Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) explains how to cut the budget. Sen. Harry Reid, who has proclaimed Social Security to be on sound footing and has defended earmarks and every domestic spending boondoggle, says Ryan doesn't know what he is talking about. That's rich.
Judicial Watch, which has filed a FOIA request to pry documents out of DOJ on the New Black Panther Party, explains what the Justice Department has been up to. "On Wednesday, Judicial Watch -- a private watchdog -- filed a brief in its case seeking release of official memoranda, arguing that government stonewalling, 'is about political interference in [Justice's] decision-making process and [the department's] efforts to avoid public scrutiny of that interference.' Most abused is the 'deliberative process' privilege, which is intended for discussions made before and during litigation but is being claimed for documents created after the Black Panther case was concluded.'"
Jamie Fly explains why events in Tunisia and Egypt are important. "The spontaneous overthrow of Tunisian dictator Ben Ali two weeks ago has led to a cascade of protests across the Middle East. The most recent and perhaps most surprising have played out on the streets of Cairo, as tens of thousands of Egyptians call for an end to Hosni Mubarak's nearly 30-year grasp on power. . . . For far too much of his first two years in office, President Obama has been on the side of the thugs and jailers -- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hu Jintao, Vladimir Putin, and Hosni Mubarak to name just a few. It is time for him to place the moral weight of his office fully behind those fighting for their freedom."
Jeb Bush and Newt Gingrich explain why it is better to let the states go bankrupt.
Marty Peretz explains that as editor in chief of The New Republic he "endured hundreds and maybe thousands of pieces which [he] believed to be ethically flawed, historically wrong, politically foolish." This is the Tiger Mother of journalism, displaying pride in the decidedly untoward.
Kim Strassel explains that Obama, despite his new kick to eliminate regulations, is back at it with cap and trade. "Listen carefully to Mr. Obama's speech and you realize he spent plenty of it on carbon controls. He just used a different vocabulary. If the president can't get carbon restrictions via cap and trade, he'll get them instead with his new proposal for a "clean energy" standard. Clean energy, after all, sounds better to the public ear, and he might just be able to lure, or snooker, some Republicans into going along."
Sen.Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) explains that one element of ObamaCare is going to get the axe. "A bipartisan bill in the Senate that would repeal the unpopular 1099 provision in the healthcare law garnered 60 co-sponsors on Thursday, giving the legislation its best chance at passage so far. . . . 'Today we hit the magic number 60 and I feel great about that,' Johanns told The Hill on Thursday."
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