Daily Clips: March 1st, 2016

US February auto sales jump: After a record 2015, the US auto industry has not slowed down at all. Ford’s car sales jumped 19 percent, Fiat Chrysler’s sales rose 12 percent, and Nissan’s sales rose 10.5 percent.

According to Reuters, the auto industry is cyclical and so “most analysts expect sales to eventually hit a plateau, then taper off.” Yet the auto industry has been “on a roll since the 2008-2009 recession.” And if these latest numbers are any indication, the good times have not stopped rolling.

Clarence Thomas breaks his silence…to defend abusers’ rights to guns: You can’t make this stuff up. He’s making Scalia proud.

Tweet of the day: 

That tweet leads me to this incredible quote from Bret Stephens at The Wall Street Journal who is “grappling with the implications of Donald Trump’s rise for the conservative movement.” As Stephens notes:

Liberals may have been fond of claiming that Republicans were all closet bigots and that tax cuts were a form of racial prejudice, but the accusation rang hollow because the evidence for it was so tendentious.

Not anymore. The candidacy of Donald Trump is the open sewer of American conservatism.

This mindset explains why intellectual conservatives like David Brooks are “wandering around dazed, openly questioning everything they ever knew” about their party and its principles.

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Nick Cassella
Nick Cassella graduated from the University of St Andrews in Scotland in 2014. After graduating, he worked on the Initiative 594 campaign before joining Civic Ventures, where he now manages Civic Skunk Works' social media presence.