Americans are increasingly aware of crony capitalism, and it is changing politics as we know it

Crony capitalism is a concept with which the typical informed American voter is now familiar. We are very proud of our contribution to this awakening and it is gratifying to see candidates of all stripes having to defend their current crony arrangements with donors, past crony deals, or alternatively to see them go on the attack against cronyism. That Cruz won the Iowa Caucuses despite an explicitly anti-ethanol subsidy stance is no small feat.

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Small Victory: DC decides to void 2800 parking tickets written during snow emergency

2 days ago we reported that Washington DC went on a parking ticket writing spree during the recent blizzard. The city took the storm as an opportunity to generate cash, over $1 million in fines. We argued that maybe instead of going nuts on the ticket writing front the District should have instead been more lenient if anything during a time when parking was severely restricted due to the piles and piles of snow.

We apparently weren’t the only ones who thought this and as such the city has voided many of the snow storm parking tickets.

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Planned Parenthood pledges $20 million last week to help Hillary get elected, Today Hillary calls for increased funding for Planned Parenthood?

Let me say from the outset here that the issue here is not abortion, an issue we will let our readers debate and explore in other venues. What is at issue here is that an organization which receives half a billion dollars in taxpayer money each year is openly endorsing a political candidate and amazingly even pledging $20 million – which is essentially money received from US taxpayers* – to support the election efforts of a presidential candidate.

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Van Jones: Democratic Base in ‘Full-on Rebellion’ Against Hillary Clinton

Damn rebels.

Van, Van, Van, you’re still around? It is interesting to see you floating these smoke signals.

But don’t worry, he explains, Clinton will still win.

Way to put it out there big guy.

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FBI’s Clinton probe expands to public corruption track

How much weirder is this election going to get? If history is an indication (and it usually is) probably weirder still.

Looks like the old FBI is expanding its investigation into Ms. Clinton’s time as Secretary of State beyond her email issues.

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Napolitano: Hillary Clinton is now “a likely target” of an FBI criminal investigation

Judge Napolitano weighs in on whether Ms. Clinton will even make it to the convention next year.  It’s hard to imagine the FBI blowing up Hillary’s candidacy especially given the current executive. But who knows. It’s been a strange race.

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign is going after five comedians who made fun of the former Secretary of State in standup skits at a popular Hollywood comedy club

Not the Laugh Factory

I’m sorry, but is this Cuba, or Prague circa 1980? Since when is it OK for presidential candidates to come after comedians who make fun of them? Even Nixon went on Laugh-In for crying out loud.

Intimidation is a key tool used in crony systems.

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Lawrence Lessig Calls Out Dems for Changing the Rules in Announcing Withdrawal from Race

Lessig is one of my favorite liberals. I disagree with him on many many things, but he is not a lockstepper. He has done excellent work on the issue of Internet freedom (though he threw in with the Net neutrality folks) and the Democrats would have done well to have included him in the debates. Heck, Lincoln Chafee got to be in the debates, surely Lawrence Lessig should have been included.

But I’ll bet the possibility of Lessig bringing up the suicide of Aaron Swartz (founder of Reddit and friend of Lessig’s)  while being harassed by the Obama Justice Department scared the party a bit.* Anyway,

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