ThinkFast: September 23, 2010


Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) introduced a political gimmick yesterday called the “Reins Act,” which stands for Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny. His bill is designed to restrict the ability of federal agencies to issue new regulations.

Right-wing blogger Erick Erickson panned the GOP’s new “Pledge to America,” calling it “dreck.” He describes the 21-page document as “a serious of compromises and milquetoast rhetorical flourishes” that is “full of mom tested, kid approved pablum.”

The “Pledge to America” was written with oversight from Brian Wild, a House staffer who “served as a lobbyist for some of the nation’s most powerful oil, pharmaceutical, and insurance companies.” Wild, who is on House Minority Leader John Boehner’s payroll, lobbied for AIG, Exxon Mobil, Pfizer Inc., and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce until April of this year.

Senate Democrats are considering abandoning plans “for a preelection showdown with Republicans over expiring tax breaks for the wealthy, saying a lack of consensus within the party and a desire to focus on job creation may delay a vote until after the November elections.” Some Democrats say they want the caucus to focus on companies that ship jobs overseas.

In addressing the United Nations General Assembly today, President Obama “will ask for international and regional help in securing peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians.” While insisting that “efforts to chip away at Israel’s legitimacy will only be met by unshakeable opposition” from the U.S., Obama says “the true security for the Jewish state requires an independent Palestine.”

Senior Obama administration officials said yesterday that al-Qaeda and its allies are more likely to launch small-scale attacks in the U.S. because it is more difficult to thwart such plans in advance. At the same time, terrorism experts “have puzzled over” al-Qaeda’s apparent unwillingness to conduct small-scale attacks in the U.S. since 9/11.

Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that the state’s “law that prohibits adoption by gay men and lesbians is unconstitutional.” The state has 30 days to appeal the decision.
The Log Cabin Republicans honored Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) at a “a dinner banquet at the National Republican Club on Capitol Hill” last night, despite his vote this week against repealing the military’s discriminatory Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. The group also honored five House Republicans.

And finally: None other than Comedy Central comedian Stephen Colbert will be testifying before Congress tomorrow. Colbert will be appearing alongside UFW president “Arturo S. Rodriguez before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law.” The Daily Caller reports that he will, indeed, be appearing “in character.”

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