As you know, there was very little in the way of “American” news in the week just completed. The Egyptian counter-revolution continued to roll out, the Castro boys were caught shipping weapons to the Norks who, as we know, like to ship things to the mullahs, and Snowden was still in Russia with Putin’s blessing, but these stories just didn’t matter much to a MSM with a Zimmerman verdict to mull over.
Even an important hearing into the IRS scandal got short shrift from MSM, partly because Chairman Issa didn’t do much to alert the media that he had a blockbuster coming, and partly because the president used Friday to deliver his Trayvon Martin soliloquy on race in America.
So it was a great week for some long form interviews on my radio show, and there are five over at the Transcripts page, including a very long interview with the New York Times’ Mark Leibovich on his book This Town, two hour interviews with novelists Daniel Silva and Brad Thor, the latest in the Hillsdale Dialogues with Dr. Larry Arnn, this one on Plutarch’s assessments of Alcibiades and Corolianus, and chats with Karl Rove on the Senate races of 2014 and with House Hoimeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul on the border security bill he is moving and the need for it to spell out the specifics of the border fence. (We disagree.)
In short, all you need for a summer weekend of reading, and all the pointers you could possibly need to great new books –and a very old one.
If you need anything more –and you will, it is a July weekend after all– my pals at Powerline have been working overtime, all four of them. Paul Mirengoff comments on the president’s Martin talk; Scott Johnson on Obamacare dishonesty; John Hinderaker on the Kerry “master plan” for the Middle East; and Steven Hayward on the “Blogs to Log” –pointers to even more reading that may not have yet appeared on your radar.
Finally, as Congress prepares to go home, start now to to plan to attend your congressman’s town ahll meetings or coffees, so you can tell him or her what you think about immigration reform and especially about the fence. Bring along Congressman Tom Cotton’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal as a handy guide to what conservatives think about the immigration bill.
Many of us are hoping Congressman Cotton will challenge Arkansas’ placeholder mark Pryor, who is in the Senate only because of his family name (Pryor’s dad was a senator and a fixture in Arkansas politics for a long time.) Cotton’s clarity on the need for a fence is another reason to sup[port him —which you can do via a click or two and a donation here. Contributions to his Congressional fund are all transferable to a Senate campaign as soon as Cotton announces.
Read. Think. Act. Great way to spend a summer weekend.