Big Labor gives a thumbs-down. “The leaders of three major U.S. unions, including the highly influential Teamsters, have sent a scathing open letter to Democratic leaders in Congress, warning that unless changes are made, President Obama’s health care reform plan will ‘destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.’”
The lack of evidence gives DOJ trouble. “The Justice Department was running into immediate hurdles Monday in its investigation of possible civil rights violations by George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin — namely, that after examining the case for more than a year, the evidence has not changed.”
It gives one pause about voters’ standards (or lack thereof). “The Quinnipiac University survey, released Monday, shows Weiner with a three percentage point lead (25-22) in the Democratic primary for mayor over his closest competitor, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Spitzer, on the other hand, is enjoying a staggering 15 percentage point lead against Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in the city comptroller race, with 48 percent of registered Democrats said they’d vote for Spitzer and 33 percent saying they preferred Stringer.”
This gives you a sense how contemptuous the Russian leader is of the U.S. administration. “Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was winding down his ‘political activity’ against the U.S., according to Reuters. The Russian leader previously said he would grant Snowden asylum if he stopped ‘his work aimed at inflicting damage on our American partners.’”
It gives some Americans the shakes as well. “Many Israeli political figures share a concern: That the United States has also become reactive. That it is focused on disrupting short-term threats rather than developing long-term strategies. And that U.S. politics has turned inward toward domestic issues.”
This gives you a sense how bad the prosecution’s case really was. “One of the jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman said she had ‘no doubt’ he feared for his life in the final moments of his struggle with Trayvon Martin, and that was the definitive factor in the verdict.” Remember, it was the prosecution’s burden to show the opposite beyond a reasonable doubt.
Obama gives the appearance of leadership; he just never delivers. “He is willing to make heavily hedged statements calling for Assad’s removal but he is not willing to follow up with decisive action. Thus the bloodletting in Syria drags on, and the Assad regime continues to regain lost ground with the aid of Hezbollah and Iranian operatives, while the U.S. and our allies increasingly lose out.”