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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 05/30/2012

Morning Bits

It’s not that complicated. “Of course life begins at conception. That’s so obvious that claiming anything else is an absurdity. If it isn’t life that’s conceived when sperm meets egg, then what the hell is it? What is life, and when does a baby become a baby? Well, maybe we can’t define it very well, but we know it when we see it. And . . . ever-more sophisticated sonography is allowing us to see it earlier and earlier in the process.”

It’s not that complicated. The N.J.-9 race between two veteran New Jersey Congressmen: Bill Pascrell and Steven Rothman: “The Arab and Muslim community of northern New Jersey is taking notice of how Steve Rothman is using his support of Israel as the centerpiece of his campaign. They detest being labeled simply as an ‘anti Israel constituency,’ a blanket judgment made by one of Rothman’s formidable financial backers. . . . They take issue with Rothman bragging about his help in getting Israel over $50 billion in aid since 2011, while bringing back only $2 billion to New Jersey residents. Critics of Rothman see this as a lopsided math expressive of misdirected commitment. . . . Arab and Muslim grassroots meetings are forming all over District 9, strategizing for a massive voter turnout, with voter registration drives outside mosques and along Main Street, fundraising, and a targeted mobilization of volunteers.”

It’s not that complicated. On the flotilla : “An Istanbul court voted unanimously to press criminal charges against four Israeli officials and a number of soldiers it deemed responsible for the deaths of the nine activists from the Mavi Marmara. One of these officials is former Israel Defense Forces Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi. The punishment for his and the others’ alleged crime of ‘inciting to kill monstrously in a torturous manner’ is eight to 18,000 (!) years in jail. It doesn’t look as though Ashkenazi — ironically, one of Israel’s more pacifist chiefs of staff — will be taking any vacations over there in the near future, at least not without his trusted paintball gun in his holster. Spending 18,000 years in a Turkish prison is not anybody’s idea of a good time.”

It’s not that complicated. Why we need to break up the big banks: “America doesn’t need 20 banks with combined assets equal to nearly 90 percent of the U.S. economy, or five mega-banks — JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, and Goldman Sachs — with combined assets equal to almost 60 percent of national output, three times what they were in the 1990s. That amount of complexity and financial concentration — which has grown worse since the passage of Dodd-Frank — is a current and continuing threat to the health of the U.S. economy. Now don’t blame market failure or unintended results of deregulation. Banks that big and complex and interconnected are both the unsurprising outcome of Washington’s 30-year expansion of the federal safety net and the cause of its ongoing existence. When you combine a ‘too big to fail’ guarantee from Uncle Sam with the natural human tendency toward irrational exuberance, you have the key elements in place for another unaffordable financial crisis.”

It’s not that complicated. “Iran’s nuclear chief says there are no reasons at the moment to halt production of uranium enriched to 20 percent, a key demand of world powers.”

It’s not that complicated. Americans think the economy stinks. “Americans confidence in the economy suffered the biggest drop in eight months as worries about the weak jobs, housing and stock markets rattled them again. The decline comes after a few months of optimism amid some positive economic news.”

It’s not that complicated. Both D’s an R’s have nut jobs as donors. “Embattled Sen. Sherrod Brown will participate in a fundraiser Thursday alongside actor Martin Sheen, a prominent 9-11 Truther whose commitment to anti-Israel activism has landed him in handcuffs.”

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