NRN - The Daily Wrap-Up

June 22, 2010
4:00 PM Eastern


Good Tuesday Afternoon -

A messy response to an oily disaster. "Obama gave a speech in October of 2009 promising the people of New Orleans that they would not be forgotten, that efforts of reconstruction would continue after the catastrophic event of Hurricane Katrina just four years earlier…

In that speech, Obama also set a top priority for himself and his cabinet. 'When I took office as President, one of the first things I did was tell my cabinet and senior staff that our Gulf Coast rebuilding efforts and our disaster response efforts were going to be top priorities for this White House. I wanted to get it right and I wanted us to be ready.'

It doesn't seem like his cabinet or senior staff got that message. If they did get the message, then those words spoken by Obama are damning evidence of his inability to lead a country amidst a crisis."

Check out today's cartoon, "We will make this right".

Judge blocks Gulf offshore drilling moratorium. The Obama administration plans to appeal the ruling

General McChrystal is in hot water. Gibbs says General's future is in question, "all options are on the table"…

Ted Kennedy's KGB correspondence. From NRD contributing editor Kevin Mooney, "Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's self-serving, secret correspondence with Soviet agents during the height of the Cold War included proposals for collaborative efforts designed to undermine official U.S. policy set by Democratic and Republican administrations, KGB documents show."

Now or never. From ALG President Bill Wilson, "Despite the continuing fiscal meltdown facing the federal, state, and local governments, occurring in tandem with the sovereign debt crisis globally, Paul Krugman still appears to have the ear of appropriators. In his Monday column, "Now and Later," he writes, 'Spend now, while the economy remains depressed" promising illusory savings "later, once it has recovered.'"

Media scrutiny of Berman's non-profits should be directed against ACORN. NRD contributing editor Kevin Mooney writes, "Questions are being raised in The New York Times about the relationship between Richard Berman's for-profit communications firm and the six non-profit firms he founded. The Washington D.C. lobbyist, turned policy advocate, has used the non-profits to help organize against policies that intrude on the free market and interfere with consumer choice."

Video – Kelo: Five years later.

Cancelled: There will be no congressional budget this year. "In light of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's (D-MD) announcement this morning that House Democrats will not pass a budget this year – failing to fulfill what he has called "the most basic responsibility" of governing – the following important fiscal health warning has been issued…" keep reading.

House has passed budget every year since 1974 Budget Act

Voters say Hillary Clinton is more qualified to be President than Obama. From Rasmussen Reports, "U.S. voters think Hillary Clinton is more qualified to be president than Barack Obama, but most believe that both Democrats are more fit for the White House than three top Republicans interested in the job."