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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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The social media giant Facebook is set to begin trading on NASDAQ at 11 a.m. EST, as Wall Street prepares for heavy trading volume, according to the WSJ:

Traders expect the company’s IPO to rev trading volumes for some time, which would be much welcomed by many in the market after anemic levels of shares changing hands so far this year.

The U.S. Commerce Department today announced that it was imposing high tariffs - more than 31 percent - on solar panels imported from China, reports the New York Times:

The anti-dumping decision is one of the largest in American history, covering one of the largest and fastest-growing categories of imports from China, the world’s largest exporter. The department said the United States bought $3.1 billion worth of Chinese solar cells last year, giving China more than half the American market for the devices.

Speaking at a campaign event in Jacksonville, Florida, Mitt Romney said even though he doesn't remember invoking Rev. Jeremiah Wright on Sean Hannity's show back in February, he stands by his comments.

"I'm not familiar precisely with exactly what I said, but I stand by what I said whatever it was," Romney said.

Earlier today Mitt Romney said he “repudiate[s]” a plan to attack President Obama by hyping his connection to Rev. Jeremiah Wright, in an interview with the conservative news site Townhall. Romney said he would like to focus on the economy instead. 

 

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Apparently fed up with Nevada GOP's missteps during the primary season earlier this year, the Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee are planning to create their own "shadow state party" which will effectively run the ground game in place of Nevada GOP, reports the Las Vegas Sun:

“The goal is for us to be running get out the vote, running phone programs, voter ID, voter contact, everything through the Team Nevada headquarters,” the strategist told me. That is, everything the party is supposed to do, except the GOP here can’t raise money and has the inmates running the asylum.

He continued: “The RNC has said it is willing to do everything possible as the state party appears not to be willing to work with us, so we will do it without them.”

The plan would be to transfer money directly to Team Nevada and/or funnel some through the Washoe Republican Party, run by the respected Dave Buell, who is well-liked by the RNC and Romney folks.

To distill, the GOP insider said, “Essentially we’re setting up a shadow state party.”

Embattled JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon met with U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner at a private meeting in March, according to the Sunlight Foundation. The topic? The Volcker rule.

The logs also show that JPMorgan executives attended two other meetings that same month. Volcker was also on the table at another Treasury session the same day, this one a larger meeting with Deputy Assistant Secretary Lance Auer that also included representatives with other groups such as Credit Suisse and Goldman Sachs.

President Obama made a surprise appearance at a D.C. sandwich shop, Taylor Gourmet, on Wednesday, while meeting with small business owners as part of his effort to sell his 'To-Do List' for Congress.

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