Sorry I haven’t given you anything new today. Been busy. Of course, there are some posts from yesterday with no comments, so I don’t feel too bad. I mean, ya gotta meet me halfway, people. I need positive reinforcement.
Anyway, here’s your first VFP in a while:
- Russia’s $400B gas deal with China, dulls sanctions’ impact (WashPost) — Nobody else is leading with this right now, but I think they’re wrong. This looks to be the most significant thing happening out there, in strategic terms.
- Solar shining after dark ages (thestate.com) — Were this The State and not my blog, this would likely be the lead. The SC House unanimously passed a bill designed to boost solar power in our state. A victory for SC environmentalists (and maybe for consumers), and a defeat for the out-of-state solar industry people who fought it.
- U.S. Sends Troops to Help in Hunt for Nigerian Girls (NYT) — It’s only 80 Air Force people, not anybody who might go toe-to-toe with the terrorists, but maybe it will help. Meanwhile, Boko Haram is believed to have killed 48 people in three villages.
- At VA,‘if there is misconduct it will be punished’ (WashPost) — That’s POTUS speaking.
- Justices weigh Missouri execution (The Guardian) — I continue to be fascinated by the Brits’ fascination with our increasingly peculiar institution, the death penalty. I learn about developments on that front from reading British publications, when U.S. papers are basically ignoring them, or downplaying them.
- Newberry Sheriff’s Office issues BOLO for missing horse (thestate.com) — Are we in a western here, or what? What’s the sheriff gonna do once he runs down the thieving, rustling varmint?