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The Obama administration is in a snit, calling in the Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren to complain that Israel followed a court order to evict Palestinians who had violated the terms of their lease. That’s right. So much for the rule of law. Might this be the Obama administration’s effort to distract from the humiliating rebuff it received from the Arab states? Yup.

If there is anything that will get the Blue Dogs’ fur to stand up on end, this is it: “MoveOn.org Political Action announced today that they will run radio ads in the districts of Blue Dog Democrats John Barrow (D-GA), Jim Matheson (D-UT) and Charlie Melancon (D-LA) who voted against the bill in the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee last Friday, July 31st. The radio ads will air in the Congressional districts beginning tomorrow and lay out the real cost to citizens in these districts when their leaders side with special interests and vote to stop health care reform.”

Bet you didn’t know that “a higher percentage of Tennessee Titans cheerleaders have formal science training than do members of Congress.”

Tim Geithner tries to bully independent regulators. Where does he think he is — Chicago?

The Democrats have reason to be scared. Another Democratic congressman’s town hall — another angry crowd.

Dana Perino thinks the Democrats should knock off the blame game: “At first they blamed the Republicans as a party for being against reform, but the facts don’t support their arguments. Especially because it was many concerned Democrats who were raising a ruckus, too. They had to find a new villain. They pointed fingers at conservative talk radio show hosts and said they were scaring people, but the Democrats can’t convincingly answer any of the questions they raise. That’s not the hosts’ fault — they aren’t the ones charged with providing the answers. Incredibly this past week, the Democrats found a new entity to blame — the mainstream media. . . . Now it seems they’ve settled on targeting the insurance companies — probably not a bad idea politically, but it will be interesting to see if the insurance companies continue to let themselves be vilified.” Well now all they have left to blame are the voters.

John Bolton thinks Bill Clinton’s visit to spring the American journalists from North Korea was a mistake: “The point to be made on the Clinton visit is that the knee-jerk impulse for negotiations above all inevitably brings more costs than its advocates foresee. Negotiating from a position of strength, where the benefits to American interests will exceed the costs, is one thing. Negotiating merely for the sake of it, in the face of palpable recent failures, is something else indeed.”

The most least transparent administration ever: “The Obama administration is refusing to quickly release government records on its ‘cash-for-clunkers’ rebate program that would substantiate — or undercut — White House claims of the program’s success, even as the president presses the Senate for a quick vote for $2 billion to boost car sales.”



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