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Posted at 7:45 AM ET, 02/17/2011

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

If not New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, what about Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) as a presidential contender? "Over the weekend, Thune gave a crackling speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. Although he finished in the lower tier of the event's straw poll, he did stir activists to pay attention to a fresh face. He spoke movingly about his family's immigrant history and his Midwestern values. He also poked a little fun at his own comparative anonymity on the national stage."

If not the CIA, maybe some college kids could track revolutions around the world? "'I mean, I'm not a big computer person, but I looked at Facebook, and I am not a member of Facebook, but you could get right in and you could see everything about it,' committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said at an annual hearing on worldwide threats. 'It seems to me that this ought to be watched very carefully to be able to give our policymakers and our leadership some advance notice, and I think we were at fault in that regard.' "

If not "containing" Iran now, how are we going to do it if the mullahs get the bomb? "Iran is reportedly planning to send two warships through the Suez Canal, a major oil-shipping route in Egypt."

If not National Public Radio, then at least can't we cut off the United States Institute for Peace? A Democrat and a Republican agree: "The USIP has a role to play in our modern world, but the level of taxpayer support that this private organization receives is excessive. Since 1985, taxpayers have forked over more than $720 million (inflation adjusted). That has included support for a gleaming new 150,000 square foot office building in the shadow of that other taxpayer-supported institution devoted to peace: the State Department." Actually, USIP's politics are about the same as NPR's -- and just as predictable and dreary. (The building, by the way, is a monstrosity whose proximity to the Mall makes it an unavoidable eyesore.)

If not Iran, could Bahrain be the next authoritarian government to topple? "Thousands of protesters demanding greater freedoms assembled for a third day Wednesday in Bahrain's capital, undeterred by a police crackdown that left two demonstrators dead and turned the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom into a new front in an anti-autocracy wave spreading across the Middle East."

If not Bahrain, what about Libya? "Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Libya's second-largest city on Wednesday to demand the government's ouster, in the first sign that the region's unrest has spread to Muammar Gaddafi's authoritarian state."

If not Libya, what about Yemen? "Thousands of people continued to protest across Yemen on Wednesday, with hundreds of people taking to the streets of Sana, Taiz and other cities, in a bid to force the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. In the southern town of Taiz, demonstrators protesting for a sixth successive day said they were determined to keep on until the government was ousted."

If not
Obama, is there any more irresponsible chief executive than Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn? "A month after securing a major income-tax increase, Democratic Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn proposed a budget Wednesday that would borrow heavily to pay overdue state bills and cut spending by about $1 billion. Facing a deficit of as much as $15 billion -- one of the worst shortfalls of any state in the nation -- lawmakers voted last month to raise the state personal-income tax rate from 3% to 5% and the corporate tax rate from 4.8% to 7%." Not exactly Chris Christie, huh?

By Jennifer Rubin  | February 17, 2011; 7:45 AM ET
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What happened to all those "HYPOCRITS" screams coming from Obama Admin. and Ms Hilary when Mullahs in Tehran were making comments against Mubarak?

I don't hear a bip coming from them about Bahrain!!!!!

Oh, I gathere, Bahrain King (brutal dictator) is an ally and a friend, on the other hand Bahranis protesters peacefully chanting for freedom and justice and getting killed 3 am when they are sleep in their tents, are not worth this Admin verbal support. What a wonderful world we live in!!!!!!

How about you Jennifer? Don't you think Bahrani's King (stalled by Britain) deserves the same treatment as you unleash every day on Mullahs of Iran?

Posted by: abraham3 | February 17, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

What's going to happen to the USIP if funding is indeed cut off? What about the new building?

Posted by: eunicedelrosario | February 17, 2011 2:45 PM | Report abuse

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