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POSTED: Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 7:34 AM

When Republican Mitt Romney arrives in Pittsburgh Tuesday, he’ll be greeted by a 30-second television attack ad from President Obama’s re-election campaign that rips him for refusing to release more than two years of his tax returns.

“Makes You Wonder” asks what Romney is hiding. Obama, and many leading Republicans, including the governor of Alabama, have been urging Romney to release more tax information. Based on what is known, the former private-equity tycoon has used tax havens and other offshore bank accounts, and pays a far lower effective tax rate than millions of the middle class.

No law requires presidential candidates to release tax returns, which are private, but disclosure has been an element of national politics since at least 1952, when GOP vice presidential nominee Richard M. Nixon challenged his opponent to do so. Nixon was under fire for taking gifts from supporters; he made the famous “Checkers” speech about his finances but, despite the gambit, did not release his returns then. In 1968, Nixon did release the returns. (h/t Wall Street Journal).


POSTED: Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 4:53 PM

Michelle Obama appears in Philadelphia Wednesday to hobnob with many of the country's top municipal officials.

With the U.S. Conference of Mayors in town (led by the organization’s president, Michael Nutter), the First Lady plans to announce new efforts in her “Let’s Move” inititative to combat childhood obesity.

The event is scheduled to begin shortly before noon at the Lenfest Police Athletic Club in the city’s Hunting Park section.

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POSTED: Monday, July 16, 2012, 9:43 PM

Hip hop star Alicia Keys urged hundreds at a rally for women supporters of President Obama Monday night to work hard to re-elect him, for themselves and their families, saying she was inspired by the boisterous crowd in the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

“There is a brilliant fire that is shooting forth from you, and I am emblazoned by you,” Keys said. “This campaign gives people a voice, and a chance to be part of something bigger than ourselves.”

She was joined by Democratic National Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a representative from Florida, and Valerie Jarrett, a longtime adviser to the president, as well as Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D.,Pa.) and Lisa Nutter, first lady of Philadelphia.

POSTED: Friday, July 13, 2012, 2:15 PM

At this point, Chicago probably wishes somebody would just seal former Gov. Ed Rendell's mouth with duct tape already.

On MSNBC Friday, Rendell, a Democrat, said he thought that the Obama campaign "may be hurting the president's brand a little bit" with its attacks on Mitt Romney over the issue of when he severed his connection to the private equity firm Bain Capital.

"I think our supporters went a bit too far with the felony business," Rendell said.


POSTED: Friday, July 13, 2012, 3:29 PM

Summer vacation plans conflicting with your political interests?

Do you live overseas and miss the hurly burly and swanky fundraisers of an American election season?

This year, the presidential contenders are reaching out across the waters, to tap the cash in your pockets that might go otherwise untouched.

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POSTED: Thursday, July 12, 2012, 1:16 PM

Republican Mitt Romney responded Thursday with a new television ad that brands President Obama a liar for ads that charge the Republican outsourced American jobs during his time with the private-equity firm Bain Capital.

“When a president doesn’t tell the truth, how can we trust him to lead?” the narrator asks in the 30-second spot. “The Obama outsourcing attacks: ‘misleading, unfair and untrue,’” the narrator continues, citing a June 21 report by the Washington Post’s fact-checking columnist.

It was interesting that the ad (below) also features a cameo by Hillary Clinton from the 2008 Democratic primary campaign, in which she says, "Shame on you, Sen. Obama" for distorting her record. (There are a lot of disaffected Hillary Democrats out there.)


POSTED: Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 9:12 AM

President Obama’s campaign has been bombarding swing state markets with attack ads that portray Bain Capital and its former CEO, Mitt Romney, as pioneers of shipping American jobs overseas.

This morning, the Republican National Committee is striking back, with a website that details how Obama sent billions of U.S. stimulus funds to foreign firms involved in making clean energy products – wind turbines, solar panels, electric cars and related technologies.

Party Chairman Reince Priebus will hold a news conference on the “Obama outsourcing” later this morning in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, countering the president’s own trip to the Hawkeye State to tout his proposal to extend the Bush-era tax cuts only for those earning less than $250,000 a year.


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