The Thursday wrap

| Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear oral arguments in a case out of Ohio that's expected to determine if outright lies in campaign ads are protected under the First Amendment. Should the court find they are not, and given that so many campaign ads make Pinocchio's nose look pug, that could spell the end of dirty lying pols as we know them. ... Taxpayers are footing a $700,000 bill for a troupe to stage its climate-change play “The Great Immensity.” As Elizabeth Harrington writes in The Washington Free Beacon, the sparse production features “singing and dancing about a carrier pigeon named Margaret and the not-so-subtle message that the planet will be destroyed in 50 years.” It's government propaganda at its worst, the kind one routinely sees in China and North Korea. ... The Competitive Enterprise Institute notes that Washington, D.C.'s beloved cherry blossoms reached their peak this year on April 10, which is the latest “peak blossom date” in 21 years. Which must be driving the cluster-cluckers of “global warming” theology absolutely nuts. ... Speaking of grove-variety pecans, “progressives” are in a tizzy-fit over a finding by Kim Strach, North Carolina's director of elections, that suggests nearly 36,000 people with the same names, birth dates and Social Security numbers voted both in the Tar Heel State and other states in 2012. Another 81 North Carolinians voted after they died, reports The Washington Times. But remember, voter fraud is a figment of the conservative imagination.

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