Friday, July 10, 2009

Bob's Political Digest July 10, 2009

Uncommon Detail Marks Rulings by Sotomayor
She Almost Oversteps Her Role, Experts Say
Excerpt: "It seems an odd use of judicial time, given the very heavy caseload in the 2nd Circuit, to spend endless hours delving into the minutiae of the record," said Arthur Hellman, a University of Pittsburgh law professor and an authority on federal courts.

Senate Democrats Still Seeking GOP Support
Balance of Power Not Changed Much by Supermajority
Excerpt: Democrats have a large enough majority to pass bills without any GOP support, but they are grappling with internal divisions on key issues such as health care, climate change and union organizing. In addition, caucus leaders and President Obama would like at least some Republican backing on key measures so they can say they are enacting a bipartisan agenda, which then-Sen. Obama made a cornerstone of his 2008 campaign.

Discord on Health Care Dulls Luster of New Pacts
Allies Sour on Effort as Obama Woos Industry
Excerpt: The Obama administration, hoping to boost its health-care reform effort with financial concessions from the hospital and pharmaceutical industries, is instead confronting deep dissension on several fronts within Democratic ranks and possible defections among key constituencies.

Oil From Stone: Securing America's Energy Future
Energy Independence? Nah. We’d rather fund regimes that fund terrorists.

So Much for 'Energy Independence'
Energy Independence? Nah. We’d rather fund regimes that fund terrorists.
Excerpt: The U.S. gets about 98 times as much energy from natural gas and oil as it does from ethanol and biofuels. And measured on a per-unit-of-energy basis, Congress lavishes ethanol and biofuels with subsidies that are 190 times as large as those given to oil and gas.

Videos: Getting it clear

Islamists Sabotage Assimilation of Somali-Americans
The Jihad next door.

Forgetting Sarah Palin
Maybe the economy is all her fault? Yeah, that’s it. Alert the media!

DeMint Amendment to Audit Federal Reserve Blocked by Senate Leadership
Transparency? We don’t need no stinkin’ transparency!

I'm all for cap ‘n trade; it's a nifty idea. Simply splendid. Positively stupendous. Brilliant beyond brilliant. I just have a different take on the whole notion. I prefer very stringent caps on taxes and spending, coupled with a 2010 trade-in of the entire U.S. Congress. ~ Kyle-Anne Shiver

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