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Newslinks for Sunday June 12, 2011

Posted on 06/12/2011


5:00pm Video: Paul Ryan takes on Steny Hoyer and the Democrats' economic policies: "Forget about what the economists said. Look at the results. The economy is flat"

Screen shot 2011-06-12 at 21.40.47 4:30pm Happy 87th birthday President George H.W. Bush!

4:15pm 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

3:15pm Video: Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler: Grassroots conservatives don't believe Romney will be the nominee 

Screen shot 2011-06-12 at 18.40.13 1:45pm The Republican: Ahead of tomorrow's debate, Romney maintains substantial lead among GOP voters in NH

12:45pm Congresswoman Renee Ellmers: Health IT barriers for small medical practices must be removed

12:30pm Video:

11:45am Video: RNC chair Reince Priebus: President Obama is a "disaster to this economy"

11:30am The Republican: 2012 watch: GOP voters put winning over ideological purity

"A punch in the gut": House Speaker John Boehner calls weak jobs report a sobering reality check for Washington

Screen shot 2011-06-12 at 13.09.24 1 In a speech in Ashland, Ohio, "House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) [called] the most recent jobs report “a punch in the gut” to the economy and blaming the lackluster recovery on the failed policies of the Obama administration. “The jobs report issued by the U.S. Department of Labor last week was a punch in the gut ... a sobering reality check." - The Hill

President Obama and Speaker Boehner to be joined by Vice President Biden, Governor Kasich on their golf outing next week - USA Today

Congressman Mike Pence targets ‘Obamacare,’ Washington D.C., in Indiana governor campaign launch

Screen shot 2011-06-12 at 12.11.19 "Indiana Rep. Mike Pence (R) formally launched his campaign for governor Saturday with a strong dose of scorn for Washington, D.C. and a pledge to keep his state “on the path of fiscal responsibility and reform.” The conservative six-term congressman is running to replace the term-limited Gov. Mitch Daniels (R).  Pence said as governor he would build on what he called successful fiscal and other reforms under the incumbent, while noting that the state still suffers from unemployment over eight percent and other woes." - The Hill

Iraq should repay war costs says Congressman Dana Rohrabacher 

Screen shot 2011-06-12 at 13.11.29 "A U.S. congressman visiting Baghdad Friday suggested that Iraq pay back the United States for the money it has spent in the eight years since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher spoke during a one-day visit by a group of six U.S. congressman. The California Republican said he raised the suggestion during a meeting with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that some day when Iraq is a "prosperous" nation it pay back the U.S. for everything that it has done here." - AP

...as Democrats push for a new Afghan strategy - Washington Post

Qadhafi writes to Congress

Screen shot 2011-06-12 at 12.12.40 "In what appears to be a letter from Muammar Qadhafi to members of Congress, the Libyan leader calls on the United States to take the lead in negotiating a cease-fire, while flattering Congress for its “thoughtful discussion of the issues” on Libya...It’s his hope, he says, to “exercise[e] power through a direct democracy which will choose the senior officials who will provide the administration of the Libyan government and take care of its own affairs.” Sent to congressional leaders and the White House, the three-page letter comes as reports continue to emerge, suggesting that Qadhafi is looking for a way to end the fighting in Libya and as NATO looks for ways to scale back its activity there, which began in March." - Politico | Qadhafi's letter

"Rebel fighters were battling forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi along the Mediterranean coast west of Tripoli, seeking to fight their way back into the important oil city of Zawiya." - WSJ

Candidates ready for Monday's GOP debateWashington Post

"As the 2012 election approaches, a poll shows New Hampshire voters see unemployment and the budget deficit as the nation's biggest economic challenges." - Boston Globe

Screen shot 2011-01-15 at 12.54.13 Also from the 2012 field:

  • "If Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) does jump into the race for the White House, he probably won't be able to count on endorsements from two of the most powerful Texans in Congress.That's because both National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) and National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) have so far indicated that they plan to stay neutral in the presidential race — even if their home state governor is in the mix." - Roll Call ($)
  • President Barack Obama faces problems in Florida - Washington Times
  • "A firm hired by Jon Huntsman has prepared a sharply worded fundraising letter that would mark a dramatic departure from the way the former Utah governor has promised to run his campaign." - Politico
  • Former Senator Rick Santorum launches first ad of his presidential campaign - The Hill
  • "GOP White House contender Tim Pawlenty is ramping up his attacks on the National Labor Relations Board for its complaint against Boeing over the company’s decision to open a non-union airline production plant in South Carolina, allegedly retaliating against unionized workers in Washington state." - The Hill
  • "New Jersey Governor Chris Christie would tie for second with Sarah Palin should they both make a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, a poll shows." - Bloomberg

> Yesterday on Video: Jon Huntsman: You can expect my announcement in about a week and a half

Michael Barone: As Gingrich exits remember his gifts as well as his flaws

Screen shot 2011-06-12 at 12.14.14 "As speaker, Gingrich had more policy successes than his current detractors recall. He held federal spending essentially static for a year, setting the budget on a path to surpluses, passed a landmark welfare reform act and set in motion a Medicare reform commission that recommended premium support, the main feature of Ryan's proposal. Through all this Gingrich was always searching for ideas that commanded 70 percent support. He understood that dovish Democrats' disdain for American exceptionalism was a grave political liability and sought to exploit it. But after his first moments in the spotlight as speaker he turned off voters. I think he reminded them of the high school nerd/egghead whom all the other kids disliked. Gingrich turns 68 next week; this was obviously the last year he could run for president. His chances were never great and now seem nonexistent. But we shouldn't forget what this man, with his unusual gifts and despite glaring flaws, managed to accomplish against great odds." - Washington Examiner

> Yesterday on Video: Newt: "We had a strategic disagreement about how to run a campaign"; former aide Galen says, "nobody other than Newt has ever believed he's a viable candidate"

Iowa questions political role, as several Republican candidates plan to skip the states' caucuses

Screen shot 2011-06-12 at 13.00.51 "For decades, Iowa has served as the official kickoff for the presidential campaign, providing the first real test for candidates hoping to win their way to the White House. But there are signs that its influence on the nominating process could be ebbing and that the nature of the voters who tend to turn out for the Republican caucuses — a heavy concentration of evangelical Christians and ideological conservatives overlaid with parochial interests — is discouraging some candidates from competing there." - New York Times

Screen shot 2011-06-12 at 12.27.02 Redistricting offers few gains for the GOP

  • Republicans’ gains are likely to total fewer than 10 House seats, largely because they took so many seats from Democrats in 2010 that there are not many left to change hands through redistricting. - New York Times
  • "With proposed new district boundaries, Republicans must recruit more moderate candidates and find common ground with more Californians, experts say" - LA Times

"Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is threatening to use the power of his position to alter key elements of No Child Left Behind if Congress doesn't renew and upgrade the education law before the next school year begins." - WSJ

Architect of US embassy bombings killed in Somalia

Screen shot 2011-06-12 at 12.17.15 "The Al Qaeda mastermind behind the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania was killed this week at a security checkpoint in Mogadishu by Somali forces who did not immediately realize they had killed the most-wanted man in East Africa, officials said yesterday. The death of Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, who topped the FBI’s most-wanted list for nearly 13 years, is the third major strike in six weeks against the worldwide terrorist group that was headed by Osama bin Laden until his death last month." - Boston Globe

White House seeks Israeli agreement to negotiate on 1967 lines - The Washington Times

Screen shot 2011-06-12 at 13.30.56 Representative Anthony D. Weiner is to request a leave of absence from the House and seek treatment, after Democratic leaders called on him to resign - New York Times

  • "Poll shows many voters still on Anthony Weiner's side, despite the congressman's lewd tweeting. But New York state will lose two districts, and the controversy makes it a good bet his will be one of them." - NPR
  • Boehner's office examining leave of absence rules for Weiner's request - The Hill
  • "[Rep.] Weiner will reportedly wait until his 10-weeks- pregnant wife, Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, returns from an overseas trip before the randy rep decides whether he'll resign." - New York Post

> Yesterday on The Republican: Pelosi tells Weiner to resign...now the question is why it took her so long

...as Congress prepares for online etiquette lessons - Roll Call ($)

Screen shot 2011-06-12 at 12.53.54 Jeff Jacoby: "Subsidies for the video game industry is another bad tax idea." - Boston Globe

"The rarefied world of government arts funding apparently has run out of artists specializing in elephant-dung and human-urine media. Now comes the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) announcement it will make grants for digital media - specifically video-game design." - Bruce Edward Walker in the Washington Times

Also in opinion:

  • Debra J. Saunders: At least four good reasons to end the war on drugs - SF Chronicle
  • George Will: "The Goldwater Institute’s challenge to the IPAB serves the high purpose of highlighting some of Obamacare’s most grotesque provisions, which radiate distrust of the public and its elected representatives. The essence of progressivism, and of the administrative state that is progressivism’s project, is this doctrine: Modern society is too complex for popular sovereignty, so government of, by and for supposedly disinterested experts must not perish from the earth." - Washington Post
  • Bill O'Reilly: "Obama sees the rich as his to plunder" - Boston Herald

Sunday morning viewing schedule - Politico

...and finally, the office of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' has released the first photos of the Congresswoman since the January shooting

  Screen shot 2011-06-12 at 13.35.15 "The first photographs of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords since she was shot in the head in January show the congresswoman smiling. Taken outside, the photos show her with short hair and wearing glasses. One photo shows her alone, smiling at the camera; in the other, she is sitting alongside another woman. The photos, published Sunday on her Facebook page, were taken May 17 -- the day before she underwent skull surgery at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, according to a message alongside the photos." - CNN | Houston Chronicle

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