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August 4, 2020
At China's behest, Rodrigo Duterte turns his navy into a beach patrol
Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte likes to present himself as the world's ultimate strongman, a leader who doesn't simply defeat his opponents but publicly humiliates them. The narrative is an inversion of reality.
When it comes to communist China, the greatest opponent facing the Philippines, Duterte is a happy lapdog. Evincing as much, Duterte's defense secretary announced on Tuesday that the navy of the Philippines will no longer participate in any South China Sea military exercises outside its 12-mile sovereign maritime borders. Delfin Lorenzana justified the decision by saying that "if one country’s action is considered belligerent by another, tension will normally rise."
August 4, 2020
As the Filibuster Goes, So Goes the GOP
After abolishing the filibuster, says Obama, Democrats should ram through statehood for Puerto Rico and D.C., thereby expanding the Senate to 104 members, and adding four new Democratic senators. That new Senate, says Obama, should enact every law possible to enlarge and expand the electorate, including extending the ballot to ex-convicts.
“When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.”
This was the nightmare of Ben Franklin.
Yet, with passage this spring of a $4 trillion bailout of an economy facing historic losses because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Nancy Pelosi’s House having voted out another $3 trillion, we may have reached Franklin’s peril point.
August 5, 2020
Why Biden’s Smart to Take His Time With His Veep Pick
And why it’s still likely to be Kamala Harris.
Before the first votes were even cast in the primaries, the dream ticket for many Democrats was Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. The fiery senator from California would diversify and energize Biden’s last hurrah, carrying the torch for a new generation.
Then came her ill-fated broadside against Biden over busing and a campaign rife with in-fighting before she exited the field with mixed reviews. Yet here she is, atop the field of contenders, the most likely choice for vice president—but with some static.
August 4, 2020
Police suicides raise questions about a hidden pandemic.
A suicide in the upper ranks of Chicago’s Police Department amid a surge in the city’s already high homicide rate highlights a painful reality about this summer: We’re dealing with more than one pandemic.
That realization came to mind after Deputy Chief Dion Boyd, 57, was found shot to death last week at the Homan Square police facility on the city’s West Side.