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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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A woman has admitted to burning down the world's 5th oldest tree, a 3,500-year-old 'Senator' tree, in Seminole County, reports WFTV9:

Agents said Barnes took pictures of the fire and downloaded the images to her cellphone and computer. Officials said she showed people the images, and said "I can't believe I burned down a tree older then Jesus."

Flames burned the tree from the inside out.

Barnes admitted to authorities that she lit the fire.

 

The Maine GOP released the following statement on their Facebook page:

STATEMENT OF SENATOR OLYMPIA J. SNOWE ON 
RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN FOR UNITED STATES SENATE

WASHINGTON, D.C – Three-term Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) issued the following statement today with regard to her re-election campaign:

“After an extraordinary amount of reflection and consideration, I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for re-election to the United States Senate. 

“After 33 years in the Congress this was not an easy decision. My husband and I are in good health. We have laid an exceptionally strong foundation for the campaign, and I have no doubt I would have won re-election. It has been an indescribable honor and immeasurable privilege to serve the people of Maine, first in both houses of Maine’s legislature and later in both houses of Congress. To this day, I remain deeply passionate about public service, and I cherish the opportunity I have been given for nearly four decades to help improve the lives of my fellow Mainers.

“As I have long said, what motivates me is producing results for those who have entrusted me to be their voice and their champion, and I am filled with that same sense of responsibility today as I was on my first day in the Maine House of Representatives. I do find it frustrating, however, that an atmosphere of polarization and ‘my way or the highway’ ideologies has become pervasive in campaigns and in our governing institutions. 

“With my Spartan ancestry I am a fighter at heart; and I am well prepared for the electoral battle, so that is not the issue. However, what I have had to consider is how productive an additional term would be. Unfortunately, I do not realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change over the short term. So at this stage of my tenure in public service, I have concluded that I am not prepared to commit myself to an additional six years in the Senate, which is what a fourth term would entail. 

“As I enter a new chapter, I see a vital need for the political center in order for our democracy to flourish and to find solutions that unite rather than divide us. It is time for change in the way we govern, and I believe there are unique opportunities to build support for that change from outside the United States Senate. I intend to help give voice to my fellow citizens who believe, as I do, that we must return to an era of civility in government driven by a common purpose to fulfill the promise that is unique to America. 

“In the meantime, as I complete my third term, I look forward to continuing to fight for the people of Maine and the future of our nation. And I will be forever and unyieldingly grateful for the trust that the people of Maine have placed in me, and for the phenomenal friendship and assistance I have received over the years from my colleagues, my supporters, and my staff, both in Maine and in Washington.” Senator Snowe will be scheduling a news conference in Portland, Maine, in order to further discuss her decision when she returns to her home state on Friday. 

Mitt Romney appearing on Fox News on Tuesday afternoon, with an election poster of his father, George Romney in the background.

Speaking from an autoworkers union event in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday morning, President Obama took a shot at Mitt Romney and other Republican presidential contenders, calling their for position on the auto-bailout a "load of you-know-what":

Because I’ve got to admit, it’s been funny to watch some of these politicians completely rewrite history now that you’re back on your feet.  These are the folks who said if we went forward with our plan to rescue Detroit, “you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye.”  Now they’re saying they were right all along.  Or worse, they’re saying that the problem is that you, the workers, made out like bandits in all of this; that saving the American auto industry was just about paying back unions.  Really?  Even by the standards of this town, that’s a load of you-know-what.

Watch below:

President Obama delivered a fiery speech at the United Autoworkers Convention in Washington on Tuesday morning, defending his actions to "rescue" the auto industry:

And you know why I knew this rescue would succeed?  It wasn’t because of anything the government did.  It wasn’t just because of anything management did.  It was because I believed in you.  I placed my bet on American workers.  And I’d make that same bet again any day of the week.  Because three years later, that bet is paying off for America.  Three years later, the American auto industry is back.

Watch the video:

U.S. consumer confidence has risen in February to 70.8, per AP:

The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index now stands at 70.8, up from a revised 61.5 in January, helped by consumers' improving assessment of the job market. Analysts had expected a reading of 63. The February reading marks the highest level since February 2011 when it was 72.0. The index is still far below the 90 that indicates a healthy economy.

Speaking at a presser in Michigan on Tuesday morning, Mitt Romney admitted that his comments about his wife, Ann Romney, owning several Cadillac cars, did indeed hurt his campaign.

Asked by a reporter, Mitt Romney responded "Yes."

Speaking at his first press conference in almost three weeks in Michigan on Tusday, Mitt Romney elaborated on what he was willing to do to in order to garner votes in the primary, as opposed to the general election. He said he wasn't "willing to light [his] hair on fire to try and get support," implicitly taking a shot at some of his fellow rivals:

In some cases our flaws over emphasized, but I do think in the general election all of what's gone on during the primary becomes very much a thing of the past and we focus on what's being said in the general.

It's very easy to excite the base with incendiary comments. We've seen throughout the campaign if you're willing to say really outrageous things that are accusative, attacking of President Obama, that you're going to jump up in the polls. I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to try and get support. I am who I am. I'm a person with extensive experience in the private sector, in the economy.

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