"Morning Briefing: February 7, 2012"
As the bankrolls of GOP-aligned Super PACs continue to grow, President Obama’s campaign announced that it will no longer oppose the use of Super PAC funding to aid the reelection bid. Obama made the decision reluctantly and simultaneously announced that he supports a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.
Good news on the jobs front is forcing Republicans to tread carefully as they continue to criticize President Obama for “failed” economic policies, The Hill reports. Republicans who go much further than saying America “can do better” risk looking like they are rooting against recovery.
Center for American Progress Action Fund President Tom Perriello writes in an op-ed in Politico today that Mitt Romney has a “poverty problem” far larger than a few gaffes. “Some political analysts made this a story about Romney’s penchant for verbal slip-ups. But the real problem is one of policy, not PR. It’s his moral framework, not his misstatements.”
Just days after Susan G. Komen for the Cure reversed course and reinstated Planned Parenthood to its grant network, GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney told a conservative radio host that Komen was right to cut financial ties to Planned Parenthood because they provide abortions.
Records show Bain execs spent nearly $5 million in support of Mitt Romney’s White House campaigns — some dating back as early 2004.
Republicans in Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri will vote today to make their choice for who should be the party’s presidential nominee. Romney is feeling heat from former senator Rick Santorum, who could pick up victories in two of the three states today.
A new Washington Post investigation shows Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) directed more than $100 million in federal earmarks to renovate downtown Tuscaloosa near his own commercial office building, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) got $6.3 million in taxpayer dollars to fix-up the beach next to his island vacation home — two examples of how Congressional earmarks have been used to fund projects near lawmakers’ properties.
After Rep. Pete Hoekstra’s (R-MI) campaign ran an attack ad against Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) during the Super Bowl, even Republicans are pushing back against the xenophobic ad. A GOP consultant wrote on Facebook that “Racism and xenophobia aren’t any way to get things done,” and an Asian-American GOP county commissioner called the ad “incredibly racist.”
The Senate passed its reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration last night, the first long-term extension for the agency in more than four years. The House has already passed the $64 billion, four-year extension, and President Obama is expected to sign it.
A Missouri grand jury has indicted DocX, one of the largest companies that foreclosed on homeowners, on forgery charges. The state’s attorney general will now prosecute the case of “mass-produced fraudulent signatures” they used on documents to wrongfully evict borrowers from their homes. DocX executed millions of mortgage documents for big banks and other lenders.
And finally: Harry Potter — well, at least the actor who plays him — doesn’t think the GOP field is too magical. Daniel Radcliffe told a British magazine that he is “disgusted, amazed, stunned” by the candidates, especially on gay rights. “But they disgusted me less than candidates like Rick Perry, who made that ridiculous advert wearing ‘the Brokeback jacket,” he said.