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“We’ve reached out to Kurtz and one of show’s producers to find out if he’ll be addressing the matter. But in the highly unlikely event that he decides not to cover his own bungle, we’re going to pre-empt Kurtz’s media monitoring and do it ourselves,” Mr. Scarry adds.
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Was the Boston Marathon terrorist attack a teachable moment for the White House? Apparently not. The bombing will not change U.S. plans to pull back on the fight against al Qaeda and terrorists, says James Jay Carafano, vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at the Heritage Foundation, and a contributor to World Review.
“The weakening of al Qaeda ‘central,’ combined with the success of domestic security activities, has allowed the White House to make the case that scaling back global counterterrorism operations is a reasonable and responsible course of action,” he says. “There are many indicators that this trend will continue.”
“It is unlikely that there will be significant pressure on the administration to do much differently unless further investigation reveals a serious lapse which could have prevented the attack or a demonstrable link to a transnational terrorist group,” Mr. Carafano adds. “The global terrorist threats which may one day turn on America and its allies seem a diminishing priority for Washington at present.”
POLL DU JOUR
• 44 percent of Americans say federal programs to benefit “younger adults” should be protected when cost-cutting measures are considered; 46 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of Democrats agree.
• 43 percent overall would pare down military spending; 30 percent of Republicans and 58 percent of Democrats agree.
• 38 percent overall say programs benefitting older adults should be protected; 40 percent of Republicans and 35 percent of Democrats agree.
• 29 percent overall would cut funds for roads and infrastructure; 20 percent of Republicans and 40 percent of Democrats agree.
• 29 percent overall would cut unemployment benefits; 44 percent of Republicans and 17 percent of Democrats agree.
Source: A CBS News/New York Times poll of 965 U.S. adults conducted April 24 to 28 and released Thursday.
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