TODAY IN POLITICS: (OBAMA FIGHTS AGAINST DRILLING FOR OIL!) Interior appeals oil drilling ruling, # Attorneys General Meet in Washington, # Trump tops Romney, Pawlenty

March 7, 2011

  • Texas group rallies for secession

  • By ASSOCIATED PRESS | 3/6/11 2:30 PM

    Texas Nationalist Movement calls for the state to secede over concerns about the national debt.

  • Interior appeals oil drilling ruling

    By DAN BERMAN & DARREN GOODE | 3/6/11 7:05 PM

    The administration appeals a judge’s orders directing Interior to act on permits in the Gulf.

  • Attorneys General Meet in Washington

    Focus on economy

    Updated 16 min. ago

    NC AG Roy Cooper 

    NC AG Roy Cooper

    Over 50 state and territorial attorneys general will be in Washington today for the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) annual spring meeting.

    This year’s theme is focused on “State-Federal Cooperation in a Challenging Economy.” The meeting will identify ways state attorneys general can work with federal officials on problems facing the states. They will also discuss legal issues including, the new health care law,  intellectual property, campaign disclosure and immigration law. More »

    • NAAG Conference: C‑SPAN at Noon ET
  • Senate to Consider Long-term Spending Measure

    Procedural votes on Tuesday

    Updated Sunday at 4:16pm (ET)

    US Capitol Dome 

    US Capitol Dome

    Days after President Obama signed a short-term spending bill, the Senate will move forward two bills to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is expected to bring both the House and the Senate bills to the floor for a vote on Tuesday. The House-passed Republican spending bill proposes an estimated $61 billion cut from the current year’s spending, while the counter proposal put forward by Appropriations Chairman Sen. Inouye (D-HI) would cut $51 billion from the President’s budget request for FY 2011. More »

Obama’s hard line on leaks

By JOSH GERSTEIN | 03/07/11 7:07 AM
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Was there collusion against DOMA?


Family Research Council has sent a “freedom of information” request to the Department of Justice concerning its decision not to further defend the Defense of Marriage Act.

Troops urged to express feelings on ‘gays’ in military


An advocate for America’s fighting men and women is encouraging members of the military to let their representatives in Congress know about the devastating consequences of the new policy which will allow homosexuals to thrust their deviant lifestyle on the military.

Israeli author warns of ‘Islamic tsunami’


Middle East expert David Rubin says Americans need to understand that the ongoing mayhem in the Middle East is part of an “Islamic tsunami” which has the goal of engulfing the entire world.

Governors target Medicaid for budget cuts


The Heritage Foundation’s Brian Blase, an expert on health policy, says Medicaid is the most important issue, next to public sector unions, for governors trying to cut costs.

Opposition to federal subsidies for ethanol


A coalition of 90 organizations has sent a letter to Congress voicing opposition to subsidies for corn ethanol.

Nat’l focus on debate on Muslim radicalization


Muslims in the America aren’t cooperating enough with law enforcement to counter the radicalization of young followers by al-Qaida-linked groups, said a House leader on terrorism issues.

Old earth-young earth debate active


Ken Ham, president and CEO of Answers in Genesis, says the biggest obstacle today for his organization is not the issue of evolution vs. creation, but the “old earth vs. young earth” debate.

Muslim mob assaults Christian students in Ethiopia


Christian students recently suffered an attack by a Muslim mob in Ethiopia. The students were on a mission trip to a Muslim village when they were attacked.

Secular-themed concert at Ft. Bragg canceled


A soldier has canceled a concert with a secular theme and no ties to religion, saying leaders at his base failed to support his show as they did a Christian rally last fall.

Recent poll results (Feb. 28-Mar. 4, 2011)


See the results from last week’s poll questions.

Probe alleges widespread abortion clinic violations


Operation Rescue has completed an undercover investigation that revealed widespread abuses at a dozen Texas abortion clinics.

PCUSA panel splits on pastor’s ‘gay marriage’


A panel of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has acquitted a minister who was accused of violating the denomination’s constitution by legally marrying his male partner.

Suit claims 1st Amendment rights violated


The Rutherford Institute has filed First Amendment lawsuit against the City of Humboldt, Iowa, because the city ordered a local couple to remove a sign from their front yard.

God not needed for fulfilling life?


A new ad campaign advises commuters in the Washington area that they “don’t need God” to have fulfilling lives.

The week’s top stories (Feb. 28 – Mar. 4, 2011)


These were the most popular stories on our website this past week.

House will defend DOMA


House Speaker John Boehner says the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act should be decided by the courts — not unilaterally by the president of the United States.

Patience not a homosexual virtue


poll vote button 2Opponents of California’s Proposition 8 — radical homosexual activists and their supporters — obviously aren’t content to let the traditionally long judicial process play out.

Fla. high court: Governor can reject rail funding


U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced Friday that $2.4 billion in high-speed rail funding intended for Florida will be sent to other states after the state Supreme Court upheld Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to reject the money.

‘Small window of opportunity’ to get involved


An advocate for America’s fighting men and women says Congress can still intervene and prevent implementation of the radical LGBT agenda in America’s military — if it acts soon.

Expect anti-Christian discrimination to ‘ramp up’ in U.S.


Christian attorney Matt Barber says the U.S. is not far behind Great Britain when it comes to the impact of what he describes as the “radical homosexual agenda.”

Parents blame teen suicide on school authorities


The recent suicide of a high school student in Virginia has prompted the Rutherford Institute to step in and help some parents who have lost confidence in the public school system’s handling of student disciplinary issues.

Proposed law would protect mothers, babies


Indiana’s legislature is considering improvements to its informed consent law for abortions.

Afghan Christian sentenced to hang, released from prison


An Afghan Christian who was incarcerated for his faith has been released after pressure from the U.S. Embassy forced a response.

Mr. Holder, meet ‘my people’


Michelle Malkin smallIn pandering to skin-deep identity politics, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has given the rest of us a chance to show liberals what post-racialism really looks like.

Obama’s views on Islam affect energy policy


A bestselling author and critic of Islam says President Barack Obama seems to have such a “warm and benign positive view” of Islam that he doesn’t think it’s necessary for the U.S. to free itself from its dependency on oil from Islamic nations.

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Want Education Reform? Start With Higher Ed

by Publius Audax

Under liberal rule, it’s corrupt, cushy, and ripe for competition.

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‘Even the Liberal New York Times Writes….’

by Ron Radosh

A dissection of a mixed-up Times lead editorial that attempts to oppose Scott Walker in Wisconsin for trying to take on public sector unions, while supporting Andrew Cuomo in New York for trying to do the same thing. (And don’t miss Ed Driscoll on “Two Papers in One.”)

In Defense of Uncivil Speech

by Robert Shibley

We don’t lament the fact that some people in American history had to be rude, recalcitrant, or peacefully disruptive to make their points.

Don’t Let Gaddafi Retire as Tyrant Emeritus in Venezuela

by Claudia Rosett

Chavez is embarked on an array of monstrous projects for which an exiled Gaddafi, pitching his tent in Venezuela, could be a font of expert advice.

In Through the Abattoir

by Ed Driscoll

Charting the Great Celebrity Implosion of the 21st century.

From Saigon to Baghdad

by Michael J. Totten

Michael Totten gets the opinions of Rick Francona — one of our preeminent intelligence analysts — on his specialties: North Africa, the Levant, and the Gulf.

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Led by a Follower: The Danger of a Weak President

by Chris Salcedo

Obama defers to the tyrants and the UN, and the world is more dangerous because of it.

Obama and the Tea Party — the Race Card Keeps on Turning

by Roger L Simon

The left keeps accusing the right of racism and the right keeps denying it, demanding evidence, which is never forthcoming. Not once. But that doesn’t stop the left. They continue the accusations — and President Obama believes them.

The Iranian Civil War

by Michael Ledeen

You know that famous satellite photo of the Korean peninsula, the one where the south is all aglitter with lights and the north is virtually all dark? The mullahs want to turn off all the cultural and informational lights except for a few that they control. Fortunately though, it’s too late for that.

PJM Exclusive: Congress Questions SEC Chief’s Involvement in New Madoff Scandal

by Richard Pollock

SEC Chairwoman Mary Schapiro’s general counsel personally profited from Bernard Madoff, which Schapiro knew about. Today, Rep. Darrell Issa and Rep. Charles Grassley asked her for answers.

Frankfurt shooting update: Gunman shouted ‘Allahu akbar’ before opening fire (UPDATED)

by Bryan Preston

Today’s shooting in Germany left two U.S. Air Force airmen dead and two others wounded. (UPDATE: “Thoughts on the Frankfurt attack.”)

Skipping the Light Transgressive, Pratt Institute Edition

by Roger Kimball

Free speech, diversity, and the consequences of challenging The Narrative at the famous New York school of art.

The PalinTracker: Media Binges as Milbank Goes Cold Turkey

by Barbara Curtis

Your loyal PalinTracker boils down six weeks of coverage and thousands of headlines.

PJ Tatler Exclusive: Was the U.S. a Victim of an Economic 9/11 in 2008?

by Patrick Poole

An unclassified Defense Department report we’re making available exclusively at the PJ Tatler makes a case for financial terrorism being suspected in the ’08 economic crash.

Freedom on the March? No Thanks to the American Left

by R. Dozier Gray

Cozy with dictators and critical of the U.S., will they change their tune now?

Holy Russian Empire, Batman!

by Kim Zigfeld

His earthly power faltering, Putin turns to the church.

Democracy or Jew-Hatred? The Libyan Edition

by John Rosenthal

In Libya now, just as in Egypt one month ago, protesters are using the Star of David as a symbol of hatred and contempt.

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.

Video: Roger L. Simon talks Hollywood and Politics on Fox & Friends

by The Tatler

PJM’s CEO, Roger L. Simon, appeared on Fox & Friends Sunday morning to talk about his new book, Turning Right at Hollywood and Vine: The Perils of Coming out Conservative in Tinseltown.

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.) UPDATE: No Kosher food at Jewish J Street conference!

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.

Obama’s Mind

by Bruce Bawer

All of Obama’s deep thinking is ultimately bogus. Just consider his constantly “evolving” stance on gay marriage.

No BC and AD? That Spells Culture War

by Clayton E. Cramer

The sensitivity police arrest our calendar.

Some Very Bad American Habits

by Victor Davis Hanson

The wealthier and more leisured we have become, the more we have developed some terrible habits that will have to end if we are going to return to fiscal sobriety and a unified culture.

Annals of Islamic Intimidation, Amateur Hour

by Roger Kimball

When “unfounded remarks” turn out to be remarkably well-sourced.

A ‘Flawed’ GOP Field vs. a Flawed President

by Myra Adams

Obama’s shortcomings dwarf those of the Republican hopefuls.

Obama’s Contradictions on the ‘Will of the People’

by Joseph Puder

He endorsed the “will of the people” in Egypt without knowing what it is, and he actively rejected the will of the Israeli people who voted for a center-right government.

Treating Israel like Dirt

by David Solway

Turning the tables on Israel’s accusers.

AG Holder Needs to Retract False Statement about Domestic Violence

by Carey Roberts

Holder made a mockery of Obama’s pledge to keep ideology out of scientific inquiry.

Murdered Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry Was Armed with … Beanbags?

by Bob Owens

A political policy that left a Border Patrol agent facing lethally armed men with only a beanbag gun is likely responsible for his death.

Frankfurt Shooter Admits To Shouting ‘Allah Akbar’

by John Rosenthal

Arid Uka’s Facebook friends list was a “Who’s Who of the German Islamist Scene.”

Regime Change in Iran: A Win for the Gulf and the West

by Harold Rhode

With Tehran fomenting unrest among the Shias in oil-rich gulf states, now is the time for the US to help the Iranians overthrow the despots who oppress them.

The End of the Drilling Permitorium? Guess Again

by Jazz Shaw

The first permit issued for drilling in the Gulf since the Obama administration declared a moratorium is … not for a new well at all.

A Toxic Consensus on Toxic Substances?

by Angela Logomasini

Brace yourself for another round of bureaucracy.

Washington’s Most Corrupt List, 2010

by Stephanie Maier

Even the leftist Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington put 10 Dems on their “most corrupt” list, including Maxine Waters and Charlie Rangel.

How Must the West Guide the New Middle East?

by Moshe Dann

Islamists can’t compete with what the West can offer, if presented carefully and correctly.

Mosques Flourish in America; Churches Perish in Muslim World

by Raymond Ibrahim

As mosques, some of which breed radicalization and serve as terrorist bases, start dotting America’s landscape, churches are on their way to becoming extinct in the Middle East, the cradle of Christianity.

Dar Al-Hijrah: D.C.’s Own Terror Factory

by Patrick Poole

For his congressional hearings on Islamic radicalization, Rep. Peter King doesn’t need to look far for examples.

Talking to Rumsfeld

by Glenn Reynolds

Donald Rumsfeld analyzes the challenges we face and the future of our military.

This Week in Anti-Semitic Rants

by Zombie

From John Galliano to Charlie Sheen to Louis Farrakhan and more, Zombie brings you up to speed with the worst of this week’s two-minute hate.

A Formal Apology

by Ed Driscoll

Shariah group “calls for Burkha on Statue of Liberty?” What hath Pajamas wrought?!

Drill We Must — and Right on Dry Land

by Roger L Simon

Middle East madness makes energy a winning issue for the Republicans.

What to Expect from iPad 2

by Stephen Green

An evolutionary improvement, not a revolution.

Public Sector Unions: Not as Advertised

by Howard Nemerov

Some public employee unions have a hidden agenda: promoting gun control.

‘Popular Uprising’ Does Not Imply Democratic Republic

by Nicole Brackman and Asaf Romirowsky

Government directed by the will of the people is only one ingredient of a true democracy.

Outside Job: Using the Oscars to Legitimize a Political Theory

by Zombie

Berkley’s equivalent of the “Thousand Yard Stare,” Inside Job’s inside job, and a look back at the root causes of the Financial Meltdown of 2008.

Obama’s Job-Killing Economy: The Continuing Saga

by Tom Blumer

Six quarters of tepid growth and a net loss in jobs, but nothing really changes.

What’s So New About Liberal Ideas?

by Frank J. Fleming

American leftists are a bunch of reactionaries who defend the status quo and get angry at actual change.

Congressman King: Subpoena the Assembly of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA)

by Andrew Bostom and Al-Mutarjim

Congressman Peter King is holding hearings to discuss radicalization of Muslims within America. The country would be well-educated on the matter should he choose to enter the AMJA’s writings and fatwas into the record.

J Street Day 3: The Dennis Ross Speech, the J Street Response, and My Final Thoughts about J Street

by Ron Radosh

This just in: J Street finds the Obama State Department too pro-Israel. On the other hand, since the organization is to the left of the administration, it allows the Obama team to depict themselves as in the center, and as friends of Israel.

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