Thursday, October 8, 2015

Short Takes

President Obama apologized to MSF and Afghanistan for the attack on the hospital in Kunduz.

U.S., Russian aircraft have close encounter over Syria.

Coast Guard ends the search for missing ship lost in Hurricane Joaquin.

Hillary Clinton came out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

Floods still endanger South Carolina coastal towns.

Nobel Prize for chemistry goes to three for DNA repair.

R.I.P. Kevin Corcoran, 66, actor known as “Moochie” in Disney films.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Short Takes

U.S. general says attack on hospital in Kunduz was requested by Afghanistan.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact has been agreed to.

NATO warned Russia to keep its jets bombing Syria out of Turkish airspace.

New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran racked up another charge in her corruption scandal.

American Airlines flight makes an emergency landing after the pilot dies.

The Miami Dolphins fired head coach Joe Philbin.  Like that will help.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Short Takes

Afghan forces struggle to retake Kunduz from the Taliban.

President Obama tells U.N. that it will take more than weapons to defeat ISIS.

House conservatives push Trey Gowdy for Majority Leader.

Volkswagen’s diesel fix doesn’t apply to U.S vehicles.

Tropical Update: TS Joaquin is heading towards the Bahamas, but is expected to turn north before it gets to the U.S. mainland.

The Tigers lost 7-6 to the Rangers.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Short Takes

Obama and Putin trade views on ISIS and Syria at the U.N.

Senate backs spending bill that avoids shutdown.

Dry Hole: Shell pulls out of Arctic oil drilling for now.

The F.B.I. says violent crime dropped slightly in 2014.

Tropical Update:  TD Eleven is curving north; Keep an eye out, Carolinas.

The Tigers beat the Rangers 7-4.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Short Takes

Iraq will share ISIS data with Russia, Syria, and Iran.

Boehner says the government will not shut down.

Pope Francis wrapped up his trip to the U.S.

Did you watch the total lunar eclipse last night?

Tropical Update:  There’s Invest 98L and the remnants of Ida in the Atlantic.

The Tigers ended their season at Comerica Park with a loss to the Twins.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Short Takes

Volkswagen CEO resigns over emissions scandal.

Hackers stole 5.6 million sets of fingerprints from the federal government.

Pope Francis talks about immigration and climate change.

Eastern Europe lightens up on migrant quotas.

The Tigers beat the White Sox 7-4.

Tropical Update:  TS Ida moves a little to the north.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Short Takes

VW admits to diesel emissions fraud.

E.U. ministers approve migrant plan.

Democrats defeat GOP abortion bill in the Senate.

The sage grouse doesn’t get protected status.

U.S. stops screening passengers from Liberia.

Tropical Update: TS Ida is still stuck in neutral.

R.I.P. Yogi Berra, 90, ballplayer and force of wit.

The Tigers beat the White Sox 2-1 in extra innings.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Short Takes

Secretary Kerry upped the number of Syrian refugees the U.S. will take to 100,000 by 2017.

Bye, Scott.

Volkswagen’s stock went into the tank after it was revealed they cheated on emissions software.

Here comes Pope Francis.

The best argument possible for price controls on prescription drugs.

Tropical Update: TS Ida is not making much of a move anywhere.

The Tigers lost a doubleheader to the White Sox.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Short Takes

Strong earthquake hits off the coast of Chile.

Hungarian police clash with migrants at the Serbian border.

Oklahoma execution called off with just hours to spare.

GM and feds reach settlement on faulty ignition switches.

Will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates?

Tropical Update: TD Nine forms in the North Atlantic.

The Tigers beat the Twins 7-4.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Short Takes

Hungary built a fence to keep immigrants out.

23,000 people forced out by wildfires in California.

Professor shot and killed at university in Mississippi.

Political turmoil down under: Prime Minister Abbott booted from office.

Tropical Update:  Three in the Atlantic 93L, 94L, and 95L.

The Tigers lost 7-1 to the Twins.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Labour’s Lessons

Over the weekend the British Labour Party elected Jeremy Corbyn, a staunch — some may say radical — liberal, as their leader.  Anthony Lane at The New Yorker has a piece that explains who he is and where he make take the party.

It is your tenth birthday. You invite close friends to your party, plus a few other kids from your class—the popular ones, good to have on your side, and maybe a couple of smart ones, who know all the answers to the questions. Your mother has an idea: “Invite Jerry.” You scoff at the thought. Jerry is the outlier—the class grouch, making trouble but never headway. Nobody hates him, but you all roll your eyes whenever he raises his hand, because you know what’s coming next. Plus, Jerry is no fun. He actually likes school. For just those reasons, however, your mom thinks you should include him; it will loosen the guest-list, shake things up a little. So, with a sigh, you agree.

Jerry comes to the party. Everyone laughs when he arrives—dressed like a dork, of course, because he is a dork. Still, he hangs around, and talks. And then something strange happens. The other kids begin to listen to Jerry. They sidle toward him, and cluster round. He seems different from everyone else; that used to be a liability, but now it makes him stand out from the crowd. It even makes him—get this—a little bit cool. And so it is that, as the party ends, everybody leaves with Jerry, hanging on his every word. He has already blown out the candles on your cake, taken a large slice for himself, and handed round the rest. He has opened your presents. He has utterly won over your mother, who finds him “so real” compared with the rest of your pals. Today, in short, feels like his birthday, not yours. Everybody loves Jerry.

All of which is one way of describing the events that have overtaken the Labour Party in Great Britain over the past four months—events that culminated, Saturday, in the election of Jeremy Corbyn as the leader of the party. How you regard this singular occurrence depends on your point of view. If you cleave to the idealistic left and believe that Labour has strayed for too long from the path of righteousness, you will treat the ascent of Corbyn to the top job—he is now the Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition, in Parliament—as the advent of a Messiah. (That was certainly the tone of the adulation that Corbyn received on Saturday afternoon, in Parliament Square, when, in his first deed as leader, he addressed a large rally that was urging the government to welcome refugees who are fleeing war in Syria and elsewhere, and arriving in ever greater numbers at the borders of Europe.) If you are someone who worked for Tony Blair, when he was the party leader, you will lie down in a dark room, press your fingers to your temples, and wonder if your life’s work just got thrown out with the trash. And, if you are a member of the Conservative Party, currently governing with a healthy majority, you will solemnly pour a glass of champagne and then, midway through your first sip, start laughing so hard that bubbles come out of your nose.

Already the Very Serious People are using Mr. Corbyn’s election as a cautionary tale for the Democrats who are promoting Bernie Sanders, but that’s what sells newspapers and Twitter trends.  (A closer parallel might be the Canadian election where someone with a famous name and legacy is leading the a liberal party.)

The results of a party leadership election in Britain aren’t the same as what’s going on here, and the next scheduled time for Mr. Corbyn to see if he can bring back Labour is in 2020.  By then we’ll be in the throes of another election over here.

Short Takes

Thousands flee California wildfires.

Babies drown as migrant boat capsizes off Greek island.

Germany begins border checks to limit immigrants.

Phoenix police search for highway sniper.

R.I.P. Frank D. Gilroy, 89, playwright.

Tropical Update: Two disturbances in the Atlantic: Invest 93L and 94L.

The Tigers split a double header with Cleveland.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Short Takes

President Obama says U.S. will accept 10,000 Syrian refugees.

Senate Democrats block GOP attempt to scuttle Iran nuclear deal.

Feds and Duke Energy reach settlement of pollution from coal-fired plants.

New species of human ancestor discovered in South Africa.

Tropical Update: TS Henri heads for Newfoundland.

The Tigers lost 7-5 in Cleveland.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Short Takes

Republicans move the goalposts on the Iran deal vote.

Australia joins the air war against ISIS.

The Kremlin tries to organize a “peace” conference for Ukraine.

Apple unveils new products.

Kickback: TV camera person fired for kicking running refugees in Hungary.

Fox and National Geographic announce a joint venture.

Tropical Update: Grace is dissipating; TS Henri is curving out to sea.

The Tigers lost in an 8-0 shutout by the Rays.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Short Takes

Germany and Sweden urge other European countries to take in more refugees.

It’s over: The number of senators backing the Iran deal is 42; two more than needed to block the GOP anti-deal resolution.

Baltimore reached a tentative $6.4 million settlement with the family of Freddie Gray.

United Airlines CEO resigns over Port Authority corruption.

Tropical Update: Say goodnight, Gracie.

The Tigers beat the Rays 7-8.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Short Takes

The stock markets tanked again yesterday.

President Obama proposes expanding the U.S. arctic icebreaker fleet.

A manhunt is underway near Chicago for three suspects who killed a police officer.

Support grows in the House and Senate for the Iran nuclear deal.

Tropical Update: TS Fred is fizzling out.

The Tigers beat the Royals 6-5.