The White House Press Office snubbed the Boston Herald on Wednesday, denying the paper full access to President Barack Obama’s fundraiser in Boston. The Press Office told the paper via email that press pool reporters are chosen by their ability to “fairly” cover the news. An article on BostonHerald.com discusses the rejection, which came after the paper ran a Mitt Romney opinion piece on the front page — more than a month before the President’s visit.
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign unveiled T-shirts that mock the Birther movement. A political blog on ABCNews.com described the shirts. They feature Obama’s face and the slogan “Made in the USA” on the front, with a picture of the President’s recently- released long-form birth certificate on the back. One can receive this “limited edition” shirt by donating $25 to Obama’s campaign.
The next presidential election may be 18 months away, but the political world is abuzz as a diverse group of candidates on the Republican side is vying for the party’s nomination.
Senate Republicans have blocked a bill that aimed to eliminate tax subsidies for the five biggest oil companies in the United States.
Newt Gingrich has begun backpedaling following his verbal attack on Representative Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget proposal, which calls for significant Medicare reform.
The Montgomery County, Md. County Council has decided it’s not going to let budget problems stand in the way of its employees’ bedroom activities and has decided to continue paying for their little blue pills. The County Council is keeping funding for Viagra off the chopping block, despite the jurisdiction’s $300 million budget shortfall, according to an article on WashingtonExaminer.com.
Recently, the White House released the financial disclosure forms for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. The form shows that large portion of the President’s wealth is seated in Federal debt. CNN’s White House blog reported, “The President and first lady Michelle Obama had assets valued between $2.8 million and $11.8 million in 2010. And between $2 million and $10 million of their assets are invested in super-safe U.S. Treasury securities, according to the disclosure form. That’s up from $1.5 million to $6 million reported invested in Treasury notes and bills in 2009.”
Billionaire George Soros has spent $48 million funding media properties, including media-industry organizations, journalism schools and investigative journalism. The left-leaning Soros, No. 46 on the Forbes list of The World’s Billionaires, has devoted his life to taking over American media, according to a report from FoxNews.com.
As the debate over raising the Federal debt limit rages, policy groups have suggested selling off Federal assets to pay debts. One Presidential contender, Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas), said the United States should sell the gold in Fort Knox — that is, if Fort Knox has any gold to sell. Paul called for an audit of the Federal government’s gold reserves in August 2010, but was voted down. He said, “If there was no question, you’d think they would be very anxious to prove to us that the gold is there.”
The field of candidates for the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination thinned out this past weekend, as former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and business mogul Donald Trump removed themselves from consideration. The two announcements have further opened up a field that was already considered unpredictable.