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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 04/20/2012

Morning Bits

Trouble in Arizona. “A candidate with a lengthy history of anti-Israel activism is on course to gain the Democratic Party’s nomination for a new congressional district in Arizona, raising alarms in party circles.”

Trouble with the smear-Mitt-Romney strategy. “The public, by a slightly wider margin, also gave Mr. Romney higher marks over the president for an ability to change the political tone in Washington, which was one of Mr. Obama’s primary campaign pledges in 2008. Emerging now from the long primary contest, Mr. Romney is showing signs of consolidating support within his party and among components of the broader electorate, including seniors and suburban voters.”

Trouble, if this is what it’s like in April. “The bad news: It’s only mid-April and not only are we averaging one new outrageous outrage per day, they’re getting progressively dumber. This one will be hard to beat but stay tuned tomorrow. . . . Is the Daily Outrage process self-perpetuating? The reason I think campaigns push idiocy like this is because voters are overwhelmed with news in multiple formats. You never know what’ll make it through that wall of information and into their voting consciousness so you’ve got to push everything you have, no matter how minor and moronic.”

Trouble for Romney or another contrived Politico storyline? “Romney’s dilemma: convincing GOP he can win.” Well, about 90 percent of Republicans are supporting him.

Trouble for the economy and for those touting the “recovery”: “In recent weeks, European bond yields have started climbing. In the United States and elsewhere, high oil prices have sapped spending power. American employers remain skittish about hiring new workers, and new claims for unemployment insurance have risen. And stocks have declined. . . . [T]he breadth of the recent weakening of activity shows that the economy remains fragile, as is typical in the years following a financial crisis. “ Nice try by the New York Times, but actually, it’s not typical; this is the weakest recovery we’ve had. Might it be something to do with the administration’s policies?

Trouble with the “historic” legislation: “An increasing number of Democrats are taking potshots at President Obama’s health-care law ahead of a Supreme Court decision that could overturn it. The public grievances have come from centrists and liberals and reflect rising anxiety ahead of November’s elections.”

Trouble on the privacy front. “With little public attention, dozens of universities and law-enforcement agencies have been given approval by federal aviation regulators to use unmanned aircraft known as drones, according to documents obtained via Freedom of Information Act requests by an advocacy group. . . . Although the documents don’t indicate how the aircraft will be used, the disclosures likely will fuel privacy concerns involving drones. On Thursday, Democratic Rep. Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Republican Rep. Joe Barton of Texas asked the acting administrator of the FAA to answer questions about the privacy implications of increased drone use.”

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