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Newlinks for Friday August 12, 2011

Posted on 08/12/2011


5:00pm Video:

3:00pm The Republican: Appeals court rules against Obamacare mandate

1:30pm Rep. Phil Roe: Whatever one’s views were on the recent budget agreement, one thing is clear: the guarantee of a vote on the Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment is critical 

Screen shot 2011-08-12 at 17.29.52 12:30pm The Republican: It's Cost of Government Day 2011! Congrats, you've official earned enough gross income this year to pay your share of government spending

12:15pm Video: Gov. Scott Walker: I'll be judged on how effective I was in bringing people together in the state to create more jobs

10:15am The Republican: Dissecting the debate: The conservative response to last night's event in Iowa

9:30am Video: I'm extremely proud of my record: Michelle Bachmann weighs in on the latest spar with Tim Pawlenty

9:15am Even Democrats are saying President Obama's leadership is non existent

Ryan Streeter on The Republican: In last night's debate, Romney won because no one else did, and Pawlenty's showdown with Bachmann hurt Pawlenty more

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The gloves come off: Ahead of the Ames straw poll, GOP hopefuls spar on stage in Iowa

  • "Criticism of President Obama’s record was overshadowed by a burst of incivility among the Republican presidential candidates at a debate on Thursday in Ames, Iowa" - New York Times
  • "Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Rep. Michele Bachmman (Minn.) had some heated exchanges and largely ignored the front-runner in the GOP field, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, in Thursday night’s Iowa presidential debate." - The Hill
  • "Front-runner Romney avoids tough exchanges. The barbs among midtier candidates reflect the heightened stakes for several ahead of this weekend's straw poll" - LA Times
  • No more Minnesota nice - The Fix on the Washington Post
  • "Mitt Romney celebrated the final night of an extended summer vacation Thursday, emerging as the uncontested and still unscathed frontrunner from an eight-way scrap.That won’t last long...Perry’s expected entry into the race Saturday will change all that." - Politico
  • Michael Steele: Michele Bachmann "had TPaw's breakfast, lunch and dinner in one sitting." - Politico
  • Editorial: "Things got awfully intense at more than a few points in last night's Fox News/Washington Examiner Republican presidential debate. And that's exactly as it should have been because the stakes in the 2012 election are extraordinarily high. The GOP field of aspirants is passionate, highly talented and determined to make sure President Obama's tenure in the Oval Office ends in 2013." - Washington Examiner
  • Michael Barone: Debate leaves GOP unaltered - Washington Examiner
  • What you missed while not watching the Iowa GOP debate - TIME's Swampland blog

> Yesterday on Video: You don't like my answer you vote for someone else: Romney takes on hecklers at the Iowa state fair

Meanwhile, Obama urges voters to 'scold' Republicans

"In the seven days since Standard & Poor’s downgraded the country’s credit rating, political observers and frustrated Americans alike have asked this same question: Why doesn’t President Obama haul lawmakers back to Washington to deal with the worsening economic woes? On Thursday, Mr. Obama gave his answer. 'The last thing we need is Congress spending more time arguing in D.C.,' he said in an angry speech before workers and executives at a battery plant here. Rather, the president said, echoing what his aides have been saying privately for days, 'What I figure is, they need to spend more time out here, listening to you, and hearing how fed up you are.'" - New York Times

  • "In Michigan, the president says he will outline new initiatives soon. His speech also carries a revamped campaign message: Some Republicans in Congress are blocking efforts to boost the economy." - LA Times
  • Jeffrey T. Kuhner: Don't go on vacation just GO - Washington Times
  • Charles Krauthammer: "Of all the endlessly repeated conventional wisdom in today’s Washington, the most lazy, stupid and ubiquitous is that our politics is broken. On the contrary. Our political system is working well (I make no such claims for our economy), indeed, precisely as designed — profound changes in popular will translated into law that alters the nation’s political direction." - Washington Post

...But "an unprecedented fourth consecutive "change'' election could be brewing for 2012, with President Barack Obama's approval numbers tumbling and Republican disapproval ratings rising." - WSJ

Voice of reason: Senator Rob Portman touted as super committee 'bridge builder'

Screen shot 2011-08-12 at 11.05.40 "Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman is drawing attention as a potential bridge builder between the two political parties on a new deficit-reduction panel, whose roster was completed Thursday as Democrats named their final three members. Like the other members, Mr. Portman is faithful to his party's core fiscal policy positions and is unlikely to break with party leaders. But Mr. Portman, a White House budget director under President George W. Bush, is seen as having the budget expertise and temperament to become a central player on the so-called supercommittee." - WSJ

  • "House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi named three of her most trusted allies to the special committee charged with finding $1.5 trillion in budget savings, amid growing doubts about the panel reaching a compromise" - Bloomberg
  • Who's who on Congress's debt 'super committee' - Christian Science Monitor

Yesterday on The Republican: What they're saying: The GOP's 'super committee six' reflect on their recently announced appointments

Yesterday on Video: Cautiously optimistic: Freshman Sen. Pat Toomey weighs in on what he's expecting from the bipartisan super committee 

James K. Glassman: Five myths about the Dow

Screen shot 2011-08-12 at 11.06.47 "Down 600 points one day, up 400 points the next, down another 500 points a day later, then up another 400 points the day after that — yes, the Dow Jones industrial average is back in the news. Charles Dow devised the index in 1896 to give investors a snapshot of the performance of big manufacturing stocks (and of the U.S. economy) each day. The Dow still has an antique feel to it, but as a metaphor for the stock market, it remains unsurpassed: endlessly cited, parsed, followed, predicted — and misunderstood." - Washington Post

"Markets continued this week’s pattern of wild swings between gains and losses, as earnings and jobless data got investors hunting for bargains" - New York Times

While in Iowa, Republican contenders court former Mike Huckabee backers

Screen shot 2011-08-12 at 11.12.40 "In Washington, it’s all about the economy. But not here. As the Republican presidential candidates gear up for Saturday’s critical straw poll in Ames, they are aggressively targeting a network of pastors, parents who home-school their children, evangelicals and other conservatives who care as much about stopping gay marriage as they do about the debt ceiling. Whoever gains traction with this crucial constituency in Iowa could not only win the straw poll but could galvanize religious conservatives throughout the country who remain a powerful force in Republican politics. On Thursday night, GOP contenders squared off at a debate in Ames, hoping to more sharply define their candidacies. In 2007, with no other major candidate rallying the Christian conservative movement, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee came from behind to finish second in the straw poll. He then won the Iowa caucuses and several other primary contests by courting religious conservatives." - Washington Post

Celebrate Iowa's caucus: Iowa Republican Party Chairman Matthew N. Strawn

"The debt-ceiling debate is the most recent reminder that Americans feel more disconnected than ever from leaders in Washington, D.C. They feel their voices are not being heard. They feel no one understands, or cares, about the challenges facing American families. Thank goodness a process still exists that requires national political leaders to actually meet, listen to and directly answer questions from everyday, hardworking Americans. That process is the Iowa Presidential Caucus. The first major step in the Iowa caucus process occurs Saturday in Ames, as tens of thousands of Iowa Republicans will gather to meet Republican presidential candidates, listen to their speeches and then cast a secure vote in favor of their preferred GOP candidate." - USA Today

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

  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry banks on high-dollar donors - USA Today
  • "Obama Raises Funds at Star-Studded Event in New York" - Washington Wire on the WSJ
  • Todd Gomke: "Gaffes, guts and glory - How Michele Bachmann can win the GOP nomination" - Boston Globe
  • Mike Huckabee: Rick Perry timing 'bad form,' 'tactical blunder' - Burns & Haberman on Politico
  • Rep. Steve King also criticized Rick Perry for announcing his campaign plans same day as straw poll - The Hill
  • South rises again as Rick Perry plots presidential run - The Hill

Yesterday on The Republican: Perry enters the race at the top of the pack, but the latest 2012 poll shows only one Republican ahead of Obama - unfortunately he's not running

Yesterday on Video: Bush 43's advice to Perry: You don't want to wake up when you're 70 and go 'I wish I would have tried that'

New York contest for former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s seat closer than expected

Screen shot 2011-08-12 at 11.09.04 "Smart money would suggest the House seat vacated by disgraced New York City Rep. Anthony D. Weiner will stay in Democratic hands after next month’s special election. However, political handicappers this week said the contest appears closer than first expected, giving the GOP an outside shot at capturing the district for the first time in decades. Results of a Siena Research Institute poll released Wednesday show Democrat David Weprin leading Republican Robert Turner by just six percentage points — 48 percent to 42 percent — in a district with three times as many Democratic voters as Republicans. “Five weeks until election day, and this special election is a wide-open race,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg." - Washington Times

Elizabeth Warren takes step towards possible Senate bid - The Fix on the Washington Post

Postal Service considers cutting 120,000 jobs

Screen shot 2011-08-12 at 11.10.30 "The financially strapped U.S. Postal Service is considering cutting as many as 120,000 jobs. Facing a second year of losses totaling $8 billion or more, the agency also wants to pull its workers out of the retirement and health benefits plans covering federal workers and set up its own benefit systems. Congressional approval would be needed for either step, and both could be expected to face severe opposition from postal unions which have contracts that ban layoffs. The post office has cut 110,000 jobs over the last four years and is currently engaged in eliminating 7,500 administrative staff. In its 2010 annual report, the agency said it had 583,908 career employees." - The Associated Press

"In cost-cutting bid, USPS also proposes withdrawing employees from existing health and retirement plans and creating its own benefit programs. Congress would need to sign off." - USA Today

White House advances its energy policy without help from polarized Congress The Hill

  • "The use of hydraulic fracturing to drill for natural gas poses risks to air and water quality, and should be subject to tighter rules and more disclosure, an advisory panel to the Department of Energy said in a report to be released Thursday. The report, commissioned by President Barack Obama, stops short of recommending specific state or federal regulations, but says public concern about the practice known as "fracking" could undermine an important and growing source of U.S. energy." - WSJ
  • Steve Chapman: The radioactive waste problem only gets worse - Chicago Tribune

US Attorney's Office rejects family of murdered border patrol agent as crime victims Fox News

Screen shot 2011-08-12 at 11.11.38 "What Los Angeles can teach the UK of what it learned from its 1992 riots, as David Cameron consults US 'supercop' Bill Bratton"BBC News

  • "The British government summons Facebook, Twitter and Research In Motion, maker of the BlackBerry, to discuss their roles during the violent outbreaks" - CNN
  • George Will: Britain's best - can it shrink the state and boost the economy - Washington Post
  • Peggy Noonan: "What's needed can't be provided by government. When the riot begins or the flash mob arrives, the best the government can do is control the streets, enforce the law, maintain the peace. After that, what? Britain is about to face that question. We'll likely have to face it, too." - WSJ

"Moscow is preparing a list of US officials it will ban from Russia in retaliation for a White House policy to keep Russian human rights abusers out of the US" - Washington Times

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