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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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President Obama has officially signed the STOCK Act into law, banning insider trading by members of Congress. He said the Act makes it clear that if Congress uses non-public information for advantage in the stock market, they are breaking the law.

Nichelle Nichols, who played the character 'Uhura' in the original TV show 'Star Trek,' met President Obama in the White House back in February. But she finally received this photo in the mail yesterday, according to her Twitter feed, with the caption "Taken 2/29/12 in the Oval Office - Live Long & Prosper!"

(h/t Byron Tau

 

Men have picked up 88 percent of new jobs created since the U.S. recession officially ended in June of 2009, reports Bloomberg:

Men, who lost more than twice as many jobs as women during the worst economic slump since the Great Depression, have landed 88 percent of the non-farm jobs created since the recession ended in June 2009. The share of men saying the economy was improving jumped to 41 percent in March, compared with 26 percent of women, according to the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index’s monthly expectations gauge.

Mitt Romney will appear on Sean Hannity's radio show at 5pm ET today to respond to a speech by President Obama that blasted Romney and the Paul Ryan budget, tweets his spokesman Andrea Saul.

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.

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