Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:
Showalter: What was Strzok doing investigating for the FBI without a security clearance?
In the intelligence world, a security clearance, especially a really high one, is not only the job requirement, it’s the ultimate status object. It shields one from having to answer questions from curious outsiders, and it gives a wide berth for actions that other people are not allowed to do, such as surveillance and spying. So why was Peter Strzok running around without a security clearance, in the nation’s top counterintelligence outfit, as its director of counterintelligence?
Hinderaker: ACTUALLY, SOCIALISM DOES WORK
John Sexton embeds entertaining video of Tucker Carlson and Cornel West, and offers a good explanation of why socialism always fails, from the perspective of the vast majority. He focuses on a good question that Tucker asked West: If democratic socialism works, why doesn’t Venezuela have toilet paper? The video is embedded at the end of this post.
Phillips: FAITHLESS, CRAVEN AND COWARDLY – THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT’S BREXIT BETRAYAL
We don’t yet know whether Brexiteers in the Conservative party will seek to bring down the Prime Minister Theresa May over the UK negotiating position that she forced through Cabinet on Friday. We don’t yet know whether the EU will accept her “compromise” package or will reject it with the contempt they have shown until now at any suggestion of a “pick and mix” approach to the EU’s customs union and rules.