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Newslinks for Tuesday November 15, 2011

Posted on 11/15/2011

John Rossomando on The Republican: Protest Justice Kagan's conflict of interest on Obamacare


Cain stumbles badly when asked about foreign policy

Screen shot 2011-10-16 at 8.42.10 AM"Meeting with... reporters and editors before fundraising appearances in Milwaukee and Green Bay, Cain was discussing foreign policy in general when he was asked specifically about Obama's handling of Libya. Cain paused for some time, then wanted to clarify that Obama had supported the uprising. Clearly struggling to articulate a response, Cain paused again, saying, "Got all of this stuff twirling around in my head."" - Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

  • Video of the incident - which has gone viral - is above, in the video section
  • Ex-boyfriend of Cain accuser backs her story - USA Today
  • Gloria Cain: I never believed allegations were true - CNN
  • Cain’s wife steps into role she has long avoided - New York Times
Rick Perry proposes to "uproot all three branches of the government"

Rick-perry-882-tn"GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry said tonight that he will unveil a plan in Iowa tomorrow for a “smaller, more humble federal government.” “I’m going to address lifetime federal judges who arrogantly rewrite our laws from the bench,” Perry said to applause from the crowd of about 275 people at the Scott County GOP fundraising dinner at the Quad-Cities Waterfront Convention Center. “I’m going to address the permanent bureaucracy of executive branch which thwarts the will of the American people to advance a big government agenda. I’m going to put forward some very dramatic reforms for a Congress that not only spends too much but is in Washington too much.”" - Des Moines Register

2012 race update:

  • 6a0133f4f7f710970b014e8b0cb5e6970d-150wiMajor ad blitz for Huntsman in New Hampshire, by group backed by his father - New York Times
  • "The road to the Republican nomination does not typically run through the Brookings Institution. Yet that’s where Jon Huntsman found himself Monday afternoon" - Politico
  • Huntsman takes jabs at GOP rivals for anti-China "pandering" - WSJ
  • New Huntsman web video criticizes Romney on China stance - CNN
  • Romney says 'no' to major Iowa events - The Hill
  • Romney counting on Florida to win GOP nomination, White House - St. Petersburg Times
  • To one Iowa mother, Bachmann decries ‘the ravages’ of HPV vaccine - Des Moines Register
  • Sen. McCain slams GOP candidates’ support for waterboarding - WSJ
  • "14 GOP debates are on the schedule through March, and others will be added if two or more candidates remain standing and anyone has anything left to say." - Washington Post

New poll: Iowa is a four-way dead heat between Cain, Paul, Romney and Gingrich 

Screen shot 2011-05-06 at 12.49.42 AM"A Bloomberg News poll shows Cain at 20 percent, Paul at 19 percent, Romney at 18 percent and Gingrich at 17 percent among the likely attendees with the caucuses that start the nominating contests seven weeks away." - Bloomberg

  • What's behind the Gingrich rise in polls? "Gingrich says that his well-received performances in the Republican presidential debates are one reason. His campaign was left for dead by many in late spring, after a number of top advisers and staffers quit and the campaign faced financial difficulties. But the former House Speaker has performed well in the 10 GOP presidential debates held this year, acting as the elder statesman while many of his rivals for the nomination attacked each other." - CNN
  • "It's no surprise to Gingrich, who never expressed a doubt that his intellect and policy proposals would swing voters his way. "I have more substance than any other candidate in modern history," he said recently." - LA Times
  • Newt Gingrich is no conservative - Gene Healy for the Washington Examiner
Supercommittee considers giving back some of its powers

Supercommittee"There’s increasing talk of punting some of the toughest issues to the congressional committees charged with doing this job in the first place. That could mean giving the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance panels an order to come up with a specific amount of savings and a broad directive to rewrite the Tax Code." - Politico

  • Erick Erickson: "Yes, the Republicans who back in June were telling us they would hold the line on tax increases have decided that they must have tax increases. Otherwise the defense budget will be cut. Except the defense budget will be cut only if the GOP actually lets the defense budget be cut."

Eric Cantor calls for tough balanced budget amendment

Screen shot 2011-06-07 at 10.56.16"Majority Leader Eric Cantor sided with his party’s conservatives Monday, saying that he preferred that the House vote on a stronger balanced budget amendment than planned. ... House leadership canvassed its membership roughly two weeks ago, aides said, and they decided to move forward with a balanced budget agreement that doesn’t include a spending cap and supermajority threshold for tax increases. So they’ll vote on a more straight forward balanced budget amendment — one that would still allow taxes to be raised by a simple majority." - Politico

Congress prepares for another government shutdown

Screen shot 2011-03-29 at 11.20.21"Legislators are set to consider a new spending bill that would keep the federal government funded through December 16, according to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia. Congressional leaders may attach provisions to the bill ensuring funding for the Agriculture, Transportation, Justice, and Housing and Urban Development departments -- among other things -- through the end of the current fiscal year in September 2012." - CNN

  • "A spending package of more than $182 billion took final shape late Monday after an intense week of House-Senate negotiations that posed a first test of how the two political parties will implement appropriations caps agreed to in the August debt accord." - Politico

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) want to introduce "a real bipartisan job creation plan"

Screen shot 2011-04-16 at 8.48.14 AM"Our bill would extend tax relief for small businesses — to help them purchase new equipment so they can grow and create jobs. It includes modernizing and improving the research and development tax credit; encouraging hiring of returning veterans and reforming burdensome regulations. It will take steps toward boosting high-skilled legal immigration, so we can attract and retain talented individuals with extraordinary capacities, to create high-paying jobs in America. It will also protect our businesses against the illegal theft of intellectual property, with strict enforcement of laws already on the books." - Marco Rubio and Chris Coons for Politico

Democrats to launch recall of Wis. Gov. Scott Walker

"United Wisconsin, which is leading the fight against Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, will start collecting signatures and file paperwork Tuesday with the state. The recall launch was reported this morning by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel." - USA Today

Police tell Occupy Wall Street to vacate Zuccotti Park

Screen shot 2011-10-05 at 6.34.53 AM"Hundreds of New York police, some dressed in riot gear, cleared out "Occupy Wall Street" in Zuccotti Park early Tuesday so that sanitation crews could clean the site. Protesters were issued eviction letters and warned they would be arrested if they remained. The officers arrived just after midnight and handed out letters to protesters ordering them to temporarily evacuate the park. Campers were told to remove their tents and all their belongings" - Fox News

Obama's day: fundraising and golf in Hawaii

Obama-smiling-flag"Mr. Obama told guests at the fund-raiser that if the budget fights with Congress persisted into the holidays, he might not get to join his wife and daughters for their usual two-week vacation in the islands at Christmas and New Year’s. “We’ll see if Washington gets its business done, so I can get here as well,” he said." - New York Times

  • "The White House Wednesday defended President Barack Obama's decision to make a week-long Pacific trip next week, saying he was out to leverage jobs from a dynamic region to ease economic pain at home." - Yahoo News
  • "President Obama is golfing at Mamala Bay Golf Course at Hickam Air Force Base in a group that includes White House travel director Marvin Nicholson and Hawaiian pal Robert “Bobby” Titcomb, who was arrested in April on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute." - ABC News
  • Students lose zeal for aiding Obama again - New York Times

"Beat up but not beaten," Giffords speaks in first TV interview since shooting - Washington Post

Immigration from Mexico in fast retreat, data shows

"But data from both sides of the border suggest that illegal immigration from Mexico is already in fast retreat, as U.S. job shortages, tighter border enforcement and the frightening presence of criminal gangs on the Mexican side dissuade many from making the trip." - LA Times


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