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Some beg to differ, however. Alexander Khramchikhin, an independent Moscow-based military analyst, insisted “the land part of the exercise is directed at China, while the sea and island part of it is aimed at Japan,” according to the BBC. Konstantin Sivkov, a retired member of the Russian military’s General Staff, told the Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper that the war games were meant to “simulate a response to a hypothetical attack by Japanese and U.S. forces.”
Most strategists already know that Hispanic voters lean Democratic; a Gallup poll released Monday finds that up to 59 percent of the much-coveted voting bloc are Democrats.
They are not the most motivated demographic: 48 percent of the eligible Hispanic electorate voted in the 2012 presidential election, compared to 64 percent of whites and 66 percent of blacks.
Democrats should hope that they sustain their support among Hispanics, and that political participation of Hispanics increases, the poll says. But of course.
“The best scenario for Republicans would be a transformative event — such as the nomination of a popular Hispanic Republican candidate for president — that diminishes Hispanics’ attachment to the Democratic Party, or, failing that, a continuation of Hispanics’ relatively low levels of political activity,” Gallup concludes.
Another border fence has come under scrutiny. This one is not between Texas and Mexico, however. It will be 9 feet tall and 9 miles long, and meant to curb some unwanted visitors who have their own ideas. We’re talking a multimillion-dollar moose fence, planned to run alongside a major highway in Alaska’s most bustling city.
“Moose collisions are unexpected because moose do wild and crazy things when they encounter a road. Some work up a head of steam and run straight across six lanes during rush hour, traffic be damned. Some stop in the median and reverse direction. Some calves bolt across the road because that’s what their mother just did,” explains Rick Sinnott, a former wildlife biologist and a contributor to the Alaska Dispatch.
People, meanwhile, drive too fast in harsh Alaska weather, and they trust the moose not to bolt into the road, Mr. Sinnott says. He recommends that Anchorage simply lowers the speed limit on the perilous stretch of moose road, or build a pair of cost-effective, strategic moose overpasses at half the price. The road in question is the scene of 40 moose/car collisions each year; citywide, some 80 moose die annually on Anchorage roads. But why should a moose fence interest neighbors to the south?
“The estimated cost is $3 [million] to $5 million — all federal funding designated for highway safety improvements,” Mr. Sinnott notes.
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