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Morning Bits

The Charlie Cook Report moves the Oklahoma-2 to “leans Republican” with the news that Rep. Dan Boren (D-Okla.) isn’t running for reelection.

Republicans should hope no one in the White House moves Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) from the DNC. She is worth her weight in comic gold.

Finally, a Democrat moves to oust Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). “Rep. Allyson Schwartz, a leading official at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, called for the New York Democrat to resign on Wednesday after a picture of a man’s genitals — purportedly a Weiner self-portrait — began circulating on the Internet.”

The Iranian regime moves forward with its nuclear weapons program. “Iran has long stonewalled the IAEA, the organization tasked with enforcing multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions that demand a halt to Iran’s illicit nuclear activities. And this week the rogue regime continued its march: Iranian leaders announced steps to accelerate and harden their nuclear program, ignoring recent measures taken by the IAEA that included multiple rounds of diplomacy and sanctions meant to change the regime’s behavior.”

Congress moves to cut off the Hamas-Fatah unity government. “A leading Republican Congresswoman will soon introduce legislation that would withhold US contributions to any UN entity that recognizes a Palestinian state or upgrades the status of the PLO observer mission. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is planning to include the measure in a comprehensive bill to reform the UN she is expected to file in the coming weeks, according to Capitol Hill aides.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) moves ahead on a possible presidential run. “Republican operatives in Washington and elsewhere say they have received calls recently from prominent Texas GOP donors seeking advice on how Mr. Perry might navigate a late entry into the field. It was unclear whether Mr. Perry or anyone on his team had instigated the calls. Some of Mr. Perry’s own top aides have had tentative discussions with unaffiliated campaign operatives who worked for previous Republican presidential candidates, according to people familiar with the exchanges. At the same time, Mr. Perry is making a number of national appearances this month, including an address next week to an annual dinner of the New York Republican Party.”

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


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