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WASHINGTON (AP) — There may be less than meets the eye to President Barack Obama’s statements Monday night that NATO is taking over from the U.S. in Libya and that U.S. action is limited to defending people under attack there by Moammar Gadhafi’s forces.
In transferring command and control to NATO, the U.S. is turning the reins over to an organization dominated by the U.S., both militarily and politically. In essence, the U.S. runs the show that is taking over running the show.
And the rapid advance of rebels in recent days strongly suggests they are not merely benefiting from military aid in a defensive crouch, but rather using the multinational force in some fashion — coordinated or not — to advance an offensive.
Here is a look at some of Obama’s assertions in his address to the nation Monday, and how they compare with the facts:
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Combined with the $10 billion that’s already been cut as part of the two short-term budget resolutions that have passed, that would mean total cuts this year of roughly $30 billion — halfway between the GOP’s demand for $61 billion and the Democrats’ demand for, well, squat.
Serious tactical question: Is this worth doing?
The White House and Democratic lawmakers, with less than two weeks left to avoid a government shutdown, are assembling a proposal for roughly $20 billion in additional spending cuts that could soon be offered to Republicans, according to people close to the budget talks…
House Republicans are preparing a budget resolution for 2012 that would make major spending reductions in entitlement programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and give states more flexibility in how they spend federal Medicaid money.
Separately, Senate GOP leaders are urging all 47 Republicans in the chamber to sign on to a proposed constitutional amendment to balance the budget and demand a vote on it.
Whether we cut $61 billion, $30 billion, or $1 billion, we’re still being hit with an avalanche of new debt. All three amounts are chump change vis-a-vis this year’s $1.5 trillion Continue reading
Critics of a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit on behalf of a Muslim teacher in Illinois say it is politically motivated.
Government lawyers filed the religious discrimination suit in December on behalf of Safoorah Khan, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. Khan quit her job in Berkeley, a suburb of Chicago, when she was refused time off to make a pilgrimage to Mecca.
Critics say Khan was requesting a three-week absence, well beyond the usual accommodation to employees’ religion, and the Justice Department should not have become involved. They suggest the Obama administration filed the lawsuit in an effort to reach out to U.S. Muslims. Continue reading
The Obama administration wants to spend $556 billion over the next six years on transportation projects, but they may have to get creative to pay for them. One “practical option” could be taxing drivers based on their mileage, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is reporting.
The CBO has released a report on a potential mileage tax at the behest of Democratic Sen. Kent Conrad (N.D.), the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, the Hill reports. While tracking mileage was once considered infeasible, the CBO concluded that new technologies have changed that.
“Now, electronic metering and billing are making per-mile charges a practical option,” the report said.
Conrad requested the report after a congressional hearing earlier this month in whi Continue reading
John Paul Rogers, a 70-year old Floridian, wants to run for mayor of a small Florida town called Lake Wales. Just one problem: the democratic mayoral candidate is a former Klansman.
Here he is at a 1977 KKK rally in Tallahassee:
Not only was Rogers a Klansman, but he was a leader in the United Klans of America, which was arguably the most violent of the Klan organizations says Florida local and Klan history expert Darryl Paulson: Continue reading
So much for that Equal Protection clause.
During a pro-Planned Parenthood rally in New Jersey this week, Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg (NJ) reportedly blasted Republicans and conservatives who are against funding the pro-abortion group. And by blasted we mean he doesn’t believe they deserve all the rights found in the Constitution:
The Tea Party Republicans in Washington claim they’re concerned about the budget balance, but it’s a disguise! It’s not true! It’s a lie! That’s not what they want. They want — they want other people not to be able to have their own opinions. They don’t deserve the freedoms that are in the Constitution! But we’ll give them to them anyway.
Sure, at the end he says “we’ll give it to them anyway.” But as Hot Air points out, that’s at best patronizing.
The comments are quickly coming under heavy fire from pro-life advocates.
“Lautenberg’s remarks and attitude were extremely inappropriate for a U.S. Senator,” Marie Tasy, the director of New Jersey Right to Life, told LifeNews.com, adding that the comment “bears repeating because it provides evidence of how Planned Parenthood and its supporters actually feel.”
“This statement is shameful coming from a U.S. Senator,” she added. “Lautenberg made these remarks surrounded by Planned Parenthood employees, supporters and state lawmakers who applauded him. These remarks are absolutely shameful and need to be exposed.”
A new report from the Government Accountability Office suggests the federal health care law could hold together even if the Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate.
The report, requested by Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., makes clear that the mandate is critical to the health care policy-without it, Americans with health insurance would be on the hook for an estimated $57 billion to cover increasing numbers of uninsured people.
But the report lists alternatives that could potentially hold the health care law intact if the Supreme court rules against the individual mandate.
It suggests modifying insurance open enrollment periods and imposing late fees, expanding employer input in Continue reading
A group of Tea Party protesters blasted the California Democratic Party on Friday for hosting its annual Pro Tem Cup fundraiser while the state is in economic despair.
The protest—which took place outside of Poway’s Maderas Golf Club on Friday —attracted about 20 locals, most of whom are members of the Patriot Coalition of San Diego County, or more informally known as Tea Partiers.
“The purpose is to point out the hypocrisy of this fundraiser when they have to pass a balanced budget,” said Steve Baldwin, one of the protest’s organizers. “They’re not doing anything up there—we’re pissed.”
Protesters said they were upset that the Democrats were still participating in the fifth annual Pro Tem Cup—a two-day event with the second day hosted by Torrey Pines Golf Course—when they’ve yet to solve the state’s estimated $26 billion deficit in its entirety and have the ability to pass a balanced budget with a simple majority.