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Mr. Obama’s pretentious obsession オバマ氏の思い上がった妄想

Most mourners at a funeral are happy that the occasion isn’t about them, but President Obama wants star billing everywhere he goes, even at the gates of paradise. Speaking Tuesday in Johannesburg at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, the president imagined that a somber occasion where the eyes of the world were upon him was an appropriate stage for advancing his political agenda at home.

“We know that like South Africa, the United States had to overcome centuries of racial subjugation,” Mr. Obama told assembled thousands and the millions watching on television. “Michelle and I are the beneficiaries of that struggle. But in America and South Africa, and countries around the globe, we cannot allow our progress to cloud the fact that our work is not done.”

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レトリックの名人オバマ氏

米コラムニスト チャールズ・クラウトハマー

 オバマ大統領は、オバマケア(オバマ大統領の医療保険改革)が悲惨なスタートを切ったことについてニュース番組司会者クリス・マシューズ氏に説明する際に、「米国の大規模な省庁は、一部は時代遅れ、一部は適切に作られていない」ことが分かったと語った。

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Negotiators skirt customs, make flights easier from UAE to U.S. UAEの通関センター交渉に国土安保省が関与

Top officials at the Homeland Security Department skirted customary channels in negotiating a special U.S. customs facility at an international airport in the United Arab Emirates, and then some advised on UAE security-related projects after leaving the government, according to congressional and business sources.

Formal plans for a pre-clearance center in Abu Dhabi, one of the seven monarchies that make up the UAE, have sparked congressional concerns about U.S. border security and about the economic impact on the airline industry, where the plan faces opposition from some domestic carriers and airline unions.

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Free-lunch economics フリーランチ(タダ飯)経済学

After five years of stimulus schemes ranging from federal bailouts and a trillion-dollar stimulus package to the Cash for Clunkers program, Americans have yet to enjoy the “Recovery Summer” that they were once promised. Now, President Obama is promoting food stamps as the next great form of economic stimulus.

The White House last week featured on its website a list of things Americans should “keep in mind” on Thanksgiving. Food stamps (officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) were at the top of the list. “SNAP is boosting the economy right now,” the administration explained. “SNAP’s effect extends beyond the food on a family’s table – to the grocery stores, truck drivers, warehouses, processing plants and farmers that helped get it there.” While Mr. Obama has occupied the Oval Office, the number of Americans on food stamps has gone up 67.7 percent. Our economy ought to be going gangbusters by now.

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同盟国を無防備にする米国

米コラムニスト チャールズ・クラウトハマー

 【ワシントン】三つの危機、1人の大統領、途方に暮れる数多くの友人たち。

 第1の危機はウクライナだ。気に留めている人はあまりいないが、突然、欧州に背を向け、ロシアの元に戻った。

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Obama war chiefs widen drone kill box 無人機攻撃の指針を緩和する軍参謀

The Pentagon has loosened its guidelines on avoiding civilian casualties during drone strikes, modifying instructions from requiring military personnel to “ensure” civilians are not targeted to encouraging service members to “avoid targeting” civilians.

In addition, instructions now tell commanders that collateral damage “must not be excessive” in relation to mission goals, according to Public Intelligence, a nonprofit research group that analyzed the military’s directives on drone strikes.

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ブラジルで世界一高いプレステ4

地球だより

 発売開始から24時間で100万台を売り上げるなど、ゲーム愛好家の間で話題になっているのが、ソニーの新作「プレイステーション4(プレステ4)」だ。

 ブラジルでのプレステ4の発売は11月29日だった。同製品の日本での発売は来年2月になるため、日本のゲーム愛好家にとってはうらやまい話だ。話題になっているのがその販売価格。3999レアル 、なんと日本円にして18万円にもなる。

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No more razzle-dazzle 目くらまし戦法はもうたくさんだ

President Obama’s deal-making skills usually shortchange America. He puts the world at risk by coddling an Iran loving the bomb; he requires Americans to purchase health care they don’t want from a website that doesn’t work. Now the administration is compelling utility companies to pay for a nuclear-waste storage site they can’t use, and never will.

 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia last week ordered the Energy Department to stop charging nuclear-power firms $750 million in annual fees to pay for the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository in the wilderness of Nevada. Though more than $12 billion has been spent building the site, the administration has decided not to use it, in deference to the senior senator from Las Vegas and his decree of “not in my backyard.” The court said the administration had failed to present a convincing argument for further collection of the fees, and attempting to use “the old razzle-dazzle” obscures the fact that the government has no plan to spend the money.

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Broken promise of Obamacare to haunt Democrats’ congressional campaigns 民主党の選挙運動に付きまとうオバマケア

President Obama completed an ambitious fundraising schedule for Democrats in November, but many of the congressional candidates he is trying to help are finding their election prospects next year imperiled by the president’s faulty health care law.

Several polls in the past week have shown congressional Republicans pulling even or slightly ahead of Democrats in generic balloting for the midterm elections, a swing of at least 10 percentage points in less than a month. Pollsters attribute the seismic shift to the series of glaring flaws in Obamacare, most of which came to the public’s attention after the program’s rollout Oct. 1.

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法を無視するオバマ大統領

米コラムニスト チャールズ・クラウトハマー

 【ワシントン】ワシントンに謙虚さも礼節もないことに悔しい思いだが、本当の問題は、礼儀作法ではなく、憲法の規範が崩壊しているところにある。

  上院でこれが起きたばかりだ。民主党は、連邦高等裁判所に3人の判事を送り込もうとしているが、共和党の議事妨害でこれが難しい。そこで、政権幹部や最高裁以外の裁判所判事の人事の承認での議事妨害を封じ込めた。

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Rules of engagement limit the actions of U.S. troops and drones in Afghanistan アフガンでの米兵・無人機の行動を制限する交戦規程

The new U.S.-Afghanistan security agreement adds restrictions on already bureaucratic rules of engagement for American troops by making Afghan dwellings virtual safe havens for the enemy, combat veterans say.

The rules of engagement place the burden on U.S. air and ground troops to confirm with certainty that a Taliban fighter is armed before they can fire - even if they are 100 percent sure the target is the enemy. In some cases, aerial gunships have been denied permission to fire even though they reported that targets on the move were armed.

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Fracturing Obama’s oil spin オバマの石油を巡る情報操作を破砕する

With the debris of his health care scheme falling like autumn leaves, President Obama is looking for news, any news, to suggest that his White House is doing something, anything, right. He landed on the most unlikely candidate last week. He’s taking credit for the surge in the production of oil, which exceeded imports for the first time in 18 years.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration announced Wednesday that daily U.S. crude-oil production averaged 7.7 million barrels in October, with net imports falling to the lowest level since 1991. American production is just getting ramped up, and the agency forecasts daily production levels reaching 8.5 million barrels next year.

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U.S. funds China’s nuclear security 中国の核安全保障に資金供給する米

The Obama administration is funding a joint nuclear security center in Beijing designed to stem nuclear weapons proliferation – despite recent state-run media reports showing Beijing’s plans to hit U.S. cities with nuclear missiles that would kill millions of Americans during a conflict.

 A White House official said the Beijing center would not be used to help protect Chinese nuclear weapons.

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堕ちた米大統領最大の功績

アメリカン・エンタープライズ政策研究所客員研究員 加瀬 みき

 「政治の世界では一週間は非常に長い」と、あっという間に状況が一変するさまを表したのは英国のウィルソン首相だった。連邦政府の一部を閉鎖するに至った連邦予算と債務上限引き上げを巡る大統領対議会共和党の戦いは、オバマ大統領の勝利とみられた。しかし、その後まさにあっという間にオバマ大統領の支持率は、回復不可能と言われるほど落ち込んだ。

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Heckuva job, Obama! Americans jeer the president’s performance オバマ大統領の仕事ぶりに厳しい評価

President Obama’s approval rating has sunk to 37 percent in a new poll released Wednesday – the lowest of his presidency – and his disapproval rate is at 57 percent, a new high for him in CBS News polls.

His approval rating has dropped 9 points since October, according to the CBS News poll.

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米国の民間有力シンクタンクの豪華ビル

 9月にワシントン市内に完成した米国の民間有力シンクタンク「戦略国際問題研究所」(CSIS)の新しい本部ビルを訪ねた。

 エントランスをくぐると、贅沢(ぜいたく)な吹き抜けの空間が広がり、シャンデリアが垂れ下がる。同時に複数の会議やイベントを行えるよう、大小さまざまなホールを完備している。まるで高級ホテルのようだ。ワシントンの主なシンクタンクはだいたい見てきたが、豪華さでは間違いなくナンバーワンだろう。

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岐路に立つ米共和党

 10月の米財政協議と政府一部閉鎖で最も政治的打撃を受けたのは、共和党だろう。来年の中間選挙、2016年大統領選挙を控え、共和党は大きな岐路に差し掛かっている。(ワシントン・久保田秀明)

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オバマ米大統領、もうレームダック?

 オバマ米大統領が2期目の政権運営をスタートさせてからまだ1年もたたないが、早くもレームダック(死に体)化しているとの指摘が出ている。医療保険改革法(通称オバマケア)をめぐる失態で、支持率は急落し、身内の民主党議員の間でも「オバマ離れ」が進行。求心力を失いつつあるオバマ氏が、残りの任期で重要課題を手掛けるのは困難との悲観的な見方が広がっている。 (ワシントン・早川俊行)

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Trouble in Paradise  トラブル・イン・パラダイス

Sometimes thTrouble in Paradisee government can make life better for everyone. This is the socialist dream. Most of the time the government fails, usually miserably, as with President Obama’s miserable attempt to manage the nation’s health care. So far his administration has been unable to manage a website. Socialist dreams always die hard, as the common folk – and the uncommon folk as well – are learning in Venezuela in the wake of the Hugo Chavez experiment in economic fantasy.

Venezuela’s so-called Bolivarian revolution, now presided over by Nicolas Maduro, the hand-picked successor to Mr. Chavez, has set out to maintain “fair” prices on everything in the markets. It’s all to protect the people. Basic goods such as butter and milk have all but disappeared, and when there’s a rumor that a market has a few rolls of toilet paper for sale, the riot police are dispatched to calm the mob. How can you have a paradise without toilet paper? But such is the legacy of the Hugo Chavez revolution.

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失態続きの米国の医療保険改革法

米コラムニスト チャールズ・クラウトハマー

 「たとえ法律を変えることになっても、大統領は、連邦政府が国民にした約束を守り、国民が保有しているものを守るべきだ」-クリントン元大統領、11月12日

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Back in Iowa, Ryan finds himself at a political crossroads アイオワ州再訪、政治的分岐点のライアン氏

ALTOONA, Iowa - Despite being on the losing 2012 presidential ticket, Rep. Paul Ryan’s White House prospects have not dimmed in Iowa, where Republican insiders say he will get a strong look in the 2016 caucuses if he takes a crack at the nation’s top elected office.

 At the same time, some think Mr. Ryan, who has maintained a low profile since the presidential election, is next in line to become speaker of the U.S. House.

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同性愛者差別禁止法案の背後にある米国リベラル派の思惑

 米上院は今月7日、同性愛者や性転換者らに対する職場での差別を禁じる「職業差別禁止法案(ENDA)」を可決した。性的指向や性自認(ジェンダー・アイデンティティー)を理由に、採用を拒否したり、解雇したりするのを禁じるものだ。一見、不当な差別禁止を目的とした法案のようだが、その背後には、伝統的道徳観を社会から排除しようとするリベラル派の思惑が潜んでいる。

(ワシントン・早川俊行)

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Spy chief rules out transparency reform of NSA snooping
情報機関トップ、NSA通信傍受の公開に否定的

One of the nation’s top intelligence officials defended the National Security Agency’s snooping on online communications at a Capitol Hill hearing Wednesday, telling lawmakers that more transparency is not needed - and would prove self-defeating. Robert Litt, general counsel for the director of national intelligence, warned that sifting through the massive reams of digital communications swept up by the NSA to determine which were sent by Americans and which were not would make any privacy violation even more invasive.

“We believe that the reporting we’ve already agreed to provides the right balance between transparency and national security,” he told the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law.

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