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1. GOP Looking into 2012 (link)

The Republican National Committee announced yesterday that they would look into what went wrong in 2012. According to the AP:

The Republican National Committee on Monday announced an inquiry to look at what went wrong in 2012's presidential election and how the GOP can respond to the nation's shifting demographics and adopt smarter political strategies.


RNC chairman Reince Priebus asked a group of five respected party leaders to examine how the GOP can better talk with voters, raise money from donors and learn from Democrats' tactics. Preibus also asked the group, known as the Growth and Opportunity Project, to look at how campaigns are best organized and deployed, how they can work with independent groups such as super political action committees, and how the party should approach the 2016 presidential primaries as part of a top-to-bottom review.


"The Growth and Opportunity Project will recommend a plan to further ensure Republicans are victorious in 2013, 2014, 2016 and beyond," Priebus said in a statement. "The work of the Growth and Opportunity Project will be critical as we move forward as a party and take our message to every American."


Romney's loss on Nov. 6 to President Barack Obama has left the GOP without a clear leader but with many questions about its future. Exit polls indicated Obama carried female, black, Hispanic and Asian voting blocs. He also won among voters under the age of 45 and those who lived in mid- to large-sized cities.

Weak leadership, being unable to sell a message, and the hope that just being anti-Obama may have something to do with the disastrous year. The GOP has to fight the labels that have been put on them by the Democratic party. Grow a spine and find a good leader. Embrace social media too. Democrats dominate on the web, if the GOP wants to target younger voters, they must improve on this.

What do you think went wrong with the GOP in 2012?

2. Planes to Egypt (link)

Egypt isn't exactly the most stable place on Earth right now and the Muslim Brotherhood continues to take more and more power. Naturally, the United States is sending Egypt 20 more F-16s. Great.

Instability in Egypt, where a newly-elected Islamic government teeters over an angry population, isn't enough to stop the U.S. from sending more than 20 F-16 fighter jets, as part of a $1 billion foreign aid package.


The first four jets are to be delivered to Egypt beginning Jan. 22, a source at the naval air base in Fort Worth, where the planes have been undergoing testing, told The North African nation already has a fleet of more than 200 of the planes and the latest shipment merely fulfills an order placed two years ago. But given the uncertainty in Cairo, some critics wonder if it is wise to be sending more top gun planes.


“Should an overreaction [by Egypt] spiral into a broader conflict between Egypt and Israel, such a scenario would put U.S. officials in an embarrassing position of having supplied massive amounts of military hardware … to both belligerents,” said Malou Innocent, a foreign policy analyst at the Cato Institute. “Given Washington's fiscal woes, American taxpayers should no longer be Egypt’s major arms supplier.”

Fantastic! Isn't it just great that the US is arming a country that no one trusts right now. Members of the Egyptian Government have spoken out against Israel and the country is being led by a group of thugs.

I'm sure this will end well.

3. Texas Petition (link)

For those of you wondering what ever happened with that petition to the White House to allow Texas to secede, here is your answer. It's being ignored. According to ABC News:

Sunday marked the last day for Texas’ petition to secede from the union to gather 25,000 digital signatures, the number needed to warrant a response from the White House.


The virtual petition achieved that goal four weeks ago. Now it’s up to 119,209, but still no word from the Oval Office.


A White House official told ABC News in November that it would respond to the petition, following a procedure that demands they address any entry to the “We the People” site that rallies the requisite amount of support. On Friday, the White House said they had no prediction for when they might put out at statement.


Even if the White House steps up to the plate this week, it’s possible they will dodge the question, opting to excuse themselves by claiming it does not fall within their jurisdiction.

Don't hold your breath on this one folks. I'm not sure the White House will be responding anytime soon.

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