TODAY IN POLITICS: Looming Govt. Shutdown Faces Congress, # Walker won’t back down on unions, # J Street Day 2: A Continuing Anti-Israel Tirade

February 28, 2011

Obama looking a lot less beatable

By JONATHAN MARTIN | 02/28/11 5:30 AM
Barack Obama is shown toasting. | AP photo

J Street Day 2: A Continuing Anti-Israel Tirade

by Ron Radosh

If anything, given their position on the recent UN resolution, J Street is worse on its position towards Israel than the Obama administration itself. (And if you missed Ron’s take on the first session of J. Street’s 2nd National Conference, click here.)

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Breaking: Iran Has Several Military Bases in Libya

by ‘Reza Kahlili’

According to an inside source, the military collaborations between Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the Gaddafi government date back to 2006.

Iranian Regime Kidnaps Mousavi and Karroubi

by Michael Ledeen

The attacks on the two top leaders of the Green Movement prove the gravity of the Iranian crisis and the panic at the highest levels of the Islamic Republic.

Blaming Israel, Ignoring Radical Islam at J Street’s National Conference

by Ron Radosh

Hardly a surprise, since the left-wing group’s own statement of principles says it opposes “efforts to demean and fan fears of Islam or of Muslims.”

WikiLeaks Cables Reveal Muslim Brotherhood Ties to Iran

by Brian Fairchild

Despite evidence from our own State Department to the contrary, why does Obama think that this organization would be a positive player in forming the new Egyptian government?

How About Adding a North Korea Crisis to the Mix?

by Dan Miller

Things on the peninsula are getting ever more dire, and we know the president won’t act with any urgency.

How to Insure Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions

by Brian T. Schwartz

Like a hammer that sees every problem as a nail, many politicians think the solution to every problem is legislation that erodes our liberties.

Put the REINS on EPA

by Marlo Lewis

The “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny” Act could put the kibosh on the EPA’s greenhouse regulatory surge.

Iran’s Africa Fiasco

by Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi

It hasn’t made much noise worldwide, but Iran’s rapidly deteriorating relationships with several African countries is huge news across the continent.

Wisconsin and the Rise of the Adolescent Mind

by Victor Davis Hanson

We want what we have not earned. We demand the world be the way that it cannot; and we don’t wish to hear “unfair” arguments from “bad” and “mean” people. (And don’t miss: “Unions-vs.-Tea-Party showdown spreads to Denver”)

Will TSA Unionization Jeopardize Air Safety?

by Matt Patterson

From FDR to Reagan, history suggests the answer is yes.

Second Letter from a Fearfully Concerned Muslim to an American-Jewish Friend

by Salim Mansur

We are creatures of history even as we make history. (Click here for Roger L. Simon’s reply to Salim’s original letter.)

J Street’s Swan Song?

by Ron Radosh

The left-wing Jewish group will feature several Kadima Knesset members at their annual confab while the party back in Israel criticizes their participation.

‘Never Again for Anyone’: the Latest Anti-Semitic Campaign

by Clemens Heni

Fueled by propaganda, the campus push is pernicious, contagious, and wrong.

Truman, Reagan, and Bush Were Right

by Peter Berkowitz

In the face of Gaddafi’s war against the Libyan people, Obama should align himself with a proud American foreign policy tradition, with both progressive and conservative roots. (Update: Obama finally breaks his silence on Libya.

The Petulant Child Form of Democracy

by Roger Kimball

As recent events in Wisconsin and Indiana have shown, when an election doesn’t go their way, the response of the Democrats is to do everything possible to avoid the consequences of the election.

Can the U.S. Intervene in Libya? Should It?

by Richard Fernandez

The answer to the first question is yes and the answer to the second is: why? (Also read Michael Totten:“Libya’s Legacy”)

Saving Our Nation from Debt: An Open Letter from Rep. Jim Jordan

by Jim Jordan

We still have a chance to kick the spending addiction and keep the American Dream alive.

Chavez Caught Red-Handed Sending Gasoline to Iran

by Josh Shahryar

Documents made available to Pajamas Media prove that the Venezuelan strongman has been selling reformate to Iran.

How the Left Sees the Union Crisis in Madison

by Ron Radosh

Liberals see the conflict as a battle for power, not income. (And at PJTV, don’t miss: AlfonZo Rachel Reports From Wisconsin.)

The Episcopal Church Wages Jihad against Eight Virginia Churches

by Bryan Preston

Will George Washington’s historic church end up as a saloon, or a mosque? If the Episcopal Church prevails in court, either outcome is a disturbing possibility.

Politics + unions = poverty

A California lawmaker has proposed a measure that would ban Wal-Mart and similar retailers from the state. But a former congressional hopeful thinks it is just a way to protect unions.

Public dollars funding ‘private’ choice

As legislators haggle over whether they should defund Planned Parenthood, one California lawmaker has contributed a personal story to the debate.

Media favoring ‘self-interested creatures’

A conservative media watchdog says the major television networks are once again demonstrating a blatant double standard, this time in their coverage of the recent protests in Wisconsin.

Climate ‘science’ grant = ‘recruiting tool’

The publisher of a website that advances the arguments of climate skeptics is criticizing a new grant that will allow schools to teach climate change.

6-year-old’s psych ward visit sparks outrage

In response to a Los Angeles school sending a six-year-old boy to a psychiatric ward against his mother’s wishes, parental rights advocates are suggesting that a constitutional amendment be adopted to protect parents’ liberties.

Proposed envoy would promote religious freedom

In light of the turmoil currently plaguing the Middle East, one California-based advocacy group says Christians in that region need special help.

Comprehensive sex-ed – here it comes

Helena, Montana’s school district has decided to ignore public outcry and proceed with its plans to teach sex education to young students. But parents and state lawmakers are still fighting the initiative.

Will E-15 distribution end before it begins?

A program to fund a higher blend of ethanol may not live to see the light of day.

‘New day’ calls for fiscal conservatism

A financial expert, author and radio host does not think congressional Republicans and conservatives should worry about proposed budget cuts costing them their re-election bids.

Did Gadhafi order Pan Am bombing?

An Australian political and defense analyst does not believe a recent report about Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi’s responsibility in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing is completely accurate.

ADF defending Carleton pro-lifers

The Alliance Defense Fund has sued a university in Canada for blocking pro-life expression on campus, even though the handbook claims the school protects its students’ freedom of speech.

Planned Parenthood sets new record

According to the latest figures from a notorious abortion provider, business is still booming.

Mourning the unborn

Several black pro-life groups are joining together today to recognize the National Day of Mourning for the Unborn.

Sailors belong at sea

The former commander of the USS Cole says it is inappropriate for U.S. Navy sailors to join Army units to perform ground missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Tea Party summit: A 40-year plan to take America back

PHOENIX – Nearly 2,400 delegates from across the U.S. attended the Tea Party Patriot American Policy Summit to hear ideas about restoring America’s greatness.

End the Privileged Class – Mark McKinnon, The Daily Beast
Fight Over Public Unions is a Power Grab – E.J. Dionne, Washington Post
Big Labor’s Dilemma – Robert Samuelson, Newsweek
Voting for Nat’l Interest, Not Self-Interest – Michael Barone, DC Examiner
Leaving Children Behind – Paul Krugman, New York Times

RCP Afternoon Edition

West Is Key Battleground for Obama’s Reelection – Mark Barabak, LAT
Municipal Bonds: A Balancing Act – Bullock & Van Duyn, Financial Times
Trumka: ‘This Is Not About a Budget Crisis’ – Donna Jablonski, AFL-CIO Blog
Public Workers & California’s Ruling Elite – Steven Greenhut, OC Register
In Indiana, Clues to Future of Wisconsin Labor – Steven Greenhouse, NYT
Oscar Night: The Statues Dreams Are Made Of – Virginia Postrel, WSJ

RCP Morning Edition

The Small Miracles of Teach for America – George Will, Washington Post
How Clean Energy Can Create Jobs – Bill Ritter, New York Times
New Leaders Putting Spine Into Governing – Ruben Navarrette, Fresno Bee
Dems’ Cozy Deal w/Public Unions – Katherine Kersten, Minneapolis Star Trib
Tea Partiers Want to Shut Government – Frank Rich, New York Times
Big Labor’s Last Stand – David Paul Kuhn, RealClearPolitics
For Republican Governors, a Gamble – Michael Fletcher, Washington Post
State Expenditures: The Unchecked Binge – Nick Gillespie,
What Will Chris Christie Do With His Moment? – Robert Costa, NRO
Obama’s Enforcer Takes Chicago – Paul Harris, The Observer
Mike Huckabee, Gay-Marriage Defender – Ruth Marcus, Washington Post
Public Unions & the Socialist Utopia – Robert Tracinski, TIA Daily
Arab World Is Ready for Democracy – Nicholas Kristof, New York Times
David Cameron: True Brit – Kyle Smith, New York Post
America Primed – Robert Kaplan & Stephen Kaplan, The National Interest
A Sober Discussion About Marijuana – Ryan Blethen, Seattle Times
Hitchens, Harris, 2 Rabbis & the Afterlife – Rob Eshman, Jewish Journal
Sunday Talk: Walker | Trumka | Christie | Daniels | Patrick | FNS Panel


State Worker Unions: A Slippery Slope – Denver Post
What Government Is For – Washington Post
Goldman Sachs’s Suspicious Call for Spending – Investor’s Business Daily
Obama’s 2012 Budget Is a Good Template – New York Times

Tax porn? Not an effective deterrent

A congressman wants to take a small step to reduce child access to pornography — but a major assault against illegal porn is what’s needed, says one family advocate.

Tea Party summit: Speakers electrify delegates

PHOENIX – A “banner of bold colors” was unfurled on the opening night of the Tea Party Patriots American Policy Summit in Phoenix, Arizona. The phrase is from a Ronald Reagan speech encouraging conservatives not to settle for watered-down ideas of pastel, but to boldly put forth the principles that can lead the U.S. back to greatness.

Recent poll results (Feb. 21-25, 2011)

See the results from last week’s poll questions.

Religious exemptions for vaccinations

Two states are considering restrictions on refusal of vaccinations — and the language proposed by one state, says a Christian attorney, raises serious constitutional questions.

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Is arrest of Saudi student a ‘see something’ win, or security flaw?

Jordy Yager - 02/27/11 08:00 PM ET
The case has ignited debate among House lawmakers over steps to screen or monitor people in the U.S. on visas.…
Experts: Commandant rolls dice as ‘player-coach’ on key hardware programs

John T. Bennett - 02/27/11 09:07 PM ET

By taking a larger role in managing two major hardware programs, Amos is taking a sizable risk, defense sources say.…
The World from The Hill: Muted outcry in Washington after deadly pirate attack

Bridget Johnson - 02/27/11 05:00 PM ET

Battling pirates was high on the agenda last Congress as seafaring Somali criminals haunted the shipping industry.…
Vermont governor at labor protest: ‘Maple sugar’ better than ‘vinegar’

Julian Pecquet - 02/27/11 03:53 PM ET

Shumlin, a Democrat, stood out as the only state executive addressing union members chanting outside the National Governors Association meeting.…
Left presses Obama to take a firmer stand on heated labor battles

Mike Lillis - 02/27/11 10:47 AM ET

Some Democrats say Obama should visit Madison as a show of solidarity with those protesting GOP Gov. Scott Walker.…

Related Story: AFL-CIO chief blesses Obama’s handling of Wisconsin

Related Story: Walker ‘eternal optimist’ on Dems’ return, avoiding layoffs

Related Story: Labor secretary: GOP govs asking workers to give up rights

Van Hollen optimistic on shutdown

Erik Wasson - 02/27/11 12:52 PM ET

“But that doesn’t mean we won’t be right back here three weeks from now debating these things,” he said.…

Related Story: Pawlenty: Consider shutdown if cuts too shallow

Pelosi: Obama hasn’t broken promise to try to enact immigration reform

Michael O’Brien - 02/27/11 10:29 AM ET

Pelosi said that Republicans were to blame for the inability of Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.…
Lieberman, McCain: Recognize Libyan opposition as government and arm them

Bridget Johnson - 02/27/11 09:33 AM ET

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), in Egypt, said the White House needs to give “tangible support.”…

Related Story: McCain: China could be next for ‘winds of change’

Related Story: Libyan turmoil fuels drilling push

Related Story: Gadhafi’s son: ‘It’s not an American business’

Conrad: Two-week agreement is ‘acceptable’ for now, but work not done

Bridget Johnson - 02/27/11 09:45 AM ET

“I think this two-week business is not the way to go,” the Senate Budget Committee chairman said Sunday.…

Related Story: Short-term CR avoids healthcare reform defunding

Related Story: GOP’s spending bill does not target EPA

House GOP freshmen united in ‘mindset’ if differing on points

Molly K. Hooper

02/27/11 06:13 PM ET

The 87 members of the largest House GOP freshman class in decades believe that voters sent them to fulfill a “mandate.”…
Judges’ agreement on healthcare penalties not being a tax is key

Jason Millman

02/27/11 04:22 PM ET

The Constitution grants the federal government wide latitude to impose taxes — but not penalties — for general welfare.…
Republican governors to government: Give us Medicaid grants

Jason Millman

02/27/11 01:03 PM ET

The governors said block grants would provide states with the flexibility to tinker with the safety net for the poor.…

Related Story: Govs to Congress: Don’t make our lives any harder

Related Story: Meeting stresses China ties

Boehner: Shutdown not needed to tackle ‘moral threat’ from debt

Michael O’Brien

02/27/11 09:51 AM ET

Republicans in the House understand that Americans don’t want a government shutdown, the House Speaker will say in a speech…

Related Story: Christie questions wisdom of recess amid risk of shutdown

Related Story: Shutdown talk softens as GOP details plans for $4B in cuts

Report: Gingrich will form exploratory committee for 2012

Michael O’Brien

02/27/11 10:07 AM ET

If accurate, the formation of the exploratory committee would keep with the presidential run timeline the former Speaker had sketched.…

Related Story: Barbour: 2012 decision will be independent of others

Related Story: Herman Cain wins Tea Party straw poll

Christie: Palin needs ‘unscripted moments’ to prove she’s serious

Michael O’Brien

02/27/11 10:57 AM ET

“You cannot be blow-dried and poll tested,” Christie said. “They want someone who’s going to speak straight with them.”…

Related Story: S.C. governor: I don’t ‘owe’ Palin an endorsement

Daniels unafraid to touch ‘third rail’ in possible 2012 run

Michael O’Brien

02/27/11 09:27 AM ET

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) said Sunday he wouldn’t be afraid to tackle entitlement reforms if he runs for president. …

Related Story: Huckabee: Health reform doesn’t disqualify Romney

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Message to believers: Get your snap on!

Randy Draper, son of Rusty Draper, one of the most influential Christian leaders in the past three decades, has written a new book.

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Duplicity revealed in DOMA decision?

A conservative military watchdog says a recent announcement from the Justice Department reveals that the administration misled Congress about the effects of repealing the ban on homosexual military service.

ABA’s response to anti-sharia bills

poll vote buttonAn anti-sharia activist sees a double standard within the American Bar Association, as the consideration of Muslim law stirs controversy among the legal group.

Would-be wrestling champ chose beliefs over winning

A high school wrestler from Iowa created a national stir when he placed his Christian convictions above winning and refused to compete against a girl at last week’s state tournament.

Labor disputes infecting TSA, multiple states

TSA is receiving criticism for moving forward with collective bargaining, while protests on the issue are expected to make their way into a number of other states.

High court to decide if parents ‘forfeit’ rights

The Supreme Court is set to hear a case that could limit the rights of parents and students in public schools when government officials come knocking.

Lippold: U.S. must target source

The former commander of the USS Cole says the recent murder of four Americans demonstrates that Somali pirates have gained the capability to project force hundreds of miles off the coast of their homeland.

Haiti’s ‘rebuilding phase’ should include education

More than 13 months after Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake, one Christian aid worker says the relief efforts there now need to focus on educating the people.

Middle Eastern rumblings leak into Libya

A senior Army strategist and Pentagon advisor does not believe it will be as easy to force Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi out of power as it was for Egypt to remove President Hosni Mubarak from his position.

It’s settled – patient safety trumps all

Pro-lifers have received a favorable settlement in a lawsuit involving Indiana’s abortionists.

First, They Came for the Labor Leaders in Cuba

by Humberto Fontova

A union protestor in Wisconsin was caught on camera saying he wants to vote for Castro and his clone, Che Guevara. Of course, there’s no kerfuffle from the MSM or Democratic Party.

The Facts on Wisconsin: What the Unions Want, and Why It’s Insane

by Gary Wickert

Only thirty states have such collective bargaining agreements. These are privileges, not rights, and can be taken away.

On Government Spending: More Party of ‘No,’ Please

by Chris Salcedo

President Obama’s offensive budget was just a bargaining position, callously introduced while the country is in peril. Will enough congressmen say “no”?

In the Land of the Brother Leader

by Michael J. Totten

Now that Qaddafi is in the fight of his life, it’s a good time to take another look at just how awful he is.

Wisconsin: What’s the Right Analogy?

by Rand Simberg

Forget comparing what’s happening in Madison right now to Greece, Egypt, Guernica, or Jutland. Think Gettysburg.

Medical fraud in Wisconsin

by Charlie Martin

The government unions’ corrosive behavior now taints Wisconsin’s medical profession. Also read Charlie’s follow-up post, Naming Names, at the Tatler.

Why Palin Should Announce First

by Myra Adams

In or out, it’s all about the Power of Now.

Fired Journalist Has a History of Anti-American Slanders

by Neo-Neocon

It’s not surprising that Nir Rosen felt he could get away with making offensive remarks about Lara Logan’s attack in Egypt. This time, though, he happened to have hit on a subject that was offensive to leftist sensibilities.

Wisconsin Madness as Seen by the ‘Little People’

by Phil Boehmke

No longer basking in the glow of the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl victory, my friends on the other side of the Illinois/Wisconsin border are positively beside themselves at the insane behavior of their public servants.

Happy Birthday, Dear Leader Kim Jong-Il

by Dan Miller

The synchronized dancing and swimming demonstrations were remarkable as was the evident rapture of the appreciative spectators.

Congress to NASA: Study Space! (Not Climate. That’s Not Space.)

by Art Horn

The budget battle has come to NASA, where a massive amount of money is being spent on something that has nothing to do with NASA’s mission.

The UN and the Obama Administration on the Wrong Side of History

by Anne Bayefsky

Serving up Israel when the going gets tough is what Arab dictators and demagogues do at regular intervals. The United States should not join them. (Update: US vetoes resolution condemning settlements.)

Cheap Spirits and the Spirit of Freedom

by Bruce Bawer

When I learned that liquor can be sold in Louisiana all day and night, I was stunned. But then, I’ve lived in Norway so long that I’ve forgotten what it’s like to live like an adult.

Throughout New Middle East, Islamists Have Upper Hand

by Joseph Puder

From Algeria to Iraq, the Muslim Brotherhood is well-positioned.

A First-Hand Report from a ‘Jasmine Rally’ in Shanghai

by John Parker

Will the wave of change sweeping the Middle East spread to the Far East and hasten political reform in the world’s largest unelected dictatorship?

Well-Meaning or Not, Obama Threatens America

by Mike McDaniel

A wealth of evidence points to an inescapable conclusion.

Mr. President, ‘Listen to the People’ on ObamaCare

by Jeff Durstewitz

If it’s good advice for Mubarak, why not for you?

Even the Rain: Sketches of Spanish Agitprop

by Christian Toto

Right from the start, when its dedication to the memory of Howard Zinn flashes on the screen, a new Spanish celluloid import wears its anti-capitalism on its sleeve.

Harry Reid Calls for an End to Legal Prostitution in Nevada

by Clayton E. Cramer

What amazes me more than the arguments for and against prostitution is the absurdity of Senator Reid’s particular argument.

Has Anyone Told Ambassador Rice There’s a Crisis In Libya?

by Claudia Rosett

Apparently the Obama administration has other priorities. (Also read Rick Moran’s “How Bold Should Obama Be on Libya?” at the Tatler.)

The Greek Tragedy of Campus Censorship

by Robert Shibley

Advocates of “speech codes” on campus suffer from an excess of hubris if they believe that stopping “hate speech” leads to an elimination of hate.

State Budget Battles Herald the Return of the Grown-Ups

by Kyle-Anne Shiver

They’re just in time to beat our adolescent president in 2012.

Wake Up, GOP: It’s Time to Put the Varsity on the Field

by Jeffrey H. Anderson

To beat Obama, Republicans must field their best candidates — now.

Failed State Watch: How Long Before U.S. Military Confrontation with Mexico Cartels?

by Alberto de la Cruz

Says Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu: “We’re expecting a conflict. I absolutely believe you’re going to see that happen in the next 30 to 60 days.”

Useful Idiots, Then and Now

by Ed Driscoll

It’s all fun and games until someone goes jihad.

Hey, What Happened To That Maxine Waters Ethics Trial?

by Patrick Richardson

The Ethics Committee is in disarray, with an equal number of Democrats and Republicans represented and the Democrats having internecine battles.

The Rank Dishonesty of Immigration Restrictionists

by Ruben Navarrette Jr.

Those who claim to support legal immigration are often shown to be in favor of drastically restricting legal entrance by immigrants to the U.S.

Bomb Libya

by Michael Ledeen

Since our leaders evidently have no clue what to do in Libya, let’s give them a few ideas. Step one: deprive Gaddafi of as many instruments of mass murder as possible. (Update: “Don’t Bomb Libya.”)

Peter Beinart’s Liberal Fantasies

by Benjamin Kerstein

They’re delusions Israel can’t afford.

Madison on Wisconsin: What Would the Founder Think?

by Scott Ott

James Madison would shudder at the goings-on in his namesake town.

Open Carry in the Children’s Library?

by Clayton E. Cramer

Guns are great, but exposed firearms will never be normal.

Chicago’s One-Party Dictatorship Chooses New Leader

by Rick Moran

Rahm Emanuel was elevated to the position of Chicago’s 46th mayor. Calling the process an “election” is an insult to republican principles.

  • Looming Govt. Shutdown Faces Congress

    GOP offers 2 Week funding plan

    Updated Sunday at 5:39pm (ET)

    Congress will return this week from the President’s Day recess to the looming threat of a March 4 government shutdown, which is when the current CR runs out. On Friday, House GOP leaders released details of a two week spending bill which will be debated on the House floor tomorrow. The House and Senate must agree to a spending bill by midnight Friday or the federal government will shut down. More »

    • Senate Floor: C‑SPAN2 at 2pm ET
    • House Floor: C‑SPAN 2pm ET
  • Since 2002 wartime contractors in Afghanistan and Iraq have been plagued with problems; the Commission on Wartime Contracting has estimated that the U.S. has squandered a perceptible amount of the $177 billion for these contracts due to lack of oversight. The commission today will hold a hearing to weigh the effectiveness of the government to hold contractors accountable when they under perform. More »

Bill Gates to Address NGA on Improving Education

Updated Sunday at 5:24pm (ET)

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The National Governors Association concludes it 3-day winter meeting today with an address by  Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates. Governors from across the country have gathered to discuss issues facing states, including job creation and providing education that prepares workers to compete in a global market.

Today’s closing session focuses on “Preparing to Succeed in a Global Economy.” Gates will be the keynote speaker, where he will talk about the efforts of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to improve education and how education is imperative to remaining competitive in a global economy. More »

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