John Kerry reaffirmed his status as international diplomacy’s leading pillock this afternoon with his excruciatingly embarrassing apology to France. After no senior American official could be bothered to attend the unity rally in Paris last week, John Kerry stowed James Taylor in his hand luggage for his visit to the French capital. Taylor was paraded at a press conference to sing “You’ve got a friend…” Which wasn’t at all awkward…
The big news from Dave’s trip to the States: confirmation that the leader of the free world does call him “bro”.
“It’s normally Barack and David, I hasten to add… well, it’s been said.”
“Call me bro…”
“I’m fed up with the hypocrisy of the free speech fundamentalists,” says Mehdi Hasan as he finally gives his two cents on the Paris terror attack. He asks: “Has your publication, for example, run cartoons mocking the Holocaust? No? How about caricatures of the 9/11 victims falling from the twin towers? I didn’t think so (and I am glad it hasn’t).”
Actually, Mehdi, US cartoons constantly make jokes about 9/11, and pretty mainstream, much-loved ones too. Here are just three such gags from Family Guy:
And look, a “cartoon mocking the Holocaust”:
And yet no one reached for their Kalashnikov…
The GOP easily won the six seats they needed to take the Senate in last night’s mid-terms, Mashable’s Lego senate GIF shows you how they did it. Everything is awesome…
Don’t tell the lefties, but the GOP last night elected:
- The youngest woman
- First black woman Republican
- First Southern black Senator
- First woman from Iowa
Rising star Joni Ernst becomes Iowa’s first female senator, helped by her unique experience of “how to cut pork”:
Is this rather menacing letter being pushed through doors stateside evidence of the Democrats resorting to bullying voters with big data? Worth having a read of this passage from Sasha Issenberg’s “The Victory Lab”, the seminal text on Obama’s digital campaigning. Issenberg writes that the Democrats previously considered the exact same tactic, but “no candidate or group wanted to be associated with a tactic that looked a lot like bullying – and a bit like blackmail”.
This time round it seems they’ve decided to play nasty…
Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer has spent the day live-tweeting a remarkable moment by moment account of his experience of 9/11 with George W. Bush:
The potential next leader of the free world… and Rand Paul.
Ed arrived at the White House last night hoping President Obama might take a moment out of dealing with several world crises to help him with his election campaign:
The Labour leader got his 25 minute ‘brush-by’ with the President. This was the least bad photo:
They discussed Ukraine, Gaza, the EU and the economy.[…] Read the rest
There is no mention of Ed Miliband’s unscheduled ‘brush-by’ with President Obama in Mike Allen’s Playbook, the morning round up of anything going on in Washington that matters to anyone who is anybody in Washington. Sebastian Payne at the Post reports that Ed is scheduled to meet national security adviser Susan Rice this afternoon, officially the White House pointedly says there is “nothing to announce on the president’s schedule”.[…] Read the rest
Official documents recording flights in and out of Diego Garcia, the British Indian Ocean Territory where the United States is accused of carrying out ‘extraordinary rendition’ of terror suspects, have been destroyed by water damage. The Foreign Office says that records from 2002, the year in which former Foreign Secretary David Miliband admitted two US rendition flights landed on the island, are “incomplete”.[…] Read the rest