Takeaways From Santorum’s Stunning Sweep

Feb 8, 2012, 7:28 pm EDT
Takeaways From Santorum’s Stunning Sweep

Yesterday, Rick Santorum pulled off a spectacular upset. Practically left for dead after his Iowa win didn’t translate into further victories in primaries in New Hampshire, South Carolina, or Florida, Santorum won all three primary events hosted on Tuesday.

The wins in Colorado and Minnesota’s caucuses and Missouri’s nonbinding primary catapult Santorum back into the conversation for the GOP nomination, and signal a possible shake-up for the primary season ahead. Here are six takeaways from Santorum’s big night. 1. Santorum’s bragging rights

With these victories, Santorum has now won four states, a larger number than any of his competitors for the nomination. And while these states aren’t the biggest or most influential in the nomination process, losing them significantly hurts Santorum’s competition for the Republican nomination. Read 

Obama Changes Mind on Super PACs

Feb 7, 2012, 7:21 pm EDT
Obama Changes Mind on Super PACs

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. That seems to be the philosophy behind President Barack Obama’s decision to give his blessing to a pro-Obama Super PAC, even as he has previously decried the fundraising groups.

When the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision was made by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010, giving rise to political action committees that could raise unlimited funds on behalf of candidates as long as they did not directly coordinate with them, Obama was a huge critic. At the time, the president said the decision was a “threat to our democracy.”

Now, though, with Gingrich’s Super PAC pulling in $12 million and Romney’s Super PAC nabbing $30 million in donations, Obama has apparently decided he can’t compete in the general election without Super PAC money of his own. Obama campaign members and White House officials will appear at events sponsored by the Obama-aligned Super PAC, Priorities USA. These officials will not request money for the Super PAC, nor will Obama or First Lady Michelle Obama appear at any Super PAC event. Read 

Federal Appeals Court Rules Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Feb 7, 2012, 6:44 pm EDT

In another victory for advocates of gay rights, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California upheld a lower court’ s ruling that Proposition 8, a ban on gay marriage passed in 2008 by California residents, was unconstitutional.

The case was previously heard by a federal district court judge, who found that California had no “rational basis” to ban gay marriage. In the appeals court’s decision, Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote the following:

“Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.” Read 

Rising Possibility of Military Strike on Iran

Feb 7, 2012, 12:07 pm EDT
Rising Possibility of Military Strike on Iran

The U.S. press has been reporting that the Obama administration is publicly disagreeing over the timing of a potential attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

On Friday, Bloomberg reported that according to Aaron David Miller, a former Mideast peace negotiator in the Clinton administration, the U.S. and Israel have a “significant analytic difference” over the estimates of how close Iran is to shielding its nuclear program from an airstrike.

“There’s a growing concern (more than a concern) that the Israelis — in order to protect themselves — might launch a strike without approval, warning or even foreknowledge,” Miller said. Read 

Why Does Karl Rove Want to Fight Clint Eastwood?

Feb 7, 2012, 10:13 am EDT
Why Does Karl Rove Want to Fight Clint Eastwood?

Dirty Harry star Clint Eastwood recorded a Super Bowl ad for automaker Chrysler, which aired Sunday to many rave reviews. The so-called “halftime in America” ad talks about a down and out Detroit fighting its way back from recession.

Unfortunately, not everyone was thrilled with the gravely voiced Eastwood ad. Karl Rove and some other conservatives are outraged by the political undertones of the ad. After all, the “resurgence” of Detroit came in part to billions in bailouts for General Motors (NYSE:GM) and Chrysler at the hand of the Obama administration.

Check out the full spot below, if you didn’t get a chance to see it during the Super Bowl advertising blitz. Read 

New Disney Channel Could Impact Latino Vote

Feb 7, 2012, 9:32 am EDT

Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) might be making yet another media move — and this time, something more than mermaids and mice.

Sources close to negotiations have said Disney is in talks with Spanish-language media company Univision about creating a 24-hour, English-language news channel. The channel would aim to serve the nation’s 50 million Latinos, many of whom primarily speak English.

The sources also said talks have been under way for months, and the channel would be based out of Miami, according to Bloomberg. Read 

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