Ted Cruz and John Kasich have entered an agreement to prevent the Republican Party from committing the mass suicide of nominating a candidate disliked by 2/3 of the American people. James Taranto has this column at the WSJ.
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On April 16, 1862 (154 years ago tomorrow) President Abraham Lincoln signed a law that Congressman Abraham Lincoln had proposed 13 years earlier.
Ryan Knutson has this article in the WSJ on the dangers of Texting While Intoxicated. There's an app for that.
For those who can't get enough of this off-topic topic ...
Sometimes there's nothing to do but smile and shake your head. The story is here.
CJLF is not a political organization. The blog entries here support Republican policies more often than Democratic ones, but that is not uniformly the case. CJLF (and I, as a guest contributor) support policies designed to suppress crime and create fewer crime victims. If those policies originate with Eric Holder or Loretta Lynch (an opponent of pot legalization), so be it; in some ways, so much the better.
It is thus with no political bent that I report the unbounded stupidity of an idea floated by Republican Congressman Charlie Dent: To elect the next House Speaker as a "bi-partisan compromise."
The Republican Party is having a war with itself. (So are the Democrats, to a lesser extent, as the crony progressivism of Hillary Clinton battles it out with the acknowledged socialism of Bernie Sanders). But, for either party, while the way to resolve internal differences might be elusive, the way not to resolve them is crystal clear: By handing power to the other party.
A little less than a year ago, voters gave the Republicans more House seats than they have had since the 1930's. They did this after a Republican campaign against the policies of President Obama. The notion that what voters actually wanted was to re-empower the party they just rejected by an historic margin is way beyond Twilight Zone territory. Or, as one Congressman put it, "When Republicans have the biggest majority in 90 years, they'e going to give more power to the Democrats?" asked Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.) sarcastically. "That sounds like a great idea."
I often find the book reviews in the WSJ to be entertaining reading over Saturday breakfast, even when I have no intention of ever reading the books reviewed.
Karla Adam has this story in the WaPo, giving us another segment of the story that won't die, though its subject did over five centuries ago.
An off-topic note for math geeks.
Valerie Bauerlein reports in the WSJ, "Florida overtook New York as the third most populous state last year, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau, as the Sunshine State continued to pick up postrecession steam."
Maria Cheng reports for AP:
Scientists say there is "overwhelming evidence" that a skeleton found under a parking lot is that of England's King Richard III, but their DNA testing also has raised questions about the nobility of some of his royal successors.For prior posts on this blog enter "Richard III" in the search field at the upper right.
Off-topic but interesting, Fergus Bordewich in the WSJ takes us on a historical trip down the "what if" road.