By Megan McArdle – I thought Republicans should have confirmed Garland, and I’ve written before that the arms race to procedurally hack the U.S. government — via controlling the Supreme Court, or dreaming up ever-more-arcane uses of the parliamentary rules — is bad for the country and needs to stop. That doesn’t mean I think it’s going to.
The escalating tit-for-tat game over the Supreme Court has been going on at least since the 1980s, and arguably long before that, in the post-New-Deal era when courts began tilting noticeably leftwards.
Under Reagan, conservatives sought to reverse that by grooming conservative justices for all levels of the courts. Democrats tried to keep them from doing so, culminating in the disgraceful treatment of Robert Bork. Ever since, we’ve been locked in a spiraling cycle of payback.
Everyone understands that this is destructive; everyone wishes it to stop. The catch is, they also believe that it needs to stop after they themselves get last licks in. And so it continues. more> https://goo.gl/ZY6FYW
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By Daniel L. Byman – Let’s consider some of the assumptions Trump and his team appear to bring to the table as they enter office. Some are about how the world works, while others concern the best way to design and implement U.S. foreign policy.
- Assumption #1: Calling it “Radical Islam” Makes a Difference
- Assumption #2: Foreign Public Opinion Doesn’t Matter
- Assumption #3: Allies are Overrated
- Assumption #4: Russia Is America’s Natural Partner
- Assumption #5: Israel Can Do What it Wants
- Assumption #6: The Rough Stuff Works
- Assumption #7: Tough Policymakers Make for Tough Policy
In short: Trump’s foreign policy assumptions fly in the face of many traditional U.S. policy approaches and the preferences of powerful bureaucracies. We should expect international realities and bureaucratic obstacles to obstruct, or at least water down, some initiatives, while those that get through might not just fail but may leave the United States worse off for pursuing them.
As a candidate, Trump excelled at destroying truisms about how politics works; over the coming years, we will find out if this holds true for foreign policy as well. more> https://goo.gl/PVWnOe
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Ciena – Blue Planet is purpose-built for network operators, automating
service delivery and reducing operational complexity to enable Scalable, =
transformation to more open and programmable networks.
Blue Planet serves these main use cases:
• Multi-Domain Service Orchestration
• NFV Orchestration Functions
• SDN Management and Control
• Open Network Operating System
It does this on top of a disruptive, next-generation software architecture that leverages open source elements, model-driven the definition and templates, and container-based micro-services. more> blueplanet.com/resources
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CONGRESS WATCH Inside the Beltway: Picking conflicts based on politics, Jennifer Harper, Washington KXAN Report on “Compassionate Use” Reform, YouTube [VIDEO 0:54] FY 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Bill (pdf), US Congress TechAmerica Foundation named McCaul House Legislator of the … Continue reading