Day's End Round-Up

DAY'S END ROUNDUP

FROM THE BLOGS:

Obama pulled in two directions, America left in the dark
The Washington Post's Charles Krauthammer asks the administration, is Obama closing the war on terror, or has it just begun?

ObamaCare info revealed, life for the poor looks bleak
The Washington Times thinks Obamacare will severely hurt, not help, the poor, as more information is revealed. 

Arming Syrians hard sell
The American Conservative's W. James Antle III thinks President Obama's possible arming of Syrians would be a bad choice for American foreign policy. 

GOP treading water
The Daily Beast's Michael Tomasky thinks the GOP is going backwards in its attempt to moderate. 


OTHER SOURCES:

Arizona law overturned with ease
The Hill's Daniel Strauss reports the Supreme Court overturned an Arizona Law, 7-2, that required people to prove their citizenship before they could use a federal registration system making signing up to vote easier. 

McCain's disdain towards Obama adminstration over email accounts 
The Hill's Julian Hattem reports Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) distrust of the Obama administration's allowance of private email accounts for top officials. 

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FROM THE BLOGS:

The future of the GOP

The American Conservative’s Patrick J. Buchanan discusses the future of the GOP — and, in his eyes, it doesn’t look good.

Paul says push back
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), writing for The Washington Times, thinks Americans should defend their freedoms against government surveillance.

Right should take a step back in criticism of NSA

The Washington Post’s Michael Gerson thinks members of the right are being too hard on the NSA.

We had a warning

The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf says we should have listened to Russ Feingold’s warnings over parts of the Patriot Act.


OTHER SOURCES:

House passes controversial defense bill

The House passed a defense bill Friday that strips commanders’ ability to overturn guilty verdicts in military sexual assault cases. The Hill’s Jeremy Herb and Pete Kasperowicz report.

Farm bill vote on the books

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) scheduled a vote for a five-year farm bill to be some time next week, according to The Hill’s Pete Kasperowicz and Erik Wasson.

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FROM THE BLOGS:

Conservatives should not abandon Boy Scouts
Robert Long of The American Conservative thinks that Southern Baptists and other socially conservative groups should not be so quick to sever ties with the Boy Scouts of America after the decision to allow gay scouts.

Nancy Pelosi calls abortion issue 'sacred ground'
The Corner's Kathryn Jean Lopez writes that Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) avoided a tough question from a reporter about abortion by hiding behind a religious answer.

The Supreme Court denies a private companies ability genes
The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled against the ability of a private corporation to own a patent on naturally occurring genes, which is a victory for all Americans, writes TPM's Josh Marshall.

GOP lawmakers only appear to support immigration reform
According to The Atlantic's Molly Ball, many Republicans are only offering support for the bill with increased border protection in an attempt to kill the bill.


OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

House Intelligence panel says Snowden lied
Leading House Intelligence Committee members have said the Snowden lied about having access to the information that he has leaked to reporters, according to The Hill's Mike Lillis

Former president offers Syria advice to Obama
Former President Clinton has offered President Obama advice on handling the situation in Syria, which the president is very open to accepting, writes The Hill's Justin Sink.

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Snowden’s crime is 'less sexy' than treason
Wonkblog’s Dylan Matthews says despite lawmakers’ claim that Edward Snowden is treasonous, his actions do not comply with the legal definition or treasonous acts of the past. 

Despite scandals, Obama moves forward on Gitmo
Daniel Klaidman of The Daily Beast believes that President Obama is making progress on his revived promise to close Guantánamo Bay. 

A call to action for the GOP
The National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru asks the GOP to do more than to sit back and hope ObamaCare fails. 

Keystone pipeline draws Hollywood comparison 
The Keystone pipeline is a needed but otherwise “unremarkable pipeline,” says Erika Johnsen of Hot Air.  She agrees with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), who recently said the pipeline is like the “Kim Kardashian of energy. I don’t know why we care.” 


OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Senators urge Obama to stay on sidelines of immigration debate
President Obama has taken a quieter role in immigration reform and many senators are appreciating this “outside cheerleader” method, The Hill's Alexander Bolton reports.

GOP Rep. Franks says rate of pregnancies from rape is 'very low'
Elise Viebeck of The Hill reports Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) claimed the rate of pregnancies resulting from rape is “very low” and women seeking late-term abortions should have to report the rape to be eligible. 

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FROM THE BLOGS:

Data mining is a direct violation of Fourth Amendment rights

Joseph A. Palmero of The Huffington Post writes that all of the NSA's data mining and domestic spying operations should concern any American who is worried about privacy rights today and for generations to come.

Virginia GOP attempts to identify concealed weapons carriers while they still can

The Daily Beast's Ben Jacobs thinks the GOP is being hypocritical in requesting the identities of those licensed to carry concealed weapons just before the bill, championed by Republicans, to protect their identities goes into law.

Obama takes a less than impressive stance against Chinese hackers

Right Turn's Jennifer Rubin thinks that President Obama has not done nearly enough to punish Chinese hackers and scare off other threats from Asia.

Former vice president predicted problems for Obama administration

Before President Obama took office for his first term, Dick Cheney predicted that he would keep many of the programs he spoke against in his campaign out of necessity. According to The New Yorker's Patrick Radden Keefe, Cheney was absolutely right.


OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Plan B pill to be made available to girls of all ages
The Hill's Sam Baker reports that despite previous objections, the Obama administration has agreed to make over-the-counter sales of the "morning after" pill available to teenagers.

Light saber cane causes delay at airport for Chewbacca actor
Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew was held up at airport security in Denver last week because of his unusual light saber cane. He and his cane were eventually allowed to board the flight, according to The Hill's Keith Laing.

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FROM THE BLOGS:

Big brother isn’t watching

The Washington Post’s Marc Thiessen writes that the "chilling effect" of increased surveillance by the Department of Justice on the press has only produced the opposite—more leaks.

Leaking secrets a way to empower terrorists?

The Wall Street Journal’s Michael B. Mukasey thinks Americans are delusional for thinking their information is being misused by the NSA.

Gang of Eight fails on every front with immigration reform

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) writes in the Los Angeles Times that the immigration reform plan put forth by the Senate takes jobs and pays from American workers, undermines enforcement and fails to live up to the promises made by its sponsors.

Immigration reform never looked stronger

Jonathan Chait in New York magazine argues that Republicans in both the Senate and the House are beginning to cave on immigration reform.

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

White House maintains that Congress was briefed on NSA program

The White House Press Secretary Jay Carney defended President Obama’s statement that all members of Congress were briefed on the NSA phone program, according to The Hill's Justin Sink.

HRC on Twitter

The Hill’s Daniel Strauss reports that the former Secretary of State and self-described “pantsuit aficionado” Hillary Clinton sent out her first tweet on Monday.

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FROM THE BLOGS:

Stop freaking out about surveillance
Slate’s Will Saletan thinks the NSA phone surveillance program was limited, supervised and hardly Orwellian.

Long wait for judicial nominees not unique to Obama administration
As far as waiting for judicial nominees goes, The Washington Examiner’s Byron York thinks President Obama hasn’t had it worse than his predecessors.

Victorious 2014 election a “false positive” for GOP
National Journal’s Ronald Brownstein thinks a falloff in minority and youth voting during non-presidential elections will cause a “false positive” for the GOP in 2014.

Incompetence no excuse for the IRS
The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan thinks pleading incompetence is too convenient of a cop-out for an agency so constantly in the wrong.

OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

CBO estimates federal budget to be $627 billion
The Hill’s Erik Wasson reports that the federal deficit dropped $217 billion from last year, mostly due to an increase in tax revenue.

Obama draws up overseas target list for cyberattacks
The Hill’s Jeremy Herb on a top-secret White House directive that indicates the U.S. was scoping for future cyber targets abroad.

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FROM THE BLOGS:

Surveillance program backers resisted basic oversight

At Reason's Hit and Run blog, Peter Suderman thinks that some members of Congress are to blame for the National Security Agency's decision to collect data from calls made by those using Verizon as their phone carrier.

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signs law decriminalizing marijuana

FireDogLake's Jon Walker notes that Vermont is the 17th state to reduce penalties for having marijuana.

Patrick: I napped while Boston was on lockdown

Hot Air's Ed Morrissey highlights an interview in which Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) said he was sleeping while Boston was on lockdown during the manhunt to capture the two primary suspects of the Boston Marathon bombing.

NYC not ready for another Sandy

At Demos's Policyshop blog, Mijin Cha argues that the best way to prevent hurricanes is through infrastructure investments and climate change policies. 


OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

Christie appoints NJ Attorney General Chiesa to fill Lautenberg's seat

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) appointed Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa (R) to serve as interim senator until the special election to replace Sen. Frank Lautenberg (R-N.J) is held, according to The Hill's Alexandra Jaffe.

Obama touts plan for high-speed Internet in nation's schools

President Obama said in a speech at a North Carolina middle school that he has instructed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand a program that would allow 99 percent of public schools to have high-speed Internet access within five years, The Hill's Brendan Sasso and Justin Sink report.

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FROM THE BLOGS:
 
Does Samantha Power have a mea culpa doctrine?
The Washington Examiner’s Phillip Klein says the new U.S. ambassador to the U.N. will completely re-think U.S. foreign policy.

Why the GOP is unpopular with Millennials
The Daily Beast’s Jon Favreau says a “close-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned” party isn’t a selling point for Millennials.
 
Working-Class whites still vital for Dems
Andrew Levison and Ruy Tuxeira of The New Republic say Democrats still need to win a significant amount of voters from the Republican coalition to keep a hold on the White House in 2016.
 
Is Obama policy toward inspector generals to blame for scandals?
The Wall Street Journal’s Joseph Schmitz says the recent scandals are due to Obama preventing the inspector generals from having true independence.
 
OTHER NEWS SOURCES:
 
Obama thrilled by Rice’s return
The Hill’s Justin Sink reports on President Obama's appointment of former U.N. ambassador Susan Rice to the position of National Security Advisor on Wednesday.

IRS staffers placed on leave over free food, gifts
The Hill’s Bernie Becker reports that two IRS officials were placed on administrative leave due to accepting hundred of dollars of free food and gifts.
 


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FROM THE BLOGS:

Christie selects the best of three poor choices
The Fix’s Aaron Blake thinks
New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie’s decision to New Jersey’s special Senate election on October 16th rather than the same date as the general election was the lesser of three evils.

Obama appoints Rice and Power, shows Republicans he’s not afraid
The Daily Beast’s Peter Beinart thinks President Obama’s appointments of Susan Rice and Samantha Power make a statement that “ he no longer cares what the GOP thinks about his foreign policy.”

Panetta may have leaked top secret info
Former Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta “disclosed top secret information” during the time he was CIA director while at an event in June 2011 honoring participants in the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden, The Washington Times’ Shaun Waterman reports.

Supreme Court may be pushing America in sci-fi direction

The American Conservative’s Jonathan Coppage thinks the court's recent DNA ruling may be sending us into a world like Gattica, a 1990s science fiction movie chronicaling a futuristic world where DNA determined a caste system in society.


OTHER NEWS SOURCES:

GOP senators stand on both sides of Obama’s appointment
With reluctant words, Republican senators agree to work with newly appointed National Security Advisor Susan Rice, while others still question the President’s decision, The Hill’s Julian Pecquet and Daniel Strauss report.

President faces pressure from military to veto sexual assault policy bill
Obama will soon be forced to choose between members of his party and military leaders as he takes a position on whether or not to veto the Defense Department on a proposed change to the sexual assault policy in the military that would shift the chain of command, The Hill’s Jeremy Herb reports.

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