Blog Posts by Holly Bailey, Yahoo News

  • Obama thrills teenage girls by admitting, yes, he knows Justin Bieber

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    As president of the United States, Barack Obama has appeared before his fair share of swooning crowds. But at a Virginia high school today, the president wasn't so much a celebrity because of who he is, but rather because of one of his famous friends.

    "Do you know Justin Bieber?" a female student at Bluestone High School in Skipwith, Va., asked Obama, according to the White House press pool report.

    "I do," the president replied, as a pack of teenage girls visibly swooned.

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  • Bachmann wishes she had Googled Ed Rollins before hiring him

    (Charlie Neibergall/AP)It's no secret Michele Bachmann's split with campaign manager Ed Rollins didn't exactly occur on pleasant terms. But the feud between the 2012 hopeful and her former top political adviser continues to escalate nearly two months after he exited the campaign.

    In an interview with the New York Times, Bachmann was asked about Rollins' disparaging comments about her candidacy. Among other things, he publicly criticized her claim that HPV vaccine could cause "mental retardation" and told reporters she didn't have the ability to compete after the Iowa caucus.

    Not surprisingly, Bachmann has been a bit displeased with Rollins, according to the Times' Trip Gabriel:

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  • DeMint polls supporters on 2012 presidential endorsement

    (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)Jim DeMint sent an email to supporters Tuesday quizzing them on who he should endorse in the Republican presidential primary.

    The move comes just a day after Roll Call reported DeMint was close to endorsing Mitt Romney in the race. As The Ticket reported Monday, DeMint aides strongly denied the story, insisting the South Carolina senator is still undecided in the race.

    DeMint reiterated that message in an email to supporters of his leadership PAC, the Senate Conservatives Fund.

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  • New Romney website slams Perry as a ‘career politician’

    (Screenshot via YouTube)Rick Perry's poll numbers may be sinking to new lows, but Mitt Romney still considers the Texas governor his most politically viable opponent in the Republican presidential race.

    Ignoring his other rivals, Romney continues to focus his attacks exclusively on Perry. Case in point: A new website slamming Perry as a "career politician."

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  • Romney and Cain tied in new CNN 2012 poll

    (Scott Eells/AP)Mitt Romney and Herman Cain are virtually tied for the lead in the Republican presidential race.

    A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll of GOP voters finds Romney leading Cain by just 1 point—26 percent to 25 percent—well within the poll's 3 percent margin of error. That's a 14-point jump for Cain since the last poll taken three weeks ago.

    Rick Perry trails in third place, with 13 percent support, followed by Ron Paul (9 percent), Newt Gingrich (8 percent), Michele Bachmann (6 percent), Rick Santorum (2 percent) and Jon Huntsman (1 percent). Five percent of those polled said they prefer "none" of the candidates, while 4 percent had "no opinion."

    In a sign of how fluid the race still is, 67 percent of those polled said still they might change their mind.

    But what's interesting is the breakdown of who is supporting Cain vs. Romney.

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  • Perry leads Romney in campaign cash, but hints of trouble ahead

    (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)With less than three months to go before voters begin casting their ballots in the 2012 Republican presidential primary, Texas Gov. Rick Perry narrowly leads rival Mitt Romney in cash in the bank.

    But a financial report filed with the Federal Election Commission over the weekend hints Perry may face serious trouble raising more cash for his GOP primary bid unless he can turn his struggling campaign around.

    The Texas governor outraised his GOP rivals—bringing in roughly $17.2 million in just seven weeks. But Perry relied heavily on large donors from his home state, a potential sign of his limited appeal among Republicans nationally.

    According to his FEC report, roughly $12.3 million of Perry's third quarter total from donors who gave the maximum $2,500 to his campaign.  Less than $700,000 of Perry's cash came from donors who gave $200 or less. That's roughly 4 percent of Perry's overall fundraising total--a potentially bad sign for the governor's appeal among grassroots voters.

    By comparison, Romney raised slightly under $2 million from small donors or about 14 percent of his overall $14.2 million total.

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  • Will DeMint back Romney? Republicans say yes, but his aides say no

    Romney and DeMint in 2008 (LM Otero/AP)Perhaps no one has been more hot and cold on Mitt Romney's presidential bid than South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint.

    The tea party leader backed Romney's campaign four years ago. But in recent months, he's offered mixed signals about whether he'd do the same in 2012, largely because of the health care reforms Romney signed into law as governor of Massachusetts.

    It's a back and forth that continues today. Citing Republicans close to the senator, Roll Call reports DeMint is leaning toward backing Romney in the primary, suggesting there's no other candidate close to winning his support.

    "Jim is far more likely to endorse Mitt than anyone else currently in the race," a Republican with South Carolina ties tells Roll Call's David Drucker. "Jim is a business guy and that's his background. He's not really the good ol' boy conservative type. So Mitt in a lot of ways is a more comfortable fit for him."

    But Wesley Denton, a spokesman for DeMint, tells Politico the story is a "fabrication made up of anonymous sources that obviously have no clue what Sen. DeMint is thinking."

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  • A guide to the super PACs backing 2012 presidential hopefuls

    Bachmann, Romney and Perry (David McNew/Getty Images)Over the next few days, President Obama and his Republican challengers are set to file reports disclosing how much they raised for their campaigns between July and September and where that money came from.

    But for some of the candidates, the reports offer only a glimpse of the cash being spent on their presidential efforts.

    In a development that could seriously shift the financial dynamics of the 2012 campaign, Obama, Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul all have at least one so-called "super PAC" raising and spending unlimited amounts of cash to support their White House bids.

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  • Rick Perry believes he’s being attacked because he’s a Christian

    Anita and Rick Perry (Sue Ogrocki/AP)Is Rick Perry being targeted in the Republican presidential campaign because of his Christian faith?

    That's what the Texas governor's wife suggested at a campaign stop in South Carolina Thursday—a sentiment that was subsequently backed up by Perry himself in an interview Friday with ABC's Good Morning America.

    In a speech at North Greenville University, Anita Perry became emotional discussing her husband's rough few weeks on the campaign trail, implying he's come under attack because of his faith.

    "It's been a rough month. We have been brutalized and beaten up and chewed up in the press to where I need this today," she said, per NBC's Ali Weinberg. "We are being brutalized by our opponents and our own party. So much of that is, I think they look at him, because of his faith. He is the only true conservative — well, there are some true conservatives. And they're there for good reasons. And they may feel like God called them too. But I truly feel like we are here for that purpose."

    Asked about his wife's comments by ABC's George Stephanopoulos, Perry said he agreed with her.

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  • Romney raised $14.2 million in third quarter, but spent big cash

    (Elaine Thompson/AP)Mitt Romney raised $14.2 million between July and September, bringing his overall total raised for his Republican presidential bid to more than $32 million.

    But the former Massachusetts governor also spent a lot of cash. According to his campaign, he ended the third fundraising quarter with roughly $14.7 million in the bank.

    That's slightly less than the $15 million Rick Perry's campaign says he has in the bank. The Texas governor raised $17 million in the third quarter, according to his campaign.

    Romney's spending habits are slightly surprising, in part because the ex-governor spent most of the summer laying low.

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