A bipartisan group of senators in favor of sanctions and “benchmarks” for Iran tries to add some sticks to the basket of carrots the Obama administration is bearing. From Joe Lieberman’s speech at AEI on the subject: “My friends, the dangers of a nuclear Iran cannot be denied, diminished, or dismissed. There is no room for complacency, and no excuse for inaction, about this threat.The question now is not whether we recognize the nature of the challenge that we face, or the catastrophic consequences if we fail to address it, but whether we, as a nation and as a community of nations, can summon the insight, determination, and courage to succeed.”
1,804 different government subsidy programs? Yup.
Mayor Bloomberg is justifiably furious over the NYC fly-over. What exactly does someone have to do to get fired under Obama?
And a White House controversy wouldn’t be complete without another embarrassing outing by Robert Gibbs: “Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, said Monday afternoon that he was unaware of the flyover. At his daily press briefing, Mr. Gibbs initially referred questions to the F.A.A. and the Air Force. When told that those government offices were referring questions to the White House, Mr. Gibbs said: ‘I have no information on this other than what I saw.’ Mr. Gibbs, pressed by reporters, said he had seen news reports of the flyover, but declared: ‘I was working on other things. You might be surprised to know that I don’t know every movement of Air Force One.’ Later, he added that he would look into the matter.” Somewhere Scott McClellan is smiling.
And you can’t make this up: the White House official responsible for this was on the board of IndyMac — before the feds seized it as part of its fraud investigation.
Cap-and-trade grinds to a halt as Democrats discover it’s a job-killer: “House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman delayed until next week further action on his big climate bill, amid sharp divisions among committee Democrats.The delay indicates that the House Democratic leadership is having difficulty rounding up votes to move the bill forward, amid disagreements over which industries and regions of the country should bear the burden for cutting greenhouse-gas emissions. Democrats from industrial and coal-dependent states have expressed concerns that the climate bill would sharply raise energy costs and hurt the economy in their states.”
Bret Stephens tries to refresh Nancy Pelosi’s memory. The take away: lots and lots of people know about the Congressional briefings and “amnesia” won’t work for long.
A fascinating discussion here on Bank of American CEO Ken Lewis’s claim that Ben Bernanke and Hank Paulson pressured him to violate securities laws. This raises issues such as: Do we need a grand jury to investigate Bernanke and Paulson? And should all three of them “be pushed over the falls in a canoe?” (The bottom line: even if “pressured,” Lewis had a legal and fiduciary obligation to his shareholders.)