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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 07/20/2011

Morning Bits

Wendi Deng becomes a YouTube star.

The parliamentary hearing becomes a net positive for Rupert Murdoch. “Instead of finding a signal that this was the beginning of the end of Rupert Murdoch’s run at the helm of his company, analysts stressed that there was no single revelatory moment during the proceedings. If the Murdochs seemed at times distant, even oblivious, to what was going on in their own company, there were no obvious admissions of wrongdoing or glaring contradictions in their testimony, analysts said.” Crushing to the MSNBC set, I know.

The search for a Huntsman voter becomes comical. Rich Lowry: “Sure enough, the first night of the [bike tour in Tuscany], over a nice dinner for the biking group at a charming old hotel, I met a Huntsman supporter. She’s a moderate Democrat who lives in Connecticut; her husband, who made a mint in finance and just bought a car with a solar panel on the roof, also has an interest in Huntsman. Allow me to assure you based on this experience that Huntsman sympathizers are nice, thoughtful people — good company and excellent bikers. They’re apparently just not Republicans.”

Obama becomes the biggest borrower since FDR. “In other words, in inflation-adjusted dollars, Obama wants to borrow and spend about the same amount of money to get from August 2, 2011 through November 6, 2012 as we borrowed and spent to fight the Axis powers on two fronts from December 7, 1941 to August 15, 1945.”

The Gang of Six becomes a joke. “Key Senate Democrats on Tuesday said the Gang of Six’s $3.7 trillion deficit-reduction proposal could not be included in a package to raise the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling by Aug. 2. Senate Democratic whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), a member of the Gang of Six, said Tuesday the group’s plan is not ready to be attached to legislation to increase the debt limit.” This has to rank as one of the least credible plans since,well, since Obama’s 2012 budget.

The latest Beltway game becomes “spot the problems with the Gang of Six.” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) excels at spotting the budget tricks. “[T]he top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee... has serious concerns over the framework unveiled by the Gang of Six. Sessions points out that while the plan claims about $4.5 trillion in overall deficit reduction, the measures outlined in the proposal would, if ‘followed to the letter,’ yield a mere $1.2 trillion in savings over ten years.”

Another Democratic constituency group becomes annoyed with President Obama. “The White House hosted yet another inconsequential Latino summit last week, with dozens of community leaders from across the country. The purpose of this Hispanic Policy Conference, according to White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Cecilia Muñoz, was ‘more for us to listen and not for us to talk.’ But what are they going to hear that they don’t already know about what Latinos expect from President Barack Obama? This conclave was more about politics than substance. As the president formally kicks off his reelection campaign, he has begun a well-coordinated effort to reconnect with Latinos — after paying little attention to them since he took office.” Ouch.

It becomes unanimous: Every national poll has Obama under 50 percent approval.

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) becomes unhinged. He sent “a scathing personal email to Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, calling her ‘vile, unprofessional ,and despicable,’ ‘a coward,’ ‘characterless,’ and ‘not a Lady,’ and demanding that she ‘shut the heck up.’” She is quite annoying, but sometimes it is better not to hit that “send” button.

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 07/20/2011

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