Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Today in the Washington Examiner May 18, 2011

Byron York - With Huckabee out, voters look for a likable candidate

People with presidential ambitions don't often walk away from a lead in the polls and a chance to win. Colin Powell did. Mario Cuomo did. And now Mike Huckabee has, too. Read More

Hayley Peterson - Obama's dilemma: Why Libya and not Syria?

The central question President Obama will have to answer this week as he defines his vision for the Middle East is this: Why Libya and not Syria? Two months after he dispatched U.S. fighter jets to Libya as part of a NATO campaign to aid anti-government rebels bent on ousting President Moammar Gadhafi, the president is being widely criticized for not taking similarly strong action in Syria, Israel's neighbor, which is facing the same kind of destabilizing popular uprising as Libya. Read More

Susan Ferrechio - GOP defends budget against Democratic attacks

On the day the federal government reached its $14.3 trillion borrowing limit, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan on Monday argued that Democrats would do far more harm to Medicare than Republicans. Rep. Ryan, R-Wis., told the Economic Club of Chicago that despite Democratic claims that the Republican plan to reform Medicare would hurt seniors, the Democratic plan would take away patients' benefits by allowing an independent board to decide how to cut the program's costs. Read More

Philip Klein - Gingrich's brand damage

Matt Lewis is on to something in exploring the damage Newt Gingrich has done to his brand, but I'd approach the issue slightly differently. To me, beyond the immediate political effects, Gingrich's comments on Rep. Paul Ryan's budget tarnish his image as a conservative who is advancing bold solutions to our nation's problems. Read More

David Freddoso - Yes, they are still counting votes in Wisconsin

You might be surprised to learn that they are still counting votes for the Wisconsin state Supreme Court race that occurred over a month ago. Read More

Conn Carroll - Iowan to Gingrich: Get out now before you make a bigger fool of yourself

Bill Bennett and Paul Ryan are not the only ones unhappy with Newt Gingrich’s Meet the Press performance yesterday. Read More

Conn Carroll - Obama's Osama-bounce gone

If you blinked, you missed it. President Obama’s six point post-Osama bump in the Gallup daily tracking poll is gone. Today’s rolling average number, posted at 1 pm, shows Obama back down to his pre-bump 46% approval rating. Read More

Philip Klein - Trump not running

Donald Trump has just announced he won't seek the presidency in 2012, a vindication for those of us who assumed he would soak up the publicity of flirting with a run as long as he could before bailing. Unlike the decision of Mike Huckabee not to run, which did have actual ramifications for the broader race, Trump's exit won't likely have much of an impact one way or another. Read More

Conn Carroll - Sierra Club already using EPA Clean Air regs to shut down manufacturing jobs

Since 2005, anytime a new coal-fired power plant was proposed anywhere in the United States, a lawyer from the Sierra Club or an allied environmental group was assigned to stop it, by any bureaucratic or legal means necessary. And they succeeded. According to The Los Angeles Times, by 2008, the coalition claimed to have stopped construction of 65 power plants nationwide. Read More

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