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Newslinks for Friday August 26, 2011

Posted on 08/26/2011

6:15pm The Republican: America's economy, summed up: "We are paying an unexpected price for decades of controlled and managed economic performance"

4:00pm The Republican: Anyone notice how Ron Paul overtook Michele Bachmann on several fronts in today's Gallup poll?

3:30pm 2012 news update II:

Screen shot 2011-08-26 at 2.23.54 PM1:45pm The Republican: What is Jon Huntsman running for?

12:00pm 2012 news update:

10:45am The Republican: If Perry's so scary to independents, why is he doing so well among them?

Ryan Streeter on The Republican: Expect Obama to make use of new poll data showing voters blame Bush for the economy...and expect that ultimately to hurt Obama

The health policy 'pickle': Governors weigh their options on Obamacare funds

Screen shot 2011-08-26 at 10.42.08 "Texas Gov. Rick Perry, along with a slew of other Republican governors, faces a dilemma: Do they apply for millions of dollars in federal grants by September to begin establishing state-run health insurance exchanges, or let the deadline slide, lose the federal money and risk falling into a federally run exchange? Republican governors are unanimous in their condemnation of President Barack Obama's health care law. But one by one, many of them are moving forward to build state exchanges, which are intended to help people not covered by large-company plans buy private health insurance at subsidized rates." - WSJ

Dr. Hal Scherz" "If you have been watching the unraveling of our economy over the past several weeks, then what is coming very soon to health care should really get your attention." - Fox News

Entrepreneurs draw GOP attention

Screen shot 2011-08-26 at 10.43.29 "The contenders in the GOP field appear to be spending most of their time with those they think could be the solution to the country’s economic hardship (business owners) rather than those who are most directly experiencing the hardship (people out of work). To be sure, they all interact with a cross-section of the public when they visit diners, stroll along downtown Main Streets or host town hall meetings." - Washington Post

  • NLRB requires companies to post notices on workers’ right - WSJ
  • Labor chief: Obama needs to focus on job growth, not cutting the deficit - The Hill
  • Steven Malanga: "Unions weren't so uniformly behind tax increases when most of their members worked for companies in the private economy." - WSJ
  • Stephen Moore: "If you really want to light the fuse of a liberal Democrat, compare Barack Obama's economic performance after 30 months in office with that of Ronald Reagan. It's not at all flattering for Mr. Obama." - WSJ

Screen shot 2011-08-26 at 10.46.21 David Brooks: "The rise of Governor Rick Perry reflects fundamental shifts in the electorate, and it’s time to take him seriously" - New York Times

  • "Texas Gov. Rick Perry's surge in the polls has shaken up the Republican presidential race, emboldening GOP voters who say 2012 is the year a rock-ribbed conservative can win the White House." - WSJ
  • Perry: Romney realizing Massachusetts healthcare law is ‘huge problem for him’ - The Hill
  • Job creators pick Texas - Rick Perry on USA Today
  • Peggy Noonan: "The Republican candidate comes across well as consistent and sincere, but his quick-draw machismo will scare voters away." - WSJ

Huntsman says if elected he would call on wealthy to ‘sacrifice’ - The Hill

Meanwhile, the White House turns the focus to black America

"A soaring jobless rate among African Americans and a newfound comfort by black lawmakers to criticize Obama’s economic policies are prompting the White House to recalibrate — and to focus more directly on the struggles of black America. The new focus comes amid a growing concern that economic conditions might hamper efforts by Obama’s campaign to generate a large black voter turnout." - Washington Post

GOP groups spends nearly $800K on Nevada special 

"American Crossroads has upped the ante in the special election for Nevada’s 2nd district, announcing Thursday a $250,000 independent expenditure to help Republican Mark Amodei keep the seat in GOP hands. Working in opposition of Democratic state Treasurer Kate Marshall, the Republican political action committee is spending the money on voter contact initiatives that include direct mail, phone banking and internet advertising in promotion of its new website,, and a Web ad that slams Marshall for the state losing '$25 million investing with a failed Wall Street bank.'" - Roll Call ($)

Screen shot 2011-08-26 at 10.49.05 Also from the states:

  • "Some days, politicians could use a drink. But lawmakers in Michigan may soon find it harder to get one. Hundreds of bar owners in the Great Lakes State plan to deprive lawmakers of their hospitality by banning them from their establishments in protest of the state's smoking ban." - Fox News
  • "New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie proposed a one-year moratorium on “fracking” Thursday, splitting the difference politically by conditionally vetoing a bill passed by the legislature that would have permanently banned the process." - The Daily Caller
  • "Opening up a new front in its legal battles with the Obama administration, the state of Arizona on Thursday challenged the federal Voting Rights Act, prompting a swift response from Attorney General Eric Holder." - MSNBC

Screen shot 2011-08-26 at 10.50.08 Dick Cheney is already promising there will be “heads exploding all over Washington” when his new book hits stores Tuesday - LA Times

  • "Former vice president provides an unapologetic defense of the George W. Bush administration." - Washington Post
  • "Key Democrats like Nancy Pelosi supported the Bush administration's aggressive terrorist surveillance, former Vice President Dick Cheney's new book reveals. They switched only after it was no longer secret." - IBD

"As massive Hurricane Irene advanced toward the Eastern Seaboard with 115-mph winds, officials issued a hurricane warning for the entire North Carolina coast to the Virginia border, New York ordered low-lying hospitals and nursing homes to evacuate, and at least seven states declared emergencies." - LA TimesWashington Post

"Back-to-back natural disasters have made for an unusually busy week for the Architect of the Capitol." - Roll Call ($)

Screen shot 2011-08-26 at 11.36.40 Martin Luther King Jr. memorial dedication postponed due to hurricane

"The head of the foundation that organized Sunday's planned dedication ceremony on Washington's National Mall for a memorial to the late Martin Luther King Jr. announced Thursday night that the official dedication has been postponed. As Hurricane Irene continued to barrel toward the Washington area, Harry Johnson, CEO of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, said safety prompted the decision. He said he consulted with the National Park Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The dedication will be rescheduled for sometime in September or October, he said." - USA Today

Charles Krauthammer: "A powerful memorial for a great man." - Washington Post

Gadhafi's crush: Photo album of Condoleezza Rice found at the Libyan dictator's compound 

Screen shot 2011-08-26 at 10.53.14 "When you’re the single, attractive secretary of state of the United States, you’re bound to pick up groupies in all corners of the international diplomatic scene. But for Condoleezza Rice, who has charmed diplomats from Rome (the Italian foreign minister, Massimo D’Alema) to London (Foreign Minister Jack Straw of Britain) to Pictou, Nova Scotia (the Canadian diplo-hunk Peter McKay), perhaps the strangest of all has always been Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya. “Leezza, Leezza, Leezza … I love her very much,” Colonel Qaddafi, the now-fugitive Libyan leader, told Al Jazeera in 2007, calling her his “darling black African woman”...And, as it now comes out, he apparently assembled — or had a minion assemble — a photo album of Ms. Rice. Which brings us to the matter at hand today, the ransacking of Colonel Qaddafi’s compound under way in Tripoli." - New York Times The Caucus blog

  • "The U.N. Security Council's sanctions committee approves a U.S. request to unfreeze $1.5 billion in Libyan assets for humanitarian and civilian needs." - CNN
  • "The UN urges all sides in Libya to take steps to avoid revenge attacks, as allegations emerge of abuses by rebels and Gaddafi loyalists." - BBC News
  • The Libyan double agent: "By day, Mahmoud Ben Jumaa was a senior officer in Moammar Gadhafi's personal security force. By night, he met secretly with those trying to overthrow his boss." - WSJ

Also in the news:

  • "Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. met Wednesday afternoon with about a dozen family members of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to discuss an FBI probe into allegations that News Corp. employees may have hacked into the phones of victims or their families."  - LA Times
  • "The Obama administration is weighing whether to allow homeowners to refinance their mortgages so they can take advantage of the current rock-bottom rates, as the foreclosure epidemic spreads." - Fox News
  • "China is expanding its nuclear forces with a new multiwarhead mobile missile and keeps its strategic stockpiles in deep underground bunkers, the Pentagon disclosed in its annual report to Congress on the Chinese military." - Washington Times

Michael Gerson: "Eastern Congo is both a tragedy and a lesson in political philosophy. Human beings need bread and justice and freedom. And all are made possible by orderly, responsible government." - Washington Post

Screen shot 2011-08-26 at 08.35.30 ...and finally, President Obama hits the beach

"On vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama managed to squeeze in some family time Thursday afternoon after spending the morning taking briefings on the economy, the situation in Libya and Hurricane Irene." - LA Times



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