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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 10/21/2011

Morning Bits

You don’t say. “Romney: I’d like to win in Iowa.”

The liberal elite say we don’t have an Islamic radicalization problem. A jury in Minnesota disagrees: “The jury in the terror trial of the two Somali women [both U.S. citizens, actually] who raised funds for al Shabab in Rochester, Minnesota, returned with a raft of guilty verdicts this morning. The women were convicted of charges including conspiracy to provide material support to a designated terrorist organization, of providing support, and of lying to the FBI. The jury deliberated for about 20 hours. The ringleader was not exactly remorseful after the verdicts were returned. According to the AP, she stood before the judge and stated through an interpreter: ‘I am very happy.’ She added that she knew she was going to heaven — but first she’ll be stopping off in prison.”

You can’t find many Democrats willing to say nice thing about President Obama these days. “Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Calif., announced his retirement from Congress this afternoon — and he issued a scathing parting shot at President Obama’s track record on his way out. In a statement explaining his decision, Cardoza, a leader of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition, said he was ‘dismayed’ by the administration’s ‘failure to understand and effectively address the current housing foreclosure crisis.’”

Cain says Texas Gov. Rick Perry “shot himself in the foot” at the last debate. You’ve noticed the mutual admiration society between Cain and Romney too? “ ‘I think it reflected negatively on Perry. … I think Mitt handled himself well,’ Cain said, commenting that Romney was trying to have a ‘civil conversation.’ ”

Mickey Kaus says the demise of CLASS is no advertisement for the Congressional Budget Office. “That sure sounds to me as if the administration decided CBO’s predictions were too optimistic, not that they were ‘exactly’ right. Which raises the obvious question: If CBO was wrong about CLASS, what other parts of Obamacare was it wrong about?”

If you have to say “You can applaud,” you are bombing. “The president got a polite reception from the 100 or so people crowded into the station garage. Early in his speech he mentioned his American Jobs Act. One or two people clapped. ‘You can go ahead and clap,’ the president said. ‘Go ahead, nothing wrong with it.’ ” Pathetic.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton can say it, but what is the U.S. going to do about it? “U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton stepped up the rhetorical war with Pakistan on its own turf Thursday, warning Pakistani officials that there would be a ‘very big price’ if they failed to take action against militant groups staging attacks inside Afghanistan.”

Obama used to say we were all in this together. Now it’s a different story. “Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) ramped up his criticism of President Obama on Thursday, saying he is ‘going all in’ on class warfare while ‘preying on emotions of fear, resentment and anger.’ In a wide-ranging interview that aired on Milwaukee-based radio station 620 WTMJ, the chairman of the House Budget Committee declined to criticize the Occupy Wall Street protesters, so long as ‘no property gets damaged.’ But Ryan lambasted Democrats for backing a movement of people that he says is looking for someone ‘to pay off their loans and debts.’ ”

You can always tell a tyrant by the company he keeps. Hugo Chavez says, “Sadly the death of Gaddafi has been confirmed. They assassinated him. It is another outrage.”

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