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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 08/03/2012

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There are ones who think a tax hike now is a good idea? “House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today released a list of 88 American economists who warn that the looming January 1 tax hike supported by President Obama and congressional Democratic leaders — which independent accounting firm Ernst & Young says will hit thousands of small businesses and cost the U.S. more than 700,000 jobs — will hurt the economy and must be stopped before it goes into effect.”

There are times the term “McCarthyism is overused. This isn’t one of those. Eric Fehrnstrom on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.): “This reminds me of the McCarthy hearings back in the 1950s. I would ask [Reid] one simple question: ‘Have you no sense of decency, sir? Is there nothing that you won’t do to debase yourself and the office you hold in the name of dirty politics?’ ” Well, no, come to think of it.

There are those who wonder what happened to the hero of Iraq. “[W]e are reminded how amazingly slowly the administration has reacted to events in Syria. The rebellion against [Bashar al-Assad] began more than 17 months ago. Our need to find out who the rebels were began then too. The desirability of assisting in the overthrow of Assad, Iran’s only Arab ally and an enemy of the United States, should have been apparent instantly. The humanitarian and strategic increasingly overlapped as Assad’s forces began to kill thousands of citizens, probably 20,000 by now. But it appears that only now, nearly a year and a half later, is there a finding that will allow the CIA to do more than passively collect intelligence. One has to wonder where the head of the CIA, General Petraeus, has been in all this: pushing for more leeway all along, asking that his agents be allowed to do the nation’s work; sitting silently in Langley; or actually opposing the involvement of CIA throughout these 17 months.”

There are others who would be a better a VP than he would? I haven’t seen one.

There are plenty of lawyers who would have loved that defamation lawsuit. “In a highly unusual statement, the DCCC is publicly retracting comments it made about casino magnate Sheldon Adelson — comments that prompted a lawsuit threat from the billionaire.” Good for him.

There are signs he is getting close. “Mitt Romney’s campaign is adding more staff to work with the candidate’s eventual vice-presidential pick, an indication that a choice is drawing nearer now that Mr. Romney has returned from a trip abroad.”

There are many savvy Democrats still, 19 in the House to be exact. “We saw some bipartisanship at last on Wednesday when 19 House Democrats broke from their party leaders and voted for a one-year extension of the Bush tax cuts — even the ones for the rich. All but one Republican supported the measure. The number of Democratic supporters was surprising, and Republicans I talked to were overjoyed.”

There are few groups that have been as let down as young people by this president. “The [RJC’s]ad claims that ‘one out of every two kids who are graduating college right now can’t find a job.’ That’s not quite right — according to Sum’s research, about a quarter of recent college grads literally can’t find a job, while another quarter have found a job, but one that doesn’t require a college degree. Still, the actual statistic does support the ad’s point — that the employment picture for college grads is grimmer than at any time in more than a decade. We rate the claim Mostly True.” And mostly terrible for young grads.

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