Fascinating look at 11 rules for presidents to keep control over national security. (No. 12, I would say, would be to hire Elliott Abrams to whip the bureaucracy into shape, and No. 13 would be elect a wiser chief executive than Barack Obama.)
Intriguing turnaround for the Republican thought to be the most flexible on immigration reform. “Former Florida governor — and potential GOP presidential candidate — Jeb Bush said this week that a pathway to citizenship should not be a component of an overhaul of the nation’s immigration system. … Bush advocated for a system in which the millions of immigrants living in the country illegally be given the option of attaining permanent residency, but not eventual citizenship.” That is just a non-starter, of course, with Democrats.
Mind-blowing that this needs to be said, but it does. “Partisans rightly criticize reporters who blindly assign equal blame. But the ‘false equivalency’ charge is often leveled at any reporter who dares to challenge the president in any way.”
Alluring crony capitalism at work again. “President Barack Obama nominated Sylvia Mathews Burwell, a one-time Clinton deputy-OMB director and current president on the Walmart foundation, to be his next budget chief Monday. But it was not long ago Obama was using ties to Walmart as a wedge issue attacking Hillary Clinton’s service on the board of directors of the world’s largest retailer.”
Interesting how little you hear that on his old network. “Brokaw: President Has Spent ‘Too Much Time Campaigning.'”
Charming the public, the president has not been these past few weeks. “Obama job approval tumbles.” Maybe it’s all the whining and the scare-mongering?
Enticing. Is there a sliding scale? Adjustments for younger donors just starting out in the access game? “There is no ‘set price’ to meet with President Obama, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday amid continued outcry over the role of Organizing for Action, the outside group supporting the president’s agenda.”