EU Announces Important, Insufficient Jobs Programming -- The European Commission's President Jean-Claude Juncker has just announced a €315 billion jobs program to jump start Europe's failing economy. With the markets awash in cash, it is a matter of debate as to whether this will work. The size is almost certainly a fraction of what is needed, if an injection of money can help at all. Nevertheless, this is important because it will take some of the pressure off national governments. [26 November]
No Indictment of Ferguson Police Officer in Brown Shooting -- The surprise is that anyone was surprised. Last night, the grand jury looking into the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, decided there was no enough evidence to indict police officer Darren Wilson, the triggerman. This result was in the cards from the moment the case went to the grand jury. St. Louis County Chief Prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch never wanted an indictment and certainly didn't want the blame for letting Officer Wilson walk. It was a masterfully rigged process. [25 November]
Hagel Ousted from Pentagon -- Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel resigned from his position this morning. It took a bit of time for the dust to settle, but it appears he was fired for not being up to the job. While the president and Mr. Hagel had a make-nice photo op, the decision looks to have come from the Oval Office itself, and the president's words were laced with more than a modicum of hypocrisy. Mr. Hagel's successor will have, at most two years, and is likely, therefore, to be as average in the job as Mr. Hagel was. [17 November]
UKIP Wins Second By-Election -- The UK Independence party won yesterday's by-election in the constituency of Rochester and Strood, in Kent. The party also one a council seat in Medway, which is part of the City of Rochester. Both elections were forced by the resignation of sitting Conservatives who defected to UKIP. Further defections and by-elections are likely between now and the May general election. The Conservatives may well be outflanked on their right by UKIP, which is undeniably a factor now. They have gone from the fringe to become a serious threat to the Conservative's general election hopes. [21 November]
President, Congress Prepare for Immigration Showdown -- Tonight, President Obama will address the nation from the Oval Office outlining his executive actions pertaining to immigration. Many of these details have reached the media already, and the pundits are discussing what this and that may mean. Meanwhile, the Republican party is trying to decide on a strategy to defeat the president's moves. This is a taste of things to come. [20 November]
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