Newslinks for Friday March 3: Obama faces rebellion from Democrats on gas pricesPosted on 03/09/2012
Eleven Democrat Senators join Republicans to back Keystone pipeline - Politico
"The 11 Democratic defections were Sens. Max Baucus (Mont.), Mark Begich (Alaska), Bob Casey (Pa.), Kent Conrad (N.D.), Kay Hagan (N.C.), Mary Landrieu (La.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Jon Tester (Mont.) and Jim Webb (Va.)." - The Hill
PowerLine writes: "I think it is safe to say that Barack Obama and the Democrats own the price of gasoline"
Jennifer Rubin reports Romney's words on pipeline.
- "Republicans--along with the oil industry, which is running a nationwide advertising campaign about energy supplies -- have been attacking Obama on the campaign trail for failing to fully exploit traditional oil and gas resources while Americans are financially stretched. Democrats and their environmental supporters counter that the president must weigh the benefits of fossil fuels against their environmental impact and the importance of promoting renewable energy." - Washington Post
"The federal government recorded its worst monthly deficit in history in February, according to a preliminary report Wednesday from the Congressional Budget Office that said the deficit in fiscal year 2012 is already more than half a trillion dollars." - The Washington Times
- The case for antitax absolutism -William Voegeli for City Journal
GOP House members are having troubles agreeing budget strategy
"Conservatives are pressing House Speaker John A. Boehner (Ohio) and other GOP leaders to slash 2013 agency budgets below levels set during last year’s debt-limit showdown, arguing that the deal did too little to curb spending. While that move might impress tea party voters, it would put them at odds with Democrats and even Republicans in the Senate, who are eager to get through the summer and fall without another nasty spending fight that could shut down the government five weeks before voters head to the polls." - Washington Post
- Tea Party senators unveil five-year plan to balance the budget - The Hill
- "The Rand budget repeals Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, the Davis-Bacon prevailing wage requirements, and the super committee defense spending sequesters while ending government ownership of bailed out companies. Paul would block grant Medicaid and food stamps to the states while gradually increasing the retirement age and instituting progressive price idexing (a form of means-testing) for Social Security." - American Spectator
Boehner’s once lofty hopes of fundamentally reforming how the nation funds transportation infrastructure projects are all but officially dead - Roll Call
John Boehner talks to Peggy Noonan about the need for Republican unity and why the House is in ill repute - WSJ
Republicans advise Romney to now focus everything on Obama
"The number three Republican in the House, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (D-Calif.), said that to elevate himself Romney needs “a direct interaction with the president,” and to start moving beyond the tit-for-tat engagement with his GOP rivals. “If I was him now I’d focus everything on the president. I’d ignore the others and start to try to find that moment with the president,” said McCarthy, urging Romney to begin a series of major speeches contrasting himself with President Barack Obama." - Politico
Romney should have a simple message for America: HIRE ME!
At NRO, Rich Lowry suggests a very simple strategy for Romney... "For all Romney’s flaws, there are worse men to make president at a time when the federal government needs to be transformed and the economy made more efficient. In 2008, Obama asked the nation to do itself the favor of allowing him to bestow on it all his history-making grandeur. In 2012, if he gets the chance, Romney should ask the nation something much more basic: “Hire me.”"
The Parallels Between Mitt Romney and George H.W. Bush - New York Times
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant endorses Mitt Romney - WSJ
Santorum argues for two-man race with Romney but he's not calling on Newt Gingrich to drop out - USA Today
- "Slightly more than half (57 percent) of Mr. Gingrich’s supporters would go to Mr. Santorum. About a quarter (27 percent) would go to Mr. Romney. The remainder (16 percent) would go to Ron Paul." - Nate Silver
- Economic Conservatives Question Santorum's Record - NPR
- 74% of grassroots conservatives want Santorum - Weekly Standard
- How Santorum acquired a $2million home - Washington Examiner
- How Santorum became a crusader for social conservatism - Michael Crowley for TIME
Newt Gingrich has to win Tuesday's primaries in Mississippi and Alabama to remain credible as a presidential candidate - WSJ
- Newt's 47.2% winning percentage in Georgia was near the bottom when it comes to home-state support for GOP presidential candidates going back to 1972 - USA Today
- Gingrich insisys he's "staying in the race" - Daily Beast
"The Republican National Committee will report raising $11.3 million in February, a committee spokeswoman tells us, leaving the party in good financial position once they actually nominate a presidential candidate" - Hotline
The Republicans and two key voter groups...
- "The number of Americans with college degrees is growing, so why are GOP candidates trying to alienate them?" - Michael Medved in the Wall Street Journal
- Republicans warned they may shut themselves out of White House without appealing to fast-growing voting bloc of Hispanic voters - WSJ
- "The GOP presidential front-runner has shown little interest in Hispanics — a big mistake" - Paul Reyes for USA Today
50% of Americans Say Obama's Presidency Is a 'Failure'
"A national Gallup poll of adults shows that 50% of Americans believe Barack Obama's presidency has been "a failure," while 44% of Americans say Obama's presidency has been "a success." Gallup also reports that "President Obama's average job approval rating for the month of February in Gallup Daily tracking was 45%, with 47% disapproving, unchanged from January.... The 50% approval mark is a crucial one for presidents in a re-election year." - Fox
Rising expectations about job numbers could become curse for Obama - Politico
- "Unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, increased to 9.1 percent in February from 8.6 percent in January. The 0.5-percentage-point increase in February compared with January is the largest such month-to-month change Gallup has recorded in its not-seasonally adjusted measure since December 2010." - Commentary
Obama is more worried about his own re-election than Israel's right to exist - Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post
More than half of Obama’s 47 biggest fundraisers, those who collected at least $500,000 for his campaign, have been given administration jobs - Washington Post
Brown, Warren selling similar "We Are Outsider" stories to Massachusetts voters - Roll Call
"Brownhas picked up the endorsement of outgoingSen. Olympia Snowe, the Republican senator from Maine who last week scolded the chamber for becoming a “parrallel universe” of extreme partisanship. The endorsement from Snowe, known as one of the Senate’s last moderates, could help Brown in his effort to win reelection nearly three years after he swept into office on the tea party wave." - LA Times
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