J.P. Freire is the associate editor of commentary. Previously he was the managing editor of the American Spectator. Freire was named journalist of the year for 2009 by the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). You can follow him on Twitter here.
Besides the Spectator, Freire's work has appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, Human Events, Reason Magazine, Town Hall, and The Washington Times. Freire attended Cornell University.
During his briefing on the city's efforts to remove the mountains of slow in the streets, New York City Mike Bloomberg broke into Spanish to provide a (completely insufficient) summary for Spanish speakers. Apparently, this is something Bloomberg has been doing for some time:
"Before we go to questions, I would like to summarize today's announcements for some of our Spanish speakers," he says at the end of most public events. Read More
Holiday travelers may choose to go with private buses rather than publicly subsidized trains if Amtrak continues with this kind of customer service. According to a 6 p.m. update to Amtrak's website, service between New York and Washington, DC is running on schedule. But at 8:22 p.m., with still no update, Amtrak hasn't advised its riders that it has, in fact, cancelled all trains to Washington this evening. Read More
Reading descriptions of President Obama's sojourn to his native (shh) Hawaii for the holidays, you'd think that his decision to have some "me-time" after a brutal session was unprecedented. Just look at this paragraph that makes it seem as though Obama really is different: Read More
Term limits working for better or worse (mostly worse)
Are you pleasantly surprised with how much got done these last few weeks? Are you glad to see the intellectual and ideological independence displayed by the leadership over the last You may not be aware of it, Democrats, but congratulations: You are in favor of term limits. Read More
Thirty senators have signed a letter making it clear that should the Federal Communications Commission implement "net neutrality" regulations during its December 21st meeting, the GOP will force a confrontation on the Senate floor over the rules. Doing so would provide insight into how Republicans, as a minority in the Senate, leverage its control over the House of Representatives to hamstring attempts by the executive branch to rule by regulatory fiat.
The letter questions the ability of the FCC to impose the regulations: Read More
Allan Meltzer, author of a new exhaustive history of the Federal Reserve, slammed Congress's recently passed financial reform law for creating an "abomination" in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. During a panel discussion at the American Enterprise Institute with former Fed chairman Paul Volcker, Meltzer, who has been critical of federal intervention during the financial crisis, said that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was "absolutely not the way to go." Read More
Bankrupting America has just put out a new viral ad about the difficulty of making plans in an uncertain tax environment. And despite that, it's actually funny: Read More
Another endorsement in the race to become chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee: The Republican Business Council is backing Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., touting his conservative credentials and even his home state: Read More
Losing the majority was probably not enough to make House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., feel unliked, which would explain why he went so far as to suggest that military pay ought to be frozen too. But Hoyer has a salary of $193,400 (not including benefits) while the average military salary is about $53,000 a year. Read More
After traveling for the holiday weekend, you may still be confused about what the Transportation Safety Administration is trying to do with its new security procedures. Well, look no further -- they've released a new information video.
Click here to view.
(Yes, it's a spoof.) Read More
Young people between the ages of 18 and 20 are allowed to carry rifles to protect their country, but according to the New York Times, allowing them to concealed carry in the states constitutes gross irresponsibility. Who knows what harm they might cause! From an editorial: Read More
American Federation of Teachers president Rhonda “Randi” Weingarten has issued a statement slamming proposed cuts from the congressional deficit commission for not pushing shared sacrifice among the wealthy, but an AFT spokesman has told The Examiner that Weingarten will not be taking a paycut from the total $428,284 she received in salary and benefits during fiscal year 2010.
Weingarten wrote of the proposed budget cuts from the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform: Read More
Realizing that their new minority status in the House endangers their favorite patronage spending schemes, Democrats in Congress are railing against a proposal from the congressional deficit commission that would roll back the deficit to be 3 percent of GDP, down from the current 8.9 percent. Read More
Wall Street has given an estimated $2.5 million dollars to Rep. Melissa Bean, D-Ill., who is rumored to be a favorite pick to run the newly formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau should absentee ballots seal her apparent loss to Tea Party challenger Joe Walsh, R. Read More