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Copenhagen Hypocrisy Exposed; Rove's Prediction

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Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):
1. Rove: GOP Probably Won’t Win Back Senate
2. ACLU Loses $20 Million Donor
3. Copenhagen Climate Summit: Limos, Private Jets, Caviar
4. Press Blankets Tiger Woods — and Ignores Climategate
5. Al-Qaida, Polanski Petitions Show Hollywood’s Bias
6. We Heard: Russian Secret Service, Dalai Lama


1. Rove: GOP Probably Won’t Win Back Senate

Republicans stand to make strong gains in the Senate in 2010, but likely will fall short of the number they need to take back the upper chamber, according to Karl Rove, former deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush.

There are now 40 Republicans in the Senate, and after next year’s election there could be 46 or more, Rove declares in an opinion piece published in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal.

“The GOP probably won’t win control of the Senate, but Republicans lead five incumbent Democratic senators in the polls, often by double digits,” Rove writes.

In Connecticut, Sen. Chris Dodd trails Republican challenger Rob Simmons by 13 percentage points in the latest Quinnipiac University poll, observes Rove, author of the forthcoming book “Courage and Consequence.”

In Arkansas, Sen. Blanche Lincoln trails GOP state Sen. Gilbert Baker, 41 percent to 47 percent. In California, Sen. Barbara Boxer is vulnerable to a challenge from former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is in for the fight of his life in Nevada. He has an approval rating of just 14 percent, and trails GOP state Sen. Sue Lowden by 10 percentage points.

Republicans are also mounting strong challenges for the Senate seats vacated by Barack Obama in Illinois and Joe Biden in Delaware, Rove notes, and are seeking to unseat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who was appointed to fill the seat in New York vacated by Hillary Clinton.

The 12 Republican incumbent senators up for re-election next year should retain their seats, according to Rove, and the GOP has recruited solid candidates for the open seats in New Hampshire, Ohio, Missouri, and Florida.

“A lot can happen in a year, but if Democrats keep telling themselves that their greatest danger will come from not passing monstrosities like Mr. Reid’s healthcare bill, Republicans will have a target-rich environment next year,” Rove writes.

“We are once again in a GOP ascendancy, sparked by talented, energetic challengers.”

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2. ACLU Loses $20 Million Donor

The American Civil Liberties Union has been told by a longtime donor that the organization will not receive his annual gift of more than $20 million next year.

The loss of funds will put a 25 percent hole in the ACLU’s annual operating budget and force a number of budget reductions, according to Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU.

Referring to the donor as a “family,” Romero said in a statement: “This family, that has sought to protect its privacy by arranging its gifts anonymously, notified us last month that due to market conditions it will be unable to make its expected sizable donations of over $20 million.”

The longtime anonymous donor was identified by ACLU board members, who spoke with The New York Times on the condition of anonymity, as David Gelbaum, a former hedge fund manager who is now a major investor in clean technology and is chairman of Entech Solar, Inc.

Romero said that other donors have come forward with pledges of new funds, but he acknowledged: “Even with this incredible outpouring of support, we may still not have sufficient resources to replace our revenue gap. Therefore we will need to consider a number of budget reductions as well as the possibility of drawing down from our reserve funds if necessary.”

Gelbaum first donated $50,000 to the ACLU in the early 1980s and continually raised his gifts, to $22.5 million in 2008, board members told the Times.

Gelbaum has also been a major contributor to conservation causes, giving more than $100 million to the Sierra Club.

In a rare interview in 2004, Gelbaum told the Los Angeles Times: "Most wealthy people spend their lives trying to make more and more money rather than give it away. They wait too long. They are depriving themselves of a lot of joy. I'm doing what I want to do. It's not like it's money that I or my family will ever need.”

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3. Copenhagen Climate Summit: Limos, Private Jets, Caviar

Being a delegate to an international conference that seeks to curb greenhouse gas emissions doesn’t mean you can’t tool around town in a gas-guzzling, carbon-spewing limousine or luxury car.

That was evident last week when 15,000 delegates and officials from around the world arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark, for the 11-day climate summit.

More than 1,200 limousines were hired by visitors to the Danish capital, according to Majken Friss Jorgensen, managing director of Copenhagen’s biggest limo company. “We haven’t got enough limos in the country to fulfill the demand,” she told Britain’s Daily Telegraph.

“We’re having to drive them in hundreds of miles from Germany and Sweden.

“We thought they were not going to have many cars, due to it being a climate convention.”

Videos shot on Monday, Dec. 7, the opening day of the summit, showed conference participants also arriving at the site in BMWs, Mercedes Benzes, Jaguars and Volvos, while a bus reserved for the delegates rode along empty.

The conference will create more than 40,000 tons of “carbon dioxide equivalent” gas over the 11 days, Fox News reported, about the amount produced over an 11-day period in an industrial city of 140,000 people.

In addition to the road vehicles, some 140 extra private jets arrived in Copenhagen at the summit’s outset, surpassing the capacity of the airport and forcing some jets to fly to regional airports or to Sweden to park awaiting the return flight of their VIP passengers.

While wrestling with the climate change issue, summit participants could enjoy their stay in Copenhagen at the city’s top hotels, which were fully booked at over $1,000 a night, feasting on “Climate Convention” menus featuring foie gras and sculpted caviar wedges.

“The temptation, then, is to dismiss the whole thing as a ridiculous circus,” the Telegraph observed. “Far from ‘saving the world,’ the world’s leaders have already agreed that this conference will not produce any kind of binding deal, merely an interim statement of intent.”

In an amusing sidelight, the Telegraph reported that officials were urging delegates: “Be sustainable, don’t buy sex,” angering the local sex workers union — which announced that its 1,400 prostitutes would give free sex to anyone with a climate conference delegate’s pass.

The Telegraph had some fun with that: “The term ‘carbon dating’ just took on an entirely new meaning.”

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4. Press Blankets Tiger Woods — and Ignores Climategate

In the days leading up to the crucial climate change conference in Copenhagen, the mainstream media devoted more than 15 times as many stories to golfer Tiger Woods than to the climategate scandal.

From Nov. 20 to Dec. 6, ABC, NBC, and CBS aired 62 stories about Woods’ Nov. 27 car accident, reports of his infidelity, and his apology for “transgressions” during their morning and evening newscasts, according to the Media Research Center’s Business & Media Institute.

But for 13 days following Nov. 20 — the day news of the climategate controversy erupted, calling into question the validity of some of the science supporting manmade global warming — the three networks ignored the story.

Finally, on the weekend of Dec. 4 to Dec. 6, they got around to mentioning it four times. And even then, reporters asserted that despite climategate, the science behind man-made global warming is “solid,” the Business & Media Institute reported.

As the Insider Report disclosed last week, on Nov. 17 someone hacked a server used by the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, and disseminated more than a thousand e-mails and other documents.

Climate change skeptics charge that the e-mails show collusion by climate scientists to skew scientific information in favor of man-made global warming.

One climatologist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research was quoted as saying, “The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment, and it is a travesty that we can’t.”

The B&M Institute observed on Dec. 7: “In Copenhagen, world leaders will be crafting an agreement that will potentially transfer billions of dollars from the industrialized world and fundamentally change the U.S. economy.

“Suddenly we learn that much of the science on which they base their decisions may be tainted or false. But those respected broadcast news organizations couldn’t squeeze more than four weekend mentions into their all-Tiger, all-the-time coverage.”

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5. Al-Qaida, Polanski Petitions Show Hollywood’s Bias

Hollywood luminaries lined up in droves to sign a petition against the extradition of director Roman Polanski to the U.S. to face sentencing on a sex crime.

But another petition circulating in Hollywood, this one protesting the Obama administration’s decision to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York City courts, garnered only seven signatures.

A total of 137 people — including directors Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and David Lynch — signed the petition in support of Polanski, who was convicted of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-girl in 1977, and fled the U.S. before sentencing. He’s currently being held in Switzerland.

The petition, translated from French, reads in part: “Roman Polanski is a French citizen, a renowned and international artist now facing extradition. This extradition, if it takes place, will be heavy in consequences and will take away his freedom.

“Filmmakers, actors, producers and technicians — everyone involved in international filmmaking — want him to know that he has their support and friendship . . . We demand the immediate release of Roman Polanski.”

The petition against trying al-Qaida’s Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York was signed only by Ben Stein, Jon Voigt, Robert Duvall, Brian Dennehy, Danny Aiello, Robert Davi, and Elizabeth Hasselbeck, NewsBusters reported.

It reads in part: “Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to try the 9/11 mastermind and four other terrorists in a civilian court, rather than by the military justice system, should not be allowed to remain without challenge. Not only does it put the national security of the United States of America at risk, but it is a travesty of our justice system . . .

“This is not just a New York tragedy, but a terrorist threat to our country and freedom loving people around the world. It provides a platform for these terrorists to spew their propaganda and hatred to the world from a courthouse just blocks from ground zero.”

NewsBusters observed: “Nothing more is needed to demonstrate the bizarre moral outlook that would condemn the United States so strongly for trying a convicted sex offender and fugitive from justice in our civilian courts, yet show such little interest in trying a man who has admitted to slaughtering 3,000 civilians in an act of war mere blocks from where he wrought his devastation . . .

“Hollywood liberalism has some strange priorities.”

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6. We Heard . . .

THAT the Russian secret service is suspected in the leaking of sensitive material in the climategate scandal, Britain’s Daily Mail is reporting.

The alleged motive was to undermine calls for carbon-dioxide-emissions cuts at the climate change conference in Copenhagen.

The Daily Mail observed: “Russia — one of the world’s largest producers and users of oil and gas — has a vested interest in opposing sweeping new agreements to cut emissions.”

Hacked e-mails from climate scientists at the University of East Anglia in England were leaked via a small Web server in the city of Tomsk in Siberia, according to the Mail.

The paper also reported that the University’s Climatic Research Unit confirmed that the e-mails and other documents were illegally copied and published on an anonymous Russian server.

THAT the Dalai Lama believes the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Barack Obama was “a little early.”

In an interview with Sky News, the Dalai Lama said: “I think if you are realistic, it may have been a little early but it doesn’t matter, I know Obama is a very able person.

“Sometimes these individual persons rely on different advice from different people . . . I think due to his advisers’ views, some of his policies have been a disaster.”

President Obama declined to meet the Dalai Lama during the Tibetan leader’s recent trip to Washington.

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