Superdelegates

superdelegates

The idea for this one crept into my head while I was reading the  NYT story by David Samuels about “Obama’s foreign policy guru” Ben Rhodes.

Rhodes bragged about planting a false narrative about the Iran nuclear deal to make the agreement seem more palatable to the American public. He claimed that the election of Iranian moderates is what sparked the deal. In reality President Obama sparked the deal by reaching out to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei long before that.

I was mulling over that little subterfuge when Bernie Sanders popped up on the television screen (I was multitasking), complaining again about the rigged Democratic primary.

The Economist explains here how the Ayatollah picks the candidates in Iran.  Law/Street explains here how superdelegates pick candidates in America.

Security Inquiry

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Hillary says she’s not under criminal investigation by the FBI. She calls it a “security inquiry”. FBI Director Comey says it’s an investigation. He doesn’t know what “security inquiry” means.

Other words the Justice Department doesn’t recognize are “felon”, “convict”, and “juvenile delinquent”.

Separation of Powers

separation of powers

In January 2014 President Obama decided to go it alone. He said he had a pen and a phone and if Congress wouldn’t act he would.

Congress refused to act to allocate funds to reimburse insurance companies for Obamacare costs. The president used his pen to sign an executive order to disburse the money anyway. The House of Representatives sued.

Separation of Powers

In House v. Burwell, Congress argued that the executive branch violated the Constitution’s separation of powers. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer agreed. The case will be appealed.

Meanwhile the president is allocating school bathrooms.

 

Brazil

Brazil

The Olympics are coming to Brazil. The country is in deep recession, the water is filthy, Zika virus is rampant and the president is being impeached. President Dilma Rousseff was suspended by the Senate on Thursday.

She calls it a coup.

Coal Country Candidate

coal country

Bernie Sanders beat Hillary Clinton in the West Virginia primary 51.4% to 35.8%.

Before the primary an unemployed coal miner confronted Hillary for acknowledging that her policies would put a lot of coal miners out of work. She claimed that her remarks were taken out of context. Here are her remarks in context from Politifact:

So for example, I’m the only candidate which has a policy about how to bring economic opportunity using clean renewable energy as the key into coal country. Because we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business, right?

And we’re going to make it clear that we don’t want to forget those people. Those people labored in those mines for generations, losing their health, often losing their lives to turn on our lights and power our factories. 

Now we’ve got to move away from coal and all the other fossil fuels, but I don’t want to move away from the people who did the best they could to produce the energy that we relied on.

Aside from EPA mandates, coal is being displaced by a cheaper and cleaner fuel – natural gas produced by fracking.