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Posted on 10/21/2011

11:30am Ryan Streeter on The Republican: Who in the GOP will start pointing out that generational warfare is a big problem?

Video: Obama = Carter < MUST-WATCH !!

Video: New videos attack Romney for (1) flip flopping and (2) being a friend to millionaires (like him)

For the second time in 10 days, the Senate rejected Democratic efforts to take up Obama's jobs bill - The Hill

McConnell II"The Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, derided the Democrats’ proposal as “a government jobs bill.” He said it would “impose a permanent tax hike on about 300,000 U.S. business owners and then use the money to bail out cities and states that cannot pay their bills.”" - New York Times

Saving might be boosted by Cain and Perry's flat tax ideas - WSJ

  • Tea Party's Dick Armey welcomes Perry's flat tax idea but says he must keep it flat - USA Today
  • "This week, Perry turned in a not-awful debate performance and seems to have stopped his free-fall. Now he’s making a naked appeal for Cain’s 9-9-9 base by proposing a flat tax that will likely come with a healthy standard deduction to shield the poor and middle class from being destroyed. Perry’s pitch in the next debate: “Herman, brother, the answer to 9-9-9 is 17 and zero. 17 percent on everything over $36,000. Zero on everything below. You say three numbers is simple, well, I have two.”" - FrumForum

Cain might find himself in trouble with social conservatives after taking a wobbly stance on abortion during an interview with Piers Morgan - Commentary... but RedState publishes his clarification.

Peggy Noonan: Romney's flip-flopping is his number one weakness

Noonan Peggy"Mr. Romney's past flip-flopping continues as the challenge that does not go away. A problem for him is that when you go to YouTube and see his old statements, and then watch more recent ones, he always looks the same. When he says in 1994 or 2002 that he's pro-choice on abortion, and when he says in 2008 or today that he's pro-life, he seems to be the same person: an earnest, dark-haired man whose views are serious, well-grounded and equally sincere. Which is disorienting. It's not the flip-flopping itself. People are allowed to change their minds. Gov. Ronald Reagan signed the first California law legalizing abortion in 1967. By the late 1970s he had changed his mind, partly because of the influence and arguments of the Catholics around him, such as Bill Wilson and Judge William Clark. But he was allowed to change his mind, because you believed he changed his mind. Not his stand, his mind." - Peggy Noonan for the WSJ

Why Romneycare is Romney's biggest problem - Mark Tapscott at the Washington Examiner

  • After the Vegas debate it’s still Romney’s race to lose - Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post
  • Mitt Romney isn't inclined to defend his Mormon faith - LA Times
  • Ann Coulter wants Romney-Cain ticket - Daily Caller

Has Romney become an interventionist in foreign policy?

World"[Romney] now resists further cuts to the defense budget, arguing instead that military spending should be increased. He argues for a larger role for the U.S. military on the world stage. He warns against “isolationism” — though the country is now engaged in three wars. Romney’s foreign policy team is dominated by people who advised former President George W. Bush. Most other Republican presidential candidates would be likely to draw from a similar talent pool." - W James Antle III at Politico

President Obama points to value of ‘collective action’ in Libya - Washington Post

  • Romney gives Obama credit for Gadhafi - CBS
  • GOP candidates react to Gadhafi's death - USA Today
  • "Obama may yet get a bump from the Gadhafi news, but it's hard to imagine it overshadowing the bin Laden spike, which itself proved extraordinarily fleeting." - David Gergen and Michael Zuckerman at CNN
  • "Gadhafi's demise, during an insurgency aided early on by U.S. military air attacks ordered by Obama, may also serve as a wake-up call back home for Republican presidential candidates who have largely ignored foreign affairs in their quest to occupy the White House." - NPR
    "Bush and Saddam - One Trillion dollars and thousands of US lives. Obama and Qaddafi - One Billion dollars and zero US lives." - Andrew Sullivan

Ryan Paul 2Paul Ryan ramped up his criticism of President Obama, saying he is “going all in” on class warfare while “preying on emotions of fear, resentment and anger” - The Hill

America's 'Misery Rate' is at a 28 year high and Obama owns it - Peter Wehner at Commentary

President Zig-Zag: Politico examines Obama's zig-zagging approach to Wall Street

Blue Dog Democrat resigns with attack on Obama

"Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif., announced his retirement from Congress this afternoon -- and he issued a scathing parting shot at President Obama's track record on his way out. In a statement explaining his decision, Cardoza, a leader of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition, said he was "dismayed" by the administration's "failure to understand and effectively address the current housing foreclosure crisis."" - Hotline

> Yesterday's Republican: Is the death of the Blue Dog Democrats a sign that the elites are winning the Left?

Rubio lecturnMarco Rubio attacks Washington Post's "outrageous" attack on his family history - Weekly Standard

  • Rubio’s compelling family story embellishes facts, documents show - Washington Post
  • But the Miami Herald hits back: "the top of the story suggests Rubio himself has given this "dramatatic account:" that "he was the son of exiles, he told audiences, Cuban Americans forced off their beloved island after 'a thug,' Fidel Castro, took power." However, the story doesn't cite one speech where Rubio actually said that."

Weakening environmental regulations, part of the G.O.P. jobs plan, would do little to create jobs and would make us both poorer and sicker - Paul Krugman in the New York Times

  • House Republicans' assault on our environmental laws must be stopped - LA Times editorial
  • Jim Dipeso at FrumForum warns the GOP that conservative voters like clean air too.

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