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Peak Citizens United

Donald Trump has sent a 'cease and desist' letter to the perennially corrupt and tendentious "Club for Growth" demanding they stop running ads against him. They're defamatory, mean, false, bad, etc. There's no direct connection to Citizens United. But I would say it's all of a piece. "Speech" in the form of unlimited spending by billionaires becomes entirely unfettered. But we also import the moguls' habit of unbridled litigiousness to clamp down on actual speech. Welcome to the future.

Poll of the Day

A new Insight poll I wanted to share with you. We asked our center-left reader set the following question: Which statement most closely matches your view of government regulation?

The choices were ...

"Government should regulate as little as possible."

"Every case and industry is different. Each should be addressed on its own merits."

"A strong regulatory state is necessary to protect the public interest."

results after the jump ...

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Shorter Walker: Trump Must Be Stopped

Remarkable way for Scott Walker to end his campaign. He didn't name Trump explicitly, but clearly was referring to him when he lamented the GOP race being about personal attacks and what you're against, rather than the sunny optimism of Reagan and a race about what you are for. He then took the remarkable step of urging other candidates to consider withdrawing from the race, too, so Republicans can coalesce around a true conservative candidate. That is not Trump, obviously.

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Live By the Koch, Die By the Koch?

As much as I said he was pretty obviously done, Scott Walker's departure from the race sure seems abrupt and even premature. It's hard to have much hope when you go from a first tier candidate to significantly under 1%. Still, not only is it early but the race is so unsettled and chaotic, couldn't he have held out a bit longer? But David Kurtz reminds me of a key point about Walker. Going back to the early days when he was the new Governor of Wisconsin, Walker was always a creature of the Koch Brothers and like big donors. (There was actually a comical episode some of you may remember when a prankster called Walker up as "David Koch" and talking to Walker for something like an hour. He recorded the call and then made it public.)

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Really Says It All

Responding to ban on Muslim presidents controversy, Carson campaign says "Republican primary voters are with us at least 80-20."

Religious Liberty - What a Concept

You'll see in this latest piece we published that Ben Carson himself was rejected as a speaker at a Christian event because of his own religious beliefs. Carson is a Seventh Day Adventist. It's all a bit ironic coming after Carson said a Muslim shouldn't be President of the United States.

But the apparent disinvitation to Carson got me thinking because it brings up an issue that has always fascinated me. Seventh Day Adventists do not believe in heaven or hell or the immortality of the soul - which creates significant distance between them and most Chalcedonian Christians.

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