Archive for June, 2012

Daily Beast reports: A desperate Obama pleads for campaign cash

- June 30th, 2012

The Daily Beast‘s Lloyd Grove gets his hands on an 18-minute telephone call US President Barack Obama made to big Democratic donors. The call was placed while Obama was on Air Force One. In it, Obama warns that Romney and his SuperPAC allies are killing the Dems when it comes to fundraising:

“The majority on this call maxed out to my campaign last time. I really need you to do the same this time,” the president said in a highly unusual (and presumably legal) fundraising pitch from Air Force One on his way back to Washington from Colorado Springs, where he’d been assessing the terrible damage caused by uncontained wildfires. A special phone on the government aircraft is dedicated to political calls that are paid for by the campaign.

“I’m asking you to meet or exceed what you did in 2008,” the presidential pitchman continued, speaking to donors who were invited to dial in based on their contributions during the last election. “Because we’re going to have to deal with these super-PACs in a serious way. And if we don’t, frankly I think the political [scene] is going to be changed permanently. Because the special interests that are financing my opponent’s campaign are just going to consolidate themselves. They’re gonna run Congress and the White House.”

via Exclusive: President Obama Asks Campaign Donors to Send Him More Money – The Daily Beast.

Canada Day at NASDAQ — as Canada’s tech darling sinks

- June 29th, 2012
John Baird at NASDAQ

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird marks the conclusion of a successful trip to New York City and the beginning of Canada Day celebrations by ringing the NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell. (Handout photo)

Ever since Netscape’s stock market moonshot debut launched the dot-com boom back on Aug. 9, 1995, any self-respecting tech company has wanted its shares traded on NASDAQ. So it has been with Canadian tech companies. And that’s where Research in Motion’s shares trade in the United States under the ticker RIMM. Read more…

Ideas – and plenty of ‘em — from Liberal leadership hopeful Deborah Coyne

- June 27th, 2012

Deborah Coyne launched her campaign for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada today with a barrage of ideas. You can go through them on her Web site. We only got to a couple of them today — mandatory voting,  reforming the way we elect MPs, and eliminating supply management –  when she joined me earlier today on the Daily Brief: Read more…

US Congressional Research Office on Canada and the TPP

- June 27th, 2012

Chris Sands of the Washington-based Hudson Institute brings my attention to a recent publication from the Congressional Research Service, the U.S. Congress rough equivalent to Canada’s Library of Parliament, published on May 30 which provides Congress with a comparative trade and economic analysis between the U.S. and those countries in and about to be part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks. Canada announced it would seek to join the TPP talk at the G20 in Mexico a week ago.
Here’s one of the notable paragraphs I took from that study. I have bolded what I thought to be the most interesting line: Read more…

Pollster Coletto, Liberal partisan Kinsella on Trudeau as saviour of the Liberal Party

- June 27th, 2012

The CEO of polling firm Abacus Data, David Coletto, reports that the Liberal Party of Canada would be tied in popularity (this week at least) with the Conservatives and the NDP would be well back in third place if Justin Trudeau were the party’s leader. I put it to Trudeau fan Warren Kinsella that this may be the last thing Liberals should be told, that somewhere out there there is a messiah who can lead Liberals back to the promised land after a decade of decline at the polls:

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