It usually takes some effort to unpack China's various climate pledges, and this latest one is no exception. Last week, Beijing declared that the country would aim to reduce its carbon intensity by 40 to 45 percent by 2020. This doesn't mean China's overall emissions will drop, it just means that CO2 emissions per unit of GDP will decline. Because China's economy is growing at such a torrid pace, overall emissions will keep ticking upward—it's just that the rate of growth will slow.
Beyond Chuck Norris [Sarah Wheaton, The New York Times]: "In advance of a Spanish-language debate on Sunday, Mike Huckabee has released a plan for immigration enforcement and border security today." Robocalls Run Amok [Alan Fram, Associated Press]: "Next time you phone Aunt Betty in Des Moines and she answers with a bark, don't take it personally.
After leaving Pennsylvania, the next stop is Illinois! The searchlight of investigation is now to be turned on expenditures in the recent Senatorial primary in that state. The Senatorial committee which has been looking into the Pennsylvania orgy decided some time ago that as soon as Congress adjourns it will move to Chicago and continue its activities there. Since then Senator Caraway has made charges on the floor of the Senate which if confirmed will make the stigma attached to Illinois politicians quite as serious as that now clings to the Pennsylvanians.
From 1920: "We Shouldn't be Grateful to the Pilgrims."
"We Shouldn't Be Grateful to the Pilgrims," by Charles Beard