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Competitive Balance Lottery pays out 12 Draft picks
The order of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft began to take shape Wednesday when the Competitive Balance Lottery was held at the Commissioner's Office in New York. This year, the Marlins won the lottery and will receive the first pick of Competitive Balance Round A, which is held immediately after the Draft's first round. The Marlins will be followed by the Rockies, Cardinals, Brewers, Padres and Indians.

Machado day to day with back tightness
Manny Machado was originally in Tuesday's starting lineup but was removed just before the game with back tightness.

Rebounding Bundy records best outing of season
Top prospect Dylan Bundy, on the comeback trail from Tommy John surgery, turned in his best outing of the season in a Class A start, throwing six innings in under 75 pitches.

Guilmet sent down to make room for Gonzalez
The Orioles made room for Miguel Gonzalez on the roster to start Tuesday's game by optioning reliever Preston Guilmet to Triple-A

Jimenez's ankle injury slow to mend
Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez has been progressing slowly from a right ankle injury, so much so that he may leave the team to better heal. They'll know more after a bullpen session on Wednesday.

Jones honored for his 'Heart & Hustle'
All-Star center fielder Adam Jones was named the winner of the Orioles' Heart & Hustle Award. From each team's representative, an overall MLB winner be honored.

Ulman donates indicted businessman's contributions to charity
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman wanted to give back $34,000 in campaign contributions he received from insurance executive Jeffrey B. Cohen, who was indicted last month on federal fraud charges .








New superintendent says Naval Academy will meet evolving challenges
Vice Adm. Walter E. 'Ted' Carter is 62 n d superintendent; Vice Adm. Michael H. Miller retires after 40 years in Navy

As the United States confronts "perilous challenges," the new head of the Naval Academy said Wednesday, the training, facilities and curriculum at the elite school for future Navy and Marine Corps officers must evolve rapidly.








Urination on Art Modell's grave 'disappointing and disrespectful,' cemetery says
Baltimore County police are investigating an incident in which a man in a Cleveland Browns uniform videotaped himself urinating on former Ravens owner Art Modell’s grave, a spokeswoman said.








Strong to severe storms forecast Wednesday evening
Strong to severe storms were moving through western Maryland early Wednesday evening, expected to bring strong winds and frequent lightning to the Baltimore area later, according to the National Weather Service.


Nelson Carey, Grand Cru wine bar owner, dies at 50
His Belvedere Square wine bar attracted a devoted and eclectic band of regulars

All day Tuesday, they came to the Grand Cru wine bar with swollen red eyes, hugging one another and trying to make sense of the loss of a good friend and boss.








Federal trial set for fired Leopold employee's lawsuit
A federal judge has set a trial date for a lawsuit against Anne Arundel County from a former employee who claims she was improperly fired by former County Executive John R. Leopold.

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11/9/2011

The Case for Newt
Filed under: — Robert Farrow @ 7:20 am

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I’ve been meaning for a while now to circle around to Newt Gingrich’s quiet rise from the ranks of the also-also-rans of this campaign. I’ve been pretty hard on Newt here on Power Line over the last few months, most notably back in May after he got tangled in labeling Paul Ryan’s fiscal design “social engineering from the right.”

I noted here last month that with each debate “Newt Gingrich’s ‘it’s-so-crazy-it-just-might-work’ strategy for this race is looking a little less crazy,” but the right analogy might be that Newt’s tortoise and hare strategy is paying off. We know Newt didn’t run in 2008 partly because he thought it would be difficult to compete with Romney’s ability to self-fund a campaign if need be, though Newt might also have perceived, as Nixon did about GOP prospects for 1964, that 2012 would be a more favorable year for both him and the GOP. The same problem—Romney’s money advantage—is here this year, too, so Newt’s live-off-the-land strategy was a long shot, requiring one thing that Newt has often struggled with: discipline and focus. Newt has always had the worst case of political Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity-Disorder since the beginning of clinical politics.

But lately Newt seems to have hit his stride. Did you happen to catch him on the “Center Seat” segment of Fox News’s “Special Report” last night? It was Newt at his best, and reminding us that then he is on his game there is no one better. Maybe the best part was then Steve Hayes played the infamous TV ad Newt cut with Nancy Pelosi three years ago about the “climate crisis” (about the 6:50 mark of the video). Newt didn’t finesse it: he straight out said, “That was the dumbest single thing I’ve done. . . simply inexplicable. . . it was just dumb.” Not often a politician admits a mistake that straightforwardly. And then he went on to give a concise account of the issue of climate and energy that tracks pretty closely with what I said on this site way back in the spring after Romney botched the issue.

So enter as witnesses Byron York in the Washington Examiner a couple days ago, and this morning Dorothy Rabinowitz in the Wall Street Journal (“Why Gingrich Could Win”), making the case for Newt even more strongly:

Whoever his competitors are in Iowa and beyond, Mr. Gingrich faces a hard fight for the nomination. His greatest asset lies in his capacity to speak to Americans as he has done, with such potency, during the Republican debates. No candidate in the field comes close to his talent for connection. There’s no underestimating the importance of such a power in the presidential election ahead, or any other one.

His rise in the polls suggests that more and more Republicans are absorbing that fact, along with the possibility that Mr. Gingrich’s qualifications all ’round could well make him the most formidable contender for the contest with Barack Obama.

So as Cain fades from the scene (I like Cain, but I’m sorry, he’s not ready for prime time presidential politics) and Perry continues to perform erratically, there’s a decent chance Newt will emerge as the not-Romney candidate. And then there will be a test to see whether the GOP “establishment,” such as it is, can put Romney over the top, and whether the Tea Party and other conservative grass roots Republicans will put aside their well-founded suspicions of Newt.

But beyond handicapping the primary campaign dynamics, Newt is doing something interesting and maybe profound: he is trying to run for president according to an older model that stresses substance over sound bytes and gimmicky, targeted campaign strategy. (Hence the emphasis on Lincoln-Douglas style debates that de-emphasize the place of the media questioners, among other things.) It is a bid to see whether presidential politics can still be conducted along the line of the old republic that would be more familiar to the Founders, to the style of public argument more akin to what Hamilton had in mind in talking about “refining and enlarging the public view” through “reflection and choice” in Federalist #1.

Footnote: Keep in mind one other thing from one of my previous comments here on Newt:

Whenever I think he is off his rocker, I remind myself that Newt was practically alone in thinking, from the first moment he arrived in Congress in 1979, that Republicans could take a majority in the House if it was sufficiently aggressive. Even as late as the eve of the 1994 election the conventional wisdom among political scientists and most journalists was that Democrats had a permanent majority in the House that the GOP could never break.

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Ravens bracing for Rice absence (The SportsXchange)
The Baltimore Ravens are still waiting to hear from the NFL regarding a potential suspension for running back Ray Rice following a felony aggravated assault case this offseason. Rice was involved in a domestic violence incident with his wife at an Atlantic City casino. The NFL has yet to rule on his status for the season, but a potential multigame suspension is expected. "It's not my decision to make, or any of us here," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.

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Bills QB, coach differ on offense's performance (The Associated Press)
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Bills' sloppy offense concerns Marrone (The SportsXchange)
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