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Morning Bell: What Really Happened in Berkeley
Posted By Conn Carroll On February 14, 2008 @ 8:34 am In Ongoing Priorities | Comments Disabled
According to the Los Angeles Times, “After Backlash, Berkeley Welcomes Marines ,” and according to the Associated Press, “Berkeley Eases Anti-Marines Stance .” Nothing could be further from the truth. The San Jose Mercury News got it right: “Berkeley Council Becomes Home to Intolerance .” In order to arrive at their misleading headlines, here are just some of  the facts  the AP and LAT left out of their stories:
Berkeley has the First Amendment right to pass all the resolutions it wants, but the city council does not have a right to federally funded gourmet lunches. Enter Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and his bill stripping Berkeley of more than $2 million in earmarks , including $243,000 for gourmet French restaurant Chez Panisse  to create gourmet lunches for the Berkeley Unified School District. Pro-pork legislators are so scared of DeMint’s bill they have placed a secret hold on it  in the Senate.
The fight over Berkeley’s fight to preserve its earmarks comes at a time when the pork-barrel spending issue is really starting to resonate. There are heroes and villains in both parties on the issue.
The Washington Post  reports that John McCain has refrained from all pork-barrel spending while Hillary Clinton won $340 million for her home state and Barack Obama brought home $91 million in federal tax payer dollars.
In the House, the Los Angeles Times  reports that despite a federal investigation, Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) was among the top lawmakers securing money for special projects in this year’s spending bills. Meanwhile, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) recently announced that he would request no earmarks this year and called the process “out of control.” Unfortunately, the majority leadership in the House does not agree with Waxman and “have sent tens of millions of dollars to freshman lawmakers’ districts in hope of protecting the party’s new found majority come November. ”
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URLs in this post:
 After Backlash, Berkeley Welcomes Marines: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-marines14feb14,0,4182786.story
 Berkeley Eases Anti-Marines Stance: http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gp7RnpBWzMQJ5VeoX6bpH_veWHiAD8UPCUT00
 Berkeley Council Becomes Home to Intolerance: http://origin.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_8251276
 some of: http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/02/13/berkeley.marines/
 the facts: http://cbs5.com/local/berkeley.marines.recruiting.2.653153.html
 stripping Berkeley of more than $2 million in earmarks: http://demint.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressReleases.Detail&PressRelease_id=efe9c9d2-c741-84dd-2aee-bdcccad26a06
 Chez Panisse: http://www.chezpanisse.com/
 placed a secret hold on it: http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/reids-move-delayed-rap-on-berkeley-2008-02-11.html
 The Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/13/AR2008021303635.html?hpid=topnews
 Los Angeles Times: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-earmarks14feb14,1,1014394.story?ctrack=1&cset=true
 have sent tens of millions of dollars to freshman lawmakers’ districts in hope of protecting the party’s new found majority come November.: http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/dem-leaders-shower-pork-on-freshmen-2008-02-13.html
 three key measures: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/13/AR2008021300734.html
 have the potential to spur reconciliation between Sunnis and Shiites and set the country on the road to a more representative government, starting with new provincial elections.: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/14/world/middleeast/14iraq.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper&oref=slogin
 success of Oklahoma laws cracking down on illegal immigration: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/021408dnteximmigcrackdown.39b8412.html
 national security could be jeopardized if the lawsuit was allowed to go forward: http://www.bakersfield.com/119/story/362774.html
 seize cars : http://www.cbs46.com/news/15293675/detail.html
 USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-02-13-seniors_N.htm
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