Obama Admin Denies New Jersey Quick Access to Rock Salt

Administration refuses to grant waiver for 1920 law to speed transport of salt for icy roads
AP

The Obama Administration has not approved a waiver that would allow New Jersey quick access to tons of salt for ice-covered roads at a port in Maine despite the state being at dangerously low levels.

Medieval Times

Column: ‘Vanity Fair’ and the New Feudalism
Zuckerberg, Bezos, Musk, Bloomberg / AP

Looking for a distraction from the government shutdown and debt ceiling debate? I urge you to read Vanity Fair’s latest advertisement for “The New Establishment,” a list of “50 Titans Disrupting Media, Technology, and Culture,” the century-old magazine’s annual mash-note to the rich and powerful and self-satisfied. These disrupters innovate technologies, set the trends, define the limits of acceptable conversation in culture and politics and society, and pour money into the network of liberal foundations and Democratic campaigns around which our world is increasingly organized. They are the winners in the cognitive lottery that is the New Economy, the men and women creating and shaping, by accident and by design, the “New Feudalism” described so well by Joel Kotkin in The Daily Beast. It’s good to know their names.

Emails and Electioneering

Expert: CAP staffer emailing Booker Senate campaign in possible violation of nonprofit rules
Newark Mayor Cory Booker / AP

Leaked emails in which a left-wing nonprofit promotes events by the President Obama-aligned Organizing for Action and circulates Democratic Party talking points on the government shutdown may be a possible violation of rules governing tax-exempt status for such organizations, experts say.

The False Flag Caucus

Paul, Booker questioning Assad’s culpability for gas attack
AP

Some lawmakers are still questioning whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was behind the chemical weapons attack on a rebel area outside Damascus earlier this month despite the Obama administration’s public statements that the Assad regime was responsible.