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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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.

Newt Gingrich, interviewed in the radio studio of "The Rick & Bubba Show" this morning in Birmingham, Alabama on Tuesday morning, said he thought the "tag-team" comprised of himself and Rick Santorum was significantly slowing Mitt Romney down, reports the LA Times:

"There's a certain advantage, I think right now, in having both of us tag-team Romney because neither one of us by ourselves can raise the money to match Romney," he said. "With Rick and me together, we're really slowing him down with some help frankly from Ron Paul."

The detained U.S. soldier who reportedly went on a shooting rampage killing women and children in southern Afghanistan was a qualified infantry sniper, reports CNN. The soldier was also diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, but was found fit for duty:

The soldier was injured in a vehicle rollover while in Iraq in 2010, according to the official. The official described it as a non-combat rollover. He was diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) but was found fit for duty.

Real estate magnate (and Mitt Romney surrogate) Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday morning to reflect upon President Obama's "weird" name at age 18. Soetoro (which Trump mispelled) is the last name of Obama's step-father, Lolo Soetoro.


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Speaking at a campaign rally in Topeka, Kansas on Friday afternoon, Rick Santorum continued his assault on Mitt Romney's record on health care.

"We already have one president who doesn't tell the truth to the American people," Santorum said. "We don't need another one."

"Governor Romney reinvents himself for whatever the political occasion calls for," Santorum told the gathered crowd.

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Mitt Romney issued the following statement on the February jobs report, showing the economy added 227,000 jobs:

How many months ago was it, 37 months ago, [President Obama] told us that if he could borrow $787 billion, almost a trillion dollars, he would keep unemployment below 8 percent. It has not been below 8 percent since. This president has not succeeded, this president has failed – and that’s the reason we’re going to get rid of him in 2012.

Newt Gingrich issued the following statement on the February jobs report, showing that the economy added 227,000 jobs:

After more than three full years of an Obama presidency, Americans are still frustrated by a sustained unemployment rate above 8 percent.  Any new job is a welcome paycheck for the American worker, but as past recoveries show, the current rate of growth will leave the American economy sputtering for years to come.

The unfortunate reality for American families is that any marginal job growth is muted by soaring prices at the pump.  The Obama administration has routinely hampered attempts to increase domestic oil production and is actively hobbling a truly American recovery.  

Gas cost $1.89 a gallon the week President Obama was inaugurated just 3 years ago.  As gas now creeps above $4 a gallon, the current administration cannot hide behind a stagnant unemployment rate while touting algae as the solution to our energy woes.  $2.50 a gallon gas and real job growth is possible by unleashing America’s full energy production potential.

Simply authorizing the pro-jobs, pro-growth Keystone XL pipeline would add tens of thousands of new jobs to the economy while simultaneously lowering the price of gas.  Unfortunately, we learned President Obama chose to actively lobby against yesterday’s bipartisan Senate bill to authorize the pipeline.  Only an anti-energy administration is satisfied with 8.3% percent unemployment.

A truly American energy plan combined, with the proven Reagan-Gingrich model of lower taxes and less regulation, will spur the American people to lead the way to recovery.

Now more than ever, America needs a pro-energy and pro-growth President in the White House.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement on the February jobs report, showing the economy added 227,000 jobs:

Today's jobs report is a step in the right direction for the middle class and for small businesses, but we still have more work to do.

Americans' top priority remains job creation, yet for 430 days in the majority, House Republicans have failed to put forward a comprehensive jobs agenda. Instead, Republicans have voted to weaken our economy and end the Medicare guarantee, and pushed a partisan transportation bill that destroys 500,000 jobs.

Americans facing skyrocketing prices at the pump and a still fragile job market cannot afford more of the Republicans No Jobs agenda.  Democrats will continue to work with President Obama to build on today’s positive news to spur our economic growth and strengthen the middle class, and we are hopeful that Republicans will join us.

We are committed to reigniting the American dream and building ladders of opportunity for anyone willing to work hard, be responsible, and play by the rules - so everyone can succeed.


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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor issued the following statement on the February jobs numbers, which showed the economy adding 227,000 jobs:

While the economy is slowly adding new jobs, job growth must be stronger in order for the millions of unemployed to get back to work. We know that jobs aren’t created by Washington. Job growth comes from small business owners and entrepreneurs who take risks and start new businesses. That’s why we’re doing everything we can to help small businesses grow and start hiring again.

Yesterday, the House passed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act with strong bipartisan support. The JOBS Act has the support of President Obama and the entrepreneurs and small business owners who know what it takes to start a business from the ground up. This is a welcome sign that we can put aside our differences and come together to produce results and create a thriving economy. I urge Senator Reid to act quickly and send this bill to the President.

But we can’t stop here. We must embrace the entrepreneurial spirit that has made our country so great. We will continue to work to help small businessmen and women across the country get back in the game of job creation by removing Washington red tape and the threat of higher taxes. I am hopeful we can build on this momentum and advance common sense measures to help get more people back to work.

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Speaker John Boehner issued the following release on the February jobs numbers, which showed the economy adding 227,000 jobs:

Today’s report provides some encouragement for millions of families and small businesses who continue to struggle in this economy, but unemployment remains far too high. It is a testament to the hard work and entrepreneurship of the American people that they are creating any jobs in the midst of the onslaught of anti-business policies coming from this administration.

Three years of ‘stimulus’ spending, tax hikes, and excessive government regulations have left us with unemployment that has remained above eight percent for 37 consecutive months, and Americans are increasingly worried about the amount of debt owed to countries like China. Meanwhile, gas prices have nearly doubled as the Obama administration has rejected new energy production, blocked and lobbied against projects like the Keystone XL pipeline, and promoted policies that would drive prices up even further.

Republicans have a plan for jobs that reduces spending, reforms the tax code, stops excessive regulations on small businesses like ObamaCare that are making it harder to hire new workers, and expands American energy production. And just yesterday, the House passed the bipartisan JOBS Act. Senate Democrats should take immediate action on the JOBS Act, and the rest of our jobs plan, so we can stop government policies that are adding to our debt, raising gas prices, and preventing robust private-sector job growth.

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