Common Cause gets nearly all the facts wrong in its complaint about Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. Embarrassing for lawyers claiming judges haven't followed ethical rules. There is an ethical rule, after all, about filing frivolous suits.
House Foreign Affairs Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen gets tough with the U.N. regarding an A.P. report that the U.N.'s chief investigator is actually "under investigation himself for allegedly retaliating against two whistle-blowers." Her statement reads, in part: "The irony of the UN's chief investigator being investigated is overwhelming, but the fact that the U.S. continues to contribute billions of taxpayer dollars every year to an unaccountable, unreformed UN is no laughing matter. These allegations reinforce the need for expanded and effective oversight of the UN. Next week, our Committee will lead the way by holding the first of several briefings and hearings on UN reform." As with so many items, you wonder why the Democrats didn't exercise oversight when they were in charge.
The administration finally gets a hard lesson in reality and embraces use of the military tribunals that it vilified when coming into office. "The Defense Department plans a new round of military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as the Obama administration tries to accommodate the latest set of congressional restrictions on handling detainees there."
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) gets close to making a decision on a 2012 presidential run.
Jon Stewart gets kudos for doing what other liberals won't -- pummeling Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.).
I still don't think the administration gets it. Iran is not going to negotiate away its nuclear program: "'We will not allow any talks linked to freezing or suspending of Iran's enrichment activities to be discussed at the meeting in Istanbul,' senior official in the Iranian delegation Massoud Zohrevand said as Iran and the five permanent UN Security Council members met Friday, Reuters reported. 'So far this issue has not been discussed, has not been raised or mentioned by the other party,' Zohrevand said, adding, 'Iran's nuclear rights cannot be discussed,' the report said." Other than giving Iran a publicity coup and demoralizing the Green Movement, it is hard to understand what further talks are accomplishing.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) gets more like another female media magnet all the time. "Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) will deliver her own response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, even though the GOP selected one of her House colleagues to give an official rebuttal."
Former prime minister Tony Blair gets credit from Tom Joscelyn of the Weekly Standard for understanding the Iran-Al Qaeda connection long before most "experts" did: "What nobody foresaw was that Iran would actually end up supporting [Al-Qaeda]. The conventional wisdom was these two are completely different types of people because Iran is Shia, the Al-Qaeda people are Sunni and therefore, you know, the two would never mix. What happened in the end was that they did because they both had a common interest in destabilising [Iraq], and for Iran I think the reason they were interested in destabilising Iraq was because they worried about having a functioning majority Shia country with a democracy on their doorstep." Actually, he should get credit for understanding the influence of a functioning Middle East democracy, something many on the left still don't comprehend.
| January 23, 2011; 7:45 AM ET
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