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Concerning this report out of Jerusalem, a few observations:

1) Erdogan, the Turkish leader, said, “We cannot be positive about a normalization process [with Israel] while bombs are raining on our brothers in Palestine, Gaza.” What about the bombs raining on his brothers in Israel?

Who is Erdogan’s family, exactly? We know it extends beyond his fellow Turks to Arabs. It probably embraces Muslims. Anyone else?

2) “In an interview with the NBC program ‘Meet the Press’ to be broadcast on Sunday, the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif . . .”

Whoa, whoa. The Iranian foreign minister was a guest on Meet the Press? Why? He represents a regime that stones girls to death for the “crime” of having been gang-raped. It is a criminal regime, a terrorist one. Why is Zarif welcomed as though he were a civilized man representing a civilized government?

I recall when I sat next to a previous Iranian foreign minister, Mottaki, in Davos. There we were, looking out the window at the Alps. Surreal. I wrote about the experience here.

There came a time when WFB stopped appearing on television with the Soviet spokesman Joe Adamov. He decided he should not be paired with a liar for an illegitimate and criminal state.

3) The article informs us that a U.N. official has called on Israel “to take all possible measures to ensure full respect for the principles of distinction, proportionality and precautions.” Uh-huh. Our old friend proportionality.

I think I met him in 1986, when President Reagan bombed the Libyan cities of Tripoli and Benghazi. (Yes, Benghazi was in the news before 9/11/12.) He did this in response to Qaddafi’s bombing of a disco in West Berlin — a disco frequented by American soldiers. The Libyans killed a couple of our people and wounded scores more.

And there was Senator John Kerry on television, fretting over whether Reagan had given a “proportional response.” The response of some of us right-leaning students was, “What would that be? The bombing of a disco frequented by Libyan soldiers?”

What would a proportional response to Pearl Harbor have been? Arranging for a sneak attack on a Japanese naval base someday?

Incidentally, what ever became of Senator Kerry of Massachusetts?

4) You gotta love these calls for restraint. I’m reminded of an old saying: “One can bear lightly a wrong done to someone else.” I’m further reminded of a joke, which illustrates a mindset. You’ll never believe where I learned this joke — from the liberal commentator Mark Shields, who told it on the MacNeil/Lehrer Report, years ago.

Two liberals are walking down the road, when they come upon a man in the ditch. He has been badly beaten, left for dead. He is moaning, groaning. One liberal turns to the other and says, “Quick, we have to find the people who did this. They need help.”

5) Israel is in a weird position: Almost uniquely, they are prohibited from destroying their enemy — an enemy committed to their destruction. They have to slap their enemy on the wrist, retreat behind their borders, and wait to be hit again. At which point they can slap again. We keep seeing this movie over and over . . .

As soon as the Arabs are willing to coexist, there will be peace. Not a second before. You can study this conflict till the cows come home. But it boils down to that.

N.B. Longtime NR devotees will note that the form of this post is an homage to WFB: “Concerning X, a few observations,” followed by numbered points.

Krauthammer’s Take: Obama ‘Robbing the Military to Inflate the Entitlement State’



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The United States will “pay a high price” under the Obama administration’s plans to drawdown the army by nearly 70,000 soldiers, and is all part of an effort for the president to fulfill his ideological goals, Charles Krauthammer warned on Friday’s Special Report.

He compared President Obama’s approach to that of European governments shifting resources from their militaries to social welfare after World War II. The key difference now being that the U.S. will not have an ally with the capacity to defend them as those European states have relied on the American military in recent decades.

“It’s robbing the military to inflate the entitlement state,” said Krauthammer. “Europe had us behind them in the last 50 years when it had no military; there’s nobody to back us up if we strip our military and neuter it as we do now.”

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Border Patrol Agent Hospitalized with Pneumonia Caught from an Illegal Immigrant, Expected to Have Lifelong Complications



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A Border Patrol agent from the Laredo, Texas, Sector has been hospitalized for seven days with bacterial pneumonia, which the agent contracted while processing illegal immigrants, officials from National Border Patrol Council 2455 tell National Review Online.  

Agent Jarrad Seely, vice president of NBPC 2455, says the agent is expected to have chronic asthmatic symptoms for life, according to information relayed by the agent. The illness has so swollen the agent’s throat that it’s difficult for the agent to speak, Seely says.

“It’s a very traumatic experience for [the agent] and [the agent’s] family,” he says. “[The agent’s] got small children.” He says that it’s too soon to tell if the agent will be able to make a full recovery and return to work, and says the agent was healthy prior to processing the immigrants.

“Our agents have been getting sick more often than before with flus and congestion and a whole bunch of respiratory illnesses,” says Hector Garza, the secretary and treasurer of NBPC 2455. “The processing room was severely overcrowded and that just made [it] the perfect breeding ground for these diseases.” Garza says he and other Border Patrol officials have had to communicate indirectly with the agent, via the family, because of the agent’s inability to speak.

Seely says the Laredo Sector has recently had illegal immigrants arrive with active cases of tuberculosis, scabies, lice and chicken pox.

Web Briefing: July 11, 2014

LeBron vs. Obama



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It’s a gorgeous day here in Cleveland — 80 degrees, not a cloud in the sky. We have precious few like these, so we appreciate them all the more. This is a notoriously tough town. We don’t take anything for granted. Indeed, we’ve been conditioned to expect, and prepare for, the worst. In this regard, we’re rarely disappointed. LeBron James gets it.

The line in his return-to-Cleveland statement that resonates most with us denizens of the North Coast is the following: “In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.”

Contrast that statement with Barack Obama’s obtuse, insulting, and dispiriting 2012 observation, ” You didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

Rumor has it LeBron’s a better basketball player, too.

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‘Some of Them Have Had Gray Hair and They’re Telling You that They’re 17 Years Old and They Have No Documentation.’



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That’s the chief of staff for the mayor of Lynn, Mass., quoted by Ryan Lovelace in his astonishing piece today about illegal immigrants enrolling in Lynn’s public schools, even though they are obviously too old. Read the whole thing

Joe Biden Wants You to Smile at Him



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Joe Biden isn’t used to audiences not being charmed by his antics, so when he noticed a few uninterested members at the National Governors Association summer meeting in Nashville, he literally (as the vice president would say) took matters into his own hands.

“You haven’t smiled the whole damn time, man — I’m a little worried,” he said to North Carolina’s Pat McCrory, stopping midway through his speech. He walked over to McCrory and gave him a hug, causing the governor to finally give the grin that Biden was looking for.

“He and Governor Brewer [of Arizona] are the only two who haven’t smiled at me,” Biden continued, waiting until Brewer gave him a smile too before moving on.

“I’m getting worried, man,” Biden said, turning back to McCrory. “You’re sitting there just looking at me like, ‘What the hell is this guy doing?’”

Judge: IRS Employees Must Explain Lost Lerner E-mails Under Oath



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As Ian touched on earlier today, a district court ruled today that IRS employees with direct knowledge of Lois Lerner’s lost e-mails must issue affidavits under oath by the end of next week. Below is the court’s order:

07-11-2014 Order Re Hearing[5]

 

Federal Government Sends Hundreds of Unaccompanied Alien Children to Multiple Locations in the Chicagoland Area



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The Department of Health and Human Services has brought nearly 430 unaccompanied alien children (UAC) to Chicago, and placed them under the care of Heartland Alliance, according to a release from Senator Mark Kirk (R., Ill.). Heartland Alliance, describes itself as “the leading anti-poverty organization in the Midwest” on its website and is an HHS grantee. The kids are being held at multiple locations in the Chicagoland area, a staffer in Kirk’s office tells National Review Online.

An additional 319 alien children have been placed with family members or sponsors in Illinois as of June 17, 2014, according to another release. Kirk has expressed concerns about whether the UACs had criminal backgrounds, but said the State Department was unable to provide information about the matter. “If any of these individuals has a criminal record in their home country, our government owes it to the American people to facilitate a sharing of records and reassure our nation that these individuals pose no threat,” Kirk said in the release. In order to better determine whether or not the minors had criminal histories before illegally entering the United States, Kirk sent a letter to U.S. ambassadors in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras requesting information about whether the embassies have done background checks on the UACs.

Inner-City Baltimore Caller to Ingraham: ‘Where Can I Get Asylum’ from Gang Violence?



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Before members of Congress worry about helping Central American children escape from gang violence, they should address the “nightmare” of gang violence in the United States, Elaine, a caller from inner-city Baltimore, pleaded on Laura Ingraham’s radio show on Friday.

“I have gangs everywhere here in Baltimore — I can’t let my daughter ride her bicycle outside, I can’t do anything, Laura,” she said. ”Nobody cares about us.”

She blamed the media for its failure to report on the mass gang violence in the U.S., most notable in Chicago. Instead, politicians and commentators have spent the past weeks focusing on the crime-ridden areas in Central America, rather than focusing on the problems back home.

“Where can I get asylum? Where can I get refugee status?” Elaine said. “I don’t know what I can do.”

Connecticut Health Exchange Glitch Plagues Thousands of Obamacare Enrollees



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Today, the Connecticut health exchange began the arduous work of calling thousands of consumers after a computer glitch resulted in wrong subsidy calculations for 5,784 Obamacare enrollees.

The malfunction is causing all sorts of headaches, as local news outlets are reporting. Insurers wrongly dropped at least 900 customers; around 3,900 Obamacare enrollees were wrongly considered eligible for government-funded Medicaid coverage; and an unknown number of people were overbilled for their coverage.

From the Hartford Courant:

[CEO Kevin] Counihan said Access Health CT discovered what he called a “system error” on July 1, though it knew earlier in the year there was a problem…

The system error has been fixed temporarily with a filter that was put in place July 7, Counihan said. A permanent fix will be installed July 18, he said.

The issue became public after two Republicans in Connecticut’s legislature wrote to Counihan on June 17 to ask about claims from constituents who said their insurance policies had been canceled. State House Republican Leader Lawrence F. Cafero Jr. and state Sen. Leonard A. Fasano, R-North Haven, also wrote a July 7 letter to the Insurance Department asking for information.

One woman in North Haven said her insurer, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut, dropped her because it was given an incorrect tax credit by Access Health CT, Fasano said. She has since be reinstated, Fasano said.

That’s not all the bad news. Earlier this month, the CT Mirror reported:

Federal auditors reported Tuesday that they found deficiencies in the internal controls used by the health insurance exchanges run by Connecticut, California and the federal government.

The problems could have limited the marketplaces’ ability to prevent people from using inaccurate or fraudulent information when applying for coverage as part of the health law commonly known as Obamacare, the auditors said.

Connecticut’s exchange, Access Health CT, inaccurately determined that several hundred applicants were eligible for federal assistance in paying insurance premiums or health care costs, failed to promptly send enrollment information from 139 customers to insurers, and didn’t always verify the identity of people who use the exchange’s call center in accordance with federal guidance, the auditors reported.

And in June, the personal information of more than 400 Connecticut Obamacare enrollees was found in a backpack that belonged to an employee at a health-exchange call center. The incident is still under investigation.

— Jillian Kay Melchior is a Thomas L. Rhodes Fellow for the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum.

From Impeachment to Vivaldi



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You know you’re chatting with Jay Nordlinger when the conversation ranges gracefully from grammar to missile defense to Vivaldi. In this week’s Need to Know, we also get insights from Sean Trende (the hotshot from RealClearPolitics) about how the Republican Party can expand its base.

It’s summer, so the podcast is a little desultory. We discuss the “constitutional scholar” in the Oval Office, impeachment talk among Republicans (God forbid!), the threatened politicization of the AP History curriculum, the Iron Dome in Israel, Cubans quietly reminding the world of an atrocity committed by the Castro regime, and the weather. (Did I mention it’s summer?)

Do join us.

And my most recent column — offering some common sense on campus sexual assaults — is here.

 

Harry Reid, the Race Man



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I’m not sure I could pinpoint this, but about 20 years ago the phrase “white men” became a putdown — an automatic epithet. I think this was about the same time “dead white males” came into vogue: you know, Shakespeare, Bach, and the rest of them crackers.

One funny thing about the phrase “white men” is that white men often use it, as a putdown. When they do, they seem to exempt themselves. “No, I don’t mean me. Not wonderful me. I mean those other guys, the bad ones.”

I thought of this when reading this item in the Daily Caller. Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, said that the Hobby Lobby case was decided by “five white men.” As the article points out, one of the five justices whom Reid disdains is Clarence Thomas.

In all honesty, I wonder whether Reid regards Thomas as white, for political purposes. Thomas is a conservative. In Reid’s mind, could he be black? When he last ran for election, in 2010, Reid said, “I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, okay? Do I need to say more?” Not really. We get it.

You may recall how Reid described Barack Obama’s promise as a vote-getter. This was in the 2008 cycle. The majority leader noted that Obama was a “light-skinned” candidate “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” By those standards, would Clarence Thomas make it on the campaign trail? He is not light-skinned. I believe he grew up speaking Gullah, and that probably qualifies as a “Negro dialect.”

Anyway . . .

In no area is America weirder than in the area of race. You sometimes hear that race is a “social construct.” This argument gets a lot of sympathy from me.

I’ve told this story before on this site, but will again. One of the strangest political races I ever witnessed was a Detroit mayoral race. It pitted a woman named Sharon McPhail against Dennis Archer, the eventual winner. Now, McPhail was light-skinned (as Reid would say), and I believe she had freckles. About “Negro dialect,” I’m not sure. Archer was darker (as long as we’re doing gradations). And McPhail campaigned as the “black” candidate, trying to out-black Archer all the way. Her charge was that he was too moderate — not “black” enough.

I’m glad she lost.

By the way, the best part about Reid’s 2010 statement that “I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, okay?” That was just before a Hispanic Republican, Brian Sandoval, was elected governor of Reid’s state, Nevada. And the Democrat he beat — was Reid’s own son, Rory.

It’s bad enough when the Senate majority leader abuses his position to vilify Charles and David Koch. When he goes racial, he is at his absolute worst.

A final word about Reid’s most recent stunt. Talking about Hobby Lobby, he said that “women’s lives” should not be determined by “five white men.” If the issue is men versus women — which is of course asinine — why add the word “white”? Why bring race into it? Because the phrase “white men” trips naturally off the lips of people such as Reid. Race is the special poison that weakens America — that sickens its brain — time after time.

Obama’s Law Professor: ‘I Wouldn’t Bet’ on Obamacare Surviving Next Legal Challenge



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President Obama’s old Harvard Law professor, Laurence Tribe, said that he “wouldn’t bet the family farm” on Obamacare’s surviving the legal challenges to an IRS rule about who is eligible for subsidies that are currently working their way through the federal courts.

“I don’t have a crystal ball,” Tribe told the Fiscal Times. “But I wouldn’t bet the family farm on this coming out in a way that preserves Obamacare.”

The law’s latest legal problem is that, as written, people who enroll in Obamacare through the federal exchange aren’t eligible for subsidies. The text of the law only provides subsidies for people enrolled through “an Exchange established by the State,” according to the text of the Affordable Care Act. Only 16 states decided to establish the exchanges.

The IRS issued a regulation expanding the pool of enrollees who qualify for the subsidies. Opponents of the law, such as the Cato Institute’s Michael Cannon and Jonathan Adler, argue that the IRS does not have the authority to make that change. (Halbig v. Burwell, one of the lawsuits making this argument, is currently pending before the D.C. Circuit Court; the loser will likely appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.)

“There are specific rules about when and how the IRS can deviate from the plain language of a statute,” Cannon explained to National Review Online, arguing that the subsidies regulation fails to comply with those rules.

The IRS can deviate from “absurd” laws, in theory, but the subsidies language is not absurd. “It might be stupid, but that’s not the test for absurdity,” Cannon says. Similarly, the IRS can deviate in the case of scrivener’s errors — typos, basically — but this is not a typo, Cannon says, because the language was written into repeated drafts of the law.

“They not only keep that language in there, but they even inserted it, this same phrase again, right before passage while the bill was in [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid’s office,” Cannon says. “So, it’s not a scrivener’s error, either.”

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Tags: Barack Obama , Obamacare , Supreme Court

Australian Judge Says Incest Is No Longer Taboo



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An Australian judge has provoked controversy recently by claiming that incest may no longer considered taboo, and that sex between siblings is becoming socially acceptable just like homosexuality, according to the Telegraph.

Judge Garry Neilson, from one of the country’s district courts, reportedly said that just as homosexuality, which was criminalized in the past, has gained social acceptance, communities also may no longer view incest as “unnatural.”

“A jury might find nothing untoward in the advance of a brother towards his sister once she had sexually matured, had sexual relationships with other men, and was now ‘available’, not having [a] sexual partner,” Neilson was quoted as saying.

He argued that the only reason incest has been considered a crime was because of the risk of genetic abnormalities in offspring, and that this is becoming increasingly irrelevant with access to contraception and abortion.

The judge made his comments during the trial of a man accused of raping his younger sister. The man pleaded guilty to having sexually assaulted his sister in the 1970s when she was ten or eleven years old, but pleaded not guilty to similar charges from when she was 18 and he was 26.

“By that stage, they are both mature adults,” Neilson said.

Neilson’s comments have been met with anger and disgust. The crown prosecutor Sally Dowling said that his words were misogynistic and “completely disgraceful.” She noted his reference to abortion was “particularly repellent.” Dowling has requested an appeals court appoint a new judge.

Adults Surviving Child Abuse president Cathy Kezelman told the Sydney Morning Herald that equating homosexuality to incest is “as ill-informed as it is outrageous.” She added that regardless of their ages, relations between siblings is “abhorrently criminal.”

Three Billionaires Are Definitely the Best Arbiters of What 318 Million Americans Want



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Or so thought said plutocrats’ communications advisers and the editors of the New York Times. Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and Sheldon Adelson have an op-ed in the Times today in support of comprehensive immigration reform along the lines of the Senate’s Gang of Eight bill.

“The three of us vary in our politics and would differ also in our preferences about the details of an immigration reform bill,” they argue. I’m not sure just how much that is the case: All three are more or less economic centrists with liberal views on social issues.

And where they disagree on immigration policy isn’t clear. They cite just three policy changes they’d like to see: more green cards for foreign graduates of American universities in certain fields; an expansion and reform of the fraud-ridden EB-5 “immigrant investor” program that offers permanent residency to people who invest a certain amount in the U.S.; and a path to citizenship for immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

“You don’t have to agree on everything in order to cooperate on matters about which you are reasonably close to agreement,” they write. “It’s time that this brand of thinking finds its way to Washington.” Isn’t it possible that brand of thinking does exist in Washington, but that politicians and Americans are not, in fact, reasonably close to agreement on whether illegal immigrants should get a path to citizenship? And that’s the only major policy change in the Gang of Eight bill that they mention — left undiscussed and undefended are the huge increase in legal immigration it would allow, the bill’s large new guest-worker programs, and its limited effectiveness in reducing illegal immigration. All of those, too, are issues on which the American people are not reasonably close to supportive agreement — they’re not too far from agreeing in opposition, actually.

Which is why it’s odd that Adelson, Buffett, and Gates think they’ll get their way if Congress listens more closely to its constituents — who generally oppose higher immigration, lax border enforcement, etc. “It’s time for 535 of America’s citizens to remember what they owe to the 318 million who employ them,” they write. Senator Jeff Sessions has the right answer:

It is clear that three of the richest billionaires in the world have no clue what Congress ‘owe[s] to the 318 million who employ them’. We owe them our loyalty, our compassion, our devotion. It is precisely because of our duty to the working people of this country that we must stop legislation that would import tens of millions of lower-wage workers to replace them.

Terms used in the Times op-ed: investor, manager, talented graduate, legislator. Not used: worker.

Reform Libertarianism



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An email:

Since you’re answering reader mail today I thought I’d ask you a question. I read your article on NRO today about “the roots of reform” [links added] and it all sounded nice. The question I’m left with is what’s in ["reform conservatism"] for libertarians like me?

The policies mentioned in that article would get the federal debt under control by restraining entitlement spending, reduce the federal and state role in health-care markets to the lowest level in decades, break the alliance between the federal government and the higher-education establishment (by drawing on the work of such libertarians as Charles Murray, Richard Vedder, and Glenn Reynolds), take control of infrastructure spending away from the federal government, and cut the federal government’s parent tax. If the political assumptions in the article are correct, then by promoting that agenda conservatives would make themselves more popular, more capable of winning elections, and therefore more able to advance other free-market, government-limiting policies, such as a reduction in taxes on business investment. These policies would also, again if my assumptions are correct, reduce the demand for bigger government by making it easier for people to pursue their aspirations without the aid of federal grants, new programs, and so forth.

The result would not be a libertarian paradise, and you may be more concerned about issues that don’t have much to do with this list. You may be the kind of libertarian whose primary concern is scaling back the national security state, or abolishing prostitution laws. But I think the cluster of ideas labeled ”reform conservatism” has the potential to do a lot to reduce the power of government compared to civil society.

Melchior: Calif. Obamacare Navigators Sending Customers’ Personal Info in ‘a Very Insecure Format’



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For more on this subject, make sure to read Jillian’s latest piece, “Covered California’s E-mail Insecurity.”

Egregious Ex-Im Deal of the Day



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In the last few weeks, we have found out about cases of fraud, and allegations of internal corruption and kickbacks at the Export-Import Bank. However, potentially illegal incentives aren’t the only reasons the bank undertakes questionable deals.

In many cases, the bank simply allocates money or extends a guarantee to a company without giving any thoughts about the consequences. The bureaucrats making the decisions at Ex-Im are using other people’s money, which just doesn’t demand prudent weighing of cost and benefits and invites decision making by political connections.

And it’s important to expose the negative consequences that can result, which is what Representative Jeb Hensarling’s Financial Services Committee is now going to daily, featuring a new series on its blog, called “Egregious Ex-Im Bank Deal of the Day.”

Here’s the first one

Hardworking American taxpayers, who are paying more for gas (“Gasoline prices at six-year high – AAA”) and “more for almost everything this year” (CNBC), might be wondering why President Obama refuses to approve the Keystone Pipeline but is using their tax dollars to finance foreign corporate welfare — like the nearly $5 billion in direct loans to help build a venture developed by Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company.

This is the same Saudi Aramco, by the way, that one report this week said is “pulling the rug out from under the U.S. gas industry” and has announced plans to spend its money to build 11 45,000-seat capacity stadiums by order of King Abdullah.

Here are the deal details:

In 2012, the Ex-Im Bank provided a record-breaking $4.975 billion in direct loans to help build Sadara Chemical Company, developed by the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco). Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil company of Saudi Arabia, is the world’s biggest oil company, with total assets reportedly in the trillions. – (Sources:  Export-Import Bank press release, 4/4/13:  “Sadara Chemical Company Transaction is Awarded Ex-Im Bank Deal of the Year”;Saudi AramcoForbesUniversity of Texas)

I am pretty sure that this Saudi Arabia state-owned company can access the capital market to finance its projects just fine. I am also sure that they are very happy to be getting a direct loan from U.S. taxpayers at lower rates and with better terms than competing oil producers.

A Win — Small, but Nice



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It’s so nice to be able to report a speck of good news, a speck of justice — and from, of all places, Ann Arbor, Mich., my dear old lefty hometown:

The University of Michigan has settled a lawsuit brought by a student libertarian club after the university spent thousands supporting leftist campus groups while denying funding to campus conservative and libertarian clubs.

The university agreed to pay the U-M Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) a sum of $5,000 plus attorney fees for denying the student group funding toward an event hosted by anti-affirmative action activist Jennifer Gratz.

To read the rest, go here. I joke a lot about Ann Arbor, and slam it, but it is really quite beautiful, as I confirmed on a recent visit home. Far spiffier than when I was growing up. And now it’s a speck more just, what with that 5 grand plus attorney fees.

NR Seeks Editorial Associate



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Reporting on original stories

A background and familiarity with politics, lawmakers, current events, and policy is a must. Please send a cover letter, resume, and relevant clips to mpeace (at) nationalreview.com.

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