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Your morning jolt: If your kid. Comes home. Talking like this. It’s Obama’s. Fault.

Over a three-day weekend, and perhaps a few beers, some of us have mellowed out on President Barack Obama’s speech to schoolchildren set for today.

But some have not. This from columnist Laura Armstrong in the Marietta Daily Journal, on our president’s power of seduction:

Parents are watchful of indoctrination, given Obama’s propensity for personal slogans, seals, pledges and mottos. And his planned “civilian defense force”… too much like the third-world (or one 20th century nationalist/socialist movement) for many. Will he call children to service?

Seen those creepy YouTube videos pledging allegiance to Obama, doing the Obama dance, singing the Obama song?

Many parents fear that Obama will attempt to woo students with actual policy. Highly questionable policy. Lord knows, there’s a precedent:

“If war is forced upon us, we will liberate the people of Iraq from a cruel and violent dictator. We don’t believe freedom and dignity are America’s gift to the world. We believe …

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Your morning jolt: How Ted Kennedy and Jimmy Carter created each other

After winning a second nomination for president in 1980, President Jimmy Carter, left, shakes hands with Sen. Edward Kennedy on the podium at the Democratic National Convention in New York's Madison Square Garden. Associated Press.

After winning a second nomination for president in 1980, President Jimmy Carter, left, shakes hands with Sen. Edward Kennedy on the podium at the Democratic National Convention in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Associated Press.

Revised at 4:50 p.m. Monday:

Early Wednesday morning, Jimmy Carter issued his formal reaction to the death of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy.

To speak anything but good about the dead would have been out of character.

“Sen. Kennedy was a passionate voice for the citizens of Massachusetts and an unwavering advocate for the millions of less fortunate in our country,” Carter said.

But it’s worth remembering that, for several years, Ted Kennedy was singled out by many Southern Democrats as the villain who robbed Georgia’s first president of a second term in the White House.

Kennedy’s 1980 primary challenge to Carter was, in a very real way, the making of both men. Weakened by the intraparty feud, Carter was defeated by a Hollywood actor turned …

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Your morning jolt: Here a czar, there a czar

The youthful head of the Obama administration’s auto task force has abandoned that post, only days after pushing General Motors through the rapids of bankruptcy court.

The White House said Steven Rattner decided to return to private life and his family in New York City. But his brief tenure came under a cloud with an investigation of an influence peddling scandal back in New York.

Rattner, an investment banker, was unlikely to face charges in the investigation — which involves a giant state pension fund that provides retirement benefits for more than 1 million government employees.

But the resignation has caused U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston to renew his call for more scrutiny of President Barack Obama’s policy “czars” — who have been tasked with everything from saving the auto industry to climate change.

The Savannah congressman dropped new legislation on Wednesday that would require Senate confirmation such appointments. The measure is unlikely to move, given …

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Your morning jolt: Candidates beg for spare change

On Tuesday, with a June 30 deadline only seven days away, Karen Handel begged for spare change.

“Any amount you can contribute right now will go a long way in helping us meet our goals next week,” the Republican candidate for governor said.

At five days out, John Oxendine , a GOP rival, asked supporters to empty their pockets, else a Democratic bogeyman will reign over them. “I am running to protect the traditional values Georgia holds dear from Roy Barnes and the liberals in Atlanta,” he said.

Republicans and Democrats alike, whether running for governor or something else, see the end of the month as a kind of CRCT test for grown-ups.

The size of a candidate’s treasury in the first six months of this year will be read as a measure of strength and viability — could determine the size of his/her treasury for the next six months as well.

There will be exceptions. Democrat Roy Barnes specifically declared that he wouldn’t start his campaign until next month, …

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Handel: Voting Rights Act is ‘a ridiculous solution in search of a problem that left the South decades ago’

Updated at 5:02 p.m. Thursday

In a weekly e-mail newsletter sent last night to supporters of her Republican run for governor, the campaign of Secretary of State Karen Handel described the Voting Rights Act as “an antiquated vestige of the Reconstruction era” and “a ridiculous solution in search of a problem that left the South decades ago.”

Here’s the portion in question:

A challenge currently before the U.S. Supreme Court should lead to a decision on whether or not all changes to the election laws in several Southern states will continue to require the blessing of federal bureaucrats. The law – an antiquated vestige of the Reconstruction era is, as Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel puts it, “pure politics in its worst form and a ridiculous solution in search of a problem that left the South decades ago.”

Her statement on the topic follows:

The continuation of the Voting Rights Act has nothing to do with ensuring fairness in elections. It is pure …

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