: 'It's Astounding How Little Truth There Is In TRUTH'
"'There are, in fact, too many distortions, evasions and baseless conspiracy theories to enumerate them all. The film tries to turn gross errors of journalism and judgment into acts of heroism and martyrdom.'" Via @AceofSpadesHQ. [rdbrewer]

Aurelius Pundit, The Social Memo: US Navy Now Teaching Members about "Male Privilege;" Says Buying Truck is Example of Privilege
They didn't mention Lambos! [rdbrewer]

Mirror: Blue skies on Pluto: NASA New Horizons probe spots 'gorgeous' vistas on icy dwarf planet
Also some weird geology dubbed "snakeskin." [rdbrewer]

Mirror: World's sexiest computer hacker claims she could attack massive corporations using her BOOBS
Ace of Spades HQ is a massive corporation. Just sayin'. [rdbrewer]

ONN: Parents Dedicate New College Safe Space In Honor Of Daughter Who Felt Weird In Class Once
From a couple of months ago. [rdbrewer]

Daily Mail: End this passive tolerance of hate: Our fear of causing offence means Islamic extremism is allowed to flourish, says Cameron
"David Cameron yesterday launched a blistering attack on the 'passive tolerance' of Islamist extremism and a failure to integrate that has put Britain 'in danger'." Surprising honesty. Scroll down for video. [rdbrewer]

Lawrence Summers: The global economy is in serious danger
"The problem of secular stagnation — the inability of the industrial world to grow at satisfactory rates even with very loose monetary policies — is growing worse in the wake of problems in most big emerging markets, starting with China." [rdbrewer]

Newt Gingrich: Congress Must Reclaim Consumer Finance Bureau
Attn. GOP candidates---> "The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the mammoth new financial regulator created by the Dodd-Frank law at President Obama’s urging, has dramatically extended its powers over the past five years through rule writing and an expansive interpretation of its mandate." [rdbrewer]

Ben Domenech, The Daily Beast: Hillary’s Trade Flip-Flop Shows How Dumb She Thinks We Are
"Battling a socialist for the base, Clinton just announced she’s no longer for a trade deal she touted as one of her big achievements. It would be laughable if it weren’t so predictable." [rdbrewer]

Josh Kraushaar, National Journal: Hillary Clinton’s Demographics Problem
"Clinton is performing as poorly with men as Republicans do with Hispanics. She won’t win a general election unless she can close the gender gap." [rdbrewer]

USA Today: Colo. city weighs allowing women to go topless in public
Alt. title: "Colo. city weighs increasing tourism, property values." [rdbrewer]

WFSB: 800-pound man kicked out of hospital for ordering pizza
Via Drudge. "[S]ays he has nowhere to go after being kicked out of a hospital weight loss program for ordering pizza." Reality TV? [rdbrewer]

Roll Call: Harry Reid Suing Exercise Equipment Firm Over Eye Injury
Via Drudge. [rdbrewer]

Telegraph: Simple blood test predicts if heart attack is imminent
Via Drudge. "Now scientists at the University of Edinburgh have discovered that the level of a protein in the blood can indicate whether a patient will suffer a life threatening heart attack." [rdbrewer]
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