Wednesday Reads: Just Don’t Get ItPosted: May 30, 2012
Maybe I am just a bit tired, maybe I am just suffering from PAD, but there are a lot of links picked up by Memeorandum lately, which I have no clue what is going on.
Aaron Walker and Brett Kimberlin…what a bunch of noise. So today’s links are not coming from Memeorandum.
As you may have already heard, Romney “clinched” the GOP nomination last night…
Updated: 11:45 p.m. ET
(CBS News) Nearly a year after announcing his presidential bid, CBS News estimates that Mitt Romney has earned the necessary delegates to clinch the Republican presidential nomination.
With 85 percent of the votes counted, CBS News projects that the former Massachusetts governor will win Tuesday’s Texas’ GOP primary, earning 70 percent of the vote and surpassing the 1,144 delegates needed to secure the nomination. Texas Rep. Ron Paul, who announced earlier this month that he would no longer be actively campaigning in the race, earned 11 percent.
CBS News has been tracking delegates throughout the primaries and caucuses, including interviews with Republican delegates across the country. The former Massachusetts governor has amassed more than a thousand delegates from these contests and CBS News has also confirmed that he has the support of 83 of the 123 delegates who are Republican National Committee members and are free to support who they choose.
According to CBS News estimates, Romney will have 1,198 delegates following his victory in Texas.
Texas, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst failed to win enough votes in the Republican primary on Tuesday to avert a runoff with Ted Cruz, a Houston lawyer who cast the election as a battle between the moderate Republican establishment and Tea Party conservatives.
Cruz is seen as a darling for the Tea Party, and you know he got the grizzly bear endorsement…
As Texas solicitor general, Mr. Cruz won cases before the United States Supreme Court that, among other things, defended the right to have a monument to the Ten Commandments at the state Capitol. He received support from Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska, and the former presidential candidate Rick Santorum, endorsements that Mr. Dewhurst cast as outside meddling in state politics.
I know that there has been talk that the tea party is fading, I don’t think so.
Speaking of right-wing conservatives, I was wondering how long it would take for the PLUBs to latch on to Chen Guangchen. Abortion foes see ally in Chinese activist
Conservatives are seizing on the high-profile story of Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese activist who recently arrived in the United States, hoping that the spotlight on his human-rights work will bolster their efforts to curb abortions domestically and in China.
Anti-abortion groups, including National Right to Life and the Susan B. Anthony List, are highlighting Chen’s work exposing forced abortions and sterilizations in China in hopes it will help them in passing U.S. legislation banning abortions performed because of a child’s gender. Chen’s plight also has led congressional Republicans to plan hearings this summer on the one-child policy.
Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign is citing Chen’s work in its critique of President Obama’s record on human rights. Particularly, Romney’s campaign officials argue Obama has been weak on the one-child rule, China’s much-publicized population-control measure, which has been criticized as an under-recognized human-rights abuse.
The United States and 10 other countries expelled Syrian diplomats Tuesday after blaming government forces for last week’s massacre of more than 100 villagers in central Syria, but they again stopped short of calling for more aggressive action to end the violence.
Despite expressions of outrage and agreement that the situation in Syria has reached what U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan called a “tipping point,” the Obama administration and its major allies said they would continue to rely on diplomatic, political and economic pressure against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Seeing all those little bodies wrapped in sheeting laid out on the floor was so disturbing and upsetting.
Others used sharper language to assign blame for one of the worst atrocities since the anti-
Assad Syrian uprising began 14 months ago.
“These were regime-sponsored thugs who went into villages, went into homes and killed children at point-blank range and their parents,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said. She said the Syrian “thug force mirrors the same force that the Iranians used” to put down a nascent political uprising in 2009 and suggested that Assad was acting on Iran’s advice and assistance.
I know today’s links are few, but I’ve got a sick kid on my hands…and he’s got a fever. So please help me out, and post links to things you are reading and blogging about today.