Matt Vespa -  Biracial Fusion Writer Fears Her Child Might Be White, Prays That Inherited Privilege Won’t Divide Family
Posted: 5/5/2016 7:58:00 AM EST

Liberals freak out about everything; they’re offended by everything. It seems like on a fairly regular basis it’s an almost quasi-competition to see who can be the most unhinged. Well, look at Fusion’s Xavia Dryden. She’s a half-black and half-white. Her husband is white. She’s pregnant, and freaking out that her child could be white. Oh, it gets worse. She hopes that her possibly white son’s privilege doesn’t divide the family. She also hopes that he recognizes her as his mother (via NewsBusters):

“These are the fears I harbor for the quarter of my son that is black. For the whiteness within him, and for myself, I harbor other fears—fears of erasure that fill me with shame, because while I pray that my son will not suffer the slings and injustices of American Otherness, I also pray that his privilege, should he inherit it, will not divide us.”

“I fear that my son—insulated for nine-odd months in the warm shelter of my womb—will burst into the world and not recognize me. I fear that he will, in the midst of latching his tiny mouth around my nipple, see its darkness against his impossibly pale skin and see not his mother, but a stranger.”

Now, she also says she’s hopeful that none of this will happen. I am too. But let’s be frank—this is pretty crazy. This is what your worried about. You’re not worried about the umbilical cord possibly being wrapped around his neck, a premature birth, drops in blood pressure, or any pregnancy-related medical emergency—you’re worried about whether his white privilege might divide the household. Let’s get a grip and focus on the problems that are real.

Xavia, I hope your son is happy and healthy, and that your family lives a good life. That could become increasingly complicated if you continue to indulge in this self-inflicted misery by adhering to the ethos of political correctness.

Leah Barkoukis - Federal Judge Says Clinton Deposition 'May Be Necessary' in Email Case
Posted: 5/5/2016 7:30:00 AM EST

A federal judge on Wednesday said Hillary Clinton may need to be interviewed as part of a review about her use of a personal email server while secretary of state.

Federal District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan made the observation in an order granting a plan for discovery by Judicial Watch, a Washington-based legal group seeking information about the arrangement that allowed Abedin to do outside work while she was working for Clinton at the State Department.

The question in the lawsuit is a narrow one — did the State Department do everything legally required when it searched for documents, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, about the Abedin employment arrangement?

To get the answer, Sullivan said, "questions surrounding the creation, purpose, and use of the server must be explored through limited discovery," the legal term for gathering evidence in a civil lawsuit.

State, for its part, has argued that when they learned about the use of the private email account they began a new search for relevant documents among the pages Clinton had turned over. But Sullivan said State voluntarily searching through the thousands of pages already turned over by Clinton “hardly transforms the search into an adequate or reasonable one.”

Thus, Sullivan’s order gives the green light to a discovery plan drafted by both sides to interview multiple State Department officials—past and present, which could include Clinton.

“Based on information learned during discovery, the deposition of Mrs. Clinton may be necessary,” Sullivan said in the order.

“If plaintiff believes Mrs. Clinton’s testimony is required, it will request permission from the Court at the appropriate time,” he added.

The order states that discovery must be wrapped up in two months’ time.  

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said on Wednesday that the order marks “a significant victory for transparency and accountability.”

“Judicial Watch will use this discovery to get all of the facts behind Hillary Clinton’s and the Obama State Department’s thwarting of FOIA so that the public can be sure that all of the emails from her illicit email system are reviewed and released to the public as the law requires,” he said in a statement.

Justin Holcomb  - Trump to Apologizing Mexican President: "Get Your Money Ready, Cause You're Going to Pay for the Wall"
Posted: 5/5/2016 7:15:00 AM EST

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was not fazed by former Mexican president Vincente Fox's apology which was reported Wednesday afternoon.  

In an interview with Bill O'Reilly, he was asked what he thought about the former president.

"Got any message for the former president of Mexico?" O'Reilly asked.

"Yeah, get your money ready because you're going to pay for the wall," Trump said.  "We'll get it straightened out."

The apology comes after an insulting comment made earlier this year by the former president. Fox said to Trump, "I’m not going to pay for that f***ing wall! He should pay for it. He’s got the money."

Christine Rousselle - Nikki Haley: I Don't Want To Be VP
Posted: 5/4/2016 7:20:00 PM EST

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (R) has released a statement in response to questions about being the potential running mate to presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. According to Haley, while she's flattered by the questions, she doesn't want the job.

Haley had endorsed Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz earlier in the primary season, but will support whoever the Republican nominee is in the general.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says she's "flattered" but "not interested" in being vice president.

Haley received questions again about the issue Wednesday, the day after Donald Trump became the presumptive nominee for president. Her name was mentioned in some media reports as a possible pick for the Trump ticket in the fall.

But Haley deflected those questions, saying, "my plate is full."

She did add that she will "support the Republican nominee for president" out of her "great respect for the will of the people," but did not mention Trump by name in a statement released from her office.

It is unknown when Trump will announce his VP pick, but he's certainly in the vetting process following his victory last night.

Matt Vespa - Watch: All The Pundits, Politicians, and Consultants Who Said Trump Wasn’t Going To Be The Republican Nominee
Posted: 5/4/2016 7:04:00 PM EST

Ok—I’ll admit to it: I was wrong. I was wrong that Trump wouldn’t be the Republican nominee. With Cruz and Kasich knocked out of the race, Trump has a clear road to nab 1,237 delegates before the Republican Party heads into their nominating convention in July. So, I’m here to eat my words, but so do a lot of other people. Watch Mitt Romney, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Bill Kristol, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Karl Rove, and others tout that Trump will never be the Republican nominee. It’s time to acknowledge our mistakes, folks. Moreover, the anti-Trump wing of the GOP never took the billionaire seriously. That turned out to be a fatal error.

We shouldn’t dwell too much on what could have been, as the GOP primary race is over. But if there is some truth to the notion that Trump could have been rendered irrelevant if attacked sooner by his Republican opponents, then the anti-Trump wing does bear some responsibility for failing to pull the trigger. And when they did, it was obscenely too late. So, here’s to licking our wounds.

Matt Vespa - Cuban Dissident Arrested For Waving American Flag As Cruise Ship Enters Havana
Posted: 5/4/2016 6:55:00 PM EST

President Obama had a historic visit to Cuba in March, and an American cruise ship has just entered Havana, Cuba—but it has yet to yielded any freedom dividends for the Cuban people. As the cruise ship entered Havana harbor, a lone dissident waved the American flag, which prompted his arrest (via Fox News Latino):

A Cuban dissident was arrested on Monday for waving the American flag near the Havana pier where the Carnival cruise ship Adonia docked on Monday.

The man, Daniel Llorente, was holding the flag across his back at the waterfront as the ship approached. He was detained after making a speech about liberty on the communist island. It’s unclear what charges were leveled against him.

A video of the event shows a crowd of tourists and locals gathering around Llorente, and him getting into a verbal exchange with an unnamed woman. The arrest was first reported by Noticias Martí, a Miami-based news organization focused on Cuba.

“You’re making a clown of yourself,” the woman told him. “The American flag. What are you doing, for God’s sake?”

He responded testily.

“What are you doing here? Hypocrite,” Llorente said. “This is a symbol of American pride.”

Prior to Obama’s arrival to the island nation in March, dozens of dissidents were arrested hours before Air Force One touched down. It also coincided with a horrific terrorist attack in Brussels, in which the president decided to stay, watch a baseball game, and do the wave with Raul Castro. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) called the trip a “disgrace,” which could also be applied to Mr. Llorente’s arrest.

Matt Vespa - Kasich Exits 2016 Race, Says He Leaves With A Deeper Faith That The Lord Will Show Him The Way Forward
Posted: 5/4/2016 6:30:00 PM EST

Christine wrote about it earlier today, and now it’s official. Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich is out of the race less than 24 hours after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) made his exit after a devastating loss to billionaire Donald Trump in last night’s Indiana primary.

Kasich thanked his wife, Karen, whom he said endured and accentuated his political career. He also thanked his volunteers, who he described as an “amazing” group of 800 people who were there for him in New Hampshire, Michigan, and South Carolina.

“They were believers … I could never thank them enough,” he said. Kasich added that his mother always said, “Never forget the volunteers, Johnny.”

The governor then went into various anecdotes concerning his presidential campaign, the people he met along the way, and the residents of New Hampshire who he said he will never forget. He gave a special thank you to the people of Ohio for giving him the opportunity to be a leader in the Buckeye State. He described his governorship and his presidential campaign as the greatest professional experience in his lifetime, and made sure to tell every voter he encountered how great Ohio is doing.

Kasich then turned to what the country needs to do. He said that we know we need to lower taxes for individuals and businesses, and have a realistic path to balance the budget. He called for a balanced budget amendment. He also said that politicians must work to do the right thing, ignore the pollsters, and “overcome the fear of reelection.” As he’s said on the campaign trail, Kasich also noted that we need to shift power, money, and influence back to the people; it’s time to make America run from the bottom up again.

In closing, he said, “as I suspend my campaign today, I have renewed faith, deeper faith, that the Lord will show me the way forward and fulfill the purpose of my life. Thank you, and God bless.”

Christine Rousselle - Kelly Ayotte to Back Donald Trump
Posted: 5/4/2016 5:30:00 PM EST

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R), who is up for re-election this year, will be supporting Donald Trump in the general election despite past hesitation to associate herself with the candidate.

Trump won New Hampshire by a large margin, getting more than double the amount of votes that second-place John Kasich received.

In March and again as recently as last week, Ayotte spokeswoman Liz Johnson told that Ayotte “intends to support the Republican nominee. However, she would like to see how the process plays out.”

Now that the process has virtually played out, and the Republican National Committee has recognized Trump as the presumptive nominee, Johnson told on Wednesday morning in a brief statement:

"As she's said from the beginning, Kelly plans to support the nominee."

How actively Ayotte would support Trump remains to be seen. Spokeswoman Johnson was asked if Ayotte would campaign with Trump in New Hampshire but did not answer. She also did not say if Ayotte believes Trump will have any effect on her fortunes in the Senate race.

Interesting. Ayotte is certainly a vulnerable senator this election cycle, and this could be an effort to curry the favor of the New Hampshire GOP.

Cortney O'Brien - Virginia Republicans Sue McAuliffe For Allowing Felons to Vote
Posted: 5/4/2016 5:30:00 PM EST

Earlier this month, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) overturned a 150-year old law and gave convicted criminals in the state the right to vote. The liberal leader argued he had signed the executive order as a means of defending minorities’ civil rights, but Republicans knew better. McAuliffe, who has been friends with the Clintons for years, knows Hillary Clinton is likely to pick up the majority of those votes in the general election. The Virginia GOP is not about to let McAuliffe get away with his politically motivations and are suing him, with the help of a former Reagan aide.

Leading the charge for the lawsuit will be Charlie Cooper, President Ronald Reagan’s former assistant attorney general who was once dubbed the “Republican lawyer of the year.” Virginia GOP officials explained their decision to hire Cooper and why their effort is so critical. 

“We have retained Mr. Cooper to examine the legal options to remedy this Washington-style overreach by the executive branch,” said Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr., R-James City. “Mr. Cooper is an extremely qualified attorney, and we have every confidence he will proceed prudently, judiciously and expeditiously.”

Brian Coy, a spokesman for McAuliffe, said the governor is “disappointed that Republicans would go to such lengths to continue locking people who have served their time out of their democracy.”

After McAuliffe announced he was restoring felons’ right to vote, critics asked: Okay, what about their Second Amendment rights? 

Katie Pavlich - Yowza: Federal Regulations Are Costing Americans Insane Amounts of Money
Posted: 5/4/2016 3:30:00 PM EST

For decades the federal government has become an increasing burden and hidden tax on the American people, free enterprise and prosperity through regulation. Republicans and Democrats are to blame. Under the Obama administration, federal regulation has increased significantly, hampering much needed economic recovery. Federal regulation costs money. A lot of it. 

According to a new report released by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, federal government regulation is costing Americans a whopping $1.885 trillion per year. That breaks down to $15,000 per household.

"The national debt now stands at $18.9 trillion.11 That is alarming. Yet the federal government’s reach extends well beyond Washington’s taxes, deficits, and borrowing. Federal environmental, safety and health, and economic regulations affect the economy by hundreds of billions—even trillions— of dollars annually in addition to the official dollar outlays that dominate the federal policy debate," the report states. "Firms generally pass the costs of some taxes along to consumers. Likewise, some regulatory compliance costs borne by businesses will find their way into the prices consumers pay, affect the wages workers earn, and lead to lower levels of growth and prosperity."

Here are the key findings from the report, bolding is mine:

-Federal regulatory costs are now at $1.885 Trillion.
 -If one assumed that all costs of federal regulation and intervention flowed all the way down to households, U.S. households would “pay” $14,842 annually on average in a regulatory hidden tax. The “tax” exceeds every item in the budget except housing. More is “spent” on embedded regulation than on health care, food, transportation, entertainment, apparel, services, and savings.
-The George W. Bush administra­tion averaged 62 major regulations annually over eight years, while the Obama administration has averaged 81 major regulations annually over seven years.
-If U.S. regulation were a country, it would be the ninth-largest economy, ranking behind India and ahead of Russia.
-Some 60 federal departments, agencies, and commissions have 3,297 regulations in development at various stages in the pipeline.
-The top five federal rulemaking agencies account for 41 percent of all federal regulations. These are the Departments of the Treasury, Commerce, Interior, Health and Human Services, and Transportation.

Presidential executive orders also carry an extraordinary cost.

You can read the entire report here.