April 2012

Apr 24, 2012

Working-Class Concerns Don’t Cause Romney or Obama Pain

By 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.

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Boehner: 1-in-3 Chance Democrats Could Take House

By 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.”

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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio (CNN, File Photo)

Apr 23, 2012

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.

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Corzine, Amid Scandal, Is Among Obama's Top Bundlers

by 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 Commission

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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.

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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.

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Administration Torn on Secret Service Scandal Response

By 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.

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Apr 20, 2012

Poll Shows Romney's Recovery Begins

With 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.
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Rubio: Arizona Immigration Law Is Not a Model for the Nation

By 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.
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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. (CNN)

Secret Service Scandal: Ousted Agent 'Checked Out' Palin

With Pierre Thomas, ABC News

An agent involved in a sex scandal joked about the former governor on Facebook.

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Work in Progress

By 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.
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At Least He Didn’t Call Him Moneybags

By 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.
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