Only lunatics from North Korea or Iran once mumbled about using nuclear weapons against their supposed enemies. Now Vladimir Putin, after gobbling up the Crimea, points to his nuclear arsenal and warns the West not to “mess” with Russia.
In 1902 Theodore Roosevelt intervened in a strike by Pennsylvania coal miners, exceeding his Constitutional authority as president. When this was pointed out to him by Republican House whip James E. Watson, Roosevelt allegedly yelled, “To hell with the Constitution when the people want coal!”
If you’re a voting resident of the Golden State and are looking for some other form of visual entertainment after the first half of tonight’s Seahawks-Packers game, then check your local listings for the gubernatorial debate.
We’re in the midst of the biggest backlash to education reform in a decade, if not a generation. While some in the movement believe we need to just improve our message, or find new messengers, my sense is that our challenges run much deeper.
It is anyone’s guess whether and how long Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will stick with his new hawkish stance toward the Islamic State. But whether he flips back again to a philosophy of retrenchment and U.S. inertness, he is still burdened by a few years of votes and many years of rhetoric evidencing a President Obama-like preference for retrenchment and conflict avoidance (which usually entails appeasement, as it does in Ukraine).