Archive for June 6th, 2010

$13,050,826,460,886.97. Michael Tanner: “We will be paying the price of our outlandish debt for generations”

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

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Jeff Jacoby — A mosque at ground zero?

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

The prospect of an Islamic center so close to ground zero is, not surprisingly, controversial. Many relatives of Sept. 11 victims are strongly opposed. One group, 9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America, calls Cordoba House “a gross insult to the memory of those who were killed on that terrible day.” But the project also has strong political support. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer are among its backers, and Cordoba House was endorsed by lower Manhattan’s Community Board No. 1 in a near-unanimous vote last month.

“Bring Israel under its gaze and the diplomatic sloths at UN headquarters morph into the swiftest of gazelles” — Rex Murphy

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

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Rex Murphy: UN condemns Israel first, investigates later

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

I don’t suppose the world needs to remember Rwanda to note how sluggish in the face of imminent horror the United Nations is and can be. If that is not a sufficient cue, we could bring in other examples of areas of great threat or immiseration or both: Darfur, Tibet, Chechnya, North Korea, Zimbabwe, the Congo or Iran. On these the UN has the patience of a stone but only some of its energy.

But torpid as is its nature, and comatose as are its eternal deliberations, on one subject, and toward one state, the United Nations acquires a strange and uniquely transformative power. Bring Israel under its gaze and the diplomatic sloths at UN headquarters morph into the swiftest of gazelles. From lotus-eaters to adrenalin junkies in the twinkling of an eye. Quite amazing, really.

NY Times on Arkansas Senate — That is how badly labor unions, by their own count, want to defeat Senator Blanche Lincoln, a Democrat they once supported

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Mrs. Lincoln, who has received more than half a million dollars in labor money in her career, has done much to anger unions. She opposed a public option in the health care bill; helped block the confirmation of Craig Becker, a union-backed nominee to the National Labor Relations Board; and, in what they viewed as a reversal, opposed the Employee Free Choice Act, a bill that would make it easier to unionize workers.

Fierce struggle for McCain to retain Arizona seat — Liz Sidoti

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Among Hayworth supporters, there’s a feeling that McCain hasn’t been a loyal Republican, he’s ignored Arizona and his time has passed. Many have voted for him for years – because, they say, there wasn’t another option. With the 51-year-old Hayworth, people fed up with the status quo – and unwilling to automatically give McCain a new six-year term – have somewhere to turn.

At a Hayworth appearance at a Tucson library, attended by roughly 50 backers who gave the candidate a warm reception, the chorus of complaints sounded like a death knell for McCain.

NPR — Underdogs Steal Spotlight In Colorado Primaries

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Tea Party Power

The tea party movement has affected the Republican primary in Colorado. In general, tea party supporters are passing over the establishment candidate, former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton, in favor of Ken Buck, a district attorney from north of Denver.

Buck’s platform includes opposition to just about everything the Obama administration has done: the auto company bailout, the health care overhaul and the stimulus bill.

The Thrill is Gone — Jack Kelly

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

“I felt this thrill going up my leg,” MSNBC’s Chris Matthews famously said after hearing Barack Obama speak during the 2008 campaign.

But after the president’s news conference May 27, the thrill was gone.

Fred Barnes — The Times They Are a-Changin’… But Obama isn’t

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

But Obama’s real problem is that the era of hope and change is over, and he hasn’t adjusted to it. He’s confronted by a debt crisis, the oil spill, and high unemployment. These are front-burner issues a president is expected to address seriously and on which he’ll be held accountable. Yet Obama is still stuck on his old agenda. And he dwells on sentiments like bipartisanship that no longer resonate.

Michael Goodwin, NY Post — Slick talk aside, Obama’s just not up to the job

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

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CNN — Severe weather rakes Midwest; 5 dead

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

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ABC Arizona — Thousands rally at state capitol in favor of Arizona immigration law

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

“It’s a grassroots effort that really took off,” Daniel Smeriglio, one of the people behind the march said Friday.

UK Telegraph — Uruguayan President Jose Mujica has declared that his entire wealth is nothing more than a 1987 Volkswagen Beetle

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

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NY Post — Dem strategists turning to Crist in Florida Senate race

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

WASHINGTON — Top Democratic strategists are abandoning their party’s frontrunner in the Florida Senate race in favor of Independent Charlie Crist, who bolted the Republican party over the state party’s rightward lurch toward the Tea Party. SKDKnickerbocker, a leading Democratic political strategy and communications firm, has agreed to work on Crist’s up-hill campaign as an independent for the U.S. Senate.
The decision will be widely viewed as a slap at Democratic frontrunner Rep. Kendrick Meek, who is trailing badly in the polls and many Democrats believe is hopeless for winning in November.

UK Telegraph — Obama loses the Left: suddenly, it’s cool to bash Barack

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

The problem for the President is that even if the former Beatle does speak for billions, the overwhelming majority of those are overseas. Polls show that around 10 per cent of those who voted for Obama in 2008 now disapprove of his performance and the heavy turnout of young people and black voters among the 69 million who back him will not be repeated again.

The Hill on Michael Steele: White House effort to ‘deny, obfuscate, and mislead’ in job incidents

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele used the GOP address Saturday to attack the Obama White House over discussions it had about jobs for Senate candidates to avoid primary showdowns.

AP: Obama not above political manipulation after all

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

WASHINGTON – Barack Obama, being from Chicago, knows there are two basic ways to play foul in politics.
One is to break the law
. The other is to keep it legal, if shadily close to the line. It may not stink to high heaven, but it smells a little.

GOP wants Justice probe of White House dealmaking

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) – Rebuffed before, Republicans are renewing demands for a Justice Department investigation into White House dealmaking in two Senate races. The Obama administration says it’s broken no laws, but Republicans aren’t taking its word.

NASA — As the Sun Awakens, NASA Keeps a Wary Eye on Space Weather

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

“The sun is waking up from a deep slumber, and in the next few years we expect to see much higher levels of solar activity. At the same time, our technological society has developed an unprecedented sensitivity to solar storms. The intersection of these two issues is what we’re getting together to discuss.”

Fox News: Obama Under Fire for Backing Deal to Lift Global Ban on Commercial Whaling

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

Environmentalists, already peeved with the administration’s handling of the Gulf oil spill, are accusing President Obama of breaking his campaign pledge to end the slaughter of whales.