Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease fire to begin on Friday morning. They are also sending negotiators to Cairo to try to reach a longer lasting deal.
CIA Director John Brennan apologized to the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee for his agency’s spying on the Committee’s computers.
I’m sure the CIA is indeed very, very sorry — that it got caught.
During testimony at the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen today, it came out that Mitt Romney and John McCain also took free rides on snake oil salesman Jonnie Williams’ private plane.
Former VA Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen are on trial for corruption in connection with over $165,000 in gifts and loans they got from Jonnie Williams, the head of snake oil company Star Scientific. The guy was selling “health supplements” made from tobacco!
Now Maureen’s lawyer is claiming that Maureen had romantic feelings for Williams and that her marriage had “broken down” to the point that she and the Governor were “barely on speaking terms.”
Sounds as if Governor Ultrasound wasn’t sharing his wand with his wife anymore, and she was looking elsewhere.
“I am not going to subscribe to Sarah Palin’s $9.95 per month [TV channel]. I got all the Sarah Palin I need for one lifetime.”
“Panic in Moscow is hard to spot, but even from 6000 miles away, it’s easy to smell, and the metallic stink of fear is rising off the palace offices of the Russian executive as if from the gurneys in a cancer ward on the morning of an operation.”
Tom Nichols, “Why the Russians Are Panicking Over Flight 17,” The Federalist
The deadline for nuclear talks with Iran was supposed to be tomorrow, July 20. In exchange for holding off on further sanctions, President Obama swore up and down to Congress that this was a firm deadline.
Now the deadline has been extended till November 24, which means Iran blithely continues its path to a nuclear weapon. What does Iran need most? Time. What did they just get? Time.
Look, if they had a delay of a week or two, that would be one thing. It would show they were close to a deal. (Whether it would be a smart deal for us is a different issue, but not one we face today.) But a four-month extension shows that we have nothing, that we’re just spinning our wheels, while they spin their centrifuges.
November 24 gets Obama past the mid-terms and to Thanksgiving when no one will be paying attention when they announce further failure and, God forbid, another absurd extension.
Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin, who lost his Missouri Senate race to Claire McCaskill, is baaack, and he wants us to know he’s sorry — very, very sorry. In his new book*, Akin regrets that he apologized for claiming women can’t get pregnant if it’s a “legitimate rape.” I think we all knew at the time that his apology was as phony as his biology.
This moron genuinely believes women can magically shut down their bodies. If only we could shut up Akin and his crappy science.
* Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom
The barn jacket and the pick-up truck have lost their magic. Poor Scott Brown just wants to be in the Senate, people. But having been kicked out by the people of Massachusetts in favor of Elizabeth Warren, his slither across the border to New Hampshire isn’t panning out. He’s trailing another woman, incumbent Dem Jeanne Shaheen, by 12 points — 52 to 40.
And his favorables/unfavorables are upside down at 31 and 40. Hers are right side up at 57-29.
A beat-up Scott may have to toss his carpetbag in that beat-up truck and head back home.
I’ve already noted how bizarre the 2016 contest could be in terms of foreign/defense policy in that we might have a serious GOP candidate (Rand Paul) running to the left of the Dems. Already there’s talk of neo-cons like Robert Kagan supporting Hillary.
But we might also see some strange turns in domestic policy as well. A lot of attention is being paid to Hillary’s attitude toward, and relationship with, Wall Street, particularly compared to Elizabeth Warren. However Hillary runs, you can be sure she’d govern as a friend of Wall Street, as she and Bill have consistently been.
We may well see a “populist” GOP candidate or two in the primary running to the left of Hillary on domestic policy.
What I find especially interesting is the conviction that populist rhetoric should be encouraged among Republicans, combined with a certainty that it would be the kiss of death for the Dems to nominate that “scary” Elizabeth Warren. Candidates are judged not on the content of their character, but on the red or blue color of their party.
While I know that Warren would be turned into George McGovern, the truth is that if Tea Party voters could listen to her in a “blind taste test” setting, a lot of them would feel that she understands their frustration and speaks for them. While she’d be painted as anti-capitalist, the more subtle truth is that she is against crony capitalism, and so is the Tea Party.
Both parties represent crony capitalism, and that’s something the Progressive wing of the Democratic party and the Tea Party wing of the GOP agree on. The Dems are for the rich and the poor, the Republicans are for the rich, but really nobody is for the middle class. That’s why they have to woo middle-class voters and get us wee wee’d up about issues like abortion and immigration and climate change.
All the 2016 candidates will talk about the middle class, but those most likely to mean it either won’t get nominated or would get painted as a hippie Commie freak in the general.
I don’t know who our next president will be, but I’m certain he or she will be someone Wall Street won’t have to worry its pretty little head about.