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Posted on 09/30/2011

John Rossomando on The Republican: Solyndra and its stepsisters show the need to end federal pay-to-play

Chris Christie seriously considering run for president in 2012?

Christie "Gov. Chris Christie is seriously rethinking his months of denials and may launch a campaign for the White House after all, a source close to the governor said tonight. In the last week, Christie has been swayed away from his earlier refusals to run by an aggressive draft effort from a cadre of Republicans and donors unhappy with the GOP field, said the source, who was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity. ... In addition, the Governor’s wife, Mary Pat, no longer objects to a presidential run, according to an adviser to the governor. The governor has famously said 'my wife would kill me' as a reason not to run. However, a few months ago former first lady Barbara Bush called Mary Pat to assuage her concerns about life in the White House, the adviser said." - Star-Ledger

  • Chris Christie steers clear of presidential talk in Louisiana: It’s been "A really special week for me" - ABC
  • Chris Christie 2012 presidential run: What stands in his way - Politico
  • As Christie clamor grows, his positions face scrutiny - WSJ
  • A look at Christie's inner circle - Washington Post

Wall Street donors worried about Perry's electability

Perry Rick"The red meat Rick Perry is serving up to Republican primary voters is causing him problems with deep-pocketed Wall Street donors. Some bankers say they would prefer a more moderate candidate, and worry the Texas governor's style and stances on social issues could sink him in the general election. Their unease, along with rules against governors accepting money from certain financial executives, could crimp Mr. Perry's ability to tap into his party's single biggest source of cash." - WSJ ($)

  • Impending fundraising deadline brings flurry of last-minute appeals - The Hill
  • Perry's favorite enemy: the EPA - New York Times
  • "But while Mr. Perry condemns both efforts to make carrying health insurance mandatory, Texas faces a staggering crisis in health coverage" - New York Times
  • GOP kingmakers in Iowa: Support for Rick Perry is weakening - The Hill
  • Rick Perry commits to Iowa conservative forum Nov. 19 - Politico
  • Obama's former campaign funders on Wall Street turn against him - LA Times

Some Republicans in Iowa give Romney a new look - Des Moines Register

2012 GOP race in brief:

  • Screen shot 2011-01-15 at 12.54.13Newt Gingrich launches the "21st Century Contract with America" - MSNBC
  • Whirwind week awaits upstart Cain - CNN
  • White House ties health care to Mitt Romney - WSJ
  • Romney jockeys to Perry’s right on foreign policy - The Hill
  • Romney to report between $11 and $13 million - CNN
  • Club for Growth puts Romney on the spot over tariffs on Chinese goods - WSJ
  • "In case you were wondering, Sarah Palin has no plans to announce tomorrow whether she’ll run for president." - WSJ
  • New Hampshire or bust: Huntsman moves campaign headquarters to NH from Florida - WSJ
  • Ron Paul’s campaign raises at least $5 million in 3rd quarter - WSJ
  • Primary and a caucus in Missouri? - Politico 
  • Democrats open mouth on early primary. Joe Biden inserts foot - Miami Herald

Mitch Daniels: Social Security sniping must stop

Screen shot 2011-02-17 at 12.16.28 "The Indiana governor wants whoever wins the Republican presidential nomination to go big and bold with ideas, confronting what he believes is the existential fiscal crisis facing the country. And Daniels says the back-and-forth between the GOP frontrunners on Social Security doesn’t augur well for such a campaign. 'We should not scare people when there’s no reason to,' Daniels said when asked in an interview about Romney’s hard-hitting attacks on Perry over the Texas governor’s critique of the entitlement. ... He says of the spat: 'I don’t think it’s a good moment for our party.'" - Politico

House approves short-term funding plan

Screen shot 2011-09-24 at 5.36.55 PM "A short-term spending measure to fund the federal government into next week won approval Thursday from the U.S. House and now goes to President Barack Obama's desk. The measure was part of a bipartisan agreement intended to end a dispute over disaster relief spending that threatened to cause a partial shutdown of the government when the current fiscal year ends at midnight Friday. Congressional approval of the measure keeps the government funded through October 4. The House will then have to consider a more comprehensive measure that would keep the government funded through November 18." - CNN

  • No Government Shutdown for at Least a Few More Days - Roll Call

Sen. Mark Kirk: Obama's Libya effort a "success"

"In March, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) was urging President Barack Obama to better define the U.S. military’s role in Libya and seek Congress’s approval to use force in the north African nation. But after a day touring the streets of Tripoli and meeting rebel leaders who overthrew the regime of Col. Moammar Qadhafi, Kirk praised Obama’s handling of the Libyan conflict as a undeniable 'success.'" - Politico

  • Kirk: Libya Won’t Need U.S. Help - Roll Call
  • McCain hails Libya as inspiration - CNN

Sen. Durbin says Democrats don’t currently have the votes for Obama jobs bill - The Hill

Obama administration widens challenges to state immigration laws - Washington Post

Demographic changes allow Obama to plot a route to re-election

Screen shot 2011-08-27 at 16.01.13"With his support among blue-collar white voters far weaker than among white-collar independents, President Obama is charting an alternative course to re-election should he be unable to win Ohio and other industrial states traditionally essential to Democratic presidential victories. ... While Mr. Obama’s approval ratings have slid across the board as unemployment remains high, what buoys Democrats are the changing demographics of formerly Republican states like Colorado, where Democrats won a close Senate race in 2010, as well as Virginia and North Carolina." - New York Times

  • Hispanics rise in key states - WSJ
  • Dems focus on Spanish speakers in new ad - CNN

Peggy Noonan: A troubled nation needs a real leader, not a storyteller

Screen shot 2011-06-22 at 21.05.15 "Would the next president like a story? Here's one. America was anxious, and feared it was losing the air of opportunity that had allowed it to be what it was—expansive, generous, future-trusting. It was losing faith in its establishments and institutions. And someone came out of that need who led—who was wise and courageous and began to turn the ship around. And we saved our country, and that way saved the world.There's a narrative for you, the only one that matters. Go be a hero of that story. It will get around. It will bubble up." -Peggy Noonan in the WSJ ($)

Sen. Marco Rubio: America should stand up for religious freedom in Iran

Screen shot 2011-06-21 at 14.26.47 "As history has proven, countries that do not respect the rights of their citizens seldom respect the rights of their neighbors. The Iranian regime’s blatant disregard for its own citizens should raise alarms about its behavior in the region and the world should its illicit nuclear program be allowed to go on unchecked. America’s commitment to the universal rights of man requires us to clearly speak out against their violations wherever they make occur. I urge the administration to relentlessly call for an immediate and unconditional release for Pastor Nadarkhani." - Marco Rubio in National Review

Charles Krauthammer: Why Abbas went to the UN

Krauthammer "For nearly half a century, the United States has pursued a Middle East settlement on the basis of the formula of land for peace. Land for peace produced the Israel-Egypt peace of 1979 and the Israel-Jordan peace of 1994. Israel has offered the Palestinians land for peace three times since. And been refused every time. Why? For exactly the same reason Abbas went to the U.N. last week: to get land without peace. Sovereignty with no reciprocal recognition of a Jewish state. Statehood without negotiations. An independent Palestine in a continued state of war with Israel." - Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post

US-born Islamist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki reported killed in Yemen airstrike - BBC

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