Rick Perry: ‘I’m running for president and `full well believe I’m going to win’

By |August 13th, 2011|

**UPDATED** Perry's announcement came during a conference call, which (of course) was then blasted across Twitter by the AP's Beth Fouhy. Here's Perry's "Why I'm Running" pitch. So, his big announcement speech included a gafferiffic moment, when Perry called the fallen Afghanistan soldiers "Special Operators." The second half of his speech took off on optimism, [...]

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That 1979 Feeling

By |August 9th, 2011|

Ten years into our involvement in the war in Afghanistan, in the mountains southwest of Kabul in the Tangi Valley, an elite group of Army Rangers were pinned down in a fight, when they called in their "Immediate Reaction Force," according to reporting by Danger Room. It would be another elite U.S. fighting force, Navy [...]

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Pres. Obama’s Deficit Debacle, National Security, and Warmaking

By |August 3rd, 2011|

I've been reading a lot about the Pentagon's possible budget hit, with analysis all over the map. What this proves conclusively is that no one knows what will happen. That's the real rub in Obama's debt ceiling debacle. No one can possibly know the specifics in outlying years. There are too many unknown unknowables, to [...]

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Biden on Point, while Republicans Balk at ‘Professor Obama’s lectures’

By |August 2nd, 2011|

It always comes down to relationships and Pres. Obama just doesn't have them. Joe does. An interesting back story put together by Politico's Glenn Thrush, Carrie Budoff Brown, Manu Raju and John Breshnahan. [...] With the talks going nowhere Saturday morning, the White House made "our last play," according to a senior administration [...]

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Buying Time for the White House, Reid Postpones Vote Until Sunday 1 pm

By |July 30th, 2011|

"Tell your henchman to stop saying nice things about me," McConnell, the Senate minority leader, told Reid earlier this week, according to people familiar with the conversation. "It hurts me." Even as he's sought to project immovable unity with House Speaker John Boehner, the prospects for an eleventh-hour deal rest largely on McConnell's shoulders. For [...]

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Reid Shoots, Scores, by Ending Wars

By |July 27th, 2011|

Well, at least Harry can count, not only doing proper math, but it's likely he's the one who has the votes he needs, while the jury's out for Mr. Boehner. In the battle of budget scores, the Senate Democrats deficit reduction bill is the clear winner thus far over an alternative by Speaker John Boehner, [...]

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Mitt Romney, King of Layoffs

By |July 14th, 2011|

Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee will provide a wealth of ammunition for Democrats. The late Sen. Ted Kennedy provides the path and the foreshadowing of what could come. Politico's piece today reveals why, which also provides un-aired as well as aired ads from Ted Kennedy's old campaign archives. Romney's troubles begin with Bain Capital. [...]

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Jon Huntsman Stiffs DeMint

By |July 12th, 2011|

This guy needs to find a path to run as an Independent. Of course, there's no path to win that way, but he could cause nightmares for Pres. Obama and the Republican nominee, which would be well worth it as an exercise. AP reporting: Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, who would like to be the [...]

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Ahmed Wali Karzai Assassinated, U.S. General Reportedly Wanted him Burned

By |July 12th, 2011|

From the New York Times: For years, the American military has believed that public anger over government-linked corruption has helped swell the Taliban's ranks, and that Ahmed Wali Karzai played a central role in that corruption. He has repeatedly denied any links to Afghan drug trafficking. According to three American military officials, in April 2009 [...]

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House Progressives and Obama’s ‘Deal of the Century’

By |July 7th, 2011|

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was not informed in advance of President Obama's plans to include Social Security reform in the scope of the debt-ceiling talks, a House Democratic aide said Thursday. Reports that Obama is looking for a big debt deal that would include Social Security reforms provoked anger among liberals in the [...]

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