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James Joyner
About James Joyner
James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.

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  1. CSK says:

    Unless Trump has some sort of surprise up his sleeve–which, frankly, wouldn’t surprise me, since he loves “surprises”–his nominee for RBG’s seat will be Amy Coney Barrett.

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  2. CSK says:

    The edit function has returned. Now there’s a nice surprise. 🙂

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  3. Bill says:
  4. al Ameda says:

    @CSK:

    Unless Trump has some sort of surprise up his sleeve–which, frankly, wouldn’t surprise me, since he loves “surprises”–his nominee for RBG’s seat will be Amy Coney Barrett.

    I think this is what will happen too, but I would not be surprised at all if Trump did a full Florida pander move and nominated Barbara Lagoa.

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  6. CSK says:

    @al Ameda:
    Or J. Snerdley Hickenbottom, just to own the libs.

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  7. OzarkHillbilly says:
  8. Tyrell says:

    This is interesting: “Russia claims Venus” (Yahoo news, CNN science). It seems the Russians are trying to say that the planet Venus is theirs based on their “successful” lander that sent back some pictures years ago. Based on what they found, it is tempting to just tell them they can have that God-forsaken place. But why come out now with this? Is there something that they have found there?
    “Russians Claim Venus As Their Planet After Signs of Alien Life Discovered” (News 18)

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  9. James Joyner says:

    @CSK:

    The edit function has returned. Now there’s a nice surprise.

    Alas, I don’t know why it left! Ditto why the markup plugin works sporadically all of a sudden.

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  10. CSK says:

    @James Joyner:
    I may have spoken too soon. It’s true the edit function is back, but now I have to hit “refresh” to get it. And the format is different.

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  11. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Tyrell: Claiming any moon or planet as a single country’s property contravenes The Outer Space Treaty which says that “the exploration and use of space shall be carried out in the interests of all countries: outer space is the “province of all mankind”.

    So either the Russians have decided to violate the treaty or the article you cite is wrong.

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  12. Northerner says:

    @Tyrell:

    My reading of it was they weren’t claiming it belonged to them, just that they were the best at it.

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  13. Michael Cain says:

    @James Joyner: Poking through the page source, the bold-italic-link-quote modifier buttons are part of a chunk of JavaScript and are added after the page is loaded. The most likely reasons they “disappear” when a comment is posted is that whatever the server returns when “Post Comment” is used doesn’t trigger the JavaScript that adds the buttons, or (worse) has content that makes the JavaScript think the buttons are already there.

    Welcome to WordPress’s equivalent of the old “DLL Hell” in Windows — changing versions of one component breaks other components.

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  14. Tyrell says:

    @OzarkHillbilly: “Venus is a Russian planet –say the Russians” (Lianne Kolirin,9/18 CNN).
    I expect a retraction any month now.

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  15. JohnMcC says:

    @Tyrell: Joked a few days ago when you mentioned this story that the Russians were planning to colonize the place. Seemed a poor little joke so didn’t go in the comment where my mind was going: Imagining plantations and incentives for Russians to emigrate….

    Want an honest opinion? Betcha there is so much interest recently in the Moon (hell, INDIA put an orbiter around the Moon!) and in Mars that the Russians looked at their space equip’t from the 70s and said ‘how can we seem cool like those countries’. Then along came that amazing report about phosphine gas on Venus and they had that experience of putting a short-lived rover there. So — they’re not in the ‘race’ to the Moon or Mars because … VENUS IS OURS! So there!

    An opinion worth as much as you paid for it.

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