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Posted at 7:45 AM ET, 03/11/2011

Morning Bits

By Jennifer Rubin

There is no fact that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) can't get wrong. "Sen. Harry Reid vastly overstated annual attendance figures for the federally subsidized National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Nevada."

There is no limit to NPR's chicanery. "The new video includes recordings of phone conversations between NPR executive Betsy Liley and an activist posing as a member of a phony group with ties to the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood. The two discuss the logistics of a potential $5 million donation from the group to NPR and the ways in which it could be kept anonymous and shielded from government scrutiny. NPR says it never came close to accepting the money because the phony group did not meet its standards for potential donors. Liley has been placed on administrative leave. Liley says in the video that [CEO Vivian] Schiller and [Joyce] Slocum, then NPR's general counsel, were aware of the potential $5 million donation from the group, which called itself the Muslim Education Action Center and said on its website that its goal was 'to spread acceptance of Sharia across the world.'" Whoa. Is this a screenplay by Rush Limbaugh? Maybe Congress should be funding an investigation into NPR.

There is no better summary of our approach to Syria than that by Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.): "Is our policy 'passive consistency,' or 'consistent passivity?' Or don't we have any Syria policy at all? I'm glad Ambassador [Robert] Ford is in Damascus. I just wish he was doing more than conveying the usual feckless messages to the Syrians and reporting their contempt back to Washington."

There is no better example of President Obama's foreign policy failure than Libya. Paul Wolfowitz writes: "So, while the Libyan opposition is losing vital ground to heavily armed Qaddafi forces, the United States is debating what it can do to help under the constraints of a U.N. resolution that was supposed to have sent a tough message to Qaddafi. Instead, it is sending a demoralizing message to Qaddafi's opponents."

There is no bending of the cost curve under ObamaCare. "CBO projects that spending for Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other health care programs will grow from 9.9 percent of GDP in 2010 to 12.0 percent by 2021, driven largely by rapid growth in health care costs."

There is no more hysterical member of Congress (or worse boss) than Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. Her performance at the Islamic radicalization hearing was a doozy.

There is no sense that the White House is remotely interested in spending reduction."Vice President Joe Biden, delegated as a top budget negotiator by Obama, pursued a semi-comical second track: reaching out long distance to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) from Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's dacha. Boehner and McConnell were not charmed. Quipped one GOP aide: 'The idea of the vice president managing budget negotiations on Capitol Hill from the Russian prime minister's dacha might seem unrealistic even in a James Bond movie.'"

By Jennifer Rubin  | March 11, 2011; 7:45 AM ET
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Comments

Uh, on health care costs, I think you're confusing "bending the curve" with "flat-lining the curve."

Posted by: bmoodie | March 11, 2011 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Does the UN ever do ANYthing that isn't counter-productive. It exists to give hostile regimes like Russia and China a veto over our foreign policy. Clinton had the courage to ignore their polyglot idiocy. Obama doesn't have the courage to face down a kitten. Maybe if he apologizes to Qadaffi enough...

Posted by: Larry3435 | March 11, 2011 9:26 AM | Report abuse

More like flatlining the boomers.....to bend the curve.

Posted by: gopthestupidparty | March 11, 2011 9:39 AM | Report abuse

There is no bigger rightwing hack apologist than Ms. Rubin.

Posted by: Observer691 | March 11, 2011 10:05 AM | Report abuse

The Administration's biden its time on...just about everything, I guess. They need somebody like Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee in there to really show them how it's done. Get the Republicans on the phone and keep them there while running a double feature of The Sorrow and the Pity and Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage, TV version, for everyone on the staff, attendence absolutely required if you want to work here.

Posted by: aardunza | March 11, 2011 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Rubin,

Citing Paul Wolfowitz? Really?

This is the man who said of the Iraq war, "There's a lot of money to pay for this. It doesn't have to be U.S. taxpayer money. We are dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon."

Your capacity for hackdom continues to impress.

Posted by: tracymohr | March 11, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

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