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Newslinks for Tuesday March 20: Paul Ryan unveils "Path to Prosperity" budget

Posted on 03/20/2012

Paul Ryan starts the roll-out for the "Path to Prosperity" budget

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"The president's budget gives more power to bureaucrats, takes more from taxpayers to fuel the expansion of government, and commits our nation to a future of debt and decline... Courageous Democrats have joined our efforts. And bipartisan opposition to the path of broken promises is growing. And so Tuesday, House Republicans are introducing a new Path to Prosperity budget that builds on what we've achieved." - Paul Ryan for the WSJ

  • "Democrats are organizing media blitzes, House floor speeches and town halls back home to seize on the changes to Medicare that Republicans are expected to propose Tuesday. To blunt GOP talking points that only Republicans are willing to confront the debt, Democrats intend to unveil their own budget next week calling for a mix of spending cuts and tax hikes on the rich." - Politico
  • "Facing last-minute resistance from members of his own party, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan will dive headfirst into turbulent water in releasing his fiscal 2013 budget today." - Roll Call

Santorum gaffes in Illinois, says "I don't care what the unemployment rate is gonna be. It doesn't matter to me." - BuzzFeed

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"The context? I've heard Santorum make this point in other speeches. Roughly: Mitt Romney can only win if the economy is lousy. I, a full-spectrum conservative, can win in any situation. Juanna Summers, a Politico embed on the Santorum campaign, clipped another line from this speech: "My campaign doesn't hinge on unempoyment rates and growth rates." Santorum's meaning is pretty obvious." - Dave Weigel

  • In Illinois, Santorum's chance of the nomination is slipping away - Nate Silver

...Romney campaign jumps on the error

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"With the economy still foremost on voters' minds, Romney on Monday immediately took advantage of Santorum's comments about unemployment. "One of the people who is running also for the Republican nomination today said that he doesn't care about the unemployment rate," Romney told college students in Peoria, Ill. "It does bother me. I want to get people back to work. I am concerned about those how are out of work."" - AP

Santorum's error is part of a wider trend: he's not talking about the economy

"His typical stump speech, an almost hour-long mixture of Orwellian fears of government overreach, history lessons about the French and Middle Eastern revolutions and suggestions that President Barack Obama would rather side with Islamists than Americans, has evolved into a tour de force of building fear in his listeners. Since winning primaries in Alabama and Mississippi, Santorum’s standard remarks have generally excluded an economic plan — the heart and soul of the message his chief GOP rival, Mitt Romney, repeats at event after event, day after day."  - Politico

Santorum's organization woes undermine his claims to have momentum advantage 

Screen shot 2011-08-27 at 16.01.13"The blow here is not to Santorum's hopes of accumulating delegates -- those are already more or less doomed -- so much as it is to his larger emotional argument that people are rallying to his cause. Santorum's campaign is, as his spokesman memorably told National Journal's Naureen Khan, built on "a MacGyver model. We give Rick a hamburger and a road map and he wins Iowa." The idea of a spontaneously joined movement of people swept up in a cause is a powerful one." - Atlantic

Gingrich is running two campaigns: one with a publicly happy face, and one dying slowly

Gingrich Ad Image"There is Newt and Callista’s Excellent Adventure, an upbeat and defiantly unconventional bid that is as much a bon vivant’s American tour as it is a White House run... That cheery, DIY effort masks a different campaign, one that is slowly expiring in all the usual ways of terminal campaigns at the end-stage: cash is running low, supporters are griping about not getting paid and aides are valiantly trying to convince themselves as much as the press that, really, there is a path forward." - Politico

Romney's Secret Service codename: Javelin. Santorum's: Petrus

"It's tempting to associate a candidate's code word with some aspect of their personality. Sometimes this is true and sometimes it is not. "Petrus" is a biblical allusion—as in St. Peter, the first pope. (The Latin name is derived from the Greek word for "rock.") Perhaps "Javelin" is a reference to the '60s muscle car made by American Motors Corporation, the company once run by George Romney." - GQ

Ron Paul and Romney supporters manage to grab Missouri delegates from Santorum

Paul Ron"Supporters of Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Ron Paul have forged an alliance in some of Missouri's local caucuses. Rick Santorum easily won Missouri's non-binding primary last month. But he was shut out from receiving delegates at some of the local caucuses that occurred over the weekend after Romney and Paul supporters combined to advance their own slate of delegates." - AP

  • "In a Republican primary process that has been more convoluted than a pretentious student film, Missouri's rules are uniquely confusing and uniquely prone to exploitation by a well-organized campaign. Paul's operation, designed to maximize caucus-state delegates, has stepped into the void left by Santorum's underwhelming operation." - Daily Beast

Could there be a brokered convention? Yes! - Stephen Hayes in Weekly Standard

Rubio to headline major South Carolina GOP fundraiser - CNN

Majority Leader Cantor intervenes in Illinois congressional primary

Cantor Eric"[T]he contest between Reps. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill, and Don Manzullo, R-Ill., will be a very important test of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's clout - and, even more importantly, his political judgment... Cantor took the unusual step of taking sides in the Republican primary contest endorsing Kinzinger... a super PAC tied to Cantor (YG Action Fund) spent $50,000 worth of radio ads endorsing Kinzinger... The move was designed to promote a young, telegenic congressman whose military background and willingness to be a team player makes him an ideal member, in Cantor's view. But it is looking like it could backfire, big-time." - National Journal

...the backlash begins

"Republican operatives tracking the race said that Manzullo has moved into a narrow five-point lead over the past week, after starting the contest behind. Cantor's endorsement prompted outside conservative groups (FreedomWorks, RedState) to engage in the race on behalf of Manzullo, irked by leadership's bigfooting over a reliably conservative member." - National Journal

"The 10-term congressman said he was “outraged” that Cantor (R-Va.) endorsed freshman Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) in the battle between the two lawmakers, which is growing nastier by the day. “He needs to step down as majority leader,” Manzullo told The Hill on Monday afternoon, referring to Cantor. “Members of our conference don’t trust him, and when you don’t trust someone, you need to replace him.”" - The Hill

Latest war games show Israeli strikes against Iran would end in a Middle Eastern war 

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"A classified war simulation held this month to assess the repercussions of an Israeli attack on Iran forecasts that the strike would lead to a wider regional war, which could draw in the United States and leave hundreds of Americans dead, according to American officials. [T]he game has raised fears among top American planners that it may be impossible to preclude American involvement in any escalating confrontation with Iran, the officials said."- New York Times

In vitro babies denied U.S. citizenship - USA Today

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