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May 24, 2012
Will Obama's Attacks on Romney Backfire?By Gloria Borger, CNN
As the presidential campaign veers off onto the Bain Capital ramp, the predictable arguments ensue: Is the turn simply a political attack meant to distract from bad economic news? (So says Mitt Romney). Or is it an important, valid argument at the heart of the contest? (So says President Barack Obama.)Read More
Romney Opens New Front vs Obama: Schools are FailingBy Sam Youngman and Laura MacInnis, Reuters
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney opened a new front on Wednesday in his fight against President Barack Obama, accusing him of presiding over a failing U.S. education system in the grip of union bosses who refuse to accept reforms.
Mitt Romney speaks in Philadelphia of a "crisis" in American education (CNN)
Romney’s CoreBy Major Garrett, National Journal
Mitt Romney, it turns out, has a core after all. You may remember that for months—dating back to October—President Obama’s most persistent criticism of Romney has been that he has no core. Chief strategist David Axelrod said it first, followed by senior White House adviser and 2008 Obama campaign manager David Plouffe.Read More from National Journal
When a Boy Found a Familiar Feel in a Pat of the Head of StateBy Jackie Calmes, New York Times
For decades at the White House, photographs of the president at work and at play have hung throughout the West Wing, and each print soon gives way to a more recent shot. But one picture of President Obama remains after three years.Read More
One Thing Certain as Egyptians Vote for President: The Outcome Will be a SurpriseBy Nancy A. Youssef and Hannah Allam, McClatchy Newspapers
In an historic first, Egyptians voted Wednesday for their next president, choosing from an array of competing candidates whose wildly divergent campaign platforms pledged everything from revolutionary, religion-based change to a return to the stability of the Hosni Mubarak-era, which came to an end with Mubarak’s ouster last year.Read More
May 23, 2012
CBO: Taxmageddon Would Throw U.S. Back into RecessionBy Lori Montgomery, Washington Post
Tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect in January would suck $607 billion out of the economy next year, plunging the nation at least briefly back into recession, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday. Unless lawmakers act, the economy is likely to contract in the first half of 2013 at an annualized rate of 1.3 percent, the CBO said, before returning to 2.3 percent growth later in the year.
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Poll: Obama, Romney in Dead Heat on EconomyBy Jon Cohen and Dan Balz, Washington Post
After months of aggressive campaigning on jobs and the economy, President Obama and Mitt Romney, his likely Republican challenger, are locked in a dead heat over who could fix the problem foremost on voters’ minds, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.Read More
Obama Targets Romney Economics in Bain AttacksWith Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg News
Bloomberg's Julianna Goldman reports that President Barack Obama cast his race against Republican Mitt Romney as a contest against a private-equity executive whose goal was maximizing profits, while the president’s job is to “figure out how everybody in the country has a fair shot.”Watch Video
Shafik? Aboul Fotouh? Mosri? Who Knows? Egyptian Outcome Really is UncertainBy Nancy A. Youssef and Amina Ismail, McClatchy Newspapers
Egypt has experienced many historic moments since Hosni Mubarak was toppled from the presidency 446 days ago, but Wednesday marks a true first – the first presidential election in Egypt’s history where voters don’t already know who the winner will be before they cast their ballots.Read More
In One Corner, a Champion of Government. In the Other, Its Foe.By John Harwood, New York Times
The currency of political persuasion is emotion — and the way President Obama and Mitt Romney are spending it crystallizes their starkly contrasting appeals. An Obama campaign video shows the president’s national political director, Katherine Archuleta, tearfully crediting Mr. Obama with having saved her daughter’s life. She portrays the president as a hero of government whose health care law assures her daughter, a cancer survivor, insurance coverage forever.Read More
May 22, 2012
Why Obama Is Doubling Down on Bain Capital Attacks Against RomneyBy Beth Reinhard, National Journal
Why is President Obama’s reelection campaign doubling down on its attacks on Mitt Romney’s business record at Bain Capital, despite blowback from some supporters? Because they might work. While many voters recall an image of "hope" and "change" from Obama’s successful 2008 campaign, he ran as many negative ads as GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona—and sometimes more. The message in those 2008 ads wasn’t so different from the anti-Romney theme today: The Republican nominee favors the wealthy at the expense of the struggling middle class. Voters bought it.
Presumptive Presidential nominees Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama (CNN)
Is GOP Stalling on Economy to Hurt Obama?By Charles Babington, Associated Press
Are Republican lawmakers deliberately stalling the economic recovery to hurt President Obama's reelection chances? Some top Democrats say yes, pointing to GOP stances on the debt limit and other issues, which they say are causing unnecessary economic anxiety and retarding growth. The latest Democratic complaint came after House Speaker John A. Boehner said last week that when Congress raises the nation's borrowing cap in early 2013, he will again insist on big spending cuts to offset the increase. Boehner (R., Ohio) continues to reject higher tax rates, which Democrats demand be imposed on the wealthy.Read More
Yemen Suicide Bombing Death Toll Nears 100 on Eve of Holiday: OfficialsWith Martha Raddatz, ABC News
An al Qaeda affiliate has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed at least 90 soldiers and injured hundreds more in Yemen's capital city today, on the eve of the nation's unification holiday.
Cory Booker’s Real MistakeBy John Dickerson, Slate
Cory Booker is a famous man of action. The mayor of Newark shovels walkways in heavy snowstorms. Recently, he rushed into a burning building to save a woman. Sunday night he was at it again, this time working fast to remove his foot from his mouth. On Sunday morning’s Meet the Press, Booker described President Obama's recent campaigns ads attacking Mitt Romney as "nauseating," comparing them to the foiled $10 million plan to remind voters that Obama was a longtime parishioner of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.Read More
Year After Tornado, Obama Salutes Joplin’s Power to Heal and GrowBy Peter Baker, New York Times
The clock at Joplin High School stopped a year ago at 5:40 p.m. The class of 2011 had just graduated, and students, parents and teachers were heading home when a powerful tornado ripped through town, destroying the school, much of the city and the lives of so many on a day that was supposed to be a celebration.Read More
May 21, 2012
Charting Obama’s Journey to a Shift on AfghanistanBy David E. Sanger, New York Times
It was just one brief exchange about Afghanistan with an aide late in 2009, but it suggests how President Obama’s thinking about what he once called “a war of necessity” began to radically change less than a year after he took up residency in the White House.Read More
European Woes Increase G-8 Summit TensionWith Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg News
Bloomberg's Julianna Goldman reports that President Obama pushed for a Euro zone growth package as leaders of the Group of Eight nations urged Greece to stay in the euro area, even as an increasingly isolated Germany said Europe can’t spend its way out of the debt crisis.Watch Video
Supply Lines Cast Shadow at NATO Meeting on Afghan WarBy Helene Cooper and Matthew Rosenberg, New York Times
President Obama was struggling to balance the United States’ relationship with two crucial but difficult allies on Sunday, after a deal to reopen supply lines through Pakistan to Afghanistan fell apart just as Mr. Obama began talks on ending the NATO alliance’s combat role in the Afghan war.
President Obama speaks at a NATO summit in Chicago with British Prime Minister David Cameron, left (CNN)Read More
Economy v. Favorability in Campaign 2012With John Dickerson, CBS News
CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Norah O'Donnell and CBS News Political Director John Dickerson on the real issues in Campaign 2012.Watch Video on CBS News
G-8 Leaders Endorse Policy of Economic GrowthBy Christi Parsons and Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
In a significant political victory for President Obama, the leaders of Germany and other European nations endorsed a policy of economic growth over austerity and emphasized that Greece, which is trying to battle its way out of a crippling debt crisis, should remain in the Eurozone. Meeting on the cloistered grounds of the presidential retreat here, the leaders of the Group of 8 industrialized nations said in a joint statement that Eurozone economies should work to narrow deficits through "fiscal consolidation" and that each country must decide for itself the best mix of policies for promoting economic recovery.Read More