Thursday, May 26, 2011

Today in the Washington Examiner May 26, 2011

Michael Barone - Obama skirts rule of law to reward pals, punish foes

Question: What do the following have in common? Eckert Cold Storage Co., Kerly Homes of Yuma, Classic Party Rentals, West Coast Turf Inc., Ellenbecker Investment Group Inc., Only in San Francisco, Hotel Nikko, International Pacific Halibut Commission, City of Puyallup, Local 485 Health and Welfare Fund, Chicago Plastering Institute Health & Welfare Fund, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Teamsters Local 522 Fund Welfare Fund Roofers Division, StayWell Saipan Basic Plan, CIGNA, Caribbean Workers' Voluntary Employees' Beneficiary Health and Welfare Plan. Read More

Philip Klein - Don't read too much into GOP's special election loss
Democrats are already trying to spin their victory in the special election in western New York's 26th Congressional election as a broader repudiation of Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicare plan, but past special elections have not been all that predictive. Read More

Brian Hughes - Obama gets rock star greeting in Europe

Riding the wave of a well-timed European trip, President Obama on Tuesday was greeted by a 41-gun salute, treated to a state dinner at Buckingham Palace and embraced by Britain's most popular newlyweds in scenes of extravagance befitting a sitting commander in chief. Just a day earlier, it was 25,000 screaming Irish citizens who welcomed Obama more as a rock star than a head of state. Read More

Susan Ferreechio - Netanyahu will make 'painful compromises' for peace

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a wildly enthusiastic Congress on Tuesday that he was willing to make "painful compromises" to secure peace in the Middle East, but he bluntly rejected President Obama's demand that Israel abandon occupied territories to jump-start long-stalled talks with the Palestinians. Read More

Philip Klein - Elizabeth Warren skips out during House Oversight hearing, claims scheduling conflict

Elizabeth Warren, President Obama's controversial choice to head the new consumer financial regulatory agency, skipped out of a House Oversight hearing before answering questions from two members of the committee, claiming that she had reached an agreement allowing her to leave at that time. But Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-NC, chair of the subcommittee holding the hearing, said no such agreement existed. Read More

Conn Carroll - The truth behind Chrysler’s fake auto bailout pay back

It is not every day that the White House and Democratic National Committee celebrate a supposedly private company’s debt restructuring plan, but such is the marriage of big government and big business under the Obama administration. Read More

David Freddoso - All we are saying is, give nationalism a chance

In 2009, I visited the small mountain town of Aulesti in the Basque Country in northern Spain. It is the kind of place where people only speak Basque -- you won't get very far speaking Spanish -- and where you'll find quite a bit of anti-Spain graffiti. Read More

Timothy P. Carney - Spotted at Obama's fundraisers: 'Fat Cats from Wall Street'

“I did not run for office to be helping out a bunch of fat-cat bankers on Wall Street,” Obama said after supporting the Wall Street bailouts, and before pushing a financial regulatory bill (about which Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein said, “We will be among the biggest beneficiaries of reform." Read More

Philip Klein - Why would Rudy bother?

I was at the same American Spectator sponsored dinner with Rep. Peter King, R-NY, last night as Byron York, and when King (who is close to the Rudy camp) emphatically stated that Giuliani was "close" to running for president, I was quite surprised. Read More

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