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“Instead of toughening sanctions to get meaningful and lasting concessions, the Obama administration looks to be settling for interim and reversible steps,” observes Rep. Edward R. Royce, committee chairman.

“A partial freeze of enrichment, as we’re hearing, is not a freeze. As called for in U.N. Security Council resolutions, all of Iran’s enrichment — the key bomb-making technology — should be ceased,” the California Republican continues. “We now run the risk of seriously weakening the sanctions structure painstakingly built up against Iran over years. Once weakened, it will be harder to ratchet up the economic pressure on Iran than it will be for the Iranians to ratchet up their nuclear program.”


She will join Valerie Plame, James Carville and Mike Tyson, all authors under one publisher. That would be Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, whose 11-hour filibuster against an abortion bill while wearing pink sneakers riled Republicans and fixated Democrats. She has signed on with Blue Rider Press, an imprint of the giant Penguin Group, to write a memoir due on shelves in a year.

The publisher frames her filibuster as a stand “against legislation that hurts Texas women and their families,” noting that Ms. Davis will offer personal details about her life as a public servant.

“Everyone deserves to have a say in their future,” Ms. Davis says.


Local radio stations in New York, New Jersey and Washington state began playing Christmas and holiday music during the first week of October. Many more stations have followed suit. The theory is that such seasonal cheer is a ratings and revenue boon. But is it? Americans say “bah, humbug” to such programming, says Cricket Wireless, the phone service provider, which asked more than 1,000 would-be Scrooges their opinion on it all.

They found that 55 percent of 30- to 44-year-olds disapproved of playing the music before Thanksgiving, along with two-thirds of the 45- to 65-year-old set and a curmudgeonly 71 percent of those older than 65. Only those younger than 30 seemed more tolerant: 44 percent said they were fine with “Jingle Bells,” even before Halloween.


From our That’s a Shame Desk comes this report from the Pew Research Center on the numerical woes of President Obama:

“Barack Obama has had a difficult year since his re-election victory. A new national survey from the Pew Research Center finds his overall job rating stands at 41 percent, down 14 points since last December. A majority (53 percent) now disapproves of the way he is handling his job as president,” the pollster says.

There are predictable divides: 88 percent of Republicans and 17 percent of Democrats agree with this.

The lowest disapproval ratings of all among the 68 demographic groups that were measured was 10 percent among “liberal Democrats” and 12 percent among “non-Hispanic blacks,” Pew reports.

And what’s this? Mr. Obama’s drop in approval is even a little worse than what former President George W. Bush experienced back in the day. “A year after Bush’s re-election, 36 percent approved of his job performance, down from 48 percent in December 2004,” Pew Reports.

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