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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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Condi Rice endorses Mitt Romney: Is she a potential running mate?

Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State during the Presidency of George W. Bush, Wednesday endorsed Mitt Romney for President. Said Rice at a fundraiser in California: We care about the future of this country and the future of the world and I’m delighted to join so many friends here in supporting and, in my case, endorsing Gov. Mitt Romney for president of the United States. We have to defend the country, not just from (a position of) strength and power but from a sense of values of who we are. GOP insiders tell Capitol Hill Blue that Rice is on Romney’s
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Obama congratulates Romney for securing GOP nod while launching new attacks

President Barack Obama, saying he is looking forward to an “important and healthy debate about America’s future,” called presumptive GOP Presidential candidate Wednesday and congratulated him on clinching the number of delegates needed to secure the nomination. The call came as all verifiable counts showed Romney secured the nomination by winning the Texas primary Tuesday, pushing his delegate count well past the 1,144 needed to win the vote on the first ballot at the GOP convention in Tampa in August. “The call was brief and cordial,” said Romney campaign chairman Ben LeBolt and came while the Obama campaign launched a
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Uh, excuse us Mr. Romney, but how do you spell ‘America?’

Memo to Mitt Romney:  If you’re going to go high-tech, hire some folks who can spell. Romney’s campaign released a new iPhone app that allows the user to take a photo with the phone and then overlay a pro-Romney message.  One of the various messages available is supposed to say: “A Better America.” Only the graphic mangles “America” so that it comes out “Amercia.” We’re waiting for some conspiracy theorist to claim the typo proves Romney is a part of a CIA plan to seize control of America…or is it Amercia? The app was updated late Wednesday to fix the
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Mitt Romney clinches nomination with Texas win; Ron Paul strikes out in home state

All Mitt Romney needed to do in the Texas GOP primary Tuesday was win at least 38 percent of the vote to gather enough delegates to officially clinch the nomination for President. He pulled down 69 percent, picked up 97 of the proportionally awarded delegates and cleared the 1,144 total hurdle with numbers. The Republican National Committee and Associated Press count shows Romney with 1,183 delegates. “It’s over. Romney is the nominee,” GOP political strategist Jonathan Dalton told Capitol Hill Blue Tuesday night.  “Ron Paul’s faithful followers can pack the remaining state conventions and caucuses until the cows come home
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Anti-war sentiment runs rampant among Iraq and Afghan war veterans

During the Vietnam war, many who served in that controversial conflict became anti-war activists and some turned in their medals or tossed them over the fence at the White House. It’s happening again. Irag and Afghan war vets joined in the protests at last week’s NATO summit in Chicago.  At one point, a group of more than three dozen veterans of both conflicts lined up and threw their medals over a fence. Said former naval officer Leah Bolger: We’re standing up to the illegal wars of both NATO and America.  The atrocities have to stop.  We have to to make
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