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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Obama campaign press secretary Ben La Bolt probably wasn't expecting a rumble with CNN host Ashleigh Banfield today, but he sure got one.

Banfield criticized the Obama campaign over their new anti-Bain video, an investment company previously headed by Mitt Romney.

"Come on, you're mincing dates and you’re cheating here," Banfield prodded. "Is it fair and is it clean?"

"Keep it clean out there for heavens sake, we have that crap on our television," Banfield advised. "Be nice to each other, pump your own guy up, it's nicer for us Americans."

Elizabeth Warren is still on the defensive over questions for once listing herself as a minority (Native American) law teacher. Warren maintains that she was not aware the school was describing her in that way and says she did not use her ethnicity to her advantage. But a report from Politico details a 1997 Fordham Law Review issue describing the Massaschusetts Senate candidate as Harvard Law's "first woman of color":

The mention was in the middle of a lengthy and heavily-annotated Fordham piece on diversity and affirmative action and women. The title of the piece, by Laura Padilla, was "Intersectionality and positionality: Situating women of color in the affirmative action dialogue."

"There are few women of color who hold important positions in the academy, Fortune 500 companies, or other prominent fields or industries," the piece says. "This is not inconsequential. Diversifying these arenas, in part by adding qualified women of color to their ranks, remains important for many reaons. For one, there are scant women of color as role models. In my three years at Stanford Law School, there were no professors who were women of color. Harvard Law School hired its first woman of color, Elizabeth Warren, in 1995."

George W. Bush has endorsed Mitt Romney, per ABC News:

“I’m for Mitt Romney,” Bush told ABC News this morning as the doors of an elevator closed on him, after he gave a speech on human rights a block from his old home — the White House.

In a Monday evening excerpt from ABC's The View, scheduled to air Tuesday, Barbara Walters said she quizzed President Obama on pop culture, including Kim Kardashian and Jessica Simpson:

"He didn't know that Kim Kardashian had a brief marriage because she had married a basketball player," Walters told ABC's Diane Sawyer. "He did not know that Jessica simpson had had a baby. And he did say that he was sure he was going to win."

President Obama told the hosts of a pre-taped episode of ABC's The View that the JP Morgan trade fiasco exemplified the reason why he pushed for Wall Street reform, according to ABC News:

“JPMorgan is one of the best managed banks there is. Jamie Dimon, the head of it, is one of the smartest bankers we got and they still lost $2 billion and counting,” the president said. “We don’t know all the details. It’s going to be investigated but this is why we passed Wall street Reform.”

Watch below:


Peter David, The Economist's Washington, D.C. bureau chief, died in a car accident Thursday night, the magazine reported:

We are very sorry to announce that Peter David, our Washington bureau chief, Lexington columnist and former foreign editor, died in a car accident on Thursday night. He had worked atThe Economist since 1984 and was a much-loved colleague and friend. We will pay fuller tribute to him in next week’s issue.


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Per the White House pool report, President Obama played basketball on Friday morning with staff members and a few celebrity attendees from his dinner with George Clooney in Los Angeles last night, including Clooney himself and Tobey Maguire.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) is out with a new video highlighting President Obama's remarks on Thursday in which he recalled the 2008 recession, saying that even he sometimes forgets how serious it truly was.

"Sometimes people forget the magnitude of it," Obama said. "Sometimes I forget."

Watch the video: