Thursday, March 11, 2010

Morning Must Reads from DCExaminer

Chris Stirewalt - You can't blame Rahm Emanuel for being himself
Emanuel was Obama's first hire. His elevation to chief of staff was heralded from the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal to the corridors of lefty think tanks as proof that Obama was going to get tough and be serious about governing.
"Obambi" would have backup from "Rahmbo."

Julie Mason - Missed deadlines pile up for Obama
* Promised to close Guantanamo Bay prison within a year of taking office
* Set an August, 2009 deadline to pass health care reform
* Then, Christmas
* Now, March 18
* Vowed to sign health care bill in 2009
* Called for an energy bill by the end of 2009
* Sought a financial regulation bill by the end of 2009
* Demanded Iran prove by the end of 2009 that its nuke program was peaceful
* Pending: Iraq combat troop withdrawal by Aug. 31; Afghanistan troop withdrawal beginning in July 2011.

Michael Barone - Bad news for Democrats in Democratic poll
Barack Obama's job approval at 47%-48%. By a 51%-41% margin likely voters think America's standing in the world has gotten worse since Obama became president and by 47%-44% say that America is less safe from foreign threats than two years ago. Obama's approval is a negative 42%-57% on the economy and 44%-51% on terrorist interrogation and prosecution of terrorist suspects

Susan Ferrechio - No compromise seen on health care abortion battle
House Democrats were no closer to a compromise on abortion funding language in the president's health care plan, with pro-life Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., insisting the final bill prohibit the use of any taxpayer dollars for the procedure and pro-choice Democrats including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., insisting the current bill already meets Stupak's requirement.

Sara Carter - Sources: Captured Taliban leader 'singing like a male canary'
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN - The Afghan Taliban's former second in command has been "singing like a male canary" since his capture last month, officials here told The Washington Examiner.
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was arrested by Pakistani security agencies in Karachi, has become "a vital asset in gathering information on the Taliban and other extremist groups operating in the region," one Pakistani counterintelligence official said.

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