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Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison to Stay In The Senate

Via ABC News:
ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, plans to announce this morning that she plans to stay in the Senate, despite a pledge to resign her seat regardless of whether she won or lost the primary for governor, a Republican source tells ABC News. Hutchison has scheduled a press conference for 10 am CT in San Antonio, where she’ll appear with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. She has been encouraged to stay on by local and national Republicans — who are eager to hold on to their 41-seat minority in the Senate — and many observers expected Hutchison to reverse course on her resignation pledge after the primary was through. She lost the primary race to incumbent Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, by a wide margin earlier this month.
Do statements by any politician mean anything? Ever? - Greg Pollowitz

Good News: Half Of NYC’s Subway Cameras Don’t Work

Via Federal News Radio:
(AP) – NEW YORK _ About half the 4,313 security cameras installed along New York City’s subways aren’t seeing a thing _ a blind spot in the crime and terrorism safety net for the nation’s largest city. “A lot of those cameras don’t work, and maybe someday we’re going to get very badly hurt because of it,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday. While cameras are out of commission in the subway, the cash-strapped Metropolitan Transportation Authority has also been forced to cut officers who patrol the major bridges and tunnels on the weekends. The problem of missing video came to light after two men were stabbed to death on the subway _ and there was no camera installed in the station to catch an image of the killer. Darnell Morel and Ricardo Williams, both 24, were killed in a fight that started around 5 a.m. Sunday at the Christopher Street station, about four miles from the World Trade Center site.
Good thing Bloomberg is focused on the War on Salt rather than the War on Terror. - Greg Pollowitz
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Henry Waxman’s War On Accounting

Via Megan McArdle:
Accounting basics: when a company experiences what accountants call “a material adverse impact” on its expected future earnings, and those changes affect an item that is already on the balance sheet, the company is required to record the negative impact–”to take the charge against earnings”–as soon as it knows that the change is reasonably likely to occur. This makes good accounting sense. The asset on the balance sheet is now less valuable, so you should record a charge. Otherwise, you’d be misleading investors. The Democrats, however, seem to believe that Generally Accepted Accounting Principals are some sort of conspiracy against Obamacare, and all that is good and right in America.
Up next, insurers will be called and asked why they are raising rates now that they are forced to cover everyone. - Greg Pollowitz

No, Carly, Jews Don’t ‘Break Bread’ At Passover

Via Politico:
A reader forwards on Carly Fiorina’s passover greeting to her supporters (“Passover is a time of remembrance and thanks. …”). The entertaining part, at least for a Jewish reader: This week, as we break bread and spend time with our families and friends, I hope we also take a moment to say a word of thanks for our freedom and for those who have given their lives in freedom’s name. Let us also look ahead with hope to the opportunities to come.
What kind of Seder is this? Where's the shrimp toast?!? - Greg Pollowitz

Game On: Heritage Foundation vs. President Obama

Via Heritage Foundation:
President Obama this morning cited The Heritage Foundation’s research in an attempt to sell his health care package as a “middle of the road, centrist approach.” We take great exception to this misuse of our work and abuse of our name. This is but the latest act in a campaign to sell this big-government program as a moderate law that incorporates conservative ideas. Americans should not be fooled. Let’s be very clear: We oppose this new law because it is a radical new intrusion into the daily lives of all Americans and a massive takeover of one-sixth of the U.S. economy. We view the President’s health care law as inimical to our national interests and offensive to the historic American dedication to the principle of self-government. Our research has shown that President Obama’s health approach is financially unsustainable and will ultimately lead to health care rationing, a lower quality of care and a greater degree of dependence on government. We deplore those outcomes and are committed to making the intellectual case for this law’s repeal. What part of that does President Obama not understand?
No Mr. President, this is not Romneycare or what Heritage has advocated in the past. - Greg Pollowitz
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Case Against 3 SEALs Weakens

Via Washington Times:
Cracks are beginning to appear in the military’s prosecution of three Navy SEALs accused of striking a most-wanted terrorism suspect they had captured in Iraq. Maj. Gen. Charles Cleveland last week signed grants of immunity for five Navy colleagues of the accused. Some of those five, three enlisted men and two officers, are expected at trial to flatly contradict the prosecution’s key witness, according to a Navy source close to the case, which centers on the September 2009 capture of Ahmed Hashim Abed.
Good. - Greg Pollowitz

Michael Yon Reviews ‘The Hurt Locker’

Via Michael Yon:
Watched Hurt Locker yesterday. Not realistic other than sounds. Bad movie. Soldiers now use it as insult (calling someone “Hurt Locker” is insult).
Classic. The noises were authentic. - Greg Pollowitz

Attempt To Destroy The Earth Fails (Alt. Headline: Large Hadron Collider Achieves Success)

Via Telegraph:
After years of setbacks, the £5bn machine finally achieved high energy collisions of two protons at 12.06pm British time, at a total energy of seven trillion electron volts – more than three times more force than ever before. All four detectors around the 17mile underground track picked up evidence of collision “events” which could when analysed completely re-write the rules of physics.
We were lucky. . .this time. - Greg Pollowitz

Top State Dept. Lawyer Defends Legality Of Drone Strikes

Via ABC News:
In a little noticed speech last week, State Dept. Legal Advisor Harold Koh for the first time outlined, and ardently defended, the legal basis for the use of lethal drone attacks against terror targets. In a keynote address to the American Society of International Law on March 25, Koh says “that it is the considered view of this Administration—and it has certainly been my experience during my time as Legal Adviser—that U.S. targeting practices, including lethal operations conducted with the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, comply with all applicable law, including the laws of war.” Koh, a former human rights lawyer and dean of Yale Law, argues that drone attacks are justified in the interest of national self-defense against terror targets.
And silence from the Left who would have attacked Bush and Co. for a similar ruling. - Greg Pollowitz

March 30, 1981: The Day Reagan Was Shot

Via NorthJersey.com:
Twenty-nine years ago today, President Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest by a deranged man, John Hinckley Jr. Reagan was walking out of the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., on March 30, 1981, when Hinckley, standing among a group of reporters, began firing at the president and others in his group. One of the six shots collapsed Reagan’s lung. White House Press Secretary James Brady was shot in the head, while Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy and D.C. Police Officer Thomas Delahanty were also shot. Reagan, 70, was able to walk into the hospital under his own power and resumed some of his duties the following day after surgery.
Remember. - Greg Pollowitz

Left Wing ‘Civility’ On Display At Rove Book Signing

Via CBS Los Angeles:
About 100 fans came out to hear Karl Rove at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills Monday night to discuss his book “Courage and Consequences: My Life As a Conservative In The Fight,” — but the fight wasn’t contained to his book. Anti-war protesters came out, some rushing the stage, to call Rove a “war criminal” and worse. The fans came to get their books signed, but they never got that chance. One woman, the co-founder of the anti-war group Code Pink, approached him with handcuffs and said she was there to make a citizen’s arrest. Jodie Evans charged him with “outing a CIA agent…you lied to take us to war…” and “totally ruining the country.” KCAL 9’s Dave Bryan was there and said Rove “was shouted down and forced to leave the stage.” Another woman screamed at Rove, “The only comfort I take is that…you’re going to rot in hell.”
Nah, no anger from the Left out there, right? - Greg Pollowitz

Moscow Update: Stronger Words From Putin

Via Reuters:
“A crime that is terrible in its consequences and heinous in its manner has been committed,” Putin said at the start of a video conference with senior emergencies officials. “I am confident that law enforcement bodies will spare no effort to track down and punish the criminals. Terrorists will be destroyed,” said Putin, who was on a visit to the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk
Updates to follow. . . - Greg Pollowitz

Moscow Update: Strong Words From Medvedev

Via Ria Novosti:
. . .Medvedev laid a wreath at the spot on the Lubyanka station platform where the doors of the second carriage opened and the first bomber detonated her explosives, killing at least 24 people. The president said those behind the terrorist attacks would be tracked down and eliminated. “These are simply beasts, and regardless of their motives, what they did is a crime by any legal or moral standard,” Medvedev told reporters on hand for the occasion. “I have no doubts whatsoever that we will find them and eliminate all of them,” he said, adding that everyone involved in the November bombing of the Nevsky Express had been killed. Twenty-seven passengers died in that attack, the first major terrorist incident beyond Russia’s North Caucasus since 2004.
Updates to follow. . . - Greg Pollowitz

Moscow Update: Amatuer Video, Accounts Of The Attack

Via New York Times:
Updated | 1:40 p.m. In the immediate aftermath of bombings at two Moscow subway stations on Monday morning, video and photographs were posted online by commuters in the Russian capital showing some of the damage and the evacuations that followed. Particularly graphic and disturbing images of people killed by one of the bombs were posted on the Russian Web site Lifenews.ru and included in this video report uploaded to YouTube by Russia Today, an English-language satellite channel financed by the Russian government.
Updates to follow. . . - Greg Pollowitz

You Know What The World Needs? Another Godzilla Movie. . .

Via Variety:
Legendary Pictures is going ahead with “Godzilla” and will co-produce and co-finance with Warner Bros. for release in 2012. Legendary announced Monday it has obtained rights to the iconic monster character from Japan’s Toho, which will release the pic in Japan.
Global warming will no doubt be the cause of Godzilla's rampage, no? - Greg Pollowitz

Poll: Support For Closing Gitmo Falls 12% In Past Year

Via CNN:
Washington (CNN) – Attitudes about the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have changed dramatically since President Barack Obama took office, according to a new national poll. Support for closing the facility has dropped 12 points over the past 14 months, a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey indicates. Shortly before Obama’s inauguration, 51 percent of Americans said they thought the facility in Cuba should be closed. Now that number is down to 39 percent, and six in ten believe the United States should continue to operate Guantanamo. The poll, released Sunday, suggests independent voters are contributing to the 12 point overall drop.
2010 motto: it's the independents, stupid? - Greg Pollowitz

Korean War Era Mine Suspected In Sinking Of South Korean Naval Ship

Via Telegraph:
A mine dating back to the 1950-53 Korean War might have been responsible for the sinking of a South Korean naval patrol ship last weekend, according to the country’s defence minister. His explanation came as hopes of finding 46 missing South Korean alive faded further after navy divers finally reached the upturned hull of the sunken ship but reported no signs of life within. The 1,200-tonne corvett Cheonan sank on Friday night in the Yellow Sea along a disputed sea border with North Korea, sparking fears that Pyongyang had attacked the ship and temporarily sending shares lower in New York.
Military readers: does this make sense to you? I have doubts. - Greg Pollowitz

Updated: RNC Spent Money At Strip Clubs?

Via KLO / The Corner:
I asked an RNC spokesman about the story — specifically the charge that money was spent at Voyeur West Hollywood. The spokesman said: “We are investigating the expenditure in question. The story willfully and erroneously suggests that the expenditure in question was one belonging to the chairman. This was a reimbursement made to a non-committee staffer. The chairman was never at the location in question, he had no knowledge of the expenditure, nor does he find the use of committee funds at such a location at all acceptable. Good reporting would make that distinction crystal clear. The committee has requested that the monies be returned to the committee and that the story be corrected so that it is accurate.” Further, the spokesman gives the indication that there’s more to the plane story — or, rather, less to it — than the piece suggests and insists that “Steele’s expenses” are not always “Steele’s expenses” but finance and fundraising expenses.
No matter what the investigation reveals, one has to wonder what's going on at the RNC. - Greg Pollowitz

Moscow Update: NYC, DC Subways On Alert

Via AP:
NEW YORK — Major transit agencies beefed up security as a precaution Monday following the suicide bombing in Moscow’s subway system. New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority had a “heightened security presence,” said spokesman Kevin Ortiz. He declined further comment. The agency is in charge of New York City buses and subways, as well as suburban trains, and bridges and tunnels. In Washington, D.C., Metro police were conducting random inspections of stations and rail yards. Metro Transit Police’s acting head, Jeri Lee, said Monday that the agency was doing “what we can to be as secure as possible.”
Updates to follow. . . - Greg Pollowitz

54% Favor Repeal Of Health Care Bill

Via Rasmussen Reports:
One week after the House of Representatives passed the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats, 54% of the nation’s likely voters still favor repealing the new law. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 42% oppose repeal. Those figures are virtually unchanged from last week. They include 44% who Strongly Favor repeal and 34% who Strongly Oppose it.
See you in November. . . - Greg Pollowitz

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