theatlantic:

In Ukraine, We’re Witnessing What Comes After the War on Terror

Maybe this is how the “war on terror” ends.
Since entering his second term, President Obama has signaled his desire to close out a foreign-policy era that he believes has drained America’s economic resources and undermined its democratic ideals. But it hasn’t been easy. Partly, Obama remains wedded to some of the war on terror’s legally dubious tools—especially drone strikes and mass surveillance. And just as importantly, Obama hasn’t had anything to replace the war on terror with. It’s hard to end one foreign-policy era without defining a new one. The post-Cold War age, for instance, dragged on and on until 9/11 suddenly rearranged Americans’ mental map of the world.
Now Russia may have solved Obama’s problem. Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Ukraine doesn’t represent as sharp a historical break as 9/11 did, but it does offer the clearest glimpse yet of what the post-war on terror era may look like. To quote Secretary of State John Kerry, what comes after the war on terror is the “19th century.”
Read more. [Image: Reuters/Ina Fassbender]

theatlantic:

In Ukraine, We’re Witnessing What Comes After the War on Terror

Maybe this is how the “war on terror” ends.

Since entering his second term, President Obama has signaled his desire to close out a foreign-policy era that he believes has drained America’s economic resources and undermined its democratic ideals. But it hasn’t been easy. Partly, Obama remains wedded to some of the war on terror’s legally dubious tools—especially drone strikes and mass surveillance. And just as importantly, Obama hasn’t had anything to replace the war on terror with. It’s hard to end one foreign-policy era without defining a new one. The post-Cold War age, for instance, dragged on and on until 9/11 suddenly rearranged Americans’ mental map of the world.

Now Russia may have solved Obama’s problem. Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Ukraine doesn’t represent as sharp a historical break as 9/11 did, but it does offer the clearest glimpse yet of what the post-war on terror era may look like. To quote Secretary of State John Kerry, what comes after the war on terror is the “19th century.”

Read more. [Image: Reuters/Ina Fassbender]

Republican Tax Plan Seeks Lower Rates and Fewer Brackets4

The question is… can this tax system if simplified close our deficits without gutting the budget. If you eradicate all corporate welfare could this possibly work? If thats what Republicans are offering here in exchange for lowering corporate tax to 25% from 35 (because very few multinational corps actually pay 35 if anything in taxes) and ensuring all corporations will pay that then thats a big win for the nation. I need to see more specifics. Lowering tax rates is fine so long as enforcement is iron fisted and without loopholes via tax breaks and porous tax laws. I’d like to of course see capital gains taxed at the same rate as the top wealthy tax rate.

Either way I like the idea of a page 1 rewrite of the tax code. Its cumbersome, it rewards duplicity and wealth unfavorably versus the middle class and the poor, and for small businesses it can be awful.

Brewer Likely to Veto Anti-Gay Measure - NBC News4

What he didn’t say… “She doesn’t want to take any actions that are illegal, un-constitutional, un-American, hateful, and prejudicial” Instead her prerogative is “economic momentum”.