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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 04/08/2011

Morning Bits

Good news: “A recent poll by the International Peace Institute asked Egyptians about their political preferences. As reported in the Wall Street Journal, 80 percent had a favorable opinion of Arab League Secretary General Amre Moussa, versus only 10 percent for the head of the Muslim Brotherhood. More important, 63 percent want Egypt to honor its peace treaty with Israel against only 14 percent who do not. The poll also reveals wide support for the liberal and democratic groups that led the recent revolt against the Mubarak regime. Remarkably, 82 percent want Egypt to continue liberalizing and opening its economy.”

Rotten news: Hamas fires at school bus, critically injuring a teenager.

Much better news: “The Iron Dome counter-rocket defense system intercepted a Grad-model Katyusha rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on Thursday, proving its capabilities in combat for the first time. IDF sources said the rocket was detected shortly after it was launched in the direction of Ashkelon, south of which a battery was deployed on Monday. Two Tamir interceptors were fired at the Katyusha and the first intercepted it, a senior Israel Air Force officer said.” Unfortunately, it’s not full proof that some rocket won’t get through.

Terrible news for President Obama: “The federal government’s deficit continues to grow, according to the latest numbers from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).The government is expected to run a deficit of $830 billion in the first six months of fiscal 2011, a $113 billion increase from the same period last year, the CBO reported Thursday.” I guess he’s not really fiscally responsible after all. Who knew?

Wonderful news for Wisconsin taxpayers and Gov. Scott Walker (R): “David Prosser gained 7,582 votes in Waukesha County, after a major counting error of Brookfield results was detected, County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus announced in a stunning development this afternoon.Nickolaus says the reason for the big change is that data transmitted from the City of Brookfield was imported but that she failed to save those results to the database. Brookfield cast 14,315 votes on April 5 — 10,859 of those votes went to Prosser and 3,456 went to JoAnne Kloppenburg.” Big Labor couldn’t win an off-year election on a make-or-break issue? It really is in trouble.

Hardly news anymore: From Palestinian Media Watch : “A joint Israeli-Palestinian poll has found that a third of Palestinians surveyed said that they supported the attack in which five members of an Israeli family were stabbed to death last month.Udi and Ruth Fogel and three of their children — Yoav, 11, Elad, 4, and three-month old baby Hadas — were murdered in the Israeli town of Itamar on March 11.Official Palestinian Authority daily: ‘63% of the Palestinians oppose and 32% support the attack in the Itamar settlement in the West Bank in which a family of five was murdered.’ ”

The best news of the week: the release of the House Budget Committee chairman’s budget. Charles Krauthammer sums up: “Ryan’s overall plan tilts at every windmill imaginable, including corporate welfare and agricultural subsidies. The only thing left out is Social Security. Which proves only that Ryan is not completely suicidal.But the blueprint is brave and profoundly forward-looking. It seeks nothing less than to adapt the currently unsustainable welfare state to the demographic realities of the 21st century. Will it survive the inevitable barrage of mindless, election-driven, 30-second attack ads . . . ? Alternate question: Does Obama have half of Ryan’s courage? I think not (on both counts). But let’s hope so.”

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