Five Takeaways from Elizabeth Warren’s Major Foreign Policy Speech at Georgetown University

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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) delivered a major foreign policy speech at Georgetown University on Wednesday, increasing speculation that she is considering a presidential run.

Here are five takeaways:

1. All three of her brothers served in the military.

“My oldest brother flew 288 combat missions in Vietnam,” she said. “I am proud of their commitment and proud to have grown up in a family that honors military service.”

Cruz Envy

Ted Cruz

Liberals don’t like Ted Cruz, but they’re rooting for him, because they feel he’s going to destroy the Republican Party. What they ought to be feeling is this: profound embarrassment.

Ever since his unexpected primary win over an establishment-backed lieutenant governor in 2012, Cruz has been a source of great frustration to the Republican establishment. The conservative base is crazy about him for this very reason. It’s why the junior Senator from Texas has become the most influential politician in Washington.

The Inequality Business

Column: What’s really at stake in the inequality debate
Katie Couric / Twitter

I am fascinated by two recent tweets from Katie Couric. The talk show host recently visited Gracie Mansion in New York City, where mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will live beginning Jan. 1. Couric likes de Blasio, and is eager for him to start his job. One tweet from Gracie Mansion showed Couric sitting atop a four-poster bed, one hand resting on the quilt-cover, the other clutching a wine glass. She is dressed in black, her hair and makeup are perfect, and her crossed legs display a striking pair of red pumps. “Mayor de Blasio will sleep here!” she wrote. A minute later Couric tweeted a second photo, in which she assumed the same pose atop a porcelain freestanding bathtub, surrounded on three sides by marble wainscoting, one of her haute pumps resting on a mosaic floor. “… And bathe here!” she wrote excitedly. Maybe you had to be there.

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.

Elizabeth Warren’s Fuzzy Math

Study: Productivity gains less impressive than Democratic senator suggests
Sen. Elizabeth Warren / AP

A new study reveals that freshman Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D., Mass.) concept of tripling the minimum wage relies on oversimplified and faulty data.