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If you are on the front page, click “more” to see today’s items (updated sporadically; items time-stamped 6:05 a.m., if any, were posted earlier and held).
6:50 a.m.: Al Qaeda Is on the Run” Update — “US Closing All Embassies In Middle East On Sunday Over Possible Threat From Al Qaeda”
6:45 a.m.: At the Corner — “E-mails Suggest Collusion Between FEC, IRS to Target Conservative Groups.” Oh, I think “demonstrate” would be a better word.
6:30 a.m.: Paul Mirengoff at Powerline — “OBAMA QUIETLY PUSHES FORWARD WITH ANTI-SUBURBAN CAMPAIGN”
6:25 a.m.: At the Wall Street Journal — “Benno Schmidt: Mitch Daniels’s Gift to Academic Freedom
His skepticism about the merits of a sacrosanct liberal history textbook has sparked an overdue debate.”
6:05 a.m.: At Human Rights Watch — “Saudi Arabia: 600 Lashes, 7 Years for Activist; Convicted of Insulting Islam Through Website, TV Interviews.” More: “The charges against Badawi were based solely on his peaceful exercise of his right to free expression.”
6:05 a.m.: Journalism about a journalist, at Gateway Pundit — “BUSTED!! St. Louis Post Dispatch Writer Jeff Gordon Marches with Far Left Activists for $15 Minimum Wage”
6:05 a.m.: Ed Driscoll at PJ Media — “Salt Lake Tribune Blood Libels Glenn Beck”
6:05 a.m.: Daniel Henninger at the Wall Street Journal (“Obama’s Creeping Authoritarianism: Imposed law replaces checks and balances”) –
Every president since George Washington has felt frustration with the American system’s impediments to change. This president is done with Congress. The political left, historically inclined by ideological belief to public policy that is imposed rather than legislated, will support Mr. Obama’s expansion of authority. The rest of us should not. The U.S. has a system of checks and balances. Mr. Obama is rebalancing the system toward a national-leader model that is alien to the American tradition.
6:05 a.m.: At Jammie Wearing Fools — “Pure Evil: Obama’s Union Goons Picket Child’s Funeral, Harass Mourners, Unleash Dog on Family of Dead Woman.” Remembrance:
Secretary-Treasurer John T. Coli, one of Illinois’ most influential labor leaders, heads the 6,800-member union. Coli brokered the Teamsters endorsement of Barack Obama during his then-long shot campaign for the Democratic nomination—a major turning point in the 2008 primary.
6:05 a.m.: At Big Government — “MCCAIN CONCEDES IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL WON’T GAIN GOP ‘A SINGLE HISPANIC VOTER’”
6:05 a.m.: Cleveland.com — “The Plain Dealer executes newsroom layoffs as era of daily delivery nears end”
6:05 a.m.: “Hillary Clinton’s 2008 slaps still sting President Obama” — If the Benghazi situation gets fully exposed, the competition to see who can throw the other under the bus more successfully should be interesting.