ABC News has received wide-ranging criticism for its decision to include “dishonest hatchet-man” Andrew Breitbart as part of its election night coverage. “This blindsided a good portion of the team here,” said an ABC source. “And not in a good way.” ABC has since clarified the decision, stressing that Breitbart is not affiliated with the network and that he will only appear on its website.
Last Tuesday, the Fox Business Network devoted five hours of programming to a California ballot initiative, Proposition 24, which would repeal corporate tax breaks. The New York Times observes that during all the coverage, which overwhelmingly attacked Prop. 24, Fox Business Network never reported on one fact: its parent company, News Corp., spent $1.3 million to defeat the proposition.
GOP House candidate Rich Iott, who drew fire after photos emerged of him wearing a Nazi uniform, refused to support John Boehner for Speaker Saturday. Boehner took significant flak of own for campaigning for Iott, but “moments after Boehner spoke” in Toledo on Iott’s behalf, Iott said, “I don’t know” about Boehner for Speaker.
Top Republican advisers to the 2012 presidential contenders and veteran GOP operatives now have “a common, if uncoordinated, mission of halting the momentum and credibility” of Sarah Palin. Palin’s “intensely polarizing political style and often halting and superficial answers when pressed on policy” make GOP elites view the prospect of her 2012 nomination “a disaster in waiting.”
Rep. Peter King (R-NY), the “top Republican on the House Committee on Homeland Security,” praised the Obama Administration for successfully stopping an attempted terrorist bombing revealed last week. “The administration handled it perfectly. I give them full credit,” said King during an appearance on CBS’s Face The Nation.
According to the New York Times, the leaders of American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, the secretive groups lead by Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie which have already spent $50 million in this election cycle, are already gearing up for the 2012 elections. They told major donors that they planned to be “even more effective” during the presidential elections.
During an appearance on the Univision program “Al Punto,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) promised to bring the DREAM Act back for a vote in the lame-duck session. “We all support the DREAM Act. I just need a handful of Republicans to help me,” he told the station.
The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals will hear Arizona’s appeal today of a lower-court ruling that blocked “the most-contested provisions” of SB1070 from taking effect. In July, the Obama administration succeeded in blocking provisions requiring police to check immigration status when stopping someone, allowing for warrantless arrests, and criminalizing failure of legal immigrants to carry registration papers.
And finally: Ahead of his big rally in Washington on Saturday, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton challenged Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert to drink the “Eleanor’s Revenge” — a cocktail served at a local bar that was named after Norton. Norton has an “ongoing feud with Colbert over his jokes about D.C.’s lack of voting right” and said she would make sure the drink was “strong enough” for “some payback.”
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