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Newslinks for Monday August 22, 2011

Posted on 08/22/2011

7:00pm The Republican: Happy 15th anniversary, welfare reform: Amazing how easy it is to forget that historic achievement in 1996, isn't it?

5:00pm The Republican: Disquieting truth about the future: New data on marriage breakdown today spells trouble for all of us tomorrow


3:30pm The Republican: Thanks to all of our readers who encouraged Paul Ryan to run


12:00pm Video of the day: Would Chris Matthews do this if Obama asked? Libyan news host brandishes gun on air to warn the rebels

11:30am Video: Trumps says Palin's running, Rove says more likely than not, John Fund says, no, she's going to support Perry

10:45am The Republican: Reflections from Peter Feaver and Walter Russell Mead on Libya and the comparisons between Obama and Bush

Upward-mobRyan Streeter on The Republican: The Republican candidate in 2012 who is unafraid to talk about upward mobility - and not just jobs and growth - will have the broadest appeal

Video: Sen. John McCain on Qaddafi's last stand: "This will send a message to Bashir Assad, and to Yemen and to other dictators, that their time is nearing the end"

Calls grow for a more broadened GOP field

Screen shot 2011-08-22 at 10.35.48 "After a week of intense campaign activity that was supposed to clarify the Republican presidential field, the clamor for new entrants has intensified, with fresh hints from Sarah Palin that she could jump in and pressure mounting on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan to join the race. The activity suggests the extent to which dissatisfaction with the current field lingers—as well as the possibility that President Barack Obama's growing problems could entice others to seek the chance to unseat him." - WSJ

  • "The field is full, though perhaps not complete, but if any other candidates are thinking of joining the Republican presidential race, they better move quick." - Fox News
  • 'She will run': Palin organizers say she’s getting into the race - Robert Costa on NRO's The Corner
  • 'Flawed' GOP field thrills Democrats - Chicago Sun-Tribune
  • McCain: Palin would be "formidable" in 2012 - CBS News
  • George Will: "Christie, explaining why he will not run, demonstrates why many wish he would" - Washington Post

Yesterday on Video: Gov. Mitch Daniels on the 2012 field: These are good people with a lot of character...I'd campaign for any one who emerges from our process

Ross Douthat: "Rick Perry’s opponents can’t beat him by turning the race into a referendum on his state"

Screen shot 2011-08-22 at 10.36.59 "Gov. Rick Perry of Texas hasn’t lost an election in 10 tries. Among his vanquished opponents, this streak has inspired not only the usual mix of resentment and respect, but a touch of supernatural awe. “Running against Perry,” one of them told Texas Monthly, “is like running against God.” Perry’s 2012 rivals can’t afford to entertain such thoughts. If either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama hopes to snap the Texas governor’s winning streak, the election will need to become a referendum on Perry himself, in all his heat-packing, secession-contemplating glory. If it becomes a referendum on his home state instead, Perry’s 11th campaign will probably turn out like all the others." - New York Times

Shifting strategy, Jon Huntsman plays offense

"After taking to Twitter last week to declare his belief in evolution and global warming, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. on Sunday again sought to cast himself as a moderate in a field of more extreme Republican presidential candidates." - LA Times

> Yesterday on Video: "Right now this country is crying out for sensible middle ground. This is a center-right country and I am a center-right candidate": Jon Huntsman takes on his Republican rivals

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

  • Perry wrestles with his own health care approach - Boston Globe
  • "Bachmann’s lawyerly background is better and worse than she claims" - Miami Herald
  • Herman Cain gets an early start in Nevada - Las Vegas Review-Journal
  • Ron Paul's birthday 'money bomb' nets $1.6 million - LA Times
  • Ron Paul wins New Hampshire Young Republicans Straw Poll - Hampton - NorthHampton Patch
  • John E. Sununu: "Primaries should be about demonstrating a broad appeal, not distributing $30 barbeque tickets" - Boston Globe
  • Obama looks to reclaim Hispanic support - Washington Post

Yesterday on The Republican: American politics according to YouTube

DCCC, NRCC neck-and-neck in July fundraising

Screen shot 2011-08-22 at 10.37.50 "The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee just barely edged National Republican Congressional Committee fundraising in July. But the NRCC had more in cash on hand and less debt than its Democratic counterpart. The DCCC raised $4 million last month and had $8.1 million in cash on hand at the end of July, according to its FEC filings. The DCCC had $4 million in debt at the end of the filing period. The NRCC raised $3.9 million last month and had $11.3 million in cash on hand at the end of July, while holding $2.8 million in debt." - Roll Call ($)

"The election to fill the vacancy left by Anthony D. Weiner’s resignation was supposed to be a mere formality for Democrats. It hasn’t turned out that way." - New York Times

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor: Give the economy room to grow

Screen shot 2011-08-22 at 11.23.18 "Our country is facing two related but separate crises. The first is the federal government’s debt crisis, the result of decades of fiscal mismanagement by both political parties as well as unsustainable entitlement commitments. The second is the jobs crisis, which has resulted in painful levels of unemployment and underemployment. President Obama is wrong to think that the answer is to increase spending or raise taxes when so many millions of Americans are out of work." - Washington Post

  • Beware: New 'Obamanomics' plan ahead - Brian Darling, Human Events
  • Editorial: "This is classic Obama rhetorical misdirection: Talk about something that sounds responsible and consistent with public opinion, even as he proposes doing something entirely different. The short-term investment of $859 billion in economic stimulus spending two years ago was also promised to produce long-term savings too, not because it actually would so but because that's what Washington's professional politicians always promise: Just let us spend more today and things will be better tomorrow. Well, tomorrow is here and, as the old song by the Who said, we won't get fooled again." - Washington Examiner

> Yesterday on Video:

Senator Marco Rubio heads to California for 'major speech' at Nancy Reagan's request

Screen shot 2011-08-22 at 10.38.48 "Just days after Marco Rubio’s election as Florida’s newest Republican U.S. senator, former First Lady Nancy Reagan wrote to him, asking him to speak at her husband’s presidential library. “You’ve been identified as someone to watch on the national political scene. I’m looking forward to watching you in your new role,” she said, in an invitation that no admirer of her late husband, former President Ronald Reagan, could decline. “Americans are curious to get to know you. I believe the Reagan Library would be a great venue for you to deliver an address.” Rubio will officially be someone to watch on Tuesday, when he travels to California for his first major speech outside of Florida or the U.S. Senate — as well as some fundraising for his just-launched political action committee. He’s expected to expound on a familiar theme of his own and Reagan’s at the former president’s library: the role of government in America." - Miami Herald

Screen shot 2011-08-22 at 10.40.47 Rebels: Libya under our control

"An amateur league of ill-trained rebel fighters appeared to be on the brink of toppling Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year rule Monday after capturing at least two of the leader's sons and infiltrating the Libyan capital. The rebels' Transitional National Council is ready to move to Tripoli, said Ali Suleiman Aujali, the Libyan rebel government's ambassador to the United States. "Libya is under the control of the TNC," he said, adding that Gadhafi brigades have raised the white flag in the key town of al-Brega. CNN could not independently confirm his claim. But the fight might not be over, as celebrations in Tripoli's Green Square -- renamed Martyrs' Square by the rebels -- dampened after rebels told CNN that they'd heard Gadhafi army forces were heading their way." - CNN

  • "With rebels advancing in the Libyan capital of Tripoli and the whereabouts of Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi unknown, President Obama said Sunday night that the Kadafi regime was collapsing and called on the Libyan leader to 'relinquish power once and for all.'" - LA Times
  • "Kadafi may have underestimated the tenacity of the uprising in the western mountains." - LA Times
  • "Heavy fighting is reported around Libyan leader Col Gaddafi's compound as rebels say government forces still control up to a fifth of Tripoli." - BBC News
  • "With euphoric rebel forces in control of large parts of Tripoli early Monday, Moammar Gadhafi's 42-year rule appeared to be disintegrating. The Libyan leader issued defiant statements, but his whereabouts were not known and his forces mounted little resistance." - NPR
  • George Grant: A power vacuum is not inevitable - WSJ

Other news in brief:

  • Firms shield data on hiring abroad: "Some seeking job-creation tax breaks don’t publicly reveal how many of their positions are in US" - Washington Post
  • "As Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. visited Sichuan Province, Chinese officials steered him away from schools where students died in the 2008 earthquake." - New York Times

Editorial: "The Obama administration’s plan to relax rules calling for all students to achieve proficiency on standardized tests is too lax. No Child Left Behind needs some tweaking, for sure, but the administration’s initial plan goes too far." - Boston Globe



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