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Igor Bobic

Igor Bobic is the assistant editor of Talking Points Memo, helping oversee the site's coverage of politics and policy in Washington. While originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Igor feels best at home on the beaches of Southern California. He can be reached at igor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Speaking on CNN's State of the Union, RNC Chairman Reince Preibus said that a proposal to use Rev. Jeremiah Wright to torpedo Barack Obama's campaign in November was a story Democrats and the President wanted in the media to distract voters from the economy. 

"Democrats and Barack Obama that want this story out there, to play out in the media," because they "don't have to talk about the economy, jobs and the debt," Preibus said.

"President Obama [has] a bigger problem, no matter what distractions he puts out there, he can't escape the economy," he added.

 

The leaders of the G8 conference, assembled this weekend at Camp David, Maryland, took a break to watch the riveting overtime shootout of the Chelsea vs. Bayern Munich Champions League soccer final today.

(Photo credit: Pete Souza | White House)

Elizabeth Warren's 2006 book, All Your Worth: The Ultimate Money Lifetime Plan, which she co-wrote with her daughter Amelia Warren Tyagi, may have plagiarized from a 2005 book titled Getting on the Money Track, according to a National Review Online report.

UPDATE: National Review's Katrina Trinko has retracted the plagiarism allegation. She writes:

I took down my earlier post on Elizabeth Warren plagiarizing from the book Getting On the Money Track.  On Amazon.com, the Warren book All Your Worth is listed as having been published January 9, 2006. As it turns out, that is the paperback publication date; the hardback book was published in March 2005. As such, it appears that Getting on the Money Track (published in October 2005) plagiarized from All Your Worth, not the other way around. 

I apologize for the error.

 

Former Congressman Dave Weldon announced today that he's seeking to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson in Florida, reports the Miami Herald:

“We are at a time in our nation’s history where we the people have to make tough choices that will determine our national direction for the next 4 years . . . choices that determine America's direction for decades," Weldon, who represented the Space Coast from 1994-2008, said in a written statement.

 As for who would run Wheldon's press operation? None other than former Rick Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley.

President Obama today endorsed California Rep. Pete Stark (D), according to Roll Call:

 The 20-term Congressman and Dublin City Councilman Eric Swalwell (D) are likely to advance to the general election in the solidly Democratic 15th district. But Stark’s path to re-election has become less certain in recent weeks after some odd gaffes. Stark has apologized for falsely accusing a San Francisco Chronicle columnist of contributing to Swalwell’s campaign and for claiming that Swalwell had accepted bribes.

North Carolina State Rep. Alma Adams (D) told CNN that from what she "understand[s] about the Mormon faith you can have multiple wives. That's sort of a contradiction. There are questions about who Romney is and what he believes in terms of that particular issue."

Adams, who is chairwoman of the Legislative Black Caucus in the North Carolina General Assembly, made the reference to Mitt Romney's Mormon faith by saying it might negatively infuence his support among conservatives in the state.

As Buzzfeed's McKay Coppins points out, Adams' "understanding" of the Mormon faith is wrong: 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stopped practicing polygamy in 1890, and the practice is considered sinful in modern Mormonism. Polygamists are excommunicated from the Mormon Church.

Update: Democratic strategist Paul Begala condemns Adams' remarks on Twitter:

 

Update II: Adams has apologized for her remarks via a statement from her office:

"I want to apologize in no uncertain terms for my comments on Mitt Romney and the Mormon faith. I recognize there is no place in our public or political discourse for such comments, I regret making them and am sorry for any hurt or misunderstanding they may have caused."

Per the White House, President Obama will travel to Joplin, Missouri on May 21 to deliver the commencement address at Joplin High School's 2011-2012 graduation ceremony. Devastating tornadoes ravaged Joplin nearly a year ago today.

Conservative Super PAC Crossroads GPS is out with a new ad today calling former senator Bob Kerrey, now running for Nebraska's senate seat, "Bailout Bob" for his 2008 vote for the TARP bailout. Watch the video:

 

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