TODAY IN POLITICS: White House to Brief on Rising Energy Prices, # GOP’s 2012 playbook: Cuts blaze trail, # Warning: Double-dip recession on horizon, # Growing number of waivers a rallying cry for healthcare repeal
U.S. oil reserves to remain untouched
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As the possibility of a $4 a gallon price tag looms, Congress and President Obama are preparing separate strategies on energy legislation. Today, the President is set to talk to reporters about rising energy prices along with his legislative plans to moderate prices by increasing supply.
Yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced a Republican plan to take up energy legislation in the next several months. The measure would expand domestic energy production by opening up oil drilling in Alaska and the Gulf. More »
Updated 2 hr., 53 min. ago
House Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) is likely to lead the push to dissect the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed budget for 2012 in today’s hearing with FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.
Republicans, looking to cut federal spending, have already proposed $400 million in cuts to this year’s budget and have signaled they’d like more for next year. More »
- House Hearing with FDA Cmsnr. Hamburg: on c‑span.org at 10am ET
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U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro is scheduled to testify today on the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) FY 2012 budget request before the House Appropriations Legislative Branch Subcommittee.
Referred to as the ‘congressional watchdog,’ the GAO is charged with investigating how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars. The office released two reports this month detailing the fiscal challenges facing the nation and highlights wasteful programs with governmental agencies. More »
- House Appropriations Hearing: c‑span.org at 10am ET
Updated 2 hr., 55 min. ago
The Libyan opposition appeared to make political gains even as it suffered a military defeat on Thursday.
Appearing before a House Appropriations Subcommittee, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signaled that the U.S. would soon deal directly with Libyan rebels. Clinton said she will meet with Libyan opposition leaders during her trip to France, Tunisia and Egypt next week.
However, she appeared to downplay a U.S. role in maintaining “no-fly” zones over Libya. “Absent international authorization, the United States acting alone would be stepping into a situation whose consequences are unforeseeable,” she told the committee. More »
By DARREN GOODE | 3/11/11 8:54 AM
How will he address fears about rising oil prices?
By JONATHAN MARTIN | 3/11/11 6:54 AM
By RICHARD E. COHEN | 3/11/11 6:52 AM
They plan a debate that could easily last the year.
By DAVID ROGERS | 3/11/11 6:53 AM
There is an effort on both sides to win quick enactment of a three-week stopgap spending bill.
The organization serves as a punching bag for many.
By MIKE ALLEN | 3/11/11 7:51 AM
Debate between speech, interview, roundtable.
By ANDY BARR | 3/11/11 7:57 AM
By JONATHAN MARTIN | 3/10/11 11:39 PM
The chairman discusses efforts to rebuild the RNC, the primary calendar and the debate schedule.
By KENDRA MARR | 3/11/11 8:04 AM
He says the White House should stop worrying about winning a popularity contest around the world.
By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 3/11/11 12:03 AM
The Indiana governor wants to debate fiscal issues, not social ones, despite GOP jabs.
By ABBY PHILLIP | 3/11/11 4:44 AM
Obama signs a stopgap budget measure that preserves proposed cuts to Teach for America.
By JONATHAN ALLEN | 3/11/11 7:24 AM
By SHIRA TOEPLITZ | 3/10/11 6:10 PM
Kerry, McCain and Lieberman call for funds.
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 3/11/11 5:51 AM
Clapper’s testimony sets off range of reactions.
By KEN BRILL | 3/11/11 4:46 AM
Opinion: Keeping nuclear material from terrorists requires continued funding of NNSA’s programs.
By DARREN GOODE | 3/11/11 8:22 AM
Microsoft’s new interactive technology would help industry workers communicate, the CEO says.
By DARIUS DIXON | 3/10/11 6:13 PM
By MEREDITH SHINER | 3/11/11 8:43 AM
The bill would eliminate a refinancing initiative for those who are upside down on their mortgages.
By REP. ED MARKEY & REP. LOUISE M. SLAUGHTER | 3/11/11 8:48 AM
Opinion: The high levels of triclosan found in “antibacterial” soap raise health risks.
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 3/11/11 5:54 AM
Assembly approves legislation restricting collective bargaining rights for most public sector unions.
He tells the president that the U.S. shouldn’t be trying to win a worldwide popularity contest.
The president calls a morning news conference to talk about “rising energy prices among other issues.”
What’s the more effective strategy for Republicans in 2012? Join the debate.
by Ed Driscoll
The Richter scale rating of the earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan continues to be revised upward, from 7.9 to the current rating of 8.9, with numerous reports of aftershocks, and fires, being reported. At the Belmont Club, Richard Fernandez has several videos of the tsunami that’s struck Japan as well.
by Ed Driscoll
In the 19th century, Marx, Nietzsche, and other “progressives” attempted to hit the CTL-ALT-DLT buttons and reboot western civilization. What could go wrong? Ed counts the ways — and the bodies — in his newest video.
by The Tatler
While Libya has been dominating the headlines recently, Egypt remains highly volatile, as a number of vignettes provided by the Tatler’s anonymous source highlight.
Obama’s Attempt to Europeanize America – Dan Hannan, Wall St. Journal
We Can’t Afford Dramatic, Ideological Cuts – Sens. Feinstein & Boxer, SFC
The Democrats’ Weird Budget Logic – Jonah Goldberg, New York Post
Crisis Is Over, but Where’s the Fix? – Floyd Norris, New York Times
Social Security is Broke – Charles Krauthammer, Orange County Register
Governor Walker’s Coup D’Etat – Robert Reich, Talking Points Memo
Sweet Victory for GOP in Wisconsin – Jim Geraghty, National Review
Circus Investigates Muslim Extremism – David Paul Kuhn, RealClearPolitics
Peter King’s Theatrical Hearing – Eugene Robinson, Indianapolis Star
Keith Ellison’s Weepy Tale is Bogus – Matthew Shaffer, National Review
A No-Fly Zone Needed for Libya – Sen. John Kerry, Washington Post
Jerry Brown’s Prophesy of Fiscal Armageddon – George Skelton, LA Times
California’s Demographic Dilemma: Class vs Culture – Joel Kotkin, Forbes
Something Old, Something Newt – Michael Crowley, Time
Gingrich Gets His Patriotism On – John Kass, Chicago Tribune
Democrats, “Investments” and the Debt – Jacob Sullum, Chicago Sun-Times
Election 2012: Indiana First Lady Cheri Daniels Raises Her Profile
Wisconsin’s Walker Has His PATCO Moment – Investor’s Business Daily
It’s Not Over in Wisconsin – New York Times
Obama Plays the Medi-Scare Card Against GOP – Washington Examiner
Afghanistan Drags On – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Tatler has an exclusive look at Ellison’s controversial 1989 article defending the Nation of Islam’s leaders.
by David Solway
The posting of articles and columns elaborating a conservative point of view isn’t just preaching to the choir, it’s also the opportunity to slowly win hearts and minds.
|Jason Millman - 03/11/11 06:00 AM ET|
The 1,000-plus waivers granted by the Obama administration to a portion of the reform law have become a political liability.…
Michael O’Brien - 03/11/11 07:17 AM ET
Even Republicans are less pleased: Twenty percent in a new Gallup survey approve, down from 23 percent last month.…
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Senate Republicans are trying to recruit MSNBC host Joe Scarborough to run against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in 2012.…
Shane D’Aprile - 03/11/11 06:17 AM ET
President Obama and Sen. Sherrod Brown’s reelection efforts could be affected by a GOP-backed bill to limit union rights.…
Christina Wilkie - 03/11/11 06:34 AM ET
A team of members and their staff fell to a squad of lobbyists 5-3 in Thursday’s Congressional Hockey Challenge.…
Erik Wasson and Molly K. Hooper - 03/10/11 09:06 PM ET
House Republicans will release a three-week CR to keep the government operating that would cut another $6 billion in spending. …
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Jordy Yager - 03/10/11 08:43 PM ET
Tempers flared and tears flowed at a tense hearing on the radicalization of the American Muslim community.…
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Peter Schroeder - 03/10/11 08:22 PM ET
The SEC chairwoman warned lawmakers that current funding is making it difficult for the agency to fulfill its responsibilities.…
Kevin Bogardus - 03/10/11 08:18 PM ET
The senior members of the Senate Finance Committee wants to move forward on trade deals with Colombia and Panama.…
03/11/11 06:48 AM ET
The 8.9-magnitude quake triggered a tsunami in Japan; the whole Pacific and the U.S. west coast are under tsunami warnings.…
03/11/11 06:15 AM ET
The former Alaska governor urged Republicans to be “bold and strong” and have “steel spines” in the budget debate.…
03/10/11 08:58 PM ET
Senate Democrats gave White House advisers an earful, telling them Obama needs to get more involved in the budget battle.…
John T. Bennett
03/11/11 06:07 AM ET
Officials say the money is needed for cutting-edge research that could help protect the department from cybersecurity breaches.…
Related Story: Pentagon told steep budget cuts are inevitable
03/10/11 07:32 PM ET
His press conference follows a day where the GOP leadership ramped up attacks on the administration’s energy policies.…
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03/10/11 08:22 PM ET
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. wants to make the latest technology available to all students through a constitutional amendment.…
Keith Laing and Jordy Yager
03/10/11 06:51 PM ET
She will be at the Kennedy Space Center April 19 to watch her husband’s liftoff if her health allows.…
The evidence James O’Keefe has provided of how open to penetration are key elements of our society should provide fresh encouragement to identify and root out the shariah-adherent “extremists” in the Muslim American community.
The government flouts the Fourth Amendment in the name of security.
As well they should, Nation Public Radio is backing and shuffling fast to cover the public humiliation of the promulgation of a video showing NPR execs playing funding footsie with two putative donors masquerading as representatives of a Muslim Brotherhood front group.
by Soeren Kern
The days of Europe’s highly vaunted cradle-to-grave social welfare state are numbered.
by Ryan Mauro
While President Obama stays in the background, European leaders have moved to the forefront of efforts to protect the West from Islamic extremism.
Behold: the structure of redundancy, stupidity, and unconstitutional power the 100-year fog of leftism has created.
In a translation exclusive to PJM, the Commander of the Basij forces — Brigadier General Mohammad-Reza Naghdi — makes a stunning admission and a remarkable threat.
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.”)
We don’t lament the fact that some people in American history had to be rude, recalcitrant, or peacefully disruptive to make their points.
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.
by Ed Driscoll
Charting the Great Celebrity Implosion of the 21st century.
Michael Totten gets the opinions of Rick Francona — one of our preeminent intelligence analysts — on his specialties: North Africa, the Levant, and the Gulf.
Obama defers to the tyrants and the UN, and the world is more dangerous because of it.
by Dan Miller
The tortured logic of Judge Kessler. (UPDATE: “Judge Vinson’s Ruling on the Federal Government’s Motion for ‘Clarification.’” )
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.
HONOLULU – Tsunami waves spawned by a massive earthquake in Japan have hit Hawaii.
A military readiness watchdog says a Pentagon commission’s recommendation that the military allow women to serve in direct frontline combat units has “little or nothing to do with military reality.”
A homosexual activist in England says forcing someone to accept the homosexual lifestyle against their religious beliefs is “a new tyranny.”
Supporters for abstinence-based education are applauding a new report that sexual activity among teens is decreasing.
As if you needed it, here’s another reason to be concerned about $4 and $5 per gallon gas prices.
Speaking recently before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lauded the pro-Arab network Al-Jazeera while criticizing U.S. broadcasters.
What do Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama have in common? None of them understands the true nature of Islam.
The Tea Party Express has issued a strong response to the recent comments made by an executive of National Public Radio.
Seton Motley says the government would only get in the way of service providers in the event of an Internet cyber-attack.
Members of a U.S. House subcommittee have heard testimony from students and parents urging them to reauthorize the school voucher program in the nation’s capital.
It’s not easy separating fact from fiction when it comes to claims that Wisconsin has higher test scores because of collective bargaining.
A school district in Pennsylvania is being sued for stopping a fifth-grader from handing out flyers that invited fellow students to a Christmas party at her church.
In response to a nationwide scam involving 33 churches, California’s attorney general filed a lawsuit requesting restitution to be made to the defrauded institutions.
A 13-year-old California girl who went missing for several days was found by authorities who say she was running from home to avoid an arranged marriage in Pakistan.
Democrats around the U.S. continue to demonize any efforts to dig out from beneath the albatross around the nation’s neck — dependence on foreign oil.
The newest installment of the Chronicles of Narnia series is receiving good reviews from Christian audiences since its theatrical opening in December. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the third C.S. Lewis book to hit the big screen.
A former star of the ’80s TV hit Dukes of Hazard has landed the lead male role in a new film titled Doonby. While the movie isn’t dubbed as a “faith-based film,” many of the cast members are professed Christians.
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.
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.
by Ron Radosh
They are not useful idiots — but simply idiots.
Today’s shooting in Germany left two U.S. Air Force airmen dead and two others wounded. (UPDATE: “Thoughts on the Frankfurt attack.”)
Free speech, diversity, and the consequences of challenging The Narrative at the famous New York school of art.
Your loyal PalinTracker boils down six weeks of coverage and thousands of headlines.
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.
Cozy with dictators and critical of the U.S., will they change their tune now?
by Kim Zigfeld
His earthly power faltering, Putin turns to the church.
In Libya now, just as in Egypt one month ago, protesters are using the Star of David as a symbol of hatred and contempt.
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 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.
When was the last time that a Republican lost because he was too young and vibrant?
Their new website just tells servicemembers to go call the Pentagon if they didn’t get their 2010 election ballots on time.
by Ryan Mauro
The director of national intelligence doesn’t seem to understand that when an American official speaks, he’s talking to the world.
What sounds like wisdom can sometimes be revealed as nonsense.
The other shoe drops. Also read up on the ethics of sting journalism at the Tatler.
In Wisconsin, unintended consequences could yield a new law.
Who is Barack Obama to come out against bullying? His entire career is based on bullying.
The Livingston Group and the Monitor Group tried to sell the dictator and his son Saif to Washington and Europe as “human rights reformers.”
Dodd was hired because he fits the Hollywood mold of being self-righteous, contemptuous, and devoted to emotion and illusion rather than logic and reality.
by Ron Radosh
Rep. King (R-NY) is unrepentant over his earlier pro-IRA statements. But they put him in a somewhat difficult position to attack radical Islam and today’s terrorism, as his detractors in the MSM realize.
The case for intervening to topple Libya’s dictator.
by Jack Dunphy
There is no carnival so vulgar that it cannot be made more so by the presence of Jesse Jackson, who told ABC News that he found the spirit of the assembled protesters in Madison “infectuous.”
Because they are the radicalization problem. (Patrick Poole will be covering Thursday’s hearings live on PJTV. And don’t miss this PJTV FLASHBACK: “Roger Simon calls for congressional hearing on censorship of Islamic terminology”)
The terrorists have tapped into their extensive network of sympathizers to glean intelligence from the leaked cables.
Arid Uka said he was motivated by a YouTube video of American soldiers raping a girl in Afghanistan. The likeliest source of such a clip is the De Palma feature. Also read about the NBA owner who financed the film at the Tatler.
The president’s policy won’t create more energy — or more jobs.
The respectable left plays a dangerous game.
Every International Women’s Day, Iranian women bravely march for equality under threat of persecution. UPDATE: Also read Meltdown in Tahrir Square at the Tatler.
by Rand Simberg
The failure of two NASA satellites built to study climate change raises the unlikely — but still possible — specter of sabotage.
by Bruce Bawer
All of Obama’s deep thinking is ultimately bogus. Just consider his constantly “evolving” stance on gay marriage.
The factories are gone, and with them, the unions: the Midwest may be seeing a huge swing away from the Democrats.
Under liberal rule, it’s corrupt, cushy, and ripe for competition.
The sensitivity police arrest our calendar.
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.
When “unfounded remarks” turn out to be remarkably well-sourced.
by Myra Adams
Obama’s shortcomings dwarf those of the Republican hopefuls.
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.
Mitch Daniels and Kathleen Sebelius will entertain journalists and the president on Saturday night.
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The DCCC and DSCC are raising money from lobbyists sidelined by Obama’s ban.
By BEN SMITH | 3/11/11 7:54 AM
Her camp confirms the apparent ethics violation.
By MIKE ZAPLER | 3/11/11 8:33 AM
He says a partisan attitude will be hard to defend.
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 3/11/11 8:37 AM
Independents are more displeased than either Dems or Republicans, the survey suggests.
By MIKE ZAPLER | 3/10/11 7:52 PM
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 3/11/11 7:39 AM
Balancing the budget isn’t as easy as “cutting waste, fraud, abuse, foreign aid and NPR,” he says.
By BROOKS BOLIEK | 3/10/11 7:56 PM
The California Republican and the FCC chairman spar in letters released by the commission.
By KEACH HAGEY | 3/11/11 7:03 AM
She calls his column a “misinformed attack.”
By REP. LAMAR SMITH & SEN. CHUCK GRASSLEY | 3/11/11 6:30 AM
Opinion: We must establish a system that holds attorneys accountable for frivolous claims.
By MIKE ZAPLER | 3/11/11 8:35 AM
Economists say such a move would mostly benefit big corporations and their shareholders.
By KATE NOCERA | 3/11/11 5:56 AM
Don Berwick says rules for “fabled” accountable care organizations will be rolled out soon.
By MOLLY BALL | 3/11/11 5:12 AM
Dean Heller’s candidacy for Senate in Nevada is very likely.
By ROBERT BOROSAGE | 3/11/11 6:00 AM
Opinion: The major cause of the current deficits is the recession, not a spending spree
By PATRICK GAVIN | 3/10/11 5:42 PM
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Opinion: Passing a law based on conservative principles helps GOP reclaim the immigration issue.
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