Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Today in the Washington Examiner April 6, 2011

Byron York - GOP keeps its powder dry as Obama runs unopposed

Back in 2006 and 2007, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., laid the foundation for a big, expensive, well-funded presidential race. Still bearing the scars of his loss to George W. Bush in the 2000 GOP primaries, McCain ran a big-spending operation until, in the summer of 2007, he ran out of cash and the campaign nearly died. McCain recovered and eventually won the nomination, but it was a very hard slog.

It's an experience today's GOP candidates don't want to repeat. "Our view is that things got started too soon last time," says a close adviser to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. "The only people who have been agitating for an early start [now] are the press and overcaffeinated political junkies, and I guess we can now add President Obama to that list."

Sara Carter - America may be involved in Libya for many years, experts say

The United States is in Libya for the long haul, whether the Obama administration likes it or not, and weeding out al Qaeda infiltrators from the opposition bent on taking over control of the country from strongman Moammar Gadhafi will be an enormous challenge, experts said.

Susan Ferrechio - GOP's 2012 budget would drastically alter Medicare

House Republicans Tuesday are expected to unveil a budget plan for 2012 that offers significant cuts in federal spending and a sweeping restructuring of Medicare and Medicaid to reduce the nation's massive deficit.

The plan, authored by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., would cut spending by $4 trillion over the next decade, exceeding the reductions proposed by President Obama's own deficit commission.

Hayley Peterson - Obama kicks off 2012 re-election bid

During the upcoming campaign, Obama will tout his success in passing health care reform, drawing down troops in Iraq and redefining the U.S. role as a global leader, Carney said.

He also will try to convince Americans that the "change" they voted for in 2008 is worth waiting for even as Republicans argue that little has improved since Obama was elected.

Philip Klein - Obama's awkward and awkwardly-timed reelection launch video

With the Middle East in turmoil and a budget impasse threatening to shut down the government, President Obama on Monday morning released a video formally announcing his reelection bid. Read More

Hayley Peterson - The five incumbent presidents who lost

On the morning that President Obama launches his reelection campaign, the Republican field of presidential candidates remains – at best – a guessing game. Political pundits can tick off dozens of strategic reasons why the 2012 hopefuls are lying in wait. But a purely statistical analysis of a president's chances of winning reelection could be reason enough. Read More

David Freddoso - Nice ruling: Does this mean I can opt out of Social Security?

Last year, Michigan's then-Democratic governor signed a bipartisan measure requiring Michigan teachers and school administrators to contribute 3 percent of their pay toward their retirement health care benefit. A judge has now found this contribution requirement unconstitutional because the benefit can be changed or abolished at any time by the legislature: Read More

Philip Klein - Smearing Ryan's Medicare Plans

Liberals are already lining up to attack Rep. Paul Ryan's budget proposal, even though it won't be released until Tuesday. But before getting to that, it's worth clarifying a misunderstanding about what he's actually going to propose with regard to Medicare. Read More

Philip Klein - Bart Stupak looks even dumber today

For months, the final passage of the national health care law was in doubt due to then Rep. Bart Stupak's insistence that any final piece of legislation include his more restrictive language making sure that it did not include federal funding for abortion. Read More

Michael Barone - Democratic senators to Obama: time to be a grownup

Senators John Kerry and Max Baucus have an interesting opinion article in the Wall Street Journal today urging ratification of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement. It’s interesting not so much for what it says as for whom it’s addressed to. Kerry and Baucus make in straightforward terms the case for the Colombia FTA—it would open new markets to U.S. Read More

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