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Interactive Map: The 2012 Election and the Economy
The Journal?s graphics gurus have rolled out a new election map, an interactive gizmo that shows which way states are leaning in the presidential race (using using polling data from RealClearPolitics) and also lets users dig into economic factors that could influence votes.
"You have to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time. I can walk and chew gum at the same time."
-- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), quoted by the Washington Examiner, explaining why he's succeeded in working with Democratic leaders.
Mitt Romney is making his third trip to the battleground state of Colorado, but will once again venture to a reliably Republican corner hours away from the state?s populous and heavily contested Front Range.
Former Obama aide Bill Burton explains to the New York Times Magazine that it took weeks to come up with the name Priorities USA Action for his Super PAC because "every slogan they considered had already been trademarked by Republicans."
Said Burton: "We gave our lawyer 10 more names. Then like 50. We're literally trying every combination of whatever. You can't come up with a name that has the word 'future' in it that the Republicans don't control. Romney's Restore Our Future -- that doesn't even make sense, and that's probably why they were able to get it."
At Barney Frank's Wedding, Vegan Soba and Pelosi on the Dance Floor
The reception, with music, vegan dishes and general sentimental gushing, offered its own display of the liberal Democrat establishment celebrating the first-ever same-sex wedding of a congressman.
TMZ has audio of a 911 call placed just after former U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson committed a series of hit-and-run accidents last month.
Denise Rich, the songwriter and socialite who was once married to pardoned financier Marc Rich, has given up her U.S. citizenship, a move that could also help shield her from future U.S. taxes.
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Democrats are "testing the outer limits" of using trackers in political campaigns, Politico reports.
"While most serious campaigns on both sides use campaign trackers -- staffers whose job is to record on video every public appearance and statement by an opponent -- House Democrats are taking it to another level. They're now recording video of the homes of GOP congressmen and candidates and posting the raw footage on the Internet for all to see."
"That ratcheting up of the video surveillance game is unnerving Republicans who insist that even by political standards, it's a gross invasion of privacy. Worse, they say, it creates a safety risk for members of Congress and their families at a time when they are already on edge after a deranged gunman shot former Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords 18 months ago."
Faced with a barrage of attacks on Mitt Romney's business record, the Romney campaign will start to "aggressively push back" today, BuzzFeed reports.
The plan is that Romney's surrogates would stop shying away from the word "lie" in responding to Democrats' attacks on his business record, and plan to go on TV to call Obama a "liar."
Said a campaign source: "They are very fed up with these attacks."
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