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At the end of every day, confidential materials (tax returns, investment records and real estate documents) are returned to a secure vault inside the Romney campaign headquarters in Boston.
A vault! (From a New York Times story about the detailed hunt for Mitt Romney’s VP choice.)
Yes! (Applause.) Whoa! Thank you so much. (Applause.) All right, I like it. You all are fired up, right? (Applause.) And ready to go. Four more years! (Applause.)
The first few official remarks by the First Lady at a campaign event at the Henderson Convention Center, in Henderson, Nevada.

Pulse Launches Election 2012 Coverage

pulsenews:

Today we’re launching our Election 2012 coverage on Pulse, which will be your hub for campaign news leading up to November 15th. We have over 25 partners delivering world-class breaking political news, straight to your mobile device. As we wait on the results of the Florida Primary today, you can follow your candidate of choice on Pulse and explore the opinion pieces from your favorite political commentators. Explore all that Pulse has to offer to keep you informed this election season: 

Brand New Content

Pulse now has the content you’ve been asking for from several brand new partners, launching today for the first time. Breaking political coverage from Fox News, The New Republic, Los Angeles Times, Talking Points Memo, Daily Kos and Reason Magazine is now yours to discover. Many of our existing partners are now launching political coverage for Pulse including The Daily Beast, The Atlantic, The Atlantic Wire, Slate, Al Jazeera and The Huffington Post. 

Big news in the iWorld! Pulse has launched its Election 2012 coverage—and we’re happy to be a part of the scrum. Find our political writers day-in, day-out in The Daily Beast politics feed.

(Source: pulsepad)

dcdecoder:

What you need to know about today’s Florida primary.
Mitt Romney, as you can see in the image from prediction market InTrade, is almost certainly going to win.
Newt Gingrich, who was once leading in the Florida polls, has been massively outspent in Florida: Romney and his allies have ponied up the money for 12,768 television commercials to Gingrich’s comparatively paltry 210.
In total ad spending, Gingrich may have been lapped as badly as five to one. 
Spending by outside groups (meaning not the presidential campaigns themselves) is up a whopping 1,600 percent versus the same time in 2008, POLITICO reports.
Romney proves organization is worth something: Nearly 40 percent of GOP Floridians cast their vote as an absentee ballot or in early voting and Romney won these voters by 12.5 percent over Gingrich. If you walk into election day with a 12.5 percent lead, you’re going to be hard pressed to lose the top spot. 
Why haven’t Ron Paul or Rick Santorum fought in Florida? Because the state awards its 50 delegates to the winner of the overall state ballot. At least they think they do…
… because while Florida’s state Republican party wants a winner-take-all system, all Republican contests held before April are supposed to reward their delegates proportionally. POLITICO explains why this could get messy if the GOP convention comes down to counting delegates. 

Rick: “So you’re tellin’ me there’s a chance…”

dcdecoder:

What you need to know about today’s Florida primary.

  • In total ad spending, Gingrich may have been lapped as badly as five to one
  • Spending by outside groups (meaning not the presidential campaigns themselves) is up a whopping 1,600 percent versus the same time in 2008, POLITICO reports.
  • Romney proves organization is worth something: Nearly 40 percent of GOP Floridians cast their vote as an absentee ballot or in early voting and Romney won these voters by 12.5 percent over Gingrich. If you walk into election day with a 12.5 percent lead, you’re going to be hard pressed to lose the top spot.
  • Why haven’t Ron Paul or Rick Santorum fought in Florida? Because the state awards its 50 delegates to the winner of the overall state ballot. At least they think they do…
  • … because while Florida’s state Republican party wants a winner-take-all system, all Republican contests held before April are supposed to reward their delegates proportionally. POLITICO explains why this could get messy if the GOP convention comes down to counting delegates.

Rick: “So you’re tellin’ me there’s a chance…”

(Source: dcdecoder)

Michelle Goldberg delivers a rattling wakeup call on liberal despair for the latest in our “Op-Vid: Campaign 2012” video series. What, exactly, is an op-vid? “Opinion, without the pundits yelling. Handmade animation, without the caricatures. Essays without the text. Complex topics, without the boring,” is how it’s described to us. “Op-video is a new platform that features writers, thinkers, and doers that might otherwise contribute to an opinion page. In this series, we tackle the issues at the heart of the 2012 campaign.”

[The Daily Beast]

The Republican race has embraced the left-wing critique, heavily promoted by the Democratic National Committee, that Romney was a heartless, job-destroying businessman. Here you have Gingrich complaining that Romney ‘looted’ other firms when he was a takeover artist at Bain Capital, one who ‘takes all the money out of your company and then leaves you bankrupt while they go off with millions—that’s not traditional capitalism.’
Howard Kurtz tracks the “fascinating philosophical development” in the Republican race for the nomination that could haunt Mitt Romney well after he leaves New Hampshire.

bostonpoetryslam:

MTV completely misrepresents Slam Free or Die’s political poetry event, Vote or Die

Last night, Slam Free or Die (the Manchester, NH slam venue, and a well-loved member of NorthBeast) put on an event called Vote or Die.  MTV showed up, theoretically to cover the event.  If you click the link above, though, a curious thing will happen: you will discover that MTV seems to think Vote or Die was a Ron Paul rally.  Slam Free or Die has never supported any one candidate, so that’s a strange thing for them to take away from this event.

Sam Teitel, a Slam Free or Die co-SlamMaster, has this to say about it:

Last night Slam Free Or Die hosted a night of politically-themed poetry that MTV claimed to be covering. The event was called “Vote Free Or Die” and consisted of politically themed poetry as a reaction to Saturday night’s debate. There was a wonderful and diverse open mic and dynamite featured performances from James Caroline, Harlym 125 and Sarah Sapienza. Everybody who read did a fantastic job. A few Ron Paul supporters showed up and shared their poems and we were happy to hear from them because we are happy to hear from anybody with any viewpoint on our open mic. That’s why it’s called an open mic.

The article published on MTV’s website this morning claimed that the event was thrown by Slam Free Or Die to support Ron Paul. This is wrong. SFOD doesn’t endorse political candidates and if we did it wouldn’t be Ron fucking Paul.

The article on MTV.com doesn’t use the names of any poets but does take direct quotes from some of the poets who performed (including myself) at claim that they are quotes supporting Ron Paul. To these poets I apologize. I apologize to everybody who showed up being promised that their voice would be heard and had their work misrepresented. I put a huge amount of work into this event and to have it end like this is heartbreaking.

And to MTV, fuck you.

We will be working to get MTV to correct or remove their statements.

This article and this visit from MTV would be great publicity for slam as a whole and specifically for SFOD … . if the article had actually covered the event that happened.  As it stands, they’ve published a load of misrepresentation and crap.

I suppose I’m not surprised that MTV News doesn’t really hold to the highest standards of journalism, but this whole affair is pretty offensive.  I know personally that everyone at the venue was really excited for MTV to show up, and for them to betray the venue and the people there is reprehensible.  Spread the word, everybody.

EDIT: A slightly more official statement from Slam Free or Die will be on this blog later today.

EDIT 2: Here are some other relevant links and reactions.  I’ll add more as I see them.

Worcestor Poet’s Asylum reacts

Sam Teitel’s (unofficial) facebook note

Slam Free Or Die’s official statement

Coverage thanks to the Worcestor Telegram

Newser.com’s summary

In which MTV News gets called out on Tumblr for misrepresenting a poetry slam for a Ron Paul rally.

We launched a newfangled political bell & whistle today called the Election Oracle! What’s that? Well, it essentially tracks millions of mentions of the GOP candidates over blogs and social media and determines who’s having a good day—and who’s down in the dumps. It’s “the most extensive and immediate opinion generator ever invented,” per our first post!
From today’s data, it appears Ron Paul is going through a bit of a drought after the Iowa caucuses while Newt Gingrich, possibly buoyed by his relentless attacks on frontrunner Mitt Romney, is enjoying quite the surge. That—and an endorsement from a four-time champion of the world’s longest snowmobile race.

We launched a newfangled political bell & whistle today called the Election Oracle! What’s that? Well, it essentially tracks millions of mentions of the GOP candidates over blogs and social media and determines who’s having a good day—and who’s down in the dumps. It’s “the most extensive and immediate opinion generator ever invented,” per our first post!

From today’s data, it appears Ron Paul is going through a bit of a drought after the Iowa caucuses while Newt Gingrich, possibly buoyed by his relentless attacks on frontrunner Mitt Romney, is enjoying quite the surge. That—and an endorsement from a four-time champion of the world’s longest snowmobile race.