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Newslinks for Saturday August 27, 2011

Posted on 08/27/2011

Screen shot 2011-08-27 at 21.15.13 4:15pm Video:

2:30pm US official: Al Qaeda no. 2 killed In Pakistan

2:15pm The Republican: Awaiting Irene's arrival, Americans increasingly turn to social media to stay up to date during disaster situations

1:30pm Video:

Screen shot 2011-08-27 at 21.17.34 11:00am The Republican: Sticking up for states' rights: Majority of voters believe governors should have the right to opt out of federal programs

10:30am Rep. Scott Tipton: Patients, not politics - we have an opportunity to work together in Washington to strengthen Medicare. I encourage the Senate to take up the Republican Budget, deliver on the promise to seniors, and secure Medicare for future generation

10:15am Republican Weekly Address: Sen. Dean Heller: "There is no question that the status quo of dysfunctional government must end"

GOP leaders attempt to avoid spending showdown

Screen shot 2011-08-27 at 08.39.31 After months of partisan rancor over the record federal debt and spending cuts to reduce it, congressional Republicans are working to avoid the heated political warfare when Congress turns its attention to annual spending measures next month. Even as a new bipartisan committee begins work on a difficult and potentially contentious strategy to reduce federal spending by more than a trillion dollars over the next decade, leaders of both parties have expressed optimism that there will be minimal acrimony as they work to complete a series of 12 spending bills to fund the work of federal agencies for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1." - Washington Post

  • Fed chief scolds Congress on debt-ceiling fight - Washington Post
  • "Facing ballooning debt, the U.S. is conducting a real-time experiment in tightening government budgets in a fragile economy." - WSJ
  • "Democratic Senator Mark Warner, one of the “gang of six” that sought a bipartisan deal on U.S. debt reduction, urged members of both parties on a deficit supercommittee to “go big, go bold” with their savings." - Bloomberg

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

White House will provide Boehner with list of most expensive regulations

Screen shot 2011-08-27 at 08.35.47 "The Obama administration on Friday said it will comply with Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) request for a list of planned regulations that would cost more than $1 billion to implement. Boehner wrote to Obama on Friday demanding more information about upcoming regulations by the time Congress returns from recess. He noted that he had asked for similar data in the past but had not received it.  Office of Management and Budget spokesperson Meg Reilly said the White House would provide Boehner with the information he requested." - The Hill

Five EPA rules that will cost more than $1 billion - Washington Examiner

Virginia lawmakers to Obama: Declare federal emergency before Irene hits

Screen shot 2011-08-27 at 08.30.01 "Virginia lawmakers are urging President Obama to declare a federal emergency in the state in advance of Hurricane Irene. Sens. Mark Warner (D) and Jim Webb (D), as well as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R), Reps. Rob Wittman (R), Scott Rigell (R), Bobby Scott (D), Randy Forbes (R), Robert Hurt (R), Bob Goodlatte (R), Jim Moran (D), Morgan Griffith (R), Frank Wolf (R) and Gerry Connolly (D) sent a letter to Obama Friday to ensure resources be made available in case of a disaster. “There is every indication that Irene will be an extremely dangerous storm, and we are taking this very seriously,” said Rep. Rigell, who represents Virginia Beach, Virginia’s Eastern Shore, and parts of the Cities of Norfolk and Hampton." - The Hill

  • NJ Governor Chris Christie's response to Hurricane Irene could test his popularity - Fox News
  • "As Hurricane Irene hurtles up the East Coast, President Obama on Friday urged residents in the storm’s path to take it seriously and obey evacuation orders if they are given." - Washington Times | President Obama's full statement
  • "Federal and state emergency managers are acting decisively in an attempt to avoid the mistakes of hurricane Katrina in 2005. The result has impacted millions of lives." - Christian Science Monitor
  • Politicos sound off on the essentials they'll take with them should Hurricane force them to flee - The Daily Caller
  • Pictures of the day: Obamas interrupted vacations - The Atlantic

No easy task: With the Republican National Convention a year away, organizers in Tampa are working on raising an average of $1 million a week

Screen shot 2011-08-27 at 08.31.29 "To land a really big catch, sometimes you want a really big boat. Take the Cracker Bay, a gleaming white yacht half the length of a football field. Owned by Gary Morse, developer of the Villages, it has an impressive art collection and can seat 30 for dinner. In June, the Cracker Bay tied up at the Tampa Convention Center so the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee could go fishing for some of the $55 million it’s raising for next year’s Republican National Convention. Two shipboard events drew a political who’s who wearing everything from Tommy Bahama shirts to coats and ties. The pinot grigio was perfectly chilled, and the hors d’oeuvres included a fresh tomato appetizer, hearty mini pizzas and intricate salmon morsels. “It was hard to believe it was on water,” said host committee member Maryann Ferenc, who owns the Tampa restaurant Mise en Place. However relaxing the atmosphere, the goal couldn’t have been more challenging — raise an average of a million dollars a week, for a year. And do it in a lousy economy, in a community with few major corporations and little experience on vast fundraising projects." - Miami Herald

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  • Pataki ends presidential speculations - WSJ | Washington Times
  • Perry turns to California for cash - LA Times
  • Santorum draws small crowd during South Carolina visit - Fox News
  • "Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney have recently phoned New York businessman Donald Trump, who flirted last spring with the idea of running for the Republican presidential nomination and has held open the possibility of jumping into the 2012 presidential race if he doesn’t like the eventual GOP choice." - LA Times
  • "Sen. James M. Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican and a leading conservative voice in Congress on climate issues, said GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney should stop trying to “play both sides” on key environmental issues." - Washington Times
  • William Kristol: Jews for Perry? - The Weekly Standard
  • Bachmann takes a 'kinder view' on farm subsidies - The Atlantic
  • Low-key Ron Paul keeps it brief at New Hampshire golf event - CNN

> Yesterday on The Republican: 

Meanwhile, Obama looks to revamp his campaign rhetoric

Screen shot 2011-08-27 at 08.32.37 "The paring back of expectations has been an increasingly necessary part of the president’s rhetoric, given the economic and political realities that have beset his presidency. But as he prepares for his reelection campaign, Obama’s triumphant 2008 message of “hope and change” has undergone a radical transformation." - Washington Post

  • Pete Wehner: You want proof Obama is a bad President, here it is - Commentary
  • Phillip Klein: "Playing the 'crazy card' on Perry won't save Obama - Washington Examiner" -Washington Examiner
  • "The AFL-CIO has not decided yet if it will participate in next year’s Democratic National Convention, as labor union members ponder whether President Obama has earned their support heading into next year’s elections." - Washington Times
  • Youth, women drift away from President Obama - The Daily Caller

FEC drafts opinions for Guyana-born man about presidential run Roll Call ($)

US, Israel monitor Syria's suspected cache of WMDs

Screen shot 2011-08-27 at 09.05.15 "The U.S. and Israel are closely monitoring Syria's suspected cache of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), fearing that terror groups could take advantage of the revolt against President Bashar al Assad to obtain blistering agents, nerve gas and long-range missiles, according to officials from both countries. U.S. intelligence services believe Syria's non-conventional weapons programs include significant stockpiles of mustard gas, VX and Sarin gas and the missile and artillery systems to deliver them, The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. United Nations investigators also recently concluded that Damascus had been secretly constructing a nuclear reactor with North Korean help before Israeli jets destroyed the site in late 2007. U.S. and U.N. nonproliferation officials continue to worry that Pyongyang may have provided Syria with additional nuclear-related equipment." - Fox News

To ensure they don't fall into the hand of terrorists, US may buy looted Libyan missiles sold in Mai's black market

Screen shot 2011-08-27 at 08.34.28 "The fall of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi has kicked off a race to recover key types of weapons taken from his stockpiles, such as shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, by getting U.S. operatives to buy them before terrorists do. There is evidence that a small number of Soviet-made SA-7 anti-aircraft missiles from Qaddafi’s arsenal have reached the black market in Mali, where al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is active, according to two U.S. government officials not authorized to speak on the record. The disintegration of Qaddafi’s four-decade dictatorship has created a business opportunity for looters trafficking in the war-stricken country’s missiles, which would enable terrorists to attack military or civilian aircraft. With a buyback program, operatives on the ground seek out the sellers and offer high prices to recover the weapons." - Bloomberg

  • ""As heavy fighting continues in Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon urges a swift end to the conflict to restore order and stability." - CNN
  • Among the loyalists: Despite defeat, admiration for Gaddafi - TIME
  • Robert Kagan: "[O]nly the United States could have pulled all these disparate political and regional forces together. No other nation, not France, not Great Britain, not even a united EU (which German opposition prevented) could have managed this global diplomatic task. In this allegedly “post-American” world, the United States remains both indispensable and irreplaceable." - The Weekly Standard

Christopher Caldwell: America's morals appeal more than French will admit

Screen shot 2011-08-27 at 09.04.17 "At first glance, the collapse of US prosecutors’ rape case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former International Monetary Fund head and French presidential contender, teaches a similar lesson: America’s legalistic doctrines of sexual morality have been held up to the more cynical but realistic French ones and found wanting. This week Cyrus Vance Jr, the New York district attorney, successfully petitioned to drop the charges he brought against Mr Strauss-Kahn in May. Mr Vance cited the inability of the accuser, his chief witness, to tell a straight story about almost anything. But if America’s system of regulating sexual morality has undergone another embarrassing moment, it will be France’s system that has to change." - FT ($)



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