Legal sharpshooter and ex-Heritage Foundation fellow Todd Gaziano has a new job. He’ll head the Pacific Legal Foundation’s new D.C. office to litigate “for limited government, property rights, individual rights, free enterprise, and a balanced approach to environmental regulations in courts nationwide.” Score another one for conservative jurisprudence.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence heads for a 2016 run? He’s sure more visible: “We’re seeing real growth in Indiana. The American people can see a real contrast here between Republican-led states – and states led by Democrat governors more inclined than ever to raise taxes and grow government.” Sounds sort of like a stump speech.
Heads up, Congress! The Obama team is weakening the Iran sanctions regimen. “U.S. negotiators currently haggling with Iran should take heed. Compromising the integrity of the U.S. and global financial system in order to get a nuclear deal done neither sealed the deal nor protected the system. Yet, Washington currently appears intent on a deal that could allow bad banks back into the system. . . [This should] serve as a stark reminder that, until the Islamic Republic renounces terrorism, ends its military-nuclear and ballistic-missile programs, and cleans up the illicit financial activities that have funded this behavior for decades, there is no such thing as a good Iranian bank. The onus is on Iran to prove otherwise.” Read the whole thing.
Some prominent ex-Obama officials head the list of serious people who think the Benghazi select committee has work to do. “Former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has a piece of advice for House Democrats, as does former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell. If they’re thinking about boycotting the select committee on Benghazi, they shouldn’t. Both Panetta and Morell expressed confidence at a press conference that a full investigation would show that the intelligence community didn’t politicize the Benghazi analysis, but agree with Republicans that a full and unified probe into what happened is legitimate for the House.” Perhaps they’d be delighted to prove that the Susan Rice spin came from the White House, not them.
Monica Wehby heads for a big primary win in Oregon. “U.S. Chamber of Commerce Endorses Wehby for Senate.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) heads for the “third rail,” bravely proposing “to gradually increase the retirement age for future retirees to account for the rise in life expectancy. And if we act soon, we can do this without changing the retirement age for people who are currently over the age of 55. We also need to look at how we calculate initial benefits. . . . [and] to reduce the growth of benefits for these upper income seniors while making the program even stronger for lower income seniors. This isn’t a cut, it’s simply a reduction in how fast the benefit will increase for wealthier retirees.”
Iran heads the list of state sponsors of terrorism, shedding doubt on its willingness to join the “international community”: “Reports that Iran is sending chlorine bombs to Syria have prompted lawmakers to criticize the Obama administration for ignoring Iran’s non-nuclear efforts to foster terrorism and discord across the Middle East. Western intelligence officials suspect that Iran has been sending Chinese-made chlorine gas to Syria in a bid to bolster President Bashar al-Assad’s war against opposition forces. Iran reportedly has some 10,000 canisters of the deadly gas and has been shipping them by plane to Syria, according to the Telegraph. Human rights groups and Syrian opposition leaders have said there is ‘strong evidence’ that Assad has already used the chlorine gas to attack opposition forces in some Syrian towns.”
We head for a wave election, but how large? Larry Sabato: “Put it all together, and the current forecast calls for a wave that’s more than a ripple but less than a tsunami – a four to eight-seat addition for the Republicans, with the higher end of the range being a shade likelier than the lower. For Harry Reid, that would be a big-enough splash.”