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Obama tells Republicans not to
hold up arms treaty with Russia
Obama tells GOP weekly radio and Internet address a thousand questions answered - alleviate joblessness. He said Dem-
to focus on international affairs at it would have to start over from ocrats had exploded the national
senators they're a time of increased political grid- scratch in January." debt with the stimulus and other
lock at home as the GOP prepares And it would face tougher odds spending programs, and were now
abandoning Reagan to take control of the House in the as the Democratic majority loses asking Americans for more money.
new Congress next year. six seats. He said it was imperative that the
nuclear diplomacy Describing his nuclear efforts as Without ratification, Russia may Bush-era tax cuts that expire this


dent Barack Obama took aim
Saturday at Republican senators
standing in the way of a nuclear
arms reduction pact with Rus-
sia, saying they were abandoning
Ronald Reagan's lesson of nuclear
diplomacy: "Trust but verify."
The Senate's GOP leader
accused his Democratic counter-
parts of wasting Congress' lame-
duck session on issues from gays
in the military to environment
regulations. Sen. Mitch McCon-
nell, R-Ky., didn't mention Obama's
push to ratify the new START
weapons treaty with Russia, but
said extending expiring Bush-era
tax cuts needed to be the top pri-
Obama, speaking from a NATO
summit in Portugal, used his

part of a five-administration con-
tinuum, Obama said the treaty to
cut the permitted number of U.S.
and Russian long-range nuclear
warheads by a third was "funda-
mental to America's national secu-
The president went to great
length listing the prominent
Republicans from previous admin-
istrations who back the deal,
including former secretaries of
state Colin Powell, George Shultz,
Jim Baker and Henry Kissinger.
He cited GOP Sen. Dick Lugar's
support, but suggested that other
Republican senators were playing
politics with national security.
"Some make no argument
against the treaty - they just ask
for more time," Obama said. "If the
Senate doesn't act this year - after
six months,18 hearings, and nearly

be less cooperative in enforcing
strong sanctions on Iran, securing
loose nuclear material from ter-
rorists or helping the U.S. equip
troops in Afghanistan, Obama
said. He said no agreement with
Russia meant no U.S. inspectors
watching over one of the world's
biggest nuclear arsenals.
"Those who would block this
treaty are breaking President Rea-
gan's rule - they want to trust, but
not verify," Obama said.
At the NATO meeting, officials
from Denmark, Lithuania, Latvia,
Hungary, Norway and Bulgaria
told reporters Saturday that failing
to ratify the treaty would set back
European security.
McConnell, in the GOP radio
and Internet address, focused on
the stubbornly high unemploy-
ment rate and Democrats' failure to

year be extended.
"Americans don't think we
should be raising taxes on any-
body, especially in the middle of a
recession," McConnell said. "But
instead of giving Americans what
they want, Democratic leaders
plan to use the last few days that
lawmakers expect to spend in
Washington this year focusing on
everything except preventing this
tax hike, which will cost us even
more jobs: immigration; a repeal of
the 'don't ask, don't tell'; a reorga-
nization of the FDA; more environ-
mental regulations."
Obama appears ready to com-
promise with Republicans on tem-
porarily extending the tax cuts
passed under President George
W. Bush, despite previous opposi-
tion to continuing them for couples
making over $250,000.


Defensive coordinator Greg Robinson on the sidelines during Michigan's game
against Wisconsin on Saturday.

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From Page 1A
for the coach - it sounds a lot like
an excuse. But at some point, an
excuse becomes too valid to dis-
"I'm not making excuses.
People will say, 'Ah, he's making
excuses,' but it's not - it's reality,"
Rodriguez said at the podium, get-
ting a little animated. "I've never
coached and had five true fresh-
men playing Division L Are you
kidding me? I mean, think about
that. Again, those guys are playing
their tails off, and they're going
to be better hopefully next year
because of it. But you guys are
pretty smart, go find a school that
has five or six true freshmen play-
ing significant time on defense."
It's an excuse and reality. As
much as I would like to say it, the
biggest problem with the defense
isn't the abjectly awful coaching of
defensive coordinator Greg Rob-
inson (Though it certainly doesn't
help - as gaudy as Wisconsin's
offensive numbers were, they
could havebeen a lot worse if the
Badgers would've taken advan-
tage of the WIDE-open middle of
the field through the air). It's the
youth in the secondary.
Some say, without thinking,
that this is Rodriguez's fault. He
should've recruited more (and
better) defensive backs. Here's
the thing: he had defensive backs.
They all just kinda ... left. That, or
they got injured.
JT Turner, Donovan Warren,
Vlad Emilien, Boubacar Cissoko,
Troy Woolfolk, JT Floyd - even
Demar Dorsey's failure to qualify
all contributed to the secondary's
woes this year.
There are still those who will
say - again, without thinking -
that it's Rodriguez's fault all those
From Page 1A
Deshpande added that he
believed the collaborative efforts
of MSA with LSA-SG and UMEC
contributed to the increase in
voter turnout.
"A large number of factors go
into voter turnout, (MSA) being
just part of it," Deshpande said. "I
believe that this past election was
less contested than previous elec-
tions, however, I believe that our
work did do a great job of helping
push that turnout up, regardless."
In an e-mail interview on
Friday, LSA junior Zach Berlin,
elections director for LSA-SG,
commended the efforts of the
student governments to increase
voter turnout among the student
"(LSA-SG), UMEC and MSA's
collaborative efforts were steps
in the right direction, and we are
looking to forward to exploring
other ways to get more people
engaged in government activi-
ties," Berlin wrote.
The exact voter turnout num-
bers for the student government
elections had previously been
delayed by a batch of exception
"An exception ballot is sim-
ply any student who votes who

players left. But that's stupid. It's
each player's own individual deci-
sion. Look, a football coach is sup-
posed to be mean; he's supposed
to upset you; he's supposed to yell
and scream and get up in your face
so close you can feel the spit hit
your cheeks. If a player comes to
camp and can't handle not being
treated the same way he was when
he was being recruited, then he
should leave. And the family val-
ues thing? That still just makes me
The fact is, much of what's
wrong with the defense is out of
Rodriguez's - or even Robinson's
- control. The Badgers moved
the ball at will against Michigan,
gaining 357 yards on the ground.
It was like watching grown men
play against boys. You know why?
Because that's exactly what it was.
It's impossible forthe defense
to get much better from now until
next weekend, when the Wolver-
ines play Ohio State. It sucks, but
that's just the way it is. All Michi-
gan fans can do is look forward
to having a defensive backfield
loaded with valuable, albeit pain-
ful, experience nextyear.
So yeah, I feel for Rodriguez.
He's stuck with an extraordinarily
young defense full of tough, hard-
working players who desperately
want to win but keep finding that
will is no match for experience
and strength.
Michigan running backs coach
Fred Jackson said it betterthan I
could: "They fought hard, and it's
a testament to them - shows the
character that these kids have. To
me, that's what this program has
always been about. Tough kids
with a lot of character. I think
they showed it to you today, they

- Stapleton can be reached
at jstaple@umich.edu.

isn't known to be affiliated with
a particular school," Deshpande
said. "So that simply means that
this year either there were stu-
dents who weren't already on the
list of students from the different
schools who said that they were
and we need to validate whether
those students are indeed in the
school they claim to be."
Deshpande explained that the
exception ballots are an issue
of students representing them-
selves, and not an issue that MSA
was able to control in the elec-
Additionally, complications *
with ITS in the election for the
School of Nursing also caused
delays in releasing the final voter
turnout numbers.
In an interview last week,
Deshpande told the Daily that
ITS had used an incorrect eli-
gibility list when setting up the
election for School of Nursing
students. ITS corrected the prob-
lem and contacted Nursing stu-
dents to explain the issue. MSA
also extended the Nursing elec-
tion by 24 hours to allow students
who may have previously experi-
enced complications to vote.
The error also caused a larg-
er number of exception bal-
lots, which underwent the same
review process as in the rest of
the student government election.

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