Archive for January, 2011

Overwhelming majority of Americans in both parties tell GOP to heed the ‘tea party’

Monday, January 31st, 2011

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Andrew McCarthy – Fear the Muslim Brotherhood

Monday, January 31st, 2011

At the Daily Beast, Bruce Riedel has posted an essay called “Don’t fear Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood,” the classic, conventional-wisdom response to the crisis in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood is just fine, he’d have you believe, no need to worry. After all, the Brothers have even renounced violence!

Jim Geraghty – Newt Gingrich’s full-throated attack on critics of ethanol

Monday, January 31st, 2011

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New York Times editorial – Pro-life proposals to regulate abortion clinics and protect unborn children are ominous, big brother measures and outrageous government intrusions.

Monday, January 31st, 2011

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TSA cuts freedom for airports to replace government screeners with private screeners

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

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Controversial Muslim cleric Said Jaziri caught being smuggled into U.S. over Mexico border

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

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Residents in 20 states can no longer purchase new child-only policies as a result of the Democrats’ healthcare reform law

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Where’s the Border Fence? – Center for Individual Freedom

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Op-ed, National Center for Public Policy Research – Obama Won’t Create Jobs or Innovation by Hiring Progressive CEO Jeff Immelt

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Obama Won’t Create Jobs or Innovation by Hiring Progressive CEO Jeff Immelt
Washington, D.C. – President Barack Obama’s appointment of General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt to lead the White House’s new “President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness” does not signal a serious attitude toward thoughtful and open discussion on ways to jumpstart the stalled American economy. (more…)

Fitch Downgrades Overland Park Development Corp., KS to ‘BB’

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

RATING RATIONALE:

–The downgrade to ‘BB’ from ‘BBB+’ reflects the inadequacy of citywide hotel tax revenues to fully support debt service.
–Fitch gives little weight in its rating to the pledge of net operating revenue from a single site convention center hotel. As such, the lack of sufficient coverage from the citywide hotel tax precludes an investment grade rating.
–Hotel tax revenues plus net operating revenues covered 2010 debt service roughly 1.0 time.
–There is a fully cash funded debt service reserve.
–Non-appropriation risk of hotel tax revenues is low given the adverse rating impact such action would have on the city of Overland Park’s (the city) current ‘AAA’ general obligation bond rating.
–Fitch believes the city’s deep and diverse economy supports sustainable long-term hotel demand despite recent weaknesses.

KEY RATING DRIVERS:

–Recovery and growth of the hotel tax in proportion to escalating debt service.
–The rate of depletion of the debt service reserve if both pledged revenue sources continue performing below initial projections.

Kimberly Strassel, WSJ – Cap and Trade Returns From the Grave

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Maggie Gallagher – Is Abortion Good for Girls?

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Mark Goldblatt, National Review – Wondering who’s going to be the first New York Times columnist or MSNBC commentator to blame the chaos in Egypt on Sarah Palin

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Video, Chris Cillizza – Who is Jay Carney, new White House press secretary

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Aaron Blake, Washington Post – The GOP’s quiet evolution on gay rights

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Jim Geraghty – reports that U.S. Ambassador to China and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, a Republican, is leaning toward a run for president in 2012

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Peter Wehner on Egypt – Vindication for Bush’s Freedom Agenda

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Powerline – Ronald Reagan at 100

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Marco Rubio’s chief of staff – a former aide to Dick Cheney, Mitt Romney

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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Republican Paul Broun stands by tweet accusing Obama of socialism

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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