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Steele charts a path forward for the GOP, and Stephens conjures up a strategy for Netanyahu. Plus: Has Obama ignored India?

May 19, 2009

Derrick Z. Jackson wants President Obama to push American auto companies to compete more with Honda and Toyota by producing green cars.

• In the Washington Post, Brian Worth, chairman of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, argues against compromise on the Employee Free Choice Act.

William McGurn asserts that Notre Dame is not as friendly to pro-life efforts as one would think considering the controversy surrounding Obama's speech there.


• The Washington Post urges the president to reconsider his opposition to what the board sees as a major source of health care funding: taxing employer-based health care.

• The Wall Street Journal thinks the way Democrats are handling Medicare costs is a troubling preview of the way all health care costs will be dealt with.

• "Whether a climate change bill emerges from the US Congress this year is much in doubt," the Financial Times remarks. "The signs are that if a bill does somehow pass, it will be ugly."

USA Today maintains that the D.C. voucher program has been successful and criticizes Congress and Obama for not ensuring it continues.

• Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., counters in an opposing view that the program hasn't worked well enough to warrant more funding.

• In the Politico, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele declares that the GOP is "turning a corner in three important ways."

• In the Washington Post, Brewster Kahle, founder and director of the Internet Archive, a nonprofit library, and the Open Content Alliance, fears the repercussions for online libraries if a lawsuit with Google is settled.

• "Warm, flexible, team-oriented and empathetic people are less likely to thrive as C.E.O.'s," explains David Brooks. "Organized, dogged, anal-retentive and slightly boring people are more likely to thrive."

• "Bill Ayers has kept a low profile since" Obama "took office, so" the Washington Times "thought he might have gone underground again. That was until we ran into him in Baltimore on Thursday and he lobbed a bomb at one of our editorial writers."

Dana Milbank is not impressed with suggestions of disbarment as punishment for the Bush administration lawyers who approved interrogation tactics.

• "Forget about where you come down on 'torture'... The simple fact is that, as a political matter, the drive for a 'truth commission' -- never mind a war crimes tribunal -- is dead as long as Nancy Pelosi is the speaker of the House," Jonah Goldberg declares.

Bret Stephens conjures up various strategies Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could employ after his meeting yesterday with Obama.

• Referring to a 2007 Pew survey, Tony Blankley maintains that no amount of diplomacy from either the U.S. or Israel can forge a two-state solution.

• "Can the president's strategy of diplomatic engagement persuade Iran to cease its efforts to develop nuclear weapons?" John P. Hannah, former Vice President Dick Cheney's national security adviser, asks in the Washington Post.

• In the Wall Street Journal, Marc A. Thiessen, former speech writer for George W. Bush , criticizes the new administration for "reviving the antiquated and adversarial approach to arms reductions."

Richard Cohen is alarmed by the nuclear capabilities of both Pakistan and India, cautioning that the stakes in those countries are "both terrifying and virtually unprecedented."

• "The one part of America's foreign policy that Obama can be argued to have flubbed so far is its relations with India," notes Forbes' Tunku Varadarajan. "Since taking office in January, he has paid India scant attention."

• The New York Times believes "it is time for India to exercise the kind of regional and global leadership expected of a rising power."

• "The psychic toll of this foolish and apparently endless war [in Iraq] has been profound since day one." Bob Herbert bemoans that "the nation's willful denial of that toll has been just as profound."

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