Thursday, June 18, 2015


A selection of Afternoon reads:

  • Pope Francis’ Encyclical Is About More Than Climate Change. It’s About Culture.- Ryan T. Anderson, The Daily Signal“For weeks, partisans in the press have driven expectations that this would be a major missive on climate change. I’ve read all 180 pages of it, and it’s about much more fundamental realities. The pope’s most basic insight on these and all other policy challenges is that they ultimately hinge on culture—on the values that can sustain a healthy ecology: physical, spiritual, social and moral ecology. In John Paul II’s words, quoted by Francis, we must be concerned to “safeguard the moral conditions for an authentic human ecology.”
  • House Passes Fast-Track Trade Bill, Sends it to Senate via @Newsmax_Media
  • “Gov. Perry believes the climate is always changing, but it’s not clear what role humans have in it.”


A selection of Morning reads:

  • Fast Track for the Trans Pacific Partnership Accords with Democracy :“Fast track” simply permits Congress under its ordinary procedures to commit to a future majority vote of Congress to vote up or down on an agreement that the President has negotiated. Representative democracy is thus served by the later vote on an agreement whose text is known.  (More)
  • Dictatorships and Obama StandardsIf the president must lead from behind, could he at least get behind someone who wants to win the war against Islamic extremism?- “If the civilized world now searches desperately for steadfast leadership at this time of crisis, it can no longer look to the American administration. Better to look to the embattled region itself—to Jordan’s King Hussein, to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to the leaders of formative Kurdistan, to the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and to Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi. If you would lead from behind, Mr. President, then please get behind these men….” Rep.DANA ROHRABACHER, (R) -(WSJ)
  • E.U. Agrees to Extend Economic Sanctions Against Russia-“Moscow lobbied hard against a renewal of the sanctions, imposed last year in tandem with similar measures by the United States after Russia annexed Crimea in March and then provided support to separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. Decisions on sanctions require unanimity, so Russia needed to win over only one European Union country to block an extension. But it failed in efforts to secure a blocking vote from any of the countries that have shown little enthusiasm for sanctions. These include Greece, Cyprus and Hungary, all of which Moscow has actively courted….” (NYT)

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