Morning Briefing for May 12, 2011

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For May 12, 2011

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1. Erickson & Trump. One on One.

Yes, it is true. On Tuesday, I will be going one on one with Donald Trump in his office in New York.He has agreed to sit down and have an unfiltered conversation with no topic off limits. Thus I will ask him those questions many of you have wanted to ask him and flesh out why he thinks he is a conservative, why he might run, etc.You can watch the interview live and for free. But you must register by going here.Please click here for the rest of the post.

2. Mitch McConnell Yet Again Tells Fiscal Conservatives to Go to Hell

So let’s get this straight.There’s vacancy on the Senate Finance Committee. Tom Coburn is the only significant fiscal conservative on the committee.Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) had the seniority to get the job, but for more than a month has consistently said he did not want the committee spot.Who was next in line? Jim DeMint.Guess whose mind Mitch McConnell worked aggressively behind the scenes to change?Please click here for the rest of the post.

3. Hypocrite Harry Reid’s High Horse Must’ve Kicked Him in the Head

With one hand firmly planted in union bosses’ pockets, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid got on his high horse in the Senate on Wednesday afternoon to hypocritically castigate Republicans for calling out the union fanatics at the National Labor Relations Board and their latest attack on free enterprise.Please click here for the rest of the post.

4. More Residual Effects of Obama’s Anti-Oil Policies

Obama’s oil free utopia is precipitating yet more mayhem on our economy. Today, two major news stories concerning our lack of oil production highlight just how profoundly oil affects our economy.The first story concerns the Trans Alaska Pipeline. The pipeline employs 2,000 workers and delivers 11% of our domestically produced oil to the other states. During its early years, when we weren’t impounding the oil in Alaska, the pipeline transported 2 million barrels of oil per day. Now, less than a third of that volume flows through the pipeline, with the trajectory spiraling sharply downward. The Wall Street Journal reported today that there is growing concern about the adverse effects of decreasing oil flow on the pipeline itself.Please click here for the rest of the post.

5. General Electric’s Jeff Immelt–A Uniter, Not a Divider

There’s been a lot written over the last couple of years about the Obama administration’s crony capitalism. Other than ’spooky dude’ George Soros, there is, perhaps, no better embodiment of an Obama crony in capitalist’s clothing than General Electric’s Jeff Immelt.Please click here for the rest of the post.

6. The 60-Day Mark In Libya – A Serious Deadline For A Serious Anti-War Movement

As of 17 May 2011, armed forces from the United States will have been involved in military combat operations in Libya for 60 days. By that date, President Obama is required by statute to withdraw US Forces from Libya and cease all unpleasantness. Or, he could ask Congress to give him a resolution authorizing the use of force. This would seemingly make for a rather tough day at the links for President Obama.Please click here for the rest of the post.

7. Stop the Natural Gas Streaker!

There are a lot of bad policy ideas dreamed up on a daily basis on Capitol Hill, and many get turned into bills by Congressmen. Thankfully, most of these bills go nowhere. But occasionally, a policy streaker comes out of left field and makes a heady gambit for prime-time exposure and a floor vote in either the House or the Senate.A bill often becomes “a streaker” when the number of its co-sponsors start ramping up rapidly, either because of a political interest back home in various districts, a well-heeled coalition of lobbyists, or the simple fact that members and their staff are not paying sufficient attention to a bill’s merits.Rep. John Sullivan’s H.R. 1380, the New Alternative Transportation to Give America Solutions Act is a streaker, and it needs to be stopped. It has 179 cosponsors, nearly half of which are Republican. And when a bill begins to get this much bipartisan support, it makes it difficult for House Leadership to keep the bill off the floor.Please click here for the rest of the post.



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