NYDN: The rush among the elites to embrace the “assassin’s veto”

New York Daily News columnist Harry Siegel may not be a fan of Pamela Geller, but he’s much less a fan of those rushing to condemn her for her speech rather than lay blame at the feet of terrorists seeking to silence her. Having lived through the last round of Mohammed cartoon publications, Siegel blasts the media elite for missing the real threat while stroking their own egos by prioritizing their sneering at Geller over the threat to freedom of speech. In doing so, they are embracing the assassin’s veto, Siegel warns — after indulging in a short bout of sneering himself:

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Pentagon IG: Civilian, military employees used gov’t credit cards for escorts, gambling

Critics of the Pentagon have often called for procurement reform, but perhaps not quite so literally. An audit by the Inspector General of the Department of Defense revealed that civilian and military employees used their DoD-issued credit cards to get cash for gambling in casinos and hire escorts in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. The report suggests that the employees might have been trying to hide the spending from their spouses.

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ADP: Private sector added 169,000 jobs in April

The private sector suffered its fifth consecutive month of shrinking job creation, according to the new ADP employment report this morning. The economy only added 169,000 jobs, the payroll services firm estimates for April, down slightly from 175K in March and way off of November 2014’s peak of 284K: Private sector employment increased by 169,000 jobs from March to April according to the April ADP National Employment Report(R). … “April job gains came in under 200,000 for the second straight month,” said Carlos Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of ADP. “Companies with 500 or more employees had the slowest growth.” Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said, “Fallout from the collapse of oil prices and the surging value of the dollar are weighing on job creation. Employment in the energy sector and manufacturing is declining. However, this should prove temporary and job growth will reaccelerate this summer.” Perhaps, but […]

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Yet more journalists not grasping the First Amendment

I hit this topic earlier today, but unfortunately more examples of journalistic ignorance of free speech keep emerging. The latest example from McClatchy’s Washington bureau shows that the limitation of education on free speech and the First Amendment goes beyond the confines of MSNBC. Lindsay Wise and Jonathan Landay muse as to whether there should be limits to speech based on the fact that free speech can be — wait for it — “provocative”:

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USA Today editorial board: Man, this Clinton Foundation seems shady

How shady is it? That’s the question that bedevils the editorial board of USA Today. It has some trouble coming fully to that conclusion that the conflicts of interest rise to the level of disqualification, so the board suggests another option — close it down for the campaign: The foundation that Bill Clinton created after leaving the White House in 2001 has many things to commend it. It addresses AIDS, global poverty, childhood obesity and other areas that don’t always get the attention they deserve. It also leverages Clinton’s many contacts overseas. Had Clinton been a typical former president, interested only in remaining active and cementing his legacy, the Clinton Foundation would a big success.

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Is it still the economy, stupid?

Well, these days it’s the weather. After yesterday’s “unexpectedly” poor report on the economy, the Washington Post says that the hope (and change) in the Beltway is that they can claim it the result of a harsh winter. Of course, that might conflict with the parallel message of the past year being the hottest on record, so …. good luck with that:

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