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Newslinks for Friday June 17, 2011

Posted on 06/17/2011

6:00pm Rep. Fred Upton: Whatever happened to Recovery Summer

4:45: Video: House GOP video on the "Recovery Summer": Reminding the Dems that, as they have said, "own" this economy

3:45pm The Republican: Two questions for GOP presidential candidates in 2012: how will your tax plans help the middle class, and what will you do about the housing crisis we're pretending we're not having

2:45pm The Republican: Actually, Haley, the Republican nominee should pass a purity test

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12:00pm The Republican: Yesterday's ethanol vote was another win for conservatism

9:00am The Republican: What they're saying: Romney's authenticity still a big factor despite his strong showing in the polls

8:45am Rep. Scott Rigell: Here are three conditions that should be met for any alternative to the GOP Medicare plan


Survey: The strengths and weaknesses of Tim Pawlenty

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Opinion: Rep. Todd Rokita: American exceptionalism is a fact, not some self-serving extreme notion propagated by Bible-thumping crazies (as the left would have you believe)

Interview: Rep. James Lankford: Contrary to what MSNBC says, the GOP budget is based on common sense and applying what has worked elsewhere to today's big problems

Video: Pawlenty says Romney “really laid the groundwork for Obamacare” and is therefore a "co-conspirator" with the president

Biden on debt-reduction talks: Negotiators ‘getting down to the real hard stuff' - Washington Post

Gerson Mike Gerson in the Washington Post hears the Biden talks are being conducted fairly and the outlines of a deal may be in sight:

"For the first time, Senate Republicans describe to me the outlines of a possible deal: a package of immediate and specific budget cuts; budget caps reaching out five years to reassure conservatives that tough budget decisions will be made in the future; Medicare reforms short of the House approach; no tax increases — a Republican red line — but perhaps additional revenue from the elimination of tax expenditures."

Voters divided on debt ceiling

"Polls see a solid majority of voters willing to raise the debt ceiling if Congress throws in the right mix of budget cuts. Unfortunately, we also found those voters can’t agree on what to cut, and neither can the Democrats and Republicans." - John Zogby for Forbes

AARP open door to Ryan plan?

"AARP, the powerful lobbying group for older Americans, is dropping its longstanding opposition to cutting Social Security benefits, a move that could rock Washington's debate over how to revamp the nation's entitlement programs." - WSJ

Pawlenty hits Romney on healthcare... via Twitter

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  • Pawlenty concedes he missed an opportunity to attack Romney at debate - The Hill
  • "On Sunday, Mr. Pawlenty unleashed a zinger, coining the phrase “Obamaneycare” to link President Barack Obama’s health-care plan – reviled by conservatives – with Mr. Romney’s Massachusetts plan, which shares the fundamental architecture of the national plan. The next day, when the two men shared the stage, Mr. Pawlenty couldn’t press the attack." - WSJ
  • "It is hard to argue that Pawlenty’s 5 percent goal is unrealistic, but that the Obama administration’s projection of 4.1 percent is realistic. But I am sure some folks on the Left will try." - Jim Geraghty for NRO

Romney Mitt Romney's "I'm also unemployed" joke

"The former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate shared a laugh Thursday with a group of jobless Floridians as he told them, "I'm also unemployed." Technically, that's true. Running full-time for president of the United States is, alas, not a job. But coming from a successful businessman and multimillionaire who surely has substantial investment income, the remark quickly became fodder for Democrats -- particularly amid a partisan fight over who's more serious about the economy." - Fox

  • Swampland's Michael Scherer reflects on Romney's style of humor

GOP are learning to respect Romney - Joe Klein in TIME 

Bachman Michele Michele Bachmann, presidential candidate, surges to second place behind Mitt Romney

"The Minnesota representative trailed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's 33% with 19% support of likely Republican voters. The survey is the first conducted after Monday's presidential debate in New Hampshire, where Bachmann announced her bid for the Oval Office." - New York Daily News

2012 in Brief:

  • Michele Bachmann lands deal for memoirs - USA Today
  • Four reasons why you can't count Newt Gingrich out yet in 2012 presidential race - Lanny Davis for Fox
  • Gingrich's unfavorable rating hits all-time high in NBC/WSJ poll - FirstRead
  • Gay GOPers turn out for Huntsman - Politico
  • "44% of voters say they are more likely to vote for a generic Republican candidate than President Obama, according to the latest Gallup poll. Just 39% would back the incumbent president." - Fox
  • Enthusiasm is now on the GOP side - Michael Barone for NRO
  • GOP candidates for president don’t embrace Bush years - Washington Times

Noonan Peggy Quoting polls opposed to overseas intervention Peggy Noonan welcomes GOP candidates' "sober" and limited approach to foreign policy

"A flurry of polls this week show the public is on the side of the new sobriety. CNN had 62% now opposing the war in Afghanistan, just 36% in favor. CBS News found 64% want the number of U.S. troops decreased, and 51% said the U.S. shouldn't be in Afghanistan at all. A Washington Post/ABC News poll said 54% of respondents feel the war has not been worth fighting, and 73% said the U.S. should withdraw combat forces this summer. A Rasmussen survey found a combined 56% who said the U.S. should withdraw from Afghanistan immediately or on a firm timetable, up four points since March." - Peggy Noonan in the WSJ

If House Republicans are truly interested in ending the Libyan war, they can cut off all funds for military operations - John Yoo in the Wall Street Journal

Weiner resigns after three weeks of controversy - New York Times

  • "Anthony Weiner could have just written a letter. But that would have been the dignified way to end the circus he started by sending a lewd picture of himself to a Seattle college student three weeks ago -- and Anthony Weiner doesn't know from dignity. He had to do one last stand-up for the cameras that he loves so dearly..." - New York Post
  • "While Rep. Anthony Weiner may no longer have the benefit of Congress’ generous health care plan once he resigns, he will still be able to collect his pension and other benefits that could total more than $1 million during his lifetime." - Roll Call
  • Could GOP seize Weiner's district? - LA Times... Nate Silver at the New York Times concludes: "In order to have a fighting chance, Republicans will need both a very strong candidate and depressed Democratic turnout."

Republicans should not ignore the environment

Green-image "Conservatives fear liberals will use climate change to justify heavy-handed intrusive regulation and wasteful subsidies, and they are right to worry. But that's no excuse for pretending global warming is a myth or refusing to do anything about it. It's an argument for devising cost-effective, market-based remedies that minimize bureaucratic control." - Steve Chapman for the Washington Examiner

Opinion in brief:

  • US conservatism isn't conservative: "It does not present reality-based reform for emergent problems. It simply reiterates dogma and ruthlessly polices dissent or debate." - Andrew Sullivan
  • The story of Fannie Mae and the misuse of taxpayers' money to silence regulators - David Brooks in the New York Times
  • Unions own the Democrats - Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post
  • Call off the war on drugs - Jimmy Carter in the New York Times

Joe Biden is the Democrats' Schmoozer-in-chief

"In a long, low-profile string of fundraisers around the country, first for Democrats and now for his own and the president’s reelection campaign, Biden is delivering a level of physical contact, personal connection and unpredictable gossip that used to be what donors paid for but which seems to cause Obama to recoil." - Politico

At Netroots Nation gathering, Progressives decry Obama policies - WSJ

Americans support Offshore Drilling, but Washington wavers - New York Times

And finally... Union leader calls New Jersey gov ‘Adolf Christie,’ compares pension battle to ‘World War III’ - Daily Caller



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