TOP NEWS: Democracy: June 19, 2012
- Obama Immigration Policy Favored
- Marco Rubio Not Romney’s Running Mate
- Supreme Court Ruling On Health Care Looms
- Romney Hopes Immigration Reform Done
- Can Chuck Schumer win back Wall St. for Democrats?
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Lisa Lerer, Bloomberg- President Barack Obama is winning the opening round in the battle over immigration, according to a Bloomberg poll released today, putting Republicans on the defensive with his decision to end the deportations of some illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.
Jonathan Karl, ABC- Even before the Republicans chose a presidential nominee it was widely assumed that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., would be at the top of anybody’s list of vice presidential candidates. The reasons are obvious: Not only is he young, charismatic and wildly popular with conservatives, but he could also help Republicans win a key state (Florida) and make inroads with Hispanics.
Tom Murphy, AP via Huffington Post – One of the biggest misconceptions about President Obama’s health care overhaul isn’t who the law will cover, but rather who it won’t. If it survives Supreme court scrutiny, the landmark overhaul will expand coverage to about 30 million uninsured people, according to government figures. But an estimated 26 million Americans will remain without coverage.
Sam Stein, Huff Post – Mitt Romney was asked during his interview with Fox News on Monday to address once again President Barack Obama’s decision to stop deporting undocumented youth who have graduated from high school or served in the military. And for the second time in as many days, he stayed vague on whether or not he would rescind the order upon taking office.
Kate Nocera and Manu Raju, Politico – Schumer in recent months has been on a fence-mending campaign with senior Wall Street executives, many of whom have grown furious with the Democratic Party. It’s a fence with a lot of holes: Leading Democrats have been bashing big banks for the better part of four years, and some magnates scoff at the idea of making up.
Michael Cooper, NY Times- Throughout the Great Recession and the not-so-great recovery, the most commonly discussed measure of misery has been unemployment. But many middle-class and working-class people who are fortunate enough to have work are struggling as well, which is why Sherry Woods, a 59-year-old van driver from Atlanta, found herself standing in line at a jobs fair this month, with her résumé tucked inside a Bible.
Paul Blumenthal, Huff Post – A federal law to prevent U.S. companies from paying bribes to business overseas recently came to the forefront when The New York Times reported that Walmart officials had covered up alleged bribes made by company representatives in Mexico. The retail giant faces federal investigation for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).
Robert Pear, NY Times- Efforts to impose stricter controls on prescription drugs that are subject to rampant abuse have apparently failed after a groundswell of lobbying by pharmacists and drugstores, members of Congress said on Monday.The proposed controls, sought by senators and law enforcement officials, would apply to products like hydrocodone that are used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain.
James Taranto, WSJ – The world’s perfidy notwithstanding, “polls show Mr. Obama with a double-digit advantage over [Mitt] Romney on foreign policy,” Baker notes. But in a cruel twist of fate, “in the latest New York Times-CBS News poll, only 4 percent of Americans picked foreign policy as their top election concern.”
Robert Shrum, The Daily Beast- Is W. Mitt Romney morphing into Thomas E. Dewey, the 1948 Republican nominee who famously—and surprisingly to everyone except Harry Truman—was confounded and defeated by Truman’s populist campaign? Look at Romney’s response to Obama’s profoundly decent and politically adroit decision to stop deporting young people brought illegally to the U.S. as children and instead grant them renewable two-year work permits.
Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen, Politico – President Barack Obama’s campaign wants to turn Mitt Romney into the candidate of old, straight, white men. Of course, his aides would never state it so crudely. But that’s the unmistakable aim of their political strategy of the past two months.