Obama Responsibilities Other Than Wisconsin, Bryson’s Seizure, Florida v. DOJ, Swing State Economies (PM Note)

Jun 11, 2012 6:48pm

‘I Have a Lot of Responsibilities’ – Obama Explains to WBAY – ABC’s Green Bay Affiliate – Why He Didn’t Campaign in Wisconsin – http://abcn.ws/LEHMPk

Michelle Obama Tweets: “@RobinRoberts, Barack and I have you in our prayers. We believe in you and thank you for bringing awareness and hope to others,” the First Lady tweeted. http://abcn.ws/LmbnMe

Florida, DOJ Countersue Over Voter Purge Programhttp://abcn.ws/Mocdrq (Kyle Blaine)

The Obama Ad War… En Espanol – Romney focuses on Colorado, Florida, New Mexico as Obama and allies spend $4 million on new campaign – http://abcn.ws/L083Ie

“So Washington…” – Loose Lips Edition – David Sanger on Cyberwar - tells Jake Tapper on thePolitical Punch show, “It’s so Washington that the argument is not about the American use of a new weapon whose utility is as broad in some ways as the drone or the intercontinental missile and Washington has spent most of the last week debating who leaked the fact http://abcn.ws/JWZlos (Jake Tapper)

Swing State Economies - From Matt Negrin – The unemployment rate in Rhode Island is 11.2 percent, but that doesn’t matter to either campaign because that blue state is a reliable win for President Obama. The same goes for Oklahoma, where the unemployment rate is 5 percent – that red state will probably fall into Mitt Romney’s column regardless. Because the United States still holds elections under the arcane rules of the electoral college,  only a handful of states will determine who the next president is. And in those states, the state of the economy is much more important, politically of course, than in the old party standard bearers. http://abcn.ws/LtHs3t

Jeb Bush – H.W. Bush and Reagan Would Lose Out in Today’s GOP- “Ronald Reagan would have, based on his record of finding accommodation, finding some degree of common ground, as would my dad, they would have a hard time if you define the Republican party, and I don’t, as having an orthodoxy that doesn’t allow for disagreement, doesn’t allow for finding some common ground.” (via Shush Walshe via Buzzfeed via Bloomberg)
http://abcn.ws/KvJMFP (Shushannah Walshe)

Commerce Secretary John Bryson’s Auto Accidents, Flight from Scene  - There remains very little concrete information about the bizarre series of fender benders that occurred in Southern California Saturday night.

It’s not clear what kind of seizure led to Bryson’s behavior Saturday and left him unconscious behind the wheel. But he passed a breathalyzer, was treated overnight into Sunday and has received some sort of medication.

He’s back at work in Washington today despite being cited for fleeing the scene. Bryson has not been charged with any crime yet.

Multiple sources tell Jake Tapper that Bryson underwent some sort of episode during a meeting of the Boeing Board of Directors several years ago and was checked out at a hospital.

All things Bryson live here: http://abcn.ws/KxuYEW

Deleted Tweet Dept. – Conservative Super PAC (briefly) suggests (briefly) Alleges Alcohol Involved in Commerce Secretary Incident- http://abcn.ws/Li1VpZ (Michael Falcone)

Worlds Collide – Betty White Pets Bo Obama – http://abcn.ws/L0qwnO

U.S. Average Net Worth Falls 40 Percent Since 2007 – From WSJ –  http://on.wsj.com/OlMznk

House Committee to Vote on Holder in ‘Fast and Furious’ Scandal – The Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced Monday morning the committee will consider holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress on June 20 relating to the ongoing Fast and Furious ATF gun trafficking scandal.  Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has alleged that the Justice Department has not responded to the Committee’s subpoena seeking internal DOJ documents following the drafting of a February 4, 2011 letter that  contained inaccurate information about ATF’s operations.
http://abcn.ws/JXz5KK (Jason Ryan)

Steve Jobs’ U.S. Files Provide New Details on Drug Use, Kidnap Worry – Recently released Pentagon documents indicate that in the 1980-s Steve Jobs expressed concern that his daughter might be kidnapped in an effort to blackmail him.  The documents also provide more information about the Apple co-founder’s drug use as a teenager as well as a previously unreported arrest in 1975 for having failed to pay a speeding ticket.
http://abcn.ws/JXwNez (L. Martinez)

Drug Czar Kerlikowske Promotes ‘Paradigm Shift’ On Abuse –  White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske visited the Betty Ford Center in California, promoting the administration’s attitudinal changes toward drug abuse. http://abcn.ws/LMQjy8 (Chris Good)

Going Vogue: Ambassador Wintour? – Anna Wintour is stepping up her political game , raising questions whether  she will be stepping into a diplomatic role as well.
Britain’s Guardian newspaper wrote on Sunday that the Vogue editor, who has raised a half-million dollars for President Obama, is the subject of speculation that she might be angling to be the American ambassador to Britain. http://abcn.ws/KwvKlB (Matt Negrin)

Romney Launches Battleground State Bus Tour – Mitt Romney is hitting the road.  After weeks of a light campaigning schedule that was far more focused on hitting high-dollar fundraisers than holding public events, the presumptive GOP candidate will launch a five-day, six-state bus tour, making stops in several key battleground states. http://abcn.ws/Lv6L5m (Emily Friedman)

Obama, Romney Duel Online Over Firefighters vs. the Private Sector – ATLANTA – The Romney and Obama campaigns this morning released dueling web videos that hinge on comments made by each of the candidates last week – the president saying the private sector is “doing fine” and the presumptive GOP candidate suggesting he opposes additional firefighters and teachers – as they start the week looking to capitalize the most on the contentious remarks. http://abcn.ws/LumEZR (Emily Friedman)

Clinton Tells Young Women Leaders to Keep ‘Pushing at That Glass Ceiling’- Young women from around the world attending a women’s leadership conference at Wellesley College in Massachusetts had only to look to the stage to see examples of how women can rise to become among  the most powerful people in the world. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton both addressed the  Inaugural Women in Public Service Institute and took questions from the young women in the audience, considered to be some of the best and brightest in the world.
http://abcn.ws/LWc4d2 (Dana Hughes)

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