After Super Tuesday, Can Republicans Unite?
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Super Tuesday is over, but the Republicans still don't have an "inevitable" nominee. We look at yesterday's numbers and the issues that might or might not unite the party against the Democratic incumbent come November. Also, President Obama talks energy and jobs in North Carolina. On Reporter's Notebook, can the social media be a weapon against petty bribery?
Banner image: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters at a Super Tuesday night gathering with his family on at the Westin Copley Place March 6, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Obama Talks Energy, Jobs in North Carolina ()
After upstaging Super Tuesday with a news conference on foreign affairs, President Obama today went to a crucial state in November's election and the site of the Democratic National convention. In North Carolina, he pushed for incentives to promote development of fuel efficient cars. Today's visit was to a Daimler truck plant in Mount Holly, North Carolina, his first to a foreign auto maker. Darren Samuelsohn is energy and environment for Politico.
Did Super Tuesday Make Any Difference? ()
On Monday, former First Lady Barbara Bush told a conference that this year's Republicans are running "the worst campaign I've ever seen in my life." Yesterday, in ten states around the country, Republican voters told exit pollsters they were frustrated by their own candidates' attacks on each other. In six out of 10 states on Super Tuesday, Mitt Romney was the ultimate winner. But in Virginia — where Santorum and Gingrich weren't on the ballot — Ron Paul got 41 percent of the vote, and in the big Midwest showdown in Ohio, Romney only defeated Santorum by one point. Romney still leads, but his staff is telling reporters he might not be able to sew it up before the primaries are over in June. What are yesterday's lessons for the GOP nomination and the chances against Obama in November?
- Molly Ball: The Atlantic, @mollyesque
- Ryan Lizza: New Yorker, @RyanLizza
- David Winston: Winston Group, @dhwinston
- Merle Black: Emory University
- John Hawkins: RightWingNews.com, @johnhawkinsrwn
Website Exposes Petty Bribery Worldwide ()
It's estimated that one in every four people on Earth pay a bribe every year, with a total cost of $1 trillion. Bribes are said to be one fourth of Afghanistan's GDP. Can social media campaigns make a difference? Websites exposing petty bribery are "spreading like kudzu around the globe," following the paradigm set by IPaidABribe.com in India. There, it costs an extra 10,000 rupees to get a legitimate income tax refund and 120 rupees to get a birth certificate for one's own baby. That's according to Stephanie Strom in today's New York Times.
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