Iran – According Reuters: Iran claimed this past week it had successfully test-fired what it described as two long-range missiles, flexing its military muscle in the face of mounting Western pressure over its nuclear program. In other news, “The daughter of influential former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was sentenced to jail and banned from political activities for "anti-state propaganda" dating back to the 2009 disputed presidential election, Iranian media reported.” Also, the European Union has agreed to ban Iranian crude oil imports. While the embargo date has not been established, the agreement comes on the heels of new financial sanctions imposed by United States.
Wasserman-Schultz – The DNC head claims Obama will win in 2012 “because of his policies”. In reality, if Obama wins it will be because the Republican candidate is too weak. The DNC head also believes Obama has kept all his campaign promises including shutting down Gitmo.
Political Ideology – From Charles Lane in the Washington Post “Gallup recently asked Americans to rate their ideology on a liberal-to-conservative scale of 1 to 5. The average result was a right-of-center 3.3. More alarming for Obama, voters scored him at 2.3, to the left of center — and put Mitt Romney at 3.5. Every other GOP contender was to the right of the mean, except Jon Huntsman, who hit the ideological bull’s-eye. But even Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann came closer to the middle than Obama did.”
Campaign Strategy – The NY Times did a story outlining the Obama reelection strategy which includes demonizing Congress. I guess Obama still does not realize that Democrats hold the majority in the Senate.
Teacher Merit Based Pay – The NY Times reports “In the nation’s capital, the country’s most successful merit pay system is creating incentives for exceptional young teachers and other educators who might otherwise leave the field.” Now there is novel concept: pay the best performing teachers more. Unions certainly cannot be happy with the DC educational system’s decision to enforce this policy. After all, unions like to reward and protect seniority – even if the teacher is failing its students.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) - President Obama appointed Richard Cordray to head the controversial agency without Congressional approval. The CFPB was created under the Dodd – Frank financial reform legislation. The CFPB is chartered to regulate student loan providers, debt collectors, payday lenders and check cashers.
National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) - Obama appointed (recess appointments) three new members to the National Labor Relations Board, in a move that will empower unions and put businesses on the defensive. According to the Washington Post, the new members are Sharon Block, Terence Flynn, and Richard Grifin.
Boeing – From the AP: The Boeing Co. has told its employees that it plans to close its massive defense plant in Wichita Kansas by the end of 2013 in a bid to cut costs in a tight market for defense spending.
ObamaCare - Colorado Christian University is taking ObamaCare to federal court. The university claims the contraceptive mandate in ObamaCare violates the school's religious beliefs.
Al Sharpton – His new catch phrase: “White wing extremism”. Does the race baiting ever end with Al?
Iraq – Violence and causalities continue to escalate since U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq.
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