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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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Rep. Paul Ryan responded to President Obama's attacks on the GOP budget he drafted, saying Obama chose "tired and cynical political attacks" as he focuses on re-election:

“History will not be kind to a President who, when it came time to confront our generation’s defining challenge, chose to duck and run. The President refuses to take responsibility for the economy and refuses to offer a credible plan to address the most predictable economic crisis in our history. Instead, he has chosen tired and cynical political attacks as he focuses on his own re-election.

“The President has offered four budgets during his four years in the White House – each committed to funding ever-higher government spending by taking more from hardworking Americans and adding to a crushing burden of debt. His failed agenda is stifling opportunity and hope for the next generation. 

“Like his reckless budgets, today’s speech by President Obama is as revealing as it is disappointing: While others lead by offering real solutions, he has chosen to distort the truth and divide Americans in order to distract from his failed record. His empty promises are quickly becoming broken promises – and the American people will hold him accountable for this violation of their trust.” 

At a press conference with the Canadian Prime Minister and Mexico's President Calderon today at the White House, President Obama rebuffed a question about an attack line by Mitt Romney intimating that he didn't believe in American exceptionalism.

"I will cut folks some slack right now because they're still trying to get their nomination," Obama retorted, saying his entire career has been a testimony to American exceptionalism.

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake has been been felt in Mexico City, per the U.S Geological Survey, Reuters reports. An epicenter has yet to be determined, but no major damage has been seen initially.

Current TV has terminated its relationship with anchor and host Keith Olbermann, reports the New York Times' Brian Stelter. He will be replaced by "Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer," according to Stelter.

Read Current TV's full statement obtained by TPM:

OPEN LETTER TO THE VIEWERS OF CURRENT

 

To the Viewers of Current:

 

We created Current to give voice to those Americans who refuse to rely on corporate-controlled media and are seeking an authentic progressive outlet. We are more committed to those goals today than ever before.

 

Current was also founded on the values of respect, openness, collegiality, and loyalty to our viewers. Unfortunately these values are no longer reflected in our relationship with Keith Olbermann and we have ended it.

 

We are moving ahead by honoring Current's values. Current has a fundamental obligation to deliver news programming with a progressive perspective that our viewers can count on being available daily -- especially now, during the presidential election campaign. Current exists because our audience desires the kind of perspective, insight and commentary that is not easily found elsewhere in this time of big media consolidation.

 

As we move toward this summer's political conventions and the general election in the fall, Current is making significant new additions to our broadcasts. We have just debuted six hours of new programming each weekday with Bill Press ("Full Court Press, at 6 am ET/3 am PT) and Stephanie Miller ("Talking Liberally," at 9 am ET/6 pm PT).

 

We’re very excited to announce that beginning tonight, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer will host “Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer,” at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT. Eliot is a veteran public servant and an astute observer of the issues of the day. He has important opinions and insights and he relishes the kind of constructive discourse that our viewers will appreciate this election year. We are confident that our viewers will be able to count on Governor Spitzer to deliver critical information on a daily basis.


All of these additions to Current's lineup are aimed at achieving one simple goal -- thegoal that has always been central to Current's mission: To tell stories no one else will tell, to speak truth to power, and to influence the conversation of democracy on behalf of those whose voice is too seldom heard. We, and everyone at Current, want to thank our viewers for their continued steadfast support.

 

Sincerely,

 

Al Gore & Joel Hyatt

Current's Founders

The Republican party of Wisconsin will now run placeholder Democratic candidates in all scheduled recall elections, reports Wispolitics.com:

Republicans will run "protest" or "fake" Dems in all six upcoming recall elections, including guv and lt. guv.

Insiders have expected Republicans to run candidates in the Dem primaries for four Senate seats to ensure their candidates are on the same general election ballot as Gov. Scott Walker to help with turnout.

The Repubican National Committee (RNC) released a web ad earlier this week making it appear that U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, the lawyer who argued that President Obama's health care law should be upheld, gave a worse presentation than he actually did. Bloomberg News reviewed the transcript, and found the RNC altered the audio of the oral arguments to present Verrilli's argument as significantly more halting.

In light of that, Tom Goldstein of SCOTUSblog.com makes an excellent point. The RNC's use and distortion of the audio could actually make the Supreme Court less transparant by delaying such releases in the future for a longer period of time, and perhaps killing any chance that the Court allow cameras during proceedings:

It probably also sets back the effort to get the Court to become more transparent.  As Amy pointed out to me, the Justices now have before them a perfect illustration of the gross distortion that can instantly be made of recordings of their proceedings.  What is to stop the same misleading stunt being pulled with the Justices’ own oral argument questions and comments?  Nothing at all.  The Court made a special exception in releasing the oral argument tape for the health care arguments so promptly, and it probably will hesitate before doing so again.  If there were any chance that the Justices would permit cameras in the Court, I do not see happening now.

 

Jose Hernandez (D), who is looking to unseat Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), has released a video defending his claim that he is in fact an astronaut. A Sacramento law firm asked a judge to block describing himself as such because he left NASA.

The video simply shows Hernandez working in space, followed by large text: "Jose Hernandez is an astronaut."

Watch the video:

(h/t politicalwire)

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