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Pawlenty, Portman Finances Pose Vetting Challenge

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 25th, 2012 11:08 pm by HL

Pawlenty, Portman Finances Pose Vetting Challenge
Erin McPike, RCP
With Mitt Romney's vice presidential vetting process well under way, two of the likeliest contenders for the nod — Tim Pawlenty and Rob Portman — have some of the thickest financial backgrounds to comb through.Since dropping his own bid for president last August, Pawlenty has joined the boards of seven companies and serves as a senior adviser to another. Portman has a complicated financial history from a previous ownership stake in his family's since-sold company, Portman Equipment, as well as numerous investments.Republican researchers familiar with both potential picks say…

As Obama Struggles, Racism Alibi Returns
Michael Barone, DC Examiner
As Barack Obama's lead over Mitt Romney in the polls narrows, and his presumed fundraising advantage seems about to become a disadvantage, it's alibi time for some of his backers.His problem, they say, is that some voters don't like him because he's black. Or they don't like his policies because they don't like having a black president.So, you see, if you don't like Obamacare, it's not because it threatens to take away your health insurance, or to deny coverage for some treatments. It's because you don't like black people.This sort of thing…

Can We Stop Deluding Ourselves on Egypt?
Mark Steyn, National Review
Last year at NRO I wrote: "The short 90-year history of independent Egypt is that it got worse" "” and was about to get "worse still." Eighty years ago, Egypt was ruled by a ramshackle, free-ish monarchy in mimicry of the Westminster system; forty years ago, it was under the control of authoritarian, secular pan-Arab nationalists; and now the Muslim Brotherhood guy has won the election.But don't worry, on the day Mubarak stepped down, America's director of national intelligence, who presides over the most lavishly funded…

Rulings to Close Tough Term for Obama
Robert Barnes, Washington Post
The Supreme Court this week will conclude its term by handing down much-anticipated rulings on health care and immigration, President Obama's remaining priorities before the justices. It is a finale that cannot come quickly enough for the administration, which has had a long year at the high court.In a string of cases "” as obscure as the federal government's relationships with Indian tribes and as significant as enforcement of the Clean Water Act "” the court rejected the administration's legal arguments with lopsided votes and sometimes…

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