May 2012

May 22, 2012

Cory Booker’s Real Mistake

By 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.

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Yemen Suicide Bombing Death Toll Nears 100 on Eve of Holiday: Officials

With 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.

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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.

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Why Obama Is Doubling Down on Bain Capital Attacks Against Romney

By 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.

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Presumptive Presidential nominees Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama (CNN)

May 21, 2012

G-8 Leaders Endorse Policy of Economic Growth

By 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.

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Economy v. Favorability in Campaign 2012

With 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.

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Supply Lines Cast Shadow at NATO Meeting on Afghan War

By 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.

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President Obama speaks at a NATO summit in Chicago with British Prime Minister David Cameron, left (CNN)

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European Woes Increase G-8 Summit Tension

With 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.

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Charting Obama’s Journey to a Shift on Afghanistan

By 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.

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May 18, 2012

Romney’s Path

By Beth Reinhard, National Journal

Stuart Stevens, Mitt Romney’s top campaign strategist, talks about the race against President Obama. Edited excerpts of his interview with National Journal follow.

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Magnate Steps Into 2012 Fray on Wild Pitch

By Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg, New York Times

Joe Ricketts, an up-by-the-bootstraps billionaire whose varied holdings include a name-brand brokerage firm in Omaha, a baseball team in Chicago, herds of bison in Wyoming and a start-up news Web site in New York, wanted to be a player in the 2012 election. On Thursday he was, though not in the way he had intended.

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Clinton and Reagan Draw Praise (but Not From Whom You’d Think)

By Peter Baker, New York Times

It says something about American politics that it has come to this: For the record, Bill Clinton does not actually support Mitt Romney for president no matter how many times Mr. Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, cites him in his speeches. And for that matter, just for clarity, Ronald Reagan certainly would not be supporting President Obama, either.

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