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5:30 WISDOM ON SOLOMON? Dave Weigel at Slate cites this blog and our updates on Norman Solomon race (see below) then adds his analysis, quotes Kos and more.
4:10 MY BAIN IS TRUE Wash Post says it will not retract its recent article that probed Romney and Bain and outsourcing and caused his campaign to complain heartily—and meet with Post editors today. “We are very confident in our reporting.” the Post now says. But Romney camp still has not said what is inaccurate.
3:00 GET YOUR MITT OFF ME Buzzfeed collects seventeen photos of Romney “looking longingly” at politicians and other folks (plus Trump). He actually seems sMITTen with Chris Christie. Likes them big.
2:40 SUPREMELY INDIFFERENT Thursday’s the big day for SCOTUS ruling and Andy Borowitz tweets: “Tomorrow, nine people who get free government healthcare will let us know what the rest of us get”… Wash Post: If Obamacare falls, some in Calif vowing to push for single payer… Tom Gloldstein at SCOTUSblog expresses minority opinion: “I believe the mandate will not be invalidated tomorrow. Far less important, I expect the principal opinion will be written by the Chief Justice; a majority of the Court will find it has jurisdiction; and the challenge to the Medicaid expansion will be rejected.”
2:00 AFTERNOON DELIGHTS Activists break with Dems, target Obama’s “kill list”… Federal judge refuses DOJ request to halt Florida vote surge—but state claims it has stopped anyway… More evidence that Obama ad attack linking Romney to Bain and outsourcing is really working…
12:05 pm SOLOMON ADMITS DEFEAT We’ve chronicled the effort by progressive writer Norman Solomon to count all the votes in his California race for the House—he finished a close third in contest where top two compete in November. Just now, however, e-mail from Jeff Cohen announces he has fallen a few votes short: “It’s a virtual tie (25,624 vs. 25,451 votes), but Norman Solomon will not make it into 2nd place (out of 12 candidates). We won’t get our hoped-for November runoff against the well-funded candidate of the Democratic establishment (and Walmart, Chevron, PG&E, AT&T, Gallo). Norman was ready to run a powerful campaign in a progressive district against the Dem establishment and its corporatism. Alas, the guy Glenn Greenwald called ‘as close to a perfect Congressional candidate as it gets’ won’t be heading to Washington.