“He said that he’d consulted with Congress about taking the war to ISIS, but he did not say what that meant. He allowed that it’s always better to have congressional support, but he did not say that he would defer at any formal level to congressional approval or authorization (which may be fine with Congress).”
Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who famously admitted to using crack while in office, is running for reëlection next month. What are the chances that he will continue to rule North America’s fourth-largest city?
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“Speaking at the White House before this week’s NATO summit, a visibly furious Obama said that Putin’s new practice of letting his calls go straight to voice mail ‘hampers our ability to discuss the future of Ukraine and other important issues going forward.’”
“If Clinton’s intention was to extend her political reach and attract the support of conservatives, she succeeded. If she was seeking to present a foreign-policy vision attractive to progressives and centrists, she might need to think again.”
“There are other reasons, other than the lack of consequences, why holders of high public office tend to bound over the line between their own words and those of others. One is habit: they routinely deliver impassioned speeches written by staff, and ardent talking points e-mailed by party committees.”
Above: Senator John Walsh.Credit Photograph by J. Scott Applewhite/AP
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WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report) — In a development that few had thought possible, Republicans in the Seventh District of Virginia on Tuesday night found an even bigger tool than Rep. Eric Cantor to represent them in the United States Congress.