Three years after it began on Tax Day, 2009, the Tea Party movement is losing interest, with 45 percent of Americans opposing the movement, according to a recent poll. More people, especially women, say that the more they hear about the Tea Party, the less they like it.
Draft tax returns reveal that one mystery donor gave $10 million to the Karl Rove-linked Crossroads GPS group to fund an anti-Obama ad campaign, but weak disclosure laws mean his or her identity may never be revealed to the public.
Several countries are facing off over access to thawing territory in the Arctic. As a result of global climate change, new oil reserves and sea lanes are opening up in the north as ice caps recede, and countries are vying for this politically useful territory. “The military chiefs of the eight main Arctic powers…gathered at a Canadian military base last week to specifically discuss regional security issues.”
With two months until the Wisconsin recall election for Gov. Scott Walker (R), there’s a rift between labor groups and Democratic Party officials. The struggle shows in the Democratic primary between Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who ran for governor in 2010, and Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, the preferred candidate of labor groups.
Counting his chickens before they hatch, Mitt Romney is already selling inauguration tickets, promising “preferred status” at his swearing in to anyone who gives more than $50,000 to his Romney Victory joint fundraising committee.
With the nomination all but secured, Mitt Romney’s campaign is significantly increasing the size of its full-time staff from about 80 people to nearly 400 in an attempt to make up ground against President Obama’s well-organized and well-funded reelection campaign.
President Obama and his Democratic allies raised over $53 million in the month of March. That’s more than an $8 million jump from what they raised the previous month. In a sign of grassroots support, 97 percent of the donations were from small-dollar donors, who gave under $250.
Afghan National Security Forces put an end to a violent and sustained attack from the Taliban over the weekend, killing most of the 40 or so armed assailants in Kabul and other territories around Afghanistan.
And finally: Mitt Romney is “considering” making a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live after executive producer Lorne Michaels offered it to him. Romney has a public image of being stiff, so the SNL gig would offer a chance to disprove that — or confirm it.