DAVID AXELROD creates an Institute of Politics at his alma mater, the University of Chicago -- becomes director in Jan. 2013: “The University of Chicago is forming a new Institute of Politics aimed at helping students who wish to explore careers in public and social service … The new, non-partisan institute will offer students at the University of Chicago extracurricular opportunities to study and participate in civic life in Chicago and around the nation. … Programming … officially will begin in early 2013. Its inaugural director will be College alumnus David Axelrod, AB ’76, an accomplished political journalist, strategist, and policy adviser. Axelrod will begin leading the institute after the 2012 presidential campaign.” --AXELROD, on a conference call yesterday: “For the longest time, I have felt like there was a need her in the city of Chicago for an Institute of Politics like the one that exists at Harvard and in many other places … [Read more...] about NEWTMENTUM IN S.C.: Closes on Romney
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BREAKING, from POLITICO Pro -- "White House signals concerns with anti-piracy bills": "Obama administration officials said in a blog post today that they would 'not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.' The White House did not take a definite position on SOPA and the PROTECT IP Act, but said 'the DNS filtering provisions in some proposed legislation suggests that they pose a real risk to cybersecurity and yet leave contraband goods and services accessible online.' The officials said, however, that legislation is needed to combat online piracy." http://1.usa.gov/xWaJyM ROMNEY CAMPAIGN responds to Obama 2012 memo on Bain -- "To: Interested Parties ... From: Lanhee Chen, Ph.D., Policy Director ... Re: President Obama’s Economic Failure ... The President will have all year to elaborate on how his time as a community organizer helped him understand the implications of tax … [Read more...] about AP: SHOOTING WAR WITH IRAN POSSIBLE THIS YEAR: Risk higher than at any time since Obama sworn in – Colbert Super PAC to buy attack ads in S.C. – Bill Plante, Maureen Dowd, Susan Glasser b’days
MOOD MUSIC: WSJ 5-col. lead, “Job Gains Calm Slump Worries: Investors Send Down to Record High as Unemployment Rate Falls to Lowest Level Since December ’08” … N.Y. Times 2-col. lead (3 lines, ital..), “Jobs Data Eases Fears Of a Sharp Slowdown; Joblessness Dips to 7.5%: Nearly 200,000 a Month in 2013 Gain Work” … Financial Times, lead of U.S. edition: “US jobs report eases economy fears: S&P breaks 1,600 -- Unemployment rate lowest since 2008 -- Obama seeks to capitalise” … WashPost 2-col. lead, “Jobless rate falls, a sign of recovery that boosts stocks: 7.5% UNEMPLOYMENT LOWEST SINCE 2008 -- 165,000 new jobs; earlier months revised higher.” BREAKING – “Israeli strike on Syria targeted weapons shipment,” by AP’s Lolita C. Baldon in D.C. and Ryan Lucas in Beirut: “An Israeli airstrike against Syria was targeting a shipment of advanced missiles bound for the Lebanese militant … [Read more...] about DERBY DAY — JOBS NUMBERS LIFT ECONOMIC NARRATIVE: GOP responses muted — 2016 STARTING GUN: BIDEN v. CRUZ IN S.C.
By Mike Allen (@mikeallen; [email protected]), and Daniel Lippman (@dlippman; [email protected]) EXCLUSIVE -- Spencer Zwick to chair America Rising PAC, the GOP oppo network founded by Matt Rhoades and Joe Pounder: One of the most-courted power players for 2016 has been Spencer Zwick, who raised nearly a billion dollars as Mitt Romney’s finance chair and confidant in ’08 and ’12. America Rising PAC will announce today that Zwick will become chairman of the two-year-old organization, making him neutral for 2016. Story Continued Below “The move marks a reunion for Zwick and Rhoades who both played key roles in ... Romney’s ... Presidential campaigns,” America Rising says in a forthcoming release. “Zwick will continue ... as a Managing Partner at Solamere Capital ... and will be contributing to America Rising as a volunteer.” Rhoades remains chair of America Rising LLC, which is client-driven and is a vendor of research and … [Read more...] about EXCLUSIVE: Winner of the Zwick primary – IN S.C., Hillary to call for tax credit – WHO NEIL YOUNG BACKS — FACEBOOK likes Trump– IJREVIEW partners with ABC for N.H. debate — B’DAY: Desiree Barnes,
By Mike Allen (@mikeallen; [email protected]) and Daniel Lippman (@dlippman; [email protected]) Story Continued Below GAME CHANGE: There’s an increasing belief at the top of the GOP that, barring a shock, the race is effectively down to Trump and Cruz (a shock in itself). THE CONVERSATION has become: Who’d be worse? National Review and The Weekly Standard yesterday went functionally pro-Cruz by being theatrically anti-Trump. But there’s a sub-rosa, and possibly larger, pro-Trump camp in the Beltway GOP, based on both pragmatism and personality. As outlined in a seminal piece this week by Politico rising star Ben Schreckinger (“How Donald Trump defeats Hillary Clinton”), Trump has a not-implausible plan for winning the general, based largely on voter anxiety plus a message of pragmatism. http://politi.co/1nqm9rL CNN’s John King nails the pro-Trump case on “Anderson Cooper 360” on Wednesday night: “[E]stablishment figures think … [Read more...] about SNOWMAGEDDON II EDITION – BELTWAY GOP THINKS it’s down to Trump and Cruz: One amazing thing the two have in common – RUBIO SCALES BACK IOWA ADS, banks on S.C. — B’DAY: Josh Earnest, Rob Collins, Kendra Barkoff