TheDC Morning: More great news from Arab Spring!

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1.) More great news from Arab Spring! — Islamists, led by the Muslim Brotherhood, are gaining even more power in Egypt! They control Egypt’s parliament, are considering running a candidate for president (despite previous pledges they wouldn’t do so) and now the AP reports they will be in the majority on Egypt’s panel to create a new constitution:

“Egypt’s newly empowered Islamists have tightened their grip, giving themselves a majority on a 100-member panel tasked with drafting a constitution that will define the shape of the government in the post-Hosni Mubarak era … Led by the Muslim Brotherhood to victory in parliamentary elections, fundamentalists now have their eyes set on the next prize: the presidency. The new constitution will decide whether Islam will gain even more strength in Egypt, abandoning decades of secular traditions that made the nation a top U.S. ally and a bulwark against extremism.”

Can you even wait to vacation in the soon-to-be Islamic Republic of Egypt? Of course, you won’t be able to see the pyramids (they’ll surely be blown up for being un-Islamic). And the beaches in the Sinai won’t be so much fun with the implementation of mandatory burqinis. But if you’re the type of person who likes to watch women be stoned to death for the crime of being raped, you may well be in luck.

2.) Romney Bash — With the anniversary of Obamacare just recently passed and the start of the Obamacare hearings before the Supreme Court today, Mitt Romney’s presidential opponents are taking the opportunity to lovingly remind voters that before there was Obamacare, there was Romneycare. TheDC’s Alex Pappas reports:

“Romney supports repealing Obamacare, but his opponents point out that he signed a bill into law as governor of Massachusetts that also included an individual mandate provision. ‘As we mark the two year anniversary of Obamacare, we are reminded that Romneycare, just like Obamacare, has dealt a knockout blow to our personal freedoms and delivered a serious jab to our economy,’ the presidential campaign of former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said in a news release over the weekend.”

3.) Freaks vs. Freaks — America’s smuggest activists, militant atheists, congregated in Washington Saturday (what, no Star Trek convention this weekend?) to profess their lack of faith, TheDC’s Michelle Fields reports in a far more objective way:

“Atheists and non-believers around the country gathered in Washington, D.C. on Saturday for ‘Reason Rally,’ reportedly the nation’s largest gathering of the secular humanist movement. The event drew many Christian counter-protesters, who clashed with event attendees.”

Of course, Godless-palooza attracted the dumbest religious people to turn out and protest, which reinforced the atheists’ conviction that religious people are dumb and they’re soooooo smart. Watch the video of the confrontations by clicking the above link.

4.) NYC funds criminal training — A New York City-funded nonprofit group is teaching the homeless how to break into homes and squat. Seriously. TheDC’s David Martosko reports:

“The New York Post reported Sunday that a city-funded nonprofit group has been teaching homeless New Yorkers to ‘homestead’ vacant city-owned buildings by breaking into them, establishing residency and hoping the courts will allow them to stay. ‘The best time to enter a building is in the late hours,’ a Picture the Homeless board member told a group of homeless men and women a few weeks ago. ‘You make sure you have your proper tools. You remove the chains and padlock, and then you go in.’”

5.) Poll of the day: Romney leads in California –LA Times/USC poll of California GOP presidential primary: Mitt Romney 42%, Rick Santorum 23%, Newt Gingrich 12%, Ron Paul 10%.

6.) BIRTHDAYS! — Mayan ruler Pacal II turns 1409 (hat tip: Mel Gibson) … Poet Robert Frost turns 138 … Comedian Martin Short turns 62.

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