Thursday, May 31, 2012

Afternoon Fix: Poll suggests 'war on women' not getting traction

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Afternoon Fix by Chris Cillizza
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EARLIER ON THE FIX


WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

* Only three in ten women believe there is a currently a "wide-scale effort to limit women's reproductive health choices and services, such as abortion, family planning, and contraception" in the U.S, according to a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll. Forty-five percent believe there are some groups that would like to limit women's reproductive services "but it is not a widespread effort."

* Another internal poll from the campaign of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett finds the Democrat in a dead heat with Gov. Scott Walker (R), with the governor at 50 percent and his challenger at 48 percent. The two face off in a recall election on June 5; independent public polling suggests Walker has pulled ahead.

* President Obamahosted former president George W. Bush at the White House today for the unveiling of his predecessor's official portrait. The former White House occupant joked that Obama could look up at the potrait and ask, "what would George do?" Bush's father, George H.W. Bush, was also in attendance.

* Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney campaigned outside the bankrupt solar panel firm Solyndra today, calling the building a symbol of "gross waste." The trip was a surprise; Romney said the secrecy was necessary because "there are people who don't want to see this event occur."

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS

* Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who won the South Carolina primary in part thanks to super PAC funds, is now lamenting the role the outside groups play. "It's going to be a mess and people are going to be sick of it and it's really unfortunate. It's not the way a great nation should govern itself," he told MSNBC.

* Michigan's attorney general has announced an investigation into possible fraud in the case of Rep. Thad McCotter's ballot petitions. The five-term Republican congressman submitted 1,830 signatures of which only 244 were deemed valid. In a statement, McCotter, who says he trusted his campaign team and was unaware of the problems, welcomed the investigation and said he "will assist as they see fit."

* Virginia Senate candidate Tim Kaine (D) has reserved $2.5 million in ad time for the fall election. The former governor raised $6.8 million so far and has $2.5 million on hand for his race against former senator George Allen (R).

* After being found not guilty on one count of violating campaign finance law, former Democratic senator and presidential candidate John Edwards spoke publicly. "I did an awful, awful thing that was wrong," said Edwards, who is accused of using campaign funds to hide his affair and the daughter he had out of wedlock. He said he hopes to move on: "I don't think God is through with me." A mistrial was declared on five other counts.

THE FIX MIX

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With Rachel Weiner and Aaron Blake.
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Is The U.S. Seen As Weak By The World?

Hannity's Headlines

Thursday, May 31st

Pakistani Doctor Jailed - Sean Furious
A Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA to verify bin laden was in Pakistan at the compound prior to the Navy SEAL raid was recently sentenced to 30 years in prison by the Pakistani government. Sean believes this shows the Obama administration is incapable of helping those, whether it be informants or countries, that are allies to the United States. The Pakistani government arrested and charged the doctor for having provided medical assistance to a radical group, but that seems to be a cover-up in order to simply punish the man for helping the United States and the CIA. The Pakistani doctors' family has cried out for the United States to come to his brothers defense, but their requests have fallen on deaf ears. The Obama administration has remained silent on the issue. Sean was aggravated that the United States is a country that led the way to defeat Nazism, Communism, and now the war on terror but Liberals don't see it as having defeated evil, "they see the United States a s aggressors" and when we won't even provide safety and security for a man who was an integral part in the death of the world's most notorious terrorist, "Why would anyone ever help us again?" Sean asked. If the world begins to see America as weak there will be no reason not to defy us nor to stand with us as our ally.

Rumsfeld Warns Of US Being Seen As Weak By The World
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, joined Sean on 'Hannity' last night to discuss what he feared the most about the future of the United States. "One of the things that race through your mind, of course, are things like Iran having a nuclear weapon, North Korea's behavior, the terrorist networks that exist in the world, cyber attacks. But the thing that worries me the most is not any one of those things specifically. It is the risk, the danger that the United States will increasingly be seen as weak," Rumsfeld explained. "The reality is, we are modeling America on Europe and that's a failed model. And when the world senses that the United States of America will not be the ribcage, this nation that contributes to peace and stability in the world, then you are going to see people doing things they otherwise wouldn't think of doing. And if we go ahead and have the sequestering of the budget and end up with another 400, $500 billion of cuts in the defense budget, totalin g something in the neighborhood of $1 trillion over the next decade, we will find that we will not only be seen as weak economically, we will be seen as weak militarily. And weakness is provocative," said Rumsfeld. To watch Sean's interview with the former Secretary of Defense, please click here.
Pivotal Day For Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
Governor Walker joined Sean in the show's final half-hour to talk about the amazing push back from unions he has encountered in his state. Walker faces a recall vote on Tuesday in which voters will decide whether his policies in the centrist state should continue. The election could mark a pivot point for unions and organized labor. Walker is up 7 points today and plans on continuing his position in office and working towards his immediate goal of getting people back to work. Additionally, he wants to keep the people of his state working, and believes that his work to take the power out of the unions hands is the way to do that. Property taxes are down 12% and Walker has created 30,000 new jobs while he has been in office. Walker discussed with Sean the importance of small business expansion, and the ability for businesses and schools to hire and fire based up on credibility and merit - as opposed to allowing people to hold on to jobs due to their position or tenure. Gi ving the power back to the schools and the teachers will allow them to serve the children best. Walker believes that by winning this coming Tuesday they will set a new tone for Republicans. Wisconsin has a chance to once again decide which path to follow, small government conservatism or populist progressivism. Sean also spoke with Gov. Walker on last night's 'Hannity.' To watch that interview in its entirety, please click here.

Today’s “Hot Topic” From The Hannity Forums:
Once again a Planned Parenthood controversy - NavyVeteranCPO

There is another controversy regarding Planned Parenthood. It has to do with gender selection when it comes to abortions. Because Planned Parenthood is back in the news and the subject of abortion has once again been brought up, does the father have any legal recourse in the matter? If the father of a child (I consider a fetus a child) wants the mother of that child to not have an abortion are his wishes taken into consideration, legally, when it comes to that abortion? Does he have any say in the matter at all?

>> TV Tonight (Hannity FoxNews at 9pm ET):
Former Obama supporter and Alabama Congressman Artur Davis says he's leaving the Democratic Party. He sits down with Sean to explain why tonight on 'Hannity'.
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Politics: Afternoon Edition: Mistrial declared in John Edwards case

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HEADLINES

  1. Mistrial declared in John Edwards trial

    John Edwards was acquitted of one count Thursday in a corruption case, and the judge declared a mistrial on five other charges on which the jury was deadlocked.
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  2. 'Sex-selective abortion' bill fails

    House defeats GOP measure, but conservatives vow to make abortion a campaign-trail issue.
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  3. Boston federal appeals court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act

    It says only the Supreme Court can say whether the federal government must recognize same-sex unions from states where they are legal.
    » Read full article

  4. Romney hits Obama at Solyndra plant

    Mitt Romney made his first appearance on Thursday in front of the shuttered offices of Solyndra, opening up what will likely be a constant line of attack against the Obama administration's economic policies.
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  5. Bush returns to the White House for portrait unveiling

    Former President George W. Bush had a good time at the unveiling of portraits of himself and former first lady Laura Bush.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY

Former President George W. Bush speaking at the White House after unveiling his presidential portrait:

"I am also pleased, Mr. President, that when you are wandering these halls as you wrestle with tough decisions, you will now be able to gaze at this portrait and ask: What would George do?"



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