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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 White House released President Obama's and Vice President Joe Biden's tax returns on Friday morning, per the AP:

President Barack Obama and his family paid more than $160,000 in federal taxes last year on earnings of $789,674, the White House said Friday.

The president's 2011 federal income tax return shows that about half of the first family's income is the president's salary. The rest comes from sales of Obama's books.

Obama's effective tax rate is just above 20 percent — lower than many Americans who earn less. He has made tax-rate fairness a campaign issue, arguing that millionaires and other very wealthy people should not pay a smaller share of their incomes in taxes than people who earn much less.

See the returns here.

This graph, courtesy of the folks at Twitter, charts the tweets-per-minute (TPM) following the Ann Romney/Hilary Rosen flap, and is just one example of how this year's election is approaching a rapid, almost steroid-fueled pace. 

"The shift from a 24-hour news cycle to a 140-character one has dramatically reshaped the rapid response game," says Adam Sharp, Twitter's Senior Manager of Government, News and Social Innovation. "The whole action-reaction-response cycle is compressed to mere minutes, and Twitter users have a front row seat to a back-and-forth that used to be witnessed only by the 'boys on the bus.'"

See a larger version here.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush appeared on Fox this afternoon to weigh in on comments made by Hilary Rosen and her subsequent apology.

"Well God bless her, good girl," Bush said, when Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly informed her of Rosen's apology.

"I'm sorry she took a knock at us who chose -- or were able to -- stay home and take care of our children," she added.

"Forget it," Bush closed. "Women who stay at home are wonderful. Women who go to work are wonderful. Whatever."

 

Fox News host Greta van Susteren has penned a defense of Hillary Rosen: 

In making her remark about Mrs. Romney and her choice to raise a family and not work outside the home,  I know Hilary knows raising children is hard work, really hard work…the absolute hardest work.  Hilary has children.  That is the best way to know the challenge of raising children – have them!   Hilary is not anti-stay-at-home mom.

I did not read Hilary’s comments to in anyway take away from hard chore of raising children or staying at home and raising them and not working outside the family.  I read it to mean that raising children without financial pressure is easier than having financial pressure. This is not to take away from Mrs. Romney – she has done a spectacular job raising 5 great sons – but to face the reality that financial pressure does make it harder to raise a family.  This is also not to say that the Romney family success is anything to be ashamed of…the family should be very proud of its success.  I admire success, don’t you?

Mitt Romney's campaign has launched a parody account soley dedicated to Vice President Joe Biden, @JoeBiden2008. "Imagine if VP Biden decided to cut loose and tweeted what he really thought. We think it would look something like this," reads the description. Here are some of the first tweets:

 

The Hardest Hit Fund, a fund created to support homeowners hit hardest by the recession, has dispersed just 3 percent of its budget since it's creation in 2010, a new report by the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program has found. From the New York Times

As of the end of 2011, the Hardest Hit Fund had spent $217.4 million out of its $7.6 billion budget, the report found. The program is intended to reach homeowners who are unemployed, or living in areas with high unemployment rates or steeply falling home values.

The Treasury Department estimated that the program would reach 3 to 4 million homeowners, however it has aided fewer than a million at this time.

 

Rep. Connie Mack's (R-FL) campaign has cut its first ad which hits Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) for voting for the $787 billion stimulus by focusing on a lesser known provision - research designed to treat drug abuse by seeing how monkeys react to the influence of cocaine.

"Hey Bill Nelson," Mack says, "stop monkeying around with our tax dollars," as screeching monkeys round out the video.

Per the Tampa Bay Times:

It appears the popular Tumblr 'Texts From Hillary' has closed shop:

It’s been an overwhelming—and hilarious—week for us here at Texts from Hillary (TFH). What started as a joke at the bar between two friends turned into a national conversation about Secretary Clinton and went as far as talks about 2016.

After a week that included 32 posts, 83,000 shares on Facebook, 8,400 Twitter followers, over 45K Tumblr followers, news stories around the world, Renee Montagne from Morning Edition saying “ROFL,” a Maureen Dowd column, and a tweet from Quest Love, we think it’s time to stop while we are ahead.

As far as memes go – it has gone as far as it can go. Is it really possible to top a submission from the Secretary herself? No. But then when you get to text with her in real life – it’s just over. At least for us. But we have no doubt it will live on with all of you on the Internet.

The site will stay up but we won’t be posting anything new here. You can follow us on Twitter (@ASmith83@Sllambe) and Tumblr (Stacy at ImWithKanye and Adam’s work account,Public Campaign Action Fund).

Thanks for all the LOLz. We truly appreciate all the support.

It turns out that memes really do come true.

-Stacy and Adam

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