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21 most consequential Clinton scandals, ranked from most important [rdbrewer]

Mark Krikorian: Would a Speaker Ryan Push Through Amnesty?
"Right after the Senate passed Marco Rubio’s amnesty/ immigration-surge bill, the Associated Press ran a story headlined 'Dems pin immigration hopes on GOP’s Ryan.' ¶ They pin them there still. ¶ In his still-hypothetical bid for the Speakership, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has secured the coveted endorsement of Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), probably the most strident voice for amnesty in Congress." Strident? More like rabid. And Ryan got that endorsement. I know what: Bring Back Newt instead, at least on a temporary basis. [rdbrewer]
Reason: How to Create a Gun-Free America in Five Easy Steps
Give it a watch -- the video is ironic.
ISIS Says US Air Strike Has Killed Their Number Two Leader in Mosul
Hey remember when US forces controlled Mosul? There's some Obama peace-making for you.
Bacon-Jalapeno Mac-and-Cheese Kid Makes Decent Apology, Accounting of Himself in YouTube Video
I guess it's largely a matter of young people not being able to hold their liquor, and also tending to drink to the point of drunkenness... does anyone ever have a good time when drunk? Someone must. Like twenty people have a good time when they're drunk, and we hear stories of them, and then we try to emulate that. Doesn't work. Being drunk is terrible.

Long-Sought Exotic Particle of Pure Force Detected --"Key Prediction of the Standard Model"
"For decades, scientists have been looking for so-called 'glueballs'. Now it seems they have been found at last. A glueball is an exotic particle, made up entirely of gluons – the 'sticky' particles that keep nuclear particles together." [rdbrewer]

The Last Refuge: Busted ! CNN Uses Jeb Bush Staffer Planted In Audience To Frame Donald Trump Narrative/Hit Job….
Via Drudge. " Ms. Batchelder is not just an average audience member. She’s a paid political operative of the GOP and a paid staff member of Team Jeb Bush.... Within minutes of her scripted performance at the event, the producers of CNN were quickly editing soundbites and framing a narrative." Hey, remember that time a random caller to a Larry King Bush41 interview was George Stephanopoulos? And remember that time Romney was having his best moment against Obama and Candy Crowley interrupted to help Obama? And remember that time Jake Tapper encouraged Republican candidates to attack one another relentlessly for three hours? And remember that time Anderson Cooper said he didn't like making candidates attack one another, so he wasn't going to do that at the Democrat debate? Good times. Good times. CNN, setting the gold-standard for ethics in journalism. [rdbrewer]

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The Indian Express: Plane wreckage with ‘human skeletons’ found in Philippines jungle; is it missing MH370?
"Malaysia has sought assistance from Philippine police to probe a report that an aircraft wreckage with a Malaysian flag was found in the jungles of a remote island in the Philippines with possible links to MH370 plane which vanished last year with 239 people on board." [rdbrewer]

Alana Goodman: Benghazi Committee ‘Whistleblower’ is a Professional Storyteller
"The former staffer has some experience with storytelling. Podliska performed last year with the live Virginia-based storytelling group 'Better Said Than Done'...." [rdbrewer]

Daniel Bassali: Heilemann: Obama Hung Clinton Out To Dry Because He Is ‘Furious’ About Her Private Email Server [rdbrewer]

Peter Spiliakos: House Speaker Paul Ryan is the Wrong Answer to the Wrong Question
"The movement among House Republicans to get Paul Ryan to become the next Republican Speaker would waste Paul Ryan’s considerable talents without solving any of the House Republican Conference’s problems. ¶ Ryan’s greatest advantage over his colleagues is that he is a specialist rather than a generalist." [rdbrewer]

Bad Regulations Can Kill: El Faro’s Sinking Is a Tragic Example
"The answer is the Jones Act, a little-known cabotage act from 1920 that first killed American shipbuilding and now has had its hand in killing American sailors." [rdbrewer]

Leon Wolf: McConnell Turns Failure Theater into Art
"Having failed for years [months?] to accomplish literally anything in the majority – not even the glory of forcing a lame duck President to veto a bill – Sen. Mitch McConnell has now apparently decided that he is going to examine changes to the filibuster – of course, now that the Senate has already actually caved on everything of value...." [rdbrewer]

Fox News: Playboy will stop publishing nude photos of women, report says
"Playboy will no longer publish photos of nude women as part of a redesign of the decades-old magazine, according to a news report Monday. ¶ Executives for the magazine company told The New York Times that the change will take place in March 2016." Since naked women are now just a click away, they're saying it's passé. [rdbrewer]

Steve Guest: Obama Blames Fox, ‘Conservative Media’ For Making Him ‘Seem Scary’
"President Barack Obama claimed that 'Fox News and conservative media' make him 'seem scary.'" Added: See for yourself. [rdbrewer]
The conservatives who drove out John Boehner would need to get behind Paul Ryan unconditionally for speaker
"That means no opposition, no sniping, no acceding to demands in exchange for support." If this is true, it's disappointing. Is this how you build consensus? Many in the House would like to see reasonable rule changes, for example. He won't entertain that? He doesn't want to talk about amnesty? How is this "bridging the gap" between the wings of the GOP? This is simply more of the same: establishment types couldn't care less about public sentiment, and they want limited-government conservatives to simply shut up. They care about their real constituents: wealthy donors. #BringBackNewt [rdbrewer]
Vanity Fair: Hillary Clinton: “I’m Really Not Even a Human Being”
I KNEW IT! Well, we all knew it. The robot rumors were true. [rdbrewer]

RCP Average
Trump +5.3. [rdbrewer]

Trump on refugees: ‘They look like prime-time soldiers’
"'[T]hey’re mostly men, and they’re strong men,' Trump said on CBS’s 'Face the Nation' on Sunday. 'They look like prime-time soldiers.' ¶ 'But where are the women?' he asked. 'You see some women, you see some children. But for the most part, I’m looking at these strong men. So you ask two things: number one, why aren’t they fighting for their country? And number two, I don’t want these people coming over here.'" [rdbrewer]

Michael Rubin: Was Erdoğan Behind Ankara Bomb?
"No terrorists have issued a claim of responsibility.... I talked to friends and contacts that ranged the gambit from unapologetic Kemalists to apolitical Turkish businessmen to unabashed PKK supporters, and there was a remarkable consensus that Erdoğan and his handpicked allies in the Turkish intelligence service should be at the top of the list of suspects." [rdbrewer]

Breitbart: Paul Ryan ‘Terrifying,’ ‘Open Borders Seeps Out of Every Pore Of His Being’
Via Drudge. "As donor class Republicans and beltway pundits intensify their 'Draft Ryan' campaign, anti-amnesty advocates are pleading with House Republicans to quash the candidacy of the man they call the most open-borders member of Congress." #BringBackNewt [rdbrewer]

Scott Greer: House Speaker Paul Ryan Would Only Escalate The GOP’s Civil War
"That’s because on two key campaign issues Ryan is not only out-of-sync with the base, he’s the leading Republican championing the opposing view. Those two issues are, of course, immigration and President Obama’s trade dealing." #BringBackNewt [rdbrewer]

Kevin Williamson: OK, Let’s Fight
"The free-for-all over choosing a new House speaker isn’t chaos; it’s democracy." [rdbrewer]

Victor Davis Hanson: A Liberal’s Ten Commandments
"To better advance their causes, liberals should follow these modest Ten Commandments to live the rather "progressive" lives that they advocate for the rest of us." Via @EdDriscoll. [rdbrewer]

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Hint: An American band. Added: Large pic. [rdbrewer]
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