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June 30 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Obama Has A Can O' WhoopAss For Congress But YOU Have The 'Can Opener'

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Cabale News ServiceJune 30 2011 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Obama Has A Can O' WhoopAss For Congress But YOU Have The 'Can Opener'

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» President Obama gave his first news conference in three months yesterday and he was "Combative". He complained about the legislature's tendency to stagger their recesses claiming that it effectively allowed them to work only two weeks out of the month. He also gave details on the alleged Afghanistan withdrawal and said he wasn't going to address the gay marriage issue, but DID speak of his intent to increase taxes on the richest one percent of the US population and corporate jets as tax write offs.

A couple of consolidated articles from the Washington Post on the topic: Obama confronts Congress on economy, debt and Libya... ...dismisses congressional criticism of Libya action as 'politics'
President Obama had a simple message for congressional Republicans in a press conference Wednesday: Stand up and lead.

Obama, often in harsh and stark terms, condemned the approach that House and Senate Republicans have adopted in the final stretch of the negotiations surrounding the increase in the nation's debt limit.

They're in one week, they're out one week, said Obama of Congress. And then they're saying Obama needs to step in. I've been here.

He repeatedly challenged Republicans to make compromises in order to adopt a truly balanced approach to the debt deal; Call me naive, but my expectation is leaders are going to lead, he said.

Obama's confrontational approach toward Congress extended beyond the debt negotiations seeping into answers he gave on job creation, the broader economy and Libya.

On each issue, Obama cast himself as the adult in the room and Congress as an irresponsible child unwilling to sacrifice their desire to score political points for the good of the country.

He even made that comparison explicit citing his two daughters' tendency to get their homework done a day in advance as a good example for Congress to follow.

Politically, blaming Congress is a sound strategy. Poll after poll shows the institution is tremendously unpopular. In a new Associated Press-GfK poll just one in five people approved of the job Congress is doing.

And, attacking Republicans is also a major political winner for Obama among his liberal base many of whom believe that the president has been insufficiently tough on the GOP since the 2010 election.

From a policy perspective, it's tougher to know how Obama's repeated challenges to Republicans will impact the final negotiations on the debt ceiling...

By David A. Fahrenthold

June 29 2011

In his news conference Wednesday morning, President Obama was almost derisive as he dismissed congressional criticism of the military campaign in Libya.

A lot of this fuss, Obama said, is politics.

On Capitol Hill on Wednesday, legislators said their objections were not simply attempts to score partisan points. They pointed to a pair of recent votes, one in the House and one in the Senate, in which legislators from both parties rejected some of Obama's arguments on Libya.

That's patently just untrue, Rep. Thomas J. Rooney (R-Fla.) said of Obama's contention. He referenced a vote last week in the House in which 70 Democrats joined 225 Republicans in voting down a measure to authorize the operation. Look at the people who have voted to have him come and make the case for the conflict, Rooney said.

Rooney's objections were echoed by Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), who said he agrees with Obama on many issues. In this case, however, Sherman said the president had made an improper end run around Congress and deserved to be called out for it.

There is a lot of politics in the House, and there may be a few for whom politics is the main motivator for challenging Obama, Sherman said. But I think there are a lot of us in the House who are dedicated to the U.S. Constitution and to our oath of office.

Congressional concern about the Libya operation has focused on a 1973 law, the War Powers Resolution. It says presidents must obtain congressional authorization after sending troops into hostilities abroad... [Links at the heading, in order]
» Congress is now working on David Petraeus' approval as CIA director and trade breaks for Colombia and South Korea. Harry Reid has notified the Senate that they will not go on recess over the Fourth of July, to work on the debt limit and other sticking points in the US economy. More on that from The Hill.

» The Los Alamos fire continues with the town and lab surrounded by one hundred square miles of burning brush and forest. There are 30,000 barrels of waste Plutonium sitting out on an asphalt area, perhaps an old runway, and the nuclear research lab has played down the danger.
The largest fire in New Mexico history is now the dangerous Los Conchas wildfire, which continues to threaten Los Alamos, New Mexico. The fire had consumed 94,000 acres (147 square miles) as of Thursday night, matching the 2003 Dry Lakes Fire in Gila National Forest in Southern New Mexico as the largest fire in state history. The Los Conchas fire was fanned yesterday by winds that reached sustained speeds of up to 25 mph, gusting to 34 mph, along with temperatures ... Sitrep from Jeffrey Masters, Ph.D., Director of Meteorology for
» In other nuclear disasters, a British nuclear power plant has been shut down by massive numbers of Jellyfish clogging intake screens that normally keep debris out of the power plant's cooling system water.

» The U.S. is pulling it's drone base out of Western Pakistan on orders of the Pakistani government, who are a little tense about the slaughter of large numbers of civilians to kill the occasional al-Qaeda fighter.

The US government has opened a new front in it's Robot Wars in the third world country of Somalia to make up for the reduced number of slaughtered civilians because of that closure.

» In the meantime, a drone strike in the backwoods of Pakistan has apparently killed one of the leaders of the al-Haqqani network believed to be responsible for the the attack on Kabul's Intercontinental hotel the other day. Nineteen other alleged militants were also killed, or perhaps they're just slaughtered civilians.

» France now admits they have been providing arms to the Libyan rebels while Britain has said it will provide uniforms and armored vests.

To put that another way.. France is supplying the Libyan rebels with air-dropped weapons and admits it, in utter contempt of the COMPREHESIVE arms embargo included in the UN resolution on the protection of Libyan civilians:
A French military spokesman confirmed on Thursday a report in Le Figaro that rocket launchers and assault rifles were among arms parachuted in, prompting an angry reaction from Russia, one of many countries who have kept doors open to Gaddafi.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said supplying arms was a "crude violation" of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1970, which imposed a comprehensive arms embargo in February. [More @ Reuters]
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