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Newslinks for Tuesday September 27, 2011

Posted on 09/27/2011

Ryan Streeter on The Republican: Where have the Republican reformers gone? Conservative voters haven't gotten the message about tax and entitlement reform - because candidates and politicians are too timid to talk about them

Government shutdown avoided after Senate deal

Screen shot 2011-09-24 at 5.36.55 PM "The new plan — which won prompt Senate approval on a series of floor votes — relies on enacting a short-term spending bill to keep agencies funded into early next week and having both parties put aside their differences on 2011 disaster funds since the fiscal year is almost over in any case. The compromise rests on new estimates from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that it hopes to make it through this week without additional emergency funds. The House last week approved a $1 billion disaster aid package for 2011, including $774 million for FEMA, but insisted on $1.6 billion in spending offsets taken entirely from energy-related programs important to Democrats." - Politico

  • Senate Dems happy to have a way out - Politico
  • "House Republicans aren’t going to stand in the way of a bipartisan Senate deal that averted a Sept. 30 government shutdown." - Politico
  • "Of the dozen Republicans who voted against Monday night's budget deal to avert a government shutdown, seven are freshmen and two will face the voters in 2012." - Politico
  • The next Congressional crisis may be just around the corner - Fox
  • Government shutdown scares through the years - National Journal

Perry moves to reassure Republicans in Iowa, South Carolina

Screen shot 2011-09-25 at 8.47.58 AM "As he faces growing scrutiny about his conservative credentials, Texas Gov. Rick Perry called grassroots activists in the key early states of Iowa and South Carolina on Monday evening to address his record and take questions. ... The candidate immediately set about defending his record on three issues that have come to define his campaign in recent weeks: immigration, Social Security, and his 2007 executive order mandating that school girls be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause cervical cancer." - CNN

"Reeling from dismal showings in back-to-back straw polls over the weekend, GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry came out with guns blazing on Monday, accusing rival Mitt Romney of 'an integrity problem' in a statement and video." - National Journal

Other GOP 2012 news:

  • Screen shot 2011-01-15 at 12.54.13 Thomas Sowell: "Some Republicans seem to be longing for another Ronald Reagan. Good luck on that one, unless you are prepared to wait for several generations. Moreover, even Ronald Reagan himself did not always act like Ronald Reagan."
  • A pattern of disappointment emerges in the Republican presidential primary - The Hill
  • "Two of the loudest voices in the presidential race met today -- but in as quiet a fashion as possible. Donald Trump and Mitt Romney huddled for about an hour in midtown." - National Journal
  • Mike Huckabee to reconsider? - RedState
  • "On the House floor, in the cloakrooms and in private conversations, House Republicans are just as gossipy about the presidential contest as any dedicated primary voter, and how lawmakers are choosing sides tells the larger story of the party’s philosophical divide." - Politico
  • "On Monday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a tax break ... a $420,000 film tax credit for the 'Jersey Shore' reality television show." - WSJ
  • "They are rich. They are unattached. They are looking for a little excitement. Meet the Draft Christie committee" - New York Times
  • On Herman Cain: "Qualities that make [the] Republican popular also make it unlikely he will be nominated for president." - Washington Post
  • Marco Rubio to write memoirs - Miami Herald

GOP Young Guns blast regulations at Facebook event

Ryan Paul 2 "Three top Republican lawmakers used an appearance at the social media giant Facebook on Monday to push for eliminating regulations that hinder the private sector. Republicans’ push to cut federal spending and regulations is part of their effort to create “a future that holds a space for a lot more Facebooks,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia said Monday in an interview held at the company’s Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters." - WSJ

  • "House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Monday he plans to unveil reforms this fall on a new budgeting process for Congress. ... Ryan's announcement falls in line with his decision to not join the supercommittee. He told the Republican leadership that he did not want a spot on the deficit cutting panel so he could tackle larger aspects of the federal budget and the budget process." - The Hill
  • Facebook raises its game in Washington by forming its own PAC - The Hill

White House won't seek to delay High Court healthcare review

"The Obama administration opened the door Monday for the Supreme Court to decide the constitutionally of the healthcare law before the next election. It opted not to seek a delay in the legal process, leaving little doubt that the court will rule on President Obama’s controversial legislation just months before he faces voters." - The Hill 

Sen. Roy Blunt eyeing Senate leadership run

"Blunt has played a key, bridge-building role in advancing stalled trade agreements and securing funding for disaster aid. And he has dipped his toe back in the leadership waters, publicly mulling a campaign for vice chairman of the Senate Republican Conference." - Washington Post

Obama is still fundraising in California

Obama (1) "President Barack Obama spent part of Monday hobnobbing with celebrities and other power-brokers in Southern California, continuing a West Coast trip that includes town-hall events, a meeting with Marines and fund-raisers for his re-election campaign." - CNN

  • "At a fund-raiser in Silicon Valley on Sunday, Mr. Obama took direct aim at one of his potential rivals, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, criticizing his skepticism that there is a human connection to global warming. Mr. Obama also suggested in Seattle that Republican leadership would "cripple" the nation's economic future." - WSJ ($)

How the electoral math is stacked in Obama's favor

Screen shot 2011-08-27 at 16.01.13 "There are 18 states plus the District of Columbia that have voted Democratic in all five presidential elections since 1992. Combined, they carry 242 electoral votes—90% of the votes needed for victory. Republicans have a much smaller bloc of highly reliable electoral college votes. There are just 13 states that have gone red in each of the last five elections, and they deliver 102 electoral votes, less than half of the number needed." - WSJ ($)

Other Obama 2012 news:

  • Big effort from Obama expected to be necessary to win Colorado - Politico
  • Obama touts jobs plan at LinkedIn event - WSJ

David Brooks: GOP and Democrat economic policies won't fix the mess, institutional reform will

Brooks David Newsnight "Try to reform whole institutions and hope that by getting the long-term fundamentals right you’ll set off a positive cascade to reverse the negative ones. Simplify the tax code. End corporate taxes and create a consumption tax. Reshape the European Union to make it either more unified or less, but not halfway as it is now. Reduce the barriers to business formation. Reform Medicare so it is fiscally sustainable. Break up the banks and increase capital requirements. Lighten debt burdens even if it means hitting the institutional creditors." - David Brooks in the New York Times

Dana Milbank: The Republican roots of Solyndra

6fbcea0bdf05f004 "What McConnell neglected to mention is that Solyndra was cleared to participate in this loan-guarantee program by President George W. Bush’s administration. He also did not mention that the legislation creating the loan-guarantee program, approved by the Republican-controlled Congress in 2005, received yes votes from — wait for it — DeMint, Hatch and McConnell." - Dana Milbank in the Washington Post

  • "The Republican lawmaker leading the charge against an Obama administration loan guarantee program for clean-energy companies wasn't always so skeptical of government attempts to boost the green economy." - USA Today



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