Scott Wong (POLITICO) reports that Senator Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority Leader, states President Barack Obama assured him that there would be no recess appointments during the Easter break.
I think we have all learned by now that when Mr. Obama says he will not do something, that is the first tip-off that he is planning to do something.
I have not written about this week's episode of Cougar Town and an e-mail asked why? Because there was no new episode this week.
I will cover it next week.
But I thought the whole point of holding Cougar Town for mid-season was that all the episodes could run in order without repeats. They have not repeated yet but they did not show the show this week.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today:
Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Ayad Alawi's Iraqiya bloc threatened to walk out of parliament in opposition to PM Maliki's dominance. But Sultan believes these threats only prove the Iraqiya bloc's failure in its politics.
"I think that Iraqiya bloc lacks unity in the political discourse in dealing with crisis," he said. "It withdrew its ministers from the government after the issue of al-Hashimi, and later sent them back. Now it wants to withdraw them again. What will they get from all this?"
This is not the first time the Iraqi Communist Party has been targeted by the U.S.-backed government that replaced the old dictatorship. In 2007, Najim Abed Jassem, the party workers' trade union leader and member of the executive committee of the Mechanics Union, was abducted and tortured by militias in Baghdad, and subsequently murdered.
Nouri's heavy-handed and rules through fear. He thought he could apply the same scare tactics in dealing with foreign ministers of other countries -- none of those present face the level of violence Iraq does. So not only was the topic a 'downer' but they really didn't see the need to be lectured to on the topic of violence from the person over the most violent country in the region. Nouri's so out of touch that he honestly believes other leaders in the region would be impressed with him. His calling for cooperation on positive projects and issues would have surprised them and would have impressed them. Instead, he's the crazy troll under the bridge and he's got no one to blame but himself (and his advisors who thought his speech would go over well).