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Should the United States fund the service program AmeriCorps? President Obama would increase its budget. Rep. Paul Ryan would eliminate federal funding for the program.

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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 06/01/2012

Morning Bits

Best case scenario: It was just spin to make it seem like he’s in charge. “Apparently President Obama personally selects the [“kill”] targets and approves each operation. This is both an incredible misuse of presidential time and a serious distortion of proper war management. Does no one remember the problems created when Lyndon Johnson took a similar hand in the Vietnam war?”

Best case scenario for Obama is that he’s not outspent by Mitt Romney. “President Obama’s campaign team and top supporters are telling donors they need to get off the sidelines now so they can compete with GOP super-PACs waging an expected $1 billion campaign against them.” Remember when the Obama campaign itself was going to raise $1 billion?

Best case is that he knows as much about Judaism as about free-market economics. “Obama’s flub [on “Polish death camps”] came just hours after the president informed a group of Jewish leaders that he ‘probably knows about Judaism more than any other president because he read about it.’ However, over the course of his presidency, Obama has repeatedly promulgated erroneous notions about the Jewish state and made policy declarations that experts deem either patently false or grossly misleading.”

Best case scenario since Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says we can’t act militarily against Syria without permission from Russia and China: “One can hope the State Department will soon deny that this is what she said or at least that this is what she meant . . . . Maybe . . . [Israel’s Defense Minister Ehud] Barak should head for Moscow, and there seek permission for the Americans to act. Then he could fly to Denmark, or whatever is Secretary Clinton’s next critically important stop, and give her the news. Such is the state of Obama foreign policy, year four.”

Best case for Democrats in Massachusetts: Elizabeth Warren drops out. “Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren acknowledged for the first time late Wednesday night that she told Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania that she was Native American, but she continued to insist that race played no role in her recruitment.”

Best case for the economy is looking not so great. “The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose for the fourth straight week while first-quarter growth was revised lower, the latest signs that the economy is losing momentum.”

Best case scenario is we find out where all the money went. “A battle erupted on Capitol Hill over the mandate of the organization charged with disbursing international aid to Palestinian refugees. Last week, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) challenged the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for including the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of Palestinian refugees among those who qualify for support. The addition of these descendants has inflated the numbers of refugees on UNRWA’s books from 750,000 in 1949 to 5 million today, making the problem nearly impossible to solve. And those aren’t the only numbers that have ballooned. U.S. taxpayers have contributed $4.4 billion in UNRWA since 1948 — before inflation. In 2012 dollars, total U.S. taxpayer aid to the UNRWA tops $10 billion.”

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