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Posted on 12/08/2011

2012 candidates appear at Republican Jewish Coalition forum, pledging strong support for Israel

  • Debate"Newt Gingrich... criticized a line of public discussion — which he blamed on the Obama administration — that he said holds that “it’s always Israel’s fault no matter how bad the other side is.” This, he added to sustained applause, “has to stop.”"
  • "Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, said the White House had “chastened” Israel while pushing an appeasement strategy"
  • "One reason Republicans seek to sound serious on Israel is to appeal to evangelical Christians who make up large portions of the Republican primary voters in South Carolina and the caucusgoers in Iowa. Down the road, they also know that Jewish voters are critical to victory in general election swing states like Pennsylvania and Florida."

More at the New York Times.

  • Perry hits Obama for war on faith - CNN
  • Perry blames Obama for defense cuts that could mean 'another Pearl Harbor' - The Hill
  • Gingrich and Bachmann would move Embassy to Jerusalem - National Journal
  • Ron Paul doesn't budge on Israel - CNN

Gingrich continues to lead polls in early states

  • Screen shot 2011-08-27 at 16.01.13Iowa: Gingrich 33 — Romney 20
  • New Hampshire: Romney 35 — Gingrich 26
  • South Carolina: Gingrich 43 — Romney 20
  • Florida: Gingrich 48 — Romney 25

From The Page, which titles the polling results "Newt Nation". 

  • Gingrich's latest fundraising take: $4 million and counting - LA Times

Democrats start to focus on attacking Gingrich as well as Romney, to force a long primary contest...

Gingrich headshot(11)"The White House and its allies are starting to turn their sights to Newt Gingrich, invoking his tumultuous history as House speaker to brand him as the “godfather of gridlock,” a testament to his new viability and the sudden realization that he could be President Obama’s Republican opponent. Democrats have made it clear they have no plans of letting up on Mitt Romney. But they are hoping to help stretch the Republican nominating contest into a longer and bloodier battle" - New York Times

...a long battle would favor Romney

"Of the two campaigns, Romney's has been preparing far longer for a potentially lengthy nomination battle. But that means Romney cannot allow Gingrich to embarrass him in January." - San Francisco Chronicle

Karl Rove: Gingrich's Organization Deficit Disorder

Karl rove"Mr. Gingrich has little or no campaign organization in Iowa and most other states. He didn't file a complete slate of New Hampshire delegates and alternates. He is the only candidate who didn't qualify for the Missouri primary, and on Wednesday he failed to present enough signatures to get on the ballot in Ohio. Redistricting squabbles may lead the legislature to move the primary to a later date and re-open filing, but it's still embarrassing to be so poorly organized." - Karl Rove for the WSJ

Romney's attack dogs: Chris Christie, John Sununu, and Jim Talent Politico

2012 roundup:

  • 2012-RACEGOP field preps for key debate - Politico
  • "As expected, Romney and Gingrich will share center stage." - Politico
  • Gingrich says he would consider Romney for his VP - TownHall
  • Gingrich would name John Bolton to be his secretary of state - WSJ ($)
  • Romney's latest ad plays the family card against Gingrich - Washington Post
  • The WSJ says Romney's entitlements policies are more radical than Newt's - WSJ
  • Sarah Palin says she won't endorse before Iowa, praises Gingrich - LA Times

Eric Cantor and John Boehner disagree on key issues

  • Screen shot 2011-07-15 at 10.10.36"They’re not at war, but as Congress heads into its final stretch of the year, the No. 1 and No. 2 House Republicans are in different places on how to move its party toward extending jobless benefits and the payroll tax cut, further complicating a tenuous year-end plan."
  • "Cantor sees himself — and others see him — as playing a role as the rank and file’s lobbyist at the leadership table. He has been meeting with GOP lawmakers in an attempt to uncover what will get them to support an extension of a payroll tax holiday their party doesn’t like and a jobless benefits program they see as broken. Boehner is trying to balance Republican desires with the eventuality of creating a package that could pass the Senate by next Friday."

Must-read from Politico.

Congress close on final spending deal

"The giant bill, which would exceed $1 trillion when war funding is counted, must be filed in the House by Monday night to ensure floor action before Dec. 16, when the latest stopgap continuing resolution is due to expire. The odds of a deal are now better than 50-50, but the next 48 hours will be make or break since the appropriations leadership must have a framework in place by Friday to meet this schedule." - Politico

Senate GOP pitches payroll tax alternative

Screen shot 2011-02-24 at 09.58.31"Senate Republicans are trying to find a way to fight back against White House attacks that they’re out to raise taxes on the middle class, with some weighing whether to float an income tax credit. ... The income tax credit would provide an extra $120 billion to $150 billion next year for families making under $200,000 — roughly the same dollar amount as the payroll tax cut, which amounts to about $1,000 for the average family... The credit would come out of the general fund as opposed to the Social Security fund." - Politico

  • "President Barack Obama is so eager to stay in the thick of the payroll-tax-cut debate  that he is prepared to postpone his scheduled Dec. 17 departure for a family vacation in his home state of Hawaii, according to Senate Democratic leaders." - WSJ

GOP itches for fight with Obama over Keystone pipeline

"Democrats have been hammering Republicans ... because they won’t raise taxes on the wealthy to subsidize the payroll tax cut. And Republicans now think they can punch back by portraying Obama as willing to sacrifice his own top priority — the payroll tax cut — to cater to the environmental wing of his party." - Politico

  • "President Obama has vowed to veto a GOP proposal that would attach the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project to his proposal for a payroll tax cut for working Americans." - LA Times

Paul Ryan seeks to reform the House budget process

Screen shot 2011-06-02 at 10.30.45"House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) unveiled 10 different bills on Wednesday that would change a budget process that has frustrated both parties and appears destined to end in another omnibus package this year. ... The proposal would give the president a kind of line-item veto by setting up a process in which the president could propose canceling funding for specific programs. Those requests would then receive an up-or-down vote in Congress. Ryan said this bill has the clearest shot at success." - The Hill

Kaine, Allen get off to testy start in first debate for Virginia Senate seat - The Hill

Left-wing firebrand Elizabeth Warren opens up comfortable lead over Sen. Scott Brown in MA

Screen shot 2011-08-21 at 09.40.32"Warren leads Brown by a 49-42 percent margin, outside the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 5.3 percentage points. That number includes voters who say they are "leaning" for either candidate. But even without the "leaners," Warren still leads by a 46-41 percent margin, barely within the margin of error." - Boston Herald

  • Elizabeth Warren flubs Boston Red Sox trivia - USA Today

Illinois Gov. Blagojevich sentenced to 14 years for corruption - Washington Post

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