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Meet the Press: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA); Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX); Ben Wizner (ACLU); Roundtable: Eugene Robinson (Washington Post), Elliott Abrams (Council on Foreign Relations), Robin Wright (Woodrow Wilson Center), George Mason University Prof. Dr. Peter Starns and Andrea Mitchell (NBC News).
Face the Nation: Barton Gellman (Washington Post); Legal Adviser to Edward Snowden/Kossack Jesselyn Radack; Former NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake; Former NSA/CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden; Roundtable: Jeffrey Kluger (TIME), James Fallows (The Atlantic), Laura Sydell (NPR) and Seth Fletcher (Scientific American).
This Week: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX); 2013 “Game Changers”.
Fox News Sunday: Former DNC Chair/Vermont Gov. Howard Dean; Dr. Scott Gottlieb(American Enterprise Institute); Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA);Roundtable: Brit Hume (Fox News), Mara Liasson (NPR), Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) and Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT).
State of the Union: S.E. Cupp (CNN); Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile; Republican Strategist Ana Navarro; Neera Tanden (Center for American Progress).
60 Minutes will feature “birdmen” who soar off cliffs in wingsuits; wildlife filmmakers who use “spy-cams” to show polar bears up close; and, researchers who get in the water with man-eating Nile crocodiles (preview).
Obamacare number: the feds have made 330,000 subsidy calculations. (Washington Post)
Hawaii legislature meets in special session today to vote on marriage equality. (Time)
A Texas judge is expected to rule on a challenge to part of the state’s new abortion law. (AP)
San. Rand Paul will try to convince Virginia libertarians to vote for Ken Cuccinelli today. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Fmr. Sen. Scott Brown registers a PAC in New Hampshire. (Concord Monitor)
Syria submits chemical weapons destruction plan. (The Hill)
Ellis Island reopens today, a year after Superstorm Sandy. (NY Daily News)
Is it worse than option b? No idea. I have no idea what option b is.
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Scott Brown opts out, Iran’s space-monkey stunt may be a hoax, and more in our roundup of the stories that are making news and driving opinion
1. ECONOMY ADDS 157,000 JOBS
U.S. employers added 157,000 jobs in January, the Labor Department reported on Friday. The gains, a hair shy of what economists expected, was enough to signal continued slow improvement of the employment picture but not enough to keep the unemployment rate from inching higher, to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent the month before, as more unemployed Americas went back out to hunt for work. Encouragingly, government data also showed that the economy added 150,000 more jobs than first estimated in the final quarter of 2012 — and 335,000 more over the whole year. That brought 2012′s job growth to 2.2 million. [The New York Times]
2. SCOTT BROWN WON’T RUN FOR KERRY’S SENATE SEAT
Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) announced Friday that he will not to run in the special election to fill John Kerry’s Massachusetts Senate seat. “I was not at all certain that a third Senate campaign in less than four years, and the prospect of returning to a Congress even more partisan than the one I left, was really the best way for me to continue in public service at this time,” Brown said in a statement. “And I know it’s not the only way for me to advance the ideals and causes that matter most to me.” The GOP had put its faith in Brown as the candidate who would have the best chance of snagging the usually-Democratic seat. [Washington Post]
3. HILLARY CLINTON LEAVES STATE DEPT., BLASTS BENGHAZI CRITICS
After more than three decades of public service, Hillary Clinton stepped down from her post as secretary of state on Friday. But before ceding her job to John Kerry, Clinton took a parting shot at critics of the Obama administration’s response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. “I was so unhappy with the way that some people refused to accept the facts, refused to accept the findings of an independent Accountability Review Board, politicized everything about this terrible attack,” she told The Associated Press. “There are some people in politics and in the press who can’t be confused by the facts. They just will not live in an evidence-based world. And that’s regrettable.” [The Week]
4. SUICIDE BOMBER ATTACKS U.S. EMBASSY IN TURKEY
On Friday, a suicide bomber struck the U.S. embassy in Ankara, Turkey, killing himself and a Turkish guard. The bomber reportedly detonated his charge as he entered the embassy’s security checkpoint, limiting the blast to the facility’s outer ring. The Turkish government initially blamed the attack on a Marxist terrorism group, and later identified the perpetrator as a man once incarcerated for domestic terrorism. The United States plans to make its own investigation into the attack. [The New York Times]
5. OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PROPOSES CONTRACEPTION COMPROMISE
Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, said Friday that the Obama administration is proposing a compromise for religious organizations that object to the government’s policy requiring health insurance plans to cover contraceptives for women at no charge. Under the proposal “eligible organizations would not have to contract, arrange, pay, or refer for any contraceptive coverage to which they object on religious grounds.” Female employees of such organizations would receive contraceptive coverage through separateindividual health insurance policies, without having to pay premiums or co-payments. It remains unclear who exactly would pay such costs. The ObamaCare requirement caused an uproar last year within faith-based organizations that see it as an infringement of their religious liberty. [New York Times]
6. MEDIA: IRAN’S SPACE MONKEY IS A FAKE
When reports initially surfaced Monday from Iran declaring that the country had successfully launched a monkey into space, the world was surprised, and perhaps a bit shaken. But after images from a press conference surfaced on Friday, Britain’s Telegraph led the charge in declaring the cosmic stunt a hoax. As the paper notes, “the monkey triumphantly presented to the nation’s media in his own silk tuxedo appeared markedly different to the creature that was pictured strapped into a rocket prior to its launch into space.” Upon further investigation, it’s clear that the distinctive red mole over the monkey’s right eye is not present on the monkey that attended the conference, leading many to believe that the entire stunt was a fake, or that the original monkey died during the mission. [Slate]
7. STRUGGLING EUROZONE CHEERED BY GOOD DATA
Europe’s battered economy got a triple dose of encouraging news on Friday. Unemployment proved lower than feared in December across the 17 countries that use the euro (although it’s still high, at 11.7 percent). Also, manufacturing showed signs of growth, and inflation fell. But despite the good news, the eurozone remains stuck in a recession. “It’s not as bad as it was and that’s probably the best one can say…” says market strategist Marc Ostwald of Monument Securities. “It doesn’t mean happy days are near.” [Associated Press]
8. SOURCES: SOUTH FLORIDA DOPING RINGLEADER INJECTED A-ROD
Anthony Bosch, the man Major League Baseball believes is at the center of a widespread doping operation involving numerous professional baseball players, reportedly injected New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez with performance-enhancing drugs, according to ESPN sources. While other athletes relied on Bosch’s intermediaries to transport drug regimens, the sources say, Rodriguez dealt only with Bosch. Bosch’s visits to the third baseman’s mansion in Florida’s Biscayne Bay reportedly took place every few weeks, and Bosch, the sources report, spoke openly about his relationship with the Yankees All-Star. Two sources said that documents they reviewed even detailed the drug regimens and schedules Rodriguez received. Rodriguez’ spokesperson said Friday that the allegations are not true. [ESPN]
9. DETROIT STARTS 2013 WITH STRONG SALES
Ford, GM, and Chrysler all started the year with solid January sales increases, the Detroit automakers reported Friday. Ford sold 166,501 vehicles, a 22 percent monthly jump. GM sold 194,699, an increase of 16 percent. And Chrysler posted its 34th consecutive monthly sales gain with a 16 percent increase. Analysts attributed the improvement to the release of pent-up demand, as Americans who had been putting off purchases were encouraged by the gradual economic recovery to finally visit dealer showrooms. [Detroit Free Press]
10. SURVEY: MANY MALE MARINES WOULD LEAVE IF WOMEN JOINED COMBAT
According to a survey conducted last year of 53,000 members of the Marine Corps, 17 percent of male Marines said they would leave the service if women moved into combat. That number increased to 22 percent when participants were asked how they’d react if women were involuntarily assigned to combat roles, according to the survey results released on Friday. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had earlier reviewed the survey results before opening thousands of combat jobs to women last week. Male Marines said their major concerns with women in combat would be being falsely accused of sexual misconduct, some Marines getting preferential treatment, or women being limited because of pregnancy or personal issues. [Associated Press]
In my opinion, Brown’s “nice-guy” image has always been a facade…
The Scott Brown that showed up at Thursday’s Massachusetts Senate debate, “condescending, snide, repetitive, off topic, rote, eager to get personal,” and “dark, hyperkinetic,” is apparently the Scott Brown that is going to stick around through the rest of this election season. Elizabeth Warren is surging in the polls, and Brown’s desperation is showing.
Brown is shedding his Mr. Nice Guy image and going on the attack. Warren is trying to make the race a referendum on a potential Republican Senate and less about personality—a contest she’d have difficulty winning against the likable, everyman Brown. [...][A]fter months of warm ads showcasing the senator as a down-to-earth family man and consensus-seeking moderate, Brown debuted a more combative strategy during the debate. The senator’s invective toward Warren only accelerated over the weekend during numerous campaign stops. [...]
Brown batted away questions about whether his comments signaled he was set to embark on a more negative campaign, but did allow, “The true Elizabeth Warren is coming out and will continue to come out.”
Brown apparently thinks the “true Elizabeth Warren” is in the personal issue he just can’t get over, her heritage. This is where the truly nasty Brown emerges, in his latest ad.
Brown won’t run on or answer to the actual issues of this campaign. He’s running a campaign heavy on resentment of gender, class, and background, the kind of campaign that Richard Trumka warned voters against falling for. Last week’s debate made it abundantly clear that Brown doesn’t have a defense against his votes to protect millionaires and Big Oil. All he can do is to try to change the subject.
In doing so, in becoming attack Brown, he loses the main thing he has going for him with non-Republicans, his nice-guy, non-partisan, above the fray image. Instead of exposing Warren, Brown is exposing his own true self. And his true self is an asshole.
- In Mass., Senate race takes negative turn (cbsnews.com)
- Watch: Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren Go Head-To-Head In First Senate Debate (mediaite.com)
- New Elizabeth Warren TV ad strategy – don’t let Elizabeth Warren talk (legalinsurrection.com)
- Do-It-Yourself Scorecard – Who Won The Debate, Scott Brown Or Elizabeth Warren? (wbur.org)
- Elizabeth Warren Leads Scott Brown In Massachusetts Senate Race Poll (huffingtonpost.com)
- Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren use face-to-face debate to amplify themes from Senate trail (boston.com)
- Elizabeth Warren Leading Scott Brown In Two New Polls (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- Elizabeth Warren Just Got Slammed Again For Claiming To Be Native American (businessinsider.com)
The polling bump produced by the Democratic National Convention appears to have helped more than just President Barack Obama, as two new polls in Massachusetts also show a parallel rise in the standings of Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.
The two new polls, both released on Sunday, show Warren with slim leads over Republican Senator Scott Brown. The first, conducted by Western New England University’s Polling Institute (WNEU) in partnership with the website MassLive.com, shows Warren leading by 6 percentage points (50 percent to 44 percent). A previous WNEU poll fielded in June had shown Warren with a narrower 2-point edge over Brown (45 percent to 43 percent).
The second new poll, from Public Policy Polling (PPP), a firm that conducts surveys for local Democratic campaigns, gives Warren a 2-point advantage (48 percent to 46 percent). Warren’s margin on the new PPP survey represents a net gain of 7 points from its previous poll, conducted just before the Republican convention, which had Brown ahead by 5 (49 percent to 44 percent).
The WNEU poll used live interviewers to call for a full week, from Sept. 6 to Sept. 13, beginning on the final night of the Democratic convention. PPP’s automated recorded-voice methodology called for three days, from Sept. 13 to Sept. 16.
Despite the different methods, the two polls produced very similar snapshots of attitudes toward the two candidates. Both show net positive job approval ratings for Scott Brown as they did earlier in the year, and both now show net positive favorable ratings for Warren. Both also indicate improved ratings of the rivals following the party conventions and months of campaign advertising.
- Warren Opens Up Lead in Massachusetts (politicalwire.com)
- All eyes on the Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren Senate race (metrowestdailynews.com)
- New Elizabeth Warren TV ad strategy – don’t let Elizabeth Warren talk (legalinsurrection.com)
- Warren-Brown Race Finally Goes Negative (newser.com)
- Mass. Democratic chair apologizes after accusing Scott Brown of trying to be ‘honorary girl’ (boston.com)
- “Elizabeth Warren, Radical… “ (balloon-juice.com)
The top quotes in politics …
“That’s a big lava lamp, congratulations.” — GOP White House hopeful Mitt Romney admiringa light source.
“It’s almost like an Etch-A-Sketch.” — Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom on why the campaign can restart in the fall.
“I’m sure it’s not a pretty sight.” — Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorumapologizing for a shirtless photo.
“I think it’s the first time he’s actually ever used protection.” — Sen. Scott Brown joking about Santorum’s secret service team.
“Now for you who are not full Irish in this room, lubricated has a different meaning for us all.” — Vice President Joe Biden making a weird joke.
“We believe the joke was inappropriate.” — Olivia Alair, Michelle Obama’s campaign press secretary, chiding Robert De Niro.
“He is my son.” — First lady Michelle Obama talking about her dog, Bo.
In my opinion, it’s too early for celebrating Ms. Warren’s lead over Sen. Scott Brown with complete confidence, but let’s hope this lead continues without any setbacks…
Need some good news today? Here you go. Elizabeth Warren has jumped into the lead in the Massachusetts Senate race over Scott Brown. Granted, it’s very early in the race, but initial polls had her down 9 points over Brown, and now she leads 46-44.
Warren’s gone from 38% name recognition to 62% over the last three months and she’s made a good first impression on pretty much everyone who’s developed an opinion about her during that period of time. What was a 21/17 favorability rating in June is now 40/22- in other words she’s increased the voters with a positive opinion of her by 19% while her negatives have risen only 5%.
The surprising movement toward Warren has a lot to do with her but it also has a lot to do with Scott Brown. We now find a slight plurality of voters in the state disapproving of him- 45%, compared to only 44% approving. We have seen a steady decline in Brown’s numbers over the last 9 months. In early December his approval was a +24 spread at 53/29. By June it had declined to a +12 spread at a 48/36. And now it’s continued that fall to its current place.
Brown’s position has always been a little tenuous as a Republican in a strongly Democratic state, making him very dependent on the support of Obama voters to stay above ground. In June he was at 72/17 with McCain voters and now he’s at 74/18, pretty much the same. But with Obama voters he’s gone from 35/48 to 27/62, accounting for the entire drop in his overall approval numbers. It’s a similar story when you look at the horse race numbers. Last time Brown led Warren 87-6 with McCain voters and now it’s 87-9. But with Obama voters Warren’s turned what was only a 47-24 lead into a 68-20 one.
Despite his difficulties with Warren, Brown does continues to hold a wide advantage over the rest of the Democratic field. He’s up 15 points on Alan Khazei at 48-33, 15 on Setti Warren as well at 47-32, 18 on Bob Massie at 49-31, and 19 on Tom Conroy at 50-31. The non-Elizabeth Warren Democratic contenders have only 19-36% name recognition so they could conceivably become more competitive if one of them were to win the nomination and become better known- but primary numbers we’ll release later this week show that the contest for the Democratic nod might be over before it’s even really started.
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- Elizabeth Warren Takes Lead Over Scott Brown (crooksandliars.com)
- Elizabeth Warren To Announce Senate Run Today! (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- A Brand New Poll Should Have Wall Street Worried (businessinsider.com)
- Elizabeth Warren will run for Senate in Massachusetts, taking on Scott Brown (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- MA-Sen: Elizabeth Warren within nine of Brown (dailykos.com)
- Elizabeth Warren Enters Mass. Senate Race (abcnews.go.com)
- Can Elizabeth Warren avoid an elitist reputation? (politico.com)