cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
$350,000,000 to buy silence for a sin from the past sounds like it must cover a significant sin. Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is supposedly the person buying the silence of a person from his past. Hastert denies any foul play, but we expect that to occur in these situations. He has been removed or has resigned from his current positions. Both actions occurred according to the news reports as a result of this becoming known publicly.
Entrenched power is under assault by Republicans writing the new state budget in the Joint Finance Committee. Those two areas are organized education and labor unions. Organized education sees the relaxation of teacher licensing in Wisconsin as the beginning of the end of excellent education. Organized labor sees the prospective repeal of the prevailing wage rules as the ultimate loss possible for certain unions.
Chicago seems a city destined to close once all its citizens have been shot to death.
The Secretary of Defense, at least he still is so far today, engaged in some straight talk about Iraqi troops and their lack of the will to fight as evidenced in the battle for Ramadi. Ashton Carter may not be the SecDef for much longer at the rate he is going, though. Imagine having the Vice President apologizing for your comments to the Iraqi Prime Minister. Biden, of course, lauded the courage and tenacity of the Iraqi troops who found it necessary to ‘get out of Dodge’ by any means possible. It must be difficult to be honest when you are part of an Administration that is in disarray so far as its foreign policy.