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Newslinks for Tuesday August 23, 2011

Posted on 08/23/2011

4:30pm Video:

Screen shot 2011-08-23 at 21.18.32 3:15pm The Republican: Obama hits another approval low

2:00pm Sen. John Barrasso: Last year, President Obama promised Americans a recovery summer. This year, he’s given us a regulatory summer. He’s thrown a giant wet blanket on economic recovery and has given Americans a summer of more burdens, more costs and more rules

1:45pm Opinion: Post Post-Modernism

Screen shot 2011-08-23 at 20.13.33 1:15pm Video:

1:00pm Rebels take control of Gadhafi compound: "Strategically, this means that Tripoli has fallen"

11:30am Herb London on Ideas: From coming boom to the coming gloom

11:15am The Republican: How do you spend $3 million a minute? Ask President Obama

Screen shot 2011-08-23 at 14.40.40 9:30am Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison: So what’s to blame for joblessness in America: bad luck or bad policies? Look no further than the mammoth fortress of federal regulatory agencies

8:15am Video: Sen. John McCain on the latest developments in Libya: This is about people aspiring for freedom. And that's what the Libyan people have just achieved

Ryan Streeter on The Republican: Obama losing among independents to Romney, Perry, and Paul

Screen shot 2011-08-23 at 11.12.21 Rep. Fred Upton: Super Committee talks have started

"The 12-member debt committee has already held conference calls and may have a website up by the end of the week, Rep. Fred Upton said Monday. Upton, a supercommittee member, told WNDU in South Bend, Ind., that the debt panel is already hard at work despite being spread about the country during the congressional recess. “We’ve really started on the phone already, we’ve had lengthy conference calls already,” Upton said. “We've had a good number of discussions already. Our staffs are working together, and there's a lot of documentation that we can look at already," said Upton, citing the Simpson-Bowles report and earlier work on the debt by the Gang of Six. Upton said the panel is working on a website that could be done by the end of this week that will allow people to submit ideas; he also pledged the debt committee will have “public hearings” at some point." - Politico

  • Biden says getting deal done on deficit reduction will be ‘very difficult’ - Bloomberg
  • Grover Norquist sees deficit super committee stalemating - US News & World Report

Screen shot 2011-08-23 at 11.03.33 "Unable to present a unified view on US involvement in Libya, Congress found itself similarly silenced Monday as rebels made gains on ousting leader Moammar Kadafi from decades of rule." - LA Times

  • "Moammar Gadhafi's son Saif says his father and several of his sisters are safe, while loyal troops had "broken the back" of the rebel advance." - CNN
  • "Though gunfights continued in the streets of Tripoli and Moammar Kadafi’s whereabouts were unknown, the debate had already begun in political circles Monday about whether the crumbling of the Kadafi regime was a victory for President Obama." - LA Times
  • "GOP presidential contenders welcomed the fall of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi on Monday and expressed hope that a new government would embrace the tenets of a free society." - USA Today
  • With Qaddafi running scared, Syrian protesters tell Assad, 'it's your turn' - Fox News
  • "Libya's rebel government, the National Transition Council, now faces a far greater task than governing Benghazi." - Christian Science Monitor
  • John Yoo: Qaddafi's fall should embarrass GOP isolationists - NRO's The Corner
  • "Neither President Obama nor his critics are declaring political victory with the rebels apparently taking control of Libya." - Washington Post

> Yesterday on Video: Would Chris Matthews do this if Obama asked? Libyan news host brandishes gun on air to warn the rebels

White House to scale back some business regulations

"The Obama administration will release final plans for ending or cutting back hundreds of regulations, an effort to reduce the burden on business and counter criticism that the White House is tone-deaf to business concerns." - WSJ

  • "President Obama on Monday reached out to billionaire investor Warren Buffett and Ford CEO Alan Mulally for advice as he crafts a major jobs plan to be released after Labor Day." - The Hill
  • Advocates urge easier visa policies to boost startups - NPR

Meanwhile, Wall Street executives drop Obama, start donating to Romney

Screen shot 2011-08-23 at 11.10.00 "Dozens of Wall Street executives who supported President Obama in 2008 have donated to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign this year. According to a review of fundraising data, 67 people who work in the financial sector and live in the New York City metro area gave to Obama in 2008 and to the former Massachusetts governor in 2011. The reversals come in the wake of Obama's tough rhetoric on Wall Street — most notably last year, when the president was pushing Congress to pass what has become known as the Dodd-Frank financial reform law. The 67 individuals who live in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut donated at least once to Obama's 2008 campaign. They have since directed contributions amounting to more than $147,000 toward Romney's presidential campaign." - The Hill

Even New York voters are abandoning Obama: "A new Siena Research Institute poll found [the President's] job approval rating among voters in the heavily Democratic Empire State sank to a record low 36%." - New York Daily News

Feds’ role in schools re-emerges as 2012 election issue

Screen shot 2011-08-23 at 11.13.45 "Republican presidential candidates are increasingly using the federal Department of Education as a punching bag, citing it as yet another example of big government’s heavy hand in local affairs. But this time, the Education Department is punching back. In what could be a preview of things to come, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Education Secretary Arne Duncan traded harsh words last week and helped push education and the federal government’s role in it from its usual spot on the back burner to the spotlight of presidential politics. During an Aug. 15 campaign stop in Iowa, Mr. Perry said he doesn’t “think the federal government has a role in education.” A few days later, Mr. Duncan shot back, telling the Bloomberg news agency he feels “very, very badly” for the students of Texas, a rare example of the education secretary using his pulpit to take political shots at Republicans. As the 2012 campaign heats up, analysts think those types of exchanges could become more common and think that education policy could play a much greater role than in recent elections." - Washington Times

Congressman Paul Ryan passes on 2012 presidential bid

Screen shot 2011-08-23 at 11.05.53 "Rep. Paul Ryan became the latest Republican to pass on a presidential bid after a week of speculation that he could jump into the field. Ryan, R-Wis., said in a statement Monday that he appreciated the support from "those eager to chart a brighter future for the next generation" but would not run for president. 'While humbled by the encouragement, I have not changed my mind, and therefore I am not seeking our party's nomination for president,' he said. 'I remain hopeful that our party will nominate a candidate committed to a pro-growth agenda of reform that restores the promise and prosperity of our exceptional nation.'" - USA Today

Robert Costa: "Ryan will not seek the presidency, but he will shape the debate." - NRO's The Corner

> Yesterday on The Republican: Thanks to all of our readers who encouraged Paul Ryan to run

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

  • Mitt Romney upgrades his mansion - LA Times
  • The Sarah PAC website takes an unmistakable swipe at Karl Rove - Burns & Haberman on Politico
  • "Jon Huntsman says he could be Rep. Michele Bachmann's running mate as easily as he could work for President Barack Obama." - Washington Wire on the WSJ
  • Romney to outline jobs plan September 6 in Nevada - The Hill
  • "Texas Gov. Rick Perry has grabbed frontrunner status in South Carolina, ending several months of what had been a muddled race in this key GOP presidential primary state." - Roll Call ($)
  • Team Obama deals the race card against Perry - Washington Examiner
  • "So far, Mitt Romney isn't doing much to undermine Rick Perry; he's hoping other Republicans will save him to the trouble of tangling with a rival who is popular with the party's conservative base." - National Journal
  • Pawlenty's supporters start searching for the next "Mr./Mrs. Right" - The Hill

> Yesterday on Video: Trumps says Palin's running, Rove says more likely than not, John Fund says, no, she's going to support Perry

Analysis: GOP’s early buys in Nevada special paying off

Screen shot 2011-08-23 at 11.07.03 "With three weeks to go before the Sept. 13 special election in Nevada's 2nd district, both parties are taking a fresh look at the race and re-evaluating their strategies for the stretch run. But even though the race isn't over, Republicans are starting to believe that they've avoided yet another special election loss. Republicans have lost seven of the last eight competitive special elections, including races in GOP-leaning districts, over the last three years. At least, on paper, the race in Nevada looked like it could be headed for a similar fate." - Roll Call ($)

In the battle for the Senate, Republican odds continue to look good

Screen shot 2011-08-23 at 11.08.37 "As the Republican presidential race begins in earnest, so are Senate campaigns across the country. On Monday, former congressman Chris Shays (R) announced he would run for an open seat in Connecticut in 2012, while Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Allen B. West (R-Fla.) both announced they would not run. Those three decisions came just days after former Obama administration adviser Elizabeth Warren announced that she was forming an exploratory committee to face Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), possibly giving Democrats their first top-tier challenger in that race. The four decisions are all major announcements in key Senate races that could go a long way toward determining the balance of power in the chamber after the 2012 election." - Washington Post

  • "In a big boost to Utah Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, two-term congressman and “tea party” favorite Jason Chaffetz backed away Monday from a threatened intraparty challenge of the venerable GOP lawmaker." - LA Times
  • Rep. Allen West not running for Senate - The Hill
  • "Elizabeth Warren’s combative history with Wall Street could create a fundraising dilemma for her burgeoning Senate campaign." - The Hill

Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters tells the Tea Party to "go to hell" - Washington Post

Michael Gerson: An unholy war on the Tea Party - Washington Post

FCC officially kills Fairness Doctrine, wiping it from rules

Screen shot 2011-08-23 at 11.31.28 "Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the elimination of 83 outdated and obsolete agency rules on Monday, including the controversial Fairness Doctrine. “The elimination of the obsolete Fairness Doctrine regulations will remove an unnecessary distraction. As I have said, striking this from our books ensures there can be no mistake that what has long been a dead letter remains dead," Genachowski said in a statement. "The Fairness Doctrine holds the potential to chill free speech and the free flow of ideas and was properly abandoned over two decades ago. I am pleased we are removing these and other obsolete rules from our books." The rule required broadcasters to cover controversial issues in a manner deemed fair and balanced by the FCC. The commission deemed it unconstitutional in 1987 and ceased enforcement." - The Hill | Fox News

Also in opinion:

  • David Brooks: "Many Americans want to help make the world a better place, but it might first be useful to consider the virtues demanded by service properly understood." - New York Times
  • William McGurn: What West Point could teach Miami - WSJ



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