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Another leak? “The United States is breaking a 20-year arms embargo on Somalia by providing unauthorized intelligence training to regional governments and special-forces missions, according to a forthcoming United Nations report that discloses new details of the U.S. war against al Qaeda in the war-torn African nation.”

Another Democrat given the “Cory Booker treatment,” says the Romney camp. “Feinstein Regrets Speculating White House Responsible for Intelligence Leaks.”

Another good poll for him. “Currently, Governor Christie earns a 52% approve to 36% disapprove job rating among all Garden State residents. Among registered voters, his rating stands at 53% approve to 35% disapproval. . . . Overall, 42% of New Jerseyans think that Chris Christie helps the national Republican Party’s image compared to just 14% who say he hurts the GOP brand.

Another smart observation from VP-contender Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.):“President Obama’s comments reflect an ideology that casts the private sector as an arena driven by greed and indifference to the well-being of others. In government-directed economies, the collective takes priority over the individual. . . . Of course government has a critical role to play: establishing neutral rules that enable open competition and securing peace and order with courts, a standard currency, defense forces, first responders, teachers, infrastructure, and a safety net for the most vulnerable. Government can help create the space for innovation and prosperity, but government does not fill that space.”

Another example of faux moderation by a Democrat. “Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) announced Tuesday that he will vote on Democratic legislation to extend the Bush-era tax rates. Manchin said he will join Democrats in voting to extend the rates for income up to $250,000 a year. The Democratic legislation would allow Bush-era rates on higher annual income to expire. Republicans want to extend all the rates for another year. . . . Manchin had previously voted against the Democratic proposal.”

Another rotten day for the stock market. “Stocks booked a third daily decline Tuesday as investors fretted over a downgrade of Germany’s outlook by Moody’s and more signs of shaky corporate profits in the U.S.”

Another reason to get rid of Obamacare. “About one in 10 employers plan to drop health coverage when key provisions of the new health care law kick in less than two years from now, according to a survey to be released Tuesday by the consulting company Deloitte.”

Another sign Obama’s remarks are hurting him. “President Obama, who’s gotten a lot of strife from the Romney campaign and national Republicans in the last week for his ‘you didn’t build that’ comment, is launching a new swing-state TV ad to push back on the criticism. . . . For the Obama campaign to address the comment directly, they must think it’s starting to leave a mark.”

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