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Newslinks for Saturday June 25, 2011

Posted on 06/25/2011

Screen shot 2011-06-25 at 22.03.50 5:00pm Video: Tea Partiers get their own TV show

4:45pm The Republican: What they're saying: Conservatives weigh in on Chris Christie's courageous compromise

3:45pm Video:

1:45pm Video: Karl Rove's 2012 prediction: Obama won't be re-elected

Screen shot 2011-06-25 at 18.49.47 1:30pm The Republican: A 'conservative problem-solver': Henninger profiles Huntsman

12:15pm Saturday opinion round up:

9:30am Republican Weekly Address: Rep. Renee Ellmers: You sent us to Washington to focus on jobs, and we must show leadership worthy of your trust

ICYMI Students for Paul Ryan is live: If you or someone you know is in college, read this

Boehner to Obama: Tax hikes in debt deal 'cannot pass'

Screen shot 2011-06-25 at 11.54.57 "House Speaker John Boehner ruled out any tax increases as part of a deal to increase the debt limit, warning President Obama today that they would never pass the GOP-controlled House. A day after talks stalled on a debt-reduction deal, Boehner issued a statement reinforcing the GOP position in stark terms. The speaker called on Obama to "lead" and take part in the negotiations." - USA Today

"The deficit talks led by Vice President Biden faced a dispute over whether to include the Pentagon in any spending caps or deficit triggers, but the office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Friday that taxes were the only reason the talks collapsed Thursday." - The Hill

> Yesterday on Video: Jon Kyl on why he walked out of budget talks: There is enough agreement on cuts to meet our debt ceiling demands, so the tax increases the Democrats want are irrelevant 

...while "Obama entered the deficit-reduction talks by asking Senate leaders to help break a deadlock" - WSJ

Sen. Sessions challenges Obama to make debt-ceiling talks public - The Hill

> Yesterday on Video: Sen. Jeff Sessions: The "masters of the universe" thought they could fix the budget deficit, but they were obviously wrong

Screen shot 2011-06-25 at 11.57.25 House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy tells President Obama to 'get off the golf course' and 'get engaged'

"The No. 3 Republican leader in the House took President Obama to task Friday, claiming he should put the golf clubs down and get directly involved in the budget talks with Congress. "He's got to get off the golf course and he's got to get engaged," Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said. "He has a responsibility as a leader," McCarthy said. Although he referred to the president's golf game, McCarthy did not address the highly publicized golf game Obama recently played with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the GOP leader with whom Obama is expected to soon meet to deal with the budget deficit and debt-limit crises." - The Hill

> Yesterday on The Republican: The Republicans are winning the public argument about reducing the deficit

House rejects Obama's Libya policy but stops short of trying to defund it

Screen shot 2011-06-25 at 12.08.09 "In a pair of strikingly different votes, the House on Friday exposed its loud bark and its soft bite on U.S. military efforts in Libya. The chamber voted down a measure that would give President Obama the authority to continue the U.S. military action against the Libyan regime — but it also rejected an attempt to cut off money for those efforts..."Now, make no mistake. I support the removal of the Libya regime. I support the president's authority as the commander-in-chief," said House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). "But when the president chooses to challenge the powers of the Congress, I as speaker of the House will defend the constitutional authority of the legislature." But less than two hours later, the chamber voted 238-180 against defunding the Libya action. The measure would have barred U.S. drone attacks and airstrikes in Libya but would have allowed the continuance of actions to support NATO troops." - NPR | Washington Post

  • Editorial: "Our secretary of state questions the patriotism of those criticizing the administration's Libyan policy and disregard of the War Powers Act. Remember when dissent was the highest form of patriotism?" - IBD
  • Rep. Tom Rooney takes blame for failed vote to defund Libya operation - Fox News

GOP targets leeway in immigration cases

"House Republicans are targeting an Obama administration effort to give immigration officials more leeway when it comes to deciding who to deport from the U.S. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, plans to introduce legislation next month that would suspend the Obama administration's ability to exercise executive discretion in immigration cases. Smith's bill, called the HALT Act, would strip the administration's power to defer deportation of immigration violators, grant work authorization or grant temporary protected status to immigrants who are fleeing a disaster." - LA Times

"Sen. Mark Kirk called Friday for the Federal Aviation Administration to investigate allegations Delta Airlines blocked Jewish passengers from flying as part of an agreement with a Saudi Arabian airline." - The Hill | Fox News

Karl Rove-backed Crossroads launches $20-million ad campaign

Screen shot 2011-06-25 at 12.12.16 "Crossroads GPS, one of the organizations founded by Karl Rove and other well-established Republicans last year to bolster the fortunes of conservative candidates, is launching on Monday a new television commercial (see video below) attacking President Obama’s economic policies – the first part of a staggering $20-million advertising campaign." - LA Times

...but they will not take sides in the GOP presidential primary - Roll Call ($)

Tea Party Express starts new anti-Obama PAC

"Familiar faces are behind a new effort to challenge President Barack Obama. The Republican operatives who created Tea Party Express, the leading political action committee of the tea party movement, recently launched a separate PAC called the Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama. By creating the independent group, the organizers can raise more money and be a stronger force in the upcoming presidential race. The new group has the ambitious goal of organizing 1 million people against the president through television ads, online petitions and grass-roots events. More than 46,000 people have signed the group’s online petition “to defeat Barack Obama” since January." - Roll Call ($)

> Yesterday on The Republican: A Tea Party on the Left? Good luck with that

Screen shot 2011-01-15 at 12.54.13 News on the 2012 race:

  • Daily Caller, ATR postpone debate due to scheduling conflicts - Politico
  • Obama set $60 million fundraising goal for this quarter - USA Today
  • Palin film to debut in Iowa next week - The Hill
  • "GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann is getting ready for her formal campaign launch Monday, with a radio ad saying Iowa 'will always be home.'" - USA Today
  • Byron York: "Huntsman tries McCain model, but he's no John McCain" - Washington Examiner
  • Rick Perry receives a tepid response at Latino convention - Washington Examiner
  • "A small tax-exempt political group with ties to wealthy liberals like billionaire financier George Soros has quietly helped elect 11 reform-minded progressive Democrats as secretaries of state to oversee the election process in battleground states and keep Republican 'political operatives from deciding who can vote and how those votes are counted.'" - Washington Times

> Yesterday on The Republican: Romney's a dissembler, not just a flip-flopper, which is why his frontrunner status is such a paradox

Gov. Christie promotes pension, benefits overhaul on airwaves

Screen shot 2011-06-25 at 12.25.09 "Eager to tell the world about the biggest feat of his political career, Gov. Chris Christie took to the airwaves today only hours after state lawmakers approved a historic plan to cut public worker benefits. The nationally televised victory lap began on NBC’s "Today" show, with the host, Matt Lauer, hailing Christie’s overhaul of New Jersey’s pension and health benefits system. The changes are expected to save more than $100 billion in the next 30 years by raising costs for public workers." - The Star Ledger

New York approves same-sex marriage

Screen shot 2011-06-25 at 12.36.31 "New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage late Friday, shortly after the state Senate voted on the measure, delivering a significant victory to the gay rights movement and making New York the largest state to permit such unions. Given the state’s population, the vote essentially doubles the number of Americans who can gain access to same-sex marriage licenses, which previously have been available in five states and the District of Columbia." - Washington Post

"Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke’s standing with the public has slid to its lowest level in almost two years of polling on the issue, even as faith in the Federal Reserve holds up." - Bloomberg

Peter Feaver: "Obama's Afghanistan strategy and the right to be wrong"

"While the media attention has been focused on the troops that are leaving Afghanistan in the coming months, I have been thinking of the troops that will remain. They are locked in the fight of their lives, and they (or at least their commanders) probably paid more attention to the president's speech than did most other Americans. Did the president give them a convincing rationale for continuing to risk their lives? Did he convince them that the stakes were worth it, that the prospects for lasting success good enough? Do they believe that their commander in chief is as committed to the war effort as he is asking them to be? Only when those answers are answered satisfactorily will Obama have fulfilled the dictates of democratic civil-military theory. Even then, however, he still may be wrong on the strategic aspects of his decision. From a civil-military perspective, the president has the right to be wrong. He might well be wrong this time, and if so, that may be evident to all by next fall. In that case, democratic theory points to the duty of others: the voters." - ForeignPolicy.com's Shadow Government blog

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