- The Senate approved fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership on a 62–37 vote. The leader of the Republicans opposing the measure was Jeff Sessions. Among Sessions’ objections was the TPP’s creation of a committee overseeing the agreement, a committee empowered to amend the treaty without consulting Congress. Some parties to the treaty have exempted themselves from this provision, so Sessions offered an amendment to add the U.S. to that list; Orrin Hatch blocked that amendment.
Arrests are way down and the crime rate is way up in Baltimore after the riots over Freddie Gray’s death.
Paul Mirengoff has an interesting take inspired by the contents of Osama bin Laden’s bookshelves:
But attacking America wasn’t an end in itself. Bin Laden’s overriding goal was to drive the U.S. out of the Muslim world so that al Qaeda and its affiliates could topple hostile governments in these regions.
Once we understand this, we must see bin Laden as more of a success than a failure. And we must see President Obama as the vehicle through which bin Laden succeeded.
Russian news agencies are reporting that a prominent separatist commander in eastern Ukraine, Alexei Mozgovoi, was killed by a car bomb. Mozgovoi was a critic of the Russian-installed leadership in eastern Ukraine, and there had been previous attempts on his life.