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“Obama’s commerce secretary pick, Penny Pritzker, gets smooth confirmation hearing in Senate

“WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama’s nominee for commerce secretary was questioned briefly about her ties to a subprime mortgage lender that failed in 2001 and her role as a beneficiary of family offshore trusts in the Bahamas, but those were minor bumps in her Senate confirmation hearing.”

Between the Lines:

True to form, Penny Pritzker, a Chicago billionaire friend of the president’s, faced only cursory investigation before her confirmation, as she was obviously qualified. Family trusts? Subprime mortgage lender? Why the mere mention of those, and the fact that she failed to report $80 million in earnings, places her right up there with the likes of Timothy Geithner. Geithner still owed some taxes at the time of his confirmation, for which he blamed “carelessness” and said it was unintentional -- and he is our treasury secretary.

Weighing heavily in their favor, however, is the fact that both are huge Obama supporters, thus making them the best-qualified candidates available.

Those gullible Republicans will fall for anything, so that’s what they keep getting: anything.

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San Antonio Express-News

“Volunteers reach out to victims

“Though city and county officials Saturday continued flood recovery efforts largely on their own, about two dozen volunteers from local churches helped displaced residents ...”

Between the Lines

This brings to mind my own situation when our house flooded in 1998. We were so grateful to those who found their way to our house and helped us shovel mud and sort through furniture and possessions for anything salvagable. Words can never express how much that meant to us. And it is still hard to believe how each person who came out had a different skill and they put their talents to work. It was a marvelous experience!

We were not victims. We were given the opportunity to work through our challenge, and are the better for having had the experience.

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“IRS’ lavish spending on employee conferences

“WASHINGTON -- A government watchdog has found that the Internal Revenue Service spent about $50 million to hold at least 220 conferences for employees ... according to a House committee.”

Between the Lines:

Perhaps White House tours could resume with some of the savings from these lavish spending binges from the IRS. Or the military in Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan could continue with their hot meals with the money that could be saved on IRS entertainment. Eric Holder should investigate. ... Yeah, right!

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Associated Press

“Syrian rebels battle Hezbollah in Lebanon

“BEIRUT -- Syrian rebels and Hezbollah guerillas battled Sunday in their worst clashes yet inside Lebanon, a new sign that the civil war in Syria is increasingly destabilizing its fragile neighbor.”

Between the Lines:

Sen. John McCain confirms that the problems in Syria are worsening and the future is not promising. Various media report that McCain believes that Syrian President Bashar Assad is successfully clamping down on the rebels. It seems that our foreign policy here has been to hide and watch and, according to McCain, what we are seeing is not good.

 
 
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