Republicans in the California Assembly, apparently resigned to the party's diminished influence in Capitol policy debates, will announce Thursday that they will focus less on trying to sway Democratic legislators and more on winning over voters.
Hoover fellow Kori Schake discusses President Obama’s plan to slow troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Schake notes that the end game of war should be dictated by the circumstances not by an artificial timeline. Schake believes that Obama does not want another Iraq on his hands and therefore he wants to leave troops in Afghanistan for a longer period of time.
Jerry Brown is California’s longest-serving governor, not to mention one of its more arcane chief executives in recent times. Brown doesn’t do many in-depth interviews; he cares little for insights into his political psyche.
In a previous RealClearMarketscolumn, I asked whether California could actually get any greener than it currently is. This matters when we remember that Golden State politics are increasingly centered on who can propose the most aggressive environmental plan. But what California's elected leaders often ignore when "keeping up with the environmental Joneses" are the facts.
The snarky quip attributed to 19th-century French Foreign Minister Charles Maurice de Talleyrand -- "It was worse than a crime; it was a blunder" -- has recently been making the rounds to deride a letter written by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and signed by 46 other senators.