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Newslinks for Wednesday June 29, 2011

Posted on 06/29/2011


4:45pm Video:

Screen shot 2011-06-29 at 21.57.01 3:15pm The Republican: Former assistant says John Lennon was really a Reagan-loving Republican

2:30pm The Republican: GOP Senators say it's time to balance the checkbook

1:30pm Rick Santorum: The courage to balance the budget 

Screen shot 2011-06-29 at 16.59.27 12:15pm The Republican: Less than impressed: Nearly 70% of Republican voters (still) wish there were more candidates running for the GOP nomination

11:45am Rep. Fred Upton: Employment crash demands real change in Washington

11:30am Video:

10:00am The Republican: Off to a strong start among conservatives, Michele Bachmann enters the 2012 race with the highest Positive Intensity Score of confirmed GOP candidates

8:45am Video: Undecided and 'Undefeated': Sarah Palin attends the premiere of the documentary about her term as governor as 2012 questions loom

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Poll of grassroots conservatives: Republicans in Washington aren't doing all they can on Medicare and job creation

Boehner insists that an August 2 deadline to reach a debt-ceiling deal is artificial - The Hill

"Lawmakers remain very much at odds over how to shape a compromise, with Republicans on Tuesday calling again for deep cuts in domestic spending and Democrats insisting that the solution include tax increases on big oil, corporate jet owners and higher income earners. Conservative Republicans, including Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, want at least $4 trillion in spending cuts in exchange for a $2 trillion increase in the nation's borrowing capacity that Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is likely to request." - Washington Examiner

McConnell II The Washington Times focuses on how tax is blocking a budget deal: "“We’ve had a number of useful meetings,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, told reporters at the Capitol. “But I must say, I’m perplexed as to why the administration seems now to believe that tax increases … would be a good idea in this economy?”"

  • "Growing increasingly pessimistic about the prospects for a deal that would raise the debt ceiling, Democratic senators are revisiting a solution to the crisis that rests on a simple proposition: The debt ceiling itself is unconstitutional." - HuffPo
  • "New House Republicans are buffeted by political forces more diverse than seemed likely when they won, leaving uncertain where the House GOP majority will end up on the defining issue of the moment, the debt limit." - WSJ 
  • "Having been brought together primarily by what they oppose, Tea Party groups have had difficulty agreeing on what they stand for." - New York Times

Top Democrats reject Lieberman/ Coburn plan to cut Medicare spending

Lieberman Joe "Leading congressional Democrats immediately recoiled Tuesday from a new proposal to cut $600 billion in Medicare spending over the next decade — in part by raising the eligibility age. Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Tom Coburn (R-Olka.) unveiled the proposal as part of a bipartisan effort to produce the kind of savings necessary to achieve the $2 trillion in debt reduction both parties say is needed to convince reticent lawmakers to vote to raise the debt ceiling. It would raise Medicare’s eligibility age from 65 to 67 and assess higher premiums on wealthier seniors." - Washington Post

Yesterday's Republican: Tom Coburn and Joe Lieberman come together to reform Medicare

Pawlenty speech lays out aggressive foreign policy vision

"Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty attempted to separate himself from his fellow Republican presidential hopefuls Tuesday in a speech that laid out an active and aggressive foreign policy vision. Pawlenty, speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations, criticized some in his party who have tended toward a more isolationist stance, particularly when it comes to the war in Afghanistan." - Washington Post | USA Today

  • Rubio warns against disengagement from Libya - Weekly Standard
  • Delaware Democrat Tom Carper predicts the Senate will soon pass the Kerry-McCain resolution supporting President Obama on Libya - WSJ
  • There is a middle ground between the Bush-Obama style of warfare and total isolationism - Joe Scarborough for Politico
  • The New York Times highlights the unequal distribution of US and European defense spending... and fighting: "Americans are weary of war — and fear of weakening NATO no longer deters politicians, as the fight over the Libya campaign has made clear. We don’t know how much longer voters here will support an alliance in which the United States shoulders 75 percent of the military spending and a much higher percentage of the fighting."

Bachmann 2012 in Brief:

  • "The Club for Growth, the influential fiscal conservative group, released a glowing review Tuesday of Rep. Michelle Bachmann's tenure in Congress and the Minnesota state Senate, saying that the third-term lawmaker and 2012 presidential hopeful has a solid record of supporting pro-growth policies." - Washington Times
  • Why Michele Bachmann is no Sarah Palin - Chris Cillizza for Washington Post
  • What Michele Bachmann Learned From Sarah Palin... She isn’t better than Palin, but maybe she's a little wiser. And she has Palin to thank - Andrea Tantaros for LA Times
  • In New Hampshire, Bachmann mocks Obama, pledges end of teleprompter - LA Times
  • Alec Baldwin Spews Hate on Bachmann: 'Inarticulate and Full of *&$#%' - Fox
  • Tom Petty doesn't want Michele Bachmann using his 1977 song, "American Girl," in her campaign events - Scoop
  • Alaska poll (YES, ALASKA!): Obama 42, Palin 36 - HotAir
  • Mitt Romney still a hot favorite in Nevada - Politico
  • Chris Christie supporters don't take 'no' from N.J. governor - USA Today

Obama's numbers are getting worse and worse

  • "Only 37 percent of registered voters approve of President Obama’s handling of the economy, his lowest rating ever.
  • By nearly 2-1 (61 percent v. 32 percent) voters disapprove of how he’s handling the federal budget deficit.
  • Fifty-eight percent of voters disapprove of Obama’s handling of the economy, comprising 60 percent of independents, 31 percent of Democrats and 91 percent of Republicans."

Read more from Peter Wehner at Commentary.

Joe Klein at TIME wonders if Obama needs to offer tax cuts to rescue his fortunes and boost the economy.

The Washington Times says Obama hasn't tackled America's underlying problems: "Short-term fixes leave untouched the real problems: the growing fiscal deficit, the high government debt level, the increasing burden of government regulation - all of which crowd out private investment and limit job creation in the private sector. There will be no recovery summer unless the president and Congress get serious about addressing policy problems with solutions that promote consumer confidence and get the government out of the way of American enterprise."

Redistricting makes taking back the House difficult for Dems - Sean Trende for RCP

  • Lynn Woolsey, a leader of the House’s vocal but less-than-powerful contingent of Democratic liberals, has announced she’s retiring from Congress in 2012 - WSJ

California GOP vetoes tax increases - WSJ

Al Gore's reverse Midas touch: Since he championed climate change support for doing anything has collapsed - Walter Russell Mead for the American Interest

Gay marriage is not an increase in liberty

Gay Pride Flag "Gay people are perfectly capable of entering into loving, committed caretaking unions. That does not justify government involvement or coercion of third parties to recognize these non-marital relationships as marriages. Gay marriage is not an increase in liberty; it is a government takeover of an institution that government did not create and should not redefine." - Maggie Gallagher for USA Today

"If only lower-income heterosexuals were as keen to marry as some homosexuals, the United States would be a much stronger country." - Mona Charen for NRO

"Those of us who are gay and want to have the same marriage rights don’t want to destroy marriage or the American society.  What we do want is to be able to do what hetrosexual married persons do — including really mundane things, like visit each other in the hospital. Same-sex marriage is not the end of the world.  It’s just allowing that world to get a little bit bigger." - Dennis Sanders for FrumForum

Mark Steyn at NRO says government regulates everything other than sex: "David Harsanyi draws attention to what ought to be the biggest laugh line of Nannytollah Bloomberg’s career – his rationale for supporting gay marriage: "Government should not tell you what to do unless there’s a compelling public purpose." Thank goodness for Mike Bloomberg. Give me Bloomery or give me death! Because, without that clarion cry for liberty, deranged control-freak mayors might start regulating smoking on private property, or cooking in transfats, or the right of welfare recipients to drink carbonated beverages."

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