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Can Republicans risk a fight over Sotomayor?

For the Republican Party, already reeling over recent suicidal moves, a fight over the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court seems doomed appears doomed from the start.

Such a fight would further erode support for the party among Hispanics at a time when the party needs to broaden its support to regain political strength.

Even some Republicans admit taking on Sotomayor is a risky strategy.

Soldier suicides force Army base shutdown

With the stress of prolonged wars, extended tours and multiple deployments driving American military men and women to the brink, a major army base shut down for three days yesterday because of a rash of suicides.

At least 11 deaths at Fort Campell, KY, over the past year have come from suicide with 64 members of the Army taking their lives over the six months. Commanders say the rate of self-inflicted deaths will set a record.

The report follows the murder of soldiers by another soldier in Iraq and reports of escalating mental problems among military men and women.

Former Bush Homeland Security pick indicted

Former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik, the man former President George W. Bush wanted to head Homeland Security, now faces charges of lying about taking bribes from contractors who rennovated his New York apartment while serving as the Big Apple’s top cop.

A federal grand jury indicted Kerik for making false statements about his relationships with the contractors during the vetting process for the Homeland Security job.

North Korea raises stakes in nuclear threats

North Korea’s nuclear test makes it no likelier that the regime will actually launch a nuclear attack, but it adds a scary dimension to another threat: the defiant North as a facilitator of the atomic ambitions of others, potentially even terrorists.

It also presents another major security crisis for President Barack Obama, already saddled with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a nuclear problem with Iran.

Loose lips still sink ships

The British government waited until 1974 to reveal that the Enigma machines it acquired in 1939 allowed Winston Churchill to decipher most Nazi military transmissions. That British authorities kept this secret for 29 years after WWII is a model of official self-control.

Today, Washington’s approach is exactly opposite: Don’t await the end of the War on Terror (oops…the Overseas Contingency Operation). Spill secrets now! Consider these recent items, some details of which I have blurred — to tell enemy readers less, not more;;

Credit card reform or just smoke & mirrors?

Finally, the government has done something for real consumers by smiting the odious practices of credit card companies. Or, has it?

President Obama persuaded Congress to pass legislation that deems it evil when credit card companies suddenly raise the already exorbitant double-digit interest rate on your credit card debt to even more astronomical levels. (Whereas we consumers get a paltry two percent, if we’re lucky, on money we put in the bank.)

Barack Obama, hubris & fuel standards

President Obama says his new fuel-efficiency standards will help end our dependence on oil, which is another way of saying that once these rules go into effect, we will instead be dependent on hubris.

After all, to believe this plan can work, you have to believe Obama can sit in the White House and mandate new technology so awesomely powerful that, in just seven more years, the average passenger car sold in this country will get 39 miles to the gallon.

Why Republicans are winning the terror debate

In political debate, the side that keeps its arguments simple and repeats them again and again is likely to gain the advantage. It is an easier sale, especially when the topic is as scary as terrorism.

That’s how Republicans got the edge in the dispute over President Barack Obama’s planned closing of the Guantanamo Bay prison. And it put former Vice President Dick Cheney on a separate but almost equal platform with the president of the United States, which is a plus any time the party out of power can manage it.