A win for the Republicans: “Congress sent the White House its first rollback of the new health care law on Tuesday, a bipartisan repeal of a tax reporting requirement that was widely unpopular with businesses.”
A triumph for pro-free trade Democrats and Republicans: “U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, applauded the announcement that an agreement has been reached to resolve outstanding issues on the long-pending U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), and said that the passage of free trade pacts with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea will help create jobs in South Florida and throughout the U.S.”
A victory for sanity. “House Speaker John Boehner announced Wednesday that the House will vote this week on a short-term spending bill to fund the government for seven more days that includes $12 billion in cuts and fully funds the U.S. military.”
A boon for civility: “Glenn Beck will leave his daily show on Fox News , the third-highest rated program on all of cable news, by the end of the year, Beck and Fox News Chairman and Chief Executive Roger Ailes announced Wednesday.
A defeat in Libya would be a disaster: “As the Libya conflict appears to settle into a potentially protracted stalemate, the memory of President Obama’s demand that Muammar Qaddafi step down from power – essentially a call for regime change – is feeding a debate over what the president will or should do now to influence the outcome.”
A loss for Harry Reid? “The short-term [Continuing Resolution] is going to put Harry Reid and the White House in a tight spot. By putting the ball in their court, it puts them in the position of making the affirmative decision to shut the government and do it while turning away a bill to fund the military. Also, in the context of a $1.5 trillion deficit, $12 billion seems piddling and — together with the prior $10 billion of cuts — it still falls short of the $33 billion Democrats have agreed to. If they reject the bill anyway, it’s going to make it easier to blame them for a shutdown; if they accept, Republicans will have gotten $22 billion in cuts even before a final deal.”
A collapse (another one) in the EU: “Running out of money and drifting rudderless through a political crisis, Portugal Wednesday asked for a financial bailout from the European Union, becoming the third nation in the 17-member euro zone to turn to its peers for help.” We keep getting warnings (“This could be us!”). Is anyone paying attention?
An obliteration of common sense: “The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Wednesday defended America’s membership on the controversial United Nations Human Rights Council as a necessary means of supporting Israel against detractors. In prepared testimony, Susan Rice told a House panel that while the council has its flaws, a U.S. retreat would “embolden those nations that unfairly ostracize Israel and weaken the international community’s ability to prevent human rights abuses.” The Obama crew is hopeless.