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7:00 EVENING UPDATES Representative Patrick Murphy, Iraq vet, on MSNBC just now said group in Congress seeking Joe Walsh to resign over maligning Duckworth’s service (see original report down the page)… Sarah Palin broke the “Are you kidding?” barrier so completely that even someone like Senator Rob Portman of Ohio now a “serious” VP possibility… Please, don’t cite current heat wave as “proof” of climate change—then mock wingers who cite big snowstorms. Stick to yearly data etc.
1:25 OFFSHORE ENOUGH? Bill Burton, the Obama PAC guy, weighs in on Vanity Fair revelations (see below) in e-mail: “Today’s Vanity Fair article confirms what the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal reported but the Romney campaign falsely denied. Unlike the vast majority of Americans who pay their fair share of taxes, Mitt Romney is avoiding taxes by stashing millions of dollars in the Cayman Islands. This matters in the presidential campaign because it is just these types of loopholes for the wealthy that Romney would protect, forcing more of the tax burden onto the middle class. As Governor Romney vets his potential nominees for Vice President, you have to wonder, is he asking potential candidates about just such investments? And if Romney gave the McCain campaign 23 years of tax returns, how many years of tax returns is his team examining from each of the candidates?”
12:05 pm AFTERNOON DELIGHTS WSJ: Wonder why Obama hasn’t gone after banks so much? Check out campaign contributions… Romney camp touting big funding surge after SCOTUS ruling (though mainly from the usual fat cats)—but House Dems had best week ever (and will need it)… David Brooks in today’s NYT column offers laughable defense of GOP healthcare plan—and says if GOPers can’t make the case in the fall they should quit “public life.” So let’s hold him to giving up his column in November.
11:05 am ARTICLE OF THE DAY Surely it is this mammoth and much-needed Vanity Fair probe of Romney’s investments, particularly with his ill-gotten Bain money and sent abroad, especially to the Cayman Islands: “the murky world of offshore finance, revealing loopholes that allow the very wealthy to skirt tax laws, and investigating just how much of Romney’s fortune (with $30 million in Bain Capital funds in the Cayman Islands alone?) looks pretty strange for a presidential candidate.”