The economy is basically writing a suicide note to the country. What’s a national security reporter to do? The first opportunity I had after coming back from
The economy is basically writing a suicide note to the country. What’s a national security reporter to do? The first opportunity I had after coming back from Afghanistan, I went right to my bank to make sure I hadn’t lost all my savings while on the other side of the planet. My reading habits right now consist of Mary Kane, Mike Lillis and Moe Tkacik. At the moment, I don’t care about the stuff I cover, either. So how can I expect you to?
It’s hard to say, but, you know, from a security perspective, this world is ten types of messed up. Look, I’ll be quick. Here are just a few things worth keeping an eye on in between checking out the bailout package and the oil markets and Warren Buffett and such. I’ll do it listicle-style, since I’m so influenced by Moe.
Pakistan is shooting at us like we were 50 Cent. On Sunday the Pakistani Army was firing “warning shots” at U.S. Army helicopters. Now they’re not firing warning shots. The Pakistanis shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle of ours. A statement put out by the U.S. military disputes losing the drone, but either way, the U.S.-Pakistani alliance is deteriorating by the day.
No additional U.S. troops will come to Afghanistan until at least Spring 2009. So says SecDef Bob Gates. If the Taliban really does launch a winter offensive, U.S. troops can’t count on reinforcements.
Speaking of Gates and the Pakistanis. Get a load of this Gates quote. “”If you ask me today, after the successes that we’ve had against al-Qaeda in Iraq, where the greatest threat to the homeland lies, I would tell you it’s in western Pakistan.” So, uh, how about rehabilitating that U.S.-Pakistani alliance?
We’re shooting at Awakening Council leaders in Iraq. Nothing says “enduring U.S.-Sunni alliance” like a couple slugs. It was an accident. Will the Sunnis view it that way?
Most Americans believe we’re losing the war on terrorism. I wonder why.
Rep. Paul Ryan to deliver SOTU response
Chairman of the House Budget Committee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will deliver the Republican response to the State of the Union Tuesday, according to Mike Allen
Rep. Paulsen allies with medical device industry to relax FDA oversight
Source: Flickr; Republicanconference (www.flickr.com/photos/republicanconference) On the heels of the Minnesota Independent story last week about U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen’s cozy financial relationship with the medical device industry, the New York Times reported Tuesday that some health professionals are alarmed by Paulsen’s push to relax Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight
Rep. Paulsen touts balanced budget constitutional amendment
In a post for the conservative blog True North , U.S. Rep
Rep. Patrick McHenry: Please, Conservatives, Fill Out Your Census Forms!
The conservative congressman from North Carolina, a constant critic of the census -- one of the people who sounded the alarm about politicization when the
Rep. Paulsen, Karl Rove the latest to get ‘glittered’
Rep. Erik Paulsen and former Bush staffer Karl Rove were both showered with glitter at the Midwest Leadership Conference Friday
Rep. Perlmutter to hold constituent meet-up in grocery store
Colorado Congressman Ed Perlmutter will hold a Government in the Grocery constituent meet-up this evening from 5-7 at the Safeway at 38th and Wadsworth in Wheat Ridge. The address is 3900 Wadsworth. The meeting, where Perlmutter typically sits at a folding table and talks to whomever shows up, is free and open to the public
Rep. Perlmutter criticizes House measure that would eliminate 800K federal jobs
Congressman Ed Perlmutter today issued a scathing statement criticizing the House of Representatives for passing a spending bill that could put nearly a million federal employees out of work. The Colorado delegation voted strictly on party lines, with all four Republicans voting in favor of the bill and the three Democrats voting in opposition. Perlmutter’s statement: “My number one priority is to get people back to work because that’s the best thing we can do to pay our debt and move forward toward economic stability
Rep. Pete Stark Won’t Dignify Constituent by, er, Micturating Upon His Leg
In the tradition of Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), California Democratic Rep. Pete Stark revealed at a recent town hall gathering that there are limits to what
Rep. Peace, ACLU seek investigation of soldier’s allegations of racial discrimination in Afghanistan
Both Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) and the American Civil Liberties Union agree: There needs to be an investigation into Spc.
School of Hock
A growing number of college grads are defaulting on their student loans as the economy worsens.