Eurosceptic Bloc in EU Parliament Collapses -- A bloc of Eurosceptic parties in the European Union';s Parliament has lost its status as a recognized grouping. The fall came about after Latvian MEP Iveta Grigule's exit from the group. To qualify as a group, a bloc must have members from seven different EU member states. Ms. Grigule's resignation from the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group left it one shy of that benchmark. EFDD members are claiming EP President Martin Schulz engineered the whole thing. [17 October]
Florida Governor Scott Diverts Debate Attention to Crist's Electric Fan -- Magicians and politicians both rely on misdirection frequently to succeed in their profession. Last night, Governor Rick Scott skillfully misdirected the voters in Florida and the political media by delaying the start of his debate with challenger and ex-governor Charlie Crist. The pretext was Mr. Crist's 12-inch electric fan that he takes everywhere and which was set inside his podium. For 7 minutes, the debate was delayed while Mr. Scott fussed. It helped bury the content of the debate beautifully. [16 October]
National Democrats End Spending on Grimes in Kentucky -- The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which helps fund Democrats running for the US Senate, has announced it is no longer buying ads for Alison Lundergan Grimes. Ms. Grimes is challenging Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, for his seat as part of the Kentucky delegation. While Ms. Grimes is still competitive in this race according to recent polls, the DSCC clearly believes she's going to lose. The decision is probably the correct one. [15 October]
State Department Worries China to Spy at Waldorf Astoria -- In these globalized times, it is not out of the ordinary for foreign firms to purchase high-profile assets in other nations. The Beijing-based Anbang Insurance Group is purchasing the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, and the State Department is worried that the Chinese government will use this as a place to conduct espionage. At $1.95 billion, there are cheaper ways for the ChiComs to do their spying. [14 October]
Electing Independents is a Path to Powerlessness -- The editors at Bloomberg, who should know better, have just written and published an editorial called, "Washington Deserves More Independents." A great many people sympathize with this viewpoint; indeed, declared independent voters represent the fastest growing bloc in the nation. The truth is, however, that electing an independent to office, especially in the legislature, is ineffective. It neither shatters the system nor provides optimum governance. [13 October]
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