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As speculation grows that Texas Gov. Rick Perry will jump into the presidential race, the Des Moines Register reports that a group seeking to draft him to run is seeking space at Iowa's Ames Straw Poll in August.
According to the Register:
Americans for Rick Perry is taking steps to purchase a vendor spot, organizer Bob Schuman told The Des Moines Register today. Read More
A month ago in this space, I explored the following question: "Is the media vastly overrating Pawlenty's chances?" In the time that's followed, I think most would agree that the answer has been a resounding, "Yes!" Read More
As part of his drive to lead the most transparent administration in history, President Obama once made a “Sunlight Before Signing” promise to post bills online for five days before signing them into law. Yet Jim Harper of the Cato Institute observes that his bad record on this promise has gotten even worse in the current Congress.
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President Obama was in full sanctimonious mode in his Wednesday press conference, imploring Congress to remain in Washington to hammer out a deal on the debt ceiling. Read More
Andrew McCarthy has a strong post over at National Review's Corner responding to the absurd attempt by neoconservatives to portray those who oppose intervention in Libya as isolationists.
"Like most conservatives opposed to our Libya intervention, I’ve been asked a lot lately how it feels to be aligned with a hard Leftist like Dennis Kucinich," McCarthy writes. "It feels better, I think, than I if I found myself on the same side as al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood." Read More
In September, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency and are expected to release new Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards. As currently conceived, the regulations would effectively be a regulatory mandate for Americans to drive electric cars.
CAFE standards were already raised two years ago, but the new rules would go much further, bringing the average required miles-per-gallon standard to as high as 56 mpg. Read More
In a stunning turn of events, the former IMF director and potential French president whose life came tumbling down when he was charged with sexual assault, may soon walk free, the New York Times reports.
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A number of Republicans have fled from a $5 billion bill to boost natural gas subsidies, but at a time when the party has been talking a big game about reducing government waste, sadly, 73 House Republicans are still backing the measure.
The NAT GAS Act would offer tax subsidies of up to $7,500 for standard passenger cars and $64,000 for large trucks that are capable of using natural gas. On top of this, gas stations that install natural gas pumps could be eligible for credits as high as $100,000. Read More
I've long been a skeptic of the effort to pass a balanced budget amendment, as I wrote back in March when Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Penn., first unveiled his plan, which quickly racked up all Republican Senators as co-sponsors. While I'm not particularly opposed to it per se, I think supporting the amendment can be a bit of a cop out for some Republicans who want to say they're for a balanced budget in the abstract, but are reluctant to get behind specific cuts. Read More
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said this morning that the U.S. Senate would remain in session next week due to ongoing debt limit talks rather than break for July 4th week.
The move was an effort for Reid to avoid the embarassment of Senators going on break when they still have yet to strike a deal on the debt, or even pass any budget. Read More
While a federal appeals court dealt a blow to opponents of the health care law on Wednesday in upholding the constitutionality of the individual mandate, all judges, to varying degrees, acknowledged that by enacting the provision, Congress exercised its power in a way that has never been considered by the U.S. Supreme Court. Read More
Fifteen Republican governors have sent a letter urging the Obama administration not to enact draconian new fuel economy standards.
The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are expected to release new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards in September. The Obama administration has already issued guidance suggesting that the new rules would require vehicles to average as much as 62 miles per gallon by 2025, though 56 miles per gallon is more likely. Read More
Opponents of the national health care law got some bad news today, as the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of the individual mandate. Read More
During his press conference, President Obama just dodged a question about whether the suit filed by the National Labor Relations Board against Boeing was contributing to a bad regulatory environment that was hurting businesses.
The complaint against Boeing for building a nonunion factory in South Carolina was filed by Obama's appointed (but unconfirmed) pick for general counsel, Lafe Solomon, but Obama hasn't directly addressed the suit. Read More
Coming off her strong showing in the Des Moines Register's Iowa poll over the weekend, a new Suffolk University survey in New Hampshire shows Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., surging eight points, to 11 percent. That's still far off Mitt Romney's 36 percent showing, but it's also well ahead of Tim Pawlenty's weak two percent (he actually slipped three points since last time). Read More