John McCormack is a staff writer at The Weekly Standard.
In his New York Times column yesterday, David Brooks writes that Republicans opposed to tax hikes as a part of a debt limit deal "have no sense of moral decency." The column happens to include a rather conspicuous typo:
Last week, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray made good on a promise to veto parts of the city budget approved by the Urban County Council. This week it’s the council’s turn to respond. At Tuesday’s work session, council members received advice from attorneys on their options for overriding Mayor Gray’s vetoes, which took effect last Friday. Some of the items will require a simple up or down vote, but others, such as the restored 10% cut in arts and charitable programs, could be voted on individually, though the council lacks the authority to reduce the amount of the cuts. For now, Lexington Vice Mayor Linda Gorton says council members are remaining relatively tight-lipped about their plans.
The news that "a Somali citizen captured in April was interrogated aboard a U.S. warship for two months and is now in New York to face terrorism charges" is one of the major stories of the morning. And as The Wall Street Journal writes, the Obama administration's decision to try Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame in a U.S.
Jonathan Chait is a senior editor at The New Republic. He writes the magazine's TRB column. He has worked at The New Republic since 1995. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Robin, and two children.
David Brooks yesterday has an important column, important not in the sense that it contains an intellectual breakthrough — those are hard to pull off in 700 words — but that it's a Cronkite-esque statement about the Republican Party's radicalism:
The fourth of July weekend is barely history and there’s already interest among some Lexington council members to change the city’s fireworks policy. Several Lexington area residents complained to city hall about fireworks activity in their neighborhoods. The new state law opened the nighttime skies to flying fireworks. Plus, the newly legal fireworks on the ground were quite a bit louder than usual. Council member Kevin Stinnett says he heard the blasts and got an earful from constituents.
Kentucky senator Mitch McConnell is asking the U.S Attorney General to reconsider his decision to try terror suspects in a Bowling Green courtroom. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Senator McConnell writes the decision to try Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohaned Shareef Hammadi in civilian court was “ill-advised."
Google's latest attempt to compete with Facebook is its new social network called Google Plus. The launch party was by invitation-only but some how Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg got in. Now more than 40,000 follow Zuckerberg, making him the most-followed person on Google Plus.