Ouch. “Senator Paul’s dovishness seems to know no bounds. Granted, there is much to like about Rand Paul’s steadfastness on domestic policies. The cause of limited government has few such stalwart champions. But Paul is obviously considering a presidential race. This is frightening. A president’s first duty is to defend our nation and our international interests. By this standard, Rand Paul’s record and views are woefully, and sometimes nastily, shoddy.” Read the whole thing.
Ouch again. “Discrimination in housing sales is and should be illegal. Paul believes it shouldn’t be illegal because it conflicts with his beliefs in the fundamental right of private property. There is absolutely no chance that a man with this record of statements on civil rights will ever be elected president. Nor should there be.”
Yikes. “The United States has released $1 billion in cash assets to Iran in April alone under the interim nuclear deal aimed at ratcheting back Iran’s nuclear program, according to the White House. The Obama administration unfroze Iranian assets totaling $550 million on April 10 and another $450 million on April 15. The United States has now released $2.55 billion to Iran since February, when the scheduled cash infusions first began. . . . While the White House maintains that Iran will receive about $7 billion in economic relief under the interim accord, outside experts calculate that with oil revenues and other business deals Iran could pocket at least $20 billion over the next several months.”
Oof. Indiana governor and potential Republican presidential candidate Mike Pence writes to the president: “Though Indiana is not part of the pipeline route, Indiana still stands to benefit economically from the pipeline, especially our manufacturing industry. Indiana companies build engines for large trucks, pump controls, and other products that will be used during the construction and operation of the pipeline, meaning increased jobs and economic activity in Indiana. . . . I believe that our nation is best served by an ‘all of the above’ energy policy that incorporates all forms of energy resources, including wind, solar, nuclear, natural gas, coal and oil. The Keystone XL Pipeline is an important part of an ‘all of the above’ energy strategy. . . . ” Change the state’s name and just about every GOP candidate for Senate could use that.
Yowser. That’s a second embarrassment for the UAW (the first was losing the vote): “The United Auto Workers, surprising even its supporters, on Monday abruptly withdrew its legal challenge to a union organizing vote that it lost at a Volkswagen AG plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee in February. Just an hour before the start of a National Labor Relations Board hearing on the challenge, the union dropped its case, casting a cloud over its long and still unsuccessful push to organize foreign-owned auto plants in the U.S. South.”
Oops. Another administration pratfall. “The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) crusade to bring ‘disparate impact’ claims against employers conducting criminal and credit background checks on prospective employees took another huge hit recently after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rejected the EEOC’s appeal of the dismissal of its claim in EEOC v. Kaplan Higher Education Corporation. The EEOC sued Kaplan, an organization that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees to students, under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act for using the same credit-based background checks that the EEOC uses itself. The kicker is that the ‘expert’ testimony used by the EEOC that was excluded as ‘unreliable’ in this case was from the same expert whose testimony for the EEOC has been thrown out by other courts.”
Thunk. “In 2012, 88 percent of Mitt Romney’s support came from white voters. Yet over the past quarter century, as the non-white share of the population has expanded, the white share of the vote for president has steadily declined, falling from 87 percent in 1992 to 72 percent in 2012. Mitt Romney lost the non-white vote to Barack Obama by 63 points. Asian-Americans voted for Obama over Romney 73 percent to 26 percent after backing him against John McCain 62 to 35. President Obama also won 71 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2012. The Pew Hispanic Center projects that by 2030, 40 million Hispanics will be eligible to vote—up from 27 million today. Since George W. Bush’s 2004 election, Hispanic voters have abandoned the Republican Party in droves (Bush won 40 percent of the Hispanic vote in 2004). Indeed, since the 2004 election, Republicans have steadily lost ground among women voters, Hispanics, African Americans, Asians, and youth.” Well worth it to read the rest.