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Best of the Blogs, Politics: Celebrity Endorsements, the Hispanic Vote, and Ohio


Plus, taxes and spending.

Open Secrets
Link: House Committee Considers Online Ad Disclosure, Tweeting Donations and More in Capital Eye-Opener: June 20
"This morning, House Democrats will try to revive a Federal Communications Commission regulation requiring greater disclosure of political TV ads that their GOP counterparts shot down earlier this month.

"The FCC voted in April to require local affiliates of the four major broadcasting corporations – ABC (DIS), NBC (CMCSA), CBS (CBS), and Fox (NWS) -- in the nation's 50 largest TV markets to post information about their political ads online.

"However, a House Appropriations subcommittee stuck a provision in an annual appropriations bill that would prevent funding for the regulation. The bill passed the subcommittee along party lines."

The Washington Examiner: Campaign
Link: Major clash nearing over taxes, spending cut
"A budget showdown for the ages could begin after this year's election and stretch well into 2013 -- despite the threat that an impending half-trillion-dollar avalanche of tax increases and spending cuts might rekindle a national recession."

""I don't know how a Congress that can't agree on anything in two years is all of a sudden going to come together with the administration in the last 45 days of the year to solve the problem," said Rep. Steven LaTourette, R-Ohio."

"If Romney wins, Republicans will want to delay decisions until he takes office in January. In that case, a lame duck session would focus on postponing the spending cuts and extending current tax rates for six months to a year."

Election 2012 Blog
Link: Romney: Marco Rubio is being vetted as possible VP pick
"Mitt Romney told reporters here Tuesday that his vice presidential search team is vetting Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), one of the Republican Party's biggest young stars, to be his running mate."

Quote from Romney: "There was a story that originated today apparently at ABC based upon reports of supposedly outside unnamed advisers of mine. I can't imagine who such people are. But I can tell you this: they know nothing about the vice presidential selection or evaluation process. There are only two people in this country who know who are being vetted and who are not: And that's Beth Myers and myself. And I know Beth well. She doesn't talk to anybody. The story was entirely false. Marco Rubio is being thoroughly vetted as part of our process."

FiveThirtyEight: Nate Silver's Political Calculus
Link: Hispanic Voters Less Plentiful in Swing States
"President Obama's decision to suspend deportations of some young illegal immigrants should entail mostly upside for him from a political standpoint. Based on polls about his decision and the way that Republicans are reacting to it, the evidence that public opinion is on Mr. Obama's side is reasonably clear."

"So I don't agree with other analysts who have termed the decision risky or puzzling. Mr. Obama has learned this year that being the incumbent at a time when most voters think the country is on the wrong track is not necessarily an advantageous position. But an incumbent president can still help himself at the margin with his policy and agenda-setting powers.

I do agree with Sean Trende of Real Clear Politics about one key point, however. It is one reason why the caveat "at the margin" very much applies to Mr. Obama's decision, and may somewhat diminish its electoral importance.""

"MGD, a reader in New York, agreed: 'If Romney takes Ohio, he has a good chance. If Obama takes Ohio, it's 99% game over for Romney.'"

First Read
Contempt: Now what?
"Once the House committee votes in favor of citing Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, it goes to the full House for consideration.
If the full House votes in favor of the contempt citation, the issue is sent to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia. A federal law adopted by Congress in 1857 directs federal prosecutors to refer these matters to a grand jury for possible prosecution. The language is mandatory as to the US attorney: 'whose duty it shall be to bring the matter before the grand jury for its action.'

"But from there on, it gets complicated…"

America's Choice 2012: Election Center
Link: Celebrity Endorsements
"Dozens of A-list celebs are backing President Obama's re-election. In fact, those who list TV/Movies/Music as their profession on Federal Election Commission records are some of Obama's top bundlers, bringing in more than $6,950,000, as of April, 2012."

"Most big names backing Romney come from banking rather than Broadway or Hollywood. He's still far behind the president in Hollywood- based fundraising. RNC spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski says that could change closer to the convention."
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