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Newslinks for Friday April 27: Boehner emerges as Romney's chief ally on Capitol Hill

Posted on 04/27/2012

Boehner emerges as Romney's chief ally on Capitol Hill

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"One of the more fascinating developments in the last two weeks on Capitol Hill has been the degree to which House Speaker John Boehner has gone after President Obama and helped to try and frame Obama's general election matchup against Mitt Romney. ... While Boehner may not be frequently speaking with Romney’s Boston-based campaign, he significantly assisted Romney this week by announcing he was putting a GOP version of student loan legislation on the floor." - MSNBC

  • John Boehner escalates attacks on Obama - Politico

Boehner calls Obama's travel plans 'pathetic'

"House Speaker John A. Boehner has vividly stepped up his attacks on President Obama, calling the president’s visits to college campuses a blatant campaign pitch for reelection -- and "pathetic." "This is beneath the dignity of the White House," Boehner said Thursday" - LA Times

  • Republicans clashing with Obama over election-year student loan push - Fox News

Gingrich is leaving the race - but he's taking his time to do it

Gingrich headshot(11)"“It’s pretty amazing,” he marveled. “Everywhere we’ve been, we’ve learned something new and different about how complex this country is. This is part of the reason we’re doing this.” The rest of his rationale for still campaigning is unclear, especially since he indicated after getting trounced in another five primaries this week that he would leave the race. “The campaign will go bye-bye,” he said definitively at a luncheon here Thursday." - New York Times

  • On good-bye tour, Gingrich touts ability to be Romney surrogate - MSNBC
  • "For months now, his name has gone hand-in-hand with that of Newt Gingrich. But as the former House speaker prepares to leave the Republican nomination race next week, Sheldon Adelson has to decide what political causes -- and which candidates -- to support." - CNN

Michele Bachmann: Mitt Romney endorsement is coming soon

"Michele Bachmann discussed her endorsement plans in the 2012 presidential race on Thursday, telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer that she would endorse presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney soon. "As the line says in the 'Wizard of Oz,' 'All in good time, my pretty,'" Bachmann said of her coming endorsement. "It will happen."" - Huffington Post

After alienating Hispanics, Mitt Romney needs to mend fences. Marco Rubio’s immigration plan could help

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"In Ayres’s polling for the Hispanic Leadership Network, most rank-and-file Republicans supported Rubio’s approach. But Kobach has pointedly reaffirmed his opposition to any program that provides legal status to those who arrived illegally, even though he hasn’t entirely closed the door on Rubio’s approach. That suggests other conservatives may yet recoil at it as well. If that prospect deters Romney from endorsing Rubio’s plan, such a public snub would hobble the senator’s effort to win GOP support and simultaneously deepen Romney’s problems with Hispanic voters." - Ronald Brownstein for National Journal

  • "The plan seeks to assuage concerns on all sides, Mr. Rubio added; it cannot serve as a lure to illegal immigrants but must offer eligible students genuine relief." - New York Times

Jeb Bush: The vice president pick Democrats fear most

"He’s the GOP vice presidential pick that Democrats fear most — a brassy choice who would likely deliver his crucial home state, boost the ticket with Hispanics and Catholics and appeal to both conservatives and independents. The problem: Jeb Bush apparently doesn’t want the job."- Politico

Biden attacks Romney's foreign policy

Screen shot 2011-02-24 at 10.00.26"“If you are looking for a bumper sticker to sum up how President Obama has handled what we inherited, it’s pretty simple: Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive,” Biden said in what is becoming a popular campaign line. ... Biden took a page from the Republican 2008 playbook and painted Romney as inexperienced on foreign policy." - Politico

  • Obama reelection campaign to target a new voter set: military families - Washington Post

Obama 3.7% ahead RCP average

Pollster: Economy’s next 30 days crucial to Obama re-election campaign

Obama"Republican pollster Ed Goeas says the next thirty days are “going to be the most important thirty days of the framing” of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. “It takes six months of solid economic information for voters to come to the conclusion that we are in a positive growing economy,” Goeas said Thursday. “We are now at that precipice.”" - Daily Caller

  • "Maybe the 2012 election is simpler than we think. It will be about Mr. Obama. Did you like the past four years? Good, you can get four more. Do the president and his people strike you as competent? If so, you can renew his contract, and he will renew theirs. If you don't want to rehire him, you will look at the other guy. Does he strike you as credible, a possible president? Then you can hire him. Republicans should cheer up." - Peggy Noonan for the WSJ ($)
  • Meet the women actually running the Obama re-election campaign - BuzzFeed

The media is not covering the death of the moderate Blue Dog Democrats

Screen shot 2011-10-20 at 11.55.13 AM"It is worth noting that on Tuesday several moderate Democrats went down in flames in Pennsylvania, continuing a trend that has escalated since 2008... What is most interesting about it from a conservative perspective, however, is how there has not been a ton of coverage about the death of the blue dogs... Had moderate Republicans been defeated, we would have major stories on pretty much every news network and on the front page of every paper in America." - RedState

Senate votes to reauthorize domestic violence act

"The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act and expand its reach to American Indians and homosexuals, after Republicans opted to sidestep an expected partisan brawl. ... The final vote, 68 to 31, including 15 Republicans, belied the partisan maneuvering that preceded Senate action on the bill" - New York Times

Senate probe finds little evidence of effective 'torture' - Reuters

  • Fresh report, 'rumors flying' of past Secret Service misconduct - CNN

Charles Krauthammer: If the U.S. is not prepared to intervene, we should be candid about it

Krauthammer"If we are not prepared to intervene, even indirectly by arming and training Syrians who want to liberate themselves, be candid. And then be quiet. Don’t pretend the U.N. is doing anything. Don’t pretend the U.S. is doing anything. And don’t embarrass the nation with an Atrocities Prevention Board. The tragedies of Rwanda, Darfur, and now Syria did not result from lack of information or lack of interagency coordination, but from lack of will." - Charles Krauthammer for National Review

David Brooks: We haven't actually learnt anything from the stimulus

"We went ahead and spent the roughly $800 billion. What have we learned? For certain, nothing. The economists who supported the stimulus now argue the economy would have been worse off without it. Those who opposed it argue that the results have been meager. It’s hard to think of anybody whose mind has been changed by what happened." - David Brooks for the NYT

And finally... Harvard Law School used to regard Elizabeth Warren as a minority employee because she's partially Native American - Boston Herald

  • Democrats say tax returns will counter Scott Brown’s regular-guy image - Boston Globe

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