Monday, May 23, 2011

Washington Examiner Monday headlines

Byron York - Daniels fallout: How will Mitch decision affect GOP race?

I spoke to a number of political types in Washington on Saturday night, and there was a near consensus that Mitch Daniels would run for president.  (I thought that, too.)  The major question was how candidate Daniels would present and explain the episode in the 1990s in which his wife Cheri, mother of their four young daughters, left him, married another man, and later returned to Daniels. Read More

Michael Barone  - Some observations as Daniels bows out

So Mitch Daniels is not running for president. That’s what I expected—on Tuesdays and Thursday and alternate weekends; on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays I was convinced he would run, and on the leftover weekends I was uncertain. Let’s review the bidding. Read More

Timothy P. Carney - Excited by power, Obama ignores legal restraints

President Obama launched a U.S. war in Libya two months ago with no congressional approval. Under the Constitution and under the War Powers Act, which allows the president to wage defensive wars for up to 60 days without prior approval, Obama probably broke the law. Read More

Brian Hughes - Obama defends border demands on Israel to AIPAC

President Obama on Sunday sought to ease simmering tensions with supporters of Israel, many of whom were exasperated by the president's call for Israel to jump-start long-stalled peace talks by agreeing to retract its borders as Palestinians have demanded. Read More

Susan Ferrechio - Parties still miles apart as budget talks resume

Bipartisan talks on the federal budget are set to kick off again after a weeklong pause, with Republicans and Democrats still far from agreement over the nation's deficit and borrowing limit. Read More

Shorter Obama at AIPAC: Israel must negotiate with Hamas even though they can't be expected to

President Obama in a Sunday speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee tried to clear up what he said was a “controversy” stemming from his recent speech on the Middle East, but the result was an address that was shrouded in contradictions, especially on the issue of negotiating with the terrorist group Hamas. Read More

Conn Carroll - Ryan turns the other cheek

NBC’s David Gregory tried at least five times, today, to get House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan to criticize Newt Gingrich for his comments on last week’s Meet the Press. And five times Ryan politely declined to attack Newt. His prepared answer, given in response to Gregory’s first two attempts: “The quote was deeply inaccurate and Newt has retracted it.” Read More

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