Friday, March 25, 2011

Washington Examiner's Friday headlines

Byron York - Obama fails to grasp the gravity of going to war

Veterans of the Bush White House can't quite believe what they are seeing from the supposedly communications-savvy Obama administration.

"I am completely mystified," says former top Bush aide Karl Rove, who supports the Libya intervention, "that this administration, of all administrations, makes a decision on a Tuesday night and does not bother to call anybody in Congress until Friday morning, 90 minutes before the policy is going to be executed, to tell them what is going to happen. Can you imagine what would have happened if we had tried to do that? We'd have been barbecued!"

Susan Ferrechio - Tea Party's Angle making another run in Nevada

It's been nearly five months since Angle, a former Nevada state senator, was soundly defeated by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., crushing the hopes of Republicans who made the five-term Democrat their top target in last November's elections.

Angle's seven-point loss to Reid, blamed in part on a badly managed campaign riddled with the candidate's own gaffes, did not stop her from jumping into the race to fill Nevada's 2nd District seat, up for grabs in 2012 now that current Rep. Dean Heller has decided to run for the Senate.

Hayley Peterson - White House silent on costs in Libya

The Obama administration has not yet calculated the cost of military action in Libya, according to White House spokesman Jay Carney. Carney said he believes there are "some contingency funds built into the Defense Department budget for this kind of thing." "I don't want to get into numbers because I'm not an economist," Carney quipped. He said the administration is working on an official estimate. Read More

David Freddoso - Paul, Bachmann, Cain court Iowa's homeschool vote

Today's Wall Street Journal examines the "Iowa homeschoolers vote" noting that Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul and Herman Cain attended the annual lobby day for the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators yesterday. Read More

Michael Barone - Alice in Wonderland Libya policy?

I thought I was critical of the Obama administration’s Libya policy (policies?) in  my Wednesday Examiner column headlined “The damning contradictions of Obama’s attack on Libya.” But my criticisms were muted and pallid next to those of the normally sober Adam Garfinkle, editor of The Read More

Hayley Peterson - NATO to take over Libya operation, U.S. to scale back

NATO will take over military operations in Libya and allow for the U.S. to scale back its presence, according to news reports. NATO members reached the tentative agreement on Thursday following a conference call between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the foreign ministers of France, Britain and Turkey.  No details were provided on the nature or timeline of the transfer of leadership over the international mission. Read More

David Freddoso - Harry Reid jumps on the Koch-spiracy bandwagon

Senate Majority Leader just sent out a fundraising pitch for the DSCC that includes this gem: Senate Democrats are fighting back each and every day. But with only a slim four-seat majority, we have no margin for error. If Republicans can knock just a few bricks free from our firewall, they’ll force through their extreme agenda faster than you can say “Koch brothers.” Read More

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