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Newslinks for Saturday October 15, 2011

Posted on 10/15/2011

12:45pm The Republican:

Screen shot 2011-10-15 at 8.27.58 AMVideo: Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy: We've actually passed more than a dozen jobs bills that are just sitting in the Senate

Video: Rick Perry promises more than 1 million new jobs by expanding energy production

Herman Cain’s campaign surprisingly lacks a focus on early primary states

“The lack of focus on any of the key early states is at the heart of questions about just how serious Cain is about winning the GOP nomination. And it has many activists and operatives wondering if he will able to sustain his lead in the polls since organizing and face-to-face contact with voters are essential to victory in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.” - Politico

> Video: Karl Rove: It's time for Herman Cain to focus on early primary and battleground states

Rick Perry unveils his energy proposal to create jobs and kick-start the economy

Screen shot 2011-10-15 at 8.25.40 AM“The plan I present this morning, Energizing American Jobs and Security, will kick-start economic growth and create 1.2 million jobs. It can be implemented quicker and free of Washington gridlock because it doesn’t require congressional action. Through a series of executive orders, and other executive actions, we will begin the process of creating jobs soon after the inauguration of a new president.” -

Treasury announces that the federal deficit for fiscal year 2011 is $1.299 trillion, the second highest in history

“The nation only ran a larger deficit for the 2009 fiscal year, which included the dramatic collapse of financial markets and a huge bailout effort by the government.” - The Hill

Twelve GOP endorsements worth having - Politico

“In a nomination fight where much of the Republican electorate remains undecided, it means there are still many powerful GOP players who are poised to move the dials when they choose sides. Some bring access to money. Others will act as key validators and surrogates, or help with organization." Here are a dozen Republican figures whose endorsements would be good to snag:

  1. New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte
  2. Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour
  3. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
  4. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels
  5. South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint
  6. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani
  7. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
  8. Iowa Rep. Steve King
  9. Rush Limbaugh
  10. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin
  11. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio
  12. Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan

Mitt Romney burns through campaign cash, spending $12 million of the $14 million he raised in the third quarter

Screen shot 2011-10-15 at 9.01.06 AM“The spending figures were high despite a lack of expensive television ads and stand in contrast to some of his more thrifty competitors. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, for example, spent about $2 million of the $17 million raised from August to September, according to his campaign.” - Washington Post

  • Meanwhile, with just $328,000 in the bank, Jon Huntsman lends his campaign some of his own money to keep it afloat. - Wall Street Journal

No class: Obama team pull the plug on the CLASS Act, the much-despised health care entitlement program that at one time helped anchor ObamaCare

Obama Unhappy“’We have not identified a way to make Class work at this time,’ [HHS Secretary Kathleen] Sebelius said. She said the program, which had been championed by Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, was financially unsustainable… Two early critics of the Class program — Senator John Thune of South Dakota and Representative Charles Boustany Jr. of Louisiana, both Republicans — said they had been vindicated.” - New York Times | USA Today

  • “Just about every conservative critic of Obamacare pointed to the irrational design of the CLASS Act before the legislation’s enactment. In fact, the administration’s own CMS actuary said it would never work. He was ignored by his employers not because they disagreed with him, but because they needed to pretend their legislation would reduce the deficit.” - Yuval Levin at The Corner
  • The CLASS Act was doomed from the beginning for anyone who was honest about the program. - Avik Roy in Forbes

Nevada’s Latino vote could play a major role in 2012

Screen shot 2011-10-15 at 8.52.38 AM“According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population in Nevada grew 35% in the last decade, and of the state's 2.7 million residents, 26% are Hispanic. The growth in the number of Hispanic residents has quickly translated into political power.” - CNN

2012 round-up:

  • Perry’s not the only one who doesn’t do well explaining himself. Obama’s been almost as bad lately. - Hugh Hewitt
  • GOP candidates threaten to boycott Nevada over the state’s dispute with New Hampshire over primary scheduling date. - Washington Examiner
  • Does the stage plan for Tuesday’s debate suggest that Cain is already losing his luster? - Ben Smith at Politico
  • Rick Perry’s energy plan would create jobs and could be implemented quickly  - Bryan Preston at PJM
  • Ron Paul steps up his outreach to the pro-life community. - The Daily Caller
  • Has God called four of the GOP candidates to run for President? - Political Wire

Spotlight on Herman Cain’s history on healthcare, the issue that put him on the national political map in 1994

“As a candidate, Mr. Cain's current stated positions borrow largely from congressional Republican leaders and deviate little from his GOP presidential opponents.” - Wall Street Journal

Obama’s cynical charge that Republicans have no jobs ideas is baseless: just look at the facts

Screen shot 2011-10-15 at 8.53.45 AM“On Thursday, Senate Republicans released their own jobs proposal, which means that Republicans now have twice as many jobs plans as Obama. Obama's disinterest in these plans shows just how far out of the mainstream he's drifted. After all, most of the GOP's job-growth ideas — regulatory reform, tax reform, more energy production and fiscal restraint — have been proposed by Obama's own advisers.” - Investors Business Daily

Rupert Murdoch: Let’s learn from Steve Jobs and deploy technology to shake up the education bureaucracy

Screen shot 2011-10-15 at 8.58.53 AM“Our children are growing up in Steve Jobs's world. They are eager to learn and quick to embrace new technology. Outside the classroom they take technology for granted—in what they read, in how they listen to music, in how they shop.  The minute they step back into their classrooms, it's like going back in time. The top-down, one-size-fits-all approach frustrates the ones who could do more advanced work. And it leaves further and further behind those who need extra help to keep up.” - Wall Street Journal

As clock ticks on the super committee, ideas about reforms abound but at the end of the day, gridlock prevails

“What appears clear is that the fundamental disputes remain the same: Democrats and Republicans remain at loggerheads on taxes and proposals to cut benefit programs such as Medicare. Republicans are, so far, standing fast against tax increases; Democrats won't touch Medicare without them.” - Washington Examiner

  • Super committee holds meeting with congressional leaders – but leaves Nancy Pelosi out of it. - Roll Call

Remember back when the Bush White House was accused of being secretive?

  • Screen shot 2011-10-15 at 9.02.37 AMObama won’t turn over Blackberry messages on Solyndra. - Politico (more evidence of cronyism in the deal might have something to do with it - Andrew Stiles at The Corner)
  • Obama is appealing judge’s ruling that the White House has to turn over visitor logs as part of Freedom of Information Act requests. - Politico

GE’s Jeff Immelt heading Obama’s jobs council is a bit of a joke

“Immelt apparently does not believe there is any conflict between his responsibility to the president for finding ways to create what U.S. politicians like to call “good paying American jobs,” and using his company’s funds to create dollar a day Chinese jobs.” - Irwin Stelzer in the Weekly Standard

Jack Abramoff writing an insider’s account of Washington corruption, will use proceeds to pay back his fraud victims - USA Today

Screen shot 2011-10-15 at 8.46.58 AMStarbucks rolls out its own stimulus plan for the economy - Washington Post

How history would have been different: George H.W. Bush considered making Clint Eastwood his vice president - Newsmax


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