- Ben Domenech suggests some excellent foreign policy questions that ought to be asked at a presidential debate. Domenech’s starting point is a hypothetical question about a Russian invasion of Estonia that Ben Carson flubbed during the last Republican debate – one of the few foreign policy questions asked thus far. Domenech’s questions include these:
As president, would the candidates willingly support the Assad regime in Syria if it were the only compelling alternative to ISIS? The Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq will shortly conduct an independence referendum that is strongly contested by the Baghdad government – do the candidates support or oppose Kurdish self-determination? And now that the Iran nuclear deal is done and, at least on the American side, largely implemented, what is the proper policy going forward on curbing Iranian nuclear, ballistic-missile, and terrorist activities? Is Turkey an ally of the United States?
- Bobby Jindal endorsed Marco Rubio for president. This seems a little odd since Rubio is not the policy wonk that Jindal is.
Crystal City’s mayor, city manager, mayor pro tempore, one of three current councilmen and a former councilman were all arrested under an indictment obtained by the U.S. attorney’s office in San Antonio, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney said.
A second councilman is already charged in a separate case with smuggling Mexican immigrants. That leaves just one councilman not facing federal charges in Crystal City, a town of about 7,100 people about 50 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.
China reports that 49 people have been detained over their involvement with the explosions in Tianjin that killed 165 people last August.
The leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has a sister-in-law who’s in prison in Iraqi Kurdistan for attempting a suicide bombing in Erbil.