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Saturday, April 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Attorney General Eric Holder is urging Congress to authorize $15 million for training state and local law officers to confront “active shooters.” And police academy training is for what again? ... Gawker reports that Paul Krugman, the economist turned New York Times pimp-in-chief for “income equality,” will be paid $250,000 over two semesters to “play a modest role in ... public events” at City University of New York and “contribute to the build-up” of CUNY's new “inequality initiative.” The deal does not involve teaching or supervising students. If Mr. Krugman is sincere in his convictions, we can expect him to spread his wealth around in no time flat, right? ... The Russians continue to flout nuclear arms agreements with the United States. The latest is Monday's testing of a new multi-warhead intercontinental missile, reports Bill Gertz of The Washington Free Beacon. The START treaty prohibits increasing the declared number of warheads. At the same time, The Weekly Standard reports that the Obama administration is considering a Russian request to upgrade electronic intelligence gathering sensors used on aircraft that would overfly the United States as part of the Open Skies Treaty. The administration must be mad (not as in angry but as in nuts). ... Noted conservative author F. Reid Buckley (brother of William F. Buckley) died last week at the age of 83. Once said the straight shooter: “I despise the ‘lit'rary' life. I avoid New York. I like to be with my family on my farm.” Wouldn't we all.

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