National Journal – PM Must Reads

National Journal

PM Must Reads

Leading news, insight and analysis from National Journal.

Analysis: Will A Hard-Power-Loving Obama Sell?

In a powerful one-two punch, The New York Times and Newsweek have just come out with extensively reported articles demonstrating how personally and deeply involved Obama is with killing terrorists–a lot of terrorists. Even to the point of occasionally taking out innocents, as Michael Hirsh writes for National Journal.

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Fifty years after VietnamIn his speech at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., President Obama did more than just mark Memorial Day; he began the 50th commemoration of that conflict and those who served in one of America’s longest wars.Fifty years ago, American forces stepped up operations in Vietnam. During the conflict, more than three million Americans served in the Vietnam war, and more than 58,000 American patriots gave their lives. And when U.S. forces returned home, too many never received the hero’s welcome they deserved.

Yesterday, President Obama told their story as it should have been told all along — a story of patriotism, honor, and courage. Here’s a short video to mark this important moment that you can share to help set the record straight and honor the service of Americans who fought in Vietnam:


Mitt Romney and Donald Trump

Mario Piperni dot Com has posted a new item, ‘Romney Seeks the Bloviating,
Ignoramus Vote’

I don’t get it.

Mitt Romney is a presidential candidate who wishes to be taken seriously by an
electorate requiring leadership at the highest level…or so one hopes.

Donald Trump is a “bloviating ignoramus” (see end of post) and self-promoter who
is looking to keep his name in the headlines by keeping the birther story
alive…he and […]

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More Scandal for John Travolta…

We Love You, John!

This is deep…and encouraging.

Thinking Out Loud

Last year at this time, the Christian blogosphere was still working through the aftermath of Rob Bell’s almost-denial of the existence of hell; but when the decade as a whole is analyzed, it will be the issue of homosexuality that has generated the most heat.

This time around, unlike at his non-blog, Southern Baptist prez Dr. Albert Mohler, Jr. was unable to turn off comments, which probably number around 7,100 as you read this.

At CNN’s Belief Blog, Mohler deals with the issue, “If the Levitical laws still apply why do we eat shellfish?”  As someone who was treated to a rare lobster dinner on Saturday night, I have a personal stake in this issue.  Mohler’s response is to direct inquiries to Acts 10, where Peter is told, ““What God has made clean, do not call common.” (vs 15)  But he says this is limited to the kosher food…

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Two Republican Nominees

Donald J. Trump, Real Estate Mogul

Why is Donald Trump holding on TO the birther distraction?  He was supposed to have sent detectives to Hawaii to get invidence to support his birther mantra. Months later, Mr. Trump hopes we have amnesia. TRUMP FAILED TO PRODUCE THE EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT HIS CLAIM. He should shut up! President Obama reponds with this video:





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I was shocked to learn after my father’s death that he was a Reagan Republican. 😦

Mashed Potato Bulletin

For any of you who’ve had politics come between you and your family this article is one I’m sure many of us can relate to. Sit down, read it through, take a deep breath and think about picking up the phone.  

My dad is conservative. I’m not. For our relationship to survive, we had to stop talking politics.

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Jesus is calling. Come home!

Thinking Out Loud

My life is a mess. After forty-five years of trying to follow Jesus, I keep losing him in the crowded busyness of my life. I know Jesus is there, somewhere, but it’s difficult to make him out in the haze of everyday life. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a godly person. Yet when I look at the yesterdays of my life, what I see, mostly, is a broken, irregular path littered with mistakes and failure. I have had temporary successes and isolated moments of closeness to God, but I long for the continuing presence of Jesus.

Most of the moments of my life seem hopelessly tangled in a web of obligations and distractions. I want to be a good person. I don’t want to fail. I want to learn from my mistakes, rid myself of distractions, and run into the arms of Jesus…

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THIS JUST IN: Mitt Romney Is a Success! (Did it trickle down to “the help?”)


Mitt Romney‘s Maids’ Salary Raises Questions

WASHINGTON — “For a woman with three houses and sixteen grandkids, Ann Romney doesn’t have very much help around the house, according to her 2010 tax return.

IRS forms released Tuesday by Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign show that despite reporting income of $21.7 million, the couple paid only $20,603 in taxable wages for household help in 2010. This figure was divided among four women: Rosania Costa ($4,808), Kelli Harrison ($8,667), Susan Moore ($2,238) and Valerie Cravens Anae ($4,890).

According to a number of Boston-based domestic staffing agencies, the salary range for a housekeeper is between $20 and $30 an hour, which adds up to an annual salary of $40,000 to $50,000 based on forty-hour weeks and two weeks of paid vacation a year.

But this number is only for one house, and the Romneys have three houses — a 2,000 sq. ft. townhouse in Belmont, Mass., a 5,400 sq. ft. lake house on 11 acres in Wolfeboro, N.H., and a beach house in La Jolla, Calif., that is undergoing renovations to double its size.

Even if the Romneys avoided spending time in La Jolla in 2010, they spent plenty of time in New Hampshire, with regular visits in the summer from five sons and their families.

Yet the Romneys still paid only half of the lowest range of an average housekeeper’s salary, which raises the question of who cleaned the Romney houses the other 50 percent of the time. A Romney campaign adviser declined to respond to questions from The Huffington Post about the housekeeping salaries…”

Well, as I thought, Mitt’s trickle-down economics is not practiced at home. This is Mitt Romney in the private sector!  Could this be true of all Top 1% households?  This morning I heard about a poll in which 58% of participants said that a President Romney would their lives better. I don’t think so.  The really rich don’t care.  No beach homes and Cadillacs for you!

[NOTE: This NOT an attack on Ann Romney.]

1959 Cadillac