April 2012

Apr 26, 2012

10 Questions for Timothy F. Geithner

By John Harwood, New York Times

The attacks on Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner that marked the early part of the Obama administration have died down somewhat as the economy has recovered. But struggles in Europe have created new economic challenges as Mr. Geithner serves out the remaining months of Mr. Obama’s first term, as the president implored him to.

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Obama to Launch Campaign With Ohio, Va. Rallies

By Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics

Ohio and Virginia -- he's back! President Obama and wife Michelle will officially launch the president's re-election campaign May 5 with rallies in Columbus and Richmond, his campaign announced Wednesday.

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Supreme Court Examines Arizona Immigration Law

With Pete Williams, NBC News

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Two Parties Find a Way to Agree, and Disagree, on Student Loan Rates

By Peter Baker and Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times

As President Obama wrapped up a barnstorming tour of college campuses in swing states on Wednesday, Democrats and Republicans agreed that they wanted to avoid a steep increase in the student loan interest rate this summer. But the chief issue remained unsettled: how to pay the cost of doing so.

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Apr 25, 2012

Marco Rubio Is This Election’s Sarah Palin

By 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.

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Warmth of Campus Spotlight Beckons Obama Back

By 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.

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Rob Portman is Likely Veep Pick

With 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.

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Victory on Arizona Immigration Law Could Cost Republicans in the Long Run

By 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?

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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.

GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney's victory address in Manchester, NH (CNN)

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Apr 24, 2012

Review of White House Staff Shows No Misconduct in Colombia

By 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.

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Redistricting Takes Some of the 'Swing' out of House Fights

By 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.

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State Attorneys General: New Republican Power

By 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.

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