Colorado U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner defends signing the GOP open letter to Iran, telling the Denver Post that the controversy does not get in the way of his pledge to help promote Washington bipartisanship. This is a “prime example of where we can and should work together,” Gardner said without quite explaining how the letter would bring the sides closer. Gardner also co-sponsored a resolution welcoming Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who would go on to rip Barack Obama in a joint session of Congress. This is what high school guidance counselors refer to as a pattern. In running for office last year, Gardner said that the controversial anti-abortion “personhood” legislation he sponsored wasn’t really controversial personhood legislation aimed at outlawing abortion, that it was really just a “statement that he was pro-life,” and that’s all the explanation anyone ever got out of him about the matter.
Does the Republican letter to Iran really get at the truth? Since the 1930s, 94 percent of pacts between the United States and foreign countries have been executive agreements, and rarely have they been overturned. And if a deal is made, it might well be taken to the U.N. Security Council for approval, making it even harder to disregard. Via the New York Times.
Leslie Gelb: GOP hates Obama more than they hate a nuclear Iran. Via the Daily Beast.
Colorado Springs residents sue El Paso County Commissioners to halt development of a wind farm on the plains near Calhan. They say approval of the plan to plant more than 120 turbines on the site was “arbitrary and capricious.” Via the Gazette.
The email story is just one more in which Hillary Clinton crosses the bridge to the often-rocky past. Aren’t presidential campaigns supposed to be about the future? Via Frank Bruni at the New York Times.
Clinton said there was no security breach of her email server, but there’s no way for her to really know that. Via Vox.
Two of the racist-chanting fraternity members at the University of Oklahoma were expelled. UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh doesn’t believe the expulsions are constitutional. Via the Washington Post.
The attack may look like a rush-hour assault on Washington, D.C., but the attack on Tikrit — by the Iraqi army in concert with an Iranian-led Shiite militia, but with no American airplanes in sight — could be the start of a critical campaign. Via the New Yorker.
Matt Jenkins at High Country News writes on Patricia Mulroy, chief negotiator for the state of Nevada and head of the agency that brings water to Las Vegas. She reshaped the debate with little water rights and a lot of money.
Mitch McConnell says that Loretta Lynch’s nomination for attorney general will come to the floor next week – but only, it turns out, if Democrats approve a controversial abortion rider to an uncontroversial human trafficking bill. Via the National Journal.