Morning Examiner: Obama to take break from culture war to push for more spending

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Conn Carroll

After spending a week pushing culture war issues like gun control and gay marriage, President Obama will head to Miami, Florida, today where he will call for billions in new economic stimulus spending. “We need to make smart, targeted investments to create jobs and boost our economy,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Thursday. “Tomorrow, at the Port of Miami, the president will continue to flesh out some of his – some of his detailed proposals to do just that.”

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has already dismissed Obama’s new job creation efforts, specifically his choice of the Port of Miami as a prop for his speech. “We’re certainly glad President Obama’s coming to the Port of Miami tomorrow but he’s late to the party on Florida port investments,” Scott told The Palm Beach Post yesterday. Florida has spent $425 million on ports since Scott took office. “The federal government, they keep raising regulations. Permitting time takes longer, raising taxes, spending all these things,” Scott said.

It is easy to see why Obama wants to pivot, again, to jobs and the economy. While most Americans like Obama and agree with him on social issues, they have lost faith in his ability to manage the economy and his overall job approval rating has fallen below 50 percent.

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In Other News
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The Washington Post, Dispute over guest-worker program delays immigration bill: A worsening dispute over a new guest-worker program has emerged as the most serious obstacle to a bipartisan deal on immigration, threatening to delay the unveiling of a Senate bill early next month.
The Wall Street Journal, S&P High Is a Show of Faith in Fed: Investors nudged the broad, widely followed Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index into record territory Thursday for the first time since 2007. The index is closely tracked by professional investors and its four-year recovery since 2009 reflects a growing belief that the Federal Reserve’s continuing support for markets and the economy will overcome modest U.S. growth and lingering economic and political weakness in Europe.
The Wall Street Journal, Texan’s Plans Put Wall Street on Edge: The new chairman of the House financial services committee wants to limit taxpayers’ exposure to banking, insurance and mortgage lending by unwinding government control of institutions and programs the private sector depends on, from mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FMCC to flood insurance.

Lefty Playbook
Jonathan Bernstein explains why gay marriage is winning where gun control failed.
Think Progress attacks Florida Gulf Coast University for accepting money from the Koch brothers.
Greg Sargent reports that top Democratic donors are threatening not to give money to Senate Democrat candidates unless they support gun control.

Righty Playbook
Ramesh Ponnuru catches Politifact not checking its facts on Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
Mona Charen explains why conservatives lost the gay marriage debate.
Katherine Miller catches failed Obama-backed solar firm A123 changing their name to B456.

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