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Newslinks for Thursday November 17, 2011

Posted on 11/17/2011

John Rossomando on The Republican: Congress enters silly season as the national debt passes $15T Capitol


National Debt Hits $15,000,000,000,000.00 - Weekly Standard Congress strains to cut $1.2 Trillion from deficits - Fox | Washington Times | CNN

  • "One week before Congress's deficit-cutting supercommittee hits its deadline, and with signs of stalemate increasing, lawmakers Wednesday grappled with the consequences of possible failure." - WSJ
  • "Negotiations over the national debt entered a troubling new phase Wednesday on Capitol Hill as lawmakers appeared to spend more time trading blame for the impasse than in talks aimed at developing a blueprint to reduce borrowing." - Washington Post

TAX+70 House Republican sign letter to the supercommittee leadership calling ANY tax increase “irresponsible and dangerous to the health of the United States” - Washington Post

"A group of Republican senators has proposed a plan to reform welfare — not so much because they expect it to succeed, but to make an important point: that the deficit supercommittee can meet its $1.2 trillion goal without raising taxes." - NRO

  • "Democrats are not satisfied with the $250 billion in higher tax revenues proposed by the GOP, calling it paltry because it is coupled with the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts." - Politico
  • "Republicans on Wednesday signaled they would consider higher tax revenues to win a supercommittee deal if Democrats offer deeper cuts to entitlement spending." - The Hill

The Republicans' obsession with a balanced budget amendment is a sideshow (and would lead to higher taxes) - WSJ editorial

Italy and Greece have replaced their leaders. Now Obama should name Republicans to his cabinet - Michael Medved at the Daily Beast

McCain JohnDefense lobbyists prepare strategy with John McCain and Lindsey Graham to stop automatic cuts in military spending if supercommittee fails - Roll Call

"House lawmakers easily approved legislation on Wednesday that would require states to observe concealed-weapons permits issued by other state governments in a victory for Second Amendment champions in Congress." - WSJ

"In many states where Republicans have hoped to pick up a seat, they are being hampered by trouble finding strong candidates, intra-party fighting and weak fund-raising." - New York Times

  • Population growth in the West has created unprecedented opportunities for Mormon candidates to run for Congress in 2012 - Roll Call

Gingrich leads Romney by 23% to 22% in new Fox poll - Fox

Gingrich can't say how much he netted from Freddie consulting - MSNBC

Gingrich May 2011"It wasn’t $300,000 that Freddie Mac paid Gingrich for his work supposedly as a non-lobbyist “historian.” It was between $1.6 million and $1.8 million." - Frum Forum

And Timothy Carney at the Washington Examiner lists other corporate interests that fed Gingrich's bank account.

Rod Dreher's verdict: "How does this mouthy windbag still have a political career? Come on, Tea Party, y’all keep turning to these clowns for your Anti-Romney. What about Buddy Roemer?"

  • "Republican voters' esteem for Newt Gingrich has been rising fast. At this rate it might someday equal, though not surpass, his regard for himself. Gingrich is not a person with an ego. He's an ego with a person." - Steve Chapman for the Chicago Tribune
  • "The question is whether voters will come to see the Old Newt, the one with a decades-long history of savaging opponents and himself in roughly equal measure, as giving way at last to a New Newt — serene, mature, self-aware and self-possessed." - Politico
  • By attacking the media, Gingrich built a following - NPR
  • Norquist somewhat upbeat on Gingrich’s candidacy - Daily Caller

Ann Coulter blames the mainstream media for pushing anti-Romney candidates

Ann-Coulter1"The mainstream media keep pushing alternatives to Mitt Romney not only because they are terrified of running against him, but also because they want to keep Republicans fighting, allowing Democrats to get a four-month jump on us. Meanwhile, everyone knows the nominee is going to be Romney." - Ann Coulter for TownHall

Coulter was also on Hannity last night backing Romney: "Romney is the first Republican who can talk since Ronald Reagan, so that's good." Coulter added before concluding. "Who can you send in, in the debates against Obama? I think hands down that is Mitt Romney." (Via The Washington Examiner).

2012-RACEOther 2012

  • "How do you say 'delicious' in Cuban?" - USA Today on Cain's latest gaffe
  • Obama's economic record deserves defeat but the GOP field looks like an episode of Seinfeld - Peter Morici for Fox
  • "There is no Reagan in this field. The supposedly most viable conservative, Rick Perry, can't even remember his own plan for abolishing government agencies." - David Freddoso for the Washington Examiner
  • Jobs then healthcare are top issues - Washington Times
  • "Henry Olsen, a shrewd analyst at the American Enterprise Institute, has been arguing for a while that the Republicans are taking the votes of the white working class for granted as 2012 approaches." - Economist

Emily Miller applauds Rick Perry's idea for a "part-time Congress"

Perry Rick"Every day the Congress is in session, government grows and more borrowed money is spent. America is overregulated and under water. We don’t need more laws, more government programs or more deficit spending. The Founding Fathers never envisioned a legislative branch run by career politicians. Forcing our representatives to spend more time outside the Beltway, living under the laws they make, is exactly what this country needs." - Washington Times

Wisconsin's Governor: Recall Drive Is About Unions Seeking 'Power' - NPR

"Passive or belated leadership" remains stylistic liability for Obama - Lanny Davis at The Hill

US plans to double fuel efficiency standards

"The Obama administration has proposed doubling fuel efficiency standards to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 to save motorists money at the pump and limit air pollution. The plan is supported by environmental groups and by the auto industry, which estimates the changes will cost it $157bn, but they have come in for criticism from some lawmakers on Capitol Hill." - FT ($)

Michael Goodwin: Bloomberg forget zero tolerance policing in coddling of Occupy Wall Street - New York Post

  • New Poll Shows '99 Percent Movement' Actually the '33 Percent Movement' - Weekly Standard

John Edwards' trial date set for January

"Edwards is charged with violating campaign finance law during his 2008 presidential bid by conspiring to use about $900,000 in funds from two political supporters to cover the living expenses of his mistress and a child he fathered with her." - Politico | USA Today


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