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Right Turn: November 28, 2010 - December 4, 2010

Friday Question -- open thread

Every Friday about this time I'll pose a question and throw it out to the readers. You have until Sunday at 6 p.m. ET to add comments. I promise to read them all, pick the most interesting and discuss it...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 3, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Categories:  Friday question  
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Flushing $200,000 down the drain?

Politico reports: The incoming Republican House leader proposed plans to build female members a new restroom off the House floor, but the project could cost the taxpayers at least $200,000, according to a congressional aide who has seen the cost...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 3, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  House GOP  
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Who's in charge of the Senate?

The House Democrats will have it relatively easy. What remains of the Pelosi Democrats in January, for the most part, will be liberal members from relatively safe seats who will have no responsibility for governing. They can cater to the...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 3, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Senate Democrats, Senate GOP  
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Terrible jobs numbers

As The Post reported this morning, the job numbers out today are awful: After three months of holding steady, the unemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent in November, with payroll employment showing little growth, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 3, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (130)
Categories:  economy  
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Mitch McConnell interview

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has often been caught in the political crossfire. Liberals have portrayed him as the Darth Vader of the Senate, out to destroy their agenda, devious and intractable. Rock-ribbed conservatives complain that he's been too...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 3, 2010; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Senate GOP  
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David Brooks vs. Paul Ryan, round 2

Yesterday I shared some of the debate between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and David Brooks at the American Enterprise Institute, observing that Brooks's original characterization of Ryan as an anti-government conservative was inaccurate (a point proven correct in the AEI...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 3, 2010; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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Left freak-out: Obama to fold on tax cuts?

Kim Strassel of the Wall Street Journal hits the nail on the head: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is now insisting that there are two things President Obama absolutely will not, under any circumstances, allow to happen on taxes:...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 3, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  economy  
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Morning Bits

Sometimes the punishment fits the crime. "The House voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to censure Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), who pleaded for leniency but now finds his 40-year career tarnished after his colleagues rebuked him using a rare form of public...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 3, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Morning Bits  
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David Brooks vs. Paul Ryan

Today the American Enterprise Institute held an unusual debate. Unusual because the participants, David Brooks of the New York Times and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin agreed on so much. Brooks said he had a copy of the Ryan-Rivlin plan...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 2, 2010; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Losing the debate, says Ted Strickland

Former Ohio Gov.Ted Strickland declared, in reference to the argument on extending only the Bush tax cuts for middle-income taxpayers, "I mean if we can't win that argument, we might as well fold up." Well, I couldn't agree more. And,...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 2, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Obama White House  
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Bob McDonnell interview

Bob McDonnell was among the first Republicans to lead the party out of the political wilderness. He won the Virginia governorship in 2009 by double digits, running on an anti-Obama agenda in a state Obama had won a year...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 2, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  2012 campaign, economy  
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The deficit dance and the 2012 election

The maneuvering in response to the results of the president's debt commission has begun. The proposed mix of tax rate reductions, spending restraint and adjustments to Social Security have made previously controversial Republican positions the stuff of responsible center-right consensus....

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 2, 2010; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  2012 campaign, economy  
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The most transparent administration ever?

That is how the Obama administration billed itself. The reality is quite different. Whether it has been in denying release of documentation on recidivism among detainees released from Guantanmo, or concealing the political involvement of Obama appointees in the decision...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 2, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Obama White House  
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Time to pull the plug on UN Human Rights Council

A friend passes on this e-mail regarding the United Nations Human Rights Council, which is both an oxymoron and a travesty, touting a recent accomplishment of the monitoring organization UN Watch: I just learned great news: German law professor Christian...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 2, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  foreign policy  
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Republicans amazed by Democrats' gamesmanship

While the Democratic House leadership is seemingly delighted to get around to its vote to preserve only part of the Bush tax cuts, House Republicans are stunned that House Democrats haven't gleaned the message from the voters: Stop spending and...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 2, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  House GOP  
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Morning Bits

When do you think George W. Bush will get his due for his AIDS initiative? "The United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is a historically impressive achievement. It will rank among the handful of the most important...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 2, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Morning Bits  
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Is civility out of date?

My former Commentary colleague (and co-author, along with The Post's Mike Gerson, of a splendid book on the intersection of religion and politics) Pete Wehner provides an eloquent defense of civility in the public square. He cautions that "civil" is...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 1, 2010; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
 
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Emergency Committee for Israel blasts senators

The Emergency Committee for Israel, a new pro-Israel organization that caused a big stir in the 2010 campaign, is blasting Sens. Chuck Schumer and Carl Levin for dragging AIPAC into the debate over ratification of the START agreement. Board members...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 1, 2010; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  American Jews, foreign policy  
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Reaction to Schumer/Levin letter

White House spokesman Tommy Vietor tells me that the White House did not urge Sens. Chuck Schumer and Carl Levin to write to AIPAC supporting ratification of New START. "The White House doesn't tell members of Congress who to send...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 1, 2010; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  American Jews, foreign policy  
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A very belated tax deal

President Obama is finally ready to deal on tax cuts. He has Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and budget director Jacob Lew horsetrading with Republicans over the Bush tax cuts. It's shameful that this wasn't done months ago. With businesses and...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 1, 2010; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  economy  
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No rush on 2012

Ed Gillespie -- the Republican advisor who formerly served in the Bush White House, chaired Bob McDonnell's successful gubernatorial race in Virginia and helped found the immensely effective independent fundraising group Crossroads GPS -- reminded me in a brief telephone...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 1, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  2012 campaign  
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Mitch McConnell ups the ante

What a difference an election makes. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has sent Senate Majority Harry Reid a letter saying that the entire GOP caucus (42-strong) isn't going to vote for cloture on anything until the funding of the government...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 1, 2010; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Senate GOP  
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Obama admininstration pressures AIPAC?!

The Obama administration, which has had a rocky relationship with Israel and with pro-Israel American Jews, took an extraordinary step yesterday. After inducing a number of Jewish groups, which rarely comment on non-Israel issues, to back the New START treaty,...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 1, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  American Jews  
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The myth of Palin's frontrunner status

Much of the punditocracy is obsessed with Sarah Palin. It's understandable on several levels. First, she makes for good copy and has a knack for coining catchy phrases ("death panels") and new words ("refudiate" -- it's now in the...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 1, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
Categories:  2012 campaign, Sarah Palin  
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House Republican leadership: a preview

If you want to know about the House GOP game plan for the lame duck session or 2011, you can't do better than sitting down with Rep. Paul Ryan, the wonkish congressman from Wisconsin whose proposal for entitlement reform...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 1, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  House GOP  
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Morning Bits

First, cut spending say the voters. "To ease surging budget deficits, Americans prefer cutting federal services to raising taxes by nearly 2-1 in a new poll. Yet there is little consensus on specific, meaningful steps - and a wariness about...

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 1, 2010; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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John Bolton interview: Obama's in over his head

It's December 2010, so it must be 2012 campaign season. A number of possible Republican presidential candidates have suggested (perhaps to endear themselves to weary political reporters) that they won't announce -- at least formally -- for several months....

By Jennifer Rubin  | December 1, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  2012 campaign, foreign policy  
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By Jennifer Rubin  | November 30, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
 
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