Sep 23, 2011

Fwd: Cheat Sheet - Exclusive: Obama Secretly Sold Bombs to Israel

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Subject: Cheat Sheet - Exclusive: Obama Secretly Sold Bombs to Israel

  Today: Romney Bests Perry , House Passes New Stopgap Bill , Yemen's President Saleh Returns
The Daily Beast Cheat Sheet: Morning

September 23, 2011

While President Barack Obama publicly pressured Israel to make concessions to the Palestinians over settlements, he secretly sold Jerusalem deep-penetrating bombs it had long sought. Israel couldn't even get the bunker-buster bombs from the administration of George W. Bush. In a preview of an exclusive story appearing in Monday's Newsweek, the Daily Beast's Eli Lake reports that the Obama administration had to grapple with concerns that the weapons sale could be perceived by Iran as a greenlight for Israel to attack the country's nuclear facilities.


Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney squeaked out ahead of Texas Gov. Rick Perry in Thursday night's Fox News/Google Republican debate. The debate questions were mainly aimed toward the two frontrunners, while the other candidates tried to stay alive with retorts and zingers. Romney and Perry took things to a new level by attacking each other's books, each claiming that the other had swayed from the words in their books. Bachmann tried to backtrack from her controversial comments that the HPV vaccine caused a young girl to become "mentally retarded" and blame Perry for being in pharmaceutical companies' pockets. For the most part, the candidates stuck to their positions and left few opinions  changed. The debate's newcomer, Gary Johnson, having just cracked the 1 percent support threshold, got one of the biggest responses of the night with the joke that "the next-door neighbor's two dogs have created more shovel-ready jobs than this current administration."


Once again, Washington faces the prospect of a government shutdown. House Republicans passed a stopgap funding measure after midnight last night that Senate Democrats vowed to reject. Speaker of the House John Boehner failed to pass a similar bill Wednesday over the objections of House Democrats and conservative Republicans. That bill would have funded the government through November 18, but also paired disaster relief with budget cuts, which Democrats objected to. Boehner appeased fiscal hawks in his party Thursday night by adding an additional $100 million in cuts from a loan program that funded the bankrupt solar-panel company Solyndra. Senate Democrats immediately promised to kill the bill, saying it was unacceptable to demand cuts in exchange for disaster relief.


Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh has returned to his country, amid protests that increasingly look like civil war. After fleeing to Saudi Arabia for treatment following an assassination attempt, Saleh returned the capital by private plane before dawn, according to Yemen TV. His return raises the risk of a full civil war. In his absence, Republican Guards led by his son, Ahmed, have been fighting army defectors and tribal fighters who have joined with the protesters. More than 80 people have been killed this week, mostly unarmed protesters.


President Obama has waived core provisions of No Child Left Behind. States that agree to overhaul low-performing schools and adopt more rigorous teacher evaluation systems can apply for exemptions from the Bush-era law's 2014 deadline for student proficiency in reading and math. To get a waiver, schools must meet commitments similar to the administration's proposed rewrite of No Child Left Behind, which it sent to Congress last year. Minnesota Republican John Kline, chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, criticized the move as being an attempt to unilaterally impose education policy without congressional approval.

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