Newslinks for Sunday August 28, 2011Posted on 08/28/2011
- Rep. Ron Paul slams FEMA: "It is a system of bureaucratic central economic planning which is a policy that is deeply flawed"
- Former Secretary of State Colin Powell: Dick Cheney takes "cheap shots" in new book
1:00pm Video: The politics of storms
11:15am The Republican: Cain comes out on top in home state straw poll
11:00am Video: Gov. Chris Christie weighs in on hurricane response efforts: "The key is we’ve tried to keep people informed, be fully transparent, to lower fear and raise confidence, and I think that’s the best thing a governor can do in this"
"Shortly after Hurricane Irene blows through Washington, Congress will blow back into town and start fighting about how to pay for the storm and all the other disasters that have struck the U.S. this year. If the hurricane is truly historic, as President Obama has warned, an emergency disaster appropriations bill would be necessary in September to get the government through to the beginning of fiscal 2012 on Oct. 1, aides said. The problem with this is that Democrats and Republicans disagree on whether emergency appropriations need to be offset by other cuts to spending." - The Hill
- Jeff Jacoby: Disaster isn't a stimulus package - Boston Globe
- "The Obama administration made a public display Saturday of the range of its efforts to make sure state and local officials had whatever help they needed to prepare for Hurricane Irene.' - New York Times
Key House Republicans express concern over FEMA funding in wake of Irene - Fox News
"While President Barack Obama is relying on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to respond to Hurricane Irene, GOP White House hopeful Ron Paul isn’t putting much faith in the agency. The Texas congressman blasted FEMA at a campaign stop in New Hampshire Friday and said history is on his side, citing the experience of Galveston, which is in his district. “I live on the Gulf Coast. We put up with hurricanes all the time. In 1900, before FEMA, the local people rebuilt the city, built a seawall, and they survived without FEMA,” Paul told NBC. A catastrophic storm hit Galveston in 1900, killing thousands." - The Hill
"When a 5.8-magnitude earthquake rattled greater Washington, D.C., Tuesday both broadcast and wireless industry advocates seized on the shakeup as a lobbying and public relations opportunity." - Roll Call ($)
> Yesterday on The Republican: Awaiting Irene's arrival, Americans increasingly turn to social media to stay up to date during disaster situations
"One million are without power; 10,000 flights have been canceled, and more than 2 million people have been ordered to evacuate. N.Y. and New England are next." - LA Times
- NJ Governor Chris Christie: 'Get the hell off the beach' - Washington Examiner
- After lashing North Carolina and knocking out power to more than a million people along the U.S.
- NYC Mayor Bloomberg: The time for evacuation is over - Washington Post
- East Coast, Irene now has its eye on the biggest cities in the Northeast." - CNN
- Editorial: Heed hurricane warning 'kuckleheads' - The Star-Ledger
- "Where should the media draw the line between reasonable warnings and fear-mongering? A few mistakes and a partially missed prognosis aren't necessarily proof that the media blew the story." - Christian Science Monitor
> Yesterday on Video:
- Rep. Peter King talks Hurricane Irene
- With tornado warnings in effect, Gov. Bob McDonnell discusses emergency preparedness as Hurricane Irene approaches
House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa goes to war with the NYT
"Rep. Darrell Issa, the powerful chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has declared war on the New York Times after the newspaper published a front-page story last week linking the California Republican’s business activities to his congressional duties. The story, “A Businessman in Congress Helps His District and Himself,” claims that Issa has used his congressional power to further enrich himself. “As his private wealth and public power have grown, so too has the overlap between his private and business lives, with at least some of the congressman’s government actions helping to make a rich man even richer and raising potential for conflicts,” New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau wrote. Issa didn’t participate in what he calls a “false story,” but has launched a full-scale campaign pressing for a front-page retraction after his staff cited 13 errors, including the lede of the story that claims Issa’s district office building overlooks a golf course." - Fox News
Uncertainty and political fights loom for labor panel as NLRB chairwoman departs
"The departing chairwoman of the National Labor Relations Board won praise from the nation’s biggest labor group Saturday as she leaves a panel that’s facing key vacancies and an uncertain future. NLRB Chairwoman Wilma B. Liebman’s leaves the board after her term ends at midnight Saturday. She has served on the body for nearly 14 years after an initial appointment under President Bill Clinton. The White House has designated NLRB member Mark Gaston Pearce to replace Liebman as chairman. In addition to Liebman’s tenure ending, NLRB member Craig Becker’s term expires at the end of the year. Without new people to fill those seats, the five-member board will be down to just two – not enough to have the legal authority to issue decisions, due to a 2010 Supreme Court ruling." - The Hill
Michael Barone: Obama, rivals duck the entitlement crisis
[A]nyone can take a look at a proposal. We pay presidents a good salary to lead, not just to look. So far the Republican presidential candidates have not done much leading on entitlements either. They have tended to take a gingerly approach to Paul Ryan's Medicare proposal and Newt Gingrich even trashed it. The conventional wisdom is that this is simple political prudence. Don't give the other side a juicy target. But we are faced not only with a huge short-term budget problem but with the prospect of a Western European future of an enlarged government, ever higher taxes and lower growth. Is that really what American voters want? - Washington Examiner
> Yesterday on Video: Republican Weekly Address: Sen. Dean Heller: "There is no question that the status quo of dysfunctional government must end"
Perry bills fed $349 million for illegal immigrants
"Texas Gov. Rick Perry has asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for nearly $350 million to cover the costs he says Texas has incurred incarcerating illegal immigrants in state prisons and county jails. In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Perry reiterated a claim he’s often leveled against the federal government: that it’s not doing enough to secure the border with Mexico and as a result, has allowed illegal immigrants to enter the U.S. and use taxpayer-funded resources, including the prison system. The letter was dated Aug. 10, three days before the Republican governor formally announced he is running for president. Reached after-hours Friday by phone, DHS spokesman Matthew Chandler said he wasn’t in position to comment and said he could not confirm that the DHS had even received the letter." - Washington Times
Debra J. Saunders: "Perry delivers on Texas death penalty" - SF Chronicle
> Yesterday on The Republican: Sticking up for states' rights: Majority of voters believe governors should have the right to opt out of federal programs
"As he brought his campaign for the presidency back to New Hampshire, Jon Huntsman Jr. anticipated the doubts about him. He alluded to it in his stump speech, about as close as he ever comes to acknowledging that some Republican listeners might question whether he is too moderate for their taste. “I’m not trying to be everything to everybody . . . ,” he told audiences. “I’m running on my record. You’re not going to like 100 percent of it.” And then to dampen the effect of this admission, he aimed for humor, intent on persuading his more conservative listeners that it is all right to like him, adding with a grin: “My wife disagrees with some stuff.” After a much-hyped launch, Huntsman has been running at about 1 percent in the national polls for months, leaving his advisers to try to ward off the impression that he is hopelessly mired in the second tier." - Washington Post
Bachmann blames “radical environmentalists” for bottling up American energy policy - Washington Post
As the manhunt continues, fears grow that Qaddafi could pull 'a Saddam'
"It took a U.S.-led invasion force of 200,000-plus troops nine months to capture Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein after one of the largest manhunts ever. Now Muammar Qaddafi is on the run in Libya, but chasing after him is a much smaller and less well-equipped force of Libyan rebels. They're trying to track down a fugitive who, like Saddam, is well-armed, well-funded and capable of winning popular support and sowing instability simply by evading his pursuers. If the rebels fail to find Qaddafi quickly as they battle to take his hometown of Sirte, they could face more than just a protracted manhunt. His continued evasion could fuel a Qaddafi-led counterinsurgency that bolsters his mythic status and stymies attempts by the rebels' fledgling government to bring stability and basic services to the country." - Fox News
"Rebel fighters pushed nearly leaderless regime gunmen to the outskirts of Tripoli yesterday, as severe shortages of fuel, water, and electricity paralyzed the battle-scarred capital." - Boston Globe
Al Qaeda deputy reportedly killed - TIME's Battleland blog
> Yesterday on The Republican: US official: Al Qaeda no. 2 killed In Pakistan
CIA Bay of Pigs foreign policy laid bare - Miami Herald
Mona Charen: Biden's stunning moral obtuseness on China's genocides
"The Chinese communist government, which has killed more people than any regime in the history of the world (65 million according to the Black Book of Communism), regards human beings as widgets to be manipulated or destroyed in the service of the state. Yes, they've developed an expanding economy by adopting free-market practices. But the regime remains one of the most vicious on the planet. It is deeply shameful that the vice president needed to be reminded of that." - Washington Examiner
George Will: Let school choice prevail - Washington Post
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