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Ouch. Former Obama admirer David Brooks: “Barack Obama really wanted to move beyond stale battle lines. But he offered a conventional Democratic agenda. If you want to break the partisan stagnation, you have to come up with an unexpected policy agenda that will scramble the categories. You have to mix proposals from columns A and B.”

Oof. “During the vice presidential debate last week, Vice President Joe Biden seemed to significantly overstate his role in the 1983 negotiations over Social Security.”

Yikes. “Mitt Romney heaped fresh criticism on the White House green energy agenda Tuesday after the bankruptcy of A123 Systems, a stimulus-backed manufacturer of electric car batteries that President Obama has personally touted. The company, which won a $249 million Energy Department (DOE) grant for Michigan-based manufacturing in 2009, has an agreement to sell its automotive business to the company Johnson Controls, Inc.”

Uh-oh. “The green energy company, which received a $249 million government grant, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Tuesday. In a 2010 speech in the Rose Garden, President Obama praised the company as ‘success story.’”

Oy. Politico shredded by Tim Carney. “Oh no! We can’t let Romney win, he’ll let lobbyists in the White House!!!” It seems Politico didn’t mention any of the 50 lobbyists working on Obamaland.

Yowser. “Saying you take ‘responsibility’ in brief interviews from faraway Peru is a long way from acting as if you’re responsible.”

Good grief. “In Obamacare, the payment cuts are across-the-board cuts (modifications of Medicare’s complex payment formulas) made throughout the bulk of the Medicare program. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), these cuts will decrease Medicare spending by an estimated $716 billion between 2013 and 2022. The money is cut from hospital services, Medicare Advantage, skilled nursing services, hospice services, and other Medicare services. To be clear, the cuts do not target individual institutions or medical organizations suspected of waste, fraud, or abuse.” Read the whole thing.

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