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President Obama takes heat for a lawsuit trying to block early voting for military personnel. “The Romney camp on Saturday moved quickly to cast the Obama campaign’s voting rights lawsuit in Ohio as anti-military. The Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee this week filed a lawsuit to block a new Ohio law that expands early voting rights for service members, allowing military members to vote up until the Monday before the election — three days longer than is allowed for the rest of the public. In the lawsuit, Democrats contend it’s unfair to extend time to vote for one group without extending the privilege for all groups, but Republicans have slammed the lawsuit as anti-military.”

Mitt Romney steamed over paltry recovery. “We should be seeing two, three, 400,000 jobs per month to regain much of what’s been lost. That’s what normally happens after recession. But under this president, we have not seen that kind of pattern. We have been just sort of bumping along with barely enough jobs just to hold the unemployment rate about the same, above 8 percent, 42 months like that. The idea of just giving more money to government will not get our economy going.” Watch the whole thing.

Republican National Committee chief boiling mad at Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.): “A dirty liar who hasn’t filed a single page of his tax returns.”

Out of the cauldron and into the fire? “The day Assad falls, there will be an explosion of anger not just against him and his inner circle, but against all Alawites, his minority sect (about 12 percent of the population), and against those Christians who long ago decided that an alliance with Assad was their least-worst option. The jihadis will take the lead in this butchery — and make every effort to remain leaders thereafter. What will be the American and European response?”

Obamanomics go up in flames. “Can we finally all agree that Keynesian economics is a flop? The politicians in Washington flushed about $800 billion down the toilet and we got nothing in exchange except for anemic growth and lots of people out of work.”

John Steele Gordon grills the left-wing Tax Policy Center. “The left-of-center Tax Policy Center, with little specific to work with, then made some very convenient assumptions that allowed them — and delighted Democrats — to say that Romney’s plan would involve tax increases for the middle class while the rich would, as always in Republican tax proposals, get away with not paying their fair share.”

David Axelrod raked over the coals. “Romney camp busts Axelrod falsely denying that he touted ‘recovery’ summer.”

Obama burned through his cash. “Since the beginning of last year, Mr. Obama and the Democrats have burned through millions of dollars to find and register voters. . . .The price tag: about $400 million from the beginning of last year to June 30 this year, according to a New York Times analysis of Federal Election Commission records, including $86 million on advertising. But now Mr. Obama’s big-dollar bet is being tested. With less than a month to go before the national party conventions begin, the president’s once commanding cash advantage has evaporated, leaving Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee with about $25 million more cash on hand than the Democrats as of the beginning of July.”

Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.


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