About time. The New York Times’ public editor: “Whatever the politics here — and there’s undeniably plenty of that — there are also deeper issues of government secrecy, the culture of retaliation against truth-tellers and the tension between national security and transparency. These deserve a full airing and energetic scrutiny.”
Just in time to rebut the anti-immigrant crowd. “A record seven-in-ten (69%) Hispanic high school graduates in the class of 2012 enrolled in college that fall, two percentage points higher than the rate (67%) among their white counterparts.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) says it’s time to get to the bottom of the Benghazi fiasco and see if we’ve learned anything. “[W]e need to examine what Benghazi tells us about the implications of the Obama administration’s preferred strategy of ‘leading from behind.’ In the months since the attack on our consulate, it is not clear that the security situation in Libya has improved. The United States should be leading the effort to support our Libyan allies as they try to exert control over their country, not running away from a problem we should have anticipated prior to the 2011 intervention.”
A timely reminder that President Obama is running out of juice on the issues in play. “Despite GOP leaders’ poor job ratings, the Republican Party runs about even with the Democrats on leading issues such as the economy, immigration and gun control. Overall, 42% say the Republican Party could do the better job dealing with the economy, while 38% say the Democratic Party.”
Once upon a time, he was “Sort of God.” Now he’s an underacheiver: “Just 49 percent of the public says Obama is ‘able to get things done,’ down from 57 percent in January and closer to his levels of confidence in 2012. But the vast majority of Americans, 67 percent, believe Obama is fighting hard for his policies, a quality that has been questioned in the wake of legislative setbacks.”
Time to figure out who is running that museum. “Newseum announced on its website this week that it plans to add Mahmoud al-Kumi and Hussam Salama to its journalists memorial, a two-story structure of glass panels etched with the names of over 2,000 “reporters, photographers and broadcasters who have died reporting the news. . . .Both were Hamas members and worked at the time for the Al-Aqsa television network, which is funded by Hamas.” Even the U.S. government doesn’t consider them to be real journalists (“ in 2010 the US Treasury Department singled out Al-Aqsa as “a television station financed and controlled by Hamas. Al-Aqsa is a primary Hamas media outlet and airs programs and music videos designed to recruit children to become Hamas armed fighters and suicide bombers upon reaching adulthood”).
About time someone said it. Kim Strassel: “On the reform side, occupied by Mr. Rubio and growing numbers of conservatives, is a party that wants to rekindle its pro-growth roots, that has remembered it succeeds when it exudes optimism and solves problems. That is why the media judgment that the GOP is simply in search of ‘Hispanic votes’ is trite. The right’s budding embrace of reform reflects something bigger, an effort to reclaim principles that appeal to broad swaths of the public. The other side — the Heritages, the National Reviews, the Jeff Sessions — are still channeling the party’s more angry, reactive element. That bitterness — the obsession with income redistribution and equality, the fear-and-envy approach — are traditionally the remit of the far left of U.S. politics.” Read the whole thing.