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Saturday, November 26, 2022

Who are they?

Reports today indicate that a private security firm has taken control of police duties in Hardin, Montana. The town has disbanded its own police force, the local prison is up for grabs and an offer was made – and rejected – to house Gitmo prisoners there. Not much else is clear.

Who is APF and why are they there?

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Obama’s anecdotes long on hype, short on fact

One of President Barack Obama’s health care “horror stories” is about a woman who, he says, lost her health insurance on the verge of breast cancer surgery because she didn’t disclose a case of acne to the insurer. That’s not what happened.

Robin Lynn Beaton, 59, of Waxahachie, Texas, indeed had her insurance suspended and then terminated when she needed it the most. Hers is a cautionary tale about how an insurance company can act in a seemingly arbitrary manner to revoke coverage for lifesaving treatment.

But not for the reasons Obama cites.

She “was about to get a double mastectomy when her insurance company canceled her policy because she forgot to declare a case of acne,” he said in one telling.

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Memo to Obama: Start acting like a President

Increasingly, it is becoming clear that Barack Obama hasn’t yet realized he is no longer a candidate for President and he will come to the stunning conclusion that he is, in fact, the President.

Maybe then he will start acting like a President and not a wannabe.

As Obama’s stumbles and bumbles become business as usual at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the mainstream media that once fawned over his every move is now frowning at his many missteps.

Richard Cohen of The Washington Post is the latest to face the reality of Obama’s failings.

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Flake or not, Palin is still popular in GOP ranks

For reasons that defy logic, political reality and common sense, Republicans still back former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and the soap opera that surrounds her.

Even with widespread criticism and antics that doom most political careers, Palin remains a contender in GOP circles for the Republican nomination for President in 2012.

Yet Politico, in interviews with Republicans around the country, found widespread support within the party of the elephant.

Most reasoned political observers consider Palin a flake but flake or not she still plays well with the Republican base.

Which raises a troublesome question:


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The Iran threat: Real or just another excuse?

Call it Deja Vu all over again. An American warning that another middle eastern country is a threat because of a secret nuclear program.

This time, it’s Iran.

Only the program wasn’t all that secret and the threat may not be all that great.

Sound familiar? We heard the same thing in George W. Bush’s buildup to the Iraq war.

And while America and its allies appeared to stand in unanimous agreement about the purported threat from Iran, they disagree behind the scenes about the validity and depth of the threat.

And, as usual, there is a wild card called Israel.

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Bush officials face legal consequences

High-ranking government officials are usually protected from claims that they violated a person’s civil rights. In lawsuits stemming from law enforcement and intelligence efforts after the Sept. 11 attacks, three federal courts have left open the possibility that former Attorney General John Ashcroft and a lieutenant may be held personally liable.

In two cases, judges appointed by Republican presidents have refused at an early stage to dismiss lawsuits that were filed against Ashcroft and former Justice Department official John Yoo. One complaint challenges Ashcroft’s strategy of preventive detention. The other seeks to hold Yoo accountable for legal memos he wrote supporting detention, interrogation and presidential power.

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Time to take care of the National Mall

There is an old saying that something that belongs to everyone belongs to no one. The National Mall in Washington belongs to all of us, and it shows.

The Mall is one of the world’s great urban spaces: Two miles of greensward stretching along one axis from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial and from the White House to the Jefferson Memorial on the short axis.

The Mall is lined with museums and dotted with monuments, including the achingly sad Vietnam Veterans Memorial. From a distance, it is still a world-class park for a world-class capital.

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