Game on. “Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter Liz Cheney says she will run against Wyoming’s senior US senator in next year’s Republican primary. She announced her campaign in a statement Tuesday, and the news was confirmed by her campaign manager, Kara Hearn.”
Real life now consistently beats The Onion. “Calls for Congress to hold hearings on the death of Trayvon Martin don’t go far enough for Jesse Jackson: He’s demanding international oversight. The reverend wants the United Nations Human Rights Council to investigate the case as well.”
Israel can never catch a break with the Obama crowd. “Two new congressional bills — one proposed by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and a different version by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) — attempt to alter this state of affairs for the better. Though allowing Israel into the Visa Waiver Program is only one element of these bills, whose aim is to create a special category for Israel as a ‘major strategic partner,’ it is causing the most controversy. … It seems that the White House, State Department and Homeland Security Department don’t think that proposed legislation would be fair to Muslims.” Read the whole thing.
Matt Lewis cries foul on serial misstatements by anti-immigration reform activists on low- skilled workers. “According to Michael Clemens, a senior fellow and research manager at the Washington-based Center for Global Development, ‘the United States will need 3 million additional workers over the next decade to fill the least-skilled jobs,’ but “[o]ver the same period, the total number of U.S. workers entering the labor force at all skill levels, between the ages of 25 and 54, will be 1.7 million.”
The error we make is in ignoring success stories. “Morocco remains a singular example of a country that has remained calm in the political turbulence of the Middle East and North Africa. The irony is that Morocco receives little attention from U.S. policymakers because it is not in crisis. While Egypt faces disruptive change from the bottom up, Morocco continues to experience calm and significant change from the top down, as well as growing political support, accountability, and participation from the grassroots.”
Now imagine Iran joining the team. “The seizure of a covert shipment of missile parts from Cuba on a North Korean freighter is raising new fears that the two communist governments secretly are engaged in the trade of threatening ballistic missiles.”
No wonder the labor participation rate has been sliding. “Despite the administration’s controversial decision to delay forcing companies to join Obamacare for a year, three-quarters of small businesses are still making plans to duck the costly law by firing workers, reducing hours of full-time staff, or shift many to part-time, according to a sobering survey released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.”