Jeffrey Goldberg says debate is white-hot inside the Obama administration over whether to use U.S.-led airstrikes against Syria’s airbases.
According to Goldberg’s sources, Secretary of State John Kerry is calling for immediate and sustained airstrikes to punish Bashar Assad’s regime for using chemical weapons against rebels. Earlier, President Barack Obama had said that such use would justify an increased American response to the rising number of deaths in the war.
But Kerry’s airstrikes idea was shot down in a tense Situation Room exchange by Army General Martin Dempsey, the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The Pentagon estimates that at least 700 sorties would be needed to effectively destroy the airfields. That increases the probability an American pilot would…[more]
Flush with an estimated $6 billion in new annual tax revenues after voters passed Proposition 30, California Governor Jerry Brown is claiming victory over the state’s chronic budget deficit. But Brown’s failure to reform two of the main drivers of overspending – public employee unions and their collective bargaining rights – will mean continuing deficits are here to stay.
A new study by the Pacific Research Institute explains why.
In 2011, outside research cited in the PRI study revealed that California government workers enjoy a compensation premium…
"The Gang of Eight bill being debated in the Senate does not require any security advances before illegal immigrants are granted a decade-long 'temporary' legal status. And all that is required before those same immigrants move on to permanent legal status and citizenship is that a 'Comprehensive Southern Border Security Strategy' be 'substantially deployed and substantially operational.' What does…[more]
—Byron York, The Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent
— Byron York, The Washington Examiner Chief Political Correspondent