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Washington Beat with Jillian Bandes

June 16, 2009

Townhall.com’s Washington Beat
with Jillian Bandes, National Political Reporter
June 16, 2009

Watch the Washington Beat on video, this week featuring special guest James Poulos of First Things.

HOLOCAUST SHOOTER LIVES, VICTIM DIES

James von Brunn, an 88-year-old avowed anti-Semite and white supremacist, attacked the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, killing one security guard and injuring another before he was stopped by the bullets of other security guards at the museum. Von Brunn will reportedly live from those injuries, and will be charged with first-degree murder and could face the death penalty. The Museum was closed on Thursday out of respect for the fallen security guard, Stephen Johns of Temple Hills Maryland. Von Brunn’s son, Erik, strongly condemned his father’s actions, saying “I loved my father. But what he did was unforgivable.” Johns’ mother, Jacqueline Carter, said that she hoped Erik would “in time…be able to forgive his dad.”

NETENYAHU PROMISES TWO-STATE SOLUTION

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that there are no barriers to a two-state solution so long as Palestinians are completely demilitarized, recognize Israel as a state, don’t protest Israeli settlements in the West Bank, and stay the heck out of Jerusalem. Arab and Palestinians weren’t particularly amenable to the Prime Minister’s offerings, rejecting every single one of Netanyahu’s conditions. The speech was a direct response to President Obama’s ovations just two weeks earlier, calling for peace in the Muslim world and renewed attempts at peace in Israel and Palestine.

VA DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY YEILDS SURPRISING RESULTS

Creigh Deeds beat out former state Del. Brian Moran and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe in Virginia’s gubernatorial primary on Tuesday. It was a grand shootout, with the two big guns, McAuliffe and Moran, hitting each other hard on the campaign trail while Deeds hung back and watched the spectacle. McAuliffe was heavily backed by Bill Clinton, and some say McAuliffe’s defeat signals the loss of former President’s remaining political cache.

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TOBACCO LEGISLATION IS SMOKING

Tobacco legislation that passed the House of Representatives on Friday imposes new regulations on the content of cigarettes, eliminates or changes toxic substances, and prevents new tobacco products from being introduced into the market. President Obama has vowed to sign the bill as quickly as possible, and it is possible he will do it while actually holding a cigarette; a spokesman this week refused to confirm or deny the possibility that POTUS still smokes, but did say that he still struggles with a nicotine addiction. Maybe he’s wearing the patch?

BLAGO’S COMEDY OF ERRORS

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich performed in “Rod Blagojevich Superstar,” a comedy all about Rod Blagojevich. The performance highlighted toupees, greed, corruption, and… Rod Blagojevich, in a classic example of how political fame can get to someone who just cannot give it up.

BIDEN’S NEXT BID

Vice President Joe Biden is open to running for President, despite his failure to win his party’s nomination in 2009 and 1988. Biden would be 73 on Election Day in 2016, assuming Obama wins a second term.

TERRORISTS HAVE MORE RIGHTS IN COURT

Convicted terrorists now have the right to sue American officials who permitted their torture, according to a new ruling by the U.S. District court. A judge did not throw out Jose Padilla’s suit against former senior Justice Department official John Yoo, who issued a legal opinion that torture was acceptable as long as it did not put prisoners in the pain equivalent to pain that would lead to “organ failure, impairment of bodily function or even death.”

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Newsweek editor Evan Thomas, commenting on President Obama’s Cairo speech, Friday, June 12, on MSNBC: “I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of God.”

Jillian Bandes
National Political Reporter, Townhall.com

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One Comment leave one →
  1. jay bryant permalink
    July 9, 2009 11:49 PM

    Jillian Bandes You are an inconsiderate, inhuman, **** whiny ****. [comment edited for content]

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