DAYLEE PICTURE: Giraffes at the Samburu National Park in Kenya. From National Geographic.
"...the Qurans burnings ignited a highly volatile mix of hostility created over years of constant offenses inherent in a long-term occupation and the specifics of U.S. military policies in Afghanistan. As anyone who's ever been in any kind of relationship will tell you, saying sorry when you do wrong is necessary, but when your partner knows the bad behaviors will continue, sorry doesn't cut it."
The GOP Sounds Un-Christian in Condemning Obama’s Quran-Burning Apology (Kristen Powers) from the Daily Beast
"The president’s apology over the Quran burning is notable because Obama did apologize, something you don’t often see him do, Kirsten Powers writes."
Why China Will Have an Economic Crisis (Michael Schulman) from Time Magazine
"The view in most of the world is that China is indestructible. Shrugging off the crises multiplying elsewhere, China seems to surge from strength to strength, its spectacular growth marching on no matter what headwinds may come. ... My answer to all of this is: think again."
The Ritz-Carlton of Failed States (Michael Wise) from Foreign Policy Magazine
"Welcome to the Serena Hotels, outposts of multi-star luxury in countries with zero-star conditions."
Stratfor: Osama bin Laden 'Was in Routine Contact with Pakistan's Spy Agency' from the Daily Telegraph [of the UK]
"Osama bin Laden was in routine contact with several senior figures from Pakistan's military intelligence agency while in hiding in the country, according to a large cache of secret intelligence files."
Administration Will Weather Latest Afghan Storm (Kevin Baron) from National Journal
"It’s unlikely the current firestorm over the U.S. military’s accidental burning of Korans will have political legs in Washington, much less among disinterested U.S. voters -- at least enough to change the course of the war or hasten its end. The U.S. has larger strategic interests, long-term plans, and hundreds of billions invested which trump outraged Afghans, and even U.S. casualties."
How ‘Shadow Inventory’ Is Killing the Housing Market (Katherine Tarbox) from Time Magazine
"... two reports surfaced last week indicating that, for the nation as a whole, home prices dropped by 3.5% to 5% in 2011. And one factor hurting the prices of homes that are for sale is the enormous number of homes that aren’t for sale — but that should be."
Obama Attacks Romney at UAW from the Atlantic
"President Obama, launching his most direct campaign attack yet at a Republican foe, on Tuesday mocked Mitt Romney’s stance on the automobile industry, telling autoworkers that the former Massachusetts governor’s recent statements are an effort to “rewrite history” and “a load of you-know-what.”"
QUITE a barnburner!! Here's the whole speech. Check it out!!
How to Extract Gas Responsibly (Joe Nocera) from the New York Times
"Fracking isn’t going away. ... One thing I’ve always liked about the Environmental Defense Fund is its hardheaded approach. Founded by scientists, it believes in data, not hysteria. It promotes market
incentives to change behavior and isn’t afraid to work with industry. Utterly nonpartisan, it is oriented toward practical policy solutions. And that has been its approach to fracking."
The 10 Most-Liberal Senators: 2011 Vote Ratings from the National Journal
"National Journal's annual vote ratings for 2011 are out, and here are the top 10 liberal senators. "
Romney Wins Michigan and Arizona, but Political Tourette’s Is Costing Him (Paul Begala) from the Daily Beast
"Mitt Romney won Arizona, but his Michigan victory was humiliatingly close, and his gaffes have reached a pathological level, says Paul Begala. Plus, Howard Kurtz, Patricia Murphy, and more Daily Beast contributors weigh in on the results."
GOP Frets Over 2012 Knife Fight from Politico
"At the core of their concern is the atmosphere of daily vituperation among the top candidates. Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are now engaged in a seemingly constant knife fight, interrupted by only the sparest of positive, policy-oriented debate. Worst of all, there is no clear end in sight for what has become, in the eyes of many Republicans, a joyless and prolonged nomination fight."
Santorum on Manufacturing: What an Idiot (Daniel W. Drezner) from Foreign Policy Magazine
"Now, most commentators are focusing on the "snob" comment or the broader thrust of Santorum's jeremiad against higher education or whether this will play in Michigan. I want to focus on the idiocy contained in the first part of Santorum's comment."
The Out-of-Touch Republican Front-Runners (Harold Meyerson) from the Washington Post
"The longer the Republican presidential contest drags on, the more uncomfortable Mitt Romney seems around blue-collar Americans, and the more antagonistic Rick Santorum seems toward America’s professionals, current and aspiring, and their ideals. This does not portend Republican success in November. Romney’s victories in Arizona and Michigan on Tuesday do not alter this dynamic."
Santorum’s Failed Pandering to Blue-Collar Workers (Kathleen Parker) from the Washington Post
"Politicians say the darnedest things, especially when their lips are moving. Perhaps it is on account of such a long primary season, but the more they talk, the tastier their feet. While Mitt Romney is merely guilty of saying things that make him seem disconnected from the lives of most Americans, Rick Santorum makes ideological statements that make him appear to be disconnected from the present tense."
It’s a College, Not a Cloister (Frank Bruni) from the New York Times
"What good are ideas formed and fortified in a protective cocoon, without exposure to other ways of thinking? Or convictions that haven’t been tested by, and defended against, competing ones? Not much, I’d submit. And in this, as in so much else, I apparently part company with Rick Santorum.Rick Santorum misses the belief-testing point of education."
ME-SEN: Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe to Retire in Blow to GOP (Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake) from the Washington Post
"Snowe’s retirement represents a major setback for the GOP’s efforts to regain a majority in the Senate. As a moderate Republican, she may be the party’s only hope to hold a seat in the strongly blue state. Republicans did get some traction in the state in 2010, including electing Republican Paul LePage as governor. But in a more neutral political environment, and in a federal race, Democrats will be heavy favorites to steal this seat from Republicans — their best pickup opportunity in the country, for sure."
The Daily Beast has more HERE.
WI-GOV: Scott Walker Recall: Wisconsin Governor Narrowly Trails Likely Opponents In New Poll from the Huffington Post
"A new poll finds Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) trailing two likely opponents in a recall election. However, their narrow leads suggest a long road ahead for Democrats hoping to unseat the embattled governor."
BIBLICAL HISTORY NUGGET!!
'Jesus Discovery:' Jerusalem Archeology Reveals Birth Of Christianity from the Huffington Post
"On the morning of Tuesday, June 29, 2010, outside the Old City of Jerusalem, we made an unprecedented archaeological discovery related to Jesus and early Christianity. This discovery adds significantly to our understanding of Jesus, his earliest followers, and the birth of Christianity. In this book we reveal reliable archaeological evidence that is directly connected to Jesus' first followers, those who knew him personally and to Jesus himself."