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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 04/19/2012

Morning Bits

Good news for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). “One of Marco Rubio’s close friends, Rep. David Rivera (R-Fla.), tells ABC News that Mitt Romney should pick the junior Senator from Florida. . . . Reportedly, prosecutors in Florida are shutting down an investigation of him over possible fraud and falsified financial disclosures.”

Good grief. Can’t they pass a budget? No. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.): “The fact is it’s now three years — three years — into the execution of a deliberate and determined policy by the Democratic leadership of the United States Senate to avoid responsibility for the financial future of America. It’s not acceptable for the Senate leadership to not face up to the challenge of our time. . . . Is it really okay to wait until after the election to vote? Is that what the American people expect of us? Are they satisfied that we say, ‘Oh, we can’t take votes close to an election. That might be tough. We don’t want to do that’? I don’t think so.”

Good lawyers may be required. “The Center for Public Integrity (CPI), a George Soros-funded nonprofit news organization based in Washington, D.C., violated federal law despite warnings from its legal counsel, according to documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. CPI’s international arm, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, published the first part of its two-year project Looting the Seas in November 2010. . . . CPI staff writer Kate Willson accessed the protected inter-governmental database maintained by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) approximately 20 times while she worked on the project.Willson’s use of the password violated the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), according to CPI’s legal counsel Marc Miller.” Oops.

Good point: “Ironically, however, as awareness has grown in relation to the atrocities of World War II, the ability to extrapolate wisdom from the events that led up to them has decreased.” Read the whole thing.

Good thing the Supreme Court may throw out the whole thing. Obamacare is a mess, and every Democrat who voted for (or signed it) is responsible: “In March, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a new study on employee migration out of job-based plans and into ObamaCare’s state exchanges. The effect of ObamaCare on employer-based insurance has been a hotly debated topic ever since the law was enacted in March 2010. . . . For starters, CBO’s analysis confirms a crucial point about ObamaCare which remains poorly understood, which is that the law creates a massive inequity in insurance subsidies for working families with low wages.”

Good argument. But will the media agree? Mitt Romney: “This campaign is ultimately going to become about jobs not dogs.”

Good news for the GOP. “In certain conservative quarters, some may remain unwilling to stick a fork in the Republican primary, but here, among activists from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, Romney has already been accepted — quickly and painlessly. No longer is the conservative base fixated on debating Romney’s merits. Instead, tea-party leaders, just a few steps from Independence Hall, speak eagerly about the upcoming battle with President Obama. Romney is the vessel and potential antidote for their Beltway-related frustrations.”

Good policy is utterly foreign to this crew. “Looking to avoid the political perils of $4 gasoline, the White House is searching high and low for a chance to claim leadership on energy prices. That’s why one of their top allies in economics, Austan Goolsbee, took to the editorial pages last week to launch a clever — but too cute — argument to justify a politically motivated oil sale from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.”

Good idea, wrong target. They need some intellectual diversity. “Obama camp tries to diversify.” But it’s about racial quotas, not an infusion of fresh thinking.

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 04/19/2012

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