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Saturday, March 1, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The Pennsylvania Progressive Summit was held this weekend in Harrisburg. The theme was “Fighting back, moving forward.” Given what “progressivism” really is, the theme should have been “Fighting logic, moving backward.” ... National Review Online offers three wise words to settle the growing debate over transporting crude oil by train: “Pipelines don't derail.” ... We offer three wise words for Democrats and Republicans who perpetually target “the rich” to either “make them pay their fair share” or “reform the tax code”: Cut government spending. ... Vice President Joe Biden says that those who support voter ID laws are black-hating zealots who want to limit the franchise. Never mind the myriad voter ID studies showing no statistically significant evidence of “voter suppression” among minorities, the poor or seniors. How sad that Mr. Biden engages in race-baiting. ... Greenpeace co-founder Patrick Moore told Congress last week “there's no scientific proof that human emissions of CO2 are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth's atmosphere over the last 100 years.” What's a climate-clucker to do? ... An Emory University student stood up in a public forum last month to defend President Barack Obama's extraconstitutional behavior by claiming he had invoked the Constitution's “Elastic Clause.” Of course, no such “clause” exists. The student must have picked up the notion in economics class. You know, Mush for Brains 101.

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