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  • Warning signs for Obama on path to electoral votes

    05/26/2012 7:43:40 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 20 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 26 | Thomas Beaumont
    Obama's new worries about North Carolina and Wisconsin offer opportunities for Republican Mitt Romney, who must peel off states Obama won in 2008 if he's to cobble together the 270 electoral votes needed to oust the incumbent in November. Iowa, which kicked off the campaign in January, is now expected to be tight to the finish, while New Mexico, thought early to be pivotal, seems to be drifting into Democratic territory. If the election were today, Obama would likely win 247 electoral votes to Romney's 206, according to an Associated Press analysis of polls, ad spending and key developments in...
  • Obama Campaign ‘Truth Team’ Conflates Smears with Criticisms, Citing Disputed Study

    05/26/2012 7:30:06 PM PDT · by kristinn · 3 replies
    ABC News ^ | Saturday, May 26, 2012 | Jake Tapper
    An email from the Obama campaign encapsulates the problem when political campaigns seize the language of fact checkers, muddying the waters. In the note, sent later in the day today, Obama campaign deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter invites supporters to “report an attack” at the Truth Team report page. “Received a robo-call or an email forward full of falsehoods?” the page asks. “Found a misleading leaflet in your mail? Tell us about it, and help fight back against the attacks on President Obama and his record.” Cutter in her email hammers Mitt Romney for saying “Since President Obama assumed office...
  • FACT CHECK: Obama off on thrifty spending claim (Surprise! AP guts Obama on budget lies)

    05/26/2012 5:33:12 PM PDT · by kristinn · 8 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | Saturday, May 26, 2012 | Andrew Taylor
    The White House is aggressively pushing the idea that, contrary to widespread belief, President Barack Obama is tightfisted with taxpayer dollars. To back it up, the administration cites a media report that claims federal spending is rising at the slowest pace since the Eisenhower years. "Federal spending since I took office has risen at the slowest pace of any president in almost 60 years," Obama said at a campaign rally Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa. SNIP So how does Obama measure up? If one assumes that TARP and the takeover of Fannie and Freddie by the government as one-time budgetary...
  • Krugman: Scientists Should Falsely Predict Alien Invasion So Government Will Spend More Money

    05/26/2012 2:09:43 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 46 replies
    Krugman: Scientists Should Falsely Predict Alien Invasion So Government Will Spend More Money By Noel Sheppard Created 05/26/2012 - 4:15pm Last year New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman called for space aliens to invade earth so that the government would spend money to mount a defense thereby stimulating the economy. As aliens have yet to comply with Krugman's wishes, he advocated on HBO's Real Time Friday that scientists should get together and lie about an imminent attack to boost federal spending (video follows with transcript and commentary): PAUL KRUGMAN, NEW YORK TIMES: This is hard to get...
  • Analysis: A Romney pick for top U.S. court? Frontrunners emerge

    05/26/2012 2:08:35 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 96 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 19, 2012 | David Ingram
    Paul Clement, who served as U.S. solicitor general under President George W. Bush and is now a lawyer in private practice, is the favorite of many conservatives. Clement argued last month for the Supreme Court to strike down Obama's 2010 healthcare law, and he is defending laws that ban same-sex marriage and that target illegal immigrants. Clement, 45, would be "at the top of any short list right now," said Curt Levey, executive director of the Committee for Justice, a group that advocates for conservative nominees. Asked about Clement, Mary Ann Glendon, a co-chairwoman of Romney's Justice Advisory Committee, voiced...
  • Rep. McCotter may miss primary ballot because of signature problems (MI alert)

    05/26/2012 1:51:29 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 26, 2012 | Peter Schroeder
    Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) may not have collected enough signatures to make it on to the Michigan primary ballot, throwing his chances at reelection into question. The five-term lawmaker -- and one time longshot presidential candidiate -- announced Friday that he had been informed by his campaign that he may have submitted an insufficient number of signatures to garner a spot on the August primary ballot. McCotter said his staff will "thoroughly review" the petitions for their "sufficiency or insufficiency." Taking into account the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the campaign will announce their findings on Tuesday.
  • Escape from Hunger - A North Korean survivor story

    05/26/2012 1:50:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies
    city-journal ^ | 25 May 2012 | Daniel J. Flynn
    Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West, by Blaine Harden (Viking, 224 pp., $26.95) Explaining why socialism failed to gain traction in the United States, German academic Werner Sombart famously noted: “All socialist utopias came to nothing on roast beef and apple pie.” Fat and happy aren’t the ingredients for a socialist revolution. A century after Sombart’s observation, Shin Dong-Hyuk shows why starving and miserable aren’t the ingredients for keeping the people in a people’s republic: all socialist dystopias come to nothing on tree bark and barbecued rat. Shin’s amazing...
  • Barack Obama Was a Stoner Bully

    05/26/2012 1:46:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Dan Amira | 5/25
    When the Washington Post revealed recently Mitt Romney's past as a cruel boarding-school tyrant, conservatives cried foul. Where were the stories about Barack Obama's days as the entitled son of a governor? What was the media hiding? Finally, David Maraniss, in his upcoming Obama biography, Barack Obama: The Story, has found the dark truth of Obama's past. It turns out that Obama was a bully as well — someone who threw his weight around and terrorized even those closest to him. Barry also had a knack for interceptions. When a joint was making the rounds, he often elbowed his way...
  • The new aggressive Obama (Liar in Chief....)

    05/26/2012 1:27:48 PM PDT · by yoe · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 26, 2012 | Fox
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  • Stakes high in Wisconsin's other recalls

    05/26/2012 1:09:11 PM PDT · by pabianice · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/26/12 | Bravender
    If Gov. Scott Walker keeps his seat, the state Senate could be Democrats' consolation prize. With both sides pouring millions of dollars into the Scott Walker recall campaign and the national focus firmly affixed on the Wisconsin GOP governor’s fate, it’s easy to overlook the consolation prize on June 5: the state Senate. Although they’re getting just a fraction of the attention and cash going into the top of the ticket race, the four Wisconsin state Senate recall elections on the ballot are nothing to sneeze at. Democrats need to flip just one of them to wrest control of the...
  • High Noon in Wisconsin: Governor Scott Walker hangs tough.

    05/26/2012 1:08:37 PM PDT · by rhema · 12 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 5/28/12 | Stephen F. Hayes
    Caledonia, Wis. Geeta Jensen had some exciting news: Governor Scott Walker was visiting Jensen Metal Products to announce the addition of 39 new jobs, part of a company-wide expansion accelerated by tax credits his administration had offered to encourage hiring. “It is an honor to have the governor of the state of Wisconsin visit us in this, our 90th anniversary year,” she said in introducing Walker, her slight Indian accent marking her words. “When Jungbert Jensen immigrated to Wisconsin from Copenhagen, Denmark, around 1911, and started making rain gutters and milk pails out of a garage in Racine, he never...
  • Lessons Learned from the Edwards Trial

    05/26/2012 1:00:27 PM PDT · by HIDEK6 · 5 replies
    The Rhino Times ^ | May 24, 2012 | John Hammer
    I learned something about political campaigns at the Johnny Reid Edwards trial last week. I knew that politicians lie, and I knew that people campaigning for politicians lie. What I didn't know is that all the people working for the campaign are lying to each other, or at least that was the case in the Edwards presidential campaign. Harrison Hickman, the pollster for the campaign who testified on Monday, May 14, said that the Edwards campaign wasn't a lot different from the other presidential campaigns he had worked for, and he admitted would send out polling information he thought was...
  • Lessons Learned from the Edwards Trial

    05/26/2012 1:00:09 PM PDT · by HIDEK6
    The Rhino Times ^ | May 24, 2012 | John Hammer
    I learned something about political campaigns at the Johnny Reid Edwards trial last week. I knew that politicians lie, and I knew that people campaigning for politicians lie. What I didn't know is that all the people working for the campaign are lying to each other, or at least that was the case in the Edwards presidential campaign. Harrison Hickman, the pollster for the campaign who testified on Monday, May 14, said that the Edwards campaign wasn't a lot different from the other presidential campaigns he had worked for, and he admitted would send out polling information he thought was...
  • President Obama Not Actually a 'Twoosh Master'

    05/26/2012 12:33:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 5/26/2012 | Andre Tartar
    In a video posted online yesterday, Obama took credit for tapping out a perfect, efficiency-maximizing 140-character long tweet (apparently, a 'twoosh') about green energy during a Thursday Twitter Q&A session. Hate to burst your bubble POTUS, but we see an extra space after 'wind' and an extra period right at the start. And isn't "bio fuels" all one word? So, really, it should only be 137-characters long. No twoosh for you!
  • NYT Keeps Readers In The Dark (that Scott Walker is Winning)

    05/26/2012 12:28:02 PM PDT · by mojito · 14 replies
    The American Interest ^ | 5/25/2012 | Walter Russell Mead
    Via Meadia has been watching the New York Times‘ coverage of the Wisconsin recall race with some bemusement. [....] Let us stipulate that in the view of the Times, Scott Walker is a skunk and a cad. And let us stipulate that everything bad in Wisconsin, all the ill feeling and all the turmoil is entirely because this sinister enemy of all that is noble and good has been riding roughshod over every decent principle in public life. But what Times readers will not learn from this piece is that the skunk is winning. Walker is overwhelmingly favored to win...
  • Judge: CalPERS can offer long-term care insurance to gay couples

    05/26/2012 12:04:17 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/26/12 | Dale Kasler
    In a major case involving gay rights at CalPERS, the nation's largest public pension fund has been ordered to offer its long-term care insurance program to same-sex partners of California workers. A federal judge in Oakland struck down portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that have prevented the California Public Employees' Retirement System from extending the insurance to gay spouses and domestic partners. In a ruling released Thursday, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken said the ban served no "legitimate governmental interest" and was apparently "motivated by anti-gay animus."
  • Obama Battles To Win Military Voters

    05/26/2012 12:00:25 PM PDT · by Innovative · 35 replies
    MyFoxLA ^ | May 26, 2012 | NewsCore
    In the last few weeks, President Barack Obama has reached out to military voters with the aim of slicing away pieces of what has been a reliable part of the Republican base. The most recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll shows that presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney leads Obama among military voters, but by eight percent. That single-digit difference is significant and it follows on the heels of other polls showing Obama performing well among veterans, particularly veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Warning signs for Obama on path to electoral votes- Seven States Viewed as Toss Ups

    05/26/2012 11:57:35 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 22 replies
    AP ^ | May 26, 2012 | By THOMAS BEAUMONT
    President Barack Obama faces new warning signs in a once-promising Southern state and typically Democratic-voting Midwestern states roughly five months before the election even as he benefits nationally from encouraging economic news. ... If the election were today, Obama would likely win 247 electoral votes to Romney's 206, according to an Associated Press analysis of polls, ad spending and key developments in states, along with interviews with more than a dozen Republican and Democratic strategists both inside and outside of the two campaigns.
  • Little-Known Democratic Challenger Emerges in Massachusetts Senate Race

    05/26/2012 11:54:51 AM PDT · by abb · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 26, 2012 | Abby Goodnough
    MIDDLETON, Mass. — As the lone Democrat seeking to challenge Elizabeth Warren in the Senate primary in Massachusetts, Marisa DeFranco has been ridiculed, admonished and, worst of all, ignored. But for the moment, Ms. DeFranco, an immigration lawyer with high energy and a scrappy band of volunteers, is enjoying a burst of momentum. She surprised party insiders by collecting enough valid signatures by the May 1 deadline — more than 10,000, gathered everywhere from town meetings to town dumps — to qualify for the Democratic primary on Sept. 6. If Ms. DeFranco clears one more hurdle — winning 15 percent...
  • Trump, Gingrich to Campaign With Romney

    05/26/2012 11:44:27 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 9 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 4-26-12 | Staff
    Former candidate Newt Gingrich and billionaire businessman Donald Trump will join presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at a campaign event on Tuesday at Trump’s International Hotel in Las Vegas, according to CNN. Trump, who told Newsmax Wednesday that he is considering launching his own super PAC to produce anti-Obama ads, announced in February that he was backing Romney after his own flirtation with running for the White House. He even enjoyed a brief turn in the polls as the frontrunner. Romney's campaign is raffling a chance to have dinner with Trump for supporters. Playing off Trump’s popular television show...