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Hillary Clinton goes for the jugular. “Time and time again . . .  Clinton mentioned the vice president’s opposition to the raid, while characterizing herself and Leon Panetta, then director of the Central Intelligence Agency, as the action’s most fierce advocates.” I wonder if she’ll bring up Benghazi.

(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)
(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

The right wing goes rogue and does real damage. “But you don’t get credit for predicting, say, a debt disaster if your own actions are directly responsible for creating that disaster. Here’s what would be terrible for our nation’s finances: a nasty economic downturn of the sort that will almost surely follow if Washington fails to raise the debt ceiling. Citigroup’s economic team recently ran a simulation that assumed the debt ceiling was not raised and ongoing revenues were used to pay the interest on the debt. The Citi models suggest that these actions would lead to an extended impasse, which in turn would reproduce the Great Recession, with unemployment returning to near 10 percent over the next year.”

Another administration overreach goes to the high court. “The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to review whether the Environmental  Protection Agency has the power to require greenhouse gas permits for big,  stationary pollution sources such as power plants, factories and refineries.”

He goes out on his own. “Glenn Greenwald, the lawyer and blogger who brought the Guardian the biggest scoop of the decade, is departing the London-based news organization, for a brand new, large-scale, broadly-focused media outlet, he told BuzzFeed Tuesday. Greenwald, 46, published revelations from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden about the extent of American and British domestic spying and about officials deception about its scope. He said he is departing for a new, ‘once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity’ with major financial backing whose details will be public soon.” It will be interesting to see who’s bankrolling him.

It just goes to show, don’t underestimate the competition. “Nielsen has conducted an investigation into the ratings for Megyn Kelly’s new  Fox News Channel show, ‘The Kelly File,’ following grousing by MSNBC chief Phil  Griffin. The investigation has revealed that the numbers for Kelly are accurate.”

The argument goes poorly for racial preference advocates. “Supporters of affirmative action seemed to face an uphill battle Tuesday in convincing the Supreme Court that a Michigan constitutional amendment banning the use of racial preferences in university admissions should be thrown out.” Not using race seems like the essence of the 14th Amendment, no?

The step before the United States’ credit rating goes down the drain. “Fitch Puts U.S. Debt on Watch for Downgrade.”

 

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.
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