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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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House Speaker John Boehner said in an interview taped to air Sunday on ABC's "This Week" that new regulations would not have prevented a trading debacle by Wall Street giant JP Morgan in which the investment bank lost at least $2 billion dollars.

"There's no law against stupidity. No law against stupid trades," Boehner said.

"And as long as the positives, money wasn't at risk, and as long as there's no risk of a taxpayer bailout-- they should be held accountable by the market and their shareholders." Boehner added. "And they are."

"I don't believe there's anything in Dodd-Frank- that would've prevented this activity at JP Morgan," Boehner said.

House Speaker John Boehner on ABC's "This Week" responded to a New York Times story revealing a plot to use Rev. Jeremiah Wright to attack President Obama in November.

"Well, look, this kind of nonsense shouldn't happen," Speaker Boehner said. "The election's gonna be about the economy and getting Americans back to work.  And I think Governor Romney's prescriptions are much better."

In an interview scheduled to air on ABC's 'This Week', House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) compared his sometimes unruly GOP caucus to "218 frogs in a wheelbarrow," the number of votes needed to pass a bill in the House.

“I’ve never been shy about leading," Boehner said. "But you know, leaders need followers.  And we’ve got 89 brand new members. We’ve got a pretty disparate caucus. It's hard to keep 218 frogs in a wheelbarrow long enough to get a bill passed.”

Penning a Sunday morning op-ed in the Chicago Tribune entitled “Reinforcing Alliance's Military Might Is Vital,” Mitt Romney criticized America's involvement in the NATO alliance, saying the coalition stands at a "crossroads."

For it to succeed, NATO "requires strong American leadership. And it also requires that member states carry their own weight. "In recent years, neither requirement has been sufficiently met," Romney writes.

Romney further criticized President Obama "weakening" the military through defense cuts, "stunning" Poland and the Czech Republic by withdrawing from an agreement to station missile defense sites on their territories, and for a hot-mic moment in which Obama told Russia's then Prime Minister Medvedev that he'd have more "flexibility" after the election to tackle missile defense.

 

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.

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