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Uh-oh, an existential crisis — Glenn Beck’s reaction to Barack Obama’s defeat of Mitt Romney.

An unsurprising development in cruel and unusual Texas:

There was outrage across the nation last November when video of a 2004 beating that a local judge in Texas gave to his 16-year-old daughter went viral.

Within days, Aransas County Court-at-Law Judge William Adams was suspended by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct.

This week, he was reinstated to the bench, the Houston Chronicle reports. The beating occurred too long ago to bring a criminal case against Adams, so that limited the steps the commission could take…


I support the left,
though I’m leaning to the right…

Good riddance to Romney, but…

Glenn Greenwald’s sobering reminder that Barry is, after all, more like a moderate Republican than a progressive:

…It is widely expected – including by liberals – that Obama intends (again) to pursue a so-called “Grand Bargain” with the GOP: a deficit- and debt-cutting agreement whereby the GOP agrees to some very modest tax increases on the rich in exchange for substantial cuts to entitlement programs such as social security and Medicare, the crown legislative jewels of American liberalism.

Indeed, Obama already sought in his first term to implement sizable cuts to those programs, but liberals were saved only by GOP recalcitrance to compromise on taxes. In light of their drubbing last night, they are likely to be marginally if not substantially more flexible, which means that such a deal is more possible than ever…

Sounds great, Harry, but how to you persuade the party that benefits from abuse of the filibuster to surrender this weapon? From Huffington Post:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pledged on Wednesday to change the rules of the Senate so that the minority party has fewer tools to obstruct legislative business.

In his first post-election press conference, the Nevada Democrat said he wouldn’t go so far as to eliminate the filibuster, which requires 60 votes for the chamber to enter and exit the amendment and debate process. But in remarks meant to preview a more combative approach during the next session, he warned Republicans that obstructionism as a tactic won’t be tolerated — or as technically feasible…

Further down in the story:

…Even with Democrats set to control the Senate — indeed, even set to expand their current majority — the avenues for Reid to pursue rules reform aren’t entirely clear…

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