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Newslinks for Friday November 25, 2011

Posted on 11/25/2011

Rick Perry's Texas receives billions of the federal money that he condemns on the campaign trail

Screen shot 2011-08-26 at 10.46.21"More than $380 million in early grants and other aid from the federal health law have already gone to businesses and agencies in the Lone Star State, according to figures from the HHS, and Texas ended up with $17 billion from the stimulus. Now, the state is waiting for final approval of a new waiver from federal Medicaid rules that could allow the state to draw down an additional $12 billion in funds from the federal government." - Politico

  • "In the array of governors who turned to national politics — a collection that includes four of the last six presidents and a horde of contestants who didn’t make it — Rick Perry looks a lot more like Sarah Palin than like George W. Bush." - New York Times

Gingrich's immigration stance proving to be a tough sell

Screen shot 2011-01-19 at 11.33.51"Newt Gingrich's political gamble to support legal status for some illegal immigrants is landing with a thud in some states that vote early in the Republican nominating contest. "There are only three things Republicans in Iowa want to hear when it comes to immigration right now," said Brian Rosener, chairman of the Woodbury County Republican Central Committee, in western Iowa. "Secure the borders, secure the borders, secure the borders."" - WSJ

  • "Gingrich’s conservatism... echoes many of the themes of the early 20th-century Progressive movement, which tried to improve America through governmental and social reform. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, he argued that the welfare state should be replaced with an “opportunity society”." - Timothy Stanley for the Daily Telegraph
  • "In a presidential election dominated by economic issues, illegal immigration is emerging as the dominant social litmus test for Republican candidates as voters debate what to do about millions of immigrants now living illegally in America." - Washington Examiner

Cain’s assertion that he could win over black voters is dismissed by analysts

Herman cain 2"...few believe Cain could snare a sizable number of black voters in a general election, especially against President Obama. “If he’s talking about 41 percent of black voters in the Republican primary, he might be right,” Michael Dawson, an African American political science professor at the University of Chicago, said with a chuckle. But in a general election against President Obama, who got 95 percent of the black vote in 2008 and remains popular among African Americans, Dawson said Cain “would be lucky to get 10 percent” of the black vote." - Washington Post

  • Must read: Herman Cain's Political Education - WSJ ($)

Gay marriage could bring shifts in Republican race - Fox News

A rogue convention? How GOP party rules may surprise in 2012

Screen shot 2010-11-15 at 22.03.30"What happens in Tampa might come down to Republican Party leaders because there is no obvious process to appeal decisions by the party’s Standing Committee on Rules. But we anticipate and welcome more attention to party rules and what it means to be active in a political party in the 21st century. And Republicans may not be able to prevent fireworks on the convention floor, where ultimately the delegates are in control." - Rob Richie and Elise Helgesen for Politico

Peggy Noonan: Republican candidates throw around dramatic rhetoric on war far too easily

Screen shot 2011-06-22 at 21.05.15"At one point Wolf Blitzer asked Newt Gingrich: "Would you, if you were president of the United States, bomb Iran's nuclear facilities to prevent it from becoming a nuclear power?" Messrs. Blitzer and Gingrich, longtime Washington insiders, live in a cultural cosmos in which things like this are chattered about with no more sense of import than if they were talking about the Redskins. ... should we be discussing those things so blithely and explicitly in such a public way? You have to wonder what the world thinks when it hears such talk—and the world is watching." - Peggy Noonan for the WSJ ($)

2012 update:

  • "By far his most distinctive physical feature, Mr. Romney’s head of impeccably coiffed black hair has become something of a cosmetological Rorschach test on the campaign trail" - New York Times
  • Seven reasons to be thankful for this particular GOP presidential field - Hot Air

Bipartisan support for reining in Medicare costs grows - New York Times

Diana Furchtgott-Roth: The cuts the supercommittee were tasked with making weren't even that big

Supercommittee"They sound substantial to you and me, because we're used to living from paycheck to paycheck and dreading that next mortgage payment, but they're a small fraction of projected federal spending. The Congressional Budget Office projects that federal spending over the next decade will be $44 trillion, so cutting $1.2 trillion is less than 3 percent of federal spending." - Diana Furchtgott-Roth for the Washington Examiner

  • "Funding cuts for school lunches, home energy assistance, child support enforcement, HIV care, Race to the Top grants and other government programs will come quicker than advertised following the failure this week of the congressional “supercommittee.”" - Washington Post

Charles Krauthammer: Democrat attempts to paint Republicans as doing nothing to help grow the economy are wrong

Krauthammer"It is the Republicans who passed — through the House, the only branch of government they control — a real budget that cut $5.8 trillion of spending over the next 10 years. Obama’s February budget, which would have increased spending, was laughed out of the Senate, voted down 97 to 0. As for the Democratic Senate, it has submitted no budget at all for [two and a half] years." - Charles Krauthammer for the Washington Post

Outside groups set to make Montana Senate race one of the most expensive of 2012

Screen shot 2011-08-27 at 16.01.13"Sen. Jon Tester (D) and his Republican opponent, Rep. Denny Rehberg, have been inundated with hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of TV ads, including several just in the past month. The spending is emblematic of the state’s relatively inexpensive media markets and the race’s competitiveness and potential to swing the Senate majority." - Roll Call

Centrist Americans Elect group hoping to add third candidate to 2012 election ballot

"A bipartisan group of political strategists and donors known as Americans Elect has raised $22 million and is likely to place a third presidential candidate on the ballot in every state next year. The goal is to provide an alternative to President Obama and the GOP nominee and break the tradition of a Democrat-vs.-Republican lineup." - Washington Post



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