February 2012

Feb 17, 2012

The Gentleman from Michigan

By Todd S. Purdum, Vanity Fair

In an election year in which the corrosiveness of politics seems to reach a new high every month, and the bitterness of the G.O.P.-nomination fight a new low with each primary and caucus, I thought it might be instructive to spend a moment with the man who has arguably seen more of politics than anyone else still active in Washington, Representative John D. Dingell of Michigan, the Dean of the House.
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Romney now trailing Santorum in Mich.

With John Dickerson, CBS News

CBS News political director John Dickerson offers analysis of the GOP presidential race as the Michigan primary approaches.

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Obama’s Trip West Fills His Campaign’s Coffers

By Helene Cooper, New York Times

If there were any doubts that President Obama had plunged fully into his re-election campaign, they were erased on Thursday as the president spent an entire day hopscotching some of California’s fanciest neighborhoods in search of dollars to finance his bid for a second term.
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Santorum Fights Back Against Romney in Detroit

By Samuel P. Jacobs, with Sam Youngman, Reuters

Republican White House hopeful Rick Santorum defended himself against attacks from Mitt Romney on Thursday as his hopes rose of dealing a heavy blow in Michigan to his main rival, who was the party front-runner before falling behind in national polls.
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Former Senator Rick Santorum speaks in Novi, MI (CNN)

Another Doomed Exercise

By Greg Ip, The Economist

Back in 2009 Barack Obama’s first budget called for repealing his predecessor’s tax cuts on the rich, eliminating tax breaks for multinationals and boosting the tax rate on capital gains. A year later Mr Obama repeated those proposals, and added new ones: no more breaks for fossil-fuel producers and a “financial crisis responsibility fee” on banks.
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Feb 16, 2012

Mitt Romney, Donald Trump Raise Campaign Cash at New York Bankruptcy Law Firm

By Karen Tumulty, Washington Post

Where in the world has Mitt Romney been? There were no public events on his schedule today, except for an appearance this evening at an office furniture manufacturer near Grand Rapids, Mich. The campaign has been uncommunicative about where he was and what he’s been doing.
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Economy Boosts Obama in New Poll

With John Harwood, CNBC

CNBC's John Harwood has the details on a new poll which shows President Obama's popularity is on the rise.

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to endorse Romney

By Dan Balz and Aaron Blake, Washington Post

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) will endorse Mitt Romney for president at a luncheon on Thursday, according to two sources with knowledge of his decision. MIRS news reported Wednesday evening that the two men will appear together at a luncheon Thursday for a “major announcement.”
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Congress hammers out deal to extend payroll tax cut

By Susan Davis, USA TODAY

Congress reached an agreement late Wednesday to extend the temporary payroll tax cut and long-term unemployment benefits for an additional 10 months as part of a $150 billion legislative compromise. Lawmakers are likely to pass the bill and send it to President Obama by the end of the week.
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Santorum's Surge

By Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times

When this year's presidential campaign began, Rick Santorum looked like a fringe candidate, consigned permanently to the outside edge of an overcrowded debate stage. But as earlier conservative front-runners sputtered, Santorum plugged away, sticking doggedly to his unfashionable message of uncompromising social conservatism.
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GOP Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum in Tioga, ND (CNN)

Feb 15, 2012

Obama welcomes Chinese vice president at start of U.S. tour

By Christi Parsons, Los Angeles Times

President Obama greeted the Chinese heir apparent in the Oval Office on Tuesday morning, a venue where the U.S. president usually receives only the nation's closest friends. But even as the two countries eye one another warily, the Obama administration wants to keep its options open with Vice President Xi Jinping as he prepares to take his place as president next year.

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Can Rick Santorum become more than ‘not Romney’?

By Dan Balz, The Washington Post

This is Rick Santorum’s week — in the polls, that is. It was his week last week, too, at least on Tuesday night, when he won Republican presidential primary contests in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado. He got no guaranteed delegates, but those victories surely turned him into the latest matinee idol of conservatives and gave him a tremendous boost in the polls.


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