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7:20 CHECKERS ANYONE? If you have somehow never seen, or not viewed it for years, here is complete Nixon “Checkers” speech as he was maybe about to get pushed off ticket with Ike in 1952? It’s all here, with the dog and Pat’s “Republican Cloth Coat.” With, ahem, strong claim that taxpayers should not pay a dime for campaigns… Note: my book on the notorious Nixon-Douglas 1950 race "Tricky Dick and the Pink Lady’ published in new print and ebook editions this past weekend.
3:30 AFTERNOON DELIGHTS Chris Cillizza: Why the SCOTUS ruling won’t help Obama win AZ… Buzzfeed interviews woman in charge of bringing minorities into the Tea Party via Freedom Works… Top GOP leader in Pennsylvania thinks voter ID move will guarantee Romney, behind in polls, carries state… SCOTUS decision on Obamacare now expected (demanded) on Thursday… Primary season official concludes tomorrow in Utah. I guess that means the 2016 is on!
2:20 MITT & MONEY James Downie at Wash Post on the three key weekend hits on Romney’s jobs and money deailing, in the Post, NYT, Boston Globe. “While there is room for debate about the effect of Romney’s business approach on the health of the American economy, what’s important for the election is how Romney’s approach to running Bain translates to what he’d do as president.”
1:00 SAVING PRIVATE CRYIN’ Did you know our troops stormed Normandy to defend the tight of corporations to be considered people and exericse “free speech” by buying elections willy-nilly? So says this new ad, also starring brave warrior, Mitch McConnell. (h/t Dave Weigel)
11:15 SCOTUS OVERTURNS PARTS OF AZ IMMIGRATION LAW Upholds one “controversial” part, for now (unanimously), allowing Governor Jan Brewer to declare “victory.” Romney response muted until he figures out which way wind is blowing (as usual). The court “overturned parts of the law that criminalize one’s presence in Arizona without documentation, criminalize working or looking for work without legal status, and permit police to arrest people without a warrant if there’s suspicion that they’ve committed a deportable crime. But the provision of the law permitting police to check a person’s immigration papers during lawful detainments was not thrown out by the court. Rather, the court declared that it was premature for the lower courts to block that provision of the law and left open the possibility of revisiting its constitutionality after it goes into effect.” And here’s NYT assessment.