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Newslinks for Monday June 13, 2011

Posted on 06/13/2011


CNNdebate 10:15pm The Republican: Romney wins by keeping his front-runner status, all others lose by failing to topple him

5:30pm Videos:

4:30pm The Republican: Five questions that could (and should) be asked of any of the candidates tonight

3:30pm The Republican: Low-hanging fruit for Republicans: point out that Obama's regulatory reform must be really labor-intensive, as this chart shows

Screen shot 2011-06-13 at 2.34.22 PM 2:00pm The Republican: Yes, Romney's accelerating his lead, but what if pollsters included the likes of Chris Christie on their lists - just to see where voters' heads really are these days?

11:45am Video round-up:

9:00am The Republican: Three kinds of uncertainty that Republicans should hang around Obama's neck going into 2012

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New ConservativeHome Poll: Grassroots voters think Republicans are succeeding on Medicare, failing on jobs

Ideas: Interview with Walter Williams: Unemployment among African Americans was lower when discrimination was worse

Video: The Sununus talk NH politics ahead of tonight's GOP debate

GOP candidates ready their rhetoric for tonight's New Hampshire debate  

Screen shot 2011-06-13 at 09.50.11 "Several Republican presidential hopefuls ratcheted up their rhetoric Sunday on the eve of the first GOP debate in New Hampshire, signaling the launch of a more robust interplay between the candidates as the campaign heads into the summer season." - LA Times

  • A new poll shows former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney ahead as the GOP candidates prepare for Monday's debate. - USA Today
  • "Mitt Romney heads into the GOP debate a far different man than the one who lost to John McCain four years ago. Despite his early lead, the former Massachusetts governor must still overcome questions about his authenticity and conservative credentials." - Washington Post
  • Huntsman defends absence from CNN New Hampshire debate - CNN

"As Republicans gear up for Monday's presidential debate in New Hampshire, some conservative Hispanics say they'll be watching closely - and they're hoping to see more than the current field of candidates has offered so far." - CNN

...while Obama continues his quest to secure Hispanic support - Politico

> Yesterday on The Republican: Ahead of tomorrow's debate, Romney maintains substantial lead among GOP voters in NH

Screen shot 2011-06-13 at 09.57.39 Also from the 2012 field:

  • "Tea party activists are struggling to rally behind a single presidential contender as disparate groups with conflicting priorities balance candidate viability with conservative purity." - Roll Call ($)
  • "Tim Pawlenty may be nice, but he's not willing to be anybody's fool. So says the former Minnesota governor and 2012 presidential candidate, who blasted claims that he is too "vanilla" to be president." - Fox News
  • Speculation builds around Governor Rick Perry's presidential bid - Washington Examiner
  • "Likely presidential contender Jon Huntsman Jr., looking to sharpen his political message ahead of an official announcement that he will seek the 2012 Republican Party nomination, took a couple of jabs at his former boss in a national interview over the weekend, saying President Obama has 'failed on the economic front.'" - Washington Times
  • Courting Wall Street: President Obama has started an aggressive push to win back the allegiance of a vital source of campaign donations in 2008. - New York Times
  • "Republican Newt Gingrich sought to restart his foundering 2012 presidential bid Sunday in a speech that sidestepped last week's exodus of 16 top aides from his campaign and hammered the Obama administration over its Middle East policies. Appearing before the Republican Jewish Coalition in Beverly Hills, California, the former U.S. House Speaker made just one vague and indirect reference to the campaign controversy." - CNN
  • Clive Crook: America prefers fiscal idiocy to intelligent choices - FT ($)

Yesterday on The Republican: 2012 watch: GOP voters put winning over ideological purity

> Yesterday on Video: Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler: Grassroots conservatives don't believe Romney will be the nominee 

Iowa tour revives gold standard debate

Screen shot 2011-06-13 at 08.53.22 "Republican presidential contenders who plan to appear at the Iowa Tea Party's multicity bus tour during the next three weeks will find themselves pressed on an issue few have considered before they announced their nomination bids: How do they feel about the gold standard?" - USA Today

Nathan Lewis: "In hyperinflation's aftermath, how Germany went back to gold" - Forbes

SC Attorney General: NLRB is punishing business

Screen shot 2011-06-13 at 08.56.33 "'This is going to kill the ability for businesses to create jobs and to promote ... economic recovery throughout our country.' That's what Republican South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson says will happen if the National Labor Relations Board wins its fight to force Boeing to build a new plant in Washington state instead of the Palmetto state...'Since the announcement that Boeing was going to open a plant in Charleston, South Carolina, Boeing has actually created 2,000 new jobs in Washington state. So it's hard to say you are retaliating against the union when you create 2,000 members to their role'...Attorneys general from 15 other states have added their names to a counter-suit filed against the NRLB, saying a ruling in the labor board's favor could hurt their states as well." - Fox News

Matt Patterson: "Unions know they cannot compete, and so need officials in Washington -- whom they labored mightily to help elect -- to force business back to their crushing embrace. The precedent that is being set by the NLRB Boeing decision is clear: The government, and the government alone, is arbiter of where and how we can do business. So much for land of the free." - Washington Examiner

Workers’ share of U.S. national income is collapsing - FrumForum 

NAACP wants Washington to focus more on creating jobs - The Hill

> Saturday on The Republican: With declining labor force rates, we need policies that encourage more work, greater savings, and later retirement - not higher taxes that encourage the opposite

Agency head: Corruption a problem at Customs and Border Protection

Screen shot 2011-06-13 at 09.05.46 "More than 125 U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees have been arrested or indicted on corruption charges for smuggling drugs or illegal aliens, laundering money, and conspiracy since 2004, according to the agency’s top official.In one case an agent attempted to smuggle 100 kilograms of marijuana across the border, while in another case a CBP officer - using official credentials - allegedly tried to swindle a Korean citizen out of $220,000 for a fake school’s computer program. In yet another case, an agent allegedly tried to pocket $1,700 in cash from an abandoned vehicle during an internal affairs sting operation." - The Hill

Screen shot 2011-06-13 at 09.53.26 News from the Middle East:

  • Extremism grows in Yemen: Increasingly, it appears as if al-Qaeda’s regional affiliate is seeking for the first time to grab and hold large swaths of territory, adding a dangerous dimension to Yemen’s crisis." - Washington Post
  • Missing Iraq money, totalling $6.6 billion, may have been stolen, auditors say - LA Times
  • "One of Washington's top lobby firms is working to remove an Iranian group from the State Department's list of foreign terrorist organizations. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has registered to lobby on behalf of the Iranian American Community of Northern California to support removal of the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) — otherwise known as the People's Mujahedin of Iran — from the State Department’s Foreign Terrorist Organizations list, according to lobbying disclosure records released two weeks ago." - The Hill

> Yesterday on The Republican: Senator Lindsey Graham: If we really care about the Syrian people now is the time to let Assad know that all options are on the table

"The Forest Service faces a problem as the wildfire season rages: The fleet of tanker planes it leases to fight fires is becoming unsafe to deploy." - Washington Post

Screen shot 2011-06-13 at 08.58.23 Study: One in four of the nearly 7,400 elected representatives across the country do not hold a four-year degree

"About one in four of the nearly 7,400 elected representatives across the country do not possess a four-year college degree, according to a report released Sunday evening by The Chronicle of Higher Education in Washington. That compares with 6 percent of members of Congress, and 72 percent of adults nationwide, said the report, which is based primarily on the officials’ self-reported biographical information." - New York Times | WSJ

John E. Sununu: Vague law will "hobble" the economy

"So here we are with just four weeks to finalize over 100 provisions from the most sweeping financial regulations bill in a generation. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is preparing to delay the implementation of some — but not all — of the rules for some unspecified amount of time. Trial lawyers are waiting to take advantage of the confusion, but Commissioner Scott O’Malia has reassured everyone that “all of this will hopefully be clear in a week or two.” Hopefully? Just remember: Obama wants you to “get in the game.” But please don’t mention regulatory uncertainty. He doesn’t want to hear it." - Boston Globe

Screen shot 2011-06-13 at 11.31.34 Ross Douthat: The Anthony Weiner story is really about narcissism - New York Times

  • "Debate over whether Rep. Weiner should resign is bound to intensify when the House returns this week." - Washington Post
  • "A recent study found that scandals involving immoral behavior cost the incumbent an average of 6.5 percentage points at the polls." - FiveThirtyEight blog on the New York Times

Hans A. von Spakovsky: ID laws ensure election integrity - USA Today

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