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8:15 ‘HOMO’ TWEET The progressive Democrat, Deb Morrow, running for Congress in S. Carolina has closed her Twitter account after a tweet there labeled Sen. Lindsay Graham and her opponent "homos." At first she blamed a staffer but now claims the account had been hacked. She also mentioned that one staffer had left the campaign an hour before the offending tweets appears, perhaps throwing suspicion on him. She apologized, said "we will not be tweeting anymore" and that as a Democrat she had no issues with gays, but GOPers are fuming.
6:10 MR. ROMNEY, TEAR DOWN THIS WALL Even Wolf “The Beard” Blitzer is on Romney’s case, stating a few minutes ago, according to a colleague’s tweet: If Romney “has nothing to hide, he should open up the books” and release his full tax returns. If you’ve lost Blitzer, you’ve lost America? (See: Cronkite, Vietnam). Meanwhile a Romney surrogate claims it’s the American way to avoid taxes.
5:40 TROUBLING, IF TRUE One of my good friends writes to tell me that one of her friends, who works at a very large national retailer (you’d certainly know the name), tells her the company has sent a message to employees that under Obamacare their health premiums will double next year, and then triple after that—it’s unclear whether that means 3x what it is now or 3x the doubling, but you get the drift. I’ll be checking to see if I can see the message, presuming it’s real, but if true it is all too reminiscent of what happened in the “campaign of the century” to defeat Upton Sinclair in 1934 that I wrote about a length in my book.
5:00 MOVEON OFF? PolitiFact hits the group for two different claims in ads and e-mails re voter purge in Florida and Governor Rick Scott, calling them both, flatly, false. Watch for pushback on this. “The state found 180,000 names that they considered potential noncitizens. But the state government itself does not have the power to remove people from the voting rolls—that power lies with the local supervisors of elections… MoveOn spokesman Nick Berning said that the 180,000 are ‘at risk’ of being thrown off the rolls.”