RESTIVE LIB­ER­ALS

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who ar­gue that widen­ing the scope of the drone at­tacks would be risky and un­wise.

“Obama is con­cerned that fir­ing mis­siles into ur­ban ar­eas like Quetta, where in­tel­li­gence re­ports sug­gest that Tal­iban leader Mul­lah Mo­hammed Omar and other high-level mil­i­tants have some­times taken shel­ter, would greatly in­crease the risk of civil­ian ca­su­al­ties. It would also draw protests from Pak­istani politi­cians and mil­i­tary leaders, who have been largely quiet about the drone at­tacks as long as they’ve been con­fined to the coun­try’s out-of-sight bor­der re­gion.”

sci­ence is done in the real world.” Democrats are hav­ing fun high­light­ing the ‘civil war’ within the Repub­li­can Party, but their schaden­freude may be short­lived. Con­ser­va­tive and moderate Democrats are fail­ing one lib­eral lit­mus test af­ter an­other, stok­ing not just frus­tra­tion on the left, but also po­ten­tial pri­mary chal­lenges,” Jill Lawrence writes at www.pol­i­tics­daily.com.

“The list of those tests starts with the pub­lic op­tion, a pro­posed gov­ern­ment-spon­sored health in­sur­ance plan that ap­pears to be los­ing ground on Capi­tol Hill de­spite con­tin­ued pop­u­lar­ity in opin­ion polls. And that’s just the beginning. As fil­ing dead­lines ap­proach, par­tic­u­larly for later pri­maries, restive lib­er­als could ex­pand their scru­tiny to votes on abor­tion, global warm­ing, Afghanistan, gay rights and la­bor is­sues,” the colum­nist said.

“ ‘Democrats are gen­er­ally dis­cour­aged across the board be­cause they don’t feel that any­thing’s get­ting ac­com­plished,’ says Ben Trib­bett, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Ac­count­abil­ity Now Po­lit­i­cal Action Com­mit­tee. Al­ready there’s the real pos­si­bil­ity that Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Hal­ter will chal­lenge Sen. Blanche Lin­coln, who has voted against a pub­lic op­tion and is sag­ging in state polls.”

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