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Taking It to The Border



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We’re focusing some airstike attention on the Iraqi-Syrian border.

Justices Against Mandatory Minimums



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Testifying before Congress yesterday, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy decried the proliferation of mandatory minimum sentences. “Mandatory minimums are harsh and in many cases unjust,” Kennedy said, noting that as a result too many people are in federal prison. Justice Clarence Thomas, who was also at the hearing, appeared to concur with Justice Kennedy’s remarks, according to this report. Of note, both Justices voted to uphold the constitutionality of mandatory minimums, despite their opposition to such laws on public policy grounds.

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Iraqi Military Leaders Ask to Surrender in Mosul



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(MSNBC)

Web Briefing: April 18, 2014

Another “Divisive Far Right Nominee”?



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The attacks on 10th Circuit judicial nominee Bill Pryor, currently serving as Alabama’s state attorney general, have begun. Nan Aron of the Alliance for Justice claims Pryor’s record contains “something to offend virtually every constituency in the country” (quoted here). Americans United for Church and State claims the Pryor nomination is a sign of Bush’s “arrogance” and Ralph Neas claims the nomination continues the Bush practice of naming “divisive far right nominees” (quoted here). Despite the protestations of liberal groups, these news stories also reveal that Pryor has substantial home-state support across the political spectrum.

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Vdh Vs. Maureen Dowd



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Why Where Iraqi Diplomats in Brazil Burning Documents?



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Shocking



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Rolling Bioweapons Lab?



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Rick Leventhal on Fox saying the 2Bn, 23rd Marines he is with may have found one.

Now Hear This



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Okay, this is I-M-P-O-R-T-A-N-T. I am building up a list of book-signing
dates around the country. I’ll keep it up to date on my website here. If there is nothing scheduled in
your city, march down to your local book megastore and DEMAND to be told
when the Derbyshire event will be. Let them know how many people there are
out there in book-buying land who are hungry to read about analytic number
theory. GO!

This Weekend: Be There



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Melissa Moskal from the Young America’s Foundation tells me:


Young America’s Foundation and Citizens United Foundation are hosting a “Rally for America, Rally for the Troops” (and I suppose now we can add “Victory Rally”) from noon to 3:00 p.m. on the Mall at the Capitol (between 3rd and 4th Streets).

G. Gordon Liddy, performance by country music star Aaron Tippin (“Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly”), NYPD officer Danny Rodriguez, the singing cop former senator and actor Fred Thompson . Video greetings from Ben Stein and performances for the troops by Toby Keith, Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels Band.

All information at www.yaf.org.


Putting The “Mit” in Marmite



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Don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it, Andrew. It tastes EXACTLY like
Yorkshire pudding! (The white slimy stuff is not very good on its own,
though–kind of like salad cream. You know–that jar your Aunt Minnie saved
at the back of the pantry for your annual visit.)

American Cuisine



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Derb, if Americans are going around cooking gloves, I’m taking no more criticism about Marmite.

Americanization of Derb



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I have just bought my first ever baseball mitt and am now cooking it in the
oven, having first sprayed it all over with a slimy white substance.

Popular Delusions



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The scenes of jubilation across Iraq have been a joy to watch, but they do give an excuse to retell one of my favorite (if possibly apocryphal) stories about General de Gaulle. Shortly after Paris was liberated in 1944 the General was marching down the Champs D’Elysee. He found himself mobbed by tens of thousands of adoring Parisians. One of his aides pointed out that, a few months before, there had also been large and enthusiastic crowds on the occasion of Marshall Petain’s last visit to the French capital. De Gaulle replied that he knew that. What’s more, he said, it was the same people who turned out on both occasions.

What The --?



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I leave for 24 hours and the limeys start busting out into the sort of argy-bargy we expect in a Dickens story?

Anyway, I’m home and off to work on my syndicated column.

Apologies



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Re: Nuke Site



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If it winds up being true, this is the best part: we have footage of the weapons inspectors there. Let the inspections work, Mr. Sheen? Ms. Sarandon? Etc.

Discovery



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Just back from a trip to the local drugstore, where I discovered that
Pull’n'Peel Twizzlers now come in watermelon flavor! Is this a great
country, or what?

Marines Still Guarding Nuclear Site



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The embed with the Pittsburgh Tribune Review who has been covering this radiation-heavy site was just on FNC talking about the possibility of weapons-grade plutonium there. FNC has the impression this miight be news to the Pentagon.

Time For a Natter



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John, me old china, I’ve been here on me Jack Jones, so I couldn’t Adam and Eve it when your post gave us a chance to have a natter. Not sure that the septics…Kathryn, why do you have a strait-jacket in your hands, Kathryn, Kathr

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