1. Kyle Olson: Michigan Union Targets Legislator’s Business

2. Joseph Klein: U.N. Still Stupefied on Syria

3. Joy Tiz: Seven Grownups vs. John King

4. Ryan Mauro: Zawahiri’s New Videotape Shows Leadership Crisis in Al-Qaeda

 

 

Michigan Union Targets Legislator’s Business

By Kyle Olson

 

There’s a reason labor unions are chided for acting like bullies and thugs. Just ask Michigan State Rep. Marty Knollenberg, who recently had dozens of unionists picketing outside his business due to education reform legislation currently under consideration in the state legislature. Knollenberg is supportive of school reforms, so the teachers union has decided that his business and his customers should be targets for intimidation and thuggery. [more...]

 

 

U.N. Still Stupefied on Syria

By Joseph Klein

 

The United Nations Security Council continues to sink lower and lower in an effort to find language acceptable to all members condemning the Syrian government’s ruthless massacre of its unarmed citizens. Meanwhile, under the leadership of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently called a “reformer,” more than 1,000 civilians have been killed to date. [more...]

 

 

Seven Grownups vs. John King

By Joy Tiz

 

It was a good night for Republicans who overcame the cringe worthy childishness of CNN’s John King and showed themselves to be a serious crop of grownups.  King was terribly out of his depth.  A high school kid from the debate team would have been a far better choice as moderator. King’s incessant attempts at “gotcha” questions finally drove a wearying Newt to chastise the CNN hack for pushing “catastrophic alternatives.”  Is it better to round up all of the illegal aliens and shoot them in the head or to pass immigration reform? Of course, there were the important policy questions like “Coke or Pepsi,” which the candidates handled deftly. [more...]

 

 

Zawahiri’s New Videotape Shows Leadership Crisis in Al-Qaeda

By Ryan Mauro

 

For al-Qaeda’s number two, it’s a question of trying to keep the organization together in the aftermath of bin Laden’s death.

 

The video of Ayman al-Zawahiri released on June 8 is most noteworthy for what he did not do. Despite being the official second-in-command of al-Qaeda, he did not declare, or even hint, that he is now the group’s official head. This indicates that Zawahiri is fearful of creating a fissure by asserting his authority, aware that the rank-and-file is not united behind him. It also means that the top leadership has been unable to communicate to decide on a successor, allowing contradictory reports that Zawahiri, Saif al-Adel, or Hamza bin Laden have taken the helm to spread confusion. [more...]

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