|5:14 PM, Aug 31, 2015 • By TED R. BROMUND
The Conference of States Parties—the first meeting of nations that have ratified the controversial Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)—wrapped up in Cancun on Thursday. Because it’s wisely not ratified the ATT, the U.S. was there as an observer.
So was I. And on Thursday, I got to observe as the U.S. got played.
Cachaça—the other white spirit.3:00 PM, Aug 31, 2015 • By VICTORINO MATUS
One of the perks of covering the alcohol beat is the occasional complimentary sample that arrives by mail. It’s usually a medium-sized package containing, at most, a 750-ml. bottle. Often it’s smaller: A sample of the delicious Chopin wheat spirit Single was 375 ml. in size, Woody Creek vodka from Colorado measured a mere 100 ml., and Wild Turkey’s Master’s Keep came in a plastic flask (and good to the last drop). So when the interns showed up to my office carrying two enormous cardboard boxes, I was intrigued—as were the interns.
1:54 PM, Aug 31, 2015 • By LEE SMITH
Last Friday, I moderated a panel at Hudson Institute titled, “Why is Qassem Suleimani Smiling? The Iran Deal and Sanctions Relief for Terrorists.” (See video of the event here.) The panel’s focus was not speculative—for instance, how the regime might spend the signing bonus promised by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or how the deal might moderate the regime, or reconfigure Iranian society—but rather looked at the regime’s actual behavior over the last 36 years. In particular, the panel discussed Iran’s acts of terror against Americans, especially servicemen and women.
1:32 PM, Aug 31, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Donald Trump has a new online video ad that hits Republican rival Jeb Bush for the former Florida governor's statement that immigrating illegally to the United States is an "act of love." The ad, available on Trump's Instagram feed, features audio and video of Bush speaking about the issue of illegal immigrants.
While Bush was speaking about fathers and mothers who come to the U.S. to improve economic standing of their families, the Trump ad conflates these people with those illegal immigrants who commit violent crimes.
Illinois doesn’t have the money to pay lottery winners.12:32 PM, Aug 31, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Illinois will happily take your money and sell you a lottery ticket but, as the AP reports,
Carly Fiorina comes in second.11:16 AM, Aug 31, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll of likely Republican caucusgoers in Iowa finds Donald Trump and Ben Carson tied for the lead at 23 percent support. The Monmouth University poll is the first since July to show Trump not in the sole lead position in Iowa.
Behind Trump and Carson in the poll is Carly Fiorina at 10 percent support. All three top candidates are not officeholders and only one, Fiorina, has ever run for public office before.
10:46 AM, Aug 31, 2015 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
I've suggested before that 2016 is beginning to look more and more like 1968. This is true in terms of the presidential contests—on the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders is Eugene McCarthy, Hillary Clinton is Lyndon Johnson, Joe Biden will be Hubert Humphrey, and (the big question!) Elizabeth Warren could be Bobby Kennedy; and on the Republican side, where Donald Trump is "a kind of cartoon version of Richard Nixon."
President says he's "consistent with the best of the Jewish tradition."9:32 AM, Aug 31, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Barack Obama is personally hurt when people call him an anti-Semite, the president said in an interview with the Jewish newspaper the Forward. Obama says "there not a smidgen of evidence for" the accusation.
Mike Pompeo takes on Jim Slattery.9:17 AM, Aug 31, 2015 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
A week ago, I suggested that—contrary to conventional wisdom and perhaps even to first-blush common sense—the GOP field might benefit from one or more new candidates. One of the well-qualified dark horses I mentioned was third-term Rep. Mike Pompeo from Wichita, Kansas.
8:00 AM, Aug 31, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
StemExpress is the bio-medical company featured in a number of the undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress in connection with its Planned Parenthood exposé on fetal organ and tissue harvesting. StemExpress made several changes to its website last week, some cosmetic but others more substantial.
3:08 PM, Aug 29, 2015 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
A savvy friend who's held elective office emails:
Those are somewhat amazing stories in the Post, Politico, & CNN about how strong Clinton is and how hard it would be for Biden to win the nomination. Note: they largely quote Clinton supporters and use her talking points.
Each story is written as if the email and trust issues have not emerged, or as if Sanders isn't running very close to her in early states.
If I were Biden I'd be cheered by the lengths to which Clinton is going to discourage him.
12:01 AM, Aug 29, 2015 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
Warren Buffett had it right, “Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.” Peer through the fog of commentary on recent share price gyrations and you can see the unclothed figures of Chinese president Xi Jinping and his fellow managers of the Chinese economy, the very one that in recent years has been providing about half of global economic growth even though it accounts for only about 15% of world output.
4:56 PM, Aug 28, 2015 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Speaking to cadets at the Citadel today, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker criticized the "Obama-Clinton" foreign policy and called for deploying greater resources to defeat the Islamic State.
After cataloguing Hillary Clinton's failed "reset" in Russia, "pivot" to China, and intervention in Libya, Walker declared that "everywhere in the world Hillary Clinton has touched is more messed up now than before she and the president took office."
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