News from the Inland Northwest:
An obscure Boise attorney who has ties to a Republican political operative appears to be poised for an appointment to a lifetime federal judgeship. Both of Idaho’s Republican senators appear to be proposing that Erika Malmen be given a seat on the federal bench despite not being well known in Idaho’s legal community and having been turned down for a state judgeship. Her husband, Jeff Melman, is well-connected to the state’s Republican Party.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton testified before a Republican-led congressional panel charged with investigating an attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Clinton was secretary of state at the time of the attack, and critics have said her handling of the situation was severely lacking. Democrats and others have charged that the investigation is politically motivated.
Joe Biden has announced that he won’t run for president after all. The vice president’s decision deprives the country of what would have been a hilarious gaffe-filled campaign. But at least we’ll always have memories. Like these: