Morning Briefing: May 25, 2012

Mitt Romney regrets saying that he likes being able to fire people. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Romney said he got frustrated whenever he made flubs like his line, “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me,” last winter in New Hampshire.

President Obama has nominated a new head for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Allison Macfarlane is a nuclear waste expert who is set to replace Gregory Jaczko who had “a tumultuous three-year tenure in which he pushed for sweeping safety reforms but came under fire for an unyielding management style that fellow commissioners and agency employees described as bullying.”

Mitt Romney’s campaign bus rolled into one West Philadelphia community on Thursday, but his appearance was less than welcomed. Hecklers shouted at him to leave, and a sign featuring Romney’s “I’m not concerned about the very poor” comment was raised.

The same Senate Republicans who pushed for massive spending cuts are now hitting Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid for insisting that Congress abide by them.


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has outspent his Democratic opponent Tom Barrett more than 3–1 on TV ad buys during the three months leading up to the state’s June 5 recall election. Walker’s campaign has raised over $25 million for the recall campaign, $12 million of which has been spent on campaign ads.

Partial results from Egypt’s landmark presidential election indicate that the candidate from the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Morsi, has won a spot in the runoff election on June 16–17.

And finally: Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) kicked it “old” school on Highway 53, when a car he was sharing with staffers got a flat tire. The former Real World star took off his shirt, got on his knees, and promised, “This is going to be a 15-minute stop and that’s going to be it.”