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Obama Actually Hurt Democrats in Special Races

By    |   Monday, 15 December 2008 01:22 AM

Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. Obama Hurt Democrats in Post-Election Races
2. White House Memo: Bush Tenure an 'Unalloyed Success'
3. Russian and Chinese Companies Worst for Bribery
4. Report: Obama Vows Nuclear Strike if Iran Nukes Israel
5. Monica Crowley's Radio Show Airs on Weekdays


1. Obama Not Helping Democrats

Barack Obama may have won the November election handily, but some voters are having second thoughts about him and the Democrats having too much power — if several elections since Nov. 4 suggest.

Despite glowing media reports about Obama, the glitz apparently didn't rub off in two House races in Louisiana and the Senate runoff election in Georgia. All three Democrats who pledged they'd back Obama in Washington lost.

In Louisiana's 4th congressional district, Democrat Paul Carmouche polled ahead of GOP candidate John Fleming for most of the race. Carmouche closely identified himself with Obama, though Obama did not campaign for Carmouche in Louisiana, make a statement on his behalf, or tape a TV ad, Politico.com reported.

Carmouche lost the Dec. 6 election by just 356 votes.

Also in Louisiana, Democratic Rep. William Jefferson was considered the frontrunner in his bid for a 10th term, despite a 16-count indictment on corruption charges.

Jefferson touted his ties to Obama and mentioned him prominently at his campaign appearances and on his Web site. Jefferson also lost as Republican newcomer Anh Cao captured the longtime Democratic seat.

The Louisiana elections had their dates pushed back to allow the districts to recover from Hurricane Gustav.

In Georgia, Democrat Jim Martin made it crystal clear he'd act like a rubberstamp for Obama if he got elected. Obama recorded a radio ad, turned over his 25 campaign offices to Martin, and flooded the state with money and volunteers.

And groups like the National Republican Trust PAC (GOPtrust.com), took out TV ads making Obama the issue in the race.

Martin lost the runoff to GOP incumbent Sen. Saxby Chambliss by a whopping 15 percentage points, ending any chance the Democrats had of winning a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority in the Senate.

As Newsmax's Insider Report observed earlier, Obama's win did not help down-ticket Democrats on Nov. 4 as much as might have been expected. Democrats gained five state legislative chambers, but lost four others to the GOP.

So much for the new Camelot.

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2. White House Memo: Bush Tenure an 'Unalloyed Success'

The White House has sent a memo to Cabinet members and other high-ranking officials suggesting how they can bolster President George W. Bush's legacy when discussing his tenure in their public speeches.

The two-page document presents the Bush record as an "unalloyed success," according to the Los Angeles Times, which obtained a copy of the memo.

The memo's talking points state that Bush "kept the American people safe" after 9/11, lifted the economy after 2001 through tax cuts, curbed AIDS in Africa and maintained "the honor and the dignity of his office."

It also states: "He promised to raise standards and accountability in public schools — and delivered the No Child Left Behind Act."

But it omits mention of the housing market meltdown, the collapse of major financial services companies, the faulty intelligence leading up to the invasion of Iraq, or the federal response to Hurricane Katrina, the Times notes.

It does cite the current economic crisis, saying that Bush "responded with bold measures to prevent an economic meltdown."

White House spokesman Carlton Carroll said no one is required to adhere to the talking points laid out in the memo.

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3. Russian and Chinese Companies Worst for Bribery

Companies based in Russia, China, Mexico and India routinely use bribery to win overseas contracts, according to a new global survey of executives.

A "bribe-payers index" published by the Berlin, Germany-based anti-corruption group Transparency International ranked 22 countries on a scale on which 10 is a perfect score for an absence of bribery-paying companies.

Russia scored the lowest at 5.9, below China at 6.5, Mexico (6.6) and India (6.8).

The highest score went to Belgium and Canada, 8.8, narrowly ahead of Switzerland and The Netherlands at 8.7. The U.S. scored 8.1.

Huguette Labelle, Transparency International's chair, said the survey "provides evidence that a number of companies from major exporting countries still use bribery to win business abroad, despite awareness of its damaging impact on corporate reputations and ordinary communities."

The survey was conducted by the Gallup International polling firm and involved 2,742 business executives from 26 countries, Financial Times reported.

According to the survey, the most corrupt sectors among 19 surveyed are construction, real estate, energy, heavy manufacturing, and mining.

The Times observed that another Transparency International index published in September "accused the world's wealthiest countries of failing to live up to their commitments to fight corruption, highlighting fears that only the U.S. and a few other nations were serious about tackling graft by their businesses."

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4. Report: Obama Vows Nuclear Strike if Iran Nukes Israel

Barack Obama's administration will offer Israel a "nuclear umbrella" against the threat of a nuclear strike by Iran, a source told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

The source, who Haaretz states is "close to the new administration," asserted that the U.S. will warn that an attack on Israel would bring a devastating American nuclear response against Iran.

Hillary Clinton suggested a U.S. nuclear guarantee to Israel during her presidential campaign, declaring in a debate with Obama: "Iran must know that an attack on Israel will draw a massive response."

Obama has said he would negotiate with Iran and offer economic incentives for the Islamic Republic to give up its nuclear program.

But offering Israel a nuclear umbrella "essentially suggests the U.S. is willing to come to terms with a nuclear Iran," Haaretz observed. Israel opposes any such development.

A senior Bush administration said the proposal for a nuclear umbrella lacked credibility.

"Who will convince the citizen in Kansas that the U.S. needs to get mixed up in a nuclear war because Haifa was bombed?" he told the paper.

"And what is the point of an American response, after Israel's cities are destroyed in an Iranian nuclear strike?"

Haaretz also reported this past week that Iran had arrested a number of workers involved in the nation's nuclear program on suspicion of spying.

A report released by Tabnak, an official Iranian news agency, did not disclose how many people were arrested or what country they were working for.

But last month, Tehran's official radio station declared that Iran had broken up a spy network with alleged links to Israel's Mossad spy agency.

Also last month, Iran executed a businessman convicted of spying on Iran's military for Israel.

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5. Monica Crowley's Radio Show Airs on Weekdays

Conservative political commentator Monica Crowley's syndicated show on Talk Radio Network now airs on weekdays as well as on the weekend.

Earlier this year "The Monica Crowley Show" debuted on Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. EST. It can now be heard live Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST.

The show has 119 affiliates nationwide, and new affiliates for the recently launched weekday show include stations in Los Angeles, Boston, San Diego, and Washington, D.C.

It also now airs in Portland, Ore.; Greensboro, N.C.; Tucson, Ariz.; Lexington, Ky.; Jackson, Miss.; Corpus Christi, Texas; Beaumont, Texas; Portsmouth, Ohio; and Andrews, Texas.

Crowley holds a Ph.D. in International Affairs from Columbia University and worked as a foreign policy assistant to former President Richard Nixon from 1990 until his death in 1994.

"We were so excited about Monica's success on the weekends that we could not wait any longer to give her the proper platform for a major weekday show," said Mark Masters, CEO of Talk Radio Network Entertainment.

"The country needs the daily analysis that only Monica can offer in such an informative and entertaining fashion."

Said Monica: "I'm thoroughly excited to begin this new chapter in my radio career."

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Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):1. Obama Hurt Democrats in Post-Election Races2. White House Memo: Bush Tenure an 'Unalloyed Success'3. Russian and Chinese Companies Worst for Bribery4. Report: Obama Vows Nuclear Strike if Iran Nukes Israel5. Monica Crowley's...
Monday, 15 December 2008 01:22 AM
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