- Donald Trump doesn’t believe the U.S. is bound to a “one China” policy that disallows official contact between the U.S. and Taiwan.
- Glenn Greenwald argues that you shouldn’t believe the anonymously sourced stories in The Washington Post and The New York Times about Russia intervening in the American presidential election to benefit Donald Trump. Part of Greenwald’s argument rests on his belief that CIA officials are professional liars.
- Kevin Williamson writes on Democratic claims that Donald Trump doesn’t have a mandate because he didn’t win the popular vote:
According to this line of thinking, the fact that Trump won but did not win lots and lots of votes in highly populous Democratic states such as California where he did not campaign very much means that he should give Democrats what they want instead of trying to get what he wants. This is, of course, a one-way street: American voters have entrusted Republicans with the management of 68 of the nation’s 99 legislative chambers, 34 of its 50 governorships, a majority in the House, a majority in the Senate, and the mayoralty of Miami, but Democrats still believe that their elected officials, hated and despised and spurned as they may be in that vast sea of electoral-map red dividing Oakland from Trenton, should keep trying to get what they want, secondary considerations be damned. There is something to be said for the argument that if you won your election you should fight like hell to do what you told the voters you were going to do; Democrats just can’t quite see extending this thinking to Trump, who won the biggest and most hotly contested and most-talked-about election.
This is all part of what I call the non-negotiability of progressive victories. You see this all the time: When it comes to Supreme Court precedents, the Democrats demand 100 percent deference to standing decisions in, e.g., Roe v. Wade, and are 100 percent powerless to act against the tide of capital-H History when it comes to overturning decisions they don’t like or discovering new constitutional rights that enshrine progressive political preferences. There’s no principle in question: They just want the Court to give them what they want.
- An Assyrian Christian bishop paid ISIS an $11 million ransom to free 226 hostages.
- ISIS forces are in full control of Palmyra, Syria again.
- Iran is spending $16.6 billion on 80 Boeing aircraft.
- The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks claimed responsibility for a dual bombing outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul that killed 38 people and wounded 155 others. Police officers were the targets of the bombs, although civilians were killed, too.
- Two car bombings in Falluja, Iraq killed eight people.
- Someone bombed the largest Coptic cathedral in Cairo, killing at least 25 people and wounding at least 49. Many of the dead and wounded were women and children attending Sunday mass.
- A church in Uyo, Nigeria collapsed, killing at least 160 people.
- A suicide truck bomber hit the entrance to Somalia’s largest port, killing at least 29 people.
- South Korean prosecutors charged two former officials of President Park Geun-hye’s government with crimes.