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Pelosi 'not nervous' about November; Palin: Obama lacks 'cojones' to tackle immigration; Mullen: Afghan leaks put lives at risk

By Matt DeLong and Tim Smith

Sunday Rundown: A quick roundup of the Sunday talk shows.

ABC: THIS WEEK - Pelosi 'not nervous' about November

Appearing during Christiane Amanpour's debut as host of "This Week," House speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she is "not nervous at all" about the November midterm elections, but added that she is not taking anything for granted. She said voters will be offered a choice between the Democratic agenda and the "failed policies of the Bush administration." She dismissed White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs's recent statement that the GOP could take control of the House in November. "I don't spend a whole lot of time thinking about what the president's employees say about one thing or another," Pelosi said. The speaker said extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans "doesn't make any sense." As two members of her caucus -- Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) -- are facing possible trials for ethics violations, Pelosi touted her record of reforming ethics standards in the House. "We have passed the most sweeping ethics reform in the history of the Congress," Pelosi said.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the recent leak of more than 90,000 official documents about the war in Afghanistan has put at risk the lives of Americans and Afghans who have cooperated with the U.S. military. "Our adversaries can learn a lot about our techniques, tactics and procedures from the body of these leaked documents," Gates said. He added that recent comments by a spokesman for the Afghan Taliban that the group would be hunting down Afghan informants proved his point. He said whoever leaked the documents is "morally" culpable for the consequences.


FOX NEWS SUNDAY - Palin: Obama lacks 'cojones' to tackle immigration

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin said Sunday that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) has "the cojones" that President Obama "does not have" to take on illegal immigration. Palin blasted Obama for suing Arizona to block the state's controversial new law without addressing "sanctuary cities," in which local law enforcement officials are prohibited from asking people about people's immigration status. The former governor called Democratic plans to allow the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans to expire "idiotic." She added that her "palm isn't large enough" to write all her notes down and she proceeded to read prepared notes about tax policy from a sheet of paper. Palin declined to address "fickle" polls showing that she remains unpopular with independents. "I don't blame people for not knowing what I stand for," Palin said. "If I believed everything I read in the media, I wouldn't like me either." She said her family has changed its behavior after investigative reporter Joe McGinniss moved next door. She accused McGinniss of infringing on their privacy and trying to "hamper some of our freedom." "Some people need to get a life," Palin said.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he would "love" to have the midterm elections tomorrow, but added that "it's a long way to November" and said he expects Democrats to outspend the GOP. House Minority Leader John Boehner said President Obama's economic policies are "killing jobs" and dismissed recent calls for more stimulus to spur job growth. "Let's stop this stimulus spending," Boehner said. "All it's doing is running up debt on the backs of our kids and grandkids." McConnell defended his party's opposition to lending assistance for small businesses, which he called "TARP III or Son of Tarp." Boehner said that allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire would reduce the federal government's revenue because it would cost jobs. "Why can't we keep tax rates where they are today?" Boehner said. "This is the whole Washington mindset, all these CBO numbers. Listen, we've to get the economy going." McConnell declined to name any programs he would like to cut to reduce the deficit.

Host Chris Wallace pressed Boehner on a "Boehner for Speaker" committee that promises major donors access to the speaker. Boehner said the committee was a "project" of the National Republican Congressional Committee and was nothing out of the ordinary. "I walk through airports," Boehner said. "I go to restaurants. I stand out on the corner. People have plenty of access to me and they don't have to pay for it at all."


NBC: MEET THE PRESS - Mullen: Afghan leaks put lives at risk

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he remains "appalled" by the leak of more than 90,000 official documents related to the war in Afghanistan by WikiLeaks. Mullen said he shared Gates's concerns that the release puts the lives of U.S. troops and Afghan civilians who cooperate with them at risk. Still, he downplayed the significance of the documents. "I don't think that the Taliban being stronger than they've been since 2001 is news," Mullen said. "I've been concerned about the growing insurgency there for a number of years." Mullen declined to say what the punishment for the leaks should be, but said the investigation should be allowed to run its course. The admiral said that the mission in Afghanistan is to prevent it from again becoming a safe haven for terrorist. He conceded that elements within the Pakistani intelligence service have ties to the Taliban, but said the Pakistanis have shared intelligence with American forces.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ruled out that he would run for president in 2012, but called for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) predicted that Democrats would retain control of the House and Senate but would lose significant numbers of seats. He pointed to the 23.5 million jobs under the Clinton administration as evidence that the GOP claim that increasing taxes on the rich will hurt the economy is a "fairy tale." Former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan said the U.S. economy is experiencing a "pause" in a "modest recovery." He said it was possible that the economy could get worse before it gets better, but "not necessarily."


CNN: STATE OF THE UNION - Biden: Dems will hold both Houses

A year out from the scheduled U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) defended the Obama administration's timetable, which he said is crucial to U.S. success in Afghanistan. "It's critical that that date was set to show that it isn't a blank check," Levin said. "It's not an open-ended commitment of American troops in the same numbers that we're going to have there." Afghanistan will be ready to accept responsibility for the war by next summer, Levin said. He said the Afghan army, which he called "a popular, respected army," has made progress in Kandahar. He said fighting fellow Afghans is "a real nightmare for the Taliban."

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said the future of the Afghan war is uncertain, but a timetable for withdrawal would be disastrous. "If the policy is going to be we're going to withdraw no matter what next summer, we're going to lose," Graham said. He said there were some areas that could be transferred over to Afghan military control, but not the entire country by July 2011. "This time next summer, we are still going to be engaged in one hell of a fight." Graham cautioned that Americans will experience increased casualties in coming months. "The cost of the war is going to increase," Graham said. "It's going to get worse before it gets better."


CBS: FACE THE NATION - Kyl supports repealing birthright citizenship

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said Congress should hold hearings on whether to continue to grant automatic citizenship to children of illegal immigrants born in the United States, as the Constitution mandates. He said he supports Sen. Lindsey Graham's proposal to introduce a new amendment to repeal the 14th amendment, which gives citizenship to all individuals born in this country.

Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called last week's leak of 90,000 secret military document "irresponsible" and said they could cost American lives because the enemy could weave together seemingly unrelated bits of information. Mullen said a recent report that found Army suicide rates now exceed the national civilian average for the first time since the Vietnam War illustrates a "leadership challenge and a problem." He said he believes that the increased number of suicides is related to extended deployments and "the inability to spend enough time at home."

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Posted by: bostjanavsec | August 2, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

clawrence12, your comment is almost as hilarious as a Palin gaffe. I am not upset about her comment. She can take all the potshots she wants, but it sounds pretty wimpy to then turn around and complain about the media treating her unfairly. Mama Grizzly go WAAAAAAAH! BTW, it is one thing for a U.S. senator to resign to take the office of POTUS, it is quite another to quit the job as governor of Alaska to go on a book and speaking tour. You betcha! ROFL.

Posted by: CMAN27 | August 2, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

CMAN27, in case you can't read, OBAMA is missing said balls. As U.S. Senator Obama didn't finish his term either. Now, are you upset about what Palin said (a) because you think it's a lie or (b) because you know it's the truth?

Posted by: clawrence12 | August 2, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

"I don't blame people for not knowing what I stand for," Palin said. "If I believed everything I read in the media, I wouldn't like me either." She said her family has changed its behavior after investigative reporter Joe McGinniss moved next door. She accused McGinniss of infringing on their privacy and trying to "hamper some of our freedom." "Some people need to get a life," Palin said.

Let me get this straight; the self-proclaimed "mama grizzly" can take juvenile potshots at the President from the sidelines then turn around and play the victim; blaming the media for her unpopularity and portraying Joe McGinnis as a literary stalker. Who is missing the "cohones" again?

Posted by: CMAN27 | August 2, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Oh, you've got to be kidding me! The French also have no word for entrepreneur ; )

Posted by: clawrence12 | August 2, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Only a couple here saw the irony of Palin using the Spanish language to complain about the President's immigration policy.

The real irony is that Palin didn't even say what she meant in Spanish. There are nuances of pronunciation in Spanish, just as there are in English -- apparently Palin now is a bilingual mangler of the language.

She very clearly said “ca-ho-knees” when she should have said “co-ho-knees”.

Cajones are drawers, like dresser drawers, or storage drawers.

Posted by: kayjay503 | August 2, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

She is not nervous because she represents a communist district.

Posted by: Prof-Dr-G | August 2, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Where did you go, Iconoblaster? You asked for facts to back up my argument. Here's another one to add to the $112 BILLION cost of illegal immigration.

"According to the Inter-American Development Bank, remittances from the United States to just Latin America and
the Caribbean in 2009 amounted to $57.7 billion."

Posted by: clawrence12 | August 2, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Senator Obama didn't finish his term either. Are you upset because you think it's a lie or because you know it's the truth?

Posted by: clawrence12 | August 2, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

That's hilarious! Sarah Palin didn't have the cohones to complete her term as governor because those nasty people filing all those ethics charges against her made it too difficult for her to do her job. She has no problem disparaging the administration and being a bully, yet also is quick to embrace victim status whenever it suits her. She continues to make some of the most outrageous remarks in recent memory which makes her fodder for late night talk show hosts.

Posted by: CMAN27 | August 2, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I just asked you some questions, nothing "hysterical" at all. And, it is easy to make the argument about the $113 BILLION cost of illegal immigration (not including all the money they send out of the country):

Posted by: clawrence12 | August 2, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Oh, yes, the safety of the nation is at stake!

Illegal aliens might sneak in and mow your lawn for cheap. Scary!

The 9/11 hijackers all came in the FRONT door, folks. They didn't sneak into the country to pick vegetables and wash dishes.

These immigrant laborers aren't taking any jobs YOU would do, anyway. You wouldn't do the work they do (but you are happy to have the fruit and vegetables at low prices).

The argument about whether they are a net asset or liability to the economy as a whole continues, but it seems silly to anyone who looks at the value of their labor, at what they help produce. That it is arguable at all, however, demonstrates that immigrant labor isn't a BIG drain on the economy (if it were, that argument would be easy to make)... and it is probably a net asset. In any case, it doesn't justify the hysteria demonstrated by the (apparent) xenophobes and bigots posting so many comments here.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | August 2, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: lennybeachboy999 | August 2, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Iconoblaster, if you know it's a metaphor, what's the big deal? The truth is too hard to handle?

Posted by: clawrence12 | August 2, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

"Sarah Palin said Sunday that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) has "the cojones" that President Obama "does not have" to take on illegal immigration"

I know she meant it as a metaphor, but it is a crass insult, that seems especially inappropriate coming from a woman (if a man said this, the fellow he insulted could call him out; for a woman to say it is hitting below the belt).

Further, the mental image of Jan Brewer with testicles... well, may it suffice to say, it isn't particularly flattering to her, either.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | August 2, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Palin is right on. Obama could give a royal rats behind about the safety of this nation. We are expendable to these corrupt arrogant Democrats if they think they can gain politically from allowing anyone and everyone to run over that border. What do they care we are drowning in illegals, debt, drugs and crime.
Our family is so angry how these Democrats have destroyed this nation in such a short time. They are toast in November. Hear that you ding bat Pelosi. And as for Palin, I would rather hear her honest reflections, that hear that space unit who reads a script of lies from a prompter any day. That smooth talking wind bag of air has had my ear for the last time. I just tune him out. He better start packing too.

Posted by: greatgran1 | August 2, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

She's simply stating the TRUTH about Obama.

Posted by: clawrence12 | August 2, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Sorry about that horrible mistake, instead of "FOUND", is FIND, sorry but I am an illegal alien!! con cojones!!

Posted by: Calypso2002002 | August 2, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Sorry about that horrible mistake, instead of "FOUND", is FIND, sorry but I am an illegal alien!!

Posted by: Calypso2002002 | August 2, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Mrs Palin instead of being insulting Obama you should try to educate yourself, and as a "good" Republican the flag of you ideology is lying whatever it costs, calm down and go back to Alaska and stay there forever where you belong(The Beatles say so), there you can found nice animals, they can teach you a lot about behavior, beautiful State, gretings from the "illegal aliens".

Posted by: Calypso2002002 | August 2, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Thank you lefties for driving Sarah Palin out of Alaska. Her Political power has grown exponentially!

Posted by: wxyz6200 | August 2, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

I'm so sick of her. What does SHE have the cojones to do?? NOTHING. She can't even complete a term as governor for her own state. And if she feels that the President doesn't have the cojones to tackle immigration , then what did Bush have? I'm tired of her. How about she focus on her family, have the cojones to walk the walk and talk the talk at home, before trying to disrespect someone that has done more in a year and half, than she has done in her entire life.

Posted by: Libramom | August 1, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Let the tax cut reductions of 2001 expire. All of them.

President Bush deliberately passed a tax reduction with an end date to avoid having to include the effects of the tax bill on the Federal deficit.

The Republican Party is now calling the expiration deliberately included in the law by a Republican President and Republican Congress a tax increase if it is allowed to expire on the date clearly stipulated in the law (perhaps the measure was too long for the Republicans to read).

Republicans wrote and passed a 2001 tax cut bill that was unfunded. Republicans wrote and passed a Medicare Rx prescription plan that was unfunded. Republicans wrote and utilized emergency appropriations that were never included in budgets to pay for the entire cost of running the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. And now, Republicans propose extending the 2001 tax cuts without funding them.

A further example of the fiscal imprudence of the Republicans is Rep. Boehner’s recent proposal to delay full Social Security benefits to age 70 as the first step to steal the $2.5 Trillion Dollars of Social Security payroll taxes paid by more than 140 million currently working and retired Americans. The fact that Americans have already given the Federal Government $2.5 Trillion Dollars in payroll taxes to fund their Social Security retirement is a non-factor to the Republicans.

The previous Republican administration and Republicans presently in the Congress are perfectly happy redeeming the U.S. Treasury securities sold to Saudi Arabia and China to fund the many unfunded expenditures they proposed, voted upon, and enacted into law using borrowed money.

The same Republicans and their pundits now tell us they are unwilling to redeem the U.S. Treasury securities held by the Social Security Trust Fund. It was apparently A-OK to receive and spend the Social Security payroll taxes from workers and businesses to run the government while it was under Republican control; they just don’t want to spend them on actual Social Security benefits now that they no longer have control.

Along with tens of millions of taxpayers, I am tired of the chicanery of both the Republicans and Democrats in playing games to determine what a deficit is, and when it is appropriate. I am not the only taxpayer who has concluded that the Republicans have less personal integrity and about as much fiscal prudence as Bernie Madoff.

I was willing to serve in the Armed Forces. I am willing to pay for the cost of providing government that provides the Liberty we enjoy. Why do so many Americans, elected politicians, and media pundits demand Liberty and the services that make our country great, but refuse to participate in defending it, or paying for it?

The tax reductions of 2001 should be allowed to expire. Anyone who wants it continued should explain how they plan to fund the estimated $1.4 - $3.1 Trillion Dollars cost of extending the tax cuts.

Posted by: ThoseWhoServe | August 1, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

And this assessment of Obama was made by a villiage idiot who quit her term as Governor of the smallest state in the nation because her own party decided to investigate her?

Is this the Onion?

Posted by: SwellLevel5 | August 1, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

bobojake, Custer graduated LAST in his class at West Point. Just another dummy, like Palin, who had a lot of trouble in college too.

They're the inadvertent poster-children for the benefits of being well-educated.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | August 1, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

eye95, you do not need to wait for her to tweet. I can tell your IQ is already lower than dirt.

Posted by: annnort | August 1, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

eye95, you do not need to wait for her to tweet. I can tell your IQ is already lower than dirt.

Posted by: annnort | August 1, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Hey pelosi, CUSTER wasn't nervous either just another foney politican when he got covered with grass, arrows and horse elcrapo in mONTANA.

Posted by: bobojake | August 1, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

I bet Sarah learned the word "cojones" from an illegal Hispanic alien.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | August 1, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the link, eye95. You have performed a genuine public service!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | August 1, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Enough is enough! Legal U.S citizens unite help take the steps to save our country & jobs. Support our cause before illegal immigrant criminals have more rights than us. This is our last stand! Also we must take steps to lower local city and state councilmen salaries too they are all robbing & hurting the people they serve. So please read and sign this online petition. "Petition to Reduce the Wages of Congress Men and Women from $174,000 per year to $50,000 per year at “’. " Copy & Paste below link into your web address bar:

Pass it on!

Posted by: n2riskybiz | August 1, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Spare us Sarah.

New study shows that each time you tweet America experiences a decrease in IQ.

Read this article, it is HYSTERICAL.

Posted by: eye95 | August 1, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

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