While waiting for a football or basketball game to come on TV, I end up listening to part of Hardball on MSNBC. I know I shouldn't, but it is one way to hear the usual empty headed Beltway political analysis, especially from Chris Matthews who channels David Broder and all things centrist.
Jurf al-Sakhar is a city of 80,000 on a line from Baghdad going south-by-southwest toward Karbala. Back in early June an ISIS attack group took the city unopposed. Since then this was their base for raids and suicide attacks into southern Iraq.
The Washington post has an interesting article which makes the claim that relationships between Obama and senate Democratic leaders have long been rocky and that a public statement made by Harry Reid's chief of staff David Krone on Tuesday exposes the conflict to public view.