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NYT: Christie Team Assessing How Fast a 2012 Campaign Could Be Mounted

(New York Times)

WASHINGTON — Chris Christie’s political advisers are working to determine whether they could move fast enough to set up effective political operations in Iowa and New Hampshire in the wake of a relentless courtship aimed at persuading Mr. Christie, the governor of New Jersey, to plunge into the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to operatives briefed on the preparations.

Mr. Christie has not yet decided whether to run and has not authorized the start of a full-fledged campaign operation. But with the governor now seriously considering getting in, his strategists — many of them veterans of Rudolph W. Giuliani’s 2008 campaign — are internally assessing the financial and logistical challenges of mounting a race with less than 100 days until voting is likely to begin.

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I’m back from Antarctica!

Operation IceFish was incredibly and amazingly successful. After leaving for Antarctica last December from Tasmania, finding the most notorious toothfish poaching vessel called Thunder, following them during 4 months all the way up the west coast of Africa, and seeing them sink their own ship, I’m back on land! The M/V Bob Barker is in Bremen, Germany now, we’re getting it ready to go to the Faeroes in a few weeks on our next cetacean defense campaign called Operation Sleppid Grindini

It feels great to be back on land but I already miss the wilderness of the open ocean, the silence, the beauty, the solitude, the wildlife… I love this planet so much. 

I wil continue to live aboard the Bob Barker for an undetermined amount of time :) If you leave in Germany, come visit! We have free week-end tours!


I will soon post some cool pictures I took of wildlife! Mostly birds and a rare kind of orca, eco-type D ^^


Defend. Conserve. Protect.

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“British sources say these are Italian soldiers, killed when shell fire from British artillery pieces caught their ammunition column Southwest of Gazala in the Libyan battles of January, 1942.”

(AP)

Obama and Bill Clinton campaign together on economy

Former President Bill Clinton gave a rousing endorsement of fellow Democrat Barack Obama in his first 2012 campaign appearance with the president on Sunday night, and helped him raise more than $2 million.

A white-haired and svelte Clinton, 65, pounded the podium and pointed at the crowd while addressing about 500 Obama supporters outside the Virginia home of his friend and Democratic adviser Terry McAuliffe.

“I think he’s done a good job,” he told the crowd in his signature raspy voice, warmly introducing the man who beat his wife, Hillary Clinton, to win the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination and then made her secretary of state. “We are going the right direction under President Obama’s leadership.”

Clinton’s support could be pivotal for Obama’s efforts to raise money and to sell voters on his economic plans, which Republicans have denounced as fiscally reckless and rooted in populism instead of good business sense.

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When Churchill discussed the virtues of his southern European campaign as an operation completely independent of Overlord, it’s worth noting Stalin asked for this clarification. From the State Department minutes: MARSHAL STALIN inquired if the 35 Divisions which he understood were earmarked for OVERLORD would be affected in any way by the continuation of the operations in Italy. THE PRIME MINISTER replied that they would not, since entirely separate Divisions were being used in the Italian Theater.72 Say good-bye to “entirely separate Divisions” in the Italian theater. The next time Stalin took the floor it was to question the wisdom of “dispersing allied forces” in too many theaters of operation, Turkey, the Adriatic, southern France. He had a much, much, much better idea.
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Obama: ‘Corporations aren’t people’

President Obama held his first official campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday.

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Romney’s fundraisers are quietly amassing millions

Mitt Romney’s presidential fundraising operation dwarfs those of his Republican rivals, with more than $75 million already in donations. It also operates mysteriously at times, withholding the names of Romney’s major fundraisers who have helped amass much of its money.

Now, a review by The Associated Press of campaign records and other records provides clues to the vast national network of business leaders bringing in millions to put Romney in the Oval Office. The AP’s review identified dozens of people who fit the profile of top Romney fundraisers, known as “bundlers” for their ability to sweep up donations from wealthy acquaintances and steer them to campaigns.

At least seven are the mega-rich donors who each gave gifts of at least $1 million to an allied pro-Romney political committee. Dozens more were listed on invitations for fundraising events, assigned to mine their business and personal networks for maximum campaign contributions. The AP identified likely Romney bundlers through interviews, finance records, event invitations and other publicity about campaign events.

“Romney is less focused on small donors than any other candidate at this stage of the campaign in recent memory,” said Michael Malbin, director of the nonpartisan Campaign Finance Institute. “And that is parallel to a larger problem: He has not yet excited the passions of the kind of people who give small contributions or volunteer their time.”

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British and Empire Warships of the Second World War by H. T. Lenton

British and Empire Warships of the Second World War by H. T. Lenton

British and Empire Warships of the Second World War by H. T. Lenton soon to be presented for sale on the exceptional BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: London: Greenhill Books, 1998, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs; Ribbon Marker; Published and distributed in the United States of America by the Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland.

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Obama, Romney jab anew, foreign affairs at fore

Their goodwill moment gone, President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney plunged back into their acrimonious political campaign on Monday, Obama doubting Romney’s readiness to be commander in chief, Romney accusing the president’s team of offering “almost all attack ads.”

Days after the Colorado movie massacre brought reflection and talk of national unity from both camps, the fight was on again.

Foreign affairs made a rare move to the fore of the campaign as Republican Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, readied for a closely watched trip overseas. Obama, meanwhile, told a military audience that he was the only one in the race with a record, not just words, on international matters as he sought to undercut Romney’s travels before they began.

Both White House contenders are trying to gain the military vote. In the 2008 election, 54 percent of those who said they had served in the military voted for Sen. John McCain, himself a veteran, to 44 percent for Obama, according to exit polls.

More broadly, both sides ended what had been a weekend of political truce in deference to grieving families and victims of the shooting. Obama and Romney returned to raising millions of dollars and taking jabs at each other over jobs, leadership and security.

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Romney attacks Obama’s negative campaigning with a negative ad of his own

Mitt Romney is responding to what he calls President Barack Obama’s negative campaigning with a new negative ad of his own.

A new Romney television ad released Sunday features a series of political pundits questioning whether Obama has abandoned his message of “hope and change” to pursue attacks on the presumptive Republican nominee.

“When the president was elected, he talked about hope and change. Whatever happened to hope and change?” CBS News’s Bob Schieffer is shown saying. “Now it seems he’s just coming right out of the box with these old fashioned, negative ads.”

The 30-second ad also features the New York Times’ David Brooks, who mentions Obama’s “inaccurate ads.” It also features a clip from a MSNBC interview in June with Time Magazine’s Mark Halperin, who says Obama and his allies “will run more negative ads against this Republican nominee, in 2012, than have ever been run in the history of the world.”

The ad concludes by repeating footage of Schieffer asking, “Whatever happened to hope and change?”

The Romney campaign has not said where the ad will air or how much media time it has reserved for the spot.

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I was taken to Germany for major surgical operation during campaign - Patience Jonathan

I was taken to Germany for major surgical operation during campaign – Patience Jonathan

Dame Patience Jonathan

The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, has ascribed her stable health during her husband’s eight years in office to divine intervention.

Mrs Jonathan stated this on Sunday at a farewell service organised for the First Family at the Aso Villa Chapel in Abuja.

“I was taken to Germany for a major surgical procedure during the campaign rallies for the just concluded…

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Ann Romney says VP could be a woman, blasts Obama’s ‘destroy Mitt’ strategy

Mitt Romney has declined to say much about his vice presidential search, but the Republican nominee’s wife offered a new clue about what he might be thinking.

Ann Romney says her husband is considering a woman for the ticket—and admitted she’s been playing a big role in the VP search, too, according to an interview with CBS News,

“We’ve been looking at that,” Ann Romney replied, when asked if her husband should pick a female as his No. 2. “I’d love that option as well. So, you know, there’s a lot of people that Mitt is considering right now.”

While she had previously suggested she wasn’t playing a major role in the VP search, Ann Romney admitted she’s been giving the process “a lot of thought, actually” and has been offering her husband advice on his choice.

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Biden’s campaign trail goes where Obama’s won’t

Vice President Joe Biden kicks off a two-day swing Wednesday through the eastern edge of the must-win battleground state of Ohio, an area that President Barack Obama is unlikely to visit this election year.

And while the vice president apologized to the president last week for seemingly jumping the gun on the issue of same-sex marriage, this trip is an illustration of just how valuable Biden is for Obama as he bids for a second term in the White House.

“As much as political insiders joke about Joe Biden, he’s indispensable to the Obama ticket,” says Republican strategist and CNN contributor Alex Castellanos.

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Obama outlines case for re-election at first official campaign rally

President Barack Obama formally opened his re-election bid Saturday with two rallies in which he highlighted accomplishments over his three and a half years in the White House and argued that America can’t afford to adopt Republicans’ “bad ideas.”

“We are making progress and now we face a choice,” said the president, at his first rally at the Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus. “This is a make or break moment for the middle class, and we can’t turn back now.”

In this 36-minute-long address, Obama said presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would “rubber stamp” the congressional GOP agenda, telling the crowd that “we cannot give him that chance.”

“That’s the choice in this election, and that’s why I’m running for a second term as president of the United States,” added Obama.

The speech highlighted the narrative that the Obama campaign hopes to push this year: reminding voters how many millions of jobs were lost before the president took office.

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