Middle East policy succeeding 0 replies
Thursday’s announcement of a “historic peace agreement” between Israel and the United Arab Emirates — the first deal to normalize relations between Israel and an Arab nation brokered by the U.S. in over a quarter-century — is more evidence that President Trump is the first president in a long time to get U.S. Middle East policy more right than wrong. Under the agreement, Israel and the UAE will establish “full normalization of relations,” including diplomatic relations with the opening of embassies, trade, tourism, direct flights and other agreements. The only two other Arab nations that have diplomatic relations with Israel are Egypt and Jordan.
$6.3B contract for new mail
truck this year. See the finalists 0 replies
Their delivery may be a little late, but the new mail trucks are almost here. The U.S. Postal Service has confirmed that it plans to award one or multiple contracts for the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle by the end of this year. The Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV) will replace the long-serving Grumman Long Life Vehicle, which went out of production in 1994, but has soldiered on at great maintenance cost all these years. Approximately 180,000 vehicles will be purchased over five to seven years at a cost of $6.3 billion. The USPS had been aiming to make a decision last year, but had
For Joe Biden, life is looking pretty sweet right now. After stumbling badly in the first three Democratic-primary contests, he mounted arguably the fastest and most surprising comeback in U.S. political history. He’s ahead in both national and swing-state polling against Trump. Most of the media are offering hosannas for his selection of Kamala Harris. Next week, Joe Biden will formally accept the Democratic nomination, up against a president who has a self-destructive streak wider and deeper than the Mississippi River. For Biden, these days may be as good as it gets. As November approaches, he will have a tougher time campaigning almost entirely via Zoom
Lori Lightfoot Says Looting Was Organized 54 replies
A day after looters smashed-in retailer’s windows, carried away loads of high-end merchandise and overwhelmed police officers in downtown Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the violence was an organized raid and not a demonstration of angry protest. “When people showed up on Michigan Avenue in the downtown area with U-Haul trucks and cargo vans, and sophisticated equipment used to cut metal, and the methods that were used, and how quickly it got spun up… that wasn’t any spontaneous reaction,” Lightfoot told TIME in her fifth-floor offices at Chicago’s City Hall on Tuesday.
The number of new coronavirus cases reported daily in the U.S. is decreasing. Late last month, the number of such cases exceeded 70,000 many days. Lately, the number has been more like 55,000 cases and we haven’t exceeded 70,000 since July 31. (Except as otherwise indicated by a link, all numbers here are from Worldometer.) One would expect the number of daily deaths attributed to the virus to reflect the level of new cases from about a month ago. Thus, it’s not surprising that we haven’t seen the daily death count decrease yet. That number is holding steady in the 1,250-1,500 range, except on weekends when the reported number
It’s official, presidential candidate Joe Biden has chosen California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. (Snip for tweet)But according to former Obama Senior Advisor David Axelrod, Harris wasn’t his top choice and politics pushed her into the position. “He reportedly clicked well with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, but she would not have fulfilled the desire of those who prioritized a candidate of color,” Axelrod wrote for CNN. “Whitmer, a White moderate pick, also would have raised questions among supporters of progressive champion Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, widely viewed after a lifetime of advocacy and a strong campaign for president as a tough, brilliant and capable policymaker.
‘biased’ in bid before appeals
court to get case quickly dismissed 18 replies
In their latest bid to end a protracted legal fight immediately, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s lawyer and the Justice Department argued on Tuesday that the presiding judge in the former Trump national security adviser’s case had the appearance of bias. Sidney Powell, the former federal prosecutor who took over Flynn’s legal defense last year, and acting Solicitor General Jeff Wall, representing the Justice Department in court following its move to toss the false statements charge against Flynn, clashed with Judge Emmet Sullivan’s attorney, Beth Wilkinson, during a four-hour hearing before 10 skeptical judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
The George Floyd Fall Guys 18 replies
It is said that, in every large organization, the fecal matter flows downhill. Anyone who has ever worked in government can attest to the truth of that statement. But, for dramatic proof of that proposition, take a look at this picture.(Snip for graphic) This is an illustration from the Minneapolis Police Department’s official training materials on how to safely and properly subdue a suspect suffering from “excited delirium,” a potentially lethal medical condition which, due to the rising use and abuse of illicit drugs, has grown to epidemic proportions on the streets of America.
‘a penny’ in stimulus ‘unless Texas
and Florida bail out New Jersey’ 22 replies
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell argued on Monday that Democratic leaders view the coronavirus pandemic as a political “opportunity” to “bail out” states such as New Jersey, adding that Republicans are willing to support another coronavirus stimulus plan that includes funding for other areas. McConnell said the Senate GOP’s coronavirus relief package “focused on kids, jobs, healthcare, and legal protections to help our country reopen,” as well as another round of direct stimulus payments.
In-Kind Donation to Trump-Pence 2020 8 replies
Well, that happened. To the surprise of a very few, Joe Biden chose Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate. Our very own VodkaPundit called it back in May. I had been on the Harris veep wagon for a very long time but shifted in recent weeks to Susan Rice, because I thought that would help Biden get the Obamas to be a little more enthusiastic about him. All the while, however, I kept hoping aloud that it would be Harris because — for reasons I’ll go over in this column — I thought that would be the choice that most benefits President Trump.
The Democratic Party press has been assuring us breathlessly that the Republicans are in deep trouble, cruising toward a disaster in November. At the same time, they assiduously avoid mentioning that the party with the real problem is their own. The Democrats’ nominee is suffering from an advanced case of dementia that makes it difficult for him to appear in public. The party’s leaders, to the extent they have any, are undoubtedly strategizing ways of getting him off the ticket following their “convention”–which they won’t actually hold. An unbiased observer might think it is the Democrats, not the Republicans, who have reason to fear the voters’ verdict this Fall.
amid coronavirus gridlock 29 replies
Washington — The House’s No. 2 Democrat announced Monday the lower chamber will not return for votes in Washington until mid-September after negotiations between Democratic leaders and the White House on the next coronavirus relief measure collapsed last week, leaving millions of jobless Americans without immediate relief. According to the schedule released by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Monday, the House will not convene for votes until September 14. Members will be working in their home districts and conducting committee work for the first two weeks of September. Lawmakers were initially scheduled to return September 8.