The White House says that an Iranian ballistic missile test would not invalidate a recently signed nuclear accord meant to temporarily halt some of Iran’s most controversial nuclear work.
My must read of the day is “John Podesta hire signals a more aggressive White House” in Politico.
My must read of the day is “How to Keep Workers Unemployed,” in the Wall Street Journal.
My must read of the day is “Executive-Order Overkill” in National Review.
It was a sunny day in Beijing on Thursday—refreshingly sunny, to be more precise—when Vice President Joe Biden met Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. I know this because I have read the pool report of the occasion, a pithy and practically content-free piece of journalism that is nevertheless one of the more entertaining things to enter my inbox in recent days. The pool report confirms the lingering suspicion—if it hasn’t been confirmed a million times already—that the line between journalism and Democratic Party cheerleading has more than faded. It has become invisible.
As the Obama administration works to finalize the details on an interim deal aimed at freezing Iran’s nuclear program, former top U.S. officials and lawmakers say that the White House has squandered all its leverage, leaving Iran in the driver’s seat.
China’s military imposed a destabilizing air defense zone over the East China Sea without consulting the United States, and top Pentagon leaders said Wednesday there have been no contacts with their Chinese counterparts since the zone was set up Nov. 23.
Vice President Joe Biden encouraged a group of Chinese people applying for visas to the United States to “challenge the government” on Wednesday.