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Newslinks for Thanksgiving Day 2011

Posted on 11/24/2011

Guest column: Congressman Phil Roe on The Republican offers a Thanksgiving message: "This Thanksgiving I will be saying a special prayer for the brave men and women who are serving our nation overseas in the armed forces. They cannot be with their families and friends here in America, but they can be in our thoughts and prayers. Our troops deserve our highest support as they literally put their lives on the line for our freedom. As we enter the holiday season, let’s all try to reach out to be supportive of our military and their families."

Thanksgiving messages

  • Screen shot 2010-11-25 at 08.54.55Sen. Marco Rubio: "...there are no people in the world that should be more grateful than the American people. What we have had over the last 200 years is unparalleled in human history — that generation after generation of Americans has been able to leave the next better off." 
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch: "...we as Americans give pause to celebrate the spirit of selfless giving, show an appreciation for friends and family, and be thankful for all we are fortunate to have. And on this Thanksgiving, let’s remember the freedom, liberty, and opportunity that we are blessed to have."
  • President Lincoln's Thanksgiving Day proclamation - Washington Examiner

Politico compiles ten reasons for both parties to give thanks

"Democrats are grateful no single candidate has emerged as a clear front-runner in the GOP presidential field. Republicans are thankful President Barack Obama’s approval ratings are in the tank." - Politico

Bitter spending fights expected in Congress after Thanksgiving

Screen shot 2010-12-24 at 12.45.27"Lawmakers hoped the [supercommittee] would find a way to extend the current payroll tax holiday and special unemployment benefits, among other things. Now Congress must tackle those issues before year’s end, deciding how to fund them amid the sour partisan atmosphere left over from the supercommittee battles. Congress also faces an array of expiring tax provisions, and the measure currently funding the government runs out on Dec. 16." - Wall Street Journal

  • "Following yet another failure to come up with a plan to reduce deficits, the mood on Capitol Hill has switched from frustration and disillusionment to open self-loathing." - LA Times

House caucus forms to save the F-35 from budget cuts

"Reps. Kay Granger (R-Tex.) and Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) announced the formation of a Congressional Joint Strike Fighter Caucus with 49 members from both parties. Its purpose: to protect funding for the F-35 stealth fighter... one of the biggest potential targets in the defense budget." - Washington Post

Newt Gingrich may face backlash in Iowa over immigration comments

Screen shot 2010-12-05 at 18.43.01"The former House speaker appears to have alienated some of the conservatives who had warmed to his candidacy by saying Tuesday in a candidates debate that he would allow millions of illegal immigrants who have settled in the United States to become legal residents." - Washington Post

  • "Iowa Rep. Steve King, a conservative Republican, said Wednesday that he disagreed with Gingrich's position, calling it "a form of amnesty"... Asked whether the issue meant King would not support Gingrich, King said that it was "something that concerns me" and that he "moved a little bit away last night."" - CNN
  • Michele Bachmann on Newt: ""He probably has the most liberal position on illegal immigration of any of the candidates in the race," Bachmann said in an interview with "PBS NewsHour."" - CNN
  • Howard Kurtz: the conventional wisdom may be wrong, perhaps this won't hurt Newt: "But what if Gingrich was having a Sister Souljah moment, staking out unpopular turf as a way of demonstrating that he’ll stand up for a principle?" - The Daily Beast

2012 update:

  • 2012-RACEGOP field plans a Thanksgiving day of rest, family and food - The Hill
  • "With the Iowa caucuses taking place nine days after Christmas and the New Hampshire primary happening a week after that, candidates can’t afford to take much down time during the festive season. But they also can’t appear to be intruding on what many voters’ see as family time." - The Hill
  • NBC apologizes to Bachmann for Fallon song choice - Washington Times
  • Huntsman plan would try to prevent banks from growing 'too big to fail' - The Hill

New poll: Romney makes gains in New Hampshire - CNN

Michael Medved: Romney's centrism makes him more electable

Screen shot 2011-08-24 at 11.57.34"...the electoral experience of the last 50 years does nothing to undermine the common-sense notion that most political battles are won by seizing and holding the ideological center ... The notion that ideologically pure conservative candidates can win by disregarding centrists and magically producing previously undiscovered legions of true-believer voters remains a fantasy. It is not a strategy. At the moment, it is easy to imagine Mitt Romney appealing to many citizens who would never consider Rick Perry or Herman Cain." - Michael Medved for the Wall Street Journal

Max Hastings: With the world crying out for leadership, America has a weak President obsessed with re-election

Screen shot 2011-04-13 at 6.16.53 PM"...the United States is putting up the shutters, and will be almost closed for serious international business through the desperate year ahead, as the nation becomes totally immersed in the Presidential campaign. The American political system has seldom, if ever, looked so inadequate to the challenges the country faces. My bet is that Barack Obama will be returned to the White House next year, because he is opposed by grotesques and buffoons." - Max Hastings for the Daily Mail

Blue collar Democrats' support for Obama drops

Screen shot 2011-08-27 at 16.01.13"26% of Democrats saying that they would prefer the party to nominate another Democrat for president next year, up from 18% in October... "The biggest change comes among white Democrats with no college education..." says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Half of all white Democrats with no college education say they don't want President Obama heading their party's ticket next year."" - CNN

White House, Kremlin clash over European missile defense plans 

"Russian President Dmitry Medvedev pulled the plug on negotiations between Washington and Moscow over missile defense cooperation, saying Obama administration officials have held back on assuaging Russian concerns about the system. The White House answered with a defiant statement, vowing to move forward with its European missile shield plans." - The Hill

  • Medvedev: Russia May Target Missile Defense Sites - Fox News

Medicare administrator Donald Berwick resigns in the face of Republican opposition - Washington Post

Democrats win big with Texas court's redistricting map

Screen shot 2011-09-24 at 7.53.14 AM"A Texas court's newly released congressional redistricting map is a major victory for Democrats and Latinos who had protested a GOP-drawn map that squeezed both groups. The new map will likely give Democrats 13 House seats in the state, up from the nine seats they currently hold. It is also an improvement from the 10 likely seats Democrats would have gotten from the districts into which the Republican map had packed their constituents." - The Hill

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