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U.S. News Truculent Over D.C. Voting Rights Arguments

Arguing in support of legislation before Congress to grant voting rights for District of Columbia residents, Robert Schlesinger, author and deputy editor of the U.S. News and World Report (and a former reporter for The Hill) challenges his readers, “If you think the plan on the table is unconstitutional, then you need to come up with a better solution.”

It reminds me at once of both Andy Kaufman and President Obama. Kaufman for tauntingly searching for suitable female wrestling opponents in his audiences, and President Obama’s asking Republican members of Congress to bring ideas to the table, then impugning those ideas that were not already his.
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Democrats Deny Opportunity Scholarships for Low-Income Families in Favor of Teachers Unions

Sidwell Friends is one of the nation’s top schools. Students come from Washington’s most prominent families, and the school provides a positive environment that expects the best from its students. The campus could be mistaken for stately Wayne Manor.

As Bill McGurn noted in The Wall Street Journal, two of its students, Sarah and James Parker, enjoy going to Sidwell Friends. They’ve made friends there and are excelling in their studies. It’s a world away from the public school they would otherwise attend — where test scores are well below the national average and barely half of students graduate. The schools themselves are unsafe, with metal-detector checks a part of the average day.
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The Lessons from CPAC

Since the drubbing the GOP received in the November elections, all we've been told by the media and "Washington insiders" is that the Republican Party is dead, Reaganism is dead, conservatism is dead, there is no leadership on the right, GOP... put a fork in it.

CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, last week proved those pronouncements to be dead wrong.
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Forget Representation — How ’Bout No Taxation?

In Tuesday’s edition of The Hill, Jim Mills called the District of Columbia’s lack of federal representation despite being subject to federal taxation a travesty and outrage, bringing to mind the quote from Woody Allen’s “Bananas,” of “a travesty of a mockery of a sham of a mockery of a travesty of two mockeries of a sham.”

As Mills noted, the legislation moving forward in the House and Senate is clearly unconstitutional. Federal representation for District residents requires changing the Constitution. Ratifying a constitutional amendment on the issue is unlikely; it’s simply not in any state’s interest to willingly diminish its own power.
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Extending 'Last Call for Alcohol' for Obama Inauguration a Deadly Mistake

In what will undoubtedly go down in history as the stupidest and most dangerous move by the D.C. City Council, bars in the nation’s capital will extend "last call" from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. during the Obama inauguration.

Why now? Why for this president-elect? Likely the dollar signs in the eyes of owners of local watering holes have pushed the lawmakers over the edge into this area of irresponsibility. The likelihood of alcohol-related injuries and deaths will skyrocket, arrests for public drunkenness and disorderliness will increase, and the potential for tragedy to mar Barack Obama's celebration will be heightened.
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Point of Personal Privilege

It’s my blog and I will cry if I want to.

My dog woke me up this morning at 4 a.m., and then my mother, who is visiting from Chicago for the holiday, yelled from the guest room, “There is somebody at the front door.”

I traipsed downstairs, opened the door and saw D.C.’s finest gathered outside.

“Sir, do you own a black Lexus?”
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A Historic Day for More than Politics

Nov. 4, 2008 was certainly an historic day, but not just for politics.

The first annual Junior Ambassadors Tennis Cup held its finals, right here in Washington, at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center.

Eight countries had 14-and-under boys and girls in the draws: the U.S., France, Italy, Venezuela, Japan, Czech Republic, Canada and Kazakhstan.
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Michelle Rhee Goes National

Back in February in this space, I talked about our new D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, calling her tough and talking about the steep hill she has to climb in her effort to reform the District's public schools under Mayor Adrian Fenty (D).

It’s seven months later, and Michelle Rhee is swinging for the fences, working her heart out to bring new energy into the city's public education system, wrecked by years of indifference and inaction by the Teachers Union. She's turning the system on its heels, and, so far, working to create real change.
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A Citizen’s Dream Deferred

Many D.C. residents are breathing a sigh of relief now that the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the city’s longstanding handgun ban. Finally, we are free to protect ourselves from the tyranny of crime!!!

Some of us can’t wait to begin the process of taking our homes back from the thugs and murderers who terrorized the city for years without repudiation. However, D.C.’s proposed regulations, while allowing residents to keep registered handguns in their homes, nonetheless contain restrictions that will keep them from using them for their intended purpose.

Incredibly, the regulations stipulate that the guns have to be kept disassembled and unloaded when not being used. What is the point of having a gun for self-protection when you’ll already be dead and gone by the time you get a chance to use it in self-defense?
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