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Musings from Around Town

Here is this week’s collection of news items from around town that you may find of interest and amusing, at least by Washington, DC standards. Overall, it was a rather politically uneventful week:

  • Secretary of State Kerry has a new dog, Ben. The Diplopundit reports that Ben, named in honor of Ben Franklin, also has a State Department twitter account.
  • While I may not agree with his handshake policy, Diplo Denzien is spot on that the U.S. government should have explained “contact policy guidance” during the Obama-Castro brouhaha. There was way too much attention to the wrong thing.
  • The Royal Bank of Scotland must pay Uncle Sam an eye-popping $33 million for alleged violations of U.S. economic sanctions.
  • 3D printing will revolutionize markets and threatens Uncle Sam, in more ways that he can imagine. And that would be good. This is one activity that the Feds will be unable to effectively regulate. At least for the foreseeable future.
  • The amnesty horse is still very much alive. It should have been put down a long time ago.
  • Lie of the year by an American politician may surprise you. There is surely more than one. I counted at least 5 this week. Half from my party.
  • Elian Gonzalez is in Ecuador this week. We also hear that Ecuador’s Ambassador to the United States is making the rounds in Washington, DC trying desperately to make inroads with Republican Members of Congress. Why would Republicans want to do that? Ecuador’s Correa is not a good man, cut from the same cloth as Hugo Chavez and Raul Castro. More to come …
  • An interesting post on the Wounded Warrior Project by an Army veteran. WWP is a great organization. Let’s hope its just an administrative anomaly.
  • The Ryan-Murray budget deal has just about assured a mini civil war with the Grand Ol’ Party. Might as well. It is long over due.
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