Politics (page 978)

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    Murdock punctures debt-limit myths

    Deroy Murdock‘s latest column contends the Obama administration’s approach to the debt-limit debate is based on “a central non-sequitur, a core myth, and a spectacular oversight.” First, the idea that the federal debt ceiling must be raised in order to lower federal indebtedness is…
    Mitch Kokai, July 15, 2011
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    Goldberg: While we’re on the topic of rhetorical miscues

    Jonah Goldberg joins other conservative pundits in making light of President Obama’s warning to congressional Republicans not to call his bluff. In a new column at National Review Online, Goldberg says, “that’s like a con man saying, ‘Don’t give any weight to the fact that I’m…
    Mitch Kokai, July 15, 2011
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    Call his bluff? Krauthammer says yes

    Charles Krauthammer‘s latest column posted at National Review Online makes the case for congressional Republicans to take President Obama up on his offer: The Republicans are being totally outmaneuvered. The House speaker appears disoriented. It’s time to act. Time to call Obama’s bluff.
    Mitch Kokai, July 15, 2011
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    Tapscott suggests Republicans should call Obama’s bluff

    Mark Tapscott of The Washington Examiner suggests in a new column that the president has done nothing to justify his belief that the public is with him on the federal debt-limit issue: For a long time, Obama’s immense likability provided insulation against growing public…
    Mitch Kokai, July 15, 2011
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    Will a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in an Arizona case sink North Carolina’s taxpayer-financed election campaign program? Daren Bakst says the answer is yes. He explains why during the next edition of Carolina Journal Radio. Rick Henderson will discuss North Carolina legislators’ continuing fascination with occupational licensing,…
    Mitch Kokai, July 15, 2011
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    This week’s Carolina Journal Online Friday interview features Donna Martinez’s conversation about UNC system faculty work loads with Jay Schalin of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. The guest Daily Journal explains that legislative mapmakers are breaking little new ground by drafting an odd-looking proposed…
    Mitch Kokai, July 15, 2011
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    Clueless Salon article about ALEC

    Salon’s Alex Pareene calls the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) a “Match.com for state lawmakers and the nation’s worst industry lobbies.”  Pareene thinks he has it all figured out, GOP state legislators go to fancy conferences where they sit down with lobbyists and right-wing activists and draft right-wing legislation…
    Terry Stoops, July 14, 2011
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    Paul fans, debt-ceiling-deal doubters will like new ad

    Whether you’re a fan of Texas congressman and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, or just have concerns about Republicans caving to the Obama administration’s demands in the debt-limit debate, you might appreciate this new ad.
    Mitch Kokai, July 14, 2011