|10:39 AM, Mar 11, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The Senate remained in session through Monday night and into this morning. The yield of this all-nighter was … nothing. Which was predictable. There never was any legislative point to the exercise. It was for show. The kindest possible description would be that the senators wanted to raise awareness of global warming/climate change which, of course, has hardly been mentioned at all in the great ongoing public conversation. The least kind description would be that the purpose of the all-nighter was to raise cash.
9:15 AM, Mar 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with Ron Fournier and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
7:34 AM, Mar 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama joined Zach Galifianakis's “Between Two Ferns”:
Galifianakis asks, "In 2013 you pardoned a turkey. What do you have planned for 2014?" Whether he sent Dennis Rodman to North Korea -- and what we should do about "Ikea"?
Obama taunts the actor by saying it's a "good thing" he can't run a third time for president, because it would be like doing a third Hangover movie.
5:56 PM, Mar 10, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican congressman Paul Broun is leading a field of five Senate candidates in Georgia, a new poll has found. Broun has 27 percent of the GOP primary vote, according to a poll commissioned by liberal group Better Georgia. Broun's competitors came in relatively far behind, with fellow congressman Phil Gingrey in second with 14 percent, congressman Jack Kingston with 13 percent, and businessman David Perdue with 12 percent. Former secretary of state Karen Handel registered 9 percent support.
4:28 PM, Mar 10, 2014 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
In a statement to THE WEEKLY STANDARD Monday, Democratic U.S. senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia said he's "supportive of the the principles" in the late-term abortion ban that passed his state's legislature by an overwhelming margin this weekend. Manchin did not say if he will vote for a similar piece of federal legislation that would prohibit most abortions during the final four months of pregnancy.
Manchin's full statement:
It would send a message to Russia.4:15 PM, Mar 10, 2014 • By LEE SMITH
Who’s surprised that the Obama administration, evolved, urbane and forward-looking, is having a hard time dealing with Vladimir Putin’s unreconstructed Cold War mentality in Ukraine? “We’re hoping that Russia will not see this as sort of a continuation of the Cold War," John Kerry said last week. Even before the Russian invasion of Crimea, Obama was warning of the dangers of seeing the world in terms of Great Power conflict. “We’re no longer in a Cold War,” the president said at the U.N. General Assembly in September. “There’s no Great Game to be won.”
3:07 PM, Mar 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House counselor John Podesta has joined Twitter. Podesta, the former head of the Center for American Progress, wants his Twitter followers to "Stay tuned for all things climate, #post2015, big data & more."
2:45 PM, Mar 10, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
“I think that cutting the defense budget in significant ways right now is a serious mistake. When we’ve cut the budget before at the end of the Cold War, at the end of Vietnam and other times, it’s been because we thought the world was going to be safer place. No one can make that case right now."
That's former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.
1:19 PM, Mar 10, 2014 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Over the weekend, the West Virginia legislature became the first state legislature controlled by Democrats to pass a bill that would prohibit most abortions during the final four months of pregnancy. The Senate voted 29-5 in favor of the measure, and the House of Delegates voted 85-15 to approve it. Democrats control the Senate by a 24-10 margin and the House by a 53-47 margin.
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