“Like us, he has watched Congress become completely dysfunctional. He is now fighting to reclaim his seat as an Independent so that he can support good policy solutions from both sides of the aisle,” says Mr. Wheelan.
“I am running as an independent to help end the poisonous fighting between Republicans and Democrats that has paralyzed Congress. It is incredibly difficult to run as an independent,” Mr. Pressler observes, citing “special-interest money” which he says goes exclusively to Republicans and Democrats. See the group’s big doings here: Centristproject.org
SNOWDEN, THE MOVIE
That didn’t take long. The book was only published on Tuesday. Film rights to journalist Glenn Greenwald’s non-fiction book “No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA and the U.S. Surveillance State” have been bought by Sony Pictures Entertainment. The author based the book on his personal encounters with Mr. Snowden, and the media mayhem that followed.
What’s next? The producers are Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the team best known for such James Bond films as “Skyfall” and “Quantum of Solace.”
Mr. Greenwald notes, “Growing up, I was heavily influenced by political films, and am excited about the opportunity to be part of a political film that will resonate with today’s moviegoers.”
THE REAL KEY TO KEYSTONE
Still pondering why the White House is blocking the Keystone XL oil pipeline? Follow the money, advises Scott Powell, a policy fellow at the Discovery Institute and a contributor to Investor’s Business Daily.
People also need to understand the Keystone holdup by analyzing who benefits. Opposing the Keystone XL pipeline is a lightning rod and cash cow for the Democratic Party,” he says.
“Environmentalists who are among the 1 percent — notably Tom Steyer — have pledged $100 million to fight Keystone and fossil fuels. Oh, and then there is billionaire Democrat Warren Buffett, whose Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad capitalizes on transporting the oil that would otherwise flow more safely and economically through the Keystone pipeline,” Mr. Powell notes.
But there are troubling aspects on a larger scale.
“Internationally, the Keystone holdup helps sustain OPEC, while it weakens U.S. relations with Canada — an immediate neighbor and longstanding ally. At the same time, blocking Keystone helps China and Venezuela — two repressive regimes that are often hostile to the U.S.,” Mr. Powell says.
POLL DU JOUR
• 82 percent of Ukrainians say they are “optimistic about the future” of their country.
• 67 percent approve of economic sanctions against Russia.