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Dennis Kucinich had some not-so-nice words for his primary opponent following a tough loss in Ohio. Kucinich said Marcy Kaptur ran a campaign "that was utterly lacking in integrity" while also failing to congratulate her, tweets Chad Pergram.
Speaking at his victory party Tuesday night after winning his home state of Georgia, Newt Gingrich falsely claimed President Obama was "worried about higher gas prices because it will make it harder for [him] to get re-elected."
Here's Newt's full comment:
The president was right the other day. He's so nervous about gasoline prices and energy, that he's done two major speeches. I thought today, in one of the most shallow and self-serving comments by a president I've heard in a long time, he was candid in his press conference. He said, you know, I'm really worried about higher gas prices because it will make it harder for me to get re-elected. I did not make this up. It was just nice to know that the president once again has managed to take the pain of the american people and turn it into his own personal problem.
But President Obama didn't say that.
Here's what he really said at today's White House press briefing, directed at Fox News reporter Ed Henry, who asked the president if he actually wants gas prices to go even higher so he can "wean" the American people off fossil fuels.
Ed, just from a political perspective, do you think the President of the United States, going into reelection, wants gas prices to go up even higher? … Is there anybody here who thinks that makes a lot of sense?
New Gingrich addressed the AIPAC conference via satellite link in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday morning, hailing Israel as a friend, while criticizing President Obama's record with the country.
What attendees at AIPAC didn't see, however, was the Republican presidential candidate dozing off screen while waiting for his cue, reports ABC News:
At one point, he woke up and was either thinking about the secretary of defense or was talking about him with someone not seen. “Listening to Panetta is not a relaxing experience,” Gingrich said, before slipping away into nap time again.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has some misgivings about her recent vote for the Blunt amendment, a measure that would have allowed any employer to opt out of providing birth control or other health insurance coverage required by President Obama's health care law for moral reasons, reports the News Tribune.
"I have never had a vote I've taken where I have felt that I let down more people," she said.
She'd meant to make a statement about religious freedom, she said, but voters read it as a vote against contraception coverage for women. The measure was so broad, it's hard not to read it that way. I suspect Murkowski saw that, but for reasons she didn't share with me, voted for it anyway.
General Motors has temporarily suspended the production of the electric Chevy Volt, reports the Detroit Free Press:
General Motors has told 1,300 employees at its Detroit Hamtramck that they will be temporarily laid off for five weeks as the company halts production of the Chevrolet Volt and its European counterpart, the Opel Ampera.
“Even with sales up in February over January, we are still seeking to align our production with demand,” said GM spokesman Chris Lee.
A new video dug up by ABC's The Note shows 'private sector' Mitt Romney in 2002 touting his Washington D.C. connections, particularly his ability to attract a large amount of federal dollars and grants in Massachussetts.
“I am big believer in getting money where the money is,” Romney says on the video, “The money is in Washington.”
“I want to go after every grant, every project, every department in Washington to assure that we are taking advantage of economic development opportunities,” Romney tells the group.
President Obama sat down to record a B.S. Report podcast with sports guy Bill Simmons, weighing in on Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin and the Chicago Bulls.
"I knew about Jeremy before you did, or everybody else did," he said, "because Arne Duncan, my Secretary of Education, was captain of the Harvard team. And so way back when, Arne and I were playing and he said, I’m telling you, we’ve got this terrific guard named Jeremy Lin at Harvard. And then one of my best friends, his son is a freshman at Harvard, and so when he went for a recruiting trip he saw Lin in action. So I’ve been on the Jeremy Lin bandwagon for a while."
"I can't take credit, but I'm just saying I was there early," he added.
Asked by Simmons how often he wished the Bulls would pay a championship visit to the White House, Obama responded "every year, and it hasn't happened, but it will happen."
"I've got another five years here," he said, again hinting at re-election.