There is in fact such a thing as a solution worse than the problem
and this is one of them. Can't we just have a common sense solution where deep-blue liberal cities can't make absurd bathroom policies to pander to small minorities of aggressively gender-confused constituents, and the federal government can't use the issue as an excuse to deny federal funds to red states, and then we just shut up about it and get on with our lives?
"Insurance reforms" could be anything, and most states already have subsidized high-risk pools, but "reduced mandates for basic policies" is a long way from eliminating the individual mandate. And this is what the Republicans are starting with?
... is to pardon criminals, and release terrorists. This is unlikely to end well for Americans, but then, Obama has never considered himself to be one of them. And while he keeps saying that he's focusing on pardoning non-violent drug offenders, the fact that he's releasing terrorists at the same time does not make me comfortable about his definition of non-violent.
There's been a whole lot of talk about repealing Obamacare, which is good. There hasn't been a lot of talk about what, exactly, it would be replaced with. It's good that these things have been disconnected from each other, because I don't trust the Republicans not to "replace" it with something that's almost as bad but better disguised. So I say repeal but do not replace Obamacare. There may be small, specific policy improvements we can make to encourage a freer market and lower costs, but let's examine each such proposal on its own merits after repealling Obamacare..
Obama awards himself a distinguished public service medal
This is so narcissistic it's embarrassing even for those of us who didn't vote for the idiot. Who awards themselves a medal and thinks it's meaningful?
Now, to address Nikki's comments: Yes, Clinton and George W Bush both received the same award. No, Obama probably did not explicitly order his Secretary of Defense to issue the medal. Neither point makes it any less silly. I don't know that any of those presidents deserved such a medal for the quality of their service, and frankly, my first thought when I saw the story was to search for whether the medal comes with any sort of honorarium, special privileges, or financial income stream to its recipients. That would have at least provided a real reason for an outgoing president to want the award. (I didn't find one, which doesn't mean it doesn't exist).
UPDATE: Odds are this is a case of mental illness, rather than true jihad. But if you go to the FBI and tell them you are hearing voices telling you to commit terrorist acts of violence, and then later on you commit acts of terrorist violence, it still counts as a "known wolf" problem, even if you aren't actually communicating with ISIS.
National concealed carry reciprocity legislation introduced
Notably, the legislation includes provisions for "2nd Amendment Carry" states that do not require a permit. There are some federalism concerns, but I view this as a civil rights issue and analogous to national recognition of a drivers' license. That said, citizens from, say, Arizona who show their driver's license in New York when stopped by police... well, let's just say I hope our test cases have deep pockets, a clean record, and a very calm demeanor under stress.
It's worth noting that this legislation isn't necessarily a good thing. It may have unintended consequences. One catch, aside from the federalism issue, is that the legislation provides national reciprocity for any state that has a permit system at all. That leaves an obvious way out. If New York doesn't like giving people from flyover country the right to carry a firearm, it can stop issuing permits to its own citizens, resulting in a reduction of rights not an increase in rights.
Cruz introduces constitutional amendment for term limits
It's unlikely that Congress will actually pass this, never mind with the required super-majorities to amend the Constitution. However, there's nothing wrong with getting the process started in Congress -- and you never know, it might actually pass if Trump puts pressure behind it. Even if it doesn't, it will make a good way to kickstart the Article V convention process.
Peter Grant points out some of the problems with conflicting design requirements. If wind power generation systems interfere with weather radar, is the solution to make them invisible to weather radar? If they become invisible (or even less visible) to airplane radar in the process, will they start to slice and dice airplanes and people instead of birds?
Presumably aircraft with working navigation systems can be routed well clear of such installations, which might solve the problem, and visual sighting seems obvious enough.
But I'm going to point out another factor here: if these high-tech windmills have to be made out of military stealth composite materials, what will that do to the cost of the wind farm? We already know wind power doesn't make a profit without government subsidies or mandates. Stealth windmills seem unlikely to be cheaper.
About that fake news problem the media keeps telling you about...
A&E paid to fake KKK cross-burning scenes, among many other journalistic offenses. I don't consider any of the described practices (which include multiple shots of scripted situations, payments for participation, and so on) to be unusual among documentary filmmakers. What I think is unusual is that the subjects exposed the practice and as a result the "documentary" was canceled.
Obama admin finalizes gun control rules on the way out the door
For some time now I've been pointing out the effort by the Obama Administration to classify as many categories of people as "mentally defective" as they could stretch the definition to include, and thus bar those people from purchasing, and possibly from possessing firearms. Under an extreme interpretation they might even be subject to confiscation.
In truth this is little more than the last spiteful act of a man whose agenda was rejected by Congress and who has lost the position of power he once held. What Obama can put in place by fiat can be removed the same way. Yet we must be vigorous in ensuring that all these last-minute changes are removed, root and branch, lest they return to trouble us in the future.
This one seems to fall into the "better safe than sorry" category, someone the FBI picked up because he was on their list and they wanted to preempt a possible Christmas-season attack after the last few attacks in Europe.
It doesn't have to be a long four years of this. All that has to be done is to stop tolerating it. That is, investigate each credible threat of violence received by the electors, identify the person who sent it, charge them with making terroristic threats, and start building a case for incitement of violence against the people who posted contact information and encouraged the threats. As soon as these "activists" realize their violence will not be tolerated, it will stop. Jail time has a way of encouraging people to reconnect with reality.
Then go after the people funding the electoral college full court press under RICO.