THE BIGGER THEY ARE

Column: Hillary Falls to Earth
Hillary Clinton / AP

Hillary Clinton may end up deciding she wants to spend the 935 days until election 2016 making corporate speeches and spoiling her grandchild. Recent events have exposed weaknesses in Clinton’s supposedly impregnable armor, gaps through which a Democratic or Republican challenger could damage, perhaps even defeat her. The bad headlines to which she has been subjected are enough to make anyone—anyone who isn’t a Clinton—think twice about running for president.

Lawmakers Defend USAID ‘Cuban Twitter’ Program

Program used front companies, offshore bank accounts to spread mass text messages
AP

Recent criticism of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) social media project in Cuba has put the future of vital democracy promotion programs in doubt, experts say.

Bob Corker Blocking Venezuela Sanctions Bill

Bipartisan bill to sanction human rights abusers stalled
Sen. Bob Corker (R.,Tenn.) / AP

Sen. Bob Corker (R., Tenn.) is said to be standing in the way of a bipartisan bill aimed at sanctioning human rights abusers in Venezuela, where anti-government protesters have come under violent attack by supporters of its Socialist government.

GOP Pushes VA Accountability Bill

Wrongful deaths, mismanagement of hospitals leads to push for reform
House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) announce the VA accountability bill / AP

House Republican leadership is calling for increased transparency and accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) after a series of wrongful deaths and cases of mismanagement at VA hospitals across the country.

U.S. Senator Urges Budget Neutrality on Obamacare Risk Provisions

Marco Rubio

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a prominent Republican critic of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, unveiled legislation on Tuesday to make sure Obamacare would not add to the deficit by compensating insurance companies for possible losses.