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Posted at 7:45 AM ET, 01/26/2011

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

Change: The new chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee wants to evaluate our involvement in the U.N.: "U.S. policy on the United Nations should be based on three fundamental questions: Are we advancing American interests? Are we upholding American values? And are we being responsible stewards of American taxpayer dollars? Unfortunately, right now, the answer to all three questions is 'No.' . . . [W]e should be conditioning our contributions on 'reform first, pay later.'" Is this so controversial?

Change: "House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) will hold a press conference tomorrow to introduce legislation to reauthorize and save the successful, bipartisan DC Opportunity Scholarship Program."

Change: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) is getting the presidential contender-treatment -- and responds to complaints about his TARP and auto bailout votes.

No change: "At the talks between Iran and six major powers in Istanbul over the weekend, Iran said it was 'no longer interested' in a fuel-swap deal proposed by Washington and the others, a senior Western diplomat said Monday." No longer?! Umm, I think the regime has rebuffed all offers.

No change: Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) defends earmarks.

No change: MSNBC doesn't miss Keith Olbermann. "MSNBC received some gratifying ratings news from the first night of its new prime-time lineup as it showed increases in the 8 and 9 p.m. hours, even in the absence of its previous leading man, Keith Olbermann." Yes, news execs can have better ratings and no migrane headaches!

No change: Jackson Diehl writes on the lack of "news" in the Palestinian papers, "The sad irony is that if the Palestinian papers reveal anything, it is the yawning gap that continues to exist between the most generous Israeli and Palestinian offers."

No change: Filibuster reform flunks. Readers of the Right Turn knew it would!

By Jennifer Rubin  | January 26, 2011; 7:45 AM ET
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