Hillary Clinton’s “old friend” Sidney Blumenthal, who was banned from serving in the Obama administration but continued to send the secretary of state “unsolicited” intelligence updates about Libya and urged her to promote the private security firm in which he had invested, is advising the Democratic frontrunner on how to deal with the growing scandal regarding her private email server. POLITICO reports:Read More
Over the weekend the Marine Corps Times reported that Rep. Seth Moulton (D., Mass.) has written a letter to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter calling for the release of the full, 900-page version of the Marine Corps’ study on integrating women into combat arms units. Moulton is a Marine veteran of Iraq and a liberal member of the House, not to say an outspoken supporter of the Iran deal. Considering his politics and constituency, his request for the public release of the study and willingness to imply some skepticism over the wisdom of opening Marine infantry jobs to women is remarkable. The Marines are believed to be the only service requesting an exception to the order to integrate all ground combat jobs beginning in 2017.Read More
President Obama said something bizarre about foreign policy during his appearance on 60 Minutes over the weekend. Pressed by Stever Kroft on whether Vladimir Putin’s aggressive actions in Ukraine and Syria (where Russian bombers are targeting U.S.-backed forces) posed a “challenge” to his leadership, the president rejected the premise of the question [emphasis added]:Read More
I’ve noted in the past that some people are ridiculously hard on Anne Hathaway, America’s Sweetheart, for no good reason at all. There are a lot of jealous haters out there, and all of them should just back off. The latest Two Minute Hathahate is no different. Get this: Anne Hathaway doesn’t like it when her food is prepared like garbage.Read More
On Friday, Jezebel published an item about the Coen Brothers’ latest film, Hail Caesar!, that featured the headline, “The Coen Brothers’ New Movie Hail Caesar! Looks Very Funny, and Very White.” I had a bit of fun with that post, which was written by noted white person Bobby Finger, but it really made me think. Lots of people have ranked Coen Brothers films by quality. Heck, I’ve done it*:Read More
My football picks hit a snag last week.
After three weeks of success and a nice early Sunday morning Jets win in London, everything went downhill and I ended up 4-5 on the week—not up to the standards of my wealthy backer, Sir Wolfred Arthurson Summerfield-Platt VII.
To make my picks great again, I am enlisting a secret weapon: the women of Donald Trump’s modeling agency. While Platt believes that Trump is too poor to be a good leader, it is undeniable that the real estate mogul’s employees are the most beautiful and classy women in the world.
Eight picks this week, all inspired by Trump:Read More
A new website attacking “Marco ‘Amnesty’ Rubio” has the Trump campaign’s fingerprints on it. A link to the website—RubioAmnestyPlan.com—was first Tweeted out by Trump aid Daniel Scavino on Wednesday: Rubio is Jeb without the honesty. Marco “Amnesty” Rubio. http://t.co/vd6RY7VuC8 #MakeAmericaGreatAgain #Trump2016 pic.twitter.com/sl4pW7D5Wz — Daniel Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) October 7, 2015 Everything about the website, the …Read More
Hillary Clinton has finally taken a position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. After helping to negotiate the deal as secretary of state, praising it as the “gold standard” for trade agreements, and describing it in her 2014 memoir Hard Choices as “the signature economic pillar of our strategy in Asia,” Clinton has decided to oppose the TPP.Read More
Amanda Hess* has a good piece on the life and death (mostly the death) of a 13-year-old YouTube “star” whose untimely passing due to an undiagnosed health problem led to his earning more fame than ever. There’s a lot of interesting stuff going on here (Gawker, as ever, remains a particularly scummy enterprise) but the crux of the post is that the “traditional” (read: print/TV and blogs older than six months) media made this kid actually famous after he died:Read More
The official Washington line on Vladimir Putin’s military action is as follows: It is a mistake, demonstrating Russian weakness, sure to get the Russian military stuck in a “quagmire,” according to President Obama. Josh Earnest, the president’s press secretary, took that observation one further, comparing Putin’s policies to those of the Bush administration (the sickest of White House …Read More