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Archive for May 29th, 2012

Why Obama’s Strategists Think He’ll Win

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 29th, 2012 11:08 pm by HL

Why Obama’s Strategists Think He’ll Win
John Heilemann, NY Magazine
David Plouffe sits in his White House office, just a few steps from the Oval, staring at an oversize map of these United States. It’s late afternoon on May 9, two hours after Barack Obama’s declaration that his evolution on gay marriage has reached its terminus. The president is down the hall and on the phone, discussing his decision’s theological implications with several prominent African-American pastors—while Plouffe is being queried about its political dimensions by a querulous Caucasian reporter. The map at which Plouffe is gazing isn’t…

JPMorgan Outsmarted: The Hunch, the Pounce & Kill
Azam Ahmed, NYT
One beneficiary was Boaz Weinstein, a hedge fund manager who saw a price anomaly that signaled an opportunity. At a conference, he advised betting against it.It was last November, and Mr. Weinstein, a wunderkind of the New York hedge fund world, had spied something strange across the Atlantic. In an obscure corner of the financial markets, prices seemed out of whack. It didn’t make sense.

Romney Is an Unknown Quantity
Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg
What’s the matter with Massachusetts that would make Mitt Romney want to pretend he’d never been its governor?Yes, it presents some image problems for the conservative candidate Romney now wants to be. The last time a Massachusetts governor ran for president, it did not go well. Still, it’s what Romney has. Had he not been (to use his preferred term) “CEO” of the 15th-most populous state in the country, Romney would have a weak claim on the Oval Office.

Does Obama Really Believe His Own BS?
Mickey Kaus, The Daily Caller
Let your friends help you discover the best news, features and videos on TheDC. Publish what you read and maintain full control.Today’s NYT campaign notebook has Obama sluicing the controversial Nutting Marketwatch chart straight off the Internet into a campaign speech, in which he proclaims “Since I’ve been president, federal spending has risen at the lowest pace in nearly 60 years.” (The exact sequence seems to be Nutting’s keyboard to Web to Carney to Obama to the world.) Obama’s instantaneous embrace of…