Archive for September 4th, 2009

Top Dems Troubled by Obama’s Standing — David Paul Kuhn

Friday, September 4th, 2009

The nation’s top Democratic strategists are anxious. By Gallup’s measure, Democrats’ advantage in party identity has narrowed from 17 percentage points in January to 5 points in August. President Obama’s approval rating now bobs in the low 50s. He has lost Americans’ favor at a larger and faster rate than most presidents since World War II.

NY Daily News — President Obama needs to provide us with answers during his pivotal speech on health care

Friday, September 4th, 2009

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Rookie Mistakes: Time for Obama to Lead — Joe Klein, Time

Friday, September 4th, 2009

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One Way Or Another, Leaving Iraq — George Will

Friday, September 4th, 2009

WASHINGTON – Since U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq’s cities, two months have passed, and so has the illusion that Iraq is smoothly transitioning to a normality free of sectarian violence. Recently, Gen. Ray Odierno, commander of U.S. troops there, “blanched” when asked if the war is “functionally over.” According to The Washington Post’s Greg Jaffe, Odierno said:

New Republic — No, we can’t all get along on health care

Friday, September 4th, 2009

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Kimberly Strassel on Harry Reid — Harry Jekyll and Harry Hyde

Friday, September 4th, 2009

In the Aug. 6 edition of the Las Vegas Sun, readers saw an op-ed by Harry Reid. “I have never taken up the Washington hobby of pointing fingers for political gain,” reassured Nevada’s eminently reasonable, bipartisan, four-term senator.

How Can I Help, Mr. President? — David Harsanyi

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Why would anyone want to deprive impressionable school-age children of hearing the inspiring wisdom of the president? Barack Obama is determined to impart his knowledge upon our pliable offspring via webcast across the country next week, and we should not stand in his way.

WSJ: John Murtha’s Airport for No One

Friday, September 4th, 2009

If you hate the hubbub of crowded airports, you might want to consider flying out of Johnstown, Pa. The airport sees an average of fewer than 30 people per day, there is never a wait for security, you can park for free right outside the gate, and you are almost guaranteed a row to yourself on any flight.

Esquire — The Real Worst-Case Scenario for Swine Flu 2.0

Friday, September 4th, 2009

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NY Times editorial: Obama will need to raise taxes

Friday, September 4th, 2009

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Baltimore Sun — Consider: What if Dick Cheney is right?

Friday, September 4th, 2009

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WSJ — The Michigan Example: How government investment in business failed to create jobs

Friday, September 4th, 2009

A central belief in Washington and most state capitals nowadays is that government should “invest” in certain businesses-”clean tech,” say, or manufacturing-to drive job creation. We hope it all turns out better than it has in Michigan.

USA Today editorial — Immigration, Our view on visa overstays: 1 in 3 illegal residents arrives legally and just stays

Friday, September 4th, 2009

In 1996, Congress decided that it needed a way to track people who overstay their visas - a huge and understated part of the nation’s illegal immigration problem. So it authorized a program to verify that visa holders who arrived in the country eventually left it.

Wash Times editorial — Car subsidy is a model for bureaucratic incompetence

Friday, September 4th, 2009

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FEC: Kansas City Chiefs’ John McCain video not illegal

Friday, September 4th, 2009

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The Hill — Congress to miss appropriations goal

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Congress will not pass all 12 spending bills before the end of the fiscal year, according to senior senators.

Wash Times: Town halls dissuade some on health plan

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Voters angry about Democrats’ health care overhaul plans have managed to wrest commitments in August from a handful of lawmakers to oppose the reform bills and solidified the opposition of others — raising new doubts about President Obama’s hopes to pass a bill this year.

Patrick Ruffini at The Next Right: Can We Have Buckley Back?

Friday, September 4th, 2009

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Canada adds 27,100 jobs in August

Friday, September 4th, 2009

TORONTO (AP) – Canada added a better-than-expected 27,100 jobs in August, one of the biggest gains since the recession began in the country last fall.

Website says to carry bin Laden “present” to Muslims

Friday, September 4th, 2009

DUBAI (Reuters) - A website often used by al Qaeda supporters said on Thursday it would soon carry a “present” to Muslims from Osama bin Laden on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.