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Apr 25, 2012
Romney says ‘Better America Begins Tonight’By Dan Balz and Philip Rucker, Washington Post
Mitt Romney, whose first campaign for the White House ended in failure and disappointment, claimed the Republican nomination Tuesday night after a five-state sweep and turned his full focus to the general election with a charge that President Obama has been a failure in office and a promise of a better America.Read More
GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney's victory address in Manchester, NH (CNN)
Victory on Arizona Immigration Law Could Cost Republicans in the Long RunBy Beth Reinhard, National Journal
If the Supreme Court rejects the Obama administration’s challenge to the Arizona immigration law, the ruling would be widely viewed as a victory for the Republican Party, whose leadership spearheaded the law in the state and championed its spirit nationwide. But at what cost?Read More From National Journal
Rob Portman is Likely Veep PickWith Major Garrett, National Journal
National Journal's White House correspondent Major Garrett talks to Charlie Rose and Erica Hill about Mitt Romney's five-state primary sweep and the upcoming presidential race.Watch Video
Warmth of Campus Spotlight Beckons Obama BackBy Peter Baker, New York Times
The arenas are rocking, the students are whooping and President Obama is feeling the love. “I love you back, I really do!” he calls out to thousands of young people packed to the rafters. When one shouts, “We believe in you!” he yells back, “I believe in you!” When he emphasizes a point, he calls out, “Can I get an amen?” For a president facing a tough re-election and a stubborn economy, there is no better amen corner, no more invigorating audience, than on campus.Read More
Marco Rubio Is This Election’s Sarah PalinBy John Dickerson, Slate
Marco Rubio is this year’s Sarah Palin. As a possible vice presidential pick, he is popular with the grassroots. He is an envoy to a key part of the electorate and has crossover political appeal. He has successfully bucked his party establishment, and those who have seen him work say he’s skilled. He’s an easy and talented campaigner, and he’d wow them in Tampa the way Palin did in St. Paul, Minn.* He is also fundamentally at odds with his potential running mate’s message and criteria for his vice president.Read More
Apr 24, 2012
Boehner: 1-in-3 Chance Democrats Could Take HouseBy Naftali Bendavid, Wall Street Journal
House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) is sending a cautionary message about the danger that the Democrats could retake the House in November, saying there is a one-in-three chance the GOP will lose its majority. “I would say that there is a two-in-three chance that we win control of the House again, but there’s a one-in-three chance that we could lose,” Mr. Boehner told Fox News in an interview to air Tuesday. “We’ve got a big challenge and we’ve got work to do.”
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio (CNN, File Photo)
Working-Class Concerns Don’t Cause Romney or Obama PainBy Lisa Lerer and Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg News
Amanda Thomas wanted to share with Mitt Romney her long list of worries: a health-care law that will hurt her husband’s business, the debt that will burden her 2-year-old daughter’s generation, and the financial anxieties of her parents in their golden years. “I’m worried about my baby and I’m worried about my parents,” she told the Republican presidential candidate, sitting at a picnic table in the Pittsburgh suburb of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.Read More
State Attorneys General: New Republican PowerBy Joan Biskupic, Reuters
In the ornate Chinese Ballroom of Washington's Mayflower Hotel, nine Republican state attorneys general gathered last month at a long, white-cloth covered table for an unusual news conference. One by one, as TV news cameras rolled, they catalogued their many lawsuits against President Barack Obama's administration.Read More
Redistricting Takes Some of the 'Swing' out of House FightsBy Susan Davis, USA TODAY
In the next decade, the battle for control of the House of Representatives will hinge on fewer races, incumbents will be tougher to beat, and the polarization that has come to define the institution in recent years is all but certain to continue. The process is wrapping up on 2012 redistricting — the once-a-decade politics-fueled redrawing of district lines because of population shifts — and one result, political analysts say, is the continued reduction of swing districts in which either party has potential to win and make up the battlefield that helps determine a majority.Read More
Review of White House Staff Shows No Misconduct in ColombiaBy Peter Baker, New York Times
The White House said on Monday that it had investigated its own staff members and concluded that none of them were involved in the prostitution scandal in Colombia that has ensnared members of the Secret Service and the military. Kathryn Ruemmler, the president’s counsel, conducted a review of the White House advance team that traveled to Cartagena in advance of President Obama’s trip there this month and “produced no indication of any misconduct,” said Jay Carney, the White House press secretary.Read More
Apr 23, 2012
Administration Torn on Secret Service Scandal ResponseBy Helene Cooper, The New York Times
Just before Air Force One begins its descent, a group of agents huddle in a cabin near the back to study a map, a diagram and a step-by-step itinerary detailing the president’s every move once he steps off the plane. It is an old ritual, this last operational run-through for the special agents of the presidential protective division, the most elite of the Secret Service agents and the last barrier between the commander in chief and a host of threats. This ritual is a big reason President Obama has been so reluctant to criticize the Secret Service, as the agency reels from a scandal over suspected misconduct involving prostitutes during a trip to Cartagena, Colombia.
The Great 2012 Debate: Who Broke the Economy?By Jim Tankersley, National Journal
Are you less-bad off today than you were four years ago? How about 10 years ago? Those are the questions rising to the top of the 2012 presidential campaign. The general-election contest between President Obama and his presumptive Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, is shaping up to be less a debate about how to get Americans back to work than it is a re-litigation of a decade of recent economic history.Read more
Is Romney Having Difficulty Raising Money?With John Harwood, CNBC
CNBC's John Harwood reports on the difficulty President Obama and the Republican candidates are facing raising money in a tough economic environment.Watch Video
Corzine, Amid Scandal, Is Among Obama's Top Bundlersby Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics
Jon Corzine -- under federal and congressional investigation following accusations that the securities firm he headed illegally took clients' funds before collapsing -- is among President Obama's top re-election campaign bundlers, raising at least $500,000, according to the campaign’s filing Friday with the Federal Election CommissionRead more
Does the Tea Party Have a Second Act?With Naftali Bendavid, The Wall Street Journal
Tough challenges to Republican Sens. Orrin Hatch and Richard Lugar will signal whether tea-party activists and their allies still have the power they wielded in 2010. Naftali Bendavid has details on The News Hub.Watch Video
Apr 20, 2012
At Least He Didn’t Call Him MoneybagsBy John Dickerson, Slate
Yesterday President Obama said he "wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth." This line was widely interpreted as a not-so-subtle dig at Mitt Romney, the wealthy son of a wealthy father. At first glance, that seemed plausible, though perhaps too subtle. The president's campaign would like you to think Romney was born with silver tea, soup, demitasse, grapefruit, and runcible spoons—not to mention that funny silver ladle we use just on Thanksgiving—in his mouth. But upon second look, the president wasn't talking about his Republican challenger. He was just talking.
Work in ProgressBy Greg Ip, The Economist
When Paul Ryan released his proposed federal budget a year ago, Mitt Romney greeted it coolly. He congratulated the House Budget Committee chairman for “setting the right tone”, but pointedly declined to endorse any of its details. The coolness was understandable. Mr Ryan’s budget was political dynamite. It proposed to slash income-tax rates, especially for the rich and businesses, and replace traditional Medicare with vouchers for the elderly to buy health insurance.
Secret Service Scandal: Ousted Agent 'Checked Out' PalinWith Pierre Thomas, ABC News
An agent involved in a sex scandal joked about the former governor on Facebook.
Rubio: Arizona Immigration Law Is Not a Model for the NationBy Beth Reinhard, National Journal
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said Thursday that he does not view Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigration as a “model,’’ distancing himself from presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who has embraced the legislation. The Cuban-American senator, who spoke at the University of Phoenix/National Journal's Next America forum in Washington, is viewed as a top name on Romney’s vice presidential shortlist.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. (CNN)
Poll Shows Romney's Recovery BeginsWith Laura Meckler, Wall Street Journal
Simon Constable and Bob O'Brien discuss the latest Wall Street Journal poll results with Laura Meckler, and John Bussey finds signs of U.S. manufacturing still happening, in South Carolina.