Economy | Change.gov: The Obama-Biden Transition Team

Barack Obama and Joe Biden have a plan to revitalize the economy.

Immediate Action to Create Good Jobs in America

Immediate Relief for Struggling Families

Direct, Immediate Assistance for Homeowners, Not a Bailout for Irresponsible Mortgage Lenders

A Rapid, Aggressive Response to Our Financial Crisis, Using All the Tools We Have

via Economy | Change.gov: The Obama-Biden Transition Team.

Foreign Policy | On Iran: The Obama-Biden Transition Team

Iran

Diplomacy: Barack Obama supports tough and direct diplomacy with Iran without preconditions. Now is the time to use the power of American diplomacy to pressure Iran to stop their illicit nuclear program, support for terrorism, and threats toward Israel. Obama and Biden will offer the Iranian regime a choice. If Iran abandons its nuclear program and support for terrorism, we will offer incentives like membership in the World Trade Organization, economic investments, and a move toward normal diplomatic relations. If Iran continues its troubling behavior, we will step up our economic pressure and political isolation. In carrying out this diplomacy, we will coordinate closely with our allies and proceed with careful preparation. Seeking this kind of comprehensive settlement with Iran is our best way to make progress.

via Foreign Policy | Change.gov: The Obama-Biden Transition Team.

Mitt Romney | Abortion | Mormonism | The Daily Caller

During his unsuccessful run against Sen. Ted Kennedy in 1994, Mitt Romney decided that he would run on a pro-choice platform after being advised that a pro-life candidate could not win in liberal Massachusetts.

The revelation comes from a new book, “Mitt Romney: An Inside Look at the Man and His Politics,” by journalist Ronald Scott. Journalist Byron York reported on Scott’s disclosure in an article published Friday in The Washington Examiner

via Mitt Romney | Abortion | Mormonism | The Daily Caller.

‘Fast and Furious’ Linked to Immunity Deal Between U.S. and Sinaloa Cartel, Trafficking Defendant Alleges in Court Papers | CNSnews.com

Mexican drug trafficker awaiting trial in a Chicago federal court claims that the notorious Sinaloa cartel received weapons from “Operation Fast and Furious” under an alleged immunity agreement that the U.S. government made with cartel leaders, in exchange for information on rival gangs.

The defendant in a trafficking case before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Vicente Jesus Zambada-Niebla, also claims the immunity deal allowed the criminal cartel to “continue to smuggle tons of illicit drugs” into the United States.

via ‘Fast and Furious’ Linked to Immunity Deal Between U.S. and Sinaloa Cartel, Trafficking Defendant Alleges in Court Papers | CNSnews.com.

Noted economist Michelle Obama has a better vacation wardobe than you do :: Naked DC

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely vacation. Because I’m not actually on vacation. Unless you consider drinking coconut coffee from the Keurig while I work in my office a vacation. Because I don’t. At any rate, I saved the US taxpayers nearly $4 million by not being First Lady and flying off for a 17-day vacation in Hawaii on the taxpayers dime. You can thank me later.

via Noted economist Michelle Obama has a better vacation wardobe than you do :: Naked DC.

Ex-aide calls Rep. Ron Paul’s foreign policy views ‘pure lunacy’ – The Hill’s Ballot Box

The long piece by former aide Eric Dondero alleges awkward treatment by Paul of gays and Jews, but saves its strongest criticisms for his policy positions.

“It’s his foreign policy that’s the problem; not so much some stupid and whacky things on race and gays he may have said or written in the past,” he writes.

via Ex-aide calls Rep. Ron Paul’s foreign policy views ‘pure lunacy’ – The Hill’s Ballot Box.

EDITORIAL: Obama blows off Congress – Washington Times

On Friday, the president signed the $1 trillion omnibus spending bill, which funds the government for the remaining nine months of the fiscal year. Afterward, he released a statement saying he won’t abide by the law because the Justice Department had advised that certain provisions are “subject to well-founded constitutional objections.” House Speaker John A. Boehner’s spokesman Kevin Smith told The Washington Times, “This president used to condemn the type of signing statements he is now embracing to ignore the will of Congress and the American people.”

via EDITORIAL: Obama blows off Congress – Washington Times.