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A ‘Summertime Blues’ tour of Washington

Take a one-minute musical tour of the National Mall in Washington, DC, courtesy of Capitol Hill Blue, Doug Thompson Media and Brian Setzer, who offers his twist on the late Eddie Cochran‘s “Summertime Blues.” Summertime Blues.  Kinda describes the situation facing many voters in this lackluster election year.  
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Walker survives recall, scores win for Republicans, Tea Party

When the votes came in on the effort to recall controversial Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, it wasn’t even close. Republican Walker kept job, trouncing Milwaukee Republican Mayor Tom Barrett by 10 points — 55 to 45 percent. The divisive Walker, who rammed through legislation to strip Wisconsin’s public sector unions of collective bargaining power, now says he wants to be a “uniter” and says he will invite all members of the state legislature — Democrat and Republican for brats, burgers and beer. Said Walker: Tomorrow is the day after the election and tomorrow we are no longer opponents. Tomorrow we
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Obama, Clinton schmooze Wall Street fatcats and entertainment ‘elite’

So much for the “man of the people.” President Barack Obama, with former prez Bill Clinton in tow, flew into New York Monday to schmooze the rich and powerful and take in the big bucks from Wall Street fatcats and entertainment millionaires. Some might find the President’s action hypocritical at best and two-face at worst.  The incumbent President who bashes Wall Street and launches non-stop barrages at GOP challenger Mitt Romney‘s success heading a private equity firm turns the other cheek and seeks campaign cash from the same people he demonizes. And he does it with a former President who
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Duck and cover: The political mud is already flying

  Keep a towel handy.  The airwaves ad war between President Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney is heating up and the mud is flying. The Obama campaign is out with new spots showing Repbublicans attacking Romney’s economic record in primary debates along with another that claims Romney had the “worst economic record in history” as governor of Massachusetts. Romney’s ad team is targeting the newest sluggish record on jobs and zeroing in on the President’s inexperience. Meanwhile, surrogates from both sides toured the weekend talk show circuit with attacks on their opponents. And, officially, the “real” campaign season
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Shades of Nixon? Obama uses “enemies list” to target, harass private citizens

The Obama White House is targeting Republicans with a Nixon-style “enemies list” by using a “truth squad” that releases inaccurate information about donors to presumptive GOP Presidential nominee. The practice has many prominent Democrats concerned that the Obama campaign — as it is doing with the attacks on Romney’s record while head of Bain Capital — is going too far in an all-out effort to win re-election in November. “The Obama campaign appears to have taken a page from Nixon’s reelection campaign playbook,” says prominent Democratic pollster Doug Schoen.  “They are now mounting attacks on private individuals.” Says FactCheck.Org about
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New GOP Strategy: Social issues? We don’t need no stinkin’ social issues

Republicans — recognizing that social issues don’t win elections — are backing away from hot button topics like abortion, religion, birth control, gay marriage and other polarizing positions advocated by extreme wings of the party. Instead the new focus is on jobs, jobs and — you guessed it — jobs. Recent internal polls and focus groups have sent the party a message:  the public doesn’t really give a damn about President Barack Obama’s position on gay marriage, doesn’t care about a constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, doesn’t vote for a candidate
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Bill Clinton praises Romney’s record at Bain Capital

Former President Bill Clinton joined the growing ranks of uneasy Democrats Thursday, telling CNN that he came to praise Mitt Romney for his record at Bain Capital, not bury the presumptive GOP nominee. Clinton became the highest-profile Democrat to publicly question incumbent President — and fellow Democrat — Barack Obama’s campaign strategy for attacking Romney for his record while running Bain Capital. The former President’s remarks showcase growing concern within Democratic ranks about the riskiness of the campaign ploy in what has become an increasingly competitive campaign for the White House. Said Clinton: I don’t think that we ought to
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Want to say ‘Mitt is it?’ Try wearing a Mitt is the Sh-t tee

Hey, Mitt is it. And that’s no shit. At least that’s the message from Urban Outfitters where those who think Mitt is it can shell out 28 bucks for a t-shirt that proclaims “Mitt is the shit.” While it’s probably not the campaign slogan that those who run Mitt Romney‘s operation would sanction it is one way to be hip and say Mitt is it…so to speak. Marketeers have longed used Presidential campaigns to make money. During the 2008 campaign, “Another mama for Obama” shirts were popular just as “Another bimbo for Bonzo” tees popped up in 1980 and 1984
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Romney gaining ground with women, tied with Obama in battleground states

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who clinched the GOP nomination with a win in the Texas primary Tuesday, is climbing in the polls and with a key constituency: Women voters. New polls released this week showed Romney and incumbent President Barack Obama in dead heats in key battleground states and the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll reveals a “sharp advance” in Romney’s favorability rating. “We see areas of concern,” a top Democratic strategist admitted to Capitol Hill Blue Wednesday night. Obama’s approval rating among women voters dropped 21 points in the last month while Romney’s rating is up 13 points. 
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