For a political party that insists on the Constitution's perfection, the GOP is unusually enthusiastic about amending the document. Last week, prominent Republicans came out in favor of "revisiting" the 14th Amendment -- their signature accomplishment -- with an eye toward ending the nation's long-standing policy of birthright citizenship.
Writing for TheNew York Times, Carl Hulse opens a story on Colorado's Senate primaries with this line:
Two Senate primaries that were supposed to be tranquil affairs have turned into roaring Rocky Mountain shootouts that could provide the best test yet of how deeply anti-establishment, anti-Washington sentiment is running this year.
I can't even begin to fathom how horrible this must be for the families involved:
Six teenagers drowned Monday evening in a river in northern Louisiana when they waded over a drop-off into much deeper water.
The teenagers, ages 13 to 18, belonged to two families that had come to a sandy bank along the Red River in Shreveport, Louisiana, said the city’s assistant fire chief, Fred Sanders. The victims were three siblings from the Warner family -- Takeitha, 13, and her brothers JaMarcus, 14, and JaTavious, 17 -- and three brothers from the Stewart family -- Litrelle, 18, LaDairus, 17, and Latevin, 15.
Riffing off of Sen. John McCain's hold on director of national intelligence nominee James Clapper, Jonathan Bernsteinoffers a qualified defense of a somewhat obscure rule that has been the target of progressive ire in these parts and others:
Today, Senatus tweeted "McCain spokeswoman says he's released "hold" on Clapper nomination," followed shortly by an Ambinder tweet: "Clapper's free -- McCain releases his hold after his office gets the report on the black budget EO/MASINT satellites."