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Newslinks for Tuesday April 10: Democrat attacks against Romney begin on tax and religion

Posted on 04/10/2012

"President Obama holds clear advantages over Mitt Romney on personal attributes and a number of key issues, but remains vulnerable to discontent with the pace of the economic recovery" - New Washington Post poll

Three-quarters of Republicans see Romney as nominee - CNN

ROMNEY S&S

"Perhaps even more telling, a plurality - 47 percent -- of Republicans now thinks the primary's continuation is bad for the GOP. Only 36 percent say it's helpful. That's a 15-point swing from March, when a narrow plurality of Republicans thought an ongoing race helped the Republican Party." - National Journal

The Democrat attacks against Romney begin: Obama camp demands 23 years of tax returns from Romney (but not Obama)

"Obama campaign manager Jim Messina suggested Romney release 23 years of tax returns, noting that he had reportedly given that many years’ worth to John McCain when he was being vetted as a potential running mate. But when asked by the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein whether Obama had plans to release 23 years of returns himself, Messina pointed to Obama’s 12 years of returns without committing to further releases. " - TPM

  • Obama campaign: Romney 'looks out for people just like him' - The Hill

The Mormon church's troubled history with African Americans may cause trouble for Mitt Romney

"Romney has managed to maneuver his way around one of the most difficult questions in the history of Mormonism: The church’s systematic discrimination against African-Americans, who were barred from the priesthood until 1978. But as the political landscape shifts in the coming weeks to pit the first Mormon nominee directly against the nation’s first black president, a new set of voices — black intellectuals and religious leaders, in particular — are beginning to demand that Romney address a subject that’s rarely far from the surface of modern American politics: race." - BuzzFeed

  • Senator: '[Obama] going to throw the Mormon church at [Romney] like you can’t believe it' - Weekly Standard

Santorum cancels some events after daughter released from hospital...

Santorum"Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will delay his return to the campaign trail in Pennsylvania after his daughter was released from the hospital Monday night. Santorum canceled events Tuesday morning at a sporting club in Bedford and the law school he attended in Carlisle." - CNN

...So Romney cancels negative ads against Santorum

"Mitt Romney’s attempt to pull off a victory in Rick Santorum’s home state of Pennsylvania was all set to go into overdrive Monday with attack ads highlighting how voters there soundly rejected him in his 2006 Senate race. But the aggressive tactics that have served Mr. Romney so well in other states faced an unexpected complication: the emergency hospitalization of Mr. Santorum’s disabled daughter Bella, which prompted an outpouring of public sympathy." - New York Times

Romney: I talk to Gingrich more than I talk to Santorum - Hot Air

Newt Gingrich: "I'm thinking of getting it tattooed up here [points to forehead] 'all the way to Tampa'." - The Hill

What Newt gains from staying in as a fringe candidate

Meet Newt 9"Gingrich’s mission going forward is to try and shape the GOP agenda before he’s removed from the conversation completely. That means fanning the flames of two battles: privatizing Social Security and contraception access — two issues Romney would probably rather keep off the general election agenda." - TPM

N.M. Gov. Martinez adamant she won't be VP pick - USA Today

The "Buffett Rule" is on the table again

  • Buffett Warren"President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats plan to pressure Republicans this week to support a minimum tax on millionaires to improve the tax system's fairness .... Congressional estimators say the Buffett Rule would generate about $47 billion over the next decade, or less than 1% of the $6.4 trillion in deficits projected during that time under Mr. Obama's budget." - WSJ ($)
  • White House: Senate vote next week on Buffett Rule is no empty gesture - The Hill
  • "Introducing a minimum 30 percent income tax on millionaires “was never our plan to bring the deficit down and get the debt under control,” Jason Furman, the principal deputy director of the White House National Economic Council, told reporters on a conference call Monday afternoon." - Politico
  • The "fairness" agenda divides democrats - National Journal
  • GOP senator lashes out at White House for targeting him on Buffett Rule vote - Daily Caller
  • Norquist confident Romney won’t flip despite Buffett Rule pressure - The Hill

Obama struggles to make gains among male voters

Obama at lecturn"For all the analysis of Mitt Romney's struggle to attract female voters, little has been made of the other gender gap -- President Obama's difficulty in attracting male voters... the incumbent president has faced his share of trouble winning over the other 49 percent of the population. The president's approval ratings since the beginning of his term demonstrate this reality. He fares consistently better among women, consistently worse among men." - Fox News

Administration to propose new mortgage lending rules - AP

Another GSA official placed on leave in spending controversy - CNN

Few hybrid vehicle owners are repeat buyers - LA Times

Health-care law will add $340 billion to deficit, new study finds - Washington Post

David Brooks: America has two economies - one which has to compete with the rest of the world, and is efficient, and another, which does not, and is not

Brooks"On the one hand, there is the globalized tradable sector — companies that have to compete with everybody everywhere. These companies, with the sword of foreign competition hanging over them, have become relentlessly dynamic and very (sometimes brutally) efficient. On the other hand, there is a large sector of the economy that does not face this global competition — health care, education and government. Leaders in this economy try to improve productivity and use new technologies, but they are not compelled by do-or-die pressure, and their pace of change is slower." - David Brooks

  • "What is the largest and most influential financial institution in the world? It’s not J.P. Morgan, or even Goldman Sachs. It’s the U.S. government." - Charles Lane

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