Blog Posts by Chris Moody, Yahoo News

  • Politwoops: Six months of #FAIL on Twitter, brought to you by America’s politicians

    If you're an elected lawmaker in the United States with a Twitter account, you'd better check twice before firing off that next post.

    While the rest of us can rest easy once we hit the delete button after we make a mistake, the Sunlight Foundation is now tracking and posting all deleted tweets from hundreds of politicians.

    The site is called "Politwoops," and no nationally elected leader is safe from its all-seeing eye.

    The Sunlight Foundation launched the website Wednesday with more than 3,000 errant tweets from the past six months. Whether a politico sends off a mundane typo or accidentally posts a picture of his genitalia to a college student while his wife is out of town, if he deletes a tweet, the Sunlight Foundation will capture it in almost real time and post a screenshot directly to the site.

    "The Politwoops archive serves as an illuminating rough draft of how politicians and campaigns hone their social media messaging and amend their record," said the Sunlight Foundation's Nicko Margolies when announcing the new site.

    And for those keeping track, in the race for the White House, President Barack Obama has deleted eight posts; Mitt Romney has scrapped just one.

    Here are some of our favorites so far:

    White House

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  • Sununu: John Thune ‘on the list’ for Romney’s veep pick

    John Thune (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

    In an interview with National Review's Robert Costa, Mitt Romney surrogate John H. Sununu left the door open for South Dakota Sen. John Thune's chances of being picked for vice president.

    "There's no question, in my mind, that he's on the list for consideration," Sununu, a former governor of New Hampshire, said.

    [Related: Gov. Bush 'will not be candidate for VP']

    Thune, who is a junior senator and a member of the Republican leadership team in the Senate, briefly entertained the idea of running for president himself last year, but made his decision to stay out of the race clear early.

    [Related: Daniels says he'd 'disconnect' the phone if Romney called]

    In a separate interview, Thune told Costa that if chosen, he is prepared to be vetted.

    "My life is an open book," he said. "I've run for office many times and everything that can be out there is out there. I'm not apprehensive about somebody taking a look."

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  • Planned Parenthood arm begins $1.4 million ad campaign attacking Romney

    The political arm of Planned Parenthood officially endorsed President Barack Obama on Wednesday, and simultaneously announced a seven-figure ad buy targeting Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

    The $1.4 million television ad campaign, which will run in markets in Florida, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Iowa through June 19, criticizes Romney for pledging to end federal funding for the reproductive health group. Planned Parenthood has long been a target of Republicans because it provides abortion services and access to contraception at its clinics.

    [Related: Is Planned Parenthood targeting college students?]

    The 30-second ad, titled "Out of Touch," is part of a larger effort to cast Romney as a candidate whose policies would be bad for women, a criticism that Obama and other Democrats have leveled throughout the year.

    "Unlike President Obama, what Mitt Romney doesn't seem to understand is that women's health issues are economic issues for women and families," said Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards in a statement. "The fact that Mitt Romney doesn't understand that shows just how out of touch and wrong for women he really is."

    [Related: Abortion ultrasound laws may head to high court]

    Romney's campaign has pushed back on the characterization, saying that Obama is casting "the real war on women" through his administration's economic policies.

    "This president did not cause the recession; he just made it worse and made it longer," Romney said in April. "And it's been harder for the recovery to occur. And, as a result, women have suffered."

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  • Report: GOP outside groups plan to spend more than $1 billion in 2012

    Pro-Republican outside groups looking to influence elections across the country are on track to spend a record-breaking $1 billion this year, Politico reports.

    Those behind most of the spending include the super PAC American Crossroads, a group linked to George W. Bush's former Chief of Staff Karl Rove; Charles and David Koch; and the Chamber of Commerce.

    That total includes previously undisclosed plans for newly aggressive spending by the Koch brothers, who are steering funding to build sophisticated, county-by-county operations in key states. POLITICO has learned that Koch-related organizations plan to spend about $400 million ahead of the 2012 elections—twice what they had been expected to commit.

    Just the spending linked to the Koch network is more than the $370 million that John McCain raised for his entire presidential campaign four years ago. And the $1 billion total surpasses the $750 million that Barack Obama, one of the most prolific fundraisers ever, collected for his 2008 campaign.

    ...
    By contrast, Priorities USA Action, the super PAC supporting President Barack Obama's reelection, has struggled to raise money, and now hopes to spend about $100 million.

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  • Jeb Bush spokeswoman: ‘Gov. Bush will not be candidate for VP’

    The Italian news outlet Linkiesta claimed in an article this week to have interviewed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, but Bush spokeswoman Jaryn Emhof told Yahoo News that no interview occurred, adding, "Bush will not be candidate for VP."

    "Governor Bush hasn't done an interview with them," Emhof said in an email Wednesday. "The reporter pulled from some old U.S. news reports. I've asked the reporter to adjust his piece so it's clear he's reporting from US News, not an interview. Nothing has changed, Gov. Bush will not be candidate for VP."

    Yahoo News published a blog post about the erroneous Linkiesta article. Our post has been corrected.

  • Jeb Bush on veep speculation: ‘I would consider the proposal very carefully’ (CORRECTED)

    Correction: The Linkiesta article cited in this post claimed to have conducted an exclusive interview with Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, but Bush spokeswoman Jaryn Emhof said the quotes in the piece were pulled from previous interviews.

    "Governor Bush hasn't done an interview with them," Emhof told Yahoo News in an email Wednesday. "The reporter pulled from some old U.S. news reports."

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  • Report: Rob Portman to meet with Israeli Prime Minister

    ABC News scoops that Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, rumored to be on Mitt Romney's vice presidential shortlist, is scheduled to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu on Thursday:

    Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday in Israel. An Israeli official confirmed the meeting to ABC News Tuesday.

    This high-profile meeting with a key foreign leader comes at time when Portman is considered to be among the top-tier candidates of potential running-mates for presumptive republican nominee Mitt Romney.

    A spokesman for Portman's office did not immediately respond to a request for confirmation.

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  • Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Cherokee’ recipes: Reporter cooks and eats the dishes

    Charles C.W. Cooke, writer at the National Review magazine, lived up to his name by taking his reporting to an extra culinary level. Cooke actually prepared the recipes that Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren submitted and published in the 1984 cookbook "Pow Wow Chow."

    While Warren's five recipes aren't all that authentically Cherokee, they are pretty darn tasty, says Cooke.

    "Most of its recipes owe at least as much to John Smith as to Pocahontas, and overall it suffers from the publishers' inability to appreciate that simply writing 'Cherokee' on a recipe for lasagna or for oriental beef stir-fry does not make it so," Cooke writes after making the dishes.

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  • Bob McDonnell says he hasn’t had to turn in vetting documents to Romney campaign

    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell with Mitt Romney in May (Jae C. Hong/AP)

    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday he has not turned in vetting documents to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, one of the first steps to becoming a vice presidential running mate.

    "Nope," McDonnell told Chuck Todd during an interview on "The Daily Rundown"  when asked if he "has had to turn anything over to the Romney campaign." "But I'm going to do everything I can to help him in Virginia."

    McDonnell, who has campaigned with Romney in Virginia and is considered a possible vice presidential candidate, has been coy about his chances to join the national ticket, but said the speculation was "flattering."

    "I'm not campaigning for any office," he said.

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  • Marco Rubio visits Guantanamo Bay in Cuba

    Marco Rubio (Jae C. Hong/AP)

    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, whose parents left Cuba in 1956, is spending Tuesday at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Yahoo News has learned.

    The trip is his first to Cuba.

    Rubio, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, plans to spend one day at the base to learn more about U.S. operations there, Rubio spokesman Alex Conant said. Rubio is not planning to leave the property, which the U.S. government leases from the island nation.

    [Related: Florida Dems ding Rubio with a song]

    A prison on the base is home to hundreds of foreign detainees the U.S. government has labeled "enemy combatants," many of them captured in Afghanistan since al-Qaida's attack on New York and the Pentagon in 2001.

    At Intelligence Committee hearings, Rubio has expressed concern about the activities of the detainees once they are released from the prison, and in 2011, he co-sponsored legislation that would ensure that the prison remains open.

    [Related: Rubio 'curious' to see who Romney will pick for VP]

    "Guantanamo Bay plays an integral part in our ongoing effort to safeguard America, and it is critical that this facility remain open and operating," Rubio said at the time.

    Read the trip itinerary here, from Conant:

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