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Newslinks for Monday April 16: Hillary Clinton comes under fire for dancing in a Colombian nightclub

Posted on 04/16/2012

Hillary Clinton comes under fire for dancing the night away in Colombia

Hillary_clinton_barack_obama"Secretary of State Hillary Clinton kicked back Saturday night, dancing and drinking beer at a local hotspot after a day of summit meetings in Cartagena. ... Clinton and President Obama are spending the weekend in the resort town for the Summit of the Americas, along with the leaders of 33 Latin American countries." - ABC

  • "The overwhelmingly liberal US media is treating the story as a bit of fun, with the usually austere Mrs Clinton seen as letting her hair down. But I suspect that a lot of US taxpayers will see it differently – as a senior government official having a jolly time on an official overseas junket at taxpayers’ expense." - Nile Gardiner
  • Free trade agreement between the U.S., Colombia effective in May - LA Times

Ouch! Decade of Obamacare will cost $1,160 billion - Michael Barone for RCP

Several stories emerge of Romney selling access to big donors


  • "Former Governor Mitt Romney is already offering top donors access to a special "Presidential Inaugural retreat," planned on the assumption that he will be elected president this November. The offer... is one of several goodies offered to those who contribute more than $50,000 to the joint fundraising committee known as "Romney Victory"" - BuzzFeed
  • "Mr. Romney... said he would eliminate or limit for high-earners the mortgage interest deduction for second homes, and likely would do the same for the state income tax deduction and state property tax deduction. He also said he would look to the Department of Education and the Department of Housing and Urban Development for budget cuts." - WSJ
  • ""I'm going to take a lot of departments in Washington, and agencies, and combine them. Some eliminate, but I'm probably not going to lay out just exactly which ones are going to go," Romney said. "Things like Housing and Urban Development, which my dad was head of, that might not be around later. But I'm not going to actually go through these one by one. What I can tell you is, we've got far too many bureaucrats. I will send a lot of what happens in Washington back to the states."" - Romney quoted by MSNBC
  • Former Dem. congressman Kennedy alleges 'quid pro quo' for access to White House - Weekly Standard

Romney continues counter-attack against Dems, saying Obama's economy has hit women hardest

  • "On Sunday, Gillespie stood by the criticism of female job losses under Obama.  "More men than women lost jobs before President Obama took office. More women lost jobs since President Obama took office," he told "Fox News Sunday." "The fact that more men lost before he took office doesn't make it a good thing that more (women) lost since he took office. It's a bad thing and we need to reverse that."" - Fox News
  • Bachmann"Mrs. Bachmann waded into the gender wars Sunday to defend her former sparring partner, Mr. Romney, on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” She said that President Barack Obama’s economic policies have had a “disproportionate negative impact on women,” which would best be countered by casting a ballot for a “smart, successful businessman like Mitt Romney.”" - WSJ
  • "Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner ripped presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney on Sunday, calling Romney’s argument that women have been disproportionately hurt during the recession “a ridiculous argument.”" - The Hill
  • Romney's past views on working women, stay-at-home moms unearthed - LA Times

GOP to Mitt Romney: Embrace your Mormonism

"But now that the former Massachusetts governor is the likely GOP nominee, many Republicans think that the standoffish candidate actually needs to embrace his Mormonism publicly to open a window into his life. Even some Christian conservatives who never thought they could vote for a Mormon are relaxing their opposition, as they see the alternative as…. well, a living hell." - Politico

Marco Rubio: 'I'm not going to be the vice president'

Screen shot 2011-04-16 at 8.48.14 AM"A few developments over the weekend muddied the waters of the Republican vice presidential search, particularly in regards to the chances of Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Beginning on Friday, as he sat down with CNN en Espanol's Ismael Cala, the tea party favorite denied that he would be riding shotgun on the Republican ticket. "I’m not going to be the vice president. I’m not," he said, the second such announcement this month." - LA Times

  • "We have two options. We can assume that Rubio meant to imply he wouldn’t join the 2012 GOP ticket under any circumstances — OR — we can parse his words. He didn’tsay he wouldn’t join the 2012 GOP ticket, after all. He said he’s not going to be the vice president. Maybe that means he’s still open to run with Mitt Romney — but he doesn’t think they would win." - Hot Air

Romney and Congressional GOP start coordinating

"Mitt Romney and Congressional Republicans moved last week to jump-start the coordination of political and policy messaging after Rick Santorum’s exit from the GOP presidential primary crowned the former Massachusetts governor the presumptive GOP nominee." - Roll Call

"If Obama wins any one among Florida, North Carolina, Ohio or Virginia, he will be reelected."

Screen shot 2011-08-27 at 16.01.13"Before his wins in 2008, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia had all voted for the Republican presidential nominee in the previous two elections. If all six of those states revert to their 2000/2004 form, Republicans carry Indiana (as seems likely) and Obama wins no other state that he lost in 2008 (as seems likely), the incumbent would drop to 258 electoral votes and lose the presidency. But if Obama wins any one among Florida, North Carolina, Ohio or Virginia, he will be reelected." - Washington Post

Fundraising tops on candidates' agendas ahead of primaries 

"Fresh into second quarter fundraising, both President Barack Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney will make the rounds this week in hopes of puffing up their coffers." - CNN

GOP House candidates have edge in finances

Screen shot 2011-01-20 at 11.02.45"Republicans running for the U.S. House have built a financial advantage over their Democratic opponents in many of the races that will determine which party holds a majority after the election. A review of first-quarter fundraising reports showed that Republican candidates in many of the closest races have raised more money and have more funds in the bank than their Democratic opponents." - WSJ ($)

  • "Sheldon Adelson, the casino mogul who buoyed Newt Gingrich’s presidential bid, poured $5 million into a super PAC supporting establishment GOP candidates, according to new records." - Politico
  • Obama and Democrats raise $53 Million in March - National Journal

Dick Cheney speaks for an hour in public following his heart transplant

Screen shot 2011-09-04 at 11.09.52 PM"Former Vice President Dick Cheney walked onstage without any assistance and spoke for an hour and 15 minutes without seeming to tire in his first public engagement since he underwent a heart transplant three weeks ago. ... Cheney even threw in a couple of political plugs amid much reminiscing at the Wyoming Republican Party state convention in Cheyenne on Saturday." - Daily Caller

Nazi Party gets first lobbyist on Capitol Hill - ABC News



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