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Rudy Giuliani left the door open for a 2012 presidential bid, the Palm Beach Post reports, saying he’d consider running if it looks the GOP might otherwise pick a nominee who is “too right-wing.”

Said Giuliani: “If all we are faced with are candidates that are too far right so that they can’t win the general election, then that’s when I’d reconsider doing it.”

He called President Obama “a very ineffective president but a very effective politician” and said Obama could win a second
term “if we put up a candidate that he can isolate as a right-wing
candidate, too far-right.”

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 Natasha Lennard summarizes:

Senior CNN reporter, Nic Robertson, called FOX News’s suggestion that he and a number of other reporters were effectively used as human shields by Muammar Qaddafi “outrageous”.

Speaking to Wolf Blitzer on Monday, Robertson emphatically dismissed a FOX News report that claimed journalists had been invited on a tour of the Libyan leader’s compound to ward of planned British missile strikes.

FOX News’s defense correspondent, Jennifer Griffin, reported Monday that FOX News had kept its correspondent in the region, Steve Harrigan, away from the tour because the network was "concerned they could be used as human shields." But Robertson pointed out that a “non-editorial”, “non-technical” member of the FOX News team had, in fact, been on the tour, attended by journalists from CNN, Reuters, the AP and other outlets.

“When you come to somewhere like Libya, you expect lies and deceit from the dictatorship here. You don’t expect it from the other journalists," said an irate Robertson, noting that he “very rarely” sees the FOX News team out on trips in the region…

Speaking to Greta Van Susteren on Monday night, FOX News’s Griffin admitted that a FOX News "security guard" had indeed been on the tour, but did not retract the premise that so riled Robertson: the "human shield" claim.





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When the Whistles Stop, Butler Beats Pittsburgh
New York Times
Matt Howard, center, celebrating with teammates after Butler beat top-seeded Pittsburgh in a game that featured two foul calls in the final 1.4 seconds. By PETE THAMEL WASHINGTON — An early exit from the NCAA tournament has seemingly become a rite of
Butler shocks PittsburghLos Angeles Times
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U.S. military officials have confirmed the first American tomahawk cruise missiles have been fired at targets inside Libya, ABC News reports.

The move is the first direct U.S. involvement in the international operation mobilizing to stop Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s attacks on opposition strongholds and enforce a U.N.-backed no-fly zone.

The Wall Street Journal notes the action comes just two weeks after Secretary of Defense Robert
Gates criticized “loose talk” about military intervention in Libya,
warning lawmakers that “a no-fly zone begins with an attack on Libya.”

Interesting side note: President Obama announced the news from Brazil and only ABC News carried his remarks live.

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Believe me, I know: You have no bandwidth for the Ivory Coast today. But that may be exactly why the situation in this West African country — far from the geopolitics of Libya and the human tragedy of Japan — is going south so quickly. It looks increasingly like outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo has made a calculation that the world just doesn’t have enough free hands to stop him if he pushes the country back into war.

Once upon a time, the world was supposed to intervene — militarily if necessary — to ensure democratic transition and prevent conflict in the Ivory Coast. These days, the momentum is gone. And in fact, the closer this country comes to civil war, the less interested anyone is at getting involved. I get it; geopolitically, the Ivory Coast doesn’t hold a candle to the Middle East. But how about all of West Africa — all of which is threatened by the current conflict? 

This is the real thing. In a message on state television last night, Gbagbo — who has refused to step down after losing an internationally certified election in November — asked civilians to get involved in the fight to "neutralize" his opponents. That’s about as close as you get to saying pick up your machetes and join me. Or forget machetes; Ivory Coast is still heavily armed from its civil war last decade. Gbagbo certainly hasn’t been shy about using military force lately; his forces are thought to have been behind a mortar attack on a market yesterday that left 40 people injured. Earlier this week there were reports of his using helicopters and tanks to mow down suspected opposition supporters. 

The optimist watching this situation might argue that Gbagbo is turning to military force because he is running out of other options — or more specifically, he’s running out of cash. He’s trying to play every card he can before folding his hand.

That’s not my read of Gbagbo, however. This is a man who doesn’t know how to fold. Nor do his opponents, for that matter. Opposition supporters of the president-elect, Alassane Ouattara, have the moral high ground for backing the democratic process. But the formal rebel troops who remain loyal Ouattara are already involved in fighting in rural Ivory Coast, where they are taking territory from government troops. 

The more the conflict escalates, the fewer consequences there are — for Gbagbo and for any rebel forces who also perpetrate atrocities. France today says it wants more sanctions. But that’s kid stuff. 

Speaking about Libya’s conflict this afternoon, U.S. President Barack Obama warned that the words of the international community would "ring hollow" if we didn’t intervene to protect civilians in Libya. These are promises we’ve made before.

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He really thought he had something, too.

A congressman smarting over legislation to defund National Public Radio tried to take out his frustration with a ban on federal dollars paying for advertising on Fox News, but the effort was rejected in a party-line committee vote.

Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., offered an amendment Wednesday night that would have prohibited funds from any federal agency from being used to advertise on the Fox News Channel.

“If my friends on the other side of the aisle want to strip funding from NPR because they believe — wrongly, in my view — that NPR is biased, then we should be given the same opportunity,” McGovern told the House Rules Committee…

McGovern didn’t actually get around to saying how much money the military spends on Fox News advertising, purposefully so. As long as people of McGovern’s ideology continue to vilify the ROTC on campuses who receive federal funding, I see no problem with allowing them to place television advertisements. They have to recruit somehow. After the deregulation of the broadcasting industry in the 80s, station owners didn’t have to eat airtime to give free reign, literally, to PSAs. They cost.

Of course, McGovern surely can’t be so illogical to assume that government funding to pay for the production of bias and items like this:

is in any way similar to advertising for military recruitment on Fox. If McGovern wants to see more military ads on networks like MSNBC, perhaps encourage them to be friendlier to the cause and attract more of an audience that would see said ads. Advertising goes where they eyeballs are.

I have to wonder, too, if McGovern was also against President Obama using the public airwaves multiple times to push his unpopular health control law?

McGovern mentions possible presidential contenders as analysts, except purposefully omitted that Fox suspended Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum as analysts until they made a decision whether or not to run.

If McGovern is so concerned about NPR financing, perhaps he should privately raise funds for a PSA campaign to encourage progressives to fund what they want to hear themselves.


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Washington (CNN) – The House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that would bar federal funding for National Public Radio – a longtime target of conservatives irritated by what they consider the outlet’s liberal bias.

The bill passed 228-192 in a sharply partisan vote. Most Republicans backed the measure while every Democrat opposed it.


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Washington (CNN) – The House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that would bar federal funding for National Public Radio – a longtime target of conservatives irritated by what they consider the outlet’s liberal bias.

The bill passed 228-192 in a sharply partisan vote. Most Republicans backed the measure while every Democrat opposed it.


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Washington (CNN) – The House of Representatives passed legislation Thursday that would bar federal funding for National Public Radio – a longtime target of conservatives irritated by what they consider the outlet’s liberal bias.

The bill passed 228-192 in a sharply partisan vote. Most Republicans backed the measure while every Democrat opposed it.


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In another example of his lack of concern for working people, Florida Gov. Rick Scott is holding up more than $ 1 billion in federal funds that could help thousands of that state’s citizens save their homes from foreclosure.

Florida’s first installment from the federal Hardest Hit program—$ 418 million—was awarded to the state more than a year ago. The money is for unemployed home­owners or those who have jobs but don’t earn enough to pay their mortgage. It can be used to make loan payments for up to 18 months or to bring delinquent loans current. The most one household can receive is $ 35,000.  

Kimberly Miller of the Palm Beach Dispatch reports that of the first five states to receive the Hardest Hit money in February 2010, all but Florida have fully operational programs. Two subsequent installments of money in August and September brought Florida’s total to $ 1.05 billion.

Gov. Scott last month rejected $ 2.4 billion in federal money for a high-speed rail project that would have linked Orlando and Tampa.

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(CNN) – The House of Representatives has scheduled a vote Thursday on a bill that would bar federal funding for National Public Radio.

The move to pull funds from the public broadcasting outlet comes after a conservative activist secretly taped an NPR executive criticizing Tea Party supporters and saying NPR would be better off without federal money.


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The Environmental Protection Agency is out of control. House Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wants to contain it.

From a McConnell press release:

McConnell Introduces Amendment To Stop EPA’s Back-Door National Energy Tax
“Fourteen million Americans are looking for work. Gas prices are approaching $ 4 a gallon. And the Obama administration wants unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats to impose new regulations that will destroy even more jobs – and drive gas prices even higher.”
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell introduced an amendment Tuesday to the pending small business bill that would stop the Environmental Protection Agency’s back-door national energy tax from taking effect.

“Imposing a backdoor national energy tax through the EPA is a strange way to respond to rising gas prices,” McConnell said. “Fourteen million Americans are looking for work. Gas prices are approaching $ 4 a gallon. And the Obama administration wants unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats to impose new regulations that will destroy even more jobs – and drive gas prices even higher.”

McConnell’s amendment was originally introduced as a stand-alone bill by Sen. James Inhofe, R-OK, the ranking Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee. That bill has 43 co-sponsors including one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. In addition to Inhofe, McConnell was joined by two other senators who have taken a leadership role in the issue – Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-AK, ranking Republican on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, and John Barrasso, R-WY, Vice Chairman of the Republican Conference.

The unprecedented EPA regulations, designed to regulate carbon emissions from farmers, manufacturers and power plants, will lead to higher gasoline, grocery, electricity and natural gas prices, while stalling economic and job growth.

“These new regulations would destroy jobs at a time when Americans need them most,” McConnell said. “And they’d be especially devastating for states like Kentucky and other coal states.”

At a time of rising gas prices and growing concern about the scope of government, McConnell said his amendment would allow for a vote on whether the White House should be able to impose new energy regulations through the EPA.

“They’re attempting to do through regulation what they couldn’t do through legislation – regardless of whether the American people want it or not,” McConnell said. “This is an insult to the millions of Americans who are already struggling to make ends meet or find a job.”

The McConnell amendment is identical to a bill, sponsored by Reps. Fred Upton, R-MI, and Ed Whitfield, R-KY, that is being considered in the House Energy and Commerce Committee today.

Following is the text of McConnell’s remarks upon the introduction of his amendment:

With gas prices on the rise, Americans want to know what Washington is doing about it.

So let me provide a little update: the White House has responded by locking up domestic energy supplies and pushing an energy tax that will drive them up even higher. And Democrats in Congress aren’t doing anything at all.

So we’ve got a total disconnect right now among Democrats in Washington when it comes to gas prices. Both the White House and Democrats in Congress are acting like they haven’t seen a nightly newscast or driven by a gas station in weeks.

Senator Inhofe, Senator Murkowski, and Senator Barrasso have done a terrific job raising the alarm on the Administration’s efforts to lock up domestic energy even as it continues to push costly new regulations at the Environmental Protection Agency.

I want to commend them for their efforts on this most important and timely issue.

They’ve shown how American families are getting a double-whammy right now.

Refiners would pass the costs related to these regulations onto consumers and the White House’s efforts to lock up domestic energy production puts even more pressure on gas prices.

If you’re just tuning in, let’s review what the White House has been up to on that front.

They’ve resisted our push for American production offshore, onshore and in Alaska — and the jobs that go along with it.
They’ve cancelled existing drilling permits and the jobs that come with them.

They’ve needlessly delayed offshore leases — which even former President Clinton has referred to as ridiculous.

They’ve imposed a moratorium on oil and gas drilling — which amounts to a moratorium on domestic energy-related jobs.

They’ve proposed a tax on domestic energy production, a ‘minivan tax’.

And now they are trying to impose a backdoor national energy tax through the EPA.

It’s a strange way to respond to rising gas prices.

But it’s perfectly consistent with the current energy secretary’s previously stated desire to get gas prices here in the U.S. up to where they are in Europe.

These new regulations would destroy jobs at a time when Americans need them most.

And they’d be especially devastating for states like Kentucky and other coal states.

EPA regulations resulting in dramatic energy price increases would jeopardize the livelihoods of the 18,000 miners in Kentucky and an additional 200,000 jobs that depend on coal production and the low cost of electricity that Kentuckians enjoy.

They’d raise the price of everything from electricity, gasoline, fertilizer, to the food we eat — and that’s why farmers, builders, manufacturers, small businesses, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce oppose them, and support an effort to stop them.

But the White House is determined to get its way.

And that’s why they’re attempting to do through regulation what they couldn’t do through legislation — regardless of whether the American people want it or not.

And, in my view, it’s an insult to the millions of Americans who are already struggling to make ends meet or find a job.

Fourteen million Americans are looking for work. Gas prices are approaching $ 4 a gallon. And the Obama Administration wants unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats to impose new regulations that will destroy even more jobs — and drive gas prices even higher.

If you want proof that common-sense is taking a backseat to ideology in the White House, look no further: this plan is bad for jobs. It’s bad for the economy.

And it must be stopped.

And that’s why, at the end of my remarks, I’m introducing an amendment to block it.

In an effort to prevent the administration from adding yet another burdensome, job-destroying regulation through the back door, we’ll have a vote on whether at a time of rising gas prices and growing concern about the scope of government, we should allow the White House to impose new energy regulations through the EPA.

This vote is needed because the White House appears ready to advance its goal by any means possible — regardless of our economy or the will of the people.

And that’s why it’s my hope that, we’ll vote to stop this power grab in its tracks.

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