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4:00 LEGAL MOVE vs. KOCH, ROVE Overdue but welcome today. “The Democratic Party’s Senate campaign arm will file a formal complaint on Monday with the FEC against three of the Republicans’ biggest campaign groups, accusing them of willful violations of federal election law and asking that their electioneering be stopped.” Senator Mitch McConnell demurs: “My concern is that selective disclosure would be used to harass people—think President Nixon and his ‘enemies list’—who have participated in the political process or scare others from doing so.”
2:05 LOCO FARMING Hysterical fight between two GOPers in a Missouri senate contest over one of them allegedly donating to an animal rights group—actually a farm animal rights group, clearly a no-no, or a moo-moo, or cluck-cluck. The accused claims it was actually his daughter who donated. Opponent mocks concern for animals’ “feelings,” and asks, “What next, therapy?” Awaiting his music video followup, “Who Let the Cows Out?”
1:00 OUR WATCHDOG PRESS You may have heard about that woman who owns a diner that served Obama over the weekend, who died a short time later, so press asks Jay Carney today if he fears president being food poisoned. A few problems with this: she met him outside diner, and she died of a heart attack, and need we say more? Dave Weigel at Slate comments: “Some rudimentary googling reveals no follow-up stories on whether the Secret Service is investigating the president’s exposure to food that didn’t kill anyone.”
12:50 pm AFTERNOON DELIGHTS Bill Moyers on “the hoax of Citizens United”… Florida GOP chapter gives Donald Trump “Statesman of the Year” award… Robert Reich: “The Wall St. Scandal of All Scandals” (vs. tough competition)….
11:50 am OBAMA TAX CUT Obama testing the waters on dropping the hammer on Bush tax cuts for rich, forcing Romney to defend. Plus, he will extend cuts for those making under $250,000. Update: His speech this morning announces same. Still, Romney charges it won’t help middle-class and claims it is a “tax hike.” But experts show it will help 98 percent. Even those who make over $250,000 get help on portion under $250,000. And the hike on those over $250,000 would impact whopping 1.9 percent.