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1.) Just call us award-winning — The Daily Caller has been informed that Alex Quade’s epic story, “Secret Mission: The Horse Soldiers of 9/11,” will be awarded the American Legion Fourth Estate Award at the American Legion’s 94th National Convention this summer. Quade reported for TheDC:
“It was the news the world breathlessly waited for immediately after the 9/11 terror attacks: a report of the first American troops on the ground in Afghanistan. All at once the world’s attention focused on an iconic photo of those Special Operations Forces doing something no American military had done in nearly a century: They rode horses into combat. Their secret mission: secure northern Afghanistan by advising the warring tribal factions that formed the Northern Alliance. During the 2011 Veterans Day Parade on November 11, a new monument to these men — and to all Americans in uniform — will make its way down New York City’s famed Fifth Avenue on the way to its final home, a stone’s throw from Ground Zero.”
2.) Trouble in Kim Jong-unistan? — So says former National Security Adviser to President George W. Bush, Victor Cha. Cha told TheDC’s Jamie Weinstein (ME!) that sometime in the near future, the world’s most oppressive regime will come toppling down:
“I believe that the 45th president of the United States will have to deal with a major crisis of governance in North Korea before the end of his term,” Victor Cha, who served at the National Security Agency under President George W. Bush from 2004 to 2007, told The Daily Caller in an interview about his new book, ‘The Impossible State: North Korea, Past and Future.’ ‘I think the regime is on its last legs. If you had asked any expert on the situation what was the most important variable that determined the stability of the regime, nine of out ten would have told you ‘sudden death of Kim Jong Il.’ Now that this has happened, many have walked away from this view because they see stability in the country thus far. My answer is that it has been barely over 100 days since the death of Kim Jong Il. Transitional regimes throughout history have lasted longer than this and have then failed, so we are very early in the game.’”
This is simultaneously both welcome and unwelcome news. On one hand, the North Korean people will finally be free of their tormentors and be given a chance at freedom. On the other hand, the world’s most lampoonable regime will suddenly vanish, causing a veritable comic catastrophe. You determine which outweighs the other.
3.) Politico author writes book, TheDC scoops it — The Daily Caller got an advance copy of a new book co-authored by Politico writer Mike Allen. In the book, readers learn that the pro-longed GOP primary was a deliberate plan of former RNC chair Michael Steele to bring on a brokered convention. TheDC’s Alex Pappas reports:
“Michael Steele irked fellow GOPers while serving as chairman of the Republican National Committee by speaking excitedly about the possibility of a brokered convention. ‘You know, we’re going to end up with a brokered convention, a convention that’s going to mean something!’ Steele reportedly told big money donors while chairman, according to the soon-to-be released book ‘Inside the Circus.’”
TheDC was the first to report other details of the Politico’s author tome as well, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s supposed use painkillers to get through GOP debates, how former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman felt betrayed by Sen. John McCain’s endorsement of Mitt Romney, that Romney is apparently a clean freak when it comes to sweat, how Rick Santorum disdains the Drudge Report for being pro-Romney and how Romney didn’t compile opposition research on Santorum before his Iowa surge.
4.) Digital Destruction — TheDC’s Josh Peterson reports that a “digital Pearl Harbor” may not be something to fret too much over, since there are other things you should be spending time fretting over:
“While lawmakers and regulatory officials insist that the threat of a ‘digital Pearl Harbor’ requires the government be given more power to ward off cyber-attacks, some experts say the threat has been exaggerated. Instead, the impending threat of ‘cyber-terror’ — as one expert called it — lies in the potential damage inflicted from the manipulation of information by the nation’s enemies, also known as information warfare.”
5.) Poll of the Day: Romney poised to win Wisconsin – RealClearPolitics polling average of Wisconsin GOP presidential primary: Mitt Romney 40.3%, Rick Santorum 32.8%, Ron Paul 10.7%, Newt Gingrich 7.8%. The primary takes place today.