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Newslinks for Friday August 19, 2011

Posted on 08/19/2011


Screen shot 2011-08-19 at 10.18.39 PM 7:30pm Pawlenty's departure "deprives national security conservatives of one of the field's leading champions of a robust internationalism" - Jamie Fly at Shadow Govt.

4:45pm Videos:

Screen shot 2011-08-19 at 2.45.21 PM 2:30pm The Republican: Does the Tea Party have Michele Bachmann's titanium spine? Let's hope not

12:30pm The Republican: Low taxes and job growth go hand in hand with entitlement reform

10:45am The Republican: Happy Cost of Government Day: You have just finished paying off your tax and regulatory obligation

Ryan Streeter on The Republican: "The most articulate and effective national voice for limited government since Ronald Reagan" - Readers continue to encourage Paul Ryan to run for President

Screen shot 2011-08-19 at 11.25.11 "After two decades of bipartisan tax policy, nearly half of all American households don't pay federal income taxes. Now, Republican presidential candidates are making a politically challenging case to change that fact." - WSJ

"Lessons from the conservative town hall push-back against health-care reform are leading Democrats to use the congressional recess to make a concerted effort to change a national narrative on taxes." - Washington Post

Yuval Levin and Pete Wehner: The Tea Party's Achilles heel - Medicare reform

"There are of course serious political dangers in tackling entitlements. But a responsible governing party needs to confront not only our easiest problems but also our most important ones. The tea party movement has been indispensable in forcing Republicans (and through them forcing Washington) to start reversing the rampant spending of the last few decades. It can now do the same with respect to the far greater spending explosion looming over the next few decades—holding politicians, including presidential candidates, to a high and principled standard when it comes to addressing our fiscal problems. It can educate voters about our entitlement crisis and demand that office holders and candidates explain what they will do to fix the problem, and especially to reform Medicare. If the tea party movement does this, it will take its place among the great, constructive political movements in U.S. history. If it doesn't, it will be judged to have been fundamentally unserious when it came to reining in the spending Leviathan." - WSJ

"Bleak numbers for U.S. jobs, housing and manufacturing compounded the anxiety over European woes, sparking a market sell-off and wiping out the major U.S. indexes’ gains from earlier this week." - Washington Post

"Global financial markets plunged again on renewed fears of a looming recession, sending Wall Street into a frenzied sell-off that drove the Dow Jones index down more than 400 points. Investors were rattled by a barrage of disheartening economic reports pointing to rising unemployment, falling home sales and a surprising drop in manufacturing activity, which had been one of the few bright spots amid the gloom. The sell-off in the U.S. followed a rout in overseas markets that was triggered by mounting concerns about the financial condition of European banks. Stocks tumbled 4.5% in Britain, 5.5% in France and 5.8% in Germany in trading Thursday." - LA Times

Screen shot 2011-08-19 at 10.55.05 RNC takes aim at Obama's vacation with online postcards

"The Republican National Committee has unveiled a series of online postcards mocking President Obama's upcoming vacation at Martha's Vineyard. "I'd say after 40 fundraisers, I've earned a vacation," says one postcard showing the president riding a bicycle. Others include Obama holding a bodyboard saying "Finding a wave in Martha's Vineyard is almost as hard as finding a job" and the president bowling with the caption, "I hope I bowl higher than my approval rating." The RNC believes Obama should remain in Washington to focus on repairing the struggling economy." - Fox News

  • Peggy Noonan: Is the President's visit to Martha's Vineyard a sign that he's giving up? - WSJ
  • Massachusetts Republican Party 'welcomes' Obama to Martha's Vineyard - National Journal

Michael Gerson: Obama's running from behind

Screen shot 2011-08-19 at 11.43.22 "Obama’s least attractive public attributes are his peevishness and blame-shifting. Do we really have to endure a presidential campaign based on those traits? And this strategy must be a comedown for at least some of the idealists who elected Obama in the first place. Following expectations few presidents have raised as high, Obama has transformed into the most typical of politicians. There is little distinctive, elevated or inspirational about his message or his tactics. And this adds an unwanted accomplishment: the further political disillusionment of a nation." - Washington Post

Charles Krauthammer: "A plague of bad luck and bad faith — a recalcitrant providence and an unpatriotic opposition. Our president wrestles with angels. Monsters of mythic proportions. A comforting fantasy. But a sorry excuse for a failing economy and a flailing presidency." - Washington Post

Rick Perry defends his stance on Social Security

Screen shot 2011-08-19 at 11.44.39 "Texas Gov. Rick Perry told a voter in Dover, New Hampshire Thursday that he had no plans to change the Social Security system for those who are nearing the point where they would receive benefits.  "You don't have to worry about anything," Perry told an older man who asked him to explain his position during a visit to Harvey's, a coffee shop in Dover. "There's not going to be any changes in the program that we've got for folks that are your age. We'll have a conversation with the rest of the country about what is the age that we start transitioning away from the program we've got now." "The folks who are either on or soon to be on, they don't have anything to worry about. The program is going to be there," he said." - LA Times

  • "Texas Gov. Rick Perry is recovering well from back surgery and is satisfied with the results of an experimental procedure using adult stem cells, his presidential campaign spokesman Ray Sullivan said." - LA Times
  • 'More power' to perry: Sarah Palin says she's on Team Perry when it comes to the Federal Reserve - Burns & Haberman on Politico
  • Perry speaks out on evolution: It's a 'theory' with 'gaps' - USA Today

Bachmann: Americans fear 'rise of Soviet Union'

  Screen shot 2011-08-19 at 10.57.54 "GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann said today that Americans "fear the rise of the Soviet Union" during an appearance on a conservative radio talk show. The Soviet Union broke up into 15 separate republics 20 years ago. Boris Yeltsin was the first freely elected leader of Russia, the largest of those republics. "What people recognize is that there's a fear that the United States is in an unstoppable decline. They see the rise of China, the rise of India, the rise of the Soviet Union and our loss militarily going forward," Bachmann said on Jay Sekulow's radio show." - USA Today

"As the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union nears, democracy has a bad name to some Russians." - New York Times

Huntsman: I believe in global warming, evolution - Washington Examiner

"Jon Huntsman is eager to stand out. Just not too much." - New York Times The Caucus blog

Diners, farms, factories, general stores and even a gun shop: The 'must stops' of the NH campaign trail - Washington Post

Altering the US deportation policy, Obama Administration to allow many illegal immigrants to stay

Screen shot 2011-08-19 at 10.59.29 "The Obama administration said Thursday it will allow many illegal immigrants facing deportation the chance to stay in this country and apply for a work permit, while focusing on removing from the U.S. convicted criminals and those who might be a national security or public safety threat. That will mean a case-by-case review of approximately 300,000 illegal immigrants facing possible deportation in federal immigration courts, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said in announcing the policy change. Advocates for an immigration overhaul have said that the administration, by placing all illegal immigrants in the same category for deportation, has failed to live up to its promise to only deport the “worst of the worst,” as President Barack Obama has said." - Washington Post

"In a move that could shake up the immigration system, the Dept. of Homeland Security is going to review all 300,000 pending deportation cases in federal immigration courts." - CNN

Dead lock in Ohio over union rights

Screen shot 2011-08-19 at 11.00.35 "Labor unions have rejected an offer by Ohio Gov. John Kasich to seek a compromise on a new law that removes most collective-bargaining rights for the state's 350,000 public employees, as a fight over the legislation heads toward a statewide referendum in November. On Wednesday, Mr. Kasich, a Republican, and the party's leaders in the Ohio Senate and House made a pitch to public-employee union leaders to "avoid the bitter political warfare" over the law, known as Senate Bill 5. In a letter Thursday, however, unions said a "fresh start must begin with a full repeal of Senate Bill 5." Rob Nichols, a spokesman for Mr. Kasich, said the governor's offer to meet with union officials Friday still stood. "We're confident that there are reasonable folks who understand the value of restarting the negotiations that labor unfortunately pulled out from earlier, and we look forward to talking with them on Friday," he said." - WSJ

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin resists ‘Obamacare’ provisions, grant money

Screen shot 2011-08-19 at 11.40.13 "Having already rejected a multimillion-dollar federal grant because of a fear of entangling regulations, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said in an interview she hopes to keep President Obama’s health care law at bay while cultivating her state’s own path to expanded insurance coverage. Under pressure from conservatives, the Republican governor declined a $54 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in April, two months after she had initially accepted the money to help the state set up an exchange mandated under Mr. Obama’s signature health care law. The action, she said at the time, would allow the state to bypass a federal exchange while setting up a network governed chiefly by the private sector." - Washington Times

Screen shot 2011-08-19 at 11.41.32 US, allies finally push for Bashar al-Assad to give up power after months of protests and deadly reprisals by Syrian authorities - New York Times

  • Editorial: "The U.S. call for Bashar Assad to step down and the imposition of sanctions are responsible moves that increase pressure on Syria's regime." - LA Times
  • Perry, Romey assail Obama on Syria - New York Times The Caucus blog
  • Editorial: It's about time - The Star-Ledger

In other news:

  • "According to Roll Call’s annual survey of Member wealth, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) is now the richest Member of Congress, with a fortune worth at least $294 million, a vast increase over last year." - Roll Call ($)
  • "Hugo Chavez' decision to recall Venezuela's gold reserves and nationalize the industry could reflect his paranoia about being hit with financial sanctions, analysts said." - Fox News
  • Gov. Chris Christie signs legislation to make rape victims not responsible for cost of forensic testing - The Star-Ledger

Also in opinion:

  • Editorial: "The violence by pro-government militants against Ladies in White, the non-violent Cuban protest group, is an outrage that should be condemned." - Boston Globe
  • David Brooks: "Philip Leakey demonstrates the fruits that come from a life motivated by curiosity." - New York Times

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