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Bain Capital’s Death Squad Ties, Limbaugh Talks Fluke (Again), and More

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Posted on Aug 8, 2012

Clinton Blasts Romney: Former President Bill Clinton is taking on Mitt Romney over a campaign commercial that claims Barack Obama wants to reverse welfare reforms enacted during the Clinton administration. The ad accuses Obama of trying to roll back a federal work requirement for those on welfare. Romney’s claim was simply “not true,” the former president said. “The (Obama) administration has taken important steps to ensure that the work requirement is retained and that waivers will be granted only if a state can demonstrate that more people will be moved into work under its new approach.” Nice try though, Mitt. (Read more)

GOP Republican Candidate’s Extremism: Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, has a tough re-election fight ahead of her, but at least she will face the Republican opponent she wants after Rep. Todd Akin won the GOP Senate primary in the state Tuesday night. To say Akin’s views are extreme might be an understatement. Akin, for example, believes that Medicare is unconstitutional and he is one of the most anti-gay members of the House. He has said that “the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God” and has called President Obama a “flaming socialist.” Akin also believes that the Education and Energy departments and the EPA should be eliminated. What’s scarier: Current polls show him beating McCaskill. (Read more)

More Bain Uproar: Mitt Romney’s ties to Bain Capital continue to haunt his presidential campaign. The latest controversy comes courtesy of a new report that says that family members of some initial Bain investors were later linked to death squads in El Salvador. According to the Los Angeles Times, “no evidence indicates those relatives invested in Bain or benefited from it.” What’s the over/under that we see an ad regarding this claim? (Read more)

Limbaugh Responds to Bain Report: Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh lashed out at the L.A. Times report tying Bain Capital to death squads by attacking ... Planned Parenthood? Limbaugh asked his listeners, “What do you call Planned Parenthood if that’s not a death squad?” How a legal medical procedure relates to a death squad is unclear, but when did logic factor into anything Limbaugh says? (Read more)

Audio of the Day: And hey, speaking of Limbaugh and Planned Parenthood, he’s back to talking about Sandra Fluke (the law student he famously called a “slut”), this time taking credit for her introduction of President Obama at a fundraiser in Colorado. Facepalm.

 

—Posted by Tracy Bloom.

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