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1.) Cheney’s back and Reid attacks — Dick Cheney visited Capitol Hill Tuesday and Democrats immediately pounced, accusing Cheney of being Satan. Or advocating policies to support Halliburton. One of the two. You may say the Dems were partying like its 2007, trotting out their tired Cheney clichés . TheDC’s Nicholas Ballasy reports:
“Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters that former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney’s visit to Capitol Hill is intended to ‘spur’ Republicans on to oppose automatic defense cuts included in the ‘sequester,’ because of Cheney’s ties to Halliburton. ‘Vice President Cheney’s up here. We know that before he became vice president, he worked for Halliburton,’ Reid said at a Tuesday press conference. ‘Halliburton did extremely well during his time as vice president, and I assume there’s going to be some concern about Halliburton again in this conversation they are going to have today.’”
That could be one possibility, though it doesn’t make any sense. Conversely, what if Cheney cared about an extra $500 trillion in Defense cuts because he cares about America and takes seriously President Obama’s own Secretary of Defense when he says such cuts would be “disastrous in terms of our national defense?” What a thought.
2.) Tired Bain refrain – The Obamas hate Bain Capital, except when they’re praising a company supported by Bain Capital. TheDC’s Alex Pappas reports:
“President Barack Obama‘s re-election campaign has been on a mission to vilify Bain Capital, the venture capital firm co-founded by Mitt Romney. But before Romney was the Republican nominee for president, first lady Michelle Obama praised a child care company Bain Capital helped get off the ground. In 2011, the first lady said she was ‘excited’ about the role of Bright Horizons, a corporate day care company founded in the 1980s backed by Bain Capital, in her ‘Let’s Move! Child Care’ campaign, according to a video reviewed by The Daily Caller.”
Oh consistency, how politicians hate you so.
3.) Obama’s economy worse than advertised – A Democrat admits that the official unemployment rate doesn’t exactly reflect the real state of joblessness in America. TheDC’s Caroline May reports:
“According to Connecticut Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro, however, the reason behind the swelling food stamp rolls is that unemployment is worse than the 8.2 percent reported earlier this month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. ‘Let’s just say this,’ DeLauro said during a Thursday CSPAN interview, when presented with a Bloomberg Government graph showing millions more people on food stamps even as unemployment decreased from Oct. 2009-Dec. 2011. ‘When we talk about the unemployment numbers, unemployment is 8.2 percent. That’s not including the people who have stopped looking for jobs.’”
Call me crazy, but this doesn’t seem like all that great of an economy to be running for re-election in.
4.) Mr. Cellophane, shouldn’t be Obama’s name – Because you can’t see through him and the actions of his administration, says a top Romney aid. TheDC’s Michelle fields reports:
“Ed Gillespie, a senior adviser to Mitt Romney‘s presidential campaign, said Tuesday that President Barack Obama is engaging in ‘a lot of hypocrisy on the transparency front.’ Gillespie particularly criticized Obama for demanding that Romney release more of his personal tax returns while also ‘hiding behind’ executive privilege to withhold Operation Fast and Furious documents.”
5.) Poll of the Day: Plurality of Americans have favorable view of Mormonism –ABC News/Washington Post poll asks non-Mormon Americans, “Would you say you have a generally favorable or unfavorable opinion of the Mormon religion?”: 38% said favorable, 31% said unfavorable while 31% were unsure.