There’s good news and bad news in the major news stories of today. The good news includes the continuing thaw in relations with North Korea. They’ve delivered their report on their nuclear program; we’ve removed sanctions; China participated in the negotiations actively and constructively. We’ve been snookered by the North Koreans before but it’s hard for me to see a downside in this.
Domestically, I think that at the very least the clarification that the Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller brought to the issue of gun ownership and that the Court rendered their decision in the general direction of individual rights is good news, too. The Court hasn’t eliminated the ability of states and municipalities to regulate handgun ownership but it has effectively eliminated outright bans. The best coverage of this, as always, is at SCOTUSBlog.
There’s plenty of bad news too. There’s been an uptick in violence in Iraq:
BAGHDAD — Two insurgent bomb blasts struck at pro-American Iraqi targets in Anbar province just west of Baghdad and in the northern city of Mosul on Thursday, and the police said at least 30 people were killed and 80 wounded.
Iraqi police officials said three American marines were among the dead in the Anbar attack, which came just as the American military command was preparing to hand control of the province, once considered the hotbed of the insurgency, over to Iraqi forces.
The bombings extended a pattern of multiple-casualty attacks in recent days that are clearly intended to kill local Iraqi leaders, in particular those who are believed to have collaborated with American forces against insurgents.
This is a grim reminder that although there’s been progress there it will be a long, long time before we can confidently remove our forces from the country.
Domestically, the price of oil hitting $140 a barrel suggests that more increases in the price of gasoline at the pump are in our future. Bad news for most of us.