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Aide: Romney 'Retroactively Retired' From Bain

Leave of absence became permanent, Gillespie tells CNN

(Newser) - Senior Romney adviser Ed Gillespie muddied the waters further while trying to clear up the question of when Mitt really left Bain Capital. "There may have been a thought at the time that it could be part-time," Gillespie told CBS' Face the Nation when asked about Romney's...

NYT Scribe Defends White House Leaks

David Axelrod denies leaks came from White House

(Newser) - The public's right to know about the president and his policies outweigh secrecy and security issues, says David Sanger, the New York Times reporter behind one of two much-criticized articles on the White House's approach to national security, reports the LA Times . Sen. John McCain has repeatedly attacked...

Walker to Romney: Channel Reagan

 Walker to Romney: 
 Channel Reagan 
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Walker to Romney: Channel Reagan

Mitt needs to get serious about reform to win in November

(Newser) - Scott Walker, who's had to win a couple of elections in short order, has a little advice for the man who wants to abscond with the Oval Office come November: Win one with the Gipper . “I just hope he takes a page out of President Reagan’s playbook...

Angry Holder, Axelrod 'Had to Be Separated'

Author Daniel Klaidman dishes on 2009 Cabinet dust-up

(Newser) - Eric Holder and David Axelrod went toe to toe in a heated cabinet meeting that almost got physical, according to a new book on Obama's presidency. Holder, the attorney general, became "incensed" when the Obama adviser accused him of griping publicly about White House interference, the Telegraph reports....

Obama Camp: Romney Was Lousy Governor, Too

New video says he broke campaign promises in Massachusetts

(Newser) - The Obama campaign launched a new offensive against Mitt Romney today, taking aim at his record as governor of Massachusetts. In a four-minute documentary-style video, Massachusetts lawmakers and mayors—all of them Democrats, though not, the Boston Globe points out, identified as such—complain that Romney didn't work with...

Collins: Where Are Women in Secret Service?
 Collins: 
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 Women in 
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Collins: Where Are Women in Secret Service?

Lawmakers suggest elite guards could use some diversity

(Newser) - The Secret Service prostitution scandal dominated the talk show air waves today, with a pair of female legislators openly questioning whether more women in the elite guards' ranks could've averted the scandal. "It defies belief that this is just an aberration," Sen. Susan Collins told This Week....

Dem Operative: Ann Romney Hasn't Worked a Day in Her Life

Rosen comments drive Twitter firestorm

(Newser) - Democratic operative Hilary Rosen set off a Twitter tempest yesterday when she said on CNN that Ann Romney has "actually never worked a day in her life," making her a poor adviser on women's economic issues . The backlash was fierce, Politico reports. Ann Romney joined Twitter to...

Chuck Grassley in Brouhaha Over Calling Obama 'Stupid'

Republican upset over president's Supreme Court comments

(Newser) - Sen. Charles Grassley is in hot water today after a tweet Saturday in which the Iowa Republican called President Obama stupid. "Constituents askd why i am not outraged at PresO attack on supreme court independence. Bcause Am ppl r not stupid as this x prof of con law,"...

Axelrod: Mad Men Is the 'Evening News' to Romney

He's 'oblivious' and 'in a time warp' says Obama campaign adviser

(Newser) - Dmitry Medvedev thinks Mitt Romney is stuck in the 1970s ... and David Axelrod apparently disagrees. It's more like the 1960s, he says. In an appearance on CBS This Morning , the Obama campaign honcho quipped that Romney "must watch Mad Men and think it's the evening news. He...

America Needs to Lose the Fake Outrage


 America Needs 
 to Lose the 
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Bill Maher

America Needs to Lose the Fake Outrage

Bill Maher thinks it's time we lighten up and stop apologizing

(Newser) - When David Axelrod called Mitt Romney's Illinois ad push a “Mittzkrieg” this week, the Republican Jewish Coalition angrily demanded that the DNC rebuke him. “Because the message of 'Mittzkrieg' was clear: Kill all the Jews,” quips Bill Maher in a New York Times op-ed. Maher,...

Dems: Romney Can't Face Limbaugh, Let Alone Iran

David Axelrod, Romney camp trade slams

(Newser) - The Rush Limbaugh chronicles surfaced on the campaign trail again, with David Axelrod veering off the topic of Super Tuesday to criticize Mitt Romney for his tepid response to the "slut" comment, reports the Huffington Post . If Romney can't stand up to "the most strident voices in...

Everybody Slams Limbaugh
 Everybody Slams Limbaugh 
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Everybody Slams Limbaugh

Also, will Eric Cantor or Rand Paul be vice president nominee?

(Newser) - Today's talk show theme: Pile on Rush Limbaugh. The conservative talk show host took a bipartisan drubbing worthy of a gold-stuffed piñata, reports Politico , as both sides lambasted his slut comment and subsequent apology . A sampling:
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "I know he apologized, but forgive me if
...

New Furor as White House Waffles on Birth Control

David Axelrod's religious freedom comments spark an uproar

(Newser) - Washington launched into a tizzy yesterday after David Axelrod's Morning Joe appearance, in which he signaled that the administration might be willing to soften its stance mandating that Catholic institutions provide birth control coverage for employees. "We certainly don't want to abridge anyone's religious freedoms,"...

Huntsman to Romney: Who Are You?
 Huntsman 
 to Romney: 
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Huntsman to Romney: Who Are You?

Hammers his 'credibility gap'

(Newser) - The GOP candidates were busily piling on Mitt Romney during the Meet the Press debate , and Jon Huntsman took it a step further on State of the Union today, bashing Romney as having "morphed himself" too much for voters to know who he really is. "You run for...

Herman Cain Takes Heat Over 9-9-9 Plan
 Cain Takes 
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Cain Takes Heat Over 9-9-9 Plan

Says he's killing invisible taxes with a visible one

(Newser) - Sudden GOP frontrunner Herman Cain defended his 9-9-9 tax plan on the talk show circuit today, shooting back at critics who say it would jack taxes for the poor, middle class, and elderly. "There are invisible taxes that are built into everything we buy," said Cain, adding...

Get Ready for Earful From Obama Aides

President needs trash-talking surrogates ahead of election 2012: Michael Scherer

(Newser) - Amid press conferences and big speeches, President Obama spent his first two years in office as “his own messenger.” But expect that to change in the run-up to the next election, writes Michael Scherer in Time . In those first two years, Obama lacked a solid team of spokespeople;...

Dean: What&#39;s the Tea Party Smoking?
 Dean: What's 
 the Tea Party 
 Smoking? 
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Dean: What's the Tea Party Smoking?

GOP blames Obama, Dems blame Tea Party for S&P downgrade

(Newser) - If nothing else, the S&P downgrade made for a lively August Sunday on the talk show circuit, with anyone who is anyone booking an appearance to sling some blame for the US' brand new AA+ rating . The Democrats pointed directly at the Tea Party and its refusal to raise...

Debt Battle Sets Stage for Hyper-Partisan 2012 Election

Expect stark contrasts, not mushy generalities

(Newser) - As nasty as the debt ceiling fight was, it was just a warm-up for the 2012 presidential election, which is shaping up to be a major referendum on the size, role, and philosophy of government, reports the Washington Post . “This had nothing to do with the debt ceiling,”...

Robert Gates: Taliban Talks &#39;Preliminary&#39;


 Robert Gates: 
 Taliban Talks 
 'Preliminary' 
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Robert Gates: Taliban Talks 'Preliminary'

Says he wouldn't expect real progress until at least winter

(Newser) - Robert Gates confirmed today that the US is in "preliminary" talks with the Taliban, reports the Hill, cautioning that they've only been going on for a "few weeks." Appearing on State of the Union and Fox News Sunday, the outgoing defense secretary said the State Department...

Gibbs Likely to Go In White House Shakeup

Sources say White House press secretary considering 2012 campaign role

(Newser) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs—who recently told reporters no major administration reshuffle was on the way—is likely to be headed for the exit himself as part of the overhaul, according to Politico. Gibbs is seriously considering stepping aside to work on President Obama's 2012 campaign, although no...

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