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Politics and other nightmares

Security first

I think Jeb is more right than G.W. on this one:

Jeb Bush appears to be taking a different tack than his brother on the extent to which the United States should promote democracy around the world as part of its foreign policy efforts.

Inertia

If he's drawing the right conclusion from all the trends he lumps together, as a libertarian I'd be ecstatic:

More Americans will celebrate the Fourth this year with their own sparklers and bottle rockets, thanks to newly relaxed fireworks regulations in red and blue states alike. . . .

Just the fax, ma'am

Donald trumped

I'm no fan of Donald Trump -- he has the potential to single-handedly wreck the GOP presidential primary. But in his current fight with NBC, I'm on his side:

“At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values,” NBC said in a statement. “Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.”

Puffed up

Get 'em while they're still (relatively) cheap, smokers:

INDIANAPOLIS — Public health may bump up against politics as lawmakers step into a debate over doubling the state’s cigarette tax.

Courting trouble

For those opposed to the Supreme Court's gay-marriage edict, presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has the right reaction:

And so it begins

I've written before that there is a difference between refusing to serve a gay couple at your restaruant and declining to cater a gay wedding. How that difference, largely unacknowledged now, is handled will deteremine how well religous libery advocates and and anti-discrimination advocates are going to be able to accommodate each other.

Now comes a new wrinkle:

Screwed again

Yes, alas, Obamacare is probably here to stay. The longer a government program stays in place, the more people have expectations about it, and the less interested they will be in seeing it go away. Eventually, the Republicans will understand this and move on to other issues. But, as infuriating as this betrayal by John Roberts was, it really isn't all that significant in one way:

In the house

Too much attention is being paid to this:

President Obama faced off with a heckler during a reception celebrating LGBT Pride Month at the White House, telling the person “you’re in my house.”

“My house”? Er, not exactly, Mr. President. That’s the people’s house and you are just being provided room and board for as long as your term lasts.

Interest is flagging

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