Republicans Fear Trump Third-Party Effort -- Reince Priebus, the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, was on NBC's "Today Show" making a pitch for Republican candidates not to run as independents. "I think everyone understands that. If Hillary Clinton's going to get beat, she's going to get beat by a Republican. If our candidates want to win, then they'll have to run as a Republican." He added, "I think our candidates should pledge not to run as a third party candidate [sic]." However, what he meant was "I really hope Donald Trump doesn't run as an independent candidate after I figure out how to deny him the Republican nomination. The simple truth is that, of the 16 announced Republican contenders for the 2016 presidential nomination, only Mr. Trump has the resources to run as an independent. [27 July]
Iran Deal Rejection Would Make Situation Worse -- The main foreign policy debate for the next several weeks in Washington and across America is the Iran nuke deal. Opponents of the agreement, and a minority of opponents have actually read it, say that it isn't strong enough to prevent Iran from building a fission weapon, that rejecting the deal would allow for a "better" treaty to be negotiated. What they fail to realize is that the choice right now is between this arrangement, warts and all, and no limits on Iran's atomic work while the sanctions in place are undermined by Russia and China. The status quo ante is not an option. [24 July]
Rick Perry Attacks Trump in Bid to Join Fox Debate -- The rise of Donald Trump in the opinion polls has given the Republican Party's establishment cause for alarm. The multitude of GOP candidates for the White House has caused Fox News to limit the participants in the first debate among them, scheduled for August 6, to just ten based on national polling popularity. In a bid to break into that Top Ten, former Texas Governor Rick Perry has done what someone in the party should have done long ago. He has attacked the odious Trump campaign for its hateful posturing and the venom it has added to the political process. [23 July]
Trump's Rise Gives GOP Bosses Fits -- Donald Trump is now sitting comfortably at the top of the polls, besting the other GOP candidates (all 15 of them) by at least a margin of 2:1. With the anti-Trump field so divided, it is possible that he could win the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. The GOP powers that be have just a few months to stop him. Their problem is that they don't know how. [22 July]
IMF Says Euro Needs Fiscal Union -- The International Monetary Fund issued a statement on Greece, the euro and debt on Tuesday. This was the day before Greek MPs were to vote on the financial package offered by their nation's creditors. The timing was unfortunate because the IMF called into question not just the current offer but the entire structure of the eurozone. Greek public debt, says the IMF, is now "highly unsustainable," and it offers a few remedies. All of them amount to a fiscal union. [16 July]
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