TheDC Morning: The missing barracuda
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1.) The missing barracuda — Sarah Palin has become increasingly irrelevant, but her endorsement still remains sought after by GOP candidates. And Mitt Romney has yet to become a recipient of her beneficence, reports TheDC’s Alex Pappas:
“Does Mitt Romney have the full backing of the queen mama grizzly? While Sarah Palin has made it concretely clear that she’s opposed to President Barack Obama’s re-election, the former governor of Alaska has not yet offered a formal endorsement of the presumptive Republican nominee for president.”
Sarah, Sarah where are you?
2.) North Carolina mindlessness — The Israeli-Palestinian conflict doesn’t much feel like it should be the dominion of North Carolina. But some Democratic activists in the state want to let their voices be heard, reports TheDC’s Matthew Boyle:
“The North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP) is seriously considering passing a resolution that would criticize Israel for its ‘illegal occupation’ of Palestine, the latest in a long line of controversial moves coming out of one of the major battleground states President Barack Obama’s team is banking on to win re-election. The resolution didn’t pass at this weekend’s NCDP state convention, but was tabled and referred to the executive committee for further consideration later. It attacks the United States for providing Israel with ‘$3 billion annually in military aid,’ while the ‘Israeli occupation, disenfranchisement and impoverishment of significant numbers of the Palestinian population, and Israel’s overwhelming military might and its role as the only nuclear power threaten stability in a region witnessing increased demands for democracy and an end to autocratic rule.'”
Here’s an idea. Perhaps before you provide advice on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, you should actually know what you’re talking about. Maybe read a book or two. Wouldn’t that be nice?
3.) Defending Defense — New Hampshire GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte is very angry about Defense sequestration, reports TheDC’s Jamie Weinstien (ME!):
“Since the super committee failed to come to an agreement, the Department of Defense now faces the specter of between $500-600 billion in cuts over the next 10 years, starting in 2013. These cuts are in addition to the nearly $500 billion in Defense Department cuts already planned for over the next 10 years. Ayotte, who is the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on readiness and military support, said she has heard from top military officials that this would be catastrophic to America’s national security. ‘The Marine Corps assistant commandant has said that the Marine Corps would be unable to respond fully to one major contingency,’ Ayotte told TheDC. ‘Can you imagine? And so that’s why I’m so worried about it … we’re taking disproportionate cuts to our defense. You know why? Because we won’t take on the big picture fiscal issues.'”
4.) Things fall apart in Wisconsin — Unions are not doing so hot, Eshe Nelson reports for TheDC:
“Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s recall election victory was as much as a defeat for labor unions as it was for his opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Since then, the signs that unions are in trouble have been mounting rapidly. ‘Many labor unions are going through a real struggle,’ Michael Eastman, executive director of labor policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce told The Daily Caller. ‘But it’s not related to labor laws like the unions are trying to say; it’s related to their own management issues.’”
5.) Poll of the Day: Latinos mixed on immigration — “What should the priority for dealing with illegal immigration in the U.S”: 28% said border security/enforcement; 27% said pathway to citizenship, 42% said both equally.