Date: March 3, 2016

Did Romney implicitly endorse Rubio?

Mitt Romney gave a big speech in which he came out unequivocally against Donald Trump and called for Trump to be denied the nomination at the Republican National Convention if necessary.

He didn’t explicitly endorse anyone, but if you are looking for clues at who he might personally support, look at whose interests the speech most directly serves.

Politico reports: “Team Rubio’s strategy shift to deny Trump delegates will play out both in his campaign schedule and on the airwaves in the coming days and weeks.”
Rubio’s path to an outright win has vanished – Politico

Instead, according to Katie Packer, founder of Our Priorities PAC, one of the PACs going hard against Trump: “Our whole strategy has always been to deny him [Trump] 50 percent.” Packer served as a deputy campaign manager for Romney’s campaign.

Finally, look at the order in which Romney listed names in this quote:
“Given the current delegate selection process, this means that I would vote for Marco Rubio in Florida, for John Kasich in Ohio, and for Ted Cruz or whichever one of the other two contenders has the best chance of beating Mr. Trump in a given state.”

It could just be due to the fact that Florida and Ohio are more specifically important to those respective candidates, so he mentioned them first, but does the way he threw Cruz in last look kind of like a passing mention? Or am I reading too much into it?

Donald Trump Political Violence

A few related headlines:
What if Clinton wins in a squeaker and some people in the country refuse to recognize the results? – Tom Ricks, Foreign Policy

The Co-Chair of ‘Veterans for Trump’ Got Nabbed by the FBI Over Armed Standoff With the Bundys – Mediaite

Eventually a Trump Rally Is Going to Boil Over. But When? – Kevin Drum, Mother Jones

Are We Headed for an Ugly, Violent Incident at a Trump Rally? – David French, Nat’l Rev.

Eventually? Headed for?

This from March 1:

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“Two Sessions” and Chinese economy: Communication gap and Middle Income Trap


As analysts have predicted, the Two Sessions will focus and deliberate on the need of supply side reforms and structural changes facing China. This comes at an interesting time, when China’s growth concerns are under global spotlight. Chinese administration last year highlighted the fact that supply side reforms are the key to renew, consolidate and stabilize growth potentials with an array of measures which have plagued Chinese economy. The problems faced were reducing overcapacity, reducing a dependence on the export driven model, reducing costs and also destocking. It also underscored a need to identify growth areas.

Chinese economy, grew rapidly, for more than three decades. It was based on strong exports, and massive energy oriented growth, on the back of manufacturing base. This growth lifted millions out of poverty, and transformed China from a agro based economy, to an industrial one. However, naturally as one gets from an industrial manufacturing economy, there were structural problems which came alongside, problems like labour mobility, and clean environment, and equity stagnation. Recognising these structural difficulties were key, and subsequent strategy was needed to mature Chinese economy while not neglecting traditional competitive advantages, like skills, productivity, and export orientation.

So, here are some things Chinese policy makers need to keep in mind.

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