NRN - The Daily Wrap-Up 7/15/10

July 15, 2010
4:45 PM Eastern


Good Thursday Evening -

BP Oil Spill Over? – According to BP, oil has finally stopped spilling into the Gulf. It has taken nearly 3 months to reach this day… Some are fearful that the pressure will cause the seafloor will to explode with oil! Unfortunately, the clean-up process still has light-years to go due to the Obama administration's failure to begin containment efforts for first couple of months.

Financial Takeover Bill passes the Senate – The Dodd-Frank Financial Takeover bill has passed the Senate 60-39. The bill will now be sent to Obama's desk. Bill Wilson, President of Americans for Limited Government, said of the Financial Takeover bill that "the American people have lost one more piece of their liberty, as the Senate has voted to create a hidden, permanent bailout that will enable faceless bureaucrats to levy taxes, bail out politically-privileged institutions and to seize and liquidate politically-unconnected ones, redistributing their assets to favored constituencies, like unions."

Is Donald Berwick a Conservative? – President Obama's recess appointment of Donald Berwick as head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has triggered protests from conservatives, angry over such socialist-leaning comments as "excellent health care is by definition redistributional." But among his defenders is Ezra Klein of The Washington Post, writing on July 7th that conservatives should rejoice this appointment, given Berwick's history of advocating for greater patient say in the health care process and stressing long-term preventative measures to bring down costs.

Election fraud is a danger – Elections are one of the building blocks of the nation's democracy, and their integrity in the United States is critical to the government functioning legitimately by the consent of the governed. Unfortunately, the unresolved cases of the New Black Panther Party intimidating voters at the polls and ACORN engaged in election fraud are breaching the trust American citizens have in their voting system. Unless action is taken, that trust will continue to wither.

Jeff Sessions on Kagan: "Filibuster is not off the table" – Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) told HUMAN EVENTS that he would not rule out filibustering Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court. In an exclusive interview, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said that a "filibuster is not off the table," but cautioned that such a procedural tactic would only be employed under "extraordinary circumstances." Asked if Kagan's penchant for judicial and political activism hit the benchmark of "extraordinary circumstances," Sessions wouldn't commit, but noted how Kagan did not "help herself in her testimony."

Video: A tale of two Kagan's on the First Amendment: 2 Live Crew v. Citizens United

Have we the will to cut spending? – A gloomy picture of the economy was painted last weekend by the co-chairmen of President Obama's Debt and Deficit Commission when they appeared at the closing session of the National Governors Association meeting in Boston. Former Wyoming Republican Sen. Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, former White House chief of staff under Bill Clinton, called the current budgetary trends a cancer "that will destroy the country from within" unless checked by tough action in Washington.

Rationing Debate – If government-run health care is such a bad thing—at once too expensive, too impersonal, and too ineffective—shouldn't those who oppose it want to see the government's major health care payment systems run by someone who has single-mindedly devoted himself to cutting costs, focusing on patients, and increasing health outcomes?

DOJ must proceed on Black Panther case – I'M THINKING that the actions of the New Black Panthers on Election Day in 2008 were more about TV than turnout. Samir Shabazz and Jerry Jackson posted up outside the old Richard Allen Homes at 12th Street and Fairmount Avenue, which is in the 14th Ward's 4th voting division. In November 2008, there were 1,535 voters registered there. Only 84 of them were Republicans. Not exactly a location where an African-American running for president would seem to need much assistance.