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Mark Halperin / The Page:
Romney Talks  —  In a 36-minute Wednesday Manhattan interview with Mark Halperin, Romney pushes back on President Obama's Bain attack, predicts he can drive unemployment down to six percent by the end of his first term and says he wants Washington to sit still during the lame-duck session.
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Steven Rattner / New York Times:
Op-Ed Contributor: Creating Jobs Wasn't Romney's Job  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA started his general election campaign by taking aim at Mitt Romney's job creation record at Bain, setting off a lively debate over the fairness of the attacks.  —  I am among those who have been drawn into the argument …
thepage.time.com:
The Complete Romney Interview Transcript  —  Halperin: So Governor, the economy is the big issue in this campaign.  I want to talk about a range of things, as much as we can fit in in the time, but, obviously, jobs is the biggest issue.  You've started to tell people what you believe in …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Romney vows to lower jobless rate in first term to 6 percent
Discussion: CNN, Algemeiner.com and Mediaite
thepage.time.com:
The Romney Interview Transcript - Fiscal Cliff
Discussion: Washington Wire and ThinkProgress
Madeleine Morgenstern / TheBlaze.com:
FAKE EXPLICIT IMAGE OF S.E. CUPP REPORTEDLY APPEARS IN HUSTLER (GRAPHIC)  —  The Blaze has been alerted to a fake explicit image apparently published in Hustler magazine depicting GBTV host and conservative commentator S.E. Cupp engaged in a sex act with what appears to be a penis in her mouth.
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Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
Will S.E. Cupp Sue Hustler?  —  S.E. Cupp, a conservative commentator who works for GBTV, is in a bit of a pickle.  She appears in Hustler, but not in the way you might think.  The Blaze, a sister company to GBTV that is owned by Mercury Inc. which is owned by Glenn Beck …
Phil Elmore / Twitchy:
Weaponized misogyny: Hustler punishes S.E. Cupp for pro-life views with explicit fake image
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
White Resentment, Obama, and Appalachia  —  Steve Kornacki tries to do the math on Obama's unpopularity throughout Appalachia: … I think that “Chalking this up up only to race” is a strawman, and its one that I often see writers invoke when talking about white resentment and Obama.
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Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Obama struggles in Kentucky, Arkansas  —  President Barack Obama continued to have trouble on Tuesday performing in Democratic primaries in traditionally conservative states, barely eking out wins in Kentucky and Arkansas.  —  The president didn't even have an opponent in Kentucky …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Kentucky, Arkansas primaries: Is it racism?
John Fund / National Review:
Obama's Primary Challengers
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Alec MacGillis / The New Republic:
A Gift For Snickering Pundits: A Map
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Free speech moment: Standing with Stacy McCain, Patterico, Liberty Chick, and Aaron Walker  —  I know what it's like to find out that you've been targeted for violence — real violence, as in being targeted for death by an extremist who has picked out his target based on nothing more than writing about politics.
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
‘He Has No F-king Soul’  —  Today there is a massive Memeorandum aggregation about convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin, including one on an article by my filmmaker buddy Ladd Ehlinger Jr.:  —  What Did Barbara Streisand Know ...  And When Did She Know It?
FilmLadd Blogs:
What Did Barbra Streisand Know...
Washington Post:
After President Obama's announcement, opposition to same-sex marriage hits record low  —  Public opinion continues to shift in favor of same-sex marriage, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, which also finds initial signs that President Obama's support for the idea may have changed a few minds.
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CNN:
Powell favors same-sex marriage  —  (CNN) - Gen. Colin Powell said Wednesday on CNN's “The Situation Room” that he supports legal same-sex marriage, either at the state or federal level.  —  “I have no problem with it,” he said in the interview, which will air at 5 p.m. ET.
Discussion: Reuters and msnbc.com
Matt Vasilogambros / The Atlantic Online:
Colin Powell to Romney on Foreign Policy: ‘Come on, Mitt, Think’
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Colin Powell not ready to endorse Obama, questions Romney foreign policy
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS and Algemeiner.com
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
“Pro-Choice” Americans at Record-Low 41%  —  Americans now tilt “pro-life” by nine-point margin, 50% to 41%  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The 41% of Americans who now identify themselves as “pro-choice” is down from 47% last July and is one percentage point below the previous record low in Gallup trends, recorded in May 2009.
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans' Views of Biden Remain Divided
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
Actually, the Obama spending binge really did happen  —  Until Barack Obama took office in 2009, the United States had never spent more than 23.5% of GDP, with the exception of the World War II years of 1942-1946.  Here's the Obama spending record:  — 25.2% of GDP in 2009  — 24.1% of GDP in 2010
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Donovan Slack / Politico:
Carney: Don't buy into GOP ‘B.S.’
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Alan Simpson flips out at Calif. seniors  —  The nice thing about being out of office?  You can say whatever you please.  —  Which is exactly what former Sen. Alan Simpson did in a harsh letter he sent to the California Alliance for Retired Americans and which was obtained by POLITICO:
Jodi Jacobson / RH Reality Check:
American Airlines Rejects Female Passenger Because Political Pro-Choice T-Shirt is “Inappropriate”  —  Yesterday I attended a meeting of pro-choice colleagues working to ensure women throughout this country get safe, compassionate abortion care.  Today, I received an email from one of those colleagues …
Orlando Sentinel:
Several George Zimmerman witnesses change their accounts  —  Evidence released last week in the second-degree-murder case against George Zimmerman shows four key witnesses made major changes in what they say they saw and heard the night he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford.
Dave Levinthal / Politico:
Congress wins fight for election docs  —  Responding to the threat of a congressional subpoena, the Federal Election Commission this afternoon released reams of previously secret documents that detail how it enforces election law.  —  It appears to end — for the moment …
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Debbie Siegelbaum / Ballot Box:   FEC turns over confidential documents to House lawmakers
Katie Wiedemann / KCRG-TV:
Man Arrested for OWI with Zebra, Parrot in Front Seat of Truck  —  The zebra and parrot at the Reiter's home in Cascade.  (KCRG/The Gazette)  —  DUBUQUE, Iowa - It sounds like the beginning of a joke.  A man, a zebra, a parrot walk into a bar.  —  A Cascade man was arrested outside …
Bloomberg:
About Peter R Orszag  —  History Shows U.S. Can Stimulate Now, Cut Later  —  From 2017 to 2022, Social Security's normal retirement age is scheduled to gradually increase to 67.  And I'll bet that not only happens as planned, but does so with little fanfare — which is pretty …
Hannah Furness / Telegraph:
Will.I.Am attends climate change talk in helicoper  —  Musician Will.I.Am has been criticised for arriving at a climate change debate in a private helicopter, producing the same amount of CO2 most people do in a month.  —  It is understood the journey, which is a 286 mile round-trip from London …
Discussion: American Power
Harvey Golub / Wall Street Journal:
How the Recovery Went Wrong  —  Of the 11 recoveries in the last 60 years, this one is at or near the bottom in job growth and every other economic indicator.  —  President Obama, in speech after speech, proudly makes the following point: Although we inherited the worst recession since the Great Depression …
Nancy Pelosi / Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Letter to Boehner: Allow House to Vote Now on Permanent Extension of Middle Income Tax Cuts  —  Washington, D.C. - Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today called on Speaker Boehner to bring a permanent extension of the middle income tax cuts to the House floor immediately and use …
Discussion: Washington Wire and Firedoglake
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Conservative Fantasy History of Civil Rights  —  Ronald Reagan, Strom Thurmond, and other civil rights heroes.  Not pictured: black people.  —  The civil rights movement, once a controversial left-wing fringe, has grown deeply embedded into the fabric of our national story.
 
 
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Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Powell Asks Romney To Be More ‘Mature’ And Realistic When Talking Foreign Policy
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Indelible Image of Boy's Pat on Obama's Head
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Hawaii sends Arizona verification of Obama's birth
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's Blog
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Pennsylvania Legislature Will Consider Defunding Planned Parenthood
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