Inside the Beltway: Go West

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“Maple syrup, applewood smoked bacon, Woodford Reserve bourbon, organic Uganda gold vanilla bean, organic cane sugar, organic milk, cream.”

— The official ingredients in the Maple Bacon with Bourbon Popsicle served at Steel City Pops in Birmingham, Ala., praised Sunday by Patricia Heaton. The actress tweeted, ” Amazing.”


And another cultural moment: that was the unusual meeting between Dennis Rodman and North Korea leader Kim Jong-un, a hybrid diplomacy praised and condemned by assorted friends and critics. The half-hour HBO documentary that came out of that encounter will have its spotlight, however, airing on the cable channel with much ado June 14. Mr. Rodman himself is getting back to, uh, normal life in the meantime; he’ll appear with fellow athletic heroes Joe Montana, Dwight Clark and Oscar Robertson at a California autograph festival this weekend. And that’s that.

North Korea is another matter. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, South Korea Minister of National Defense Kim Kwan-jin, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met Saturday in Singapore and “expressed their common view that North Korea’s nuclear and missile program and continued acts of provocation, including a long-range ballistic missile launch in December 2012 and a nuclear test in February 2013, are serious threats that undermine not only the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula but also those of Northeast Asia and around the world.”

The grim little summary is from a Defense Department dispatch. The trio of officials also “affirmed that they will continue their collaboration to deter North Korean threats of nuclear and missile development and further provocative acts.”


• 68 percent of Americans say the U.S. should not use military action in Syria to end the civil war there if diplomatic and economic efforts fail; 64 percent of Republicans and 72 percent of Democrats agree.

• 24 percent overall say the U.S. should not use military force to end the Syrian civil war; 31 percent of Republicans and 20 percent of Democrats agree.

• 58 percent overall say that economic and diplomatic efforts cannot end the Syrian conflict; 71 percent of Republicans and 47 percent of Democrats agree.

• 27 percent overall say those efforts could resolve the conflict; 16 percent of Republicans and 37 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A Gallup poll of 1,011 U.S. adults conducted May 28 and 29.

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