TOP NEWS: Democracy: August 10, 2012
- Romney Faces Pressure From Right to Put Ryan on Ticket
- Obama to include Republicans in hard-hitting convention
- Obama Drawing Big Crowds, but Not Like in ’08
- After Sikh Temple Shooting, Neighbors Work for Tolerance
- Illegal Immigrants See Opportunity in New Rule
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ELECTIONS 2012/PAUL RYAN: Romney Faces Pressure From Right to Put Ryan on Ticket
Michael D. Shear, Trip Gabriel, NY Times – Conservative media outlets are pushing Mitt Romney to erase doubts about his agenda by choosing Representative Paul D. Ryan as his running mate.
ELECTIONS 2012/CONVENTION PLANS: Exclusive: Obama to include Republicans in hard-hitting convention
Mike Allen, Politico – Advisers to President Barack Obama are scripting a Democratic National Convention featuring several Republicans in a prime-time appeal to independents — and planning a blistering portrayal of Mitt Romney as a heartless aristocrat.
CAMPAIGN CROWDS: Obama Drawing Big Crowds, but Not Like in ’08
Jackie Calmes, NY Times – The Obama campaign says it is focusing on smaller venues in smaller cities as it tries to connect with undecided voters.
ELECTIONS 2012/ADVERTISING: Obama, Romney campaigns run provocative ads to draw attention
Nia-Malika Henderson, David Nakamura, Washington Post – Increasingly, for both the Obama and Romney campaigns, the goal of ads is to somehow rise above a cluttered media landscape, no matter how outrageous a message that requires.
ELECTIONS 2012/ROMNEY INTERVIEW: Exclusive Romney Interview: On Humility and Tax Returns
By Josh Tyrangiel, Businessweek – On his way to a fundraiser in Chicago on Aug. 7, Governor Romney talked about his father, what he learned at Bain, and why the controversy over his tax returns is a nonissue.
ELECTIONS 2012/POLL: RCP Average: Obaman/Romney National
Obama: 48.4%, Romney: 44.0%
John Eligon, Steven Yaccino, NY Times – After the shooting in Wisconsin, residents of Oak Creek have come together in efforts to open communication.
SIKH SHOOTING: If the Sikh Temple Had Been a Muslim Mosque
Samuel G. Freedman, NY Times – The suspicion that the suspect in the shootings outside Milwaukee intended to kill Muslims, not Sikhs, masks the fact that Islamophobia is on the rise.
IMMIGRATION: Illegal Immigrants See Opportunity in New Rule
Adeshina Emmanuel, NY Times – Young illegal immigrants can begin applying for work permits next week under a new government policy.
GUN CONTROL: Guns, Butter and Then Some
Mark Bittman, NY Times, Op-Ed – Since 9/11, 33 Americans have been killed by “terrorists”; roughly 150,000 Americans have been killed by non-terrorists: that is, your run-of-the-mill murderers. Murder, like the leading cause of death — heart disease — is often preventable, through regulations, education and medical intervention.
CYBER WARFARE: Pentagon proposes more robust role for cyber-specialists
Ellen Nakashima, Washington Post – The Pentagon has proposed that military cyber-specialists be given the permission to take action outside its computer networks to defend critical U.S. computer systems.
EDUCATION: Christie Does Tenure
WSJ, Editorial – Now New Jersey will evaluate teachers before hiring them for life. There’s no doubt the Christie plan, which passed with a big bipartisan majority, is progress, though only by the denuded standards of modern public education.
HEALTHCARE/MEDICARE: Medicare pilot program meant to revise policy that leaves seniors with costly bill
Susan Jaffe, The Washington Post – Medicare has launched a pilot project to test whether it can relax hospital-payment rules to help the growing number of seniors who are shelling out thousands of dollars for follow-up nursing-home care.
Vivek Wadhwa, Washington Post, Opinion – There’s a popular myth that Silicon Valley is a meritocracy, but Blacks and Hispanics constitute only 1.5 percent and 4.7 percent respectively of the Valley’s computer workers—even lower than the national averages of 7.1 percent and 5.3 percent.
ENVIRONMENT/CLEAN ENERGY: The Search for Energy Takes a Turn Underwater
Jess Bidgood, NY Times – A project to harness the tides off the coast of Maine, contemplated for 80 years, may start generating power next month.
ROMNEY/CULTURE: Romney’s Side Course of Culture
Ta-Nehisi Coates, NY Times, Op-Ed – Mitt Romney acts as if culture is a set of irrefutable best practices, when in fact it is more like a toolbox whose efficacy depends upon the job.
ROMNEY FINANCES: In Real Estate Deal, Romney Made His Loss a Couple’s Gain
Mike McIntire, NY Times – Sandwiched among the hedge funds in Mitt Romney’s portfolio is less than $2,500 in annual interest income from the mortgage on Timothy and Betty Stamps’s Texas home.
GAY ADOPTION: Male Couples Face Pressure to Fill Cradles
Rachel Swarns, NY Times – As acceptance of same-sex marriage and parenthood grows, many gay couples find themselves answering the double-edged questions.
OLYMPICS: An Olympics Built for Records
Matthew Futterman, Jonathan Clegg, Geoffrey A. Fowler, WSJ – Defying expectations, the London games have produced a series of top performances, thanks to facilities that were deliberately engineered to give athletes every possible edge.
OLYMPICS: United States Wins Women’s Soccer Gold
Sam Borden, NY Times – Behind two goals by Carli Lloyd, the United States defeated Japan to avenge last year’s loss in the World Cup final and win its fourth gold medal in women’s soccer.
Christopher Clarey, NY Times – Usain Bolt of Jamaica edged his teammate Yohan Blake to win the gold medal at the London Games.
Jere Longman, NY Times – Every day at the London Games has offered riveting moments, but perhaps no single day was more crowded with drama and record achievement than Thursday.
OLYMPICS/WOMEN’S BOXING: Claressa’s Gold
Ariel Levy, New Yorker – Seventeen-year-old Claressa Shields clobbered her opponents in the first Olympics to allow women to box for a medal.
More on Elections 2012
VEEPSTAKES/PAUL RYAN: Obama’s Wisconsin team gears up for Ryan pick
Daniel Bice, Journal Sentinel – President Barack Obama’s Wisconsin team has taken the lead in preparing a detailed, multipronged attack if Ryan gets the nod.
VEEPSTAKES: Romney’s VP Choice: Mild or Spicy?
Naftali Bendavid, WSJ – As Mitt Romney nears his selection of a running mate, Republicans and conservative opinion leaders are dividing into two camps: a “be careful” faction and a “be daring” caucus.
VEEPSTAKES/PAWLENTY: Pawlenty waits patiently
Michael Leahy, Washington Post – Tim Pawlenty is the hardest-working Mitt Romney surrogate among all the vice presidential hopefuls, a fact that buoys his boosters, who read it as a sign that devotion will be rewarded. But no one knows better than Pawlenty that a long slog in politics guarantees nothing.
VEEPSTAKES: The Case for a Reformer
Kimberly A. Strassel, WSJ – It could lift the campaign with all walks of voters, not just those in one state or demographic. So is Mitt Romney the GOP’s future, or is he the GOP’s past? That’s one way to look at his upcoming choice of a running mate.
ADVERTISING: Obama camp acknowledges knowing man’s story
Byron Tau, Politico – Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki acknowledged Thursday that the campaign was no longer pleading ignorance about the story of a man who has appeared in both a super PAC ad and a campaign ad.
By: Christina Bellantoni and Terence Burlij, PBD NewsHour – Mitt Romney’s favorability ratings were on the upswing ever since he locked down the Republican nomination, but there are growing signs that a torrent of negative attacks from President Obama and his Democratic allies have affected voter impressions of the GOP hopeful.
ROMNEY TAX PLAN: Romney’s tax plan wouldn’t cut the deficit
Erskine Bowles, Washington Post, Opinion – As a businessman with real respect and appreciation for Mitt Romney’s business career, I plead: You must have a balanced plan that reforms the tax code in a progressive, pro-growth manner and produces additional revenue if you are serious about reducing the deficit.
Ryan Grim, Huffington Post – A top aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) provided new details Wednesday on the identity of Reid’s source for the claim that Mitt Romney did not pay taxes for 10 years.
Jennifer Steinhauer, NY Times – A primary campaign between John L. Mica and Sandy Adams in Florida, with voting next Tuesday, in many ways encapsulates the central conflict that has divided House Republicans in the 112th Congress.
VOTER MOBILIZATION: Campaigns Shift Focus to Mobilizing Base
Patrick O’Connor, WSJ – With few voters undecided, the presidential campaigns are competing to maximize turnout of core supporters.
UNION DONATIONS: Unions hit Democratic convention where it hurts: In the wallet
Robin Bravender, Anna Palmer, Politico – The Democrats are hitting up unions — their go-to cash cows — for last-minute donations to help pay for next month’s convention in Charlotte. The response from some big unions? Tough.
ROMNEY APPEAL: Shouldn’t Mitt Romney be ahead by now?
Roger Simon, Politico – Shouldn’t Romney be wiping the floor with Obama? By the measurements Romney uses again and again in his speeches — prolonged high unemployment, a failed economy and the unpopularity of “Obamacare” — shouldn’t Americans be rallying around Romney by a significant majority by now?
PREDICTIONS: Ghosts of Elections Past Won’t Help Predict This One
Jonathan Alter, Bloomberg, Opinion – For generations, political operatives have revisited past presidential elections to try to predict the outcome of their present-day campaigns. That won’t work this year.
DECISIVE DATES: The Dates That Will Decide November
Larry J. Sabato, Kyle Kondi, WSJ, Opinion: The fall debates won’t matter much. But the unemployment rate will be announced on Friday, Nov. 2, four days before the election.
CONVENTION DELEGATES: David Koch To Be Romney Delegate
Reid Wilson, National Journal – David Koch, the billionaire industrialist who has poured millions of dollars into conservative political causes, will be among the delegates formally voting to hand Romney the party’s nomination.
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