Morning Reads–Not Quite as Excellent as Before

Today’s morning reads are only going to be the best of October and November. Sorry for the decline in quality.

Friday marks the 51st anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, one of the most important meetings in human history.

With that in mind, the Buck Owens Appreciation Series continues with “Jesus Saved Me.” 


  1. John Vestal says:

    Ed managed to salvage what would have been C- MR work with the Scalia interview link….which brought the MRs up to C+/B- level. (Ok, ok…”solid” B. I try not to give too much credit for single links, but that one is worthy.)

    And, speaking of contribution limits (someone really was…well…yesterday), the 2nd day of oral arguments in the new SCOTUS term included McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, and the transcript of the arguments can be found here (pdf file). Analysis of the arguments from’s Lyle Denniston can be read here. SB’s Amy Howe also gives her insight into how the Justices might be leaning on the different aggregate limits here.


  2. Harry says:

    Every single month since Congress accepted the Korea trade agreement in March 2012, our exports to Korea have declined.

    • John Konop says:

      Every deal works that way……Congress thinks by doing more bad trade deals it will some how make it better…..You know what a very bright guy said if you do the exact same thing, over and over again,and expect a different result you are crazy!

        • John Konop says:

          Seems clear on a macro…….

          …….U.S. Trade Deficit with Korea Soars to Highest Point on Record under FTA

          The just-released monthly trade data from the U.S. International Trade Commission reveals an expanding U.S. trade deficit with the world as U.S. exports dropped and imports rose in January, relative to December of last year. But the deficit picture is even starker for U.S. trade with Korea under the tenth month of the Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA). While U.S. goods imports from all countries rose 3% in January, U.S. imports from Korea soared 18%. While U.S. goods exports to the world slipped 6%, exports to Korea fell 8%. And while the U.S. trade deficit with the world climbed 21% in January, the deficit with Korea jumped 81%. January’s U.S. trade deficit with Korea topped $2.4 billion — the largest monthly deficit with Korea on record. In short, another month of trade with Korea under the Korea FTA has produced another month of remarkably large job-displacing trade imbalances.

          The U.S.-Korea trade imbalances of recent months are remarkable not just in comparison with most other U.S. trade partners, but in comparison to how U.S. trade with Korea looked before the Korea FTA took effect in March of last year. In nine of the ten first months of the FTA’s implementation, including the most recent month, U.S. exports to Korea fell below pre-FTA levels (relative to the same months in the prior year), spelling an overall 9% fall in exports under the FTA. In six of those ten months, including the most recent month, U.S. imports from Korea exceeded pre-FTA levels, yielding a 2% increase in imports under the FTA. As a result, the U.S. trade deficit with Korea under the FTA’s first ten months is 30% — or $4 billion — larger than in the same months before the deal took effect. The graph below summarizes this none-too-pretty picture for U.S. jobs, depicting the difference between Korea trade levels under the FTA (April 2012-January 2013) and those occurring in the same months one year earlier, before the FTA took effect….



  3. John Konop says:


    Mr Bruan,

    How will a health exchange ( GOP idea) that can be controlled, and designed by the state destroy the nation? Irroncally it was democrats who used similar type arguements against exchanges when they wanted single payer system. I remember in college extreme views can end up being a circle, think about it?

  4. View from Brookhaven says:

    Fond memories of Kell Hall. Sprinting up the ramps to make my early morning science labs. Damned kids and their modern Science Center these days…

    • Ellynn says:

      This is only slowing down new craft beer releases. This didn’t even so much as phase the beer loving cheeseheads where the AP and 11 Alive orginate. To quote my favorate beer company “Don’t worry, we’ll make more.”

  5. Scott65 says:

    Is anyone going to argue if Broun gets the nomination he will lose the general? Really? He is coo-coo for cocoa puffs. I really question 1. his sanity 2. his grip on reality

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