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For his demonstrated abilities and the economic pragmatism at his core, the Tribune endorses former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts as the Republicans' best, most responsible choice in Tuesday's Illinois primary. The other three contestants, for lack of Romney's credibility on this threat to the American way, can only try to talk a good game. We're far more confident that Romney is the candidate best equipped to keep the U.S. from devolving into New Europe.
Describing his energy critics as people mired in the past, President Obama compared them to one of his predecessors, the 19th President of the United States Rutherford B. Hayes.
One of my predecessors, Rutherford B. Hayes. He said 'It's a great invention, but who would ever want to use one?' Talking about the telephone. That's why he's not on Mount Rushmore. He's explaining why we can't do something instead of why we can do something. The point is there will always be cynics and nay sayers who just want to keep on doing things the same way we have always done them.
Delivering remarks on American energy policy at Prince George's Community College in Largo, Md. on Thursday, President Obama went directly at some of his most vocal energy critics, calling them a part of the "flat Earth society."
Now, here's the sad thing. Lately, we have heard a lot of professional politicians, a lot of the folks who were running for a certain office, who shall go unnamed, they've been talking down new sources of energy. They dismiss wind power. They dismiss solar power. They make jokes about biofuels. They were against raising fuel standards. I guess they like gas guzzlers. They think that's good for our future. We're trying to move towards the future. They want to be stuck in the past.
Obama added that his detractors "would not have believed that the world was round.. If some of these folks were around when columbus set sail, they must have been founding members of the flat earth society."
Interviewed on Fox on Thursday, Mitt Romney walked back a previous comment a top aide made about a candidate other than himself winning the GOP nomination. The aide said it would take an "act of God" for any of his opponents to win.
"Anybody has a shot to become the nominee," Romney said on Fox.
Cable news pundits were particularly interested in pondering the fate of Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich on Wednesday, following his losses in the Alabama and Mississippi primaries Tuesday night.
TPM's Clayton Ashley compiled the day's conversation:
TPM reporter Nick Martin was on MSNBC on Wednesday afternoon discussing Rep. Peter King's questionable "Manhunters" video. The U.S. Marshals Service on Tuesday said they were investigating whether the video King (R-NY) posted, which showed agents kicking down doors and chasing after a suspect in Brooklyn while he tagged along, violated federal policy.
Fox News' Megyn Kelly threw a curveball at Mitt Romney on Wednesday afternoon, asking the Republican presidential contender about his previous stated support for an insurance mandate. Kelly followed the question with a video for her viewers, showing Mitt Romney in 2008 on Charlie Gibson's show stating his support for a mandate.
"People have looked at this topic a 100 times - more than 100 times," Kelly said. "I agree a state should have the capacity if it wants a healthcare mandate. We had that in our state. Why did you say that there?"
Romney largely deferred to his preference to let each state craft its own program:
"Time and again I pointed out I'm not in favor of a healthcare plan that includes a national mandate," he said. "I put a presentation together describing my healthcare plan when I ran last time. In that I said not national program. State by state. Let each state craft its own program. This thing -- if you want -- if you want to go back -- the answer is, I believe we should get rid of Obama-care, it's a disaster, it's going to cost a trillion dollars plus."
In his first public remarks about an Afghan shooting spree over the weekend, President Obama said that the United States "takes this as seriously as if it were our own citizens and children were murdered."
"I can assure the American people and the Afghan people that we will follow the facts wherever they lead us," he added.