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Your Daily Jolt: Watch the Dow on cliff day

Like energy drink-guzzling college students pulling an all-nighter, our federal lawmakers are up against the “fiscal cliff” deadline today. And who’s the man you call when you need real work to get done? Biden. Politico this morning reports Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Veep have made “major progress” toward an accord:

McConnell and Biden, who served in the Senate together for 23 years, are closing in on an agreement that would hike tax rates for families who earn more than $450,000, and individuals who make more than $400,000, according to sources familiar with talks.

The vice president and the Senate minority leader only began talking Sunday, after negotiations between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and McConnell sputtered.

Sources close to the talks said a deal is now more likely to come together but cautioned that obstacles remain, including how Speaker John Boehner and House Republican leaders react to any tentative agreement.

But both …

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Hillary Clinton claims responsibility for Libya breach

Twenty-four hours before a crucial second debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton claimed responsibility for the deadly assault in Libya that left four U.S. diplomatic personnel dead, including the U.S. ambassador:

From the CNN website:

“I take responsibility” for what happened on September 11, Clinton said in an interview with CNN’s Elise Labott soon after arriving in Lima, Peru, for a visit. The interview, one of a series given to U.S. television networks Monday night, was the first she has given about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
Clinton insisted President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are not involved in security decisions.

“I want to avoid some kind of political gotcha,” she added, noting that it is close to the election.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Your morning jolt: Newt Gingrich as Mitt Romney’s drill sergeant

Wrap-ups of the Sunday talk shows primarily focused on Newt Gingrich’s concession that Mitt Romney will “most likely” be the GOP presidential nominee.

Much less focus was placed on Gingrich’s intention of becoming the fellow who will keep Romney pinned rightward during the general election. From the interview with Brit Hume on “Fox News Sunday”:

Gingrich: You have this long term evolution of the party and we’re not an Etch-a-Sketch party. It was an unfortunate comment by Romney’s communications director. We are a broadly conservative party. We don’t have to be severely conservative, as Romney said in CPAC.”

Gingrich’s topics will include energy independence, an overhaul of Social Security, and religion:

Gingrich: We need an approach trying to stand up very firmly for religious liberty. The assault on the Catholic Church is very real and it’s not just the Catholic Church.

Hume: How do you phrase that? How do you express that in the platform?

Gingrich: I think you have a …

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Your morning jolt: Herman Cain on his own ‘high-tech lynching’ a la Clarence Thomas

Last May, GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain gave an interview to the conservative Washington Examiner newspaper that resulted in these paragraphs:

But wouldn’t liberals and Democrats still find a racially-based way to attack Cain? They certainly found a way to attack Clarence Thomas, the black, conservative Supreme Court justice.

“They’re going to come after me more viciously than they would a white candidate,” Cain responded. “You’re right. Clarence Thomas. And so, to use Clarence Thomas as an example, I’m ready for the same high-tech lynching that he went through — for the good of this country.” Cain smiled broadly. “I’m ready for the same high-tech lynching.”

The prediction by Cain, a Baptist minister married 43 years, may be more accurate than he’s comfortable with.

On Sunday, Politico.com reported that, on two occasions during the 1990s, the National Restaurant Association settled claims by two female employees who alleged inappropriate behavior by Cain, who …

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Your morning jolt: White House wants no talk of Joe Biden-for-Hillary Clinton swap in ‘12

The White House is out to kill talk that President Barack Obama might swap out Vice President Joe Biden for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012.

From the Washington Post:

“There’s absolutely nothing to it,” senior adviser David Axelrod said Tuesday night. “The president is blessed to have a spectacular vice president and an outstanding secretary of state. They’re both doing great work, and he wants to keep them on the job.”

Advisers to Clinton said the same, and another Obama adviser called the idea “nuts.”

Where, then, is this fantastical rumor coming from?

A student of the Obama-Clinton relationship could trace its roots to the summer of 2008, when Clinton supporters lobbied for Obama to pick her as his running mate and he, after considering it, declined. Then, after he chose her to be secretary of state, people in her orbit started musing aloud that she could shift into a different role down the line, although Clinton never went near that idea.

But it wasn’t until …

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Your morning jolt: Bill Clinton comes to ATL for a Mike Thurmond fundraiser

A notice just showed up on the web site of Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Mike Thurmond, announcing that former President Bill Clinton will be in Atlanta for a $1,000-a-head fundraiser.

The 5 p.m. Thursday  event will be at the Sheraton Atlanta.

The fundraiser will provide an excellent occasion for Thurmond – notice that he is “Mike” now, rather than “Michael” – to emphasize his connections to the Clinton wing of the Democratic party rather than the less popular wing dominated by President Barack Obama.

Former President Bill Clinton/Associated Press

Former President Bill Clinton/Associated Press

Thurmond was a 2008 supporter of Hillary Clinton for president, and his connections to Bill Clinton go back to the welfare reform days of the early ‘90s, when Gov. Zell Miller assigned Thurmond the task of working with the White House on the issue.

Thurmond was allegedly offered a federal post by the president/husband. But Hillary Clinton suggested instead a statewide run for labor commissioner.

Thurmond could use whatever …

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Guess who won’t be coming to lunch with Obama?

Updated on Monday: Although a staffer said he didn’t plan to show, U.S. Rep. John Lewis was present for President Barack Obama’s visit to Atlanta, we’re told.

President Barack Obama’s second visit to Georgia this year may be one of those parties best remembered for the guests who failed to show.

The president will spend the better part of Monday in Atlanta — first speaking to a convention of disabled veterans. Then the president will be the featured guest at a Democratic National Committee luncheon and fundraiser.

President Barack Obama last week addressed the National Urban League. Associated Press

President Barack Obama last week addressed the National Urban League. Associated Press

Many Democrats will flock to the downtown events. Michael Thurmond, the labor commissioner and U.S. Senate candidate, will be there. U.S. Rep. David Scott of Atlanta will greet Obama as he steps off Air Force One, as will Gov. Sonny Perdue — a Republican.

Mayor Kasim Reed will give the first African-American president an effusive introduction at the DNC fundraiser. A spokesman for …

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Your morning jolt: Abortion and the Democratic race for governor

DuBose Porter, the Democratic candidate for governor, called Saturday afternoon to discuss his acknowledgement that he considers himself “pro-life” in the abortion debate.

He had signaled as much already. Porter was the only Democratic candidate for governor to attend a forum hosted this winter by the Georgia Christian Alliance.

(By coincidence, while Porter and I were talking, Sadie Fields, leader of the Alliance, was telling supporters that she was retiring her group. But this is another topic.)

At the root of Porter’s call was a weekend piece by the Athens Banner-Herald, noting the collapse of a set of gubernatorial debates by GeorgiaBio and what it said about political attitudes toward embryonic stem cell research in Georgia.

It’s a big issue among the research community at the University of Georgia. But in the course of researching the article, ABH reporter Blake Aued had to ascertain Porter’s related position on abortion. Wrote Aued:

I prefaced a question about embryonic …

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Bill Clinton to host fund-raiser for Thurbert Baker

Remember that stampede to Barack Obama last year? Thurbert Baker didn’t join it. This from Associated Press:

Attorney General Thurbert Baker is getting some high-profile help in his bid to become Georgia’s first black governor.

Former President Bill Clinton will headline a fund-raiser for Baker Dec. 7 in New York.

Baker praised Clinton for building a strong economy, saying he would do the same in Georgia if elected to replace Republican Sonny Perdue.

In 2007, Baker endorsed then-Sen. Hillary Clinton’s bid for president, becoming one of her most prominent backers in Georgia. Barack Obama went on to win Georgia’s Democratic primary and the White House.

Since leaving office, Bill Clinton has remained one of the Democratic Party’s most sought-after fundraisers.

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A GOP move to prevent Michelle Obama from following in Hillary Clinton’s footsteps

First Lady Michelle Obama cheers local schoolchildren on the South Lawn. Photo credit: New York Times

First Lady Michelle Obama cheers local schoolchildren on the South Lawn. Photo credit: New York Times

Politico.com says it’s detected a Republican move against Michelle Obama:

House Republicans are pressing for a change in federal law that could force Michelle Obama and future first ladies to do more of their policy work in public. But Democrats warn President Obama may take the attempt personally “as an attack on his wife.”

The GOP effort is being led by the ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), whose initial salvo was rebuffed recently at a contentious committee markup session. Under Issa’s amendment, any government policy group that Mrs. Obama or another first spouse regularly participates in would be subject to a law requiring meetings to be announced in advance and, in most instances, public.

Sounds like an attempt to prevent Michelle Obama from assuming the role that Hillary Clinton did during the first …

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