This week the United States is up for its Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Committee. One of the most contentious issues that will be raised is whether the US will accept that core human rights provisions apply outside its borders.
The claim from every head of the armed services that the military can solve this problem and leave intact the chain of command issues is about to be tested. Issue your orders to your subordinates. Let it be known that the "look the other way" and "boys will be boys" culture is over.
The politics of immigration reform are already messy, and they're just going to get messier. The hurdles are going to get a lot higher, and a lot harder to clear. Whether they can be cleared or not may depend on the final tally the bill gets in the Senate floor vote.
Military contractors are crying crocodile tears right now about the "fragility" of their industry. But in fact that industry is flush with cash, and will do or say anything to protect the one thing they care about above all else: profit.
The Wall Street reform effort enters a new phase on Thursday, as the conference committee between the House and Senate will meet to begin hashing out the differences between the House and Senate versions which have already passed.
I have little sympathy for Baucus at this point, when he complains that his adversaries have had time to put out a report attacking his bill. Because there is one reason that they've had all that time.