We're rushing this one out faster than usual because news has a shelf life of about 30 minutes right now. Andrew Klavan sits in for the vacationing Peter Robinson, and Byron York, The Washington Examiner's chief political correspondent brings us the very latest news on the deficit deal negotiations, straight from the front lines.
Support these links, or else:
- Santa Barbara, CA is about 90 miles north of Los Angeles. It is pretty wonderful.
- Ricochet's Dr. George Savage made the case last night that the threat of default was a myth.
- Speaking of myths, here's a story from 2009 detailing the Obama administration's first budget proposal. Read it and weep.
- Read Byron York's column for The Washington Examiner here. Follow him on Twitter here. We do.
- Byron is correct. In 1996, the Democratic Party won a net of nine seats from the Republican Party, but the Republicans retained an overall majority in the House for the first time since the Great Depression. In the Senate, Republicans had a net gain of two seats in the Senate, following major Republican gains two years previously in the 1994 elections.
- We couldn't find the photo the James mentions, but we did find this story on Star-Tribune.com about the avalanche of calls, emails. and faxes the state's representatives in D.C. have been receiving over the past few days.
- Here's Charles Krauthammer discussing Obama's referencing of Reagan in his speech two nights ago. Krauthammer says "it's the moist cynical thing he's ever seen." That's saying something.
- Time Magazine's cover from last February. Fair warning: brace yourself before clicking.
- Ladies and gentlemen, direct from the Iowa State Fair: Pork Chop On-A-Stick.
- But wait, there's more: A statue of a cow made of butter!
- Deep fried butter? Now, you've gone too far.
- OK, maybe not: Princess Kay of The Milky Way.....in butter! If only butter had been around when Michaelangelo was doing his thing.
- Whatever Chris Christie is doing in Iowa, he insists he's not there as a presidential candidate.
- Andrew Klavan's new book The Final Hour is available for pre-order now at Amazon.
- The original version of The Killer Elite was directed by the great Sam Peckinpah and starred James Caan and Robert Duvall. The upcoming remake (it is indeed a remake) stars De Niro, Clive Owen, and Jason Statham. It could work.
- Huzzahs to Ricochet member Grendel for walking away with a copy of this week's Encounter Pick of The Week for his post Maybe We Just Need to Hang Tough ‘Til 2016?. We'll be in touch, Mr. G.
Music from this week's episode:
The Ricochet Podcast is proudly sponsored by Encounter Books and their Broadside Series. This week's featured title is Why America Needs School Choice by Jay P. Greene. Available in all formats at EncounterBooks.com.