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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 09/14/2011

Morning Bits

Bet you didn’t know just how low Columbia University had sunk:Caught in the act of leftism:“shame on those students who are criminally ‘thrilled to have this opportunity’ to dine with a murderous, tyrannical, Holocaust-denying, Jew-hating, Israel-threatening, America-dissing, nuke-building liar, Iranian ‘president,’ Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.” Take the United Nations out of New York? What about Columbia University out of New York? Read the whole thing.

Bet you didn’t know: “[Donald] Rumsfeld book researcher Victoria Coates, also known as the Red State blogger ‘Academic Elephant,’ has taken on the role of foreign policy director for the [Perry] campaign campaign.” That might explain a lot.

Bet you didn’t imagine Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the rest of the Republican presidential candidates would be defending Medicare Part D. And they are right: “Over the past several years, one small corner of America’s vast entitlement superstructure — the Medicare drug benefit — has been working well, satisfying program participants, and holding cost growth to a bare minimum. This is unheard of in the entitlement arena, where cost overruns are the norm. Naturally, encountering that kind of success, some politicians — especially those who had nothing to do with making sure it was properly designed — now want to change it.”

Bet this is not what the White House wanted to hear: “The federal government spent $134 billion more in the month of August than it brought in, as the deficit for the year rose to $1.23 trillion, the Treasury Department reported Tuesday. The new numbers put even more pressure on what is already a high-stakes decision for the group of 12 lawmakers on Congress’s supercommittee. The bipartisan panel, created by the August debt-limit deal, is charged with finding at least $1.5 trillion in deficit cuts by Thanksgiving.”

Bet the advance man is going get screamed at for this one. “President Obama will travel to North Carolina tomorrow to stump for the American Jobs Act and to make the case for his agenda in a key swing state. He’s visiting WestStar Precision, a very small company — it reportedly has 25 employees — that makes components for big aerospace companies.” Its big plant, it seems, is in Costa Rica.

Bet this is not the post-debate story Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was looking for. “Whatever you think about the [HPV] mandate debate, though, there is no excuse for Michelle Bachmann’s preposterously ill-informed assertion about the risks of the vaccine. After the debate, Bachmann told Fox News that ‘there’s a woman who came up crying to me tonight after the debate. She said her daughter was given that vaccine. She told me her daughter suffered mental retardation as a result. There are very dangerous consequences.’ That is beyond ridiculous, and it is profoundly irresponsible.”

Bet Bachmann wishes she had stuck to the conflict-of-interest issue. “[Perry’s] gubernatorial campaign, for example, received nearly $30,000 from [Merck] since 2000, most of it prior to his decision in 2007 to order young girls to obtain Merck’s vaccine against the human papillomavirus, or HPV. Merck has also given more than $355,000 in donations to the Republican Governors Association since 2006, which was the year that Perry began to play a prominent role in the Washington-based group, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics. Perry served as chairman of the RGA in 2008 and again this year until he decided to run for president. The group also ranks among Perry’s biggest donors, giving the Texas governor’s campaign at least $4 million over the past five years, according to Texans for Public Justice.”

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