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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 10/20/2011

Morning Bits

And you thought it couldn’t get any worse. “Someone affiliated with the Department of Energy has been going back to make changes to press releases posted on the Internet weeks and months ago, CNBC has found. The changes occurred in two press releases from the Department of Energy’s loan guarantee program — the same program that has been the center of controversy surrounding the failed solar company Solyndra.”

Any chance this headline might be in a 2012 GOP campaign ad? “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Wednesday indicated Congress needs to worry about government jobs more than private-sector jobs, and that this is why Senate Democrats are pushing a bill aimed at shoring up teachers and first-responders.”

I don’t think we need any more data to confirm that Obama has an Israel problem. Politico reports that “a poll question from [Wednesday] morning’s Quinnipiac University survey of voters in New York City, home to a disproportionately large number of Jewish voters who run the gamut of secular to ultra-religious, stood out: The question was, ‘Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation between Israel and the Palestinians?’ Fifty-five percent of Jewish voters surveyed disapproved, while 39 percent approved.”

Democrats might be wondering if there is any way he could stay home. “As President Barack Obama’s armored black bus rolled along country roads in Virginia and North Carolina this week, the challenges he faces in seeking re-election grew more apparent by the mile. Few states that Mr. Obama hopes will carry him to victory offer such a stark view of the forces that will pull for and against him in 2012.”

Is there any better sign of the Democrats’ problems? In the Senate race former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle (R) “now trails [Mazie]Hirono by just 6 points at 48-42, and she actually leads [Ed] Case by 2 points at 45-43.”

Have we had any other presidents this condescending? Mickey Kaus thinks not, quoting Obama: “Maybe they just couldn’t understand the whole thing all at once, so we’re going to break it up into bite-sized pieces so they can take a thoughtful approach to this legislation.”

Any day now Texas Gov. Rick Perry is going to slip behind Newt Gingrich in the polls. In the latest AP-GfK poll Perry is 17 points behind Romney, 13 behind Herman Cain and only 5 ahead of Gingrich.

President Obama support for Occupy Wall Street’s rhetoric doesn’t have any impact on his willingness to cash corporate America’s checks. “Despite frosty relations with the titans of Wall Street, President Obama has still managed to raise far more money this year from the financial and banking sector than Mitt Romney or any other Republican presidential candidate, according to new fundraising data. Obama’s key advantage is his ability to collect bigger checks from fewer donors, because he raises money for both his own campaign committee and for the Democratic National Committee, which will aid in his reelection effort. As a result, Obama has brought in more money from employees of banks, hedge funds and other financial service companies than all the other GOP candidates combined, according to a Washington Post analysis of contribution data.” The mystery is why these fools would give Obama a cent.

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 10/20/2011

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