Obamacare setback. The DC Circuit Court ruled that Obamacare tax credit subsidies are only applicable to the sixteen state exchanges, and it hinged on the interpretation of this phrase: "an Exchange established by the State." Adler:
Ukraine. I predict that Putin will continue to lie and blame-shift. The following paragraphs do not confirm that the blood of 298 innocent civilians (including one American) is on Putin's hands, but the circumstantial evidence is compelling.
Iraq. The Iraqi parliament chose a "moderate" Sunni as speaker, but the problem is that al Maliki is still prime minister, though he might be one step closer to losing his job. Whoop de do.
Nonsensical rationale for sending 300 special forces. At his press conference a week ago, Obama said:
Meanwhile, the United States will not pursue military actions that support one sect inside of Iraq at the expense of another.
Summer solstice begins tomorrow at 3:58AM PST. In my neck of the woods, sunrise is at 5:12am and sunset is 9:14pm, getting light around 4:30am and getting dark by around 10:00pm. I love this time of year.
The red-headed general is back. To get an idea of how badly al Maliki has alienated everyone who isn't Shiite, even Sufis have joined ISIS.
Here is just one reason why Obama's complete cut-and-run of US combat forces was a major mistake.
Domestic. The term "earthquake" has been overused in reference to the Virginia Congressional primary, but Eric Kantor's loss to Dave Brat was a major political temblor. There have been all kinds of reasons cited for why Cantor lost. Erick Erickson will tell you that Kantor lost because he and his staff were a bunch of as**oles, which sounds sort of plausible.
Although written over a month ago, this piece by Dexter Filkins is indispensable journalism. The topic is mostly about al Maliki and his management style, or mismanagement style as it were. The first problem was that we backed him in the first place. Yes, there weren't many good choices to be had, but that goes to the management style, or mismanagement style, of the Bush administration.
What do we know? Bergdahl deserted. The 2010 Pentagon investigation concluded that "he walked away", Michael Hastings said in 2012 that Bergdahl deserted, and six soldiers in his unit are saying it now. The soldiers' anger appears genuine. According to the NYT:
Racism for profit. Before Donald Sterling's racist rants were made public, the 2014 market value of the LA Clippers was $575 million. When NBA Commissioner Silver banned Sterling for life and started the process of forcing him to sell the team, an amazing competitive bidding war emerged, with talk of Oprah and Magic and Geffen and others wanting to buy the team.