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Somewhere, Chris Christie is crying…
• Springsteen hitting the road for Obama:
Bruce Springsteen, whose music has been the soundtrack for President Obama’s campaign rallies, will join former President Bill Clinton at a pro-Obama event in the battleground state of Ohio next Thursday.
Springsteen will also appear Thursday in Iowa, which is also a 2012 swing state, at an event for the Obama campaign.
“Bruce Springsteen’s values echo what the President and Vice President stand for: hard work, fairness, integrity,” said Jim Messina, Obama’s campaign manager, in a statement Saturday.
“His appearances will help with our get out the vote effort in these critical swing states and we are thrilled with his ongoing support,” Messina said ahead of the appearances.
The events will be free and open to the public, the campaign said.
• No surprise here – Ryan lied when he stated during the VP debate that Democrats supported his Medicare voucher plan. Sen. Wyden from Oregon revoked that support. So, no bipartisan support.
• Did Paul Ryan “borrow” story about his daughter from Kurt Cobain? Keep in mind that while it’s entirely possible that Paul Ryan had his “Bean” experience without knowing of Cobain’s, Ryan has a history of making up personal stories to embellish his image.
So there Paul Ryan was, photo op-ing his little brains out at a soup kitchen in Youngstown, Ohio, but dang if he didn’t get there a little late. The food had been served, the place was empty, and volunteers had cleaned up. Timing is everything.
But that wouldn’t stop Ryan from doing his best to appear human and pretend to have an exchange with the homeless. Of course, none of us will ever know what he said to them, or they to him.
You see, when he talked to some men “who appeared to be homeless,” reporters were barred from listening in. How’s that for transparency?
…Ryan stood at the sink and took some large metal pans that did not appear to be dirty, soaped them up and rinsed them, remarking as the cameras clicked and the TV cameras rolled that he had spent a summer washing dishes when he was younger.
• [T]he best thing about the Romney agenda is that by his own admission, he doesn’t need a plan. Just getting himself elected is the ticket to prosperity. Romney was quite clear on this point in his infamous “47 percent” speech. Romney told his audience that “if we win on November 6th there will be a great deal of optimism about the future of this country. We’ll see capital come back, and we’ll see — without actually doing anything — we’ll actually get a boost in the economy.” The notion that Romney could spur economic growth “without actually doing anything” invites mockery.
• The son of Kyrgyzstan’s ousted president has been arrested in London after the United States requested his extradition, the Kyrgyz presidency and British and US diplomats said. Former top official Maxim Bakiyev, 34, was seeking asylum in Britain after his father Kurmanbek Bakiyev was ousted in 2010 in violent street protests in the volatile Central Asian country. “At the request of Kyrgyz and American sides, British law enforcement authorities arrested Maxim Kurmanbekovich Bakiyev on the morning of October 12 in London on charges of serious crimes,” said a statement posted late Friday on the Kyrgyz president’s website. Nicknamed “the Prince” for his penchant for luxury, the younger son of Kyrgyzstan’s president headed the ex-Soviet country’s Central Agency for Development after being appointed by his father. He also handled fuel supply contracts for the Manas US airbase in Kyrgyzstan that is key to American military operations in Afghanistan. In a statement on Saturday, the US embassy in Kyrgyzstan said that Maxim Bakiyev was suspected of “alleged violation of US laws.”
• Thousands of protesters in Portugal and Spain marched Saturday in fresh protests against the austerity measures their governments have imposed to tackle their debt crisis.