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TheDC Morning: Welcome to Obama’s America

Jamie Weinstein Senior Writer
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1.)Welcome to Obama’s America — It’s a land where the school food tastes like vomit. TheDC’s Eric Owens reports:

“Students in a rural Kentucky county — and their parents — are the latest to join a growing national chorus of scorn for the healthy school lunches touted by first lady Michelle Obama. ‘They say it tastes like vomit,’ said Harlan County Public Schools board member Myra Mosley at a contentious board meeting last week, reports The Harlan Daily Enterprise. The growing body of USDA meal regulations implemented by the Department of Agriculture under the ‘Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010’ has long been a signature issue for the first lady.”

IS THIS AMERICA ANYMORE? Or Britain, where the food is famously terrible?

2.) Conflict cometh — The U.S. is gearing up to punish Bashar al-Assad. TheDC’s Neil Munro reports:

“The White House is ruling out the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Syria, but continues to hint that it will use air power to punish Syria’s regime for using chemical weapons against civilians. ‘We don’t envision U.S. boots on the ground in Syria,’ said Jay Carney, the spokesman for President Barack Obama. Carney also insisted that any response to the chemical weapons attack is not connected to the Syrian civil war, or to the ongoing U.S. support for the rebels. The rebels, who include many al-Qaida-linked jihadis, are trying to overthrow the Iran-backed dictatorship. The impending ‘action … is not about regime change,’ Carney said. ‘That is not what we are contemplating here.'”

Hope this turns out well. Fingers crossed.

3.) Obama is consistently inconsistent — The president once thought he had to go to Congress for military strikes of the type now being contemplated in Syria. It doesn’t appear he believes that anymore. The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Jim Antle writes:

“As President Barack Obama weighs military action in Syria, it remains unclear whether he will first seek congressional authorization. It is clear, however, that Obama once thought such authorization was necessary. ‘The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation,’ candidate Obama told The Boston Globe in late 2007. He added that the president can only act unilaterally in ‘instances of self-defense.'”

Indeed, many members of the administration have flipped flopped on this issue. Read the full column to see who and how.

4.)Rand Paul’s Ron Paul problem — Ron Paul doesn’t appear to care too much whether his post-congressional career hurts his son’s presidential prospects, TheDC’s Jamie Weinstein opines:

“You would think that Ron Paul would do every thing he could to help his son Rand’s presidential prospects. Ideologically, no one who is considering a presidential run in 2016 is closer to the former Texas congressman’s brand of libertarian politics than Rand, even if there may be some policy differences between the two. And many suspect that even those differences may just be rhetorical. But beyond ideology, as a father, you would think Ron would want to see his boy win the highest office in the land and that he would do whatever he could to help him achieve his ambition. But Ron doesn’t seem to be helping Rand.”

Read the full column to see how Papa Paul is causing problems.

5.) Tweet of Yesterday  David Burge#thingsthatonlyhappeninmovies Matt Damon is employable

6.) Today in North Korean News — BREAKING: “Imperialist Powers Slammed for Blocking Peace, Reunification of Korea”

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