We now know why the State Department wouldn’t say why Power missed the meeting.

Via Fox News:

Mystery solved. America’s ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power was in Ireland on a personal trip when she missed an emergency meeting on the alleged chemical gas attack in Syria, U.N. sources tell Fox News.

A day earlier, State Department officials were mum when asked for information on Power’s whereabouts. She had come under fire for missing Wednesday’s urgent U.N. Security Council meeting, where delegations weighed how to respond to charges that the Assad regime had just committed the deadliest chemical weapons attack in the country’s two-year civil war.

The meeting, and her absence, came just 19 days after Power assumed the U.N. leadership post.

Power also did not attend a meeting Friday afternoon on Sudan — another trouble spot that Power has focused on in the past — though it is likely that such a meeting would have been attended by a deputy anyway.


No joke:

Via Radio Kerry:

A former advisor to President Obama is in Kerry.

Harvard Law Professor, Cass Sunstein is speaking in Waterville this afternoon as part of Charlie Chaplin Film Festival.

He is the former Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration.

Mr Sunstein is married to the US Ambassador to the UN, Irish born Samantha Power; the couple married in Waterville in 2008.

Cass Sunstein will be speaking about government regulation at today’s event.

He says the EU needs to look at how it introduces regulations; he believes it needs to be evidence based, rather than on a hunch or intuition.

HT: Darin Driscoll