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Bold leadership from the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the foreign affairs authorization bill. “[T]he bill prohibits further security assistance to Pakistan until the Secretary of State provides certification affirming various aspects of Pakistani cooperation in the war on terror. The bill also prohibits further civilian assistance until the effectiveness of such programs is certified by the Secretary of State, in addition to a certification on Pakistan’s cooperation in the war on terror. The bill also places conditions on U.S. security assistance to Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen, and the Palestinian Authority.”

Brazen thuggery in Ecuador. “An Ecuadorean judge sentenced three newspaper directors and a former columnist to three years in prison Wednesday for libeling President Rafael Correa in a column that questioned an army raid to rescue him from striking policemen. The court also fined the four a total of $30 million and levied an additional $10 million fine against El Universo, Ecuador’s main opposition newspaper. Regional and international press freedom groups have protested Correa’s libel suit against the newspaper, saying it was part of an effort to muzzle the media in the Andean nation.”

Bad, when President Obama’s opining that 2012 will be a referendum on his stewardship is a gaffe (“when someone accidentally speaks the truth”).

Bummed bundlers flee Obama. “When Sen. Barack Obama began running for president in 2007, a small handful of determined, inspired supporters found a new political calling. A new group of professionals — from a San Juan jewelry store owner to a West Coast biotech executive — raised hundreds of thousands of dollars each for him and their ‘bundling’ was crucial in helping Obama offset Hillary Clinton’s profound financial and institutional advantages. Four years later, many of those new bundlers say they won’t be coming back. For reasons ranging from disillusion and dissatisfaction to an overriding sense that the once idealistic Obama crusade has become yet another soulless political behemoth, that inspired cadre of early Obama supporters has largely been replaced by professional Democratic Party operatives.” Unreal how these supposedly smart people were completely snowed.

Best summary I’ve seen of why the Gang of Six scheme is a disaster. Read the whole thing and then try to puzzle out why any self-described conservative would sign onto this.

Bumbling, stumbling, fumbling to single digits. Now Tim Pawlenty says, “Never mind” about those headaches. At some point, you just wish he’d stop.

Better that she should get off the sinking ship now. “After only a month on the trail, Jon Huntsman campaign manager Susie Wiles has resigned her post.” How long before Huntsman finds out the dogs won’t eat the dog food?

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


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