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

March 11, 2011


House to Brief on Rising Energy Prices

U.S. oil reserves to remain untouched

Updated 35 min. ago

Associate Press/ Peter Haley 

Associate Press/ Peter Haley


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 »

  • House Inspects Food and Drug Safety Budget

    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‑ at 10am ET
  • 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‑ at 10am ET

U.S. to Meet with Libyan Rebel Leaders

Updated 2 hr., 55 min. ago

Libyan rebels on the outskirts of the eastern town of Ras Lanouf. 

Libyan rebels on the outskirts of the eastern town of Ras Lanouf.

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 »

GOP’s 2012 playbook: Cuts blaze trail

By JIM VANDEHEI & MIKE ALLEN | 03/11/11 7:19 AM
From left: Mitch Daniels, Paul Ryan, Chris Christie, Haley Barbour and Scott Walker are pictured in this composite. | AP Photos


Massive Earthquake Off Japan’s Coast; Magnitude 8.9

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.

Silicon Graffiti: ‘Starting from Zero’

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.

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Of Sandmonkey, Peter King, Mao and my Islamophobia

by Roger L Simon

A second letter to Salim Mansur. (Click here, here, here, and here, for Roger and Salim’s earlier correspondence.)

The latest from a Source inside the Egyptian Demonstrations

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.

The Republican Party’s Bizarro Economics – Bob Shrum, The Week
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

Rep. Keith Ellison wrote that the Constitution is evidence of a racist conspiracy

by Bryan Preston

The Tatler has an exclusive look at Ellison’s controversial 1989 article defending the Nation of Islam’s leaders.

Preaching to the Choir

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.

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Growing number of waivers a rallying cry for healthcare repeal

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.…
Congress’s approval slips to 18 percent

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.…
GOP woos ‘Morning Joe’ for Fla. Senate

Bob Cusack - 03/10/11 08:50 PM ET

Senate Republicans are trying to recruit MSNBC host Joe Scarborough to run against Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in 2012.…
Ohio bill on collective bargaining could affect Senate, White House campaigns

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.…
Lawmakers fall to lobbyists on ice

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.…
GOP lines up $6 billion more in cuts

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. …

Related Story: Senate Dems wave off defections

Tears, fears at hearing on Muslims

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.…

Related Story: King defends Muslim hearings

SEC presses Congress for budget boost

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.…
Senators raise pressure on trade deals

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.…
Obama: US ‘stands ready’ to assist Japan after huge earthquake

Erika Niedowski

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.…
Palin: ‘We need much greater cuts’ than in GOP spending plan

Jordan Fabian

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.…
Democrats demand Obama’s budget help

Alexander Bolton

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.…
Pentagon seeks $500M to beat cyber threats

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

Obama to address energy prices in Friday news conference

Ben Geman

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.…

Related Story: GOP takes aim at pump prices

Congressman stands by his proposal: An iPad for every student

Josiah Ryan

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.…
Giffords plans to attend Endeavor launch

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.…

NPRgate and the King Hearings

by Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.

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.

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DHS Conducts ‘Drive-by’ Surveillance. What’s Next?

by Annie Jacobsen

The government flouts the Fourth Amendment in the name of security.

The Protocols of the Elders of NPR

by Roger L Simon

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.

Europe’s Ticking Demographic Time Bomb

by Soeren Kern

The days of Europe’s highly vaunted cradle-to-grave social welfare state are numbered.

Europe Takes the Lead in Defending Freedom and Western Values

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.

What We’re Talking About When We Talk About Big Government

by David Steinberg

Behold: the structure of redundancy, stupidity, and unconstitutional power the 100-year fog of leftism has created.

BREAKING: Iran Official Admits Aiding Hezbollah, Says Middle East Oil Will Be Cut Off To West

by ‘Reza Kahlili’

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.

‘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.

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.

BREAKING NEWS:Tsunami waves slam Hawaii as storm sweeps islands


HONOLULU – Tsunami waves spawned by a massive earthquake in Japan have hit Hawaii.


Recommendation: Women should be in ground combat


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.”

Homosexual activist: ‘Imposed morality’ a bad idea


A homosexual activist in England says forcing someone to accept the homosexual lifestyle against their religious beliefs is “a new tyranny.”

Sexual abstinence — numbers up, but funding down


Supporters for abstinence-based education are applauding a new report that sexual activity among teens is decreasing.

Warning: Double-dip recession on horizon


As if you needed it, here’s another reason to be concerned about $4 and $5 per gallon gas prices.

Hillary an Al-Jazeera fan


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.

‘Radicalization’ hearings under way


poll vote button 2video icon button“The only religious group right now in the world engaged in international, coordinated efforts to kill civilians is Islam,” says ACLJ attorney Jordan Sekulow. “And if it is something that Muslims think they can take care of, then show up at the hearings.”

The Playboy, the Cowboy, and the Wonder Boy


Michael Youseff smallWhat do Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama have in common? None of them understands the true nature of Islam.

Tea partier fires back


The Tea Party Express has issued a strong response to the recent comments made by an executive of National Public Radio.

‘Kill switch’ discussion rambles on


Seton Motley says the government would only get in the way of service providers in the event of an Internet cyber-attack.

DC parents plead for voucher program


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.

Wisconsin unions’ education claims corrected


It’s not easy separating fact from fiction when it comes to claims that Wisconsin has higher test scores because of collective bargaining.

Another legal clash over students’ rights


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.

Tech companies defraud churches, face legal action


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.

Teen: I was running from arranged marriage


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.

Torpedoing energy independence


James Lambert smallDemocrats 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.

‘Dawn Treader’ coming to DVD


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.

New film ‘Doonby’ has high hopes


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.

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.

Paul Ryan Tops the 2012 Tea Party Presidential Poll

by Jeffrey H. Anderson

When was the last time that a Republican lost because he was too young and vibrant?

DOJ Tells U.S. Soldiers: Go Bother Someone Else!

by J. Christian Adams

Their new website just tells servicemembers to go call the Pentagon if they didn’t get their 2010 election ballots on time.

Clapper’s Last Strike: Telling the Libyan Rebels They’ll Lose

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.

A Barrage of False Ideas

by Herbert London

What sounds like wisdom can sometimes be revealed as nonsense.

Video: NPR Caught Offering to Hide ‘Muslim’ Donation

by Clarice Feldman

The other shoe drops. Also read up on the ethics of sting journalism at the Tatler.

From Progressive Unionism to Progress on Gun Rights?

by Mike McDaniel

In Wisconsin, unintended consequences could yield a new law.

Obama Holds Hypocritical WH Forum on Bullying

by Bryan Preston

Who is Barack Obama to come out against bullying? His entire career is based on bullying.

PJM Exclusive: Two U.S. Lobbyists Paid $5.4M By Libya To Boost Regime’s Image

by Richard Pollock

The Livingston Group and the Monitor Group tried to sell the dictator and his son Saif to Washington and Europe as “human rights reformers.”

Why Was Chris Dodd Chosen to Helm the MPAA?

by James V. DeLong

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.

Peter King, the IRA, and the Hearings on Radical Islam in the U.S.

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.

Losing Libya II

by Richard Perle

The case for intervening to topple Libya’s dictator.

Conservatives Push Back Against ‘Infectuous’ Wisconsin Public Unions

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.”

Why Do Islamic Groups Fear Hearings on Islamic Radicalization?

by Patrick Poole

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”)

Al-Qaeda Already Using Wikileaks Material Against Us

by Brian Fairchild

The terrorists have tapped into their extensive network of sympathizers to glean intelligence from the leaked cables.

Did Clip of Brian De Palma’s Redacted Lead Frankfurt Shooter to Kill?

by John Rosenthal

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.

Why We Need to Drill Here and Drill Now

by Steve Everley

The president’s policy won’t create more energy — or more jobs.

The J Street Conference: Where’s the Outrage?

by P. David Hornik

The respectable left plays a dangerous game.

Every March 8, Iranian Women Stand Against the Regime

by Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi

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.

Eerie Coincidences in Failure of NASA Climate Monitoring Satellites

by Rand Simberg

The failure of two NASA satellites built to study climate change raises the unlikely — but still possible — specter of sabotage.

Obama’s Mind

by Bruce Bawer

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

In Midwest, Former Union Households Adopting Anti-Union Attitudes

by Richard Pollock

The factories are gone, and with them, the unions: the Midwest may be seeing a huge swing away from the Democrats.

Want Education Reform? Start With Higher Ed

by Publius Audax

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

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.

Time for War Against Democrats’ Fiscal Sabotage Limbaugh: It is amazing that the American people would continue to elect Democratic politicians to national office, considering Democrats’ cynical disregard for the federal budget crisis. full story

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