Inside the Beltway: The Libertarian awakening

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The House currently bristles with 99 nays — 71 Republicans and 28 Democrats.

OBAMACARE PANACEA

It’s not all Syria news out there. The Republican National Committee has cast a critical eye on the incoming Affordable Care Act and its impact on the 2014 midterm elections.

“Even as they watch the stream of bad news, Democrats up for re-election in 2014 have doubled down on their support for the law,” says committee chief of staff Mike Shields in an in-house memo. “Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas called it an ‘amazing success story.’ Sen. Kay Hagan of North Carolina says it has ‘a lot of positives.’ They’re out of touch with their constituents — and Republicans aren’t going to wait until next year to make that case.”

There’s work to be done in the heartland as well. FreedomWorks — the grass-roots group representing some 6 million liberty-minded folk around the nation — is staging a “How to Fight ObamaCare Summit” in its offices that are, yes, right across the street from the U.S. Capitol. How appropriate.

Participants will hail from seven states, organizers say. And on the agenda, much practical fare for those who disagree with the Affordable Care Act and wish to make their case known.

Among the teachable offerings: Defund It 101, Legislative Update: Who is on our side?, Common Misconceptions, Winning the Media Battle, Focusing on Targets, Creating a Patient Centered Approach to Healthcare.

BALDWIN’S NEW VEHICLE

“Up Late with Alec Baldwin.”

Behold, that is the name for Alec Baldwin’s new late-night talk show on MSNBC, scheduled to begin airing at 10 p.m. Fridays in October. The news was revealed Thursday by network President Phil Griffith. Mr. Baldwin will address “current events and culture,” Mr. Griffith says.

“Certainly Baldwin’s liberal politics are an organic fit for MSNBC,” notes an assessment from The Hollywood Reporter.

“In putting Baldwin in the anchor seat, MSNBC may be distancing itself even further from the traditional image of cable-news provider.” So says Variety, which also adds that Mr. Baldwin has hosted NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” 16 times.

POLL DU JOUR

77 percent of Syrians say they are “not internally displaced persons” who had to flee their home and live in another part of the nation.

14 percent say they are internally displaced.

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