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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 06/18/2012

Morning Bits

David Plouffe says that the worst national security leaking in history is a distraction. “He assured the cooperation of the White House, saying ‘everyone is going to participate,’ but declined to comment how the president would specifically respond to investigators.”

It’s the worst instance of executive abuse of power, but the media are uninterested in abject lawlessness. “The Obama Doctrine holds that the president need not ‘take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,’ as the Constitution says, but rather can effectively repeal or amend statutes by publicly declining to enforce, or selectively enforcing, them. How might the doctrine be applied in a Republican administration? To take just one of countless examples, most Republicans think that Dodd-Frank is a bad law. Under the Obama Doctrine, if there aren’t enough votes in Congress to repeal the law, President Romney will be able to accomplish the same result by announcing that henceforth, the federal government will make no effort to enforce it. Perhaps Romney could cut taxes unilaterally, too, simply by decreeing that the IRS will not prosecute tax evasion above certain percentage levels.”

Conservative media are at their worst when they confuse rudeness and aggressiveness. Watch Howard Kurtz pummel the Daily Caller.

Austan Goolsbee wants President Obama to issue a “mea culpa” about partisanship, but isn’t his stewardship of the economy his worst failing?

Syria is experiencing the worst human rights atrocities the world has seen in decades. “Don’t worry, though: The President’s new Atrocities Prevention Board will swing into action soon, I’m sure.”

The worst part about Obama’s attitude toward American Jews is that he thinks he has nothing to be sorry about. On a recent meeting with Orthodox Jews: “Although the president and his advisers had plenty of time to prepare for the meeting, and even though the meeting was, as Rabbi [Haskel] Lookstein put it, ‘carefully scripted,’ President Obama ‘avoided giving a clear response’ regarding pressuring the Palestinians. One would think he would have come up with at least one example, even if it was more rhetorical than substantive, to soothe the concerns of the Jewish delegation. No such luck.”

The worst is yet to come. “Greece is still likely headed for the exits this year. The economy is just too sickly to meet the bailout requirements, and Germany is highly unlikely to ease them enough to make a difference. Although a ND-Pasok coalition should give financial markets a brief breather, it might be as brief as it was after the $100 billion bailout of Spain. Uncertainty will driven the EU into a deeper recession, and will keep U.S. markets and companies on edge. And if ND and Pasok cannot come to terms, the Grexit could some (even) sooner rather than later.”

The worst part of it isn’t the composite characters. “Maraniss’s Barack Obama: The Story punctures two sets of falsehoods: The family tales Obama passed on, unknowing; and the stories Obama made up. The 672-page book closes before Obama enters law school, and Maraniss has promised another volume, but by its conclusion I counted 38 instances in which the biographer convincingly disputes significant elements of Obama’s own story of his life and his family history.” Shorter: Obama’s personal story is mostly made up.

The worst part about “leading from behind”? The bad guys run amok. “Escalating violence in Syria forced United Nations observers to suspend operations on Saturday, in the clearest sign yet that a peace plan brokered by international mediator Kofi Annan has collapsed.”

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 06/18/2012

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