Oil rolls across Turkey's border, welfare reform rolled back, and US forces ready to roll.
Turkey: Oil imports beginfrom Iraqi Kurdistan. Or "northern Iraq" as the Turks prefer to call it. 'Turkey has started to import five to 10 road tankers of crude oil from northern Iraq per day and the volume could rise to 100-200 tankers per day ...'
USA: Obama undercuts welfare reform. Robert Rector and Katherine Bradley at The Corner:
This afternoon, President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released an official policy directive undermining the welfare reform law of 1996. The new policy guts the federal work requirements that have been the foundation of that law — one of the most successful domestic policy reforms in the 20th century.
Welfare reform replaced the old Aid to Families with Dependent Children with a new program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The underlying concept of welfare reform was that able-bodied adults should be required to work or prepare for work as a condition of receiving welfare aid. ...
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USA / Middle East: Growing presence leaves fewer options. Walter Russell Mead: 'This latest deployment, as well as last week’s report of a steadily increasing U.S. military presence, may have unintended consequences for U.S. policy. Every step forward makes it more difficult for the Obama administration to back down.'