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July 2, 2012
The governor has consistently described the mandate as a penalty…[President Obama] insisted publicly and to the members of Congress that the mandate was not a tax. After it passed the Congress, he sent his solicitor general up to court to argue that it was a tax. Now he is back to arguing that it’s not a tax.
Romney senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom • During an interview on MSNBC, saying that President Obama has been the true flip-flopper on how the ACA individual mandate’s penalties should be classified.  Following last week’s Supreme Court ruling on the matter, many conservatives have been quick to call the individual mandate a tremendous tax hike, with Rush Limbaugh going so far as to say it will be “the biggest tax increase in the history of the world.” While that’s since been proven untrue, it’s a bit surprising to see the Romney camp bucking the party-line on this issue, especially since they were falling in line just a few days agosource (viafollow)
15:26 // 1 year ago
June 26, 2012

Romney, Biden clash over efforts to revive the economy

  • romney During a speech on Tuesday, Mitt Romney blasted “Obamacare”, and attacked President Obama for not focusing on immigration reform or the truly “big issue” — fixing the American economy.
  • biden Vice President Joe Biden pushed back against Romney’s comments during a speech this afternoon. Biden touted Romney’s record of job creation, “In Singapore. And China. And India.” source

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21:36 // 1 year ago
June 22, 2012

Republicans probably aren’t going to like this ad, wherein the son of two proud Republicans “comes out” as a Democrat (much to his parent’s horror). Nevertheless, it’s a significant enough departure from most political ads that we think it warrants mentioning. While it was put out by Ryan Combe, a Democrat running for Congress in Utah, it’s less an ad for Combe—who makes but a brief appearance at the end—and more an ad for the Democratic party in general. Utah is an extremely Republican state, and Combe’s thinking seems to be that there are plenty of potential Democratic voters who, were they more educated on the party’s platform, would happily help elect more Democrats. Will it work? Who knows, but it’s at least a new approach.  source

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17:41 // 1 year ago
June 21, 2012
Some people have asked if I will let stand the president’s executive order. The answer is that I will put in place my own long-term solution that will replace and supersede the president’s temporary measure.
Mitt Romney • During a speech at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference on Thursday morning. Romney has come under fire from some in his own party for not saying he would overturn President Obama’s recent immigration-reforming executive order. While he would not elaborate on any plan(s) he might have, Romney did offer a few thoughts on our current system. “Our immigration system should help promote strong families, not keep them apart,” he said, adding, “Our nation benefits when moms and dads and their kids are all living together under the same roof. “ source (viafollow)
15:52 // 1 year ago
June 17, 2012

Happy Father’s Day: How Obama and Romney are celebrating

  • obama President Obama spent the weekend in Chicago with friends and family, a trip they haven’t made together in a couple of years. They also attended the wedding of adviser Valerie Jarrett’s daughter. This morning, he hit the links at the Beverly Country Club.
  • romney Mitt Romney’s bus (or plane) tour starts this weekend in Ohio. Some of his family decided to all pitch in to help serve pancakes during the third day of the “Every Town Counts” tour. “Let’s wish a happy Father’s Day to my dad,” said Craig Romney.  source

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16:40 // 1 year ago
June 14, 2012

Journalism shrine The Newseum ironically not always friendly for reporters

  • Obama Back in March, journalists and free speech advocates were up in arms after President Obama had reporters escorted out of the room prior to accepting questions from attendees of the Business Roundtable at the Newseum in Washington, DC.
  • Romney Last night, following a 28-minute speech given to executive attendees of the Business Roundtable at the Newseum, Mitt Romney’s campaign did the same thing. The Newseum, BTW, has a 74-foot-tall First Amendment tablet on the building’s exterior. source

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15:42 // 1 year ago
May 29, 2012

Birthers: Now available in collegiate conspiracy theorist form

  • $20,000 Obama transcript bounty source

» So what does The Trenches hope to prove? According to an updated press release, based on the current state of the economy, the people behind The Trenches (the conservative website behind the bounty) aren’t convinced that Barack Obama was as good a student as he’s claimed. “You’ve had over three years to vet President Barack Obama. Yet in three years in office…you have either been oddly uninterested or purposefully ignorant of Barack Obama’s educational history,” reads the site, adding, “You were, however, quite interested in George Bush’s transcripts.”

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14:56 // 1 year ago
May 17, 2012
Joe Ricketts is a registered independent, a fiscal conservative, and an outspoken critic of the Obama administration, but he is neither the author nor the funder of the so-called ‘Ricketts Plan’.
TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts • In a statement, released via End Spending Action Fund President Brian Baker, denying allegations he intended to implement the “Ricketts Plan” unveiled by the New York Times on Thursday. The plan called for a renewed attack on President Obama’s prior-association with the highly controversial Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Presumed Republican nominee Mitt Romney distanced himself from the ads, and campaign manager Matt Rhoades told reporters, “It’s clear President Obama’s team is running a campaign of character assassination. We repudiate any efforts on our side to do so.” source (viafollow)
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May 15, 2012
11:04 // 1 year ago
May 11, 2012

Are our presidential candidates bullies? Should we care?

  • bully Yesterday, a Washington Post story revealed that when Mitt Romney was a child in the 1960s, he bullied students in his school — the exclusive Cranbrook School in Michigan — including an incident where he cut a young boy’s hair against his will. Romney apologized for the incident Thursday, which took over the news cycle.
  • bullier? Because, hey, Obama wrote a book describing his childhood, conservative commentators such as Sean Hannity are looking at an incident where the president admits to teasing and shoving a young girl. Can we all agree that Mitt Romney and Obama made mistakes as kids, and moved beyond them? source

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12:10 // 1 year ago