Archive for January 12th, 2010

Jay Cost, RealClearPolitics — The Real Barack Obama

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Politicians break their campaign promises all the time. It’s part of an age-old electoral strategy: promise everything to the voters during the campaign, and leave the worry about breaking them for the next election.

What’s noteworthy about President Obama is that his campaign acknowledged this bad habit, then earnestly pledged that he would be so very different. The sounds and images of his campaign – from the chants of “Yes We Can” to the stage for his convention address to the artwork – suggested that the country was about to elect somebody more special than Rutherford Hayes or Hillary Clinton or Warren Harding or John McCain. Barack Obama wasn’t like other politicians. He was superior.

Congressional Agenda for 2010: Controversy and Budget Busting — Politics Daily

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

When people were asked what percentage of their tax dollars are being wasted in Washington, the answer was 50 cents on the dollar, the highest number in Gallup’s history,” Newport said. “When people were asked, ‘How much trust and confidence do you have in the legislative branch,’ 45 percent said a great deal or a fair amount, the lowest number we’ve seen since 1972.”

Nancy Pelosi column in Politico — Progress for U.S. families, businesses

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

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A Business Plan for Jobs — Thomas Donohue, US Chamber

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Americans are dealing with a tremendous amount of uncertainty right now-the economy is shaky at home and abroad, the terrorist threat is increasing, and markets are volatile. The degree of change and uncertainty is unprecedented-is it any wonder that many companies and other employers are sitting on their hands waiting to see how things work out? To know what their tax and regulatory obligations will be? To understand how new policies will impact their operations?

Fred Barnes — Unhappy New Year… for Democrats. The 2010 election cycle looks very different from the last two.

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

But Republican shortcomings are mostly correctable. The problems facing Democrats are mostly not. There’s no way, for example, to turn Deval Patrick, the ineffectual and unpopular governor of Massachusetts, into an attractive candidate for reelection. His Republican opponent, Charles Baker, raised twice as much money in six months as Patrick did in all of 2009.

Time — Could the Democrats Lose Kennedy’s Senate Seat?

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

How heavy turnout is remains to be seen. While Dems have a 3 to 1 advantage in party registration, Republicans remain more motivated, says Andrew Smith, head of the University of New Hampshire’s polling center, which conducted the Globe survey. “Coakley also has a distinct advantage in name recognition,” Smith says. “But a low turnout election will help Brown.”

Harold Ford column in NY Post

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

It’s true: I am strongly considering running for the United States Senate.

I do so because our best as a nation has always come when we test our ideas and ourselves, and when we trust competition to refine the steel of our convictions and the truth of our arguments.

Some have already questioned whether I should be running.

Others are falsifying my record in public life.
New Yorkers deserve a free election.

Lessons of ‘66 and ‘94 Loom Over Democrats: Part I — Thomas Del Beccaro, Big Government

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Obama’s mounting policy divide with Americans, combined with a weak economy should leave Obama’s approval ratings in the low 40s by the summer and through the fall.

All of that is bad news for Democrats House candidates next fall. Over the last 40 years, the average loss, in House seats, for the Presidents party when his approval rating is below 50% was 41 seats. Recalling that even in a recovering economy that Clinton lost 54 seats and Johnson 47, unless Obama can bridge the growing policy divide he has with Americans or the economy roars back, unlikely scenarios both, Obama may well suffer the same fate as Johnson and Clinton with losses that exceed 40 seats – enough for the Republicans to retake the House

IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman doesn’t file his own taxes — The Hill

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

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AP — NY’s top court rejects Rather’s appeal against CBS

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York’s top court Tuesday rejected Dan Rather’s bid to reinstate his $70 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against CBS Corp.

Rather’s motion was denied without comment Tuesday by the Court of Appeals.

WSJ — Israeli Robots Remake Battlefield. Nation Forges Ahead in Deploying Unmanned Military Vehicles by Air, Sea and Land

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

TEL AVIV, Israel – Israel is developing an army of robotic fighting machines that offers a window onto the potential future of warfare.

Sixty years of near-constant war, a low tolerance for enduring casualties in conflict, and its high-tech industry have long made Israel one of the world’s leading innovators of military robotics.

AP — Vatican says ‘Avatar’ is no masterpiece

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

The Vatican newspaper and radio station are criticizing James Cameron’s 3-D blockbuster for flirting with the idea that worship of nature can replace religion – a notion the pope has warned against. They call the movie a simplistic and sappy tale, despite its awe-inspiring special effects.

CBS Chicago — Alderman James Balcer, A Veteran, Says Blockbuster Film Portrays Military In Negative Light

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Eleventh Ward Ald. James Balcer believes the new blockbuster movie is anti-military and anti-American.

CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports.

Balcer is a decorated Marine veteran of the Vietnam war, and now he’s going into battle against the film that may turn out to be the biggest moneymaker of all time. He hates the film’s message, and he’s not alone.

“People of Earth” Statement from Conan O’Brien

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

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CDC — Sick Man On ‘Do Not Board’ List Flies From Philly

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

The Centers for Disease Control said a passenger with tuberculosis has been detained after boarding a flight from Philadelphia to San Francisco despite being on a “do-not-board” list.

UK universities warn that they face ‘meltdown’

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

LONDON (AP) - Oxford, Cambridge and other British universities said Tuesday that the government’s plan to cut hundreds of millions of pounds (dollars) from their funding would put their world-class reputations in jeopardy.

Unlike most elite institutions in the United States, Britain’s top schools rely almost exclusively on taxpayers keeping them going.

Gasoline prices zip toward $3 mark — AP

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Prices rose 1.4 cents overnight to $2.749 per gallon, according to auto club AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. Prices have climbed 8.4 cents a gallon in the past week and are 95.5 cents higher than a year ago.

Scheduled weeks ago, ‘African Americans for Harry Reid’ will go on as planned — The Hill

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

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Russia to lease nuclear submarine to India — Reuters

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

The submarine to be leased is the Nerpa, which had accident in the Sea of Japan in November 2008 in which 20 people were killed. The Russian military had previously denied media reports that the submarine was to be leased to India.

The Hill — U.S. Chamber warns of ‘double-dip’ recession because of Dem policies

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Donohue said the lawmakers should not let former President George W. Bush’s tax cuts expire at the end of year and lambasted Democratic efforts on healthcare and financial regulatory reform as well as climate change.