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Incoming editor-in-chief Rob Bluey adds that the news site itself will be “responsibly designed” — a refreshing concept in an age when chaotic web pages can obfuscate the news itself. Mr. Bluey also predicts that the core news team, aided by a team of 100 astute researchers, will pursue stories that are overlooked or unrealized in the mainstream media. The Daily Signal goes live June 3; a welcome site is here:


Some people have a promising gleam about them. This does not escape the Republican National Committee, which has named five “rising stars” in the party who have distinctive but viable voices — a precious commodity in a crowded political marketplace.

The five: Amber Barno, an Army veteran, and adviser for Concerned Veterans for America and the Independent Women’s Forum; Veronica Muzquiz Edwards, a business leader and founder and CEO of the healthcare staffing company InGenesis; Lee Jackson, Republican youth activist and an elected member of a local Maine school board; Clarice Navarro, conservative activist and Colorado state representative for House District 47; and Mike Pantelides, mayor of Annapolis, Maryland

“This group represents the diversity in our party,” says chairman Reince Priebus.


Rep. Tom Cotton had a reminder for Democrats who criticize the GOP for Benghazi-related fundraising. The Arkansas Republican recalled that Democrats did the same, and much more.

“What do our colleagues on the other side of the aisle say? They express great outrage at politicizing this matter,” Mr. Cotton said in a two-minute speech to the House on Thursday. He was not done with the Democratic “outrage,” though.

“When I was leading troops in Iraq in 2006 — men and women shot at and blown up by al Qaeda — where was the outage as they fundraised endlessly off of the Iraq War? Where was the outrage when they viciously attacked our commanders? Where was the outrage when they said that soldiers were war criminals? Where was the outrage when they said the war was lost? Where was the outrage when they said that only high school dropouts join the army? Forgive me if I don’t join my Democratic colleagues in their fake outrage,” the lawmaker noted.

Mr. Cotton, incidentally, was in his final year at Harvard Law School during the 9/11 attacks, prompting him to join the U.S. Army as an infantry officer. He served two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Just so you know: Americans will spend $19.9 billion celebrating their mothers Sunday, this according the National Retail Federation. That includes $3.8 billion on brunch or dinner out, $3.6 billion on jewelry, $2.3 billion on flowers, $2.1 billion on greeting cards and $1.7 billion on apparel. Eighty-five percent of the nation will celebrate.

And one more thing: The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library will stage its eighth annual Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, at tables done up with pink linens. And a few menu items: Mimosas, fresh made waffles with toasted pecans, scrambled eggs with three cheeses, enchiladas, carved roast beef and glazed ham, avocado Caesar salad, fresh berries and petite cheesecakes.


42 percent of Americans say the Benghazi attacks is a “more serious scandal” than Watergate, Clinton/Lewinsky and Iran/Contra; 65 percent of Republicans, 46 percent of independents and 19 percent of Democrats agree.

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