Archive for April 10th, 2010

Gallup: Democrats at a new low

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

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Politico: Right gears for court fight, not filibuster

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Conservative judicial activists say they won’t ask their Republican allies to go to the mat over President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens by pressing for the ultimate weapon in a court fight – a filibuster.

Michael Graham, Boston Herald: Hate speech, hypocrisy from AFL-CIO chief

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Talk about street cred. I just got called “dangerous” by the head of a labor union.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka was at Harvard Wednesday night, denouncing talk show hosts like yours truly as “apostles of hatred.” He accused Glenn Beck (the only host he called out by name) and the rest of us supporting the Tea Party crowd of being a “similar movement” to the “Nazi-style” fascism of the 1930s with its “racial hatred and political violence.”

A labor leader disturbed by possible “political violence”? That’s a switch. When I think of “kindler, gentler labor action,” I assume that means being told to “watch your head” as they close the trunk of the Caddy.

A V-Shaped Boom Is Coming — Larry Kudlow

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Clearly, we are not operating a supply-side, free-market model today. What I wish for is sound money and lower tax rates, which would promote sustainable economic growth. Instead, we’re getting easier money and higher tax rates, which could mean a temporary boom today and disappointingly slow growth after that.

But then again, who knows? Maybe the tea-party revolution overturns the obstacles to future growth and the boom is sustained. Free-market populism and a return to Reaganism, along with an anti-federal-spending coalition that is the most powerful force in politics today, could right the economic ship.

That’s the credible take.

RCP: Three Republicans To Watch In 2012

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

The third Republican to watch isn’t someone likely to run for president in 2012, but she could become a fast-rising player in Congress. With a calm speaking style, Liz Cheney, daughter of the former vice president, delivered a biting, even-tempered speech that received perhaps the biggest ovation of the conference so far.

Cheney said last June that she wouldn’t run this year but left the door open to a future bid. As a Northern Virginia resident, Cheney could have a couple options: Virginia Sen. Jim Webb (D) is up for re-election in 2012, and if 10th District Rep. Frank Wolf (R) wins re-election this year, he will be on retirement watch after serving 30 years in Congress.

Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial: Don’t upset the unions — or else. How far will they go to protect turf?

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Two weeks ago, we described how the town of Flint, Mich., was hit with an arson wave on the day local officials were set to lay off a few dozen firefighters in an effort to close a municipal budget gap.

Flint’s angry mayor made it clear he thought the spate of fires was anything but a coincidence.

John Fund: Casualty of ObamaCare, Bart Stupak retires due to low levels of public support for health-care reform

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Bart Stupak, the co-chair of the House Pro-Life Caucus, played a pivotal role in the passage of ObamaCare last month when he announced his last-minute support for the measure. Pro-life groups that had previously supported him accused him of betrayal, claiming he accepted a watered-down compromise that allows federal funds to be used for abortions.

Rasmussen: 45% Say Space Shuttle Worth What It Cost Taxpayers

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

NASA’s manned space shuttle program is in its final year, and the plurality of Americans believes it has been worth the price.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 45% of adults say the program has been worth the expense to taxpayers. A third (33%) says the program was not worth the cost, while another 23% are not sure.

Poland’s president and wife among at least 88 dead as their plane crashes in Russia

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

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BBC: Polish President Lech Kaczynski dies in plane crash

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

President Lech Kaczynski and scores of other senior Polish figures have been killed in a plane crash in Russia.

Polish and Russian officials said no-one survived after the plane apparently hit trees as it approached Smolensk airport in thick fog.

Russian media reports said the pilots ignored advice from air traffic control to divert to another airport.
Poland’s army chief, central bank governor, MPs and leading historians were among more than 80 passengers.

Justice John Paul Stevens announces his retirement from Supreme Court

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Washington Post Staff Writer
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Justice John Paul Stevens announced Friday that he will retire this summer, and President Obama said he will move quickly to replace the Supreme Court’s liberal leader and longest-serving member with someone who shares the belief that “powerful interests must not be allowed to drown out the voices of ordinary citizens.”

Rasmussen: Government Ethics and Corruption Edges Economy as Most Important Issue

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

The latest national telephone survey finds that 84% of U.S. voters now see government ethics and corruption as a very important issue. The only other time this issue was rated number one was in September 2009 when 83% felt that way.

When it comes to which party voters trust more on the issue, 35% trust Democrats, 33% trust Republicans, and 33% are not sure. Most unaffiliated voters don’t trust either of the major parties on this issue.

However, this is the only issue on which voters trust Democrats. Republicans are trusted more on nine out of 10 key issues.

Republican candidates now hold a nine-point lead over Democrats in the latest edition of the Generic Congressional Ballot.

WSJ — Justice Stevens Sets Up Court Fight: Obama Expected to Seek Liberal Successor; Historic Change as Last Protestant Leaves

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

The announcement marks another step in the transformation of the American elite. Justice Stevens, who turns 90 later this month, is the only Protestant now on the court. Once entirely Protestant, the court now has six Catholics and two Jews. Among the top three candidates to succeed Justice Stevens, two are Jewish and one is Protestant.