TODAY IN POLITICS: Looming Govt. Shutdown Faces Congress, # Walker won’t back down on unions, # J Street Day 2: A Continuing Anti-Israel Tirade
Updated Sunday at 5:47pm (ET)(Associated Press)
Before departing for a United Nations meeting on Libya, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters yesterday that the U.S. is not negotiating with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. “We want him to leave and we want him to end his regime and call off the mercenaries and troops who remain loyal to him.”
The goal of today’s meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, is to coordinate a uniform response on the part of Western and Arab officials to the ongoing violence in the North African country. More »
By JONATHAN ALLEN | 2/28/11 5:16 AM
Budget scoreboard so far: GOP-ers 1, Dems 0.
By KENNETH P. VOGEL | 2/28/11 5:34 AM
By DAVID NATHER | 2/28/11 5:18 AM
This week the White House may receive another blow from U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson.
By BEN SMITH | 2/27/11 9:57 PM
One of the pioneers of blogging is moving from The Atlantic to the Daily Beast/Newsweek hybrid.
By BEN SMITH | 2/27/11 10:57 PM
The online activist group has turned its firepower on Americans for Prosperity.
By MARIN COGAN | 2/28/11 4:41 AM
The latest polls show the public to be fiercely protective of Medicare and Medicaid.
By KENNETH P. VOGEL | 2/28/11 5:36 AM
By JAMES HOHMANN | 2/28/11 5:19 AM
The Ohio governor vigorously defends his push to restrict unions’ collective bargaining.
By KASIE HUNT | 2/27/11 10:43 PM
He says “collective bargaining has a cost.”
By KASIE HUNT | 2/27/11 9:44 PM
Wisconsin as “bluest of the blue?” Not anymore, it seems.
By POLITICO STAFF | 2/28/11 4:59 AM
Chris Christie says he believes in “fair, adversarial” collective bargaining for New Jersey.
By ERIKA LOVLEY | 2/28/11 4:59 AM
By KASIE HUNT | 2/28/11 5:23 AM
The potential Republican presidential candidate calls Obama “one of the greatest politicians.”
By JONATHAN MARTIN | 2/27/11 10:38 PM
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says that he’s not interested in pursuing a White House bid.
By SARAH KLIFF | 2/27/11 6:03 PM
Their Democratic counterparts caution against grants that would give states too much leeway.
By JAMES HOHMANN | 2/27/11 1:56 PM
Maine gov says he would push ahead with the legislation, even if it means a Wisconsin-style fight.
By KENNETH P. VOGEL | 2/27/11 12:04 PM
By JEANNE CUMMINGS | 2/27/11 12:57 PM
With a wide-open field, Republican governors are some of the most sought-after endorsements.
By JAMES HOHMANN | 2/28/11 5:20 AM
Peter Shumlin is rejecting calls to raise taxes. And he has a Sarah Palin joke to explain why.
By KASIE HUNT | 2/27/11 12:11 PM
Governor insists he was saluting the protesters.
By ASSOCIATED PRESS | 2/28/11 12:04 AM
Republican James McClure spent three terms in the House, then three in the Senate.
Indiana labor fight could push back his plans. Also: Complete coverage of the Sunday shows.
Obama, Biden and their wives get set to speak to governors from both parties at the White House.
Govs. Earl Ray Tomblin, John Hickenlooper, Peter Shumlin and Brian Schweitzer talk budget cuts.
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.)
According to an inside source, the military collaborations between Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and the Gaddafi government date back to 2006.
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.
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.”
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?
by Dan Miller
Things on the peninsula are getting ever more dire, and we know the president won’t act with any urgency.
Like a hammer that sees every problem as a nail, many politicians think the solution to every problem is legislation that erodes our liberties.
by Marlo Lewis
The “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny” Act could put the kibosh on the EPA’s greenhouse regulatory surge.
It hasn’t made much noise worldwide, but Iran’s rapidly deteriorating relationships with several African countries is huge news across the continent.
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”)
From FDR to Reagan, history suggests the answer is yes.
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.)
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.
by Clemens Heni
Fueled by propaganda, the campus push is pernicious, contagious, and wrong.
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.
There is no legitimate role for government unions.
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.
The answer to the first question is yes and the answer to the second is: why? (Also read Michael Totten:“Libya’s Legacy”)
by Jim Jordan
We still have a chance to kick the spending addiction and keep the American Dream alive.
Documents made available to Pajamas Media prove that the Venezuelan strongman has been selling reformate to Iran.
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.)
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.
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.
As legislators haggle over whether they should defund Planned Parenthood, one California lawmaker has contributed a personal story to the debate.
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.
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.
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.
In light of the turmoil currently plaguing the Middle East, one California-based advocacy group says Christians in that region need special help.
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.
A program to fund a higher blend of ethanol may not live to see the light of day.
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.
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.
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.
According to the latest figures from a notorious abortion provider, business is still booming.
Several black pro-life groups are joining together today to recognize the National Day of Mourning for the Unborn.
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.
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
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
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, Reason.tv
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
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.
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.
See the results from last week’s poll questions.
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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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pro-lifers have received a favorable settlement in a lawsuit involving Indiana’s abortionists.
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.
by Gary Wickert
Only thirty states have such collective bargaining agreements. These are privileges, not rights, and can be taken away.
President Obama’s offensive budget was just a bargaining position, callously introduced while the country is in peril. Will enough congressmen say “no”?
Another stunning political miscalculation. (Also read: “White House now disavowing involvement in Wisconsin protests.”)
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.
by Rand Simberg
Forget comparing what’s happening in Madison right now to Greece, Egypt, Guernica, or Jutland. Think Gettysburg.
The government unions’ corrosive behavior now taints Wisconsin’s medical profession. Also read Charlie’s follow-up post, Naming Names, at the Tatler.
by Myra Adams
In or out, it’s all about the Power of Now.
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.
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.
by Dan Miller
The synchronized dancing and swimming demonstrations were remarkable as was the evident rapture of the appreciative spectators.
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.
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.)
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.
by Joseph Puder
From Algeria to Iraq, the Muslim Brotherhood is well-positioned.
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?
A wealth of evidence points to an inescapable conclusion.
If it’s good advice for Mubarak, why not for you?
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.
What amazes me more than the arguments for and against prostitution is the absurdity of Senator Reid’s particular argument.
Apparently the Obama administration has other priorities. (Also read Rick Moran’s “How Bold Should Obama Be on Libya?” at the Tatler.)
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.
They’re just in time to beat our adolescent president in 2012.
To beat Obama, Republicans must field their best candidates — now.
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.”
by Ed Driscoll
It’s all fun and games until someone goes jihad.
The Ethics Committee is in disarray, with an equal number of Democrats and Republicans represented and the Democrats having internecine battles.
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.
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.”)
They’re delusions Israel can’t afford.
by Scott Ott
James Madison would shudder at the goings-on in his namesake town.
Guns are great, but exposed firearms will never be normal.
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.
President Obama is seen briefly on the Academy Awards talking about a classic song.
By PHILIP EWING | 2/28/11 5:00 AM
By JAKE SHERMAN | 2/28/11 5:32 AM
House Republicans take on a contentious issue in their party: cutting military programs.
By ABBY PHILLIP | 2/28/11 5:24 AM
Will world events disrupt his laserlike focus?
By REP. LORETTA SANCHEZ | 2/28/11 4:32 AM
Opinion: No strategy for deficit reduction can work without a plan to cut the defense budget.
By REP. HOWARD MCKEON | 2/28/11 4:33 AM
Opinion: We cannot slash defense spending with our men and women in harm’s way in Afghanistan.
By DAVID CATANESE | 2/27/11 7:24 PM
By SEN. JIM INHOFE | 2/28/11 4:35 AM
Opinion: Our national security is the price we pay if we do not get this right.
By REP. ADAM SMITH | 2/28/11 4:32 AM
Opinion: Simply spending more on defense does not make us safer.
By JEN DIMASCIO | 2/28/11 4:31 AM
The defense industry is scrambling to ingratiate itself with the Washington newcomers.
By BEN SMITH | 2/28/11 5:26 AM
The former deputy secretary of defense says they “should try to find allies in Egypt.”
By KARIN TANABE | 2/28/11 5:37 AM
By KASIE HUNT | 2/27/11 11:27 AM
The senator addresses a report that claims psy-ops tactics were used on visiting U.S. lawmakers.
By KASIE HUNT | 2/27/11 10:07 AM
He says he’s not at war with Republicans who are attacking Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity initiatives.
By POLITICO STAFF | 2/27/11 5:03 PM
It’s clear that Newt Gingrich is just days away deciding what to do next about a presidential run.
By DAN HIRSCHHORN | 2/27/11 9:39 PM
Herman Cain and Ron Paul won a pair of tea party straw polls Sunday.
By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 2/28/11 5:39 AM
By DAVID CATANESE | 2/27/11 9:11 PM
Kaine arguably would be on the hook for a minimum of 12 years if he ran for the Senate.
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
Updated Sunday at 5:28pm (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 »
Updated Sunday at 5:24pm (ET)
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 »