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Right Turn: January 30, 2011 - February 5, 2011

Friday question

Tumultuous events occurred in the Middle East this week. Hosni Mubarak's rule over Egypt is ending, but the nature of what government will follow is far from certain. In Tunisa, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali has been thrown out after decades...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 4, 2011; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Traveling to Israel

Later today I'll be traveling to Israel to attend the 11th annual Herzliya Conference. With the region experiencing great upheaval and Israel facing a variety of domestic and international challenges, this is a particularly opportune time to hear from Israelis...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 4, 2011; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Liberals need to take the Constitution seriously

Ruth Marcus objects to conservatives dominating the constitutional debate on health care and the rest: It's my constitution as much as it is Michele Bachmann's. She and I may disagree about its meaning, but I am just as committed to...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 4, 2011; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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Why would Republicans want to give up on health-care repeal?

On the subject of health-care repeal, Greg Sargent yesterday intoned that "for Republicans, there is simply no going back at this point. Whether or not they want this crusade, they are stuck with it, come what may." I'm baffled why...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 4, 2011; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Conservative movement  
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A fateful day in Egypt

A former Middle East negotiator told me last night that with Friday prayers, it's hard to predict how many Egyptians will be in the streets today and how much violence will occur. Mubarak "may have concluded the only way out...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 4, 2011; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Morning Bits

Terrorists are fleeing Egyptian prisons: "Now there are reports that Hezbollah members from the cell imprisoned last year for plotting attacks in the Sinai have 'escaped,' along with Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood figures." Hosni Mubarak refuses to flee, out of...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 4, 2011; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Republicans begin to cut spending

As The Post reported, House Republicans have come forward with their first significant spending cut plan. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc), the House Budget Committee chairman, proposed to "cap total appropriations at $1.055 trillion for fiscal 2011 -- $74 billion less...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 3, 2011; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Budget  
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The GOP field jockeys for position

The potential Republican presidential candidates are beginning to throw out hints, make their final decisions to run (or not) and give a sense of their strategies for 2012. Three in particular are drawing attention. Sarah Palin is not going to...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 3, 2011; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Thursday feature: A turn to lighter fare

Politics can be serious business, but it is also great fun, in part because of the characters who take part in it. So, every Thursday at noon Right Turn is going to have some fun with conservative heavy-hitters. We're going...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 3, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Soros blames Jews for Egypt

Today George Soros's latest dose of vitriol against Israel appears in the pages of The Post. Soros vouches for a potential Egyptian government comprised of the Muslim Brotherhood and Mohamed ElBaradei. But then he goes on: The main stumbling block...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 3, 2011; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (148)
Categories:  American Jews  
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Losing a repeal vote, but winning the war against ObamaCare

As The Post reported, the amendment to repeal ObamaCare failed in the Senate by a 51-47 vote. That vote was along party lines. Democrats may claim they "won," but will they in the long run? The reality is beginning to...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 3, 2011; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  Obamacare  
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EXCLUSIVE: Holocaust historian's quote used to slam Beck without permission

Deborah E. Lipstadt, a respected Holocaust scholar, was quoted in the Jewish Funds for Justice (JFSJ) letter slamming Glenn Beck for use of Holocaust imagery. She tells Right Turn the quote was used in the ad without her approval. At...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 3, 2011; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Obama dissed, Mubarak cracks down

As Jackson Diehl wrote yesterday afternoon, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak -- the day after Obama's "now" speech -- unleashed a violent crackdown on the protestors and the media. Diehl observed that "if Obama does not want to be known as...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 3, 2011; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Morning Bits

Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) slammed the door on a pro-democracy resolution on Egypt last year, Josh Rogin reports. "Last fall, a bipartisan group of senators led a months-long drive to pass a resolution calling for greater...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 3, 2011; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Rebuttal to Ezra Klein: Supreme Court justices aren't bloggers

Ezra Klein finds a "conservative legal" scholar to opine on whether the Supreme Court will take the ObamaCare case. Unlike every law professor and advocate whom I have talked to in the last two years on this case, Ezra's gal...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 2, 2011; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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John Huntsman: Liberal media's' pet candidate

Michael Scherer of Time is one of many in the punditocracy who is taking Jon Huntsman's possible run for president seriously. He spins a tale that the country is all about moderation and Huntsman is just the fellow to run...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 2, 2011; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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More objections to selective outrage about the Holocaust

Last week I took to task the large group of rabbis who, after having not voiced similar objections to the equally egregious behavior of liberals, chose to go after Glenn Beck for his use of Holocaust language. Yesterday, Abe Foxman...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 2, 2011; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  American Jews  
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Obama should follow the governors -- the Democrats, too

It is not merely Republican lawmakers, conservative critics and 29 Republican governors who are highlighting the president's decision to punt the tough calls on the deficit to the other party. Ruth Marcus points out how poorly Obama compares to California's...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 2, 2011; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Governors  
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Obama: Rushing to catch up with the revolution

After days and days of dithering and an avalanche of criticism from a wide array of experts, the president came forth last night with a new statement on Egypt. But was it all that new? And, if not, why bother?...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 2, 2011; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Morning Bits

Even before he was forced to vote again and again on ObamaCare: "Among 21 Democratic senators up for re-election next year, there is little question that the most endangered is Nebraska's Ben Nelson, a conservative Democrat in an even more...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 2, 2011; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Mitch McConnell's promise kept on ObamaCare

As The Post reported earlier today: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday introduced a measure aimed at repealing the national health-care overhaul as an amendment to the first Senate bill of the new Congress. McConnell proposed the repeal...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 1, 2011; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Obamacare  
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Mubarak won't run -- or run from the country

The Post reports: President Hosni Mubarak announced Tuesday that he would not run for reelection in a presidential vote set for September, but he vowed to remain in power until a successor is chosen. In a televised speech to the...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 1, 2011; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Democratic Senate majority at risk?

The Cook Political Report (subscription required) tells us: Republican At-Large Rep. Dennis Rehberg is slated to announce Saturday that he will challenge first-term Democratic Sen. Jon Tester next year, according to a report in Roll Call and confirmed by a...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 1, 2011; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Senate Democrats  
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Egypt is a PR problem for Obama team?

That's the take from the New York Times. On National Security Adviser Tom Donilon "running the behind-the-scenes discussions," the Times quotes a "senior administration official": "It's no secret that Tom's style is one of running a very intense process," the...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 1, 2011; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Obama White House  
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Mitt Romney needs a better defense for RomneyCare

Mitt Romney is struggling to find a defense for RomneyCare, the health care legislation passed when he was governor of Massachusetts. Romney's present argument is a legalistic and not very compelling one. On Good Morning America today, Romney said that...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 1, 2011; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  2012 campaign, Mitt Romney  
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Obama's failure of imagination

Hosni Mubarak, sensing the end may be near, is now apparently attempting to bargain for his survival. The Post reports: As pro-democracy demonstrators vowed to bring 1 million people to the streets of Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak offered a gesture...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 1, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  President Obama, foreign policy  
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Egypt's revolution has nothing to do with Israel

The Obama administration and many elite liberal opinion makers seem to be certain that the Middle East is really all about Israel. The Jewish State, in their eyes, is largely the cause or the recipient of most of the region's...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 1, 2011; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Morning Bits

Yikes. "Western powers should work on the assumption that Iran could have a nuclear weapon by next year and an Israeli intelligence assessment of 2015 could be over-optimistic, British Defence Secretary Liam Fox said on Monday. Meir Dagan, outgoing director...

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 1, 2011; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Left unprepared for ObamaCare ruling

Liberal pundits who have consulted liberal law professors about liberals' great achievement -- ObamaCare -- are pronouncing the ruling by Judge Roger Vinson to be much to do about nothing. The ruling is. . . um. . . thinking of...

By Jennifer Rubin  | January 31, 2011; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (126)
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Hopeless on Egypt

Egypt isn't hopeless, but I fear this administration's approach is. After plenty of good advice over the weekend, a meeting today with outside experts (although the two ablest and most frank invitees could not attend) and appropriate calls for Obama...

By Jennifer Rubin  | January 31, 2011; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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Strike two for ObamaCare

Following the decision of a federal court judge in Virgina that ruled that the individual mandate is unconstitutional, a Florida court today, in a case involving some 26 states, has held the entire legislation is unconstitutional. The New York Times...

By Jennifer Rubin  | January 31, 2011; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
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J Street's really bad day

It's not every day that an aggressive left-wing organization makes a public apology and turns tail. But then J Street's letter last week lambasting Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) was no ordinary letter. Today, J Street issued a letter filled with...

By Jennifer Rubin  | January 31, 2011; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  American Jews  
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Imperfect candidates win elections

Chris Cillizza goes through the well-known flaws in a number of Republican presidential candidates. Mitt Romney has RomneyCare, Gov. Haley Barbour has Southern problem, and so on. But I think there are a few important things to keep in mind....

By Jennifer Rubin  | January 31, 2011; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Interview: Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)

Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) is a five-term congressman and former head of a conservative think tank (the Goldwater Institute). He was fiscal hawks' choice for the House Appropriations Committee because of his record on fiscal issues, including opposition to earmarks...

By Jennifer Rubin  | January 31, 2011; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The uncivil left

Showing no concern for the new civility push that followed the Arizona massacre, a group of leftist activists from groups including Code Pink, Common Cause and jewel of liberal think tanks, the Center for American Progress, turned into a loud...

By Jennifer Rubin  | January 31, 2011; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
 
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Obama is still behind the curve on Egypt

As The Post reported yesterday: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called for "real democracy" in Egypt and praised the "great outpouring of desire" expressed by protesters there. But she did not call for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak,...

By Jennifer Rubin  | January 31, 2011; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Friday question answered

In answer to my question about whether the president's State of the Union address or the response by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) was more effective, a number of readers said "neither," arguing that both would be forgotten within days, especially...

By Jennifer Rubin  | January 31, 2011; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Morning Bits

It's supposed to be flattering, but Maureen Dowd's interview makes David Axelrod sound like an overwhelmed political consultant. A sample of Axelrod: "Yeah, we were too prosaic. We all got sort of dragged down, you know; we were a triage...

By Jennifer Rubin  | January 31, 2011; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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The important questions in the 2012 presidential race

In 2012, the Republican challenger has a golden opportunity to defeat the incumbent president, unless unemployment drops dramatically and Obama finds the gumption to tackle the fiscal mess rather than "investing" our money in things we don't want or need...

By Jennifer Rubin  | January 30, 2011; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  2012 campaign  
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On Egypt, Obama offers 'too little, too late'

Last week was, in an administration with plenty of them, a low point in foreign policy execution for the Obama team. On Thursday, Vice President Biden proclaimed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to be a friend of the United States and...

By Jennifer Rubin  | January 30, 2011; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Why is Sen. Jim DeMint upset?

On Friday Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) went on a tear over Senate rule changes, proclaiming: "This rule will make it easier for Harry Reid to pass budget-busting bills in secret, which is exactly opposite of what the American people want....

By Jennifer Rubin  | January 30, 2011; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Senate Republicans  
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Birthright citizenship

Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced a proposal to amend the Constitution "so that children born in the United States are only considered automatic citizens if one parent is a U.S. citizen, one parent is a legal...

By Jennifer Rubin  | January 30, 2011; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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Morning Bits

J Street goes around the bend and attacks liberal friend of Israel Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.). Perhaps this is some new strategy -- vilify someone from the only group (left-leaning Democrats) who might buy their message. Fareed Zakaria goes neo-con....

By Jennifer Rubin  | January 30, 2011; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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