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Goldberg slams the Waxman-Markey energy bill, and Douthat doesn't see all abortions as equal. Plus: applauding 'impartial justice.'

Eugene Robinson "used to fear that President Obama was overestimating the power of his personal history as an instrument of foreign policy. Now I wonder if he might have been underestimating."

• "Despite his boldness," Obama "seems as fated to fail as were Woodrow Wilson and Jimmy Carter," political strategist Pat Buchanan predicts on "And for the same reason: a belief in his own righteousness and moral superiority, and a belief that his ideals and his persona count mightily in the modern world."


William McGurn chides Obama for the way he is calculating the numbers of jobs "saved or created" by the stimulus.

• In Politico, Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., writes that it's "quite logical that the president would expedite already-green-lighted recovery dollars to further accelerate job creation."

• The Wall Street Journal asserts that "the question the Obama Administration should be asking is how to prevent return trips to the bailout trough for banks that were deemed too big to fail only eight short months ago."


Jonah Goldberg has concerns about the energy legislation sponsored by Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Edward Markey, D-Mass.: "Why see global warming as an excuse to expand government regulation and taxation rather than invest in problem-solving?"

• On, columnist Mona Charen argues that increasing government involvement in health care will increase costs in the long run.

• "Government is eroding freedom. It is time to fight, but where are the generals to lead us?" columnist Cal Thomas asks in the Washington Times. "Will the public wake up and realize what is being stolen from us before it is gone?"

• Recounting the GOP's annual congressional dinner last night, Dana Milbank writes that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was in the spotlight, despite not having an official speaking role.


• "Looked at in her totality," Sonia Sotomayor "seems to be a smart, careful, hard-working judicial professional, who along the way picked up a patina of 1970s race-, class- and gender-consciousness," David Brooks remarks.

USA Today believes the Caperton v. Massey decision handed down yesterday by the Supreme Court is a step in the right direction for "impartial justice."

• "The Supreme Court ruled Monday against free political speech in judicial elections. While self-styled 'reformers' cheer, fans of the First Amendment should be alarmed," Center for Competitive Politics President Sean Parnell cautions in an opposing view.

• "The right to a fair hearing before an impartial judge, untainted by money or special interests, is at the heart of the nation's justice system and the rule of law." The New York Times acclaims: "That right is more secure following a 5-to-4 ruling on Monday by the United States Supreme Court."

Derrick Z. Jackson wants Obama to "say something about guns now" before the National Rifle Association "take[s] over his beloved Chicago. The NRA is appealing to the Supreme Court after a federal appeals court in Chicago last week upheld a handgun ban in Chicago and the nearby suburb of Oak Park."

• "The argument that some abortions take place in particularly awful, particularly understandable circumstances is not a case against regulating abortion." Ross Douthat sees it has "the beginning of precisely the kind of reasonable distinction-making that would produce a saner, stricter legal regime."

• "We've been waiting and waiting, but the widely predicted European backlash -- against capitalism, against free markets, against the right -- has not come," Anne Applebaum declares.

• "North Korea's recent nuclear test and short-range missile launches demonstrate again that Kim Jong Il's regime is not only dictatorial, repressive and murderous of its own citizens, it is a destabilizing threat to world security," Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., cautions in the Chicago Tribune.

• The Washington Post weighs in on how the administration should handle North Korea's detention of two American journalists.

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