A great read on the macho world of "tactical training instructors," who for a nice fee purport to train, berate, and bullshit you into taking on terrorists and other active shooters on your own.
Tennessee state judge throws equivalent of temper tantrum over Supreme Court's gay marriage decision: claims he can't grant divorces any more because it's not clear what marriage even is.
I take a backseat to no one in thinking Donald Trump is an ignoramus and a buffoon. But the Times, having repeatedly stumbled in its coverage of the Iran deal and politicized foreign policy, should do better than to take Hugh Hewitt's word for it in judging foreign policy reality. I mean, really? Trump stumbled when he apparently thought Hewitt was referring to the Kurds when he asked him about the Iranian Quds Force and its commander Qasem Soleimani. In isolation, the two words can be easy to mishear. But in context, this tells us what we know, which is that Trump knows virtually nothing about anything happening in the Middle East. Meanwhile, Fiorina gets the Times seal of approval because she's been tutored in the kind of Movement Conservative bromides Hewitt is tasked to enforce.
The best of the parody Twitter account from "inside" Kentucky clerk Kim Davis' office.
Smart way to put it, from Steve Schmidt, McCain's top guy in 2008:
Rowan County, Kentucky, issues first same-sex marriage license while defiant clerk languishes in jail.
The contempt proceedings are still underway in Kentucky, but it appears that most of the deputy clerks in Kim Davis' office have told the judge they will issue same sex marriage licenses. Here's the latest.
Watching Trump's tour de force press conference just now where he announced his pledge to support the eventual GOP nominee, I got the first tickling of my conscience: At what point do I have to transition from laughing at what a disaster he is for Republicans to worrying about what a disaster he would be for America?
The chatter about what kind of punishment Kim Davis, the refusenik Kentucky clerk, deserves for defying a federal court order to issue same-sex marriage licenses misses a key point. The judge in the case at this stage is primarily interested not in punitive action in the narrow sense but in compelling Davis to obey the order.
Kentucky clerk found in contempt of court, and according to CNN has been taken into federal custody.
New poll shows Trump still dominating the GOP field nationally, but this part is interesting: When paired in hypothetical one-on-one match-ups with the other GOP contenders, Trump actually loses decisively to only one candidate: Ben Carson. And it's not even close. Carson wins 55-36.
Where do the GOP presidential candidates stand on the refusenik Kentucky county clerk defying a court order to issue same-sex marriage licenses? Some support her, some don't -- and then there's the epic vagueness that is beginning to define Scott Walker's candidacy.
If you have Patriots fans in your office who you've been chortling at about DeflateGate since January, I feel your pain. Acutely.