Links for 12-21-2014

  • Angelo Codevilla compares the Republican Congressional leadership to Jonathan Gruber:

    In the 2014 elections the Republican leadership acted identically, trusting in the voters’ suspension of disbelief in its promises to change the U.S. government’s substance and manner of operation. They promised to defund Obamacare and to use Congress’s total power of the purse to reverse a host of the Obama administration’s illegalities. Once the votes were in the bag, most Republican members embraced the reality that their leaders had been preparing all along: the continuation of business as usual, with a few self-interested tweaks.

  • The number of immigrants deported from the U.S. fell again in fiscal year 2014. The 2014 total was 315,000, down from 360,000 in 2013 and 410,000 in 2012.

  • A man ran into a police station in Joue-les-Tours, France, shouted “Allahu Akbar,” and stabbed three policemen. He was shot dead and the policemen are recovering. Someone else shouting “Allahu Akbar” drove his car into groups of pedestrians in Dijon, France, injuring 11 people.

  • ISIS has executed 100 foreign volunteers who tried to leave Raqqa, Syria.