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How To Lose At American Politics
New York Times, by Ross Douthat

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/15/2013 5:04:05 AM

No doubt thanks to my timely intervention in the great $1 trillion coin debate, the Treasury Department explicitly rejected the possibility that the White House would mint a platinum “solution” to the debt ceiling debate this weekend. I put the word “solution” in quotation marks because I’m confident that the coin gambit would have solved exactly none of the problems that its supporters claimed it was designed to address. No matter how many clever arguments exist to justify the maneuver, the politics of coin minting would have been just terrible for the White House —


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The price of dithering
Boston Herald, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/2/2013 11:56:01 AM     Post Reply
There has never been a more inept, indecisive occupant of the White House in this nation’s once proud history. (And yes that even includes the hapless Jimmy Carter.) This nation used to stand for something. Our president was once called — quite seriously, in fact — the Leader of the Free World. Barack Obama has degraded the office and in doing so put this nation and most of the Middle East at risk. On Friday Secretary of State John Kerry outlined in the clearest possible terms the case for an imminent U.S. attack on Syria — more than a week after Bashar al-Assad




UN: 5 Million Displaced Inside Syria
Associated Press, by Albert Aji    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/2/2013 10:04:22 AM     Post Reply
DAMASCUS, Syria -- International aid to Syrians uprooted by civil war is a "drop in the sea" of what is needed, a top U.N. official said Monday, estimating that five million Syrians have been displaced inside the country. In addition, 2 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries, according to U.N. figures. The total, of about 7 million, amounts to nearly one-third of Syria´s population. The funding gaps for the displaced remain wide, with donor countries sending less than one-third the money needed to help those displaced, Tarik Kurdi, the representative of the U.N. refugee agency in Syria, told The Associated Press.

Kerry´s Syria Campaign
Likely to Define His Legacy
Wall Street Journal, by Jay Solomon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/2/2013 10:01:30 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON—U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been on the international stage for nearly four decades. But his campaign against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad likely will define his diplomatic legacy. In a little over two years, the former senator from Massachusetts who took the helm at the State Department in February, has morphed from Washington´s leading advocate for engaging Syria´s 47-year-old dictator to taking much more aggressive steps to unseat him, U.S. and Arab officials say. This aggressive stance has placed Mr. Kerry at the center of Syria policy in successive U.S. administrations, despite President Barack Obama´s tendency to dominate the

Obama blinks
Chicago Tribune, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/2/2013 9:02:53 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama bought himself some time Saturday to drum up support, at home and internationally, for a strike against Syria. He did what he needed to do, at considerable risk to his credibility. The president, in his brief speech to the nation Saturday, said he will seek authorization from Congress to launch an attack on Syrian forces, which used chemical weapons to kill more than 1,400 people. But he also asserted that he is "prepared to give that order" and that he has the authority to act without Congress´ approval. So what if Congress says ... no? What if lawmakers join their

Thoughts on Watching John
Kerry on Fox News Sunday
PJ Media, by Charlie Martin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/2/2013 9:00:57 AM     Post Reply
It took some real talent for Obama to make me feel bad for Kerry. Kerry is a generally reprehensible person, but in this episode he had to: explain why Obama was right to delay the action he clearly called for yesterday lie straight-faced (“a horse walked into a bar…”) to claim that the Cabinet had been consulted before Obama changed tacks, when Chris Wallace was quoting the White House that the Cabinet hadn’t been consulted as well as generally supporting the Presidential power that he and Obama ran against in their campaigns. Just remember, at these prices, we call them escorts.

Syria asks the United
Nations to stop U.S. strike
Reuters, by Oliver Holmes    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/2/2013 8:00:16 AM     Post Reply
Syria has asked the United Nations to prevent "any aggression" against Syria following a call over the weekend by U.S. President Barack Obama for punitive strikes against the Syrian military for last month´s chemical weapons attack. Washington says more than 1,400 people, many of them children, were killed in the world´s worst use of chemical arms since Iraq´s Saddam Hussein gassed thousands of Kurds in 1988. U.S. military action will be put to a vote in Congress, which ends its summer recess on September 9, giving President Bashar al-Assad time to prepare the ground for any assault and try to rally international




On the Verge of Appeasement in Syria
National Journal, by Michael Hirsh    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/2/2013 5:56:45 AM     Post Reply
World War II began 74 years ago Sunday when German troops invaded Poland. The invasion conclusively discredited the concept of "appeasement" as a foreign policy for, well, the next 74 years. But if the U.S. Congress opposes authorization of the military mission to Syria that President Obama has now handed off to it, and Obama uses that as an excuse to back further away from enforcement of his "red line," the "A" word will likely come to dominate the international debate once again. And Barack Obama, who in his first term was known as the vanquisher of Osama bin Laden, could

Egypt´s Morsi ´To
Stand Trial Over Deaths´
Sky News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/2/2013 5:42:36 AM     Post Reply
Egypt´s ousted president Mohamed Morsi will reportedly stand trial on charges of committing and inciting deadly violence. The country´s state news agency said public prosecutor Hesham Barakat had referred Mr Morsi and 14 other members of his Muslim Brotherhood to a Cairo criminal court. He will stand trial accused "of committing acts of violence and inciting the killing and thuggery", the agency reported. It follows deadly street clashes outside the presidential palace in December 2012, involving his supporters and those who opposed his rule. Mr Morsi, who became Egypt´s first democratically elected president, was removed from office in July. Since

Obama’s bombing resolution
seeks blank check from Congress
Washington Examiner [DC], by Conn Carroll    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/2/2013 5:36:00 AM     Post Reply
President Obama has released the text of the resolution he will send to Congress, asking them to rubber stamp his already-made decision to bomb Syria.(Snip)Some thoughts: 1) Nothing in this resolution limits Obama to attacking just the Assad regime. In fact, it authorizes him to attack any country, or any “non-state actor” anywhere in the world. 2) Nothing in this resolution limits Obama from sending ground troops into war. In fact, it authorizes him “to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary” to prevent spread of chemical weapons.

A vote of no confidence is in order
Washington Post, by Ed Rogers    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/2/2013 5:28:49 AM     Post Reply
What with our president having received the Nobel Peace Prize and leading us in a pivot to Asia, I guess the White House wants to pretend that the humiliating debacle America is suffering — in front of the world — isn’t happening. What’s wrong with asking Congress for authorization to go to war? The Obama apologencia will tell us it is what the president meant to do all along. They will tell us things are going according to plan. What’s the rush? But no, for the first time ever, an American president is saying, “The buck does NOT stop here.” The

Thinking Through Our Syrian Options
Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/2/2013 5:23:55 AM     Post Reply
On the lead-up to a likely strike against Syria by the United States, there are some things most of us can agree on. One is that Bashar al-Assad is a malevolent figure. Two, a de minimis strike–one that ?is mostly symbolic and does nothing to alter the course of the war–is worse than doing nothing. And three, President Obama has handled the Syrian situation with staggering incompetence. The list of mistakes by Mr. Obama includes, but is by no means limited to, declaring two years ago that Assad must go (and doing nothing to achieve that end); declaring one year ago that




Labor’s bid for new life
New York Post, by Richard Berman    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 9/2/2013 5:17:48 AM     Post Reply
It’s Labor Day, and organized labor is on the move. From last week’s fast-food strikes, which hit over 50 cities, to the ongoing campaigns against retailers like Walmart, unions are stepping up their efforts to bring new members into the fold, particularly in industries they’ve historically been unable to breach. But there’s a catch: None of these strikes are actually the grassroots, worker-led movements they claim to be. In reality, unions are carefully orchestrating, organizing and funding these strikes through non-union subsidiaries, known as “worker centers,” which are largely exempt from federal law.

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Daily Mail [UK], by Ryan Gorman    Original Article
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US Secretary of State John Kerry is concerned about the threat posed by global warming. Speaking Monday via satellite to climate experts gathered for this week’s Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in the Marshall Islands, US Secretary of State John Kerry asserted that climate change needs to be taken more seriously and that action can be taken to stem the tide of consequence. The Marshall Islands, at no more than three feet above sea level, are especially at risk of rising seas, one of the many effects of global warming.‘The science is clear. It is irrefutable and it is alarming,’ Mr

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PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
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Obama has surrendered. (Snip) The old omnipotent President Obama, able to make the seas fall, the child of the world uniquely equipped to build bridges everywhere, answerable only to himself, is gone. As America’s leader the old Obama handed Syria, Russia and Iran and huge victory. Gave it to them on a platter with his vaunting, invincible stupidity. In the process, not only has he shot America in the foot on the world stage but he will have emboldened the Ayatollahs to forge ahead with their nuclear ambitions. (Snip) He has also destroyed himself.

Citing Obamacare, 40,000
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Daily Mail (UK), by Staff    Original Article
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SPARTENBURG -- South Carolina Tea Party groups have drafted a resolution containing a 29-point case to replace Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) with a Senator who is more conservative, Breitbart News has learned. Local Tea Party leaders provided the document, a resolution that can be passed by local and state GOP committees, to Breitbart News. It argues that Graham’s activities in the U.S. Senate are a violation of the principles of the South Carolina Republican Party platform. Graham is up for reelection next year. Items highlighted by Tea Partiers include: Graham’s support of providing weapons to “Al Quaeda / Muslim Brotherhood


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