As he told Democrats he plans to “play offense” (Politico). He is rejecting talk of sanctions for Iran, who are upping their nuclear business (Free Beacon). While Gallup has Obama’s approval ratings recovering (if you can call 46 percent a recovery) Reuters has them at an abysmal 37 percent (Washington Examiner).Read More »
Including the majority of Democrats (Fox News). The overall percentage is at 57 percent, according to another poll (CNN). George Will explains how the Keystone debate “has made mincemeat of Barack Obama’s pose of thoughtfulness. It has demonstrated that he lacks even a rudimentary understanding of the most basic economic realities. It has dramatized environmentalism’s descent into infantilism” (Washington Post).Read More »
During an interview, a journalist showed the latest cover, causing this response on air from Sky News: “Here at Sky News we have chosen not to show that cover, so we would appreciate, Caroline, not showing that. I do apologize for any of our viewers who may have been offended by that” (The Blaze). From another story: The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, CBS and Fox News, among many others, have carried the cartoon. But CNN, ABC, NBC, MSNBC and the New York Times are among those refusing to do so (Fox News). Meanwhile, “The Oxford University Press has warned its writers not to mention pigs, sausages or pork-related words in children’s books, in an apparent bid to avoid offending Jews and Muslims” (Telegraph).Read More »
The story begins “More than three months of U.S. airstrikes in Syria have failed to prevent Islamic State militants from expanding their control in that country, according to U.S. and independent assessments, raising new concerns about President Barack Obama ’s military strategy in the Middle East” (WSJ). A look at the horrible life for those stuck in regions controlled by ISIS (Fox News). Meanwhile, satellite images reveal the devastation caused by Boko Haram (Fox News). From Newt Gingrich: After more than 13 years of war, with thousands of Americans dead, tens of thousands of Americans wounded, and several trillion dollars spent, the U.S. and its allies are losing the war with radical Islamism. The terrorists of Islamic State are ravaging Iraq and Syria, Boko Haram is widening its bloody swath through Nigeria, al Qaeda and its affiliates are killing with impunity in Somalia, Yemen and beyond, and the Taliban are resurgent in Afghanistan. The killings in Paris at Charlie Hebdo and at a kosher supermarket are only the most recent evidence of the widening menace of radical Islamism (WSJ). An ISIS inspired Ohio 20-year-old plotted a pipe bomb attack (USA Today). A new poll finds Americans don’t believe Obama is prepared to do “whatever it takes to defeat Islamic extremists” (Fox News). Obama’s foreign policy disaster continues (Daily Beast).Read More »
From the story: The measure would repeal current law that has allowed the administration to transfer prisoners to foreign countries and reduce the population at Guantanamo to 127. The bill also would prohibit transfers of terror suspects to foreign countries if there has been a confirmed case where an individual was transferred from Guantanamo and engaged in any terrorist activity. It would specifically bar transfers to Yemen for two years. (Fox News)Read More »
Followed by Bush, Walker and Huckabee (Townhall). Hugh Hewitt looks at the candidates (Hugh Hewitt).
From the Wall Street Journal: Mr. Romney is a man of admirable personal character, but his political profile is, well, protean. He made the cardinal mistake of pandering to conservatives rather than offering a vision that would attract them. He claimed to be “severely conservative” and embraced “self-deportation” for illegal immigrants, a political killer. But he refused to break from his RomneyCare record in Massachusetts even though it undermined his criticism of ObamaCare. A third campaign would resurrect all of that political baggage—and videotape (WSJ).
Does Walker have a chance? (RCP).
From White House Spokesman Josh Earnest: “… we have not chosen to use that label because it doesn’t seem to accurately describe what had happened” (Gateway Pundit). And Al Qaeda is taking credit for the murders (USA
Today). Meanwhile, from Byron York on the Paris rally: The administration no-shows were not a failure of optics, or a diplomatic misstep, but were instead the logical result of the president’s years-long effort to downgrade the threat of terrorism and move on to other things (Washington Examiner). From Rasmussen: Sixty-four percent (64%) of voters think there is a global conflict in the world today between Western civilization and Islam (Rasmussen). Some conspiracy minded Muslims in France blame Jews for the murders (Daily Beast). In the middle of all this, Nancy Pelosi announces plans to name “the first Muslim lawmaker to the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence” (Politico). Then there’s this: A weekly call to prayer for Muslims will be heard at Duke University starting Friday, school officials said (WRAL).