Jon Huntsman Trashes GOP, Expresses Campaign Regrets — Former Republican presidential candidate compares his party to Communist China. Says Reagan would have trouble winning GOP primary in this political environment. Regrets opposition to 10-1 spending cuts to tax increase deficit deal.
Jon Huntsman / CNN: Huntsman compares GOP to Communist Party of China
Geneva Sands / Ballot Box: Huntsman: ‘Of course’ I'll vote for Mitt Romney
Maggie Haberman / Politico: Huntsman gaslights GOP, compares the party to communist China
Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog: Huntsman compares GOP to China's government
Katrina Trinko / National Review: Huntsman: The GOP's Acting Like Communist China
Bryan Preston / The PJ Tatler: Jon Huntsman: Being Disinvited by GOP After Trashing the Party is Like Living in Communist China!
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain: Governor Asterisk Update: Republican Who Endorsed Romney Trashes GOP
Darius Dixon / Politico:
Jon Huntsman explains China comment — Jon Huntsman on Monday attempted to explain comments comparing the Republican party to the Chinese communist party. — Huntsman, the former Utah governor, said on MSNBC on Monday that the night before he was “waxing philosophical” when he brought up Republicans and China.
Discussion: New York Magazine, Arkansas Blog, Arkansas Times and Alan Colmes' Liberaland
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Shift on Executive Power Lets Obama Bypass Rivals — WASHINGTON — One Saturday last fall, President Obama interrupted a White House strategy meeting to raise an issue not on the agenda. He declared, aides recalled, that the administration needed to more aggressively use executive power …
Jonathan H. Adler / The Volokh Conspiracy: How President Obama Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Executive Power
The PJ Tatler: Senator Who Decried Bush's Use of Executive Power Plans to Help Himself to More Executive Power
Susannah Griffee / News Desk: To-Do List: Zimmerman Released; Edwards on Trial
James Joyner / Outside the Beltway: President Obama Much Bigger Fan of Executive Power Than Senator Obama
Jayce Henderson / ABCNEWS: The Note's Must-Reads for Monday, April 23, 2012
Jada F. Smith / The Caucus: The Early Word: Waste
New York Post:
An $8 billion trick? — Call it President Obama's Committee for the Re-Election of the President — a political slush fund at the Health and Human Services Department. — Only this isn't some little fund from shadowy private sources; this is taxpayer money, redirected to help Obama win another term.
Discussion: Weekly Standard, National Review, Hot Air, americanthinker.com and New York Times
Mark Hemingway / Weekly Standard: White House Scrambles to Keep Obamacare From Gutting Medicare Before Election
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air: Obama admin to use $8.3 billion “slush fund” to fake out seniors? Update: GAO auditors demand end to slush fund
Thomas Lifson / americanthinker.com: Obama Cons Medicare Seniors to Gain Their Votes
Leigh Ann Caldwell / CBS News:
Poll: Just three percent have favorable view of John Edwards — CBS News Poll analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Fred Backus and Anthony Salvanto. — (CBS News) With opening arguments in the trial of former U.S. senator and presidential candidate John Edwards set …
Discussion: Politico, The Moderate Voice, Outside the Beltway and HotAirPundit
Josh Gerstein / Politico: 6 things to watch for at the John Edwards trial
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice: Even Stomach Cramps Get Higher Poll Ratings
Doug Mataconis / Outside the Beltway: Everybody Hates John Edwards
HOW THE MEDIA COVERED THE 2012 PRIMARY CAMPAIGN — LESS HORSE RACE THAN 2008 — By Tom Rosenstiel, Mark Jurkowitz and Tricia Sartor of PEJ — Mitt Romney needed 15 weeks once the primary contests began to gain a secure hold over his party's nomination for president.
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland, Reuters, Mediaite and his vorpal sword
Alan Colmes' Liberaland: Pew Study: Romney Got Twice As Much Favorable Coverage As Obama During Primary
Mj Lee / Reuters: Study: Mitt won media on Feb. 28
James Crugnale / Mediaite: Media Covered Romney Twice As Favorably As Obama During GOP Primary, Study Says
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama targets foreign nationals' use of new technologies in human rights abuses — President Obama issued an executive order Monday that will allow U.S. officials for the first time to impose sanctions against foreign nationals found to have used new technologies, from cellphone tracking …
Discussion: Politico, Associated Press, TechCrunch and Washington Wire
Michelle Quinn / Politico: W.H. sanctions target tech use in human rights abuses overseas
Laura Meckler / Washington Wire: Obama to Map Steps Aimed at Preventing Mass Atrocities
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Yet another new survey shows that Republican supporters know more about politics and political history than Democrats. — On eight of 13 questions about politics, Republicans outscored Democrats by an average of 18 percentage points, according to a new Pew survey titled “Partisan Differences in Knowledge.”
Discussion: Hit & Run, Power Line, The American Conservative and Weasel Zippers
Ronald Bailey / Hit & Run: Republicans Know More Than Democrats, Says Study
Steven Hayward / Power Line: And Republicans Are Better Looking, Too
Jordan Bloom / The American Conservative: The Openness Fallacy — There's a persistent pseudoscientific …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
West says Muslim Brotherhood being allowed to influence strategy — Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) criticized the FBI on Monday for removing nearly 900 pages of training material it deemed to be offensive, saying it showed extremist Muslim groups were influencing national strategy.
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland, The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
Greg Keller / Associated Press:
Fringes cast shadow over French prez election — PARIS (AP) — Socialist Francois Hollande and conservative Nicolas Sarkozy go head-to-head in France's presidential runoff, but a third figure looms large in the campaign: the leader of the nation's far-right National Front.
Discussion: The Huffington Post, Taylor Marsh and The Agonist
Nicola Clark / New York Times:
Hollande and Sarkozy Head to Runoff in French Race
Hollande and Sarkozy Head to Runoff in French Race
Discussion: Washington Monthly, Firedoglake, The Huffington Post, Weekly Standard, Global Spin and Reuters
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly: “Merkozy” Takes a Beating
Fatster / Firedoglake: The Roundup from April 22, 2012
Gregory Raymond / The Huffington Post: France Election Results: Marine Le Pen, Far-Right Candidate, Wins Huge Portion Of Vote
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard: The French Elections — The New York Times reports on the French elections:
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Amnesia Candidate — Just how stupid does Mitt Romney think we are? If you've been following his campaign from the beginning, that's a question you have probably asked many times. — But the question was raised with particular force last week, when Mr. Romney tried …
Discussion: Eclectablog, Prairie Weather and Paul Krugman
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
At The NYT: Clueless Blue Deer Meet Onrushing Truck — Schadenfreude alert: readers, and especially those who don't much like the New York Times, should make sure they are not eating soup or holding hot liquids before viewing the video below. Uncontrollable gales of laughter stemming …
Discussion: The Other McCain and Power Line
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain: ‘They Just Want the Money’ — Walter Russell Mead finds amusement …
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Romney's healthcare plan may be more revolutionary than Obama's — Instead of getting coverage at work, more Americans would shop for it on their own. That would mean more choices — and more risk. — Republican candidate Mitt Romney says he would dump President Obama's healthcare overhaul and replace it with something else.
Discussion: The New Republic and Patterico's Pontifications
Teri Weaver / Syracuse Post-Standard:
28 military protesters arrested in DeWitt near Hancock Air Base — DeWitt, N.Y. — Twenty-eight people were charged Sunday after failing to obtain a DeWitt town permit to march into the town and protest the U.S. military's use of unmanned drones. — The gathering, which included members …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Upstate Drone Action Reports and War Is A Crime .org
David Carr / New York Times:
TV Corrects Itself, Just Not on the Air — After broadcasting an audio clip on the “Today” show about George Zimmerman last month that hit the trifecta of being misleading, incendiary and dead-bang wrong, NBC News management took serious action: it fired the producer in charge and issued …
Discussion: Poynter and Arkansas Blog, Arkansas Times, more at Mediagazer »
Craig Silverman / Poynter: NBC's failure to correct Zimmerman audio on-air highlights lack of TV news corrections
Max Brantley / Arkansas Blog, Arkansas Times: Correcting the record: TV rarely does
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Have Our News Organizations Gone Crazy? — I wrote here about MSNBC's campaign to tie the Koch brothers to George Zimmerman's shooting of Trayvon Martin. That effort was, it is fair to say, insane, but it apparently inspired one or more liberals to take MSNBC's theories a step farther.
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute: Zimmerman And Koch — John Hinderaker of Powerline …
Rudy Giuliani / CNN:
TRENDING: Giuliani endorses Romney, downplays being running mate — (CNN) - One-time Mitt Romney rival Rudi Giuliani endorsed the all-but-certain Republican presidential nominee for president on Monday. And the former New York City mayor downplayed any chance he would be considered a running mate on the GOP ticket.
Mj Lee / Politico: Sorry, Newt: Rudy endorses Romney
Richard Black / BBC:
White killer whale adult spotted for first time in wild — “Iceberg” is believed to be the first mature white orca observed — Scientists have made what they believe to be the first sighting of an adult white orca, or killer whale. — The adult male, which they have nicknamed Iceberg …
Philip Hoare / Guardian: The white whale's dark message
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:
A day will come when I stop enjoying this. Today is not that day. — Here's Gary Eaton on Obama's dog-eatin' (with apologies to Hall & Oates): — At Knowyourmeme.com, the page for “Obama, the Eater of Dogs” is going strong, and the gallery is growing by the hour.
Discussion: Don Surber, ABCNEWS and Instapundit
Steve Fishman / New York Magazine:
The Tabloid Turncoat — Colin Myler, the Daily News' new editor, knows his enemies at Rupert Murdoch's New York Post. Maybe too well. — Five years ago, Colin Myler, now the editor of the Daily News, received a message from Rupert Murdoch's people. At the time, Myler, a square-faced Brit, was a top editor at Murdoch's Post.
Mike Allen / Politico: Playbook: Atrocities prevention
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
Gov. Cuomo set to name David Paterson to MTA board, where he will replace Paul McCartney's wife Nancy Shevell — EXCLUSIVE: Surprise appointment of scandal-scorched ex-governor to the unpaid position is expected Monday — David Paterson with Andrew Cuomo in 2006.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine: David Paterson Taking His Talents to the MTA Board