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Newslinks for Friday Mar 2: Senate Dems kills Republican religious conscience amendment

Posted on 03/02/2012

Senate Dems kills Republican religious conscience amendment

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  • "The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to kill a controversial proposal pushed by Republicans that would have allowed employers to opt out of providing health care coverage they disagree with on moral grounds. By a 51-48 mostly party line vote, the motion by Democrats to table the amendment succeeded, effectively killing it. Three Democrats joined Republicans in opposing the tabling motion, while one Republican -- retiring moderate Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine -- voted with Democrats in favor." - CNN
  • "The vote is unlikely to end the fight over the contraception rule, though, as Blunt said the issue won’t go away until the administration backs down and gives a broader religious exemption to the coverage mandate." - Politico
  • With Blunt Amendment stopped, what's next in battle against Pres. Obama's controversial contraception policy? - Fox News
  • We ‘screwed up’ contraception rule - Biden - The Hill

Romney 168, Santorum 86, Gingrich 32, Paul 19 - the latest delegate count before the Washington caucuses and Super Tuesday WSJ

  • "Mitt Romney is being awarded two at-large delegates in Michigan that will change the state's delegate allocation" - USA Today

Poll: Romney widens national lead over Santorum

Screen shot 2011-08-27 at 16.01.13"A new national poll released Thursday indicates Mitt Romney has expanded his lead over Rick Santorum and now holds an 11 percentage point advantage over the former Pennsylvania senator. Romney has the backing of 35% of registered Republicans nationwide, while Santorum comes in with 24%, according to results from Gallup's latest daily tracking poll. The new poll reflects a reversal in the top two spots from a week ago, when Santorum came in first place with 34% and Romney had 24%." - CNN

  • "A new Gallup poll finds American voters are currently split in their intentions to vote for the Republican or Democratic candidate in their congressional district, with 47% saying they would vote for each "if the elections for Congress were being held today."" - PoliticalWire

Romney leading Washington caucus polls

Romney Santorum"According to a new PPP poll, there's been a 16% flip between Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney in Washington state over the past few weeks, and Santorum is on the wrong side of the flip. Mitt Romney 37% ... Rick Santorum 32% ... Ron Paul 16% ... Newt Gingrich 13% So why has Santorum slipped? His favorability numbers are way down. In just two weeks, they've fallen from +51% to +29%, while Mitt Romney's numbers have jumped from +5% to +18%." - The Hill

  • Seattle Times supports Romney as ‘default choice’ ahead of caucuses - CNN

Charles Krauthammer: Santorum has thrown his momentum away by focusing on social issues when he should have stuck to his blue-collar economic message

Krauthammer"He averred that John Kennedy’s 1960 Houston speech on separation of church and state makes him “throw up.” ... As was his sneering at President Obama’s wanting to open college to all. Santorum called that snobbery and an attempt at liberal indoctrination... Finally, the less said about contraception the better, a lesson Santorum refused to learn...The result of these unforced errors was Santorum’s Michigan slide. His post-trifecta lead vanished. He forfeited a victory that would have shattered the Romney candidacy." - Charles Krauthammer

  • Santorum raises $9 million in February - Kansas City Star
  • The Santorum camp is also aiming to attract more women: "Mitt Romney outperformed Santorum by large margins among women... Although Santorum sought to spin the Michigan results as a tie, it is clear that the contest revealed a significant challenge for him." - Washington Post

Obama, GOP candidates focus on energy 

  • Newt-Gingrich-150x150"Newt Gingrich on Thursday called on President Barack Obama to fire Energy Secretary Steven Chu, citing congressional testimony this week in which Chu said his “overall goal” was to decrease U.S. dependency on oil, not lower the price." - Politico
  • "Campaigning in [North Dakota], Mitt Romney pivoted to energy policy Thursday -- accusing President Obama of standing in the way of good paying jobs and using his energy policies to reward campaign donors in industries like wind and solar." - LA Times
  • "As rising gas prices are putting pressure on politicians to act, President Obama called on Congress to vote quickly to eliminate subsidies for the oil industry, returning to a favorite target the president." - Chicago Tribune

Olympia Snowe: Why I’m leaving the Senate

Snowe Olympia"The Senate of today routinely jettisons regular order, as evidenced by the body’s failure to pass a budget for more than 1,000 days; serially legislates by political brinkmanship, as demonstrated by the debt-ceiling debacle of August that should have been addressed the previous January; and habitually eschews full debate and an open amendment process in favor of competing, up-or-down, take-it-or-leave-it proposals." - Sen. Olympia Snowe for the Washington Post

A third poll shows Sen. Scott Brown leading Elizabeth Warren in MA race - PoliticalWire

Obama hits 100th fundraiser

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"President Barack Obama snaked through New York City Thursday evening, hitting four fundraisers, raking in more than $5 million for his reelection bid and reaching a notable milestone. The last event... marked the president’s 100th fundraiser since kicking off his campaign last April, according to Mark Knoller of CBS News. It was a marker relished by Republicans, who held it up as proof that Obama is spending too much time fundraising and not enough time governing. Former president George W. Bush had only done half as many – 49 – at the same point in his presidency." - Politico

  • Obama quip: I'll run GOP debates as campaign ads - Politico

Obama heckled on Iran

Screen shot 2011-04-09 at 13.13.45"As President Obama spoke to hundreds of 20- and 30-somethings packed into a steamy home furnishings showroom in New York Thursday, a woman in the crowd apparently felt it important to air her views. "Use your leadership!" she yelled out, according to a pool report. "No war in Iran!" The president, smiling, responded, "Nobody's announced a war, young lady. You're jumping the gun a little bit."" - Politico

  • "As Newt Gingrich campaigns through the state he used to represent in Congress, he continues to suggest President Barack Obama is more sympathetic to Islam than Christianity." - WSJ

Maryland governor signs same-sex marriage law - LA Times

Five PA coal-fueled power plants to close due to Obama administration regulation - Hot Air

Bomb squad called to Rush Limbaugh’s house in Palm Beach Hot Air

Conservative activist and blogger Andrew Breitbart passes away

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  • "Andrew Breitbart, the pugnacious, conservative Internet entrepreneur who took on the left and what he called the "media bully cabal" with a series of exposes that were explosive and sometimes flawed, died early Thursday after collapsing near his home in Westwood. He was 43." - LA Times
  • "Breitbart viewed himself as a one-man conservative gang and he took to the task of delivering rhetorical body blows — primarily via the web but also through television appearances — with a gusto rarely seen even in these hyperpartisan times." - Washington Post
  • "He was the lightening rod and when lightening struck, Andrew used the brilliant flash of light to direct everyone’s attention to precisely what he wanted them to see. He was a master at it. The attention he garnered was never about getting attention for himself, but using the attention to tell the story and share the news he wanted told and shared." - Erick Erickson
  • "So many conservatives are mourning his passing, at 43, because he was irreplaceable, a unique human soul." - Peggy Noonan ($)



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