Tom’s For Turning, A Strong Leader, Media Embrace, Belgium’s Terrorist Problem, London Calling

What I’m listening to.

Pet Shop Boys -- West End Girls

On second thought.

Globe and Mail -- Mulcair would consider a deficit if it allows government to help Canadians

Tom Mulcair campaigned on the promise to balance the federal budget but, as New Democrats decide whether to endorse his continued leadership of their party, he says he believes in running deficits when they are required to meet other NDP commitments.

Gosh it sounded good at the time, 27 August 2015.

CBC -- Tom Mulcair says he's committed to balancing the budget

Tom Mulcair says and NDP government would balance the budget in part by eliminating Conservative programs.

The old trap.

Vox -- The rise of American authoritarianism

A niche group of political scientists may have uncovered what's driving Donald Trump's ascent. What they found has implications that go well beyond 2016.

Quote -- “Trump embodies the classic authoritarian leadership style: simple, powerful, and punitive.”

Joined at the lips.

New York Times -- The Mutual Dependence of Donald Trump and the News Media

Did you catch the Trump-Kelly bout Friday night? What a show.


Fox News -- Donald Trump and Megyn Kelly go back and forth at the Fox News GOP debate

Belgium: terrorist factory.

Guardian -- Why are terrorists drawn to Belgium?

After the Paris attacks, Belgium’s importance for global terrorism has become even clearer. Its geographical location is just the first of many reasons.


Financial Times -- Abdeslam was planning to strike again, say Belgian officials

Alleged Paris attacker shot and captured by police reveals intention to investigators.

The new normal. (Thanks to David of London.)

Telegraph -- London braced for 'ten simultaneous terror attacks' in wake of Paris atrocities

Police and SAS troops reportedly warned to prepare for multiple terror strikes on capital in escalation of anti-terror efforts following Paris attacks.

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