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The Obama Morning News || August 23, 2011

by Keith Koffler on August 23, 2011, 8:10 am

The Obama administration is urging rebels to prevent the looting and revenge attacks that swept Baghdad after Hussein was overthrown, and to safeguard arms depots to keep weaponry secure from terrorists. The debate has begun in political circles about whether the crumbling of the Qaddafi regime was a victory for President Obama.

POLITICO’s Ben Smith says the Libya result is a victory for Obama’s “leading from behind” strategy. Republicans are keeping quiet on whether they think the operation was a success. But the website also notes that Obama has never fully embraced the role of a president at war.

Plans by agencies to cut red tape will save billions, the administration claims.

Conservatives’ longing for a presidential candidate of ideas has been endless, intense and unrequited.

A book by the Rick Perry casts doubt on the constitutionality of Social Security, the minimum wage and bans on child labor.

Jon Huntsman has not only broken the civility pledge by harshly criticizing his fellow Republicans, but he has also highlighted his moderate views. But Huntsman says he’d be open for a run as vice president if Michele Bachmann wins nomination.

Ron Paul raked in $1.8 million over the weekend. Sarah Palin is unlikely to announce her candidacy at a Sept. 3 Iowa event,

And dozens of environmental protestors have been arrested in front of the White House since the weekend.

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Car In August 23, 2011 at 8:16 am

What’s on tap for Obama today? More golf I hope. My husband is going to let a few employees go today.

Good times.

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Car In August 23, 2011 at 8:23 am

Of course, this needs to be amended:

Soon to be proposed plans by agencies to cut red tape will save billions, the administration claims.

Cass Sunstein was so proud of his work. The only one that appeared “done” was that defense contractors will be paid quicker. Everything else was “set to announce” or plan to propose.

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Mike Lester August 23, 2011 at 8:36 am

Just saw this; you can file under “Boring But Important”:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/61851.html#comments

Fairness Doctrine Dead: Women, Children, Tawana Sharpton Hardest Hit

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Granny Jan August 23, 2011 at 8:37 am

At least Perry didn’t need a marxist, domestic terrorist to ghostwrite his book.
Which is more alarming?

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Susan August 23, 2011 at 9:30 am

That is true. You would think the MSM would use this opportunity to do a little of the digging they failed to do back in 2008. Instead they are focusing all the attention on every move the Republican candidates make, without even a mention about the inconsistencies in the background story of the liar in chief.

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Star August 23, 2011 at 11:26 am

Yeah–the AZ Republic is on its second Richard Cohen hit piece on Perry–and the so-called cartoonist hates Perry almost as much as the Republican females he loves to depict as wild-eyed, raddled hags.

Huntsy move coming out swinging? He seemed so bland and prissy, not to mention his bromance with The One in that swoony letter.

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srdem65 August 23, 2011 at 8:54 am

It seems that the pundits at WSJ, the WeeklyStandard, Politico, et al, didn’t get the memo the voters posted at the polls last year; we don’t want no stinkin elite, pompous, better-than-thee, go-along candidates like the ones currently in power. We know the candidates have flaws, have mis-spoken, made political and even personal mistakes and we’re forgiving if their intent was to bring their part of America into a better place.

The MSM can just quit with the insulting, and sometimes untrue, slams on the candidates now. GovPerry did this, CongBachmann said that, MrsPalin whatever and we’re just sick of it all.
The ongoing theme that is repeated everywhere is “anybody but Obama” and we mean it. Anybody.

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Granny Jan August 23, 2011 at 10:21 am

So true, you can add Commentary to that list and sometimes even Hot Air. I like all those places especially the WSJ but they are inside the beltway. They were all pushing for Ryan whom I like and they will probably now taut Christie whom I don’t like that much. I could live with any candidate except the Rino from Utah. I live in MA and Romney isn’t as bad as some say. It is MA after all. The legislature is in 95% Democratic hands. Taxes were lowered. No candidate is perfect.We need a winner.

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Keith Koffler August 23, 2011 at 10:43 am

Interesting Janice, and I second all those publications.

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William August 23, 2011 at 9:16 am

Word out of Libya right now is casting doubt on the reports of Qaddafi’s fall. The son who was supposedly captured showed up and taunted the rebels, fighting has lessened but spread over a wider area, and the bombing raids are going to become far more difficult in urban terrain. When word came out that Qaddafi’s regime had fallen I got excited and forgot one of the principles of assessing wartime information: initial reports are often wrong, so give them time to develop. If we’re jumping around with excitement over victory, and then it turns out that Qaddafi’s forces were merely reorganizing for a counter attack that breaks the rebels’ advance, what do we look like then?

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ol' gator August 23, 2011 at 9:31 am

I wonder whats worse for Lybia: a maniacal pompous killer or a maniacal religious group of islamic killers? and this is obozo’s victory?
Is there anything to show this will not be a repeat of what is happening
in Egypt ?
barry is a” lost ball in the high weeds” !

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William August 23, 2011 at 9:53 am

Neither is a “good” solution for Libya, so we have to think about what’s worse for America. For America, it’s worse if we declare the faction we backed as winners only to have them lose a few days later. It’s probably calous to think in those terms, but that’s what we’re left with because of this scattershot foreign policy.

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srdem65 August 23, 2011 at 9:54 am

Agreed.
What makes this Libyan civil war worse than the Egyptian conflict is that now the Libyan men are armed with modern weapons and not likely to give them up. All that will be accomplished is the change of faces in the governing body and the tyranny will continue.

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Star August 23, 2011 at 11:30 am

If you lead from behind, do you take credit from behind should this pan out…meaning not go as far south as it could? Will he say something like–well, shucks, it was really our allies, good work, guys?

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Keith Koffler August 23, 2011 at 10:45 am

That would be really something if the president called it game over and then it wasn’t.

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Star August 23, 2011 at 11:31 am

Yeah–stay tuned…

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Anonna August 23, 2011 at 9:50 am

“Plans by agencies to cut red tape will save billions, the administration claims.”

This would mean loss of gov’t jobs, less red tape means fewer people to handle tasks, fewer to review actions, fewer to implement decisions. Does anyone really think bureaucracy will put itself on a diet? This is a re-election ploy.

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Susan August 23, 2011 at 10:03 am

Drudge is carrying a story about the Obama debt.
“Obama sets record:
$4,247,000,000,000 debt in just 945 days…”
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2011/08/obama-national-debt.html

We are in deep trouble with this man. Knew he was a leftist, but thought he would moderate like Clinton. I don’t see how we can possibly dig ourselves out from under this mountain of debt.

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William August 23, 2011 at 10:44 am

And that picture of him eating the thing his wife tells us we shouldn’t right above the doom and gloom is perfect.

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Just2old August 23, 2011 at 11:12 am
Keith Koffler August 23, 2011 at 11:29 am

Thanks J2O – good piece.

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Star August 23, 2011 at 11:34 am

Was hoping I could get more depressed…

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Susan August 23, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Good article, but the writer attributed part of the blame for our debt to tax cuts, like most believers in Keynesian economics tend to do. That money wasn’t ever supposed to belong to the government; it belongs to the individuals who earned it.

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Granny Jan August 23, 2011 at 10:36 am

This is from my local Springfield, MA newspaper. It’s funny but that probably wasn’t their intention.The weather forcast on Martha’s Vineyard:
http://www.masslive.com/weather/index.ssf/2011/08/sunny_warm_and_pleasant_on_tue.html

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srdem65 August 23, 2011 at 11:09 am

No wonder he doesn’t want any photos of his golfing. I’m no golf expert, but that stance just doesn’t look right.

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Mark September 27, 2011 at 11:46 am

There are a large number of governmental agencies which are run by presidential appointees. These appointees must be approved of by congress. What happens when the Congress and the President are all on the same party line is that the vast bureaucratic ship of state turns towards a direction that looks a lot like a centralization of power and a primary dominion. These are things which the founders of America sought to avoid.
http://msmignoresit.blogspot.com/2011/09/appointed-bureaucracy.html

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