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9:32 AM, Jan 29, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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As Alito might say, what Obama claimed was not true: "While the Court reversed a 1990 decision allowing such a ban, it left standing current restrictions on foreign nationals and “entities.” Also untouched was a 100-year-old ban on domestic corporate contributions to political campaigns to which the president was presumably referring erroneously."

U.S. makes top 10 Most Friendly Countries. Sure, if you think hegemony is "friendly." Right? Right?

On the way back up? Economy grew in the last quarter.

Amber Ettinger: "At least I wasn't the Edwards girl."

Change of course: "The White House ordered the Justice Department Thursday night to consider other places to try the 9/11 terror suspects after a wave of opposition to holding the trial in lower Manhattan."

Parker Griffith: "The downward spiral of the Obama-Pelosi agenda is a direct result of either a terrible misreading of the American culture or a complete lack of respect for it. Naïveté or hubris, the lesson is the same—ignore the American spirit at your own peril."

Will: Such speeches must be listened to with a third ear that hears what is not said. Unmentioned was organized labor's "card check" legislation to abolish workers' rights to secret ballots in unionization elections. Obama's perfunctory request for a "climate bill" -- the term "cap-and-trade" was as absent as the noun "Guantanamo" -- was not commensurate with his certitude that life on Earth may drown in rising seas.

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