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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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Speaker John Boehner announced at a press conference in Washington today that the House will vote Friday on bill to extend low interest rates for student loans - paid in off-sets by taking money from the health reform law's "slush fund."

Ah, yes, it's the election moment you've all been waiting for -- the "Veepstakes."

Every four years, seldom fruitful, often mindless Beltway chatter breathlessly telegraphs this Washington dating game in which candidates for president select a running mate. Dream candidates, short lists, denials, non-denials, re-denials, hey-look-at-me-denials all accumulate until that one magic moment where two candidates meet their match.

And pundits go wild because, well, it's April, and 'slutgate', dogs, moms and Ted Nugents have already had their moment.

The buzz was amplified today when Mitt Romney hit the campaign trail in Pennsylvania with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). TPM's master-mix video DJ Michael Lester has the story:



Former President Bill Clinton has urged the Obama campaign to make a mid-course correction in their attacks on presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, by focusing entirely on his "severely conservative" credentials, Politico reports:

A more effective strategy, Clinton has told anyone who would listen, would be to focus almost exclusively on Romney’s description of himself as a “severe conservative,” to deny him any chance to tack back to the center, according to three Democrats close to the situation.

“[Clinton] said he thought Romney’s positions on the issues would ultimately be the best way to attack him,” said a Democrat briefed on the details of an amiable Nov. 9 meeting in Clinton’s Harlem office that included Axelrod, Democratic National Committee Executive Director Patrick Gaspard and Obama campaign manager Jim Messina.

 

One Santa Fe man is fighting back against the city's program to crack down on people who speed by taking the matter into his own hands -- literally.

A video released Friday shows an elderly gentleman clad in a white nightgown pull up next to an unmanned speed-enforcement vehicle at about 1:20 a.m and casually unload five gunshots into the windshield before proceeding to drive off, reports the Santa Fe New Mexican. The man appears to yell something after firing the final shot.

The police use the unmanned vehicles as mobile traffic cameras to catch speeding motorists at places they wouldn't necessarily expect. While the tactic may be an effective enforcement mechanism, critics have "complained about the 'Big Brother' aspect of being videotaped on public streets," according to the New Mexican.

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Richard Nixon's "hatchet man" in the infamous Watergate years, and later evangelical leader, has died at 80, reports the LA Times:

Colson died from complications resulting from a brain hemorrhage at Fairfax Inova Hospital, a spokesman for his ministry said. He had undergone surgery three weeks ago to remove a pool of clotted blood on his brain.

"He had this reputation as being this ruthless guy. Even Richard Nixon thought he was ruthless," said Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, who compared Colson to Buckley. "That is so different than the Chuck Colson I knew. He was the least ego-driven and one of the most friendly, kind people I've ever known."

Wal-Mart executives covered up an investigation of top-level bribery in Mexico rather than seeking to correct wrong-doing, reports the New York Times:

Neither American nor Mexican law enforcement officials were notified. None of Wal-Mart de Mexico’s leaders were disciplined. Indeed, its chief executive, Eduardo Castro-Wright, identified by the former executive as the driving force behind years of bribery, was promoted to vice chairman of Wal-Mart in 2008. Until this article, the allegations and Wal-Mart’s investigation had never been publicly disclosed.

While still ahead of Mitt Romney in fundraising, President Obama's campaign is seeing a decrease in the amount of cash received from major donors, reports the New York Times

From Wall Street to Hollywood, from doctors and lawyers, the traditional big sources of campaign cash are not delivering for the Obama campaign as they did four years ago. The falloff has left his fund-raising totals running behind where they were at the same point in 2008 — though well ahead of Mr. Romney’s — and has induced growing concern among aides and supporters as they confront the prospect that Republicans and their “super PAC” allies will hold a substantial advantage this fall.

The Obama campaign has released a list of bundlers for the first quarter of 2012. Read the entire list here. Notable mentions include former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine, who is listed in the $500,000+ raised category.

Releasing a list of campaign bundlers isn't required by law. Unlike the Obama camp, Mitt Romney's campaign has declined from doing so.

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