A chorus of Democrats and activists are raising hackles about the potential of Republican policy riders being added to a year-end omnibus spending bill. Policy riders (or “limitation riders”) are the opposite of earmarks. Where the now-extinct earmark required money to be used on a certain project, a rider is a paragraph or two in an appropriations bill dictating what the money cannot be used for.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid told Roll Call:Read more
If readers weren’t made aware already by the wall-to-wall coverage, Pope Francis was recently in Washington, D.C., where he met with the president, addressed Congress, and canonized a saint (Junípero Serra) at a mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. While local traffic experts predicted gridlock and mayhem, The Scrapbook bucked the conventional wisdom and commuted to The Weekly Standard offices with amazing ease—so much so, that it almost felt sinful.Read more
It’s been nearly a year since Michelle Obama began her bizarre, medically discredited campaign to get Americans to drink more water. The campaign, dubbed Drink Up, began last September with a pro-water speech in Watertown, Wisconsin (we were meant to find the location clever), and has since morphed into a full-bore advertising campaign, replete with YouTube movies and an active social media presence.Read more
It probably seemed safe enough. The people advising the first lady may not even have taken a poll or run a focus group. After all, who could possibly be opposed to . . . water? Even Ted Cruz and Newt Gingrich and Sean Hannity drink the stuff. Not enough, probably. Which might, come to think of it, explain a lot. Still, a campaign to get Americans to drink more water, with the first lady as the face and chief spokesperson—what could go wrong? No controversy. No politics. Just clean, pure water.Read more
First Lady Michelle Obama's office is holding a conference call with reporters now to tout her "New Effort To Encourage Everyone to Drink More Water," according to the White House. The content of the call is "embargoed until 6:00AM ET on Thursday, September 12."Read more
What does a refined palate look for in a water tasting? They know the answer at:Read more
Cafe Hawelka, Vienna
I'm currently on assignment for THE WEEKLY STANDARD in God-awful Vienna, Austria (just trying not to make my colleagues envious). It's been almost 20 years since I spent a year in the old city as a student, and it's fascinating seeing what has changed (I've already stumbled across two Starbucks) and what hasn't (the grocery stores are still closed on Sundays).
Mexican presidential candidate Enrique Peña Nieto asked Vice President Joe Biden for a glass of water today at the Four Seasons Hotel in Mexico City, according to the pool report compiled by Alfredo Corchado of the Dallas Morning News.Read more
Sean Trende: "Odds of a Brokered Convention Are Increasing"
The Telegraph: "Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say"Read more
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