attend breakfast at the Cibolo Creek Ranch in West Texas. He died, presumably, in his
sleep and of natural causes, according to County Judge Cinderela Guevera. Senate
majority leader Mitch McConnell (R - KY) said Sunday that it should be up to the voters
to decide in November who the next Supreme Court Justice should be. That would leave
nine months with a 4-4 panel -- 4 liberal judges, and 4 conservative -- which would
effectively introduce gridlock to the last remaining holdout. Ted Cruz has echoed
Rubio's comments, and he sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee -- the first stop any
potential nominee would make on the road to confirmation. The 2016 presidential ante
has, unbelievably, just been upped.
the umpteenth Republican debate, held Saturday evening. I almost exclusively read the
Economist for US political news -- it's a solid outside-the-fish-bowl perspective. The
sub-title of the article read: "A deplorable evening for the Republican party." With
Kasich, Rubio, and Bush eying make-or-break primaries, this was their last chance to
make waves on national television. The result was a bar fight. From Ted Cruz's insistence
that President Obama should ignore his constitutional duty of appointing a Justice on
the Supreme Court, to Donald Trump's claims that former-president George W. Bush
caused 9/11, it was a debate that I'm sure any level-headed conservative wish never
• Panda Watch 2016: The New Hampshire Primary results from last week mirrored the
polls pretty closely: Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump won in landslide fashion. For
the Republicans: Trump won 10 delegates, Kasich 4, and Cruz, Bush and Rubio all
garnering 3 delegates. For the Democrats: Sanders won 15 delegates, and Clinton 9;
however, the super-delegate situation in NH changes the results for the Democrats a
bit. The Democratic Party has a wonky system in place where superdelegates can decide
on whom to bestow their coveted votes. After accounting for this nonsense, Sanders
won 13 delegates to Clinton's 15. Democracy and stuff.
Here's how the polls look going into South Carolina, like any of this matters:
South Carolina: Clinton 59%; Sanders 40% Trump 42%; Cruz 20%; Rubio 15%
Week Tonight, on CBS This Morning from last April. For those of you unfamiliar with
the show, I highly recommend it. Oliver delivers a potent brand of comedy to political
satire without straying too far from the facts. The hosts of CBS This Morning, which
include, among others, Charlie Rose, seemed almost afraid of Oliver's success with the
new show -- there are a multitude of young people watching Last Week Tonight and not
watching anything related to CBS. In addition to cutting through the palpable
awkwardness, Mr. Oliver provided concise, intelligent answers to the thoughtless
• We are now officially within the throes of election season. With highly publicized stories
about superdelegates and a toothless victory in New Hampshire for presidential hopeful
Bernie Sanders, lots of people are scratching their heads. The lunacy of the DNC's process
for handing out delegates is a blight on our democracy. But a collective shrug takes place,
and then it's back to the grind-stone. It's even difficult for us to stay up-beat and positive.
I do want to take a moment to reflect on the fact that Donald Trump has won his first
primary. I did not see this day coming. Clearly, tensions are high. The mood of the
electorate can be accurately described as angry.
Mitch McConnell and the Republican powers that be in Washington are so preoccupied
with rejecting any Supreme Court nominee that they probably forgot to eat breakfast
this morning. Not only is this stupid (republicans are said to be die-hard
constitutionalists), but it raises the stakes even higher for the 2016 Panda Wat... I mean,
presidential race. What if a non-republican wins the election? Whoops.
recently many of them focus on what it takes to win the war against ISIS. This opinion
article from News Week gives a good perspective on how long and difficult this process
is. I lived in Ramadi for a year and I still remember the long path it took for the city to
have some resemblance of peace. I was encouraged by the news when they said that the
city was liberated from ISIS. All that being said, There is a long process to liberating a city
and holding that city, we aren’t even talking about an entire country yet. All those
politicians whose plan is to make the sand glow are ignorant on the long and arduous
process that it takes to win a war. Even in Iraq, the first step was setting up a
comprehensible, non-corrupt, and competent government. That may be difficult for us
to promote in other countries when we cannot manage that in the US.
when I say that I am not a fan of the Trumpkin. Before I start, I must say he is a turd.
Now that I got that out of the way, I do find this thought process interesting. This article
does not go into too many details about what Don’s thought process was when he made
those statements. Sometimes it’s hard to know if he knows what he is talking about or if
he just says things that pop into his comb over. This is a decent idea though. Since
Russia has had both political ties and weapons sales to the Syrian Government
throughout history, I believe there is no better fighting force to deal with Syria than
Russia. Putin is scary I know and Russia is looking for new and interesting ways to get
back into the international spotlight again, who knows what successful Russian
anti-terrorism operations will mean in the international political long-term will mean?
However, they are closer to the fight and have more invested in a stable Syria than the
US does, so why not give them the reigns? Let the Russians spend the money and the
resources with US oversight. It may be a very reasonable short-term solution.
• Government Slaps Unilateral Sanctions on North Korea: “Oh no Japan has put sanctions
on us,” said no one in the North Korean government. So far I have never seen anything
keep North Korea from doing whatever they want. They take a break, every now and
then, from doing nuclear testing but ultimately the only government that will convince
them that they need to stop is China. If you read the article China is stalling the U.N.
from international sanctions. So it is unlikely that we will see any decrease in nefarious
activities from North Korea. It is hard to say how much of this activity is a legitimate
threat. I suppose to South Korea it is all legit. However, as far as America is concerned
the best we can do is keep international talks moving forward in the direction of doing
something. Sanctions have very little effect on Kim Jong Un; he is still as fat as ever.
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