- Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) is back in Washington, D.C., but he needs to retire:
The 79-year-old Cochran appeared frail and at times disoriented during a brief hallway interview on Wednesday. He was unable to answer whether he would remain chairman of the Appropriations Committee, and at one point, needed a staffer to remind him where the Senate chamber is located.
Cochran had to be guided around a security checkpoint inside the Capitol by staffers. He began to walk into a first-floor room — the Senate chamber is on the second floor — and was retrieved by an aide. He was then taken up to the Senate.
- The last suspect in the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, Favela Astorga, was arrested in Mexico. You may remember that one of the weapons used to kill Terry was supplied indirectly by the Obama administration via Operation Fast and Furious.
The U.S. Navy disciplined the commander and some of the crew of the USS Lake Champlain, which collided with a South Korean fishing boat back in May.
David Harsanyi argues that Donald Trump’s recent executive orders have restored checks and balances among the branches of the federal government:
You might also be a fan of the Paris Accord, but presidents have no business entering into faux treaties of great substance without Senate approval. I have been told many times that the Paris agreement is the most crucial international deal the world has ever known. Yet somehow it wasn’t important enough to be subjected to the traditional checks and balances of American governance, either. Global warming, explained Obama in 2013, “does not pause for partisan gridlock.” He might have well have said “my preferred partisan policy positions should not have to pause for the Constitution.”
For those who argue that all of this is nothing more than a malevolent effort to sabotage the Obama administration’s accomplishments, perhaps there is a lesson to be learned: Your legacy is going to be a rickety mess if you build it using imperious diktats rather than consensus.
- Christopher Jacobs explains what’s in the ObamaCare “stabilization” bill written by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA). The bill uses federal tax dollars to subsidize ObamaCare health insurance plans that cover abortion.
Ben Shapiro details a mini-Cultural Revolution at Boise State University that’s targeting a conservative professor of political science, Scott Yenor:
And so Yenor went from mainstream conservative thinker to neo-Nazi in the blink of an eye. Not just in the mind of [Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion Francisco] Salinas, mind you—but in the minds of Yenor’s fellow professors and members of the student body, too.
A flyer suddenly began appearing around campus, reading “YOU HAVE BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS SCOTT YENOR.” The faculty senate took up a measure that would initiate an investigation claiming that Yenor was guilty of some ethereal “misconduct.”
- More than 30,000 published scientific studies may have been compromised by misidentified cell lines.
Madeline Fry makes a good argument that Syria’s White Helmets should have won the Nobel Peace Prize, not the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
Bernard-Henri Lévy excoriates the U.S. and other countries that abandoned Iraqi Kurdistan to the governments of Iraq, Turkey, Iran, and Syria:
And now, scandal mounts around the fact that Kurdistan’s “friends,” the countries that for two years running relied on it to keep the Islamic State at bay and then to defeat it, the people who swore by the Peshmerga, by its heroes and by its dead, have, as I write these lines, responded with nothing more than deafening silence, appearing willing to abandon to their fate the men and women who fought so valiantly for them.
Whether one agreed or disagreed with the referendum that President Barzani consistently described as a democratic prelude to negotiation with Baghdad, it is completely unacceptable that the response to that referendum should be an act of force piled onto the blockade of Irbil’s skies and borders, the relentless economic and political pressure, and the transformation of Kurdish territory into an open-air prison over the past three weeks.
Whether one is for or against the independence of Kurdistan; whether one favors total independence or limited autonomy; whether one has in mind a clean break from Iraq or one of several federal arrangements preferred by some leaders in Irbil and Sulaimaniyah, one thing is beyond comprehension: that the world should watch while an entire nation is seized peremptorily by the throat, attacked on all fronts, dismembered, devastated, and humiliated.