Moby Dick Airlines and Newt

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Huffpost‘s Paul Blumenthal has an extensive piece out on Newt Gingrich’s campaign debt problems. I loved this graf: The campaign’s most absurd unpaid expenses were more than $1 million to the private jet company Moby Dick Airways, nearly $450,000 to a security firm, and more than $500,000 in travel reimbursements and other payments to individual staffers and consultants. When life imitates absurd movies. . .well, I just love the notion of Newt, Ahab, and Moby Dick. Can’t find much on…

Romney Ups his Foreign Policy Stock Valuation

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Last night I joined Rachel Maddow to talk about Mitt Romney’s evolving views on Afghanistan.  At various times, Romney has said we needed to get out of the Afghanistan mess, agreeing for the most part at the time of early GOP debates with House Representative and then presidential candidate Michele Bachmann until shifting to a harder-line posture on staying in Afghanistan. Romney, who has endorsed the general time frame of closing down most of the US mission in Afghanistan at…

Daddy’s Home

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Daddy has been traveling a lot lately — Silicon Valley, Berlin for the Institute for New Economic Thinking conference, Istanbul, Doha, Dubai, New York — and now back to D.C. — Steve Clemons

The Meaning of Omar Suleiman

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photo credit: Reuters Egypt’s Presidential Election Commission has deemed ten candidates unqualified for the upcoming election battle to succeed the toppled Hosni Mubarak.  They include the surprise candidate from the Muslim Brotherhood, Khairat al-Shater; the more radical Islamist Hazem Salah Abu Ismail; and Omar Suleiman, Mubarak’s long time spymaster. Egyptian citizens are massing in Tahrir Square protesting anti-democratic manipulation by the Commission as well as protesting in various pockets of the square this or that candidate on the roster —…

Soros: If Germany Persists, Europe is Over

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George Soros has gone to Berlin to tell the Germans that their policies are leading to the disintegration of not just the Euro, but Europe itself. Yesterday in a panel on the “Future of Europe” at a conference organized by the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Soros said: The Euro has really broken down. It has sprung defects, some of which could have been anticipated and some were anticipated. But some actually couldn’t. Effectively, heavily indebted countries [in Europe] have…