WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Air Force may miss its target of August 2016 to start using the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet in combat if Congress blocks the service’s plan to retire its A-10 tank-killer aircraft, a top U.S. general said Thursday.
Charles Krauthammer, WP
Is this election really about nothing? Democrats might like to think so, but it’s not.First, like all U.S. elections, it’s about the economy. The effect of the weakest recovery in two generations is reflected in President Obama’s 13-point underwater ratings for his handling of the economy.
Michael Barone, RealClearPolitics
Sherlock Holmes famously solved a mystery by noticing the dog that didn’t bark in the night. Dogs that are not barking at night — nor in prime time — provide some useful clues to understanding the significance of this year’s election.
Contrary to the disparagement of some liberal pundits, this election is not about nothing. But is not about certain, specific things they might like to hear. President Obama recently said that Democrats in serious Senate and House contests this year back “every one” of his programs. But you hear very little about those programs in their ads.
SEATTLE (Reuters) – A ballot measure to tighten background checks for gun buyers in Washington state, which is reeling from a deadly school shooting last week, was drawing strong support ahead of a Nov. 4 vote, a poll showed on Wednesday.
Josh Kraushaar, National Journal
White House officials are preemptively spinning a midterm defeat, and they’re using their own fantasies to do it. They’re starting to blame candidates for not supporting President Obama enough. As a top White House official told The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty, “He doesn’t think they have any reason to run away from him. He thinks there is a strong message there.” This is pure delusion.
Caitlin Huey-Burns, RealClearPolitics
CHARLOTTE — North Carolina helped Barack Obama make history six years ago, when the Illinois senator became the first Democratic presidential candidate to win here since Jimmy Carter. That same year, Democrat Kay Hagan defeated Republican incumbent Elizabeth Dole, a victory the challenger said reflected voters’ “hunger for change.”
Four years later, the president and thousands of other Democrats descended upon this Southern city, hoping its demographic diversity would help deliver the state once again. Instead, voters backed Mitt Romney for president — and a Republican for…