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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 06/02/2011

Morning bits

The worst sentence in the worst press conference in the history of Western civilization. “Rep. [Anthony] Weiner to Wolf Blitzer: ‘I Hope My Marriage Survives Our First Anniversary.’ ”

NBC signs the winner of the worst executive of the year contest (figuratively speaking). “Former National Public Radio president Vivian Schiller, who was at the center of a pair of controversies that roiled NPR in recent months, has reportedly taken a position with NBC News. Schiller resigned from her post at NPR after footage surfaced showing two of NPR’s senior fundraising executives making offensive comments towards conservatives. Though Schiller was not in the video, she accepted responsibility as president of the organization. Schiller also came under fire for her handling of the firing of Juan Williams late last year. She was forced to apologize for suggesting that Williams should seek psychiatric care.”

The left has been bashing him for holding up the debt limit increase. But the worst you can say is that he is too optimistic: “Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday that he wants to strike a deal on the nation’s debt limit over the next month. In a press briefing with reporters, Boehner said he is concerned that waiting until later in the summer could negatively affect financial markets.”

The worst speech on Israel by any U.S. president could have been even worse. Thank goodness for Joe “Jerusalem” Biden!

The worst part for Democrats? It has interrupted their Mediscare gambit. “ ‘Watching Anthony Weiner’s Twitter and press blitz is like watching a Charlie Sheen meltdown. It’s amusing, uncomfortable, and not necessary,’ a Democratic leadership aide (not from Pelosi’s office) told me just now. ‘If Weiner really wants to get beyond this, he’ll shut up and let Democrats get back to their Medicare message.’ ”

The worst idea since bowing to the Chinese dictator. “A delegation of the People’s Liberation Army, the largest group of Chinese military officers ever to visit the United States, recently toured the Pentagon and other U.S. defense facilities. Part of their mission was to further erode and finally end the congressional ban on weapons and technology sales to China imposed after the Tiananmen Square massacre of peaceful demonstrators on June 4, 1989.”

In the worst blow to the deniers of enhanced interrogation techniques, former CIA chief Michael Hayden let them have it: “But let the record show that when I was first briefed in 2007 about the brightening prospect of pursuing bin Laden through his courier network, a crucial component of the briefing was information provided by three CIA detainees, all of whom had been subjected to some form of enhanced interrogation. One of the most alerting pieces of evidence was that two of the detainees who had routinely been cooperative and truthful (after they had undergone enhanced techniques) were atypically denying apparent factual data — a maneuver taken as a good sign that the CIA was on to something important. So that there is no ambiguity, let me be doubly clear: It is nearly impossible for me to imagine any operation like the May 2 assault on bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that would not have made substantial use of the trove of information derived from CIA detainees, including those on whom enhanced techniques had been used.” Read the whole thing and it will be triply clear.

Not ideal, but not the worst take for Jon Huntsman on his campaign prospects. “Even if that electorate approves Huntsman’s un-Obamalike health-care reforms in Utah and forgives his flirtation with a fanciful climate-change regime among Western states, he faces the worthy but daunting challenge of bringing Tea Party Republicans — disproportionately important in the nominating process — to a boil about foreign policy.” There is that bit about working for Obama.

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 06/02/2011

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