"If the defense appropriations bill is vetoed, it is unlikely to change by any great degree the money the Pentagon would get in an omnibus bill. Still, it would add political ugliness to the process and continue to underscore that the politics of the defense budget is and will remain wrapped up in taxes, entitlements and non-defense spending. It could get uglier."
"Self-centered, preoccupied with their personal survival and wealth, fearful of domestic rebellions, and, even more, perennially watchful of ambitious members of their entourage, tyrants cannot go far away. Any absence by the tyrant chips away at his hold on power."
"The billions of dollars the United States spends has fueled a Byzantine industry and few, inside or outside the aid community, believe that the system as currently designed functions well. Still, Americans believe in helping others, and few beyond perhaps the most libertarian candidates would suggest dispensing with foreign aid."
"The truth is, China is in no position to lead Asia. China’s economy is stagnating as its debt grows, its labor force shrinks and its natural resource base is pillaged. The bank is just another way for China to recycle the dollar reserves it holds to sustain a distorted financial system."
"The next leader of the free world must be able to powerfully project and defend America’s interests internationally. That must include standing up to a resurgent Russia. 'Leading from behind,' the mantra of the Obama administration, is simply not good enough when it comes to challenging Vladimir Putin’s regime."
In the Daily Northwestern, our Northwestern University chapter's recent event made news after a discussion on the legality of Israeli settlements under international law:
“That’s really exciting when you get people who don’t agree with each other and care about an issue to talk about the issue,” a senior student said. “I don’t think we get enough actual debate on campuses anymore.”
"The administration should avoid falling into the trap of offering concessions in response to Ayatollah Khamenei and instead focus on using the coming months to strengthen the nuclear framework while also seeking to underscore our alternatives to a deal. The latter can be accomplished by warning of further sanctions and taking tougher actions to counter Iran’s regional activities."