Washington Post Calls for Charlie Rangel to Step Down as Chairman of Ways and Means Commitee

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The revelation is the latest in a litany that has come to light since the summer. It was disclosed that Mr. Rangel was paying below-market rents on four Harlem apartments. One, which he has since given up, was illegally used as a campaign office. He owed taxes on at least $75,000 in rental income on a vacation home in the Dominican Republic. (He has since paid $10,800 to the IRS and New York State for three tax years and has hired a forensic accountant to determine how much he owes for the remaining 17 years.) Mr. Rangel underreported the value of a condominium he and his wife owned in Florida. He neglected to fully account on House travel disclosure forms for some privately sponsored trips. And he used his official stationary to ask for meetings to discuss his eponymous school of public service with titans of business and philanthropy.
—Washington Post

Media Equates Genius With Liberalism

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If there is a dreadfully overused word in the giddy countdown to the Obama inauguration, it is “smart.” Not just “smart,” but also its stronger cousins like “brilliant” and “genius.” These words have been offered shamelessly for nearly every person assigned a role by President-Elect Obama. They are assembling an “all-star cabinet.”

This was not an honor for those having attended all the right schools, but a tribute to people who have all the “right” ideas. Liberals are smart because they’re liberals. Conservative beliefs are honed from having been dropped on your head as an infant.
Brent Bozell

France: Sarkozy Improves Rating

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What is your opinion of Nicolas Sarkozy’s performance as president?

Nov. 2008 Oct. 2008 Sept. 2008
Good 48% 43% 47%
Bad 47% 54% 48%

What is your opinion of François Fillon’s performance as prime minister?

Nov. 2008 Oct. 2008 Sept. 2008
Good 53% 50% 55%
Bad 37% 45% 37%

Source: BVA / L’Express
Methodology: Face-to-face interviews with 970 French adults, conducted on Nov. 22, 2008. No margin of error was provided.