At a Glance


A cursory read of the morning’s news reveals that the White House wants BP to pay the salaries of laid off employees who will remain laid off thanks to a six month moratorium on drilling that the White House is itself imposing. Follow the logic on that one

Meanwhile, the NYT editorializes that what the US needs is more, not less, government spending in order to spur further job creation. This notwithstanding that the goo-gobs of money the government has blown through so far has spurred growth primarily in the public sector while the unemployment rate climbed toward double digit territory.

Only In America


And now, the most remarkable story from Tuesday’s primaries:

Alvin Greene, a relative unknown, shocked Democrats in the Palmetto State on Tuesday night by winning the chance to face Sen. Jim DeMint, a Republican, this fall with a commanding victory over state lawmaker Vick Rawl in the Democratic primary.

Not that the Climate Change Brigade is Hysterical . . .


The Left is furious with Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski for trying to block the EPA from regulating carbon dioxide under the Clean Air Act — especially since her bill is attracting support from some Democrats. Here’s a great example of the scientifically-rigorous critique of Murkowski’s legislation, from Tim Wirth, the former Colorado senator who now runs the United Nations Foundation:

Alaska is melting out from underneath her…and she’s effectively saying ‘lets don’t do anything’

An End Run Around Our Iran Policy?


The New York Times reported that Russia joined the leaders of Turkey and Iran at a nuclear arms summit in Istanbul on Tuesday — not a good sign for the Obama administration’s Iran policy which is entirely dependent on support for sanctions from Russia and China. More worrisome were the comments from Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who expressed doubts about the UN Security Council sanctions resolution scheduled to be debated this week. “I hold the opinion that this resolution should not be unnecessary, should not put Iran’s leadership or the Iranian people into difficulty,” he said. Putin also warned against “excessive” measures on Iran.

The administration has believed for months that Russia — and China — would support some US-backed sanctions designed to further choke the ability of the leadership to conduct international business. And, indeed, the administration drafted the new round of sanctions with heavy input from (and sweet deals for) from Russia and China.

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The San Jose Mercury News has finally discovered a tax increase it opposes: the House bill taxing venture capitalists’ “carried interest” profits as ordinary income rather than long-term capital gains. Before the economic meltdown, venture capital created 10 million jobs and $2 trillion in revenue over a 10-year period. Hello. Why would the president and […]

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Most Important California Victory


Some say Meg. Some say Carly. I’m going with the Lakers, who took it to the Celtics in Boston last night to win back home field advantage after dropping it in LA. So far, this is one of the best defensive finals I’ve ever seen. Shooting percentage for both teams is in the tank but not for lack of skill, just too much D. Still, Sunday had Boston’s Ray Allen breaking something like four finals records by draining 8 three-pointers, 7 in a row. And last night, Derek Fisher proved, what I keep saying, that old guys rule as he kept the Lakers ahead despite a Celtic run in the fourth. Great series so far, now at 2-1 LA. Primaries? What primaries?

The “Immigrant” Vote: What the GOP Can Learn from Canada’s Conservatives


My mother, second child in a Mexican family of nine siblings, was the first in her family to immigrate to the United States when she was only 17 years old.  She worked hard, took English classes at a community college, sent money home to help support her family, and in the meantime started a family with an American.  A naturalized citizen as of 1997, Mom is a self-professed conservative, and votes accordingly. 

But my mother is an anomaly, not only in her own family, but in the Hispanic population – and indeed, the immigrant population – as a whole. 

1 Million Euros is still a lot of money


In Elie Wiesel’s piece in the NYDaily News, he rehashes some of the things we already know about the Mavi Marmara incident. But then, deep into the piece, a new (at least to me) piece of the puzzle:

Now we also learn that some passengers appear to have received money for their participation. In other words, they were mercenaries. A million euros in cash were in their belongings. Two of the other men left video testaments as suicide bombers do before going on their missions.

One More Zing


Ricochet’s Morning Zingers provide, IMHO, one of the more entertaining web briefings around. But this morning cannot be zung without taking a look at Dorothy Rabinowitz’s WSJ op-ed page tour de force “Alien in the White House.” It’s a great piece and, among other things, gives a certain symbolic credence to the folks who insist Obama was born elsewhere or that he’s secretly a Muslim and suchlike. That may all be nonsense, but it expresses their accurate sense that this is not our guy somehow, not, I mean, America’s guy in very basic and important ways. The piece is free online at the link. Tolle lege. (Peter Robinson will explain what that means.)

Europe Adrift, Hellenic Hardship Greases Chinese Wheels



Spurred on by government incentives and bargain-basement prices, the Chinese are planning to pump hundreds of millions — perhaps billions — of euros into Greece even as other investors run the other way. The cornerstone of those plans is the transformation of the Mediterranean port of Piraeus into the Rotterdam of the south, creating a modern gateway linking Chinese factories with consumers across Europe and North Africa.

Mitch Daniels: Riding Harleys, Pinching Pennies


At his incredibly engrossing and great Tumblr feed, Ricochet member Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry has posted some of his favorite pull quotes from Andrew Ferguson’s Weekly Standard profile of our very own Gov. Mitch Daniels. Turns out, they’re some of my favorites, too — such as:

Daniels talked about bikes for a minute, told them of a group of Harley riders he’d met back at the McDonald’s, asked them what they’d been hearing. Then he got on his Harley and the Abate guys got back on theirs, and they moved onto the highway. Twenty minutes later, a small delegation of gray-suited businessmen who had been deputized to greet their governor were standing on the porch of Pastarrific Italian Restaurant in Kokomo, when their governor appeared, hunched on his Harley, with a gang of 25 men in long hair and black leather jackets behind him, in a thunderous internal-combustion roar.

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Anna Eshoo, my US Representative here in California’s 14th district, sends along her latest newsletter on the occasion of World Ocean Day. This disaster [BP oil spill] serves as a sobering reminder of the destructive power of our energy habits and how we must continue to protect our nation’s precious natural resources. Preview Open

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