Inside the Beltway: The first volley

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“America: Taking it back starts now” heralds the newly reinvented National Republican Congressional Committee website, which jolted to life Saturday and is an aggressive poke at a bullying Democratic presence that now commands much voter attention online.

“This site was created with you, the user, in mind. It emphasizes big, bright visual content — so that means more photos, more videos and more stories for you to enjoy and then share with your friends and family,” said digital director and webmaster Gerrit Lansing, who describes himself as a former “flack” for both Reps. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Peter J. Roskam of Illinois.

The site is cheerful, has teeth and is essentially dedicated to preventing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, from returning to her previous perch as House speaker. Find the new outreach here: nrcc.org

“Republicans everywhere are going up against a big, powerful machine in Barack Obama. He’s got the media behind him and hundreds of millions of dollars to spend. To defeat them we need — to a great degree — to go around them,” Mr. Lansing observes.

THE “KIM” HEADLINES

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is subject to interpretation in the global press. A sampling of the headlines in the past 48 hours:

“The North Korea that roared” (Detroit News); “North Korea: The chess match with a dim wit continues” (Daily Telegraph); “The younger Kim knows exactly what he’s doing” (Financial Times); “Powerful aunt and uncle at head of Kim dynasty (Sydney Morning Herald); “Kerry seeks diplomatic off ramp for North Korea (CNN); Kim Jong-un plots his day in the sun (The Australian); “Kim’s temper tantrum needs the Talleyrand touch” (The Scotsman) ; and “China wades into Korean peninsula tensions” (Al Jazeera).

A REMINDER TO THE GOP

News Republicans can use? Uh-h-h, yes.

“Look out below, the Obamacare chaos is coming,” points out Heartland Institute economics analyst and Forbes contributor Peter Ferrara. “The biggest political problem faced by so-called liberals and so-called progressives in President Obama’s second term is how to prevent voters from holding them politically responsible as the public comes to realize how badly they were lied to during the first Obama term to win passage of Obamacare.

A GOP REMINDER

“The ideas on how to fix the federal government are now percolating in the states, 30 of which are led by Republican governors. You see, you don’t change America by changing Washington. You change America by changing the states. And that’s exactly what Republican governors are doing across the country, taking a different approach to grow their states’ economies and fix their governments with ideas that work,” said Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, in the Republican Party’s weekly address.

And the ideas?

“They involve a more-focused government that costs less. A taxing structure that encourages growth. An education system that produces measurable results. And a renewed focus on the incredible dignity of each and every person, no matter who they are,” Mr. Brownback said, later adding, “We just need to become America again.”

AND THAT’S A WRAP

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