Friday, June 10, 2011

Washington Examiner Friday headlines

Susan Ferrechio - Weiner uplifted by poll - won't resign
Embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner is as determined as ever to remain in office despite the scandal that has enveloped his life, someone close to the lawmaker said Thursday night. Weiner was apparently encouraged by a new NY1-Marist poll of voters in Brooklyn and Queens that found 56 percent of voters don't think he should resign, said the source, who requested anonymity. Weiner, a Democrat, represents New York's 9th District. Read More
Philip Klein - Reports: Rick Perry White House bid looking more likely
Several media reports are indicating that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is seriously considering running for president. The resignation of top staffers to Newt Gingrich, including several with close ties to Perry, have added fuel to the speculation. Real Clear Politics reporters Erin McPike and Scott Conroy write: Read More
David Freddoso - Gingrich's downfall: Not his wives, but his wife
Fred Barnes writes on today's mass resignations by the Gingrich campaign: The problem was the wife. Aides to Newt Gingrich have resigned from his presidential campaign in protest of what they felt was a takeover by Callista Gingrich, the candidate’s wife since 2000. Read More

Brian Hughes - Team Obama looks for head-start over fluid GOP field

A survey of the political landscape more than a year out from the 2012 presidential election reveals a tale of diametrically opposed campaigns between that of an entrenched incumbent and early-stage challengers. An army of Democratic volunteers -- armed with smart phones -- has been dispatched as part of a flourishing grass-roots network on behalf of President Obama while Republicans are just laying the groundwork for their campaigns with small clusters of workers in early primary states, such as Iowa and New Hampshire. Read More

Susan Ferrechio - Panetta expected to be confirmed as Pentagon chief

President Obama's nominee for defense secretary told Congress on Thursday that killing Osama bin Laden has given the United States "the greatest chance since 9/11 to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda." But Leon Panetta, the outgoing director of the CIA, admitted he would have to make "tough decisions" and "tough choices" in the face of new fiscal policies that will likely shrink the defense budget, even while the nation is fighting multiple wars. Read More
Mark Tapscott - Oops! Looks like Democrats goofed with Wasserman Schultz choice for DNCWhen Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was named Democratic National Committee chairman to succeed former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, it appeared the party was getting a feisty, in-your-face spokesman for the 2012 campaign season. Instead, after a series of crude, intensely partisan, gaffes, Wasserman Schultz is being laughed at. And when they start making jokes about you, odds are it's over. But some GOPers are hoping she sticks around:   Read More
Rep. McCotter: Romney and Obama could be running mates
One thing is for sure; U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich., won’t be backing fellow Michigander Mitt Romney for president. “Mr. Romney and Mr. Obama are not rivals, they’re running mates." McCotter said at a Plymouth, Mich. event held Wednesday afternoon, a day before Romney's arrival in the Wolverine state. McCotter added: Read More
Democrats fret as voter regulations tighten across the country
A wave of state legislatures have passed or are in the process of considering bills that would tighten voting procedures in what the left deems as “voter suppression” and a "revival of the Jim Crow laws" because of the impact Democrats are afraid these laws will have on the minorities, the poor and the elderly. Read More
Philip Klein - The legal case against Obamacare's Medicaid expansion
I've written quite a bit on the legal debate over President Obama's the health care law, specifically focusing on the arguments about why the individual mandate is unconstitutional. But 26 states led by Florida went before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday, and made an additional argument -- that the law's expansion of Medicaid was also unconstitutional. Read More

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