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Newslinks for Wednesday August 24, 2011

Posted on 08/24/2011

Screen shot 2011-08-24 at 19.33.50 5:00pm The Republican: As the eyes of the world turn to the Middle East we must not forget Cuba's Ladies in White

2:30pm Rep. Phil Roe: Our country is at a crossroads, and tough decisions must be made. Rhetoric will not lower the deficit and inaction is not an economic driver.

2:00pm Video: Benghazi celebrates the capture of Gadhafi's compound

Screen shot 2011-08-24 at 17.47.24 1:15pm The Republican: Obama scores a hat trick: CBO projects the third straight $1 trillion deficit under the current administration

12:30pm Rep. Ted Poe: As our deficit soars and the U.S. continues to borrow, borrow, borrow - as much as 43 cents on every dollar - we do not have the upper hand in this battle. If there ever was a time to get serious with China, now is the time.

12:15pm Opinion: On patriotism and the 2012 election

11:30am The Republican: What they're saying: Conservatives take on Rep. Maxine Waters

11:00am Video:

9:45am ICYMI: Full text of Sen. Marco Rubio's speech at the Reagan Library


ConservativeHome-Daily Caller poll: Rick Perry rocks, and Paul Ryan will be missed: Check out the latest ConservativeHome-Daily Caller poll results

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The jobs debate between Obama, Romney and Perry

Romney said he will unveil his jobs plan on Sept. 6th, the same week as President Obama unveils his plan -- possibly even the same day - MSNBC

  • Romney to unveil plan in Nevada where unemployment equals 12.9% - Politico

Club for Growth calls Perry pro-growth, but warns of 'interventionist streak' - MSNBC (FrumForum concludes that the hard-to-please Club for Growth wouldn't much like Ronald Reagan).

Presidential hopeful Perry retreats again from statements made in his book about flat taxation - The Hill

  • House Republicans and White House agree on emulating Georgia's scheme for giving unemployed a job tryout for eight weeks in private sector - WSJ
  • In Europe expenditure taxes haven't substituted for income taxation but merely added to the tax burden - Ernest Christian and Gary Robbins in the Wall Street Journal
  • Food stamps and other transfers aren't necessarily bad ideas, but there's no evidence they spur growth - Robert Barro for the Wall Street Journal

2012-RACE Other 2012:

  • Palin's advisers pour cold water on talk that the former Alaska Governor has decided to run - Washington Post
  • Some pro-Romney Republicans question his low profile campaign, arguing a higher energy campaign would have discouraged Perry from entering race - The Hill
  • A new poll has Rick Perry with a double-digit nationwide lead over Mitt Romney - Fox
  • Perry ahead in Iowa but Ron Paul "surging" - WSJ
  • RedState warns frontrunner status will mean Perry gets relentless scrutiny.
  • Perry’s Patronage Problem - favors for donors - NRO
  • Huntsman would be eager to serve as VP to Bachmann or other Tea Party Republican - USA Today
  • Huntsman "believes" in global warming but has no action plan to combat it - Washington Post
  • What the 2012 candidates reading? - Washington Post

Republican establishment worried about Ron Paul phenomenon

Paul Ron "Key Republicans in Iowa -- and around the country, too -- are genuinely baffled by the Paul phenomenon. They understand (and share) many of Paul's views on the Constitution and limiting the size and scope of the federal government, even if they think Paul sometimes goes too far. What perplexes them is Paul's take on foreign policy, especially the threat of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons. "Why wouldn't it be natural that they might want a weapon?" Paul asked at the Fox-Examiner debate. "They'd be given more respect. ... What's so terribly bad about this?" As for sanctions against Iran, Paul said, "Countries that you put sanctions on, you are more likely to fight them. ... I say stay out of their internal business."" - Byron York for TownHall

The Economist looks at candidates like Ron Paul that change the intellectual climate even if they don't win the presidential nomination.

Jeb Bush warns Republicans against personal attacks on Obama

Bush Jeb "Asked by Fox News host Neil Cavuto if some Republicans go too far in their criticism of Obama, Bush said flatly, “I do. I think when you start ascribing bad motives to the guy, that’s wrong. It turns off people who want solutions." - Politico

Rubio woos and wows Reagan Republicans

"Marco Rubio came to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Tuesday night to make the case for smaller government. Many of the 1,000 guests attending the sold-out address came here to see a man who they hope one day will be president." - Politico | LA Times

Rubio's message summarized by Fox: "Government programs have weakened the country and that those in need should first look to their families and communities before turning to the government."

Despite endorsements from Palin, Hannity and Levin, Tea Party groups continue to target Orrin Hatch - Hotline

Who are the conservatives who support Obama?

Screen shot 2011-08-24 at 11.57.34 "In every ethnic enclave in America, a significant percentage of the population (many of them loyal churchgoers) espouses right-leaning values but currently feels uncomfortable with the Republican Party. Part of this unease stems from multigenerational family traditions, or from the GOP’s longstanding reputation as a closed country club welcoming only elderly, white, Christian males, or from cynical Democratic efforts to suggest that any criticism of Obama proves the presence of deep-seated Republican racism." - Michael Medved for TownHall

At TIME Steven Gray thinks Rick Perry could help the GOP with Latino voters.

Those diminishing numbers of Americans who approve of Obama don't approve as strongly as those who disapprove...

Graph from Boker tov, Boulder.

Obama's bus tour goes badly on Twitter...

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Source: The Hill's Twitter Room

"Mr. Obama’s personal favorability ratings — which continue to average about 50 percent — are considerably higher than his approval ratings, which are now around 40 percent. It’s not uncommon for favorability ratings to track a point or two ahead of approval ratings — but this is a particularly large gap. Voters remain reasonably sympathetic to Barack Obama, the person, even if they’re growing less and less thrilled with his performance." - Nate Silver

> Yesterday's Republican: Obama hits another approval low

But Democrats cheered by fundraising gap

Dollars "Democratic Party committees have raised $24 million more this year than their Republican counterparts – a money gap more than twice as large as the Democratic advantages at similar points in either of the previous two election cycles." - Politico

White House touts success of Libya strategy - LA Times

Libya will have difficult future - Max Boot in the LA Times

Fury at Biden's sympathy for China's one child policy - NPR | Fox

FACT OF THE DAY: "While Gallup finds that 52 percent of Americans think pollution is responsible for global warming, that’s a 20-point drop from the late 1990s. Republicans are largely responsible for that drop — while 71 percent of Democrats think human activity is responsible for global warming, only 36 percent of Republicans agree." - Washington Post

And finally... Barack Obama missed golf putts after earthquake struck - Toby Harnden

The Capitol and other government buildings were evacuated yesterday afternoon in the wake of an earthquake of 5.8 magnitude - Roll Call



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