I talked to Dave Weigel of the Washington Post at CPAC 2018

His book The Show that Never Ends the Rise and Fall of Progressive Rock is available here

There are a lot on the right who don’t like Dave, but he does a lot of shoe leather reporting he’s always treated me fair and has almost always given me time when I’ve asked for it.

DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The story (blogged) so far:

Sunday April 1st

Voices of CPAC 2018 Dave Weigel of the Washington Post
Voices of CPAC 2018 Walking Interview James O’Keefe

Saturday March 31st

Voices of CPAC 2018: Michael from Scotland.
Voices of CPAC 2018 Gina Roberts Log Cabin Republicans San Diego

Friday March 30th

Voices of CPAC 2018 The Great Evan Sayet
Voices of CPAC 2018 MaryAnn after President Trump’s Speech

Thursday March 29th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Kathleen Wepner of Patriot Guardians
Voices of CPAC 2018 William Nardy of Rousa News PLUS the Lone Conservative Kassy Dylan

Wednesday March 28th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Peter from Reno
Voices of CPAC 2018 Tyler from Florida Post Trump Speech

Tuesday March 27th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Ricard from NY post Trump speech
3 Clips of President Trump at CPAC 2018 plus Rachel from VA again

Monday March 26

Voices of CPAC 2018 Jeff Hulbert of Patriot Picket
Voices of CPAC 2018 Adam from NY of the Young Republicans

Sunday March 25

Voices of CPAC 2018 Betina Viviano of the Media group America’s Voice
Voices of CPAC 2018 Susanne Monk of Trump Talk

Saturday March 24th

Voices from CPAC 2018: Tyler

Friday March 23rd

Voices of CPAC 2018 Debra (Nice Deb) Heine

Thursday March 22nd

Voices of CPAC 2018 Traci Belmonte

Wednesday March 21st

Voices of CPAC 2018 Evan of the College Republicans

Tuesday March 20th

Voices from CPAC 2018 Chris from EWTN

Monday March 19th

Voices at CPAC Heather of Conservatives Concerned about the Death Penalty

Saturday March 17th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Seton Motley of Less Government

Friday March 16th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Leo from MA

Thursday March 15th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Yvonne from Illinois

Wednesday March 14

Voices of CPAC 2018 Kurt Schlichter

Tuesday March 13th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Tony (Don’t call him Anthony) Katz

Monday March 12th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Elizabeth of the Mt. Holyoke College Republicans (Yes you read that right)

Sunday March 11th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Grizzly Joe

Voices of CPAC 2018 Rachel from Virginia

Saturday March 10th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Connor Wolf of Inside Sources

Friday March 9th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Chase from the Houston Young Republicans

Thursday March 8th

Voices at CPAC 2018 Chris from NY Longtime Prolife activist

Saturday March 10th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Connor Wolf of Inside Sources

Friday March 9th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Chase from the Houston Young Republicans

Thursday March 8th

Voices at CPAC 2018 Chris from NY Longtime Prolife activist

Wednesday March 7th

Voices at CPAC 2018 Michael from Liberty University

Tuesday March 6th

Voices at CPAC 2018 Sarah Rumpf

Monday March 5th

Voices from CPAC 2018 Doreen from Michigan
Voices of CPAC 2018 Susan from New Mexico

Sunday March 4th
Voices of CPAC 2018 Myra Adams

Friday March 2nd

Voices of CPAC 2018 John Hawkins and Sierra Marlee

CPAC 2018: Two Men who made a Difference For Me

Wednesday Feb 20

Voices at CPAC 2018 Dylan and Watson

Voices at CPAC 2018 Kira Innis (Two Angles)

Monday Feb 26th

Voices of CPAC 2018 Greg Penglis of WEBY 1330 Radio

Sunday Feb 25th

CPAC 2018 Dutch Kitchen Cannoli Sicilian from Brooklyn Approved

Saturday Feb 24th

CPAC 2018 / Don’t give a VUK Meet the Voter the Media Narrative says Does Exist

Friday Feb 23rd

Voices at CPAC 2018 Senator Ted Cruz Answers Two Question for DaTechGuy

Thurs Feb 22nd

We Interrupt CPAC 2018 for CNN and their Gun Control Galaxy Quest Moment
Voices of CPAC 2018: Ron from PA

Wed Feb. 21st

Voices at CPAC 2018 Vicki from Minnesota

Voices at (or near) #cpac2018 Lea from National Association of Developmental Educators We talk Students and Math

DaTechGuy at CPAC 2018 The Calm Before the Storm and What I’ll be Asking

If you don’t want to wait or my blog posts to see my interviews my youtube channel is here.

Full CPAC 2017 list (for those who feel nostalgic) is here

A reminder I have copies of my Book Hail Mary the perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer available at CPAC with me, price $7 and I will happily sign them for you.

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If you don’t want to wait or my blog posts to see my interviews my youtube channel is here.

Full CPAC 2017 list (for those who feel nostalgic) is here

A reminder I have copies of my Book Hail Mary the perfect Protestant (and Catholic) Prayer available at CPAC with me, price $7 and I will happily sign them for you.

Or you can just order it on Amazon

The bus from the Springhill suites hotel took us to the Grand Hyatt where Redstate was taking place on the 2nd floor:

Red state
Red state

I arrived in time to catch the tail end of Amb John Bolton’s presentation

Amb John Bolton at Redstate
Amb John Bolton at Redstate

Ken Cuccinelli

Ken Cuccinelli at Redstate
Ken Cuccinelli at Redstate

and colorado GOP Senate Candidate Darryl Glenn who impressed everyone who heard him

Darryl Glenn
Darryl Glenn

But since the full speeches of them all are available in better quality online I went straight to what I do, interviews

I started with Dave who I hadn’t seen in years.

And Diana

I also talked to Amanda of the Future female leaders who provided Ice Cream

and local write in candidate for state senate in district 21 Kara Palfy

Dave Weigel of the Washington Post was there

My primary camera died during the interview so I continued it with my emergency backup camera and spliced the two of them together.

There was a table for Bill Whittle.com and while Bill wasn’t there Carla was

and as promised Larry O’Connor

I love that he brought up the Breitbart table interview, it’s one of the highlights of what I do

Matthew Bellis of Liberty Healthshare also gave me a few minutes

I was invited to a reception that night put on by Liberty Healthsare and Valery who had been doing other things the last two days decided to join me.

As she arrived I managed two more interviews one with Casper Stockham candidate for Congress CO-1

and radio talk show host Steve Kelly who was broadcasting live during the presentation

But for all of the pleasures of seeing interesting events and learning new things, and the joys of meeting new people and seeing old friends the highlight of both Redstate and Amplify choice was the same, the chance to introduce these friends I’ve met from blogging to my wife Valery and vice versa.

Nothing tops that.

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One of the advantages of being a liberal who covers conservatives (and actually mixes with them) is perspective and at the Washington Post Dave Weigel brightly illustrates the difference between being owned by a campaign and not. (emphasis mine)

In outrage mode, it was easy to ignore something Clinton spokesman Jake Sullivan said in his reaction. Trump didn’t just praise Hussein. He “yet again lauded” him. As the Post’s Jenna Johnson pointed out, Trump had used this language many, many times, with plenty of cameras pointed at him. The narrowing of the field, the fact that the rally was on prime time television — some of that contributed to the furor, which began before anyone from team Clinton spoke out.

And remember many of those speeches were televised by the same media outlets that are now shocked Shocked at his words:

By consistently covering Trump’s argument over time, and by following up on it, media outlets did their job to inform voters. That was why Tuesday night’s collective Captain Renault moment was so strange, and so demonstrative of why many media consumers are skeptical of what they’re hearing. Instead of a debate on the facts — should Hussein have been removed? Did he “kill terrorists,” in a contradiction of what Americans were told before the war? — there was manufactured outrage, straight from a rival campaign.

or as a Daily Mail reporter quoted by Dave put it:

Actually I disagree, there is nothing at all remarkable about it, it’s the standard operating procedure of the media in full Clinton protection mode and Dave Weigel deserves a lot of credit for noting it, particularly for doing so at the Washington Post.

However unfortunately for all those media outlets because they DID carry so many of those Trump rallies live their viewers likely have likely seen Mr. Trump say these words before and have come to the same conclusion that Dave Weigel did.

It’s very hard to define your opponent when you’ve already allowed him to define himself.

Believe it or not via Memeorandum and not Instapundit

Dave Weigel’s beat is covering conservatives. You will see him regularly at CPAC and on the campaign trail with GOP hopefuls.

So it is no surprise that Ted Cruz’s appearance before the national firefighters union was on his radar.

Cruz entered the less friendly climate of the International Association of Firefighters, for its bipartisan presidential summit. Firefighters’ unions are not as solidly Democratic as most labor unions.

Given that unions slavishly follow the Democrat line that’s not a high standard to reach but more interesting was his reaction to a video put together by MSNBC noting the reaction, or lack thereof of the Union crowd to things that were applause lines at CPAC

No one had anything good to say about Cruz. “I had to take a shower after listening to that,” said Washington state IAFF leader Ricky Walsh.

You can likely count on one hand the number of State Union leaders who are conservatives and in liberal Washington you can probably count them on one finger so the above reaction is frankly not much of a story.

What IS a story is this: Ted Cruz didn’t give a “feel good” speech about his family history (like Marco Rubio) or steering away from domestic issues (like Lindsey Graham).

Nope Ted Cruz, rather than tailoring his speech or spinning his audience, went before a hostile crowd and did what he always does made his case for the things he believes. He told the truth.

MSNBC not withstanding this is what we used to called “Character” and I’m old enough to remember when we the media used to celebrate this kind of character in candidates.

The MSNBC video is here


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One of the things I enjoy in life is something well done.  It doesn’t matter if it’s selling shoes, cutting meat, cooking or a computer program when I see something done well I smile.

I find myself smiling a lot when I see Dave Weigel.

Two stories explain it first on Fl-13 where he cuts through a lot of the BS being spun about the Florida 13 race:

How much worse was than that previous Democratic campaigns? Actually, I can save everyone some time and just reprint the background info from a October 2013 DCCC email on the race.

President Obama won a majority of the vote across the district in 2008 (51.9% of the vote) and again in 2012 (50.7%). In 2010, in a challenging election cycle for Democrats, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink received 51.1% of the vote in FL-13 despite losing statewide to Rick Scott. In 2006, Democratic Senator Bill Nelson won the district with 63.7% of vote, compared to the 61.3% he received statewide.

In November, Sink was leading the unknown Jolly by as much as 20 points. As recently as January, the DCCC was including FL-13 in its list of top “open seat opportunities.” And I’ve got maps.

He follows up destroying liberal myths on spending and conservative ones on Obamacare in this and a follow up post or two  but the key line is the title of the post which is another reason why I like Dave Weigel (emphasis mine)

 Honestly, having seen both Sink and Jolly in action, I reiterate what I wrote at the top. They were both lousy. 

Dave tend to go places and actually see things he writes about and Florida 13 was no exception:

Right before early voting began, I spent five days in the district to report out how the Affordable Care Act was affecting the race (oh, and the human beings who cast votes). 

Take a look at that long piece from the district it’s a textbook example of shoeleather reporting which makes this picture so appropriate.

Ted Cruz stills Wednesday 019


There is no substitute to actually being there and Dave is constantly there, past disagreements not withstanding the more you see of his work and of the man, the more you respect and like him.

While the Florida 13 story demonstrates Mr. Weigel skill another, less prominent illustrates another side of being a good reporter.

Saturday night I joined Stacy McCain for the “unsustainable bar tab” event after CPAC.  One of the first faces I recognized there was, to my surprise,  Dave Weigel standing and watching people in the hot tub.

After saying my hellos and some small talk I repeated my well known opinion concerning politics, alcohol and rooms full of people with internet ready camera phones, Dave noted it was understood the party was “off the record”  and we went on to other subjects.

Given the amount of people, alcohol, cameras and the presence of one of the most colorful members of congress there was little chance that some photos would eventually leak but in the end it wasn’t the writer from Slate, former member of Journo-list who once famously threw a big rock since clarified at social conservatives, who leaked it.

It was not until the story and photos were out there that he wrote this piece

An organizer found me and told me that “what happens in the room stays in the room.” For that reason, I won’t say who else was there or who might have taken the photo. But Stockman’s a public figure, and he talked to me after I told him who I was and who I worked for.

Anyone reading the piece can see it respected the inherent off record of the event.  By writing when he did as he did he not only followed the best traditions of his craft, but showed respecting for the people he was covering, it was a stark contrast to something I had seen from a young hungry reporter just  twenty four hours earlier.

It’s no secret that I consider Stacy McCain my model for how to do what I do, but if someone asked me to name a second person to emulate if you want to learn how to be a good reporter, the person I would tell them to copy is Dave Weigel

Update: I can’t believe I forgot to put in my interview with Dave Weigel from CPAC in this post


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One of my most memorable moments at CPAC over the last 4 years was when Andrew Breitbart jumped onto a table and laid down on it to be interviewed.

it was quite a spectacle but Andrew understood that when the media doesn’t want to notice you, it’s necessary to act in a way to be noticed

Andrew Breitbart "sits" for an interview at CPAC 2011
Andrew Breitbart “sits” for an interview at CPAC 2011

That dynamic has just been played in the Texas GOP primary yesterday.

One of the problems when you are a candidate with a lot of passion, a message that grass roots seems to like but not a lot of money is to get noticed.

Dwayne Stovall has been campaigning for the Senate seat held by John Cornyn in Texas for a while and that has been a problem.

You can get Tea Party Endorsements:

Tea Party-endorsed candidate in Texas for U. S. Senate, Dwayne Stovall, just received a notification from JoAnn Fleming, executive director of Grassroots America – We the People – one of the largest constitutional conservative grassroots groups in Texas, that Dwayne Stovall has earned the enthusiastic and unanimous support from its board of directors. The organization will release a full statement of support later today.

Stovall also wins the support and endorsement of Southern Conservative, a group that formerly supported Rep. Steve Stockman. Southern Conservative uses all means necessary to promote conservatism and remind the country of our roots.

So far he has 23 such endorsements…and you can win straw poll…:

the Houston Young Republicans, announced the results of their straw poll, and they overwhelmingly chose Dwayne Stovall as the winner. Stovall won with three-quarters of the votes cast, and Stockman and Cornyn split most of the small remainder. This is the seventh straw poll win, and that out of seven straw polls. Stovall has won every straw poll to date across a variety of conservative groups.

…after strawpoll

Stovall won the straw poll of the Republican Liberty Caucus in Congressional District 36, which is Rep. Steve Stockman’s district. Stockman placed 4th after Stovall, Cornyn, and Undecided, and has yet to win any straw polls.

and the media won’t care.

You can even produce a pretty good ad on your opponent’s record

and not much will happen if the MSM doesn’t want to notice you.

But, if 24 hours after being mentioned by a national blogger who has had you on his radio with a big Texas readership…

If I was Dwayne Stovall with little money but lots of Tea Party support I’d be comparing Cornyn flip to Wendy Davis’ flops every time I opened my mouth from now till election day

Update: That didn’t take long

“Cornyn’s vote with the Democrats to end debate on the bill helped to clear the way for its passage. That required 60 votes, and John Cornyn joined with Mitch McConnell to hand that liberal victory to Harry Reid. Once cleared, the simple majority of Democrats in the Senate was all that was needed to pass it. This allowed Cornyn to vote No on the final bill so that he could say he voted against it. That’s a half-truth and it’s misleading. The bill would never have passed if it were not for Sen. Cornyn’s bait and switch tactics.”

…you release an ad not only highlighting Cornyn flip on the debt ceiling for the sake of McConnell but comparing the minority whip to a cartoon turtle.

Suddenly people like Dave Weigel:

In the primary for Texas’ U.S. Senate seat, Dwayne Stovall hasn’t gotten as much coverage as Rep. Steve Stockman. The reason, mostly, is that missing “Rep.” Stockman, for all his issues, has been elected to Congress. Stovall is a more typical Tea Party challenger, the kind who runs and wins a small share of the vote on the way to an incumbent’s re-election.

But he does have this ad.

and The Washington Post:

But, just when you thought you had seen it all comes this ad via Dwayne Stovall, who is also challenging Cornyn in the Texas primary.

notice you.

And then defenders of the establishment like Greta Van Susteran attack you

Fox News host Greta Van Susteren on Friday blasted a bizarre television spot by longshot Texas Senate candidate Dwayne Stovall that likens Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to a Looney Tunes turtle.

“This ad is lousy,” Van Susteren said on her Fox website. “It is gratuitously insulting.

“I have no idea whether Stovall is a great candidate or not — but his ad makes me think he is a jerk,” she added. “You can be clever and funny in ads … or you can be gratuitously insulting.”

giving you the chance to replay thus on twitter:

I’m sure Dwayne loves the attention but there is a point to be made here, consider the comments of The Huffington Post concerning the ad:

U.S. Senate candidate Dwayne Stovall stole some attention Thursday from Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) in the Republican primary against Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).

Now maybe it’s just me but I’d say beating Rep Steve Stockman and winning a straw poll in his own district (not to mention beating him & Cornyn in 7 others) constitutes stealing a man’s thunder considerablly more than an ad with a picture of a turtle & a talking dog.

However Weigel, the Washington Post, Newsmax, Huffington Post and Greta didn’t think he was newsworthy when he was winning straw polls, nor did they notice the highly substantive ad concerning Cornyn’s voting record.

He only became worthy of note when he compared the appearance of a GOP senator the MSM wants to defeat badly, Mitch McConnell, to a cartoon turtle and he only became worthy of Greta’s attack when the comparison might stick.

It does say something unflattering but not about Dwayne Stovall & his run for Senate but about the MSM who care more about cartoons than substance.

To Dave Weigel’s credit he is heading to Texas and will be doing some ground level reporting, but my advice to Greta & the rest of the media making fun of the ad or hitting Stovall is this:

If you’re going to play gatekeeper on what news is noticed and what isn’t don’t critique a person for using your own biases against you to crash that gate…

…just like Andrew Breitbart did.

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John Derbyshire’s piece at Taki’s mag has become the talk of the internet.

I read Derb’s piece just before I went on the air and was frankly shocked. I thought rule 10 was one of the most provocative things I had ever read on the internet. but I thought rule 15 was in many ways worse.

I think the introduction of the piece suggests that Derbyshire is purposely hitting the concept of “The Talk” suggesting that the idea that Black Americans have to have “a talk” to warn them about white people then perhaps the reverse should be true. I find it just as offensive that Black Americans would feel the need to have “a talk” to warn their sons and daughters about me as a black American might be by Dreb’s piece.

I think all American should be offended at the concept that one American needs to beware another based on race.

As for other reactions:

Stacy McCain tweaks Rich Lowry’s response over it. I think by definition if something goes without saying, you don’t say it.

Dan Riehl has some wise words on the subject but I think Lisa Graas response hits the nail on the head.

The bravest person on the internet however seems to be Dave Weigel for this:

There’s a sort of micro-movement building to shame National Review into firing Derbyshire. Why would they? Derbyshire is saying something that many people believe but few people with word-slinging abilities know how to say: There are differences between the races, and whites should watch out for blacks. One popular Internet hobby of the moment is grabbing dumb blog comments or tweets and assembling them like a Pinterest page, to show what racists think. Derbyshire isn’t stupid and he isn’t being caught out. If someone wants to publish this, someone should.

All that said, I don’t think I’ve taken much of this column’s advice.

I strongly suspect that Dave Weigel will get a lot more flack for that paragraph then Derbyshire will for the entire piece but rather than provoking thought Derb will provoke outrage. Since this is exactly the type of thing that those playing race games with the Trayvon Martin case dream about and I would be shocked if you didn’t see the panels on every single Sunday show this weekend go long with it.

Update: Derb is out at NRO over his piece:

We never would have published it, but the main reason that people noticed it is that it is by a National Review writer. Derb is effectively using our name to get more oxygen for views with which we’d never associate ourselves otherwise. So there has to be a parting of the ways. Derb has long danced around the line on these issues, but this column is so outlandish it constitutes a kind of letter of resignation. It’s a free country, and Derb can write whatever he wants, wherever he wants. Just not in the pages of NR or NRO, or as someone associated with NR any longer.

I don’t have a problem with NRO booting Derb over this, it’s up to them to decide what views they are willing to associate themselves with, I DO however think it’s weaselly to apparently shut off comments. I’m seeing this at 11:26 p.m. EST (in 35 minutes I can watch Dr. Who again!) and nobody is telling me that four hours after dumping a longtime writer over a post that has generated nearly 2000 comments nobody has anything to say.

You would think it was huffpo doing a post about Cheney being sick about something, it shows very little faith in the readership

Meanwhile Weigel has a follow-up:

Derbyshire published in Taki magazine, which is the latest iteration of a rich man’s controversialist web site. He’s not talking this up on a cable news network. He doesn’t have the cover of Time magazine. This isn’t like the (successful) campaign to boot Pat Buchanan from MSNBC. It’s a public shaming of a stupid article on a fringe site. And if you’re going to have anti-black sentiment, would you rather have it dumb and exposed or would you rather have it subtle?

I still think people will be after Dave, I hope not, for all his left leanings I like him, he’s a decent guy and any mag would be and should be proud to have him.

Update 2: Woke up with a question for Derb: In his list he notes that his children though half Chinese would be consider “white”. I wonder how if any his rules would have changed if his children would have been considered “Chinese”?

Also If I was him and I could cause one story to break on the net the day I was fired by NRO, it would be this one.

The first I heard of Ron Paul win at the Value Voters summit straw poll, was a tweet via Dave Weigel:

And followed up thus:

The rule about straw polls: They only matter if someone’s trying to win. In 2010, Rep. Mike Pence made an effort to take the straw poll, and he won it. And then he decided not to run for president. In 2011, the only campaigns with real victory strategys were Ron Paul’s and Rick Santorum’s. This was limited — Paul’s spin-off Campaign for Liberty organization bought tickets, but the presidential campaign didn’t do anything.

That’s why I didn’t like my friend at Valley of the Shadow weeks ago concerning Paul and California. The rules allow Paul’s people to pay the way for his people to go, it may allow him to fool those who don’t pay attention but it’s all smoke, after all why do you think Paul wins the CPAC straw poll over and over, how many Paul kids get free trips to DC to attend and vote? Plenty.

Stacy McCain nails it huge:

the point to which I wish to call the reader’s attention is this: The Paul campaign is smart to spend money on getting their supporters to events, and other campaigns are stupid in spending money to hire a bunch of staffers and consultants who don’t necessarily provide value-added to their efforts.

It’s a principle concerning bloggers too, What is a better investment for the conservative movement than $10,000 in 100 tip jars for bloggers who will produce stories day in and day out pushing a shared agenda, covering stories (like the John Lewis business) that the media will not and will share it everywhere?

It’s not a tough call.

And that brings us to Hallie Miller

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Yesterday the blog had a linkback from Hallie Miller, her post thanked me Stacy McCain and Smitty for supporting her in the past and promoted my radio show and the blog which is now my only job. It brought a big smile to my face.

She is running in another modeling contest. One of the top 10 finishers will be considered for a grand prize including a magazine cover, cash and exposure vital to a modeling career.

Unlike the last online vote contest people can cast unlimited votes online, you can vote here I like the voting system for the other contest better, but like Ron Paul I’m going to use the rules to my friend’s advantage and vote for Hallie Miller early and often.

Here is the thing, take a look at this post, other than the title of the blog there is no indication that he was involved in a new contest and needed a hand, she didn’t mention it or ask me, but instead she remembered me and my friends. I only found out about the contest by looking deeper in the blog.

Hallie Miller hasn’t asked, but I’m Going to ask. Go over there and vote, 10 times or 100 times a day or more. At a time when a bunch of people her age are tearing up parks all over the country it is a real pleasure to support a conservative girl playing by the rules to succeed.

Update: CBS cries fix on Paul but not on Hallie.

Update 2: Missing the word “than” in the paragraph on investment