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1.) Cain doesn’t know what’s twirling around in Gingrich’s head – He was once a proud member of Newt Gingrich’s vaunted “Dream Team.” Now he is baffled why Newt remains in the presidential race when his chances of winning the GOP nomination are less than Mel Gibson winning B’nai B’rith’s Man of the Year award. TheDC’s Michelle Fields reports:
“Former presidential candidate Herman Cain told The Daily Caller that he doesn’t know why former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is still in the Republican presidential race and doesn’t ‘know what’s going on in his head.’ ‘Everybody knows that Speaker Gingrich is not going to get the nomination, probably,’ Cain explained. ‘It would have to take an absolute long-shot mix-up of everything that would happen at the convention. I don’t know what’s going on in his head, so I can’t comment.’”
2.) Matthew Lesko refuses to say he would accept job as Obama’s Treasury secretary — America’s second most famous “free money” man, Matthew Lesko, refused to say whether he would accept the offer from America’s most famous free money man, President Obama, to be his treasury secretary should the post open up. TheDC’s Jamie Weinstein (ME!) reports:
“Asked whether he would help President Obama give away the government’s money if he was asked to serve as Treasury secretary for the only man in America more proficient at Lesko’s job than Lesko, he said with a laugh: ‘I don’t think they need help!’”
But at least Lesko isn’t definitively saying no. We’ll keep our fingers crossed. It would be match made in big government heaven.
3.) BREAKING: Media Matters shares same enemies as Obama admin — Between cozying up to the anti-Israel, anti-American Al Jazeera network and bashing Fox News, Media Matters somehow also finds time to fight “Christian-influenced ideology” in the media. At least, that’s what they tell the IRS, reports TheDC’s Vince Coglianese:
“When David Brock applied for tax-exempt status for Media Matters for America, he told the IRS exactly who his group would be fighting against: businesses, wealthy Americans and conservative Christians. ‘Media Matters for America (MMA) believes that news reporting and analysis by the American media, with its eye on profit margin and preservation of the status quo, has become biased,’ read the group’s application, obtained by The Daily Caller, ‘It is common for news and commentary by the press to present viewpoints that tend to overly promote corporate interests, the rights of the wealthy, and a conservative, Christian-influenced ideology.’”
Fighting against businesses, wealthy Americans and conservative Christians? Sounds like the same enemies as the Obama administration — which shouldn’t be too surprising since Media Matters and the Obama White House are reportedly in weekly contact.
4.) Dodd-Frank financial reform creates jobs – They’re just mainly in the legal and paper printing sectors. TheDC’s Matthew Boyle reports:
“The House Financial Services Committee plans to release a new Web resource aimed at tracking the regulatory burden of the Dodd-Frank financial overhaul Congress passed in 2010. The ‘Dodd-Frank Burden Tracker’ is set to measure how much of a negative effect the legislation will have … Regulators have written only 185 of the expected 400 rules. But those 185 rules are expected to cost the private sector more than 24 million man-hours each year to comply. The tracker has also found that those 185 rules take up more than 5,300 pages.”
5.) Poll of the Day: Romney, Obama in dead heat – RealClearPolitics polling average of general election: President Obama 47.3%, Mitt Romney 44.1%.