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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 04/08/2012

Morning Bits

With a Jim Pethokoukis chart you have all you need to know.

A vile blast of anti-Semitism in the Democratic primary contest to replace Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.). Read it for yourself if you want a whiff of what increasingly passes as the left’s stance on the Jewish state.

Strong national defense. That is what Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is for. There is no mystery.

Hand it to President Obama — he knows how to keep that unemployment rate down. Discourage enough workers, and that rate won’t get too high. “The decline in [the employment to population ratio] has been instrumental in keeping the unemployment rate lower than it might otherwise be, something that Ben Bernanke is keenly aware of. While the labor force has surged of late, taking it back to, roughly speaking, peak levels, it remains below the level at which it would have been had previous growth rates been realized.”

And he sure hasn’t. “Obama ‘cannot wait’ for the campaign.”

An outrage that this president has not addressed our most important domestic issue. “The federal government racked up a deficit of $777 billion in the first half of fiscal 2012, the Congressional Budget Office said in an estimate released Friday. The shortfall is the latest sign that the government is well on its way to compiling at least a $1 trillion deficit for the fourth consecutive year.”

Out of the country he is as popular a he is here. “Chris Christie’s credentials for making the vice presidential short-list grew this week. The New Jersey governor just completed his first swing through Israel, meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres, touring areas of the region and getting a quick course in an area that has dominated the foreign-policy discussion in recent months.” Well that’s one more trip there than Obama has taken as president.

Stretched too thin campaigning, Obama hasn’t accomplished much for over a year. Given his record he unsurprisingly goes negative. “The country needs a bad guy to blame for its problems, so day in and day out Obama is providing them with a smorgasbord of villains from which to choose: Wall Street, Big Oil, the Tea Party, Paul Ryan, Rush Limbaugh, the Supreme Court, the Catholic Church, and so on. In fact, virtually everything that comes out of this president’s mouth is about redirecting blame onto some straw man.”

Arm yourselves, warns the Syrian opposition. “The group called for arming the Free Syrian Army, establishing secure zones for civilians and tightening the political and economic blockade on the regime.”

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