Mitch McConnell

Today in Liberty: House to vote on Ryan budget, Second Amendment hero passes away

“Don’t hurt people, and don’t take their stuff. That’s it, in a nutshell. Everyone should be free to live their lives as they think best, free from meddling by politicians and government bureaucrats, as long as they don’t hurt other people, or take other people’s stuff.”Matt Kibbe

— White House suggests amendment to limit free speech: While Shaun McCutcheon was touting last week’s big win for the First Amendment, White House Adviser Dan Pfeiffer preached doom and gloom, suggesting that a constitutional amendment to limit free speech “may be the only option” to undo recent court rulings.

Today in Liberty: North and South Korea trade fire, Obama’s NSA reforms face big hurdles

“I think the impressionable libertarian kids are going to save our nation. The impressionable libertarian kids are saying, wait a second, benevolence is fleeting, and when benevolence is gone, you’re at the mercy of an all-powerful government and it’s too late.”Igor Birman

— North and South Korea exchange fire: North Korea decided to test fire some artillery into the ocean because Kim Jong-un wanted some attention. That led to a response from South Korea, though neither side fired any artillery on land or military installations, according to the AP. “North Korea routinely test-fires artillery and missiles into the ocean but rarely discloses those plans in advance. The announcement was seen as an expression of Pyongyang’s frustration at making little progress in its recent push to win outside aid,” the AP reported this morning. “No shells from either side were fired at any land or military installations, but Kim called the North’s artillery firing a provocation aimed at testing Seoul’s security posture. There was no immediate comment from North Korea.”

Today in Liberty: FEC wants answers from Harry Reid, pollster warns Democrats on Obamacare

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— Harry Reid’s campaign expenditures come into question: So…the FEC wants details about $16,786 in “holiday gifts” purchased for donors and supporters of Friends of Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader’s campaign name. “The gifts,” Jon Ralston reports, “were purchased from his granddaughter, Ryan Elisabeth Reid, who is a jewelry vendor in Berkeley, CA. The gifts were later passed on to donors and supporters, a Reid spokeswoman told me.” Reid’s campaign tried to hide the disbursement by listing his granddaughter’s name as “Ryan Elisabeth” rather than disclosing her full name. The FEC has given Friends of Harry Reid until April 25 to respond to its inquiry.

Today in Liberty: #LibertyKaraoke raises $9,000 for Massie, Democrat says Constitution is 400 years old

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— Establishment strikes at Amash: Rep. Justin Amash’s (R-MI) primary challenger, Brian Ellis, released the first ad of his fledging campaign, falsely attacking Amash for supporting “gender-selection abortion.” Amash’s campaign says that the measure in question “would not have made a single abortion illegal,” rather his spokesman said that it “would have created a thought-crime.” Amash has a 100% rating from the National Right to Life for the current session. Politico recently reported that donors are abandoning Ellis’s campaign, so take the ad for what it is: desperation.

Mitch McConnell escalates rhetoric against Tea Party, then tries to walk it back

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has made no secret of his contempt for the Tea Party movement and insurgent primary challengers looking to take down a handful of Republican senators.

There is a lot of bad blood between McConnell and Tea Party and conservative groups backing primary challengers to Republican senators.

McConnell, who seems poised to defeat a primary challenger of his own, has declared war on one group in particular, the Senate Conservatives Fund. He told the Washington Examiner late last year that this group, which endorsed his primary opponent, is “giving conservatism a bad name” and “ruining the [Republican] brand.”

One would think that McConnell would temper this sort of rhetoric as Republicans enter a crucial election year in which control of the chamber is on the line. But rather than appeal to a sizable chunk of the Republican base, the Minority Leader escalated his anti-Tea Party rhetoric in an interview with The New York Times.

“I think we are going to crush them everywhere,” McConnell said in an interview for a story that ran on Sunday. “I don’t think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country.”

Today in Liberty: Some Dems missing from “talkathon,” election day in FL-13

“The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.” — Ayn Rand

— Oh, Fox News, STAAAAAHP: Another morning, another anti-Edward Snowden rant on Fox and Friends. “Edward Snowden is a terrible person, the worst in the world. Here’s a clip of Charles Krauthammer agreeing with me.” Yeah, there are some legit complaints about Snowden, like his seeking asylum from Russia, not exactly a bastion of liberty, but the guy tried to handle things the right way by taking his concerns about the NSA’s surveillance programs to his superiors. They didn’t listen, so he went to the media. In our minds, Snowden is more a hero than anything else for exposing programs that ignore the protections guaranteed in the Fourth Amendment. We also believe that he’s raised some other excellent points about the federal government wasting its resources. But neo-cons are gonna neo-con, and don’t you dare ever question them.

Today in Liberty: Texas kicks off 2014 election cycle, foreign policy hawks slam Rand Paul

“Once the principle is admitted that it is duty of government to protect the individual against his own foolishness, no serious objections can be advanced against further encroachments.” — Ludwig von Mises

— Happy Primary Day, Texas: Our friends in the Lone Star State head to the polls today for the first round of congressional primaries for the 2014 election cycle. Jamie Dupree has a run down of some of races in Texas, including incumbents who have challengers. The one race to watch will be in TX-32, where Katrina Pierson is challenging Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX). The conservative activist-turned-candidate has received support from Sarah Palin and several outside groups. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who is facing primary challenges from his right, is expected to win renomination.

— McConnell open to bringing back filibuster: Per The New York Times, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) hints that he’s open to restoring the filibuster for executive nominations. “If the American people give us the opportunity to put the Senate under new management, it is an appropriate discussion at that time for the new team that would be taking over the Senate,” McConnell told the Times. “It is a conversation for December.” Senate Democrats gutted the filibuster in November in an effort to distract from the disastrous Obamacare rollout and pack the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ted Cruz: GOP has to stand on principle to win in 2014

Ted Cruz

At a breakfast hosted by Politico’s Mike Allen, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-KY) predicted that Republicans would see success at the ballot box in the upcoming mid-term elections, in which control of the Senate is on the line.

The comments came near the beginning of the one hour talk between Allen and Cruz. The host had asked if Republicans “are going to do all right by putting all its eggs in the Obamacare basket” as the party approaches the mid-terms.

“I think 2014 is poised to be a very, very strong Republican year,” said Cruz. “I think if the election were held today, Republicans would take the Senate. I think there’s a possibility that it is an election year on the order of the magnitude of 2010.”

“You know, right now, there are probably 11, 12, 13 Senate seats in play. I think we could see a surprising pick up, and I think you’re starting to see a lot of Democrats get very, very nervous.”

Asked what could change Republicans’ electoral prospects, Cruz said “failing to stand for principles,” adding that “people need a reason to show up and vote.”

KY Senate: Grimes won’t say if she’ll campaign with Obama

Alison Lundergan Grimes

While many vulnerable Senate Democrats are making it clear that the don’t want to be seen on the campaign trail with President Barack Obama, Alison Lundergan Grimes is trying to skirt the question.

During an appearance yesterday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Grimes, who is the likely Democratic nominee in the Kentucky Senate race, was asked directly about campaigning with President Obama. Rather than answer, she tried to deflect by claiming that she is independent of her party.

“This race is one that’s about putting the people of this state first, and I speak for myself and don’t need any other surrogate to do that,” said Grimes, who is campaigning with Bill Clinton today. “I stand in stark contrast to the President in many of his ideas and platforms.”

Today in Liberty: Tea Party group endorses Amash, Hillary silent on NSA, 3,000 Americans dumped citizenship last year

“Government should stay the hell out of people’s business.” — Barry Goldwater

— The rant that started it all: It was five years ago today that Rick Santelli went into an epic rant against President Obama’s mortgage bailout proposal. “We’re thinking of having a Chicago Tea Party in July,” Santelli said in his rant. “All you capitalists that want to show up to Lake Michigan, I’m gonna start organizing.” That rant served as a catalyst for the Tea Party movement, not in July, but a few days later, on February 27, 2009. We’ll have more on this later today.

— Afghanistan problems linger: With a new Gallup poll showing that the number Americans who believe the nearly 13-year war in Afghanistan was a mistake at an all-time high, Washington is now staring down a “no-win legacy” in the country that once gave safe-harbor to al-Qaeda. “At the moment, they’re losing and losing badly, as Washington is plumbing new depths of pessimism about the outlook for the nation that President George W. Bush and his team once vowed to transform,” Politico notes this morning. “There’s no talk of ‘victory,’ or how the U.S. should spend its share of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth, or how to use the peace dividend from a world made safe from Al Qaeda. Instead, the discussion has boiled down to a debate over whether the future will bring a quick implosion or a slow-motion collapse — and whose fault it would be.”

 


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