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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 08/02/2012

Morning Bits

President Obama’s sanctions plan gets slammed. “Speaking at a press conference with visiting U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu said: ‘You recently said that sanctions on Iran are having a big impact on the Iranian economy. And that is correct. And I am sure that the recent sanctions advanced by the president and the congress will have an even greater impact on the Iranian economy. But unfortunately, it’s also true that neither sanctions nor diplomacy have yet have any impact on Iran’s nuclear weapons program.’ ” Ouch.

Cruddy polling hailed by Obama media flacks gets slammed.

Obama is slammed for layoff warning hypocrisy. “President Obama’s administration doesn’t see the need for defense contractors to warn employees about possible layoffs from across-the-board budget cuts, but in 2007, then-Sen. Barack Obama railed against employers failing to notify workers who were in danger of losing their jobs.”

We’re still getting slammed by the Obama economy. “American manufacturing unexpectedly contracted in July for a second month, reflecting a drop in orders that threatens to undercut a mainstay of the recovery. The Institute for Supply Management’s factory index was 49.8 last month, little changed from a three-year low of 49.7 reached in June, the Tempe, Arizona-based group said today. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg News projected a reading of 50.2, according to the median estimate, just above the 50 mark that separates expansions and contractions.”Yikes.

Obama gets slammed by a Republican Jewish Coalition ad campaign. Same “buyers remorse” would work for lots of groups (employers, employees, liberals, not liberals, etc.

Will Obama keep getting slammed by numbers like this? “Gallup’s U.S. Job Creation Index slipped to +17 in July, after registering at or near +20 from April through June. Despite the drop, the +17 continues to be one of the more positive net hiring values Gallup has recorded since 2009, though it still trails the readings seen as the 2008-2009 recession was just starting.”

Lack of transparency is slammed. Finally. “The White House is under fire today for the news that staffers met in coffee shops and used private emails to avoid disclosure. In 2008, then Senator Obama attacked the Bush Administration for secrecy and promised to be transparent as president.”

Slammed by the ethics committee. “The House Ethics Committee issued a blistering report on Wednesday finding Rep. Laura Richardson guilty of improperly pressuring her official staff to campaign for her, destroying evidence and tampering with witness testimony. In an unusually scathing 16-page report, the Ethics panel depicted the California Democrat as acting with ‘utter disdain’ for the secretive committee, which Richardson has accused of evincing racist overtones in its investigation of black members.”

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