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Cohen wonders if Cheney is right about torture, and McGurn chides Obama on trade. Plus: What does McKiernan's ouster mean for Afghanistan?

May 12, 2009

• The Obama administration seems "to have a plausible strategy for turning the 'social issues' to liberalism's advantage." Ross Douthat asserts that "the outline is simple: Engage on abortion, and punt on gay rights."

Bill Kristol believes that "battling Barack Obama is an enterprise that offers better grounds for Republican hope than indulging in spasms of introspection or bouts of petty recrimination."

Dana Milbank notes Rush Limbaugh's silence after Wanda Sykes said at the White House Correspondents dinner last weekend that she hoped "his kidneys fail."

 

• "Now that Justice David Souter has told" Obama "he'll retire this Supreme Court term, it's in the administration's interest to get his replacement confirmed as soon as possible," The Hill remarks.

William McGurn contends that Obama has neglected trade so far because he was never a governor and thus never saw firsthand how jobs are created with other countries' help.

• Obama's position on the D.C. voucher program "is not only politically masterful; it is morally the right thing to do," DeWayne Wickham argues. "A high quality public education is not just the right of a few children; it should be guaranteed to all schoolchildren."

• The Washington Post doesn't think yesterday's meeting between the White House and health insurance companies produced enough detailed results.

• Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. "is making strenuous efforts to forge a compromise that ought to appeal to political moderates who are not reflexively opposed to a government-run [health care] program or beholden to private insurers concerned about profit margins," the New York Times maintains.

• "To succeed in revising American energy policy, the president will need to try to triangulate three different priorities: energy security, environmental protection and the need for economic growth," Chapman University fellow Joel Kotkin explains in Politico.

• "The effective date [of the House-passed credit card bill] should be immediate, or the president and Congress should formally ask banks to freeze interest rates for six months, at least, before passage, Brent Budowsky insists.

• The Wall Street Journal lauds Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner for a "revelation" he had recently wherein he blamed the Federal Reserve -- at least in part -- for the financial crisis.

USA Today criticizes Congress for continuing to support a program that encourages highly educated immigrant students to leave the U.S. after receiving their education.

Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, counters in an opposing view that American companies have been hiring a lot of foreign students.

Richard Cohen wonders if what former Vice President Dick Cheney "is saying now is the truth -- i.e., torture works."

Eugene Robinson, on the other hand, is sick of the former VP and quips: "Can't we send" Cheney "back to Wyoming?"

• Gen. David McKiernan's "ouster signals a dramatic shift in U.S. strategy for the war in Afghanistan. And it means that the war is now, unequivocally, 'Obama's war,'" Fred Kaplan declares. "The president has decided to set a new course, not merely to muddle through the next six months or so."

Tony Blankley reacts to a recent interview King Abdullah II of Jordan did in which he "demonstrated a deft touch in putting pressure on both the new prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, and our president."

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