By Bob Eschliman
The morning after a big debate, it’s pretty easy to weed through the email inbox. Every candidate tries to spin out how they won the debate. CLICK HERE to see whom we think actually won. There were a lot of other things going on in the world last night that you might’ve missed.
So, let’s take a look at those. And, until tomorrow, be sure to keep things straight.
Five Things You Need to Know Today
- Not Just Yet — Paul Ryan didn’t shed a tear in winning the House Republican Conference leadership vote yesterday, but he fell short of the number of votes he needs to win the Speaker of the House election today. CLICK HERE for the full story.
- Sold Out — Seventy-nine House Republicans voted along with Democrats to secure John Boehner one last sellout before he let the door hit him in his backside. The two-year budget deal, which gives President Obama pretty much everything he ever hoped for, is now in the hands of the Senate. CLICK HERE for the full story.
- The Biggest Loser — It’s official. When the WaPo says you suck at your job, you really have to aspirate greatly. So was the final verdict for CNBC’s Clinton operatives, err … moderators, at last night’s GOP presidential primary debate. CLICK HERE for the full story.
- Dirty Disney — The Disney employees who were forced to train their H1B replacements have finally spoken out about the ordeal. The timing couldn’t have been worse for the loose-immigration U.S. Chamber of Commerce crowd. CLICK HERE for the full story.
- That’s Not Growth — The U.S. economy grew by just 1.5 percent, which in real terms is not growth, in the third quarter of 2015. The growth in the second quarter was reported as 3.9 percent. CLICK HERE for the full story.
The Story No One is Talking About Today (But Should Be)
To quote Admiral Painter from “The Hunt for Red October”: “Russians don’t take a dump, son, without a plan.”
What Vladimir Putin has planned is anyone’s guess right about now, but it’s clearly grand in scale. From his injecting most of the former Soviet Bloc into the battle with ISIS in Syria to his recent buzzing of U.S. territory with his Bear bombers, he’s clearly trying to invoke some kind of conflict with the U.S. and NATO.
So, the latest development: Two Bear bombers flew within a nautical mile of U.S.S. Ronald Reagan at an altitude of only 500 feet, prompting the aircraft carrier to scramble several of its F-18s to intercept. The Reagan was taking part in regularly scheduled maneuvers with the South Korean navy.
And now NATO is preparing to send up to 4,000 ground troops to the Russian border with Poland and the Baltic States in an effort to send the message that it will no longer tolerate provocations.
CLICK HERE for the full story.
Quote of the Day
History affords us many instances of the ruin of states, by the prosecution of measures ill suited to the temper and genius of their people. The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy… These measures never fail to create great and violent jealousies and animosities between the people favored and the people oppressed; whence a total separation of affections, interests, political obligations, and all manner of connections, by which the whole state is weakened.
— Benjamin Franklin, 1774
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