ERICK ERICKSON – The Crucifixion; TARANTO – IRS Chutzpah.
GOP: GOLDBERG – Trump is no Reagan; YORK – Slow down campaign; EPSTEIN – Cruz insider game; RAPPEPORT – Muslims to vote.
LEADS: JOHNSON – Priest rumors; POLLOCK – Hillary’s training lapses; INVESTORS – Suspend her campaign; PETERS – Stopping the next Brussels.
PA: ZITO – PA primaries; KNEPPER – Uncle Tom’s budget.
END NOTES: HOENLEIN – Paris to Brussels; MARK LEVIN – 3/24/16
Erick Erickson, Resurgent: “Good Friday”
“And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. And sitting down they watched him there; And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.The Gospel of Matthew 27:35-37, 45-53
James Taranto, WSJ: “IRS Chutzpah”
“The Washington Times’s Stephen Dinan sums up the finding: “A federal appeals court spanked the IRS Tuesday, saying it has taken laws designed to protect taxpayers from the government and turned them on their head, using them to try to protect the tax agency from the very tea party groups it targeted.”
“The ruling, in a case styled U.S. v. NorCal Tea Party Patriots, was a response to an IRS petition for a writ of mandamus—a command to an inferior court, in this case the Cincinnati-based district court of Judge Susan Dlott—to shut off the plaintiffs’ discovery efforts.
“Writing for the unanimous three-judge appellate panel, Judge Raymond Kethledge observes that mandamus is “an extraordinary remedy reserved to correct only the clearest abuses of power by a district court.” The appeals judges not only found no such abuse; they ordered the IRS to comply with Dlott’s orders. The ruling closes by strongly suggesting that the Justice Department lawyers representing the IRS have been acting in bad faith . . .”
GOP . . .
“. . . Bob Dole in 1996. He couldn’t bring himself to fully commit to the play-acting, saying instead, ‘I’ll be Ronald Reagan if that’s what you want.’
Jonah Goldberg, NRO: “Let’s Get This Straight: Trump Is No Reagan”
“. . . Before the GOP became the Party of Reagan, it was the Party of Lincoln. But you wouldn’t expect a Republican politician to spend a lot of time promising to free the slaves or preserve the Union. Trying to see today’s economic problems through Reagan-colored glasses isn’t impossible — we’re still over-regulated by a too-large government — but it can be distorting. “Similarly, casting the war on terrorism as a replay of the long battle against communism (which Reagan won) can be done, but it requires bending reality to theory. Marxism was a relatively brief and modern imposition on ancient cultures. Islam is an ancient religion, and radical Islam is an effort to fight off the imposition of modernity. Different threats and different contexts require different thinking. “All of these criticisms still stand. What’s different these days is the desperate effort to insist that Donald Trump is a new Reagan — not by Trump himself, but by a kind of conservative priesthood eager to prove by analogy what it can’t prove with facts or logic. . .” http://www.nationalreview.com/article/433231/donald-trump-ronald-reagan-election-2016
Byron York, Washington Examiner: “Next, the slow-down campaign”
“. . . As Jimmy Carter famously said after the 1980 Iran hostage rescue disaster, the results have been an incomplete success.
Tuesday’s winner was again Donald Trump, who took Arizona with 47 percent of the vote, and, since Arizona is a winner-take-all state, walked away with all 58 delegates. Ted Cruz won the Utah caucuses, with well over 50 percent of the vote, and thus took all of the state’s 40 delegates. The bottom line is that Trump inched a bit farther ahead of Cruz in the delegate race.
“Arizona was a four-way contest, with Trump at 47 percent, Cruz at 24 percent, Marco Rubio at 14 percent, and John Kasich at 10 percent. Marco Rubio? Yes, him. Early voting started in Arizona on February 24, nearly three weeks before Rubio dropped out of the race. With 85 percent of the vote counted, Rubio had more than 70,000 votes — votes wasted because of Arizona’s misbegotten early-voting system.
“Since Arizona is a border state and a battleground over immigration, the results said something about Republican voters and immigration. . .”
Reid Epstein, WSJ: “Ted Cruz Gains in Louisiana after Loss there to Donald Trump”
“Despite coming up short in state’s Republican presidential primary, Texan controls key convention roles
“Donald Trump beat Sen. Ted Cruz earlier this month in Louisiana’s Republican presidential primary by 3.6 percentage points, but the Texan may wind up with as many as 10 more delegates from the state than the businessman.
“Mr. Cruz’s supporters also seized five of Louisiana’s six slots on the three powerful committees that will write the rules and platform at the Republican National Convention and mediate disputes over delegates’ eligibility this summer in Cleveland.
“The little-noticed inside maneuvering that led to this outcome in Louisiana is another dramatic illustration of the inside game that could have an outsize influence on the bitter race for the GOP nomination. A similar process played out three weeks ago in Coweta County, Ga.
“While Mr. Trump leads in winning primary and caucus elections, and has won more delegates, the Cruz campaign is proving superior at the arcane game of picking the people who will be the actual delegates to the convention, where they will help write the rules and ultimately choose the nominee.
“That means that if Mr. Trump fails to reach the delegate threshold to claim the GOP nomination on the convention’s first ballot, committees dominated by Cruz supporters could work to block him from winning enough delegates to claim the nomination on any subsequent ballots. . .”
Alan Rappeport, NYT: “Feeling G.O.P. Peril, Muslims Try to Get Out Vote”
“WASHINGTON — American Muslims are watching in growing horror as Donald J. Trump and Senator Ted Cruz battle for the Republican presidential nomination, outdoing each other with provocative proposals that have included Muslim registries, immigration bans and fleets of police patrolling their neighborhoods.
“With round tables, summit meetings and news releases falling on deaf ears, national advocacy groups are planning to fend off policies they consider hostile to Muslims with a more proactive strategy: driving up the Muslim vote.
“Organizations like the Council on American-Islamic Relations, known as CAIR, the Islamic Circle of North America and the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations are encouraging mosques to turn themselves into voter registration centers before the November election so that Muslims can make their voices heard at the polls. Registration drives are expected to ramp up significantly in June, during Ramadan, when attendance at Islamic centers peaks. . .”
LEADS . . .
Bridget Johnson, PJM: “Does ISIS Intend to Kill Kidnapped Priest?”
“Father Tom, of Indian origin, was kidnapped March 4 when militants attacked the Missionaries of Charity Home in Aden as nuns were serving breakfast to the retirement home residents. Four nuns — one Indian, two Rwandan and one Kenyan — were among the 16 people murdered in the attack.
“The superior of the convent, Sister Sally, eluded the terrorists by hiding in a refrigerator. Father Tom was staying at the convent, which was ransacked by the trio of gunmen.
“Father Tom’s Salesian order says they’ve had no information since the priest went missing.
“But on Monday, the Franciscan Sisters of Siessen, an order based in South Africa, posted on their Facebook page a notice that they were ‘informed’ that Father Tom “is being tortured and is going to be crucified on Good Friday.” The post has since been removed, but not before the news spread across the web. . .”
Richard Pollock, Daily Caller: “EXCLUSIVE: Clinton Received Training On Classified Docs Just ONCE in Three Years At State”
“. . . The annual briefings are essential to the maintenance of security for classified information and documents because the cyber and other threats continually change over time, as hackers and foreign intelligence elements develop new methods of attack, according to experts interviewed by TheDCNF.
A former senior State Department official told TheDCNF there should be official certification for Clinton’s briefings for all four years.
“There should be at least a memorandum for the record by the person who administered the oral briefing each year,” the former official, who requested anonymity, told TheDCNF late Thursday.
Ordinarily, he said, a senior State Department official ‘should have put something in the record.’ He emphasized that yearly oral security briefings for the Secretary of State were common while he was in the department.
“The official said the fact there was only a certificate for a single year of a briefing was ‘inconsistent with the practices’ at the department. . .” http://dailycaller.com/2016/03/24/exclusive-clinton-got-no-info-security-briefings-after-day-one-at-state/
Also: Julian Hattem, TheHill: “Lost emails from Clinton server discovered”
Investors: “Clinton Email Scandal: It’s Time Hillary Suspended Her Campaign”
“Corruption: Though she tries to ignore it, Hillary Clinton can’t escape her email problem. Almost every day brings more trouble for her. It’s time she did what a decent person would do — temporarily shelve her presidential campaign.
“While Clinton leads Sen. Bernie Sanders in the delegate count, the former secretary of state is far behind everyone on the ethical score. She is consistently battered by news that reminds voters just how corrupt she is and now is facing a report that the FBI director is convinced she broke the law.
“FBI chief James Comey and his investigators are increasingly certain that presidential nominee Hillary Clinton violated laws in handling classified government information through her private email server,” Charles Gasparino wrote Sunday in the New York Post, citing ‘career agents’ as sources, some of whom expect Comey ‘to push for charges.’ . . .
Ralph Peters, NY Post: “What Europe needs to do to stop the next Brussels”
“What used to be bitter slums are now militant colonies.
“The Muslim guts of European cities, from Brussels to Marseilles, and the high-rise banlieues of Paris (designed by the left as earthly paradises) or the grubby Stadtteile of Cologne or Hamburg, are no longer way-stations for readjusting immigrants. They’re imperial holdings of a bloodthirsty caliphate, poisoned with the spirit of jihad.
“And the Islamist fanatics who rule from the shadows intend to slaughter the trusting aborigines, whose tribal chiefs are enchanted by the trinkets of political correctness — as we were reminded, again, Tuesday when terrorists killed 31 and injured hundreds in a double-barrel attack in Brussels.
“Will Islam really conquer Europe? Of course not. But reality leaves Islamist terrorists unconvinced and unmoved.
“And they’ve already disrupted societies, upended politics and seized strategic ground at Europe’s heart: The Brussels attacks were symbolically perfect, striking not only a national capital, but the headquarters of the European Union and NATO. . .”
PA . . .
Salena Zito: John Batchelor Show:
Hour One Thursday 24 March 2016 / Hour 1, Block A: Salena Zito, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, in re: Pennsylvania primaries. _ jumped 27 percentage points to a statistical tie with D Trump, of whom 17 are tied to voters in their CD (candidate gets 3 delegates for each CD), but the rest are entirely unbound even on the first ballot; 54 walk in as free agents. They’ll never commit to any candidate till the first ballot is done. Several kinds of voters in the collar counties, _ and soccer moms, The rest of the state is blue-collar GOP – working class and middle class; old-fashioned Reagan Democrats. . . . Reagan: Drew Lewis was a Ford man; next go-round, he supported Reagan. . . . Scott Walker in Wisconsin: Outside of Madison and Milwaukee, it’s very religious and conservative. ..”
Leo Knepper, CAP: “Gov. Wolf Begrudgingly Accepts Reality”
“At a press conference Wednesday, Governor Wolf begrudgingly accepted reality and announced that he would allow the recently passed budget to become law. He will not sign the budget, but the Pennsylvania Constitution allows legislation passed by the General Assembly to become law ten days after passage if it is not signed or vetoed.
“Initially, the Governor stated he would veto the budget, yet again, and drag the nearly nine-month saga out even longer to force the General Assembly to raise taxes. Wolf’s strategy was met with widespread criticism from within the Democratic caucuses and the usually friendly news media. On final passage, Democrats in the House and Senate joined with their Republican colleagues in voting for passage of the budget. Media reports also indicated that there would be widespread defections in the House and Senate among Democrats leading to a veto override if Wolf went down that path again.
While the budget could have done more to reign in out of control spending, it is a far cry from the Governor’s original proposal that would have required a multibillion-dollar tax increase to pay for even higher levels of spending. The enactment of this budget has an impact broader than funds being released to schools. Wolf’s 2016-2017 proposed budget had, in a flight of fancy, assumed that he would have gotten his way from the General Assembly in the 2015-2016 budget. By finally accepting lower spending for the current year, the baseline for the next budget decreases substantially. . .”
END NOTES . . .
Malcolm Hoenlein, John Batchelor Show: Hour Three “Thursday 24 March 2016 / Hour 3, Block A: Malcolm Hoenlein, Conference of Presidents; in re: Brussels attack was related to the Paris attack of last year – interlocking citizenry of Muslim extraction whose ancestors came to Europe, raised families in neighborhoods isolated from the larger population, and their children are being radicalized by Internet and imams who are preaching violence. I hear that the Euro intell services have more info than they acknowledge but are penetrated by ISIS. ISIS looks fro persons raised in France with Euro passports – not to kill as many people as possible, but to set in place as many pertains as possible. Intell knew about the airport and subway attacks in advance, refuse to share info with other nations. The jihadists are Europeans, moving to disrupt European culture. Next/soon: Russia. The John Batchelor Show started warning about this three years ago, Academy Award goes to Euro officials for acting surprised. UN rapporteur: a Canadian who has along history of unusual views – “9/11 was caused by global inequities.” On the UN website, mention of every victim but none of Israelis murdered. Syria, Iran, and around the world: massive human rights violations – but no mention of these, only a comprehensive criticism of Israel . . . Iran aggressively humiliated American sailors. Anti-BDS legislation: govermor of Colorado and Virginia Genl Assmbly passed laws – along with five other states – to condemn Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.”
Mark Levin (3/24/16)
“On Thursday’s Mark Levin show, police in France have foiled an advanced terror plot after a search in a suburban neighborhood. Catching terrorists is a very difficult task and tough national security work. If the world used its resources together with a strong U.S. leader, then we could do serious damage to ISIS. Instead, ISIS is taking WWIII to us, and President Obama is disengaged from what is happening while tangoing in Argentina. Unfortunately, it seems that none of our leaders have the will to confront ISIS.
“While we should be focusing on WWIII, the big story is about Donald Trump’s wife and the wife of Ted Cruz. The Cruz campaign has no connection with the Super PAC that put out the ad attacking Melania Trump, and it is illegal for them to even be in contact. In addition, Ted Cruz never tweeted against or attacked Trump’s wife, but now Trump has used Twitter to attack Heidi Cruz. How do you expect to gain more delegates while attacking another candidate’s wife? It’s time for the frontrunner to start acting like a frontrunner, be presidential and unite the forces behind him.
“Finally, who is Obama to tell us what works and what doesn’t when it comes to capitalism? Free market capitalism is what created the vast middle class in this country, not socialism nor tariffs. What Obama is promoting is the opposite of capitalism and wealth creation.”