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Does Obama Have An Eric Holder Problem?

Via WSJ:
. . .Eric Holder as the new Alberto Gonzales — a lightning rod for controversy throughout his tenure as the nation’s top cop? Yipes. Perez writes that Holder has pleased nearly nobody. Not the right, who criticize him for releasing Bush-era memos on the CIA’s interrogation program. Not the left, who think he’s adopted too many of the old Bush policies. For now, Holder’s still got the support where it counts. A senior White House official says the president stands behind Holder. And Matthew Miller, a Justice spokesman, said many of the department’s biggest controversies this year were held over from the prior administration. “There is no way to make everyone happy dealing with those issues, and if you did, it probably means you did something wrong,” he said.
Resignation watch pool: I say 8 days after the November elections and Holder punts. - Greg Pollowitz

Video of Biden Calling Obmacare A “Big F*&%$*& Deal”

Via Huffington Post:
Vice President Joe Biden, perhaps overcome with excitement during his speech congratulating President Obama on the passage of health care reform, dropped an F-bomb on live television when he turned to Obama and said, “This is a big f****** deal.” The microphone just barely catches it, but listen closely and you’ll hear it. This is surely a high point in Biden’s long history of verbal gaffes.
Biden. Is. Awesome. But check out the expression on Pres. Obama's face. A little bit of, "I can't believe I picked this guy to be V.P.?" - Greg Pollowitz
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Nuclear Terror Risk To Britain From Al-Qaeda

Via Telegraph:
Bomb makers who have been active in Afghanistan may already have the ability to produce a “dirty bomb” using knowledge acquired over the internet. It is feared that terrorists could transport an improvised nuclear device up the Thames and detonate it in the heart of London. Bristol, Liverpool Newcastle, Glasgow and Belfast are also thought to be vulnerable.
Instead of worrying about Israel and UK passports, maybe the Brits should worry about how AQ is going to to try to nuke London, no? - Greg Pollowitz

U.K. To Expel Israeli Diplomat

Via BBC:
The UK is to expel an Israeli diplomat over the use of 12 forged British passports by the killers of a Hamas leader in Dubai, the BBC has learned. Foreign Secretary David Miliband will make a statement to Parliament later. Israel has said there is no proof that its agents were behind the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai in January. BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen said the person to be expelled is likely to be the London head of Israel’s secret service, Mossad.
Allies? - Greg Pollowitz

Mayor Bloomberg No Fan Of Obamacare

Via New York Post:
Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday that President Obama’s health-reform plan does nothing to contain runaway medical costs or deliver better care. “It does not address the total cost of health care in our country, it does not address the fact that we spend double what they do in Western Europe and have a lower life expectancy, but it does address coverage,” Bloomberg told reporters. “It’s a system we can’t afford in total in this country, and a system that’s not delivering the kind of health care that we want.”
Bloomberg: teabagger? - Greg Pollowitz
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Good News: U.S. Air Support In Afghan. Holds Back When Called In

Via Los Angeles Times:
Reporting from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower: At the nightly “hot wash” debriefing on the Dwight D. Eisenhower, a pilot from the Pukin’ Dogs squadron was explaining how he dropped a 500-pound bomb on a Taliban target in Afghanistan — and why. The pilot, a Naval Academy graduate with combat experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, would face two such cross-examinations before he could get some sleep after his 12-hour mission.
Read the whole piece, but this quote stands out: "It's hard to be a mud-mover -- slang for a pilot who aggressively supports ground troops -- when the bosses won't let you push the button." - Greg Pollowitz

Eric Holder And The Misssing DOJ Terrorist Convictions

Via Hot Air:
. . .A source on Capitol Hill confirmed to me that the White House used the ObamaCare signing as their reason to postpone Holder’s appearance at Judiciary. However, the real reason could be a series of embarrassing admissions in a submission to the committee from the DoJ. Judiciary had asked for answers on the oft-claimed “hundreds” of terrorists tried in the federal court system, as well as an explanation of how the federal court system can protect national-security information as well as military commissions. According to this source, the DoJ’s answers confirm exactly what had been suspected — that Holder has not been telling the truth on either point
Andy McCarthy has been noted the missing convictions as well. Stay tuned for more. - Greg Pollowitz

Bibi: Jerusalem ‘Not a Settlement’

Via Fox News:
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented dueling positions on Jerusalem construction Monday, underlining a recent spat between the allies while simultaneously suggesting the incident is behind them.
I'm not sure how much longer Israelis will go for HRC's "friends don't let friends build stuff" rhetoric. - Greg Pollowitz

VIDEO: Gov. Pawlenty Talks Obamacare

Via You Tube:
Me: This is from “Good Morning America” this morning. Worth watching.
2012? - Greg Pollowitz

Repeal Isn’t Enough

Via Washington Examiner:
When President Obama signs his signature health care bill into law a few hours from now, he will be trading a dysfunctional and excessively costly health insurance system that is crippling the economy for an even more dysfunctional and even more costly system that goes further to encourage rent-seeking by the drug and insurance industries that wrote and backed it. Why in the world would Republicans promise to return from a horrible system to one that is only really, really bad? The correct answer is not just repeal, but real reform. Yes, any serious reforms will gut the bill that Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi just rammed through the House of Representatives, but not every line of the 2,000-plus page bill is bad. Some of Obama’s changes, like the exchanges and the weakening of the employer-based system, could be good if they are taken out of the context of the larger bill
I think this is spot on. - Greg Pollowitz

Another Petraeus-For-President Piece

Via Telegraph:
The shrewd and articulate military commander, credited with turning around the Iraq war, will deliver a speech at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire next week, a traditional staging post in the state where the first presidential primaries are held every four years. Each of the last eight presidents has spoken at the college on their way to victory. It will be the latest in a series of speaking engagements where the head of the US Central Command region, which covers the Middle East and Central Asia, has veered well into foreign policy discussion and often faced questions about his political ambition.
Do we even know if he's a Republican? - Greg Pollowitz

Rep. Boehner: Illusions Of Cost-Control

Via Office of the House Rep. Leader:
Rather than slowing the trend of rising health care costs, the Democrats’ government takeover of health care makes things worse – by hundreds of billions of dollars. By The Numbers: * $390 billion – The amount by which taxpayers’ commitment to health care would increase between 2010 and 2019 under the Democrats’ reconciliation bill, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. * $222 billion – The amount by which national health care costs will rise between 2010 and 2019 under the Senate health care bill, according to the Obama Administration’s actuaries at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). (NOTE: CMS has informed the Congress that it cannot issue an estimate of the reconciliation bill before today’s vote, so House Democrats will for a government takeover of health care without knowing its true impact on the federal budget.)
Again, I think the focus to win repeal has to be on exposing how much this thing is really going to cost. - Greg Pollowitz

Michael Moore: My Congressman, Bart Stupak, Has Neither A Uterus Nor A Brain

Via Huffington Post:
I live in Michigan, in one of the 31 counties represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by none other than Mr. Bart Stupak, a Democrat. You’ve probably never heard of him. He’s a pretty quiet guy, a former Michigan State Police trooper who boldly decided to run some 18 years ago as a Democrat in a rural part of Michigan that votes almost exclusively for Republicans (yes, I know — what am I doing here? I’ll save that story for a future letter).
He goes on to say he wants a primary challenger for Stupak. Good luck with that. - Greg Pollowitz

2010 Fla. Senate: Bill Clinton Raising Cash for Meek

Via Miami Herald:
If U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek of Miami defies the odds and is elected Florida’s next U.S. Senator, perhaps the first person he should thank on Election Night is former President Bill Clinton, who hosted five fundraisers for him in 2009. Today, one week before the deadline for the first fundraising quarter of 2010, Clinton is sending out a fundraising e-mail on Meek’s behalf. “Republican infighting has given him an opportunity to win that is better than ever, but fundraising numbers from this first quarter will show the pundits whether Kendrick can take advantage of it,” Clinton says.
Making it a race? - Greg Pollowitz

Rep. Paul Ryan: The Way Ahead

Via National Review Online:
This is the closing of the first chapter of America’s health-care saga,” Rep. Paul Ryan says from his office, which is adorned with reminders of contests of the non-political kind: hunting mementos and a Green Bay Packers helmet. “We are witnessing the beginning of a whole new kind of health-care politics, the likes of which we have never seen before.” Ryan, a 40-year-old Wisconsin Republican, says Republicans have a fight on their hands, and he is ready for combat. As Democrats scrambled this past week for votes, he’s been listening to Metallica on his iPod and strategizing about how best to counteract Obamacare. Sunday night’s passage, he says, “was a rude awakening and a big wake-up call,” but also a call to action for Americans — and, especially, for the GOP.
I've said it before: From now on, Ryan is the president of the GOP as it relates to health care. Give him a staff, resources, and everything he'll need to counter President Obama's coming PR blitz. - Greg Pollowitz

Why Everything You’ve Been Told About Evolution Is Wrong

Via Guardian:
What if Darwin’s theory of natural selection is inaccurate? What if the way you live now affects the life expectancy of your descendants? Evolutionary thinking is having a revolution
In summary, there is evidence that what choices we make today will affect the genetic make-up of not only our children, but future generations. I hope my grandchildren enjoy caffeine, cause I'm loading up today. . . - Greg Pollowitz

What’s In The Bill?

Via Wall Street Journal:
The $940 billion health-care overhaul will take nearly a decade to roll out in full. A look at the key parts of the bill and when they go into effect.
And there will be more to come as the little deals come to light. - Greg Pollowitz

Governor Perry: It’s Socialism

Via Gov. Perry's Office:
Gov. Rick Perry issued the following statement on the passage of the federal health care bill: “Unfortunately, the health care vote had more to do with expanding socialism on American soil than it does fixing our health care finance and delivery systems. The Obama health care bill undermines patient choice, personal responsibility, medical innovation and fiscal responsibility in America. “As passed by the U.S. House, the bill will cost Texas taxpayers billions more, and drive our nation much deeper into debt. Congress’s backroom deals and parliamentary maneuvers undermined the public trust and increased cynicism in our political process. “Texas leaders will continue to do everything in our power to fight this federal excess and find ways to protect our families, taxpayers and medical providers from this gross federal overreach.”
Focus on the budget busting aspects I think would be more productive than shouting socialism. - Greg Pollowitz

CATO: Obamacare Can’t Possibly Cost Only $940 Billion

Via CATO:
* The “reconciliation bill” is not a “health bill” but an anti-health bill. It relies heavily on price controls, taxes and fines to punish doctors, hospitals and formerly innovative companies the produce prescription drugs and medical devices. If we treated farmers, food companies and grocery stores the way Congress threatens to treat the health industries would anybody expect food to become better or cheaper? * The 3.8% tax on both labor and investment income is not a “Medicare tax.” It’s surtax on income that goes into the slush fund, not the Medicare trust. * The bill could not possibly cost “only” $940 billion unless it contained a sunset provision — repealing the law after 2019.
Dems own it now. - Greg Pollowitz

Sen. Hatch Excerpts From The Gridiron Dinner

Via Salt Lake Tribune:
. . . “When I went through security [to get to the dinner], I was asked if I had a bomb in my underwear. Modesty, of course kept me from answering truthfully,” Hatch said. “I’m actually at the age where, if a woman tells me I’m hot, it just means my Ben-Gay is working.” But Hatch noted that while everyone sees him as a senator, his wife, Elaine, “knows me as the original stimulus package.”
Now that the yucks are out of the way, let's go socialize some medicine! - Greg Pollowitz

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