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3:15 REVERSE BIRTHERISM Now we’ve heard it all. That Arizona elections official—also a co-chair of Romney campaign there and possible candidate for governor in two years—has changed his tune about Obama not being born in USA after much ridicule. Now he claims that he was born in Hawaii—but lied and said he was born in Kenya to get into college, and has spent millions covering it up. It’s a good thing Obama is too young to have been on the grassy knoll in Dealey Plaza on November 22, 1963.
3:00 PUBLIC STILL DOESN’T UNDERSTAND HEALTH REFORM And that can’t help Dems in election, no matter how SCOTUS rules, maybe tomorrow. Trudy Liebeman at CJR probes Kaiser Foundation finding that fewer people know about certain aspects of Obamacare than they did two years ago.
1:30 AFTERNOON DELIGHTS Classic: Herman Cain in new column hits our own Ari Berman and The Nation in general… It’s now clear that even if Norman Solomon pulls out 2nd place in that California primary for House seat (counting continues) that the national Democratic party will be backing the first place finisher, a more conservative Dem… CJR with full report on the ad barrage in one swing state—Virginia—focusing on local TV and a newspaper… Tax expert says Romney/Ryanplan will indeed grow the deficit… Romney plans retreat with Rove, PAC men, Veep candidates…
12:35 ROMNEY: VAMPIRE JOB KILLER? New Obama attack ad:
11:55 UNITED STAKES From The Atlantic: Can unions survive in a post–Citizens United world? Unable to match the Koch brothers in campaigns, “The AFL-CIO revealed last week that it is pulling back direct contributions to political candidates, including President Obama, and pouring more money into its own internal infrastructure.”
10:55 CAMPAIGN BAD FOR ENVIRONMENT Politico titles its story, ‘”EPA in the bullseye.” GOP attacks have made Obama back off needed regulations. “The Senate is voting on whether EPA planes can take pictures of farms—after it was mistakenly reported that drones were flying over the heartland. House Republicans want to cut the agency’s funding to pre-1998 levels. And the president has threatened to veto a House bill, due up Wednesday, that would restrict Clean Air Act rules.”