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Sometimes news moves too fast for our own good

Posted by  ▪  July 22, 2011
The Norwegian car bombing and almost simultaneous shooting had all the hallmarks of an al-Qaeda operation.  As the first reports emerged, I suggested a wait and see approach. With the initial claim of responsibility from a known al-Qaeda group, the narrative seemed set and not particularly surprising; this looked like the London bombings. …
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So where is this heading?

Posted by  ▪  July 22, 2011
John Boehner has given up, for now, trying to negotiate a debt deal with Obama because Obama is insisting on a tax increase as part of any deal: “In the end, we couldn’t connect. Not because of different personalities, but because of different visions for our country,” Boehner said in a letter…
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Norway – The Warning Signs Were There

Posted by  ▪  July 22, 2011
Consider me a fan of Norway.  I traveled there extensively in my youth, and still have friends there.  It is a beautiful country, with a traditionally pro-American foreign policy.  It saddens me to see Norway have its version of the London bus bombings. Former congressional candidate and nanoscientist Mike Stopa notes that…
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The “Unusually Good Bill Clinton” has a town hall

Posted by  ▪  July 22, 2011
Please do not pull out your hair when you watch this video, via The Boston Herald. As I have said before, this guy is an unusually good Bill Clinton. The debt has increased dramatically on his watch and that is a threat to our credit rating regardless of the debt…
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Senate Dems kill Cut, Cap & Balance Bill – leave nation with no plan // Update: Reid tells Senate to take weekend off

Posted by  ▪  July 22, 2011
The Senate, on a motion to table brought by Harry Reid, just killed the Cut, Cap & Balance Bill passed in the House without any floor debate. Unlike a motion for cloture, which would have required a day of floor debate, Harry Reid managed to kill the bill without any television clips…
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Breaking: Senate Tables Cut, Cap, and Balance

Posted by  ▪  July 22, 2011
In an unsurprisingly dirty trick to avoid the optics of making his Democratic caucus vote to filibuster a bill supported by two thirds of Americans and that includes a balanced budget amendment they previously supported, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called a vote this morning to simply table the House plan to…
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Oslo Explosion / Update: Shooting Also

Posted by  ▪  July 22, 2011
Several readers have e-mailed me with links to the explosion in downtown Oslo, Norway, outside the Prime Minister’s office. The explosion has all the indications of a car bomb, but reports are too preliminary to say. Rather than speculating, I’ll wait until more is known. If it is a terrorist attack tied to…
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Phone Hacking For Me But Not For Thee

Posted by  ▪  July 22, 2011
Mickey Kaus is tearing into Carl Bernstein for his hypocritical comments on the News of the World hacking scandal, noting that Bernstein used the 1970′s equivalent of phone hacking to crack the Watergate scandal, using connections at the phone company to access phone private records, as well as obtaining private credit…
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Bruce Sundlun, R.I.P.

Posted by  ▪  July 22, 2011
Former Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun has died at age 91.  Sundlun was a dominant figure in Rhode Island politics, and a true Rhode Island character.  A WWII veteran who was shot down behind enemy lines in Europe, and who joined the Belgian resistence before working his way back to Allied lines…
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Harry Reid: Those negotiations will fail, that debt deal will be lost

Posted by  ▪  July 22, 2011
When word spread via leaks to The NY Times and others that there was the possibility of a debt deal being worked out between Obama and Boehner in which budget cuts would be frontloaded with no new taxes on “the rich,” Democrats in the Senate rushed to scuttle any deal, led by Harry Reid.  As…
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San Francisco civility

Posted by  ▪  July 22, 2011
From my recent trip:
 

Thanks, I needed this

Posted by  ▪  July 21, 2011
Thanks to new commenter something for the link to this cartoon.  Pretty much sums up my life at this critical juncture in the history of the Republic.
 

Spenditol

Posted by  ▪  July 21, 2011
Just saw this ad running on Fox News, from Spenditol.com:
 

Get ready for the Union Battle of Ohio 2011

Posted by  ▪  July 21, 2011
Unions have collected enough signatures for a statewide referendum on election day 2011 seeking to roll back Ohio’s collective bargaining reform bill. As reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer: The fate of Senate Bill 5, Ohio’s new collective bargaining law, will be in the hands of Ohio voters on Nov. 8, the state’s…
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Widener Law Prof. Lawrence Connell Wins Dismissal Case

Posted by  ▪  July 21, 2011
I have written several times about the ordeal of Widener Law Professor Lawrence Connell, who was given notice of dismissal after he used a hypothetical example in his criminal law class of the Widener Dean Linda Ammons being attacked, and a small number of students alleged that Connell made racist and/or sexist statements…
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Countdown to the debt deal

Posted by  ▪  July 21, 2011
Speculation abounds, from The NY Times on down (or is it, on up?): The Obama administration has informed Democratic Congressional leaders that President Obama and Speaker John A. Boehner were starting to close in on a major budget deal that would enact substantial spending cuts and seek future revenues through a tax…
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MSNBC engages in self-parody, hires Al Sharpton for 6 p.m. slot

Posted by  ▪  July 21, 2011
Unbelievable.  By any standard. MSNBC to hire Al Sharpton for 6 p.m. slot, according to The NY Times: Mr. Sharpton’s imminent hiring, which was acknowledged by three people at the channel on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been signed, is significant in part because MSNBC and other news channels have…
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