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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 08/07/2012

Morning Bits

Did someone mention outsourcing? “Another week, another Hollywood fundraiser for President Obama. And why not? From George Clooney’s house in Los Angeles to Sarah Jessica Parker’s townhouse in Manhattan, the Hollywood crowd has been a virtual ATM for the Obama campaign. All that Hollywood cash has helped pay for ads hammering Mitt Romney for maximizing profits by shipping American jobs overseas during his time at the helm of Bain Capital. But Hollywood knows a thing or two about outsourcing too.”

Did someone mention “hope and change”? The White House is mired in Sen. Harry Reid’s dirty politics: “The White House on Monday distanced President Obama from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s comments that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney hasn’t paid taxes in a decade. White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Monday that Reid (D-Nev.) ‘speaks for himself’ and had spoken on the issue without any guidance from Team Obama.” But Team Obama isn’t telling him to shut up, of course.

Or mention the “revolving door”? “[T]he bigger story out of the [David] Plouffe[‘s] speeches is that President Obama, who campaigned so passionately against what he called the ‘revolving door’ between the highest levels of government and the lobbying/influence business, has absolutely no problem with it when his friends do it.”

Did someone mention VP fever? “Mitt Romney will be joined on the campaign trail by Ohio Sen. Rob Portman next week when he campaigns in the swing state, according to a campaign source. The stops in Ohio on Tuesday — three of them — come at the end of Romney’s bus tour across battleground states.”

Did someone mention Obama fatigue? “The Obama campaign reported raising a total of $75 million in July, once again far short of the $100 million-plus total raised by Team Romney.”

Did a leftwing outlet mention Obama was heading for a “landslide”? Not so fast. “Eighty-six percent of voters who say they voted for Barack Obama in 2008 are backing Obama again this year, a smaller proportion than the 92% of 2008 John McCain voters who are supporting 2012 Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Nine percent of 2008 Obama voters have switched to supporting Romney this year, while 5% of McCain voters have switched to Obama.”

Did someone mention “politicization of the Justice Department”? Just a coincidence, maybe: “The Justice Department is investigating whether Las Vegas Sands Corp., owned by high-profile Republican donor Sheldon Adelson, broke federal law by failing to report millions of dollars of potentially laundered money transferred to its casinos by two high-rolling Las Vegas gamblers, according to the Wall Street Journal.”

Did someone mention that the rich aren’t paying their fair share? Well, they’re paying more. You see “the share of income to the top 5% has gone up by 5.8 percentage points, while the taxes they pay has increased by 11.9 percentage points. They make more but are paying even more.” You can argue the tax code should be even more progressive, but it’s just wrong to say it’s not already.

By  |  07:45 AM ET, 08/07/2012

 
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