Awkward: Middle East adviser Dennis Ross is asked why he's going to a J Street conference with so many anti-Israel characters.
Ross's attendance is especially cringe-inducing in light of this: "Four Kadima MKs who accepted an invitation to speak at this weekend's J Street conference in Washington faced criticism on Wednesday from colleagues in their faction who said they should not be supporting the left-wing American lobby."
President Obama's embarrassing reticence on Libya stands in contrast to the forceful words of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.): "In recent days, the world has watched in horror as the Gaddafi regime has brutally massacred its own people for simply expressing their desire to live in a free and peaceful Libya. Without hesitation, Americans should condemn the brutal Gaddafi regime and this wanton killing of civilians. We should unflinchingly support the Libyan people's legitimate demands to build a freer and peaceful country. Unfortunately, the administration's initial response has been inadequate. Instead of taking the initiative, the administration is relying on other countries and international bodies to lead. . . . Instead, we should immediately engage willing partners to limit the regime's ability to wage war against its own citizens. These measures could include (but are not limited to) pressing bordering nations to stop the flow of mercenaries into Libya, finding ways to restore severed communications, imposing a no-fly zone to protect civilians against aircraft attacks and mobilizing a humanitarian relief effort."
Shameful that we do nothing about this: "The Libyan government officially warned the State Department on Thursday that foreign journalists entering Libya would be arrested and treated as al-Qaeda collaborators. 'Be advised, entering Libya to report on the events unfolding there is additionally hazardous with the government labeling unauthorized media as terrorist collaborators and claiming they will be arrested if caught,' the State Department said in a press release."
Ouch: "67% Disapprove of Legislators Fleeing Wisconsin to Avoid Vote."
Humiliating, when not even liberal media outlets defend them. "Since Saturday, at least four Wisconsin newspapers -- including those in some of the biggest cities in the state -- have published editorials calling for their state's 14 Democratic state senators to return to work."
Democrats in their most unflattering light: being dragged kicking and screaming to make spending cuts. "Senate Democrats on Thursday began identifying cuts to the 2011 spending bill that they plan to propose to House Republican leadership in the coming days in order to avert a government shutdown after March 4."
| February 25, 2011; 7:45 AM ET
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