Wasn’t the president concerned about too few jobs? “President Obama’s call to raise the federal minimum wage could help lift 900,000 workers out of poverty, but at a cost of as many as 500,000 jobs, according to an analysis released today by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.”

Anti-government protesters clash with riot police in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Thousands of police armed with stun grenades and water cannons attacked a large opposition camp in Ukraine's capital on Tuesday that has been the center of nearly three months of anti-government protests after at least nine people were killed in street clashes. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Anti-government protesters clash with riot police in Kiev’s Independence Square, the epicenter of the country’s current unrest, Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

If you are worried about third-party money, don’t obsess about the Koch brothers. “The Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) released its list of top all-time donors. It totaled contributions from 1989 to 2012 from PACs and individuals affiliated with the heavy hitter organizations. . . . None of the heavy hitters in the top 10 were Republican (three organizations in the top 10 were on the fence). A Republican-leaning organization did not make an appearance on the list until number 17.”

Defenders of freedom should be alarmed. “Weeks of stalemate between the government and Western-leaning protesters in Ukraine were shattered Tuesday by an outburst of violence that killed at least nine people. Authorities responded by storming encampments held by activists in the center of the capital for the past two months.”

And they should be troubled by what’s going on in Venezuela as well. “Tens of thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Venezuela’s capital on Tuesday after troops arrested opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez on charges of fomenting unrest against the government and violence that has killed at least four people. White-clad demonstrators blocked traffic in the streets of Caracas as a security vehicle holding the 42-year-old Harvard-educated economist crawled at a snail’s pace after he surrendered to security forces during an opposition rally.”

The president disturbed art history majors. (If George W. Bush said it, he’d be labeled a Philistine.) “President Obama apologized to a University of Texas art history professor after joking that folks could make more money learning manufacturing skills than art history during a speech late last month. . . . The apology comes despite an initial effort at damage control during his remarks at the General Electric engine plant outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin.”

If the president is so distressed about the plight of women (and children) he might go to Syria. “When Malala Yousafzai met with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office last October, she boldly told him that drone strikes are “fueling terrorism” in her home country of Pakistan. Today, during a live appearance via satellite from the Jordanian-Syrian border on CNN, the 16-year-old activist had another message for the president: Come here and see the Syrian refugees’ ‘suffering’ for yourself.”

Newt Gingrich is perturbed by the secretary of State, but John Kerry’s mindset is the president’s as well. “Newt Gingrich on Monday called on Secretary of State John Kerry to resign over Kerry’s recent comments equating the threat of climate change to terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. In a series of tweets, the CNN host and former GOP presidential candidate said Kerry is out of touch with reality.”

 

 

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