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Newslinks for Thursday Feb 16: Romney struggles in Michigan as national polling shows big Santorum lead

Posted on 02/16/2012

Mitt Romney can't count on home-state advantage in Michigan

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""Michigan's been my home, and this is personal," Romney says in a new TV ad that features vintage black-and-white photos, including one of a teen-aged Mitt and his square-jawed father, the state's late governor, George Romney. ... Polls indicate that Michigan could go either way, making Romney's attempt at repositioning himself a particularly acute task in this state, the first in the industrial Midwest to award delegates and a place where a loss could be shattering. ... Romney is reverting to the formula that worked earlier this year: He's going negative against his main opponent and leveling an intense media barrage that the other side hasn't got the resources to counter." - LA Times

  • Romney says he cares 'very deeply' about auto industry - LA Times
  • "Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, one of the final holdouts of the state’s Republican establishment, will endorse Mitt Romney Thursday." - WSJ
  • Romney targets auto bailout in battle for Michigan - AP
  • The character of the Chinese government—one that marries aspects of the free market with suppression of freedom—shouldn't become the norm - Mitt Romney for the WSJ

Latest polling shows Santorum with a big lead

Screen shot 2011-12-29 at 11.03.34"A new Rasmussen survey shows Rick Santorum has jumped to a 12-point lead over Mitt Romney nationally in the race for the GOP presidential nomination. Santorum leads with with 39%, followed by Mitt Romney at 27%, Newt Gingrich at 15% and Ron Paul at 10%. Key finding: "Perhaps more tellingly, Santorum now trounces Romney 55% to 34% in a one-on-one matchup among likely GOP primary voters. This is the first time any challenger has led Romney nationally in a head-to-head match-up."" - PoliticalWire

  • Santorum releases four years of tax returns - USA Today
  • Democrats keeping an eye on surging Rick Santorum - LA Times
  • Is Romney’s campaign running out of money? - Hot Air

Gingrich trying to win delegates in Michigan

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"“My prediction is that if Mitt Romney goes and attacks Santorum as negatively as he attacked me in Florida and elsewhere, that what you’re going to see is he’ll peel votes off Santorum, but they’re going to come to me, they’re not going to go to Romney,” Gingrich said on the FOX News show, “On The Record.”" - CNN

  • "The Super PAC promoting Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign is unleashing radio ads Thursday in three key states as well as nationally on popular conservative talk shows." - WSJ

Congressional negotiators reach payroll deal

Screen shot 2011-03-29 at 11.20.21"Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) emerged from a Capitol meeting room to say the agreement — hashed out by a bicameral, bipartisan conference committee — would garner enough support to move forward in both chambers." - Politico

  • "The deal, such as it is, seems like less of a triumph for Congress than the mere prevention of disaster. Neither party had wanted to see the payroll tax go up in an election year with a weak economy nor did they want unemployment benefits to cease." - National Journal

House Republicans delay vote on transportation bill

Screen shot 2010-11-17 at 20.42.02"House Speaker John Boehner told his Republican caucus Wednesday that the House will postpone voting on a massive transportation and energy bill... The move was a sign that GOP leaders were still struggling to put together the votes to pass the measure that funds highway programs and includes several energy measures, including drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), and approval of the Keystone XL pipeline." - CNN

  • Keystone Pipeline fate in U.S. in limbo but construction moves forward in Canada - Fox News
  • GOP eases its culture of ‘no’ - Politico

Sen. Marco Rubio taking an active role in opposing Obama's diplomatic record

Screen shot 2011-01-31 at 10.19.38"Sen. Marco Rubio isn’t waiting for a vice presidential offer to go after President Barack Obama: He’s been locked in a quiet battle with the White House for months, blocking key diplomatic appointments in hopes of getting his say on foreign policy. The Rubio-Obama administration skirmish — sloppy, confusing and still largely unresolved — could presage an even bigger, sloppier and more confusing Rubio-Obama political battle this fall." - Politico

Rep. Allen West: Democratic handouts an 'insidious form of slavery'

Allen west""Our party firmly believes in the safety net," West said in a late Wednesday floor speech. "We reject the idea of the safety net becoming a hammock. "For this reason, the Republican value of minimizing government dependence is particularly beneficial to the poorest among us," he continued. "Conversely, the Democratic appetite for ever-increasing redistributionary handouts is in fact the most insidious form of slavery remaining in the world today, and it does not promote economic freedom."" - The Hill

Some Senate candidates are held back by House membership

"In the 15 races ranked as most competitive... Republicans could field current or recently departed House members in eight of them; Democratic House members are top candidates in four Senate races. Races that were not supposed to be all that close are looking more like barn-burners, in large part because one of the standard-bearers carries the millstone of his or her current position: member of the House." - New York Times

  • Nevada and Massachusetts are the key to Senate control - Roll Call
  • Claire McCaskill: Obama loyalist to the end - Politico

Chris Christie defends lower flags for Whitney Houston - Politico

Obama is busy campaigning in California again 

Screen shot 2011-03-29 at 11.13.54"At the posh home of a Hollywood soap opera producer, the president urged Democrats to mobilize, telling supporters... "People out there are hurting and they need us to do more," Obama said on a star-studded night that included a performance by the Foo Fighters and appearances by actors Jack Black and Rashida Jones."- AP

  • "Government spends taxpayer dollars and liberals want to spend more of them. But what sets Mr. Obama apart—what places him in a category of one—is how eager he is to find ways outside the normal appropriations process to fund his schemes in the name of fairness, or to make them appear free." - Karl Rove in the WSJ ($)
  • CNN Poll: Obama approval rating back to 50% mark
  • Nate Silver says the fundamentals now point to an Obama re-election

Pentagon eyeing future cuts to nuclear arsenal

Pentagon"Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the committee there are internal discussions under way about the number of nuclear weapons America will have in the future. The talks, Dempsey said in his testimony before the committee, were in preparation for upcoming meetings with Russia on the matter. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Arizona, called the idea "reckless lunacy." Rep. William "Mac" Thornberry, R-Texas, said the concept has him "very concerned."" - CNN

California Congresswoman calls conservative leaders 'demons'

"California Congresswoman Maxine Waters' rant last weekend at the California Democrats State Convention in San Diego... described House Majority leader Eric Cantor and Speaker of the House John Boehner as “demons” who are “destroying this country”" - Nile Gardiner

George Will: Supreme Court should take on New York City’s rent control laws - Washington Post

Polling: Conservatives would support Israeli military action on Iran

Screen shot 2011-04-09 at 13.13.45"Fully 71% of conservative Republicans think the U.S. should support Israel’s military action if they attack Iran, compared with 43% of moderate and liberal Republicans. A majority of independents and Democrats (including both liberal and more moderate Democrats) think the U.S. should stay neutral." - Weekly Standard

  • Dept. of Homeland Security 'concerned' over threats from Iran - Fox News

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