LiveBlog for Friday, June 29, 2012

John Fugelsang joins us from the New York Bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT for two hours of Fridays With Fugelsang

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to give us her reaction to the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act

Doug Kendall, Founder and President of the Constitutional Accountability Center, calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the Supreme Court’s ruling on health care reform

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about The Congressional Black Caucus walking off the House floor instead of voting to hold Eric Holder in contempt

• Jo Piazza, Senior Editor of Current.com/Pride, calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the site’s efforts to talk about gay politicians for Gay Pride Month

• Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the individual mandate, a political standoff continues unabated. President Obama affirmed the court’s decision and his health care law on Thursday, while Republican challenger Mitt Romney promised to work to repeal it.

The House of Representatives voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress Thursday for failing to provide documents relating to the Fast and Furious gunwalking program.

LiveBlog for Thursday, June 28, 2012

Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to co-host Right Wing World

• Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black are scheduled to call in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about their new book, “America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter To Freedom”

• Actor and HuffPo writer Steven Weber joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT to hang out and talk about the news of the day

Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to give us Congress’ reaction to the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act

• The health care drama that began in the earliest days of the Obama presidency will reach its crescendo this morning when the Supreme Court announces its decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

• In advance of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act due out today, Mitt Romney said yesterday it was a “moral failure” for Obama to focus on health care legislation during a time of economic crisis.

• After trading barbs for months over efforts to keep student loan interest rates low, Dems and GOPers have tentatively reached a deal to extend the current rates.

The House will vote today on holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for withholding documents involving the failed Fast and Furious weapons crackdown.

LiveBlog for Wednesday, June 27, 2012

• Sexy Liberal Hal Sparks joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT for all three hours of Humpdays With Hal

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the Supreme Court’s rulings on immigration and health care reform, plus the Holder contempt hearings

• If the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act this week, President Obama will have “wasted” most of his first term, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney said Tuesday.

• Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday laced into Mitt Romney for allegedly outsourcing jobs while at Bain Capital and reviving the charge that Romney is out of touch because he once held a Swiss bank account and investments in the Cayman Islands.

• Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) beat back a tea party challenge in the Utah primaries yesterday, and Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) survived a primary challenge in New York despite ethics charges against him.

• Republican senators on Tuesday welcomed a move by the director of national intelligence to snuff out leaks of classified information but insisted that a special counsel is needed to investigate the Obama administration and recent disclosures.

LiveBlog for Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the Supreme Court striking down most of Arizona’s SB 1070

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 9:45am ET / 6:45am PT to talk about Jan Brewer’s and Mitt Romney’s reactions to the Supreme Court’s immigration law decision

Cassandra Peterson (Elvira, Mistress Of The Dark) joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 10am ET / 7am PT to hang out and talk about the news of the day

Dr. Orly Taitz, one of the founders of the Birther Movement, joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11:40am ET / 8:40am PT to present her case that the President was born in Kenya

• Mitt Romney told a group of donors on Monday that he would have “preferred to see the Supreme Court give more latitude to the states, not less,” in response to the Court’s ruling to strike down three contested provisions of a controversial Arizona immigration law.

• On Thursday, the same day the Supreme Court is expected to announce it’s decision on the health care case, the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

LiveBlog for Monday, June 25, 2012

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Romney & immigration, the weakness of Mass. Sen. Scott Brown, and more shenanigans in North Carolina

Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to co-host Right Wing World

• Former and future Congressman Alan Grayson calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the aftermath of Romney’s bus tour

• After two days of meetings, meals and hobnobbing with the candidate, his top advisers and leading figures of the Republican party Park City, Utah, Mitt Romney’s biggest donors and bundlers say they are fired up and ready to go.

• Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the congressman heading an investigation into a botched gun-trafficking case said on Sunday he had no evidence the White House was involved in a cover-up about the operation or in providing misleading information to Congress.

• With less than two weeks to go before student-loan interest rates are slated to double, President Obama urged his frequent foil, the “do-nothing Congress,” to extend the low rates and “quit playing chicken” with the July 1st deadline.

• Alex Trebek, longtime host of the iconic game show “Jeopardy!,” was admitted into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Saturday after suffering a “mild heart attack.”

LiveBlog for Friday, June 22, 2012

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about his constitutional amendment to reign in campaign spending, and about the Fast & Furious hearings

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the premiere of “The Invisible War,” the documentary on the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT for a San Francisco / “The War Room” version of Fridays With Fugelsang

• Mitt Romney said yesterday that immigration reform is “not just a moral imperative, it’s also an economic necessity” and pledged to replace President Obama’s plan to grant legal status to some children of illegal immigrants with a long-term policy that he said will keep families together.

• As jurors deliberated yesterday, one of Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky’s adopted sons came forward for the first time to say that his father had abused him. Matt Sandusky, 33, was prepared to testify for prosecutors at the trial, his attorneys said in a statement.

• It’s going to be a big weekend in the world of big conservative money: Both Mitt Romney and billionaire industrialist brothers David and Charles Koch are holding hush-hush events with wealthy donors designed to keep the dollars coming in.

The Miami Heat finished off the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 last night to become the 2012 NBA Champions.

LiveBlog for Thursday, June 21, 2012

Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to co-host Right Wing World

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), member of the House Oversight Committee, calls in at 10:45am ET / 7:45am PT to talk about the Fast & Furious and the contempt vote against AG Eric Holder

Chaz Bono, transgender advocate, calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about his book, “Transition: Becoming Who I Was Always Meant To Be”

• A year-and-a-half long investigation into a botched gun trafficking program culminated Wednesday with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

Top Obama campaign officials yesterday said they would be outspent by Mitt Romney and allies, especially when you include all the various outside groups. This would make Obama the first incumbent president outspent by his rival.

• More than a week of often-explicit testimony wrapped up yesterday after former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s defense team rested without calling their client. That set up closing arguments for this morning, and jurors could start meeting behind closed doors in the afternoon to weigh Sandusky’s fate.

• Bill Lee, the Sanford, Florida police chief who was strongly criticized for his agency’s initial investigation of Trayvon Martin’s shooting in February has been fired.

LiveBlog for Wednesday, June 20, 2012

• Sexy Liberal Hal Sparks joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT for all three hours of Humpdays With Hal

Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo, Prop. 8 plaintiffs, call in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the NY Times op-ed that Jeff’s father wrote on Fathers’ Day

Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the Supreme Court’s pending ruling on Healthcare Reform

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio abruptly returned to Mitt Romney’s vice presidential short list Tuesday when the presumptive nominee himself said Rubio is being vetted 12 hours after ABC News ran a story saying that he was not being vetted.

• Senators Leahy and Grassley asked the Supreme Court to break precedent and allow television cameras to broadcast the announcement of the upcoming decision surrounding the constitutionality of President Obama’s signature health care law.

• A meeting between Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Attorney General Eric Holder to work out an agreement over documents pertaining to the Fast and Furious case has ended without an agreement being reached. As a result, Issa has not postponed or cancelled a contempt vote of the attorney general.

LiveBlog for Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about the change in President Obama’s immigration policy, and about Ron Barber’s win in Gabby Giffords’ House seat

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about immigration, Romney’s bus tour, and Anne Romney’s dressage horse

Paul Katami & Jeff Zarrillo, plaintiffs in the Prop. 8 case, calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the Fathers’ Day op-ed that Jeff’s dad wrote for the NY Times

Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the guessing and waiting game that is the Supreme Court’s health care ruling

• Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney went on the offensive Monday on immigration, charging that President Obama broke a campaign promise by neglecting it for most of his presidency.

Mitt Romney made a bold prediction in Wisconsin to open the fourth day of his swing state bus tour: he would steal the Badger State from the Democratic column this November.

Voter advocacy groups plan to file a lawsuit as early as today challenging Florida’s effort to clean the voter rolls of non-citizens. The coalition said their suit is more expansive than the Department of Justice suit and could impact other states’ potential efforts to clear voting lists.

LiveBlog for Monday, June 18, 2012

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the latest with Mitt Romney, and about President Obama’s historic immigration policy change

Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to co-host Right Wing World

• The Obama administration announced that it would no longer seek the deportation of most young illegal immigrants, and would instead allow them to apply for work permits, a significant policy shift with potentially major electoral implications.

Mitt Romney would pursue some type of comprehensive, long-term reform to America’s immigration system, the former Massachusetts governor and his supporters said on Sunday.

• Rodney King, the African-American motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers became the touchstone for one of the most destructive race riots in the nation’s history, was found at the bottom of his swimming pool early Sunday and later pronounced dead. He was 47.

Greece appeared to have avoided crashing out of the euro currency zone and destroying the world’s economy early Monday after political parties in favor of an international bailout deal won a slim election majority – but the region’s debt crisis showed no sign of abating.

LiveBlog for Friday, June 15, 2012

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang joins us from the Minneapolis Bureau in hours 1 and 3 for two hours of Fridays With Fugelsang

Mayor Ralph Becker (D-Salt Lake City) calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT from the US Conference of Mayors to talk about the need for bipartisanship in job creation legislation

• Country music superstar Chely Wright calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the Los Angeles showing of her documentary, “Wish Me Away”

• In the key battleground state of Ohio, President Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney made competing remarks just minutes apart on the number issue of the campaign: The economy.

The president and first lady Michelle Obama made a rare joint fundraising appearance when they visited the home of actors Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick last night. The intimate dinner banked about $2 million, with 50 people paying $40,000 each.

• More than three years after Mr. Obama took office, 68 percent of Americans still say former President Bush deserves a great deal or a moderate amount of blame for the struggling economy, according to Gallup. Just 52 percent say the same about Mr. Obama.

• Egypt’s highest court ruled yesterday that the country’s entire parliament was illegally elected and ordered the body to dissolve after an “unconstitutional” vote.

LiveBlog for Thursday, June 14, 2012

Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to co-host Right Wing World

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the economy, jobs, and the 2012 election

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) calls in at 9:45am ET / 6:45am PT to talk about Romney’s economic message vs. President Obama’s economic message

• Actor and comedian Carlos Alazraqui joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 11am ET / 8am PT for an hour of Coffee With Carlos

President Obama and Mitt Romney both head to Ohio today to deliver dueling remarks about the economy — each candidate attempting to sell his fiscal vision to voters as America’s most promising path toward renewed prosperity.

• Mitt Romney gave a “pre-buttal” to a speech Obama plans in Cleveland today, saying he expected him to speak “eloquently,” but that “words are cheap” and the president should be denied a second term based on his track record on the economy.

Even before JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon was able to say one word of his much anticipated testimony to the Senate Banking Committee yesterday, a Code Pink activist in a brown suit called him a “crook” and a “predator” who “needs to go to jail.”

LiveBlog for Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Jacki Schechner of Current TV’s news center calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to tell us why we should be skeptical about the insurance companies’ recent PR efforts

Gov. Jesse Ventura calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about his new book, “DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans: No More Gangs In Government”

• Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ hand-picked Democratic candidate Ron Barber won a special election Tuesday in southern Arizona to finish her term, defeating a Republican who narrowly lost to Giffords in 2010.

The Department of Justice is making good on its stated plan to sue Florida over Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s controversial sweep of the state’s voting rolls, filing a complaint Tuesday alleging that the efforts are in violation of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) called on Attorney General Eric Holder to step down at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday. Holder was there to answer questions about the Obama administration’s response to a report in the New York Times about U.S. efforts to curtail Iran’s nuclear program.

• Former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary told jurors in Jerry Sandusky’s sex abuse trial Tuesday that he saw his ex-colleague with a prepubescent boy in an on-campus shower and that he that he heard “skin-on-skin smacking sound.”

LiveBlog for Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about what Dems are doing to improve jobs and the economy

• Former and Future Rep. Alan Grayson calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about Romney’s “We don’t need teachers” gaffe on the campaign trail

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the latest from Scott Walker’s Wisconsin

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about her heroic service in government, and about improving the economy for Americans

The U.S. Department of Justice is suing Florida to stop its push to remove what it says are ineligible voters from their rolls. It comes the same day that Florida announced it was suing a different federal agency over the purge.

• The White House said late Monday that Commerce Secretary John Bryson, who was cited in a felony hit-and-run case in southern California over the weekend, will take a medical leave as he undergoes tests, evaluations.

• Democrats are hoping that late campaign appearances by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will help push her hand-picked successor to victory in a special congressional election in Arizona today.

LiveBlog for Monday, June 11, 2012

The Rude Pundit calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about Romney’s assertion that we have enough teachers, cops, and firefighters

Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to co-host Right Wing World

Mitt Romney condemned President Obama’s assessment of the private sector’s health as “fine” on Friday as a misreading of historic proportions. Romney seized on the comments, accusing Obama of being “out of touch.”

• Mitt Romney said in a speech in Iowa that Obama did not get the “message from Wisconsin.” Romney said that Americans “do not want more teachers, firemen, and policemen” calling them “more big government”.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson is being investigated in a felony hit-and-run case after allegedly crashing a Lexus into two vehicles in California on June 9, Los Angeles County police have confirmed.

• The House Oversight Committee will vote next week on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. The dispute stems from Holder failing to turn over documents subpoenaed in the Fast and Furious “gunwalking” investigation.

The bittersweet love story “Once” captured eight Tony Awards on Sunday, including best musical direction, best lead actor in a musical and the top musical prize itself.

LiveBlog for Friday, June 8, 2012

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang joins us from the New York Bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT for all three hours of Fridays With Fugelsang

Lucas Grindley, editor of The Advocate magazine, calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about the growing list of Cabinet Secretaries that are supporting marriage equality

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about jobs, the economy, and how to kickstart both

• Comedian Michael McDonald calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the news of the day and his upcoming gig at the Improv in Brea, CA

Bill Clinton said Thursday that he is “very sorry” for breaking with the Obama administration and suggesting that the Bush-era tax cuts for high earners should be extended into next year, telling CNN he did not fully understand the situation at hand.

The Obama campaign raised less money than presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney during the month of May, and the Obama campaign is using that fact to motivate voters to donate

• The Obama campaign warned Thursday that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will have full access to his Swiss bank accounts, his money in the Cayman Islands, and his Bain Capital income unless he puts his investments in a federally-recognized blind trust.

LiveBlog for Thursday, June 7, 2012

Karl Frisch of Bullfight Strategies calls in at 9am ET / 6am PT to co-host Right Wing World

Mark Kennedy Shriver, Senior VP of US Programs at Save The Children, calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about his new book, “A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver”

The Rude Pundit calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the lack of a recall in Wisconsin and about the race for the White House

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) calls in at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT to talk about the economy, jobs, and student loans

President Obama basked in the support of his gay and lesbian backers Wednesday night in Los Angeles, revving up an enthusiastic crowd with a pledge to block any attempt to roll back rights that gay Americans have gained under his administration.

• Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called Scott Walker’s solid victory in Tuesday’s Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election a vote in favor of conservative principles that will “echo throughout the country.”

• Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul conceded on Wednesday that he will not obtain enough delegates to win the Republican nomination, but said his success at obtaining delegates “shatters the predictions.”

LiveBlog for Wednesday, June 6, 2012

• Sexy Liberal Hal Sparks joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT for all three hours of Humpdays With Hal

Kris Perry & Sandy Stier, plaintiffs in “Perry v. Brown”, call in at 10am ET / 7am PT to talk about their reaction to the 9th Circuit Court’s refusal to re-hear the Prop. 8 case

Marilu Henner, actress and author of “Total Memory Makeover”, calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about unlocking your memory potential

Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady and author of “Don’t Forget: God Bless Our Troops”, calls in at 10:50am ET / 7:50am PT to talk about helping our service members

• David Bender, author and political strategist, calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about the ramifications of yesterday’s recall loss in Wisconsin

Republican Gov. Scott Walker has survived the Wisconsin recall election, beating back a labor-backed effort to unseat him and again handing defeat to his Democratic challenger, 58-year-old Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

• The prospect of a U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage within the next year increased yesterday when a federal appeals court, over an indignant dissent by conservative judges, reaffirmed its ruling that struck down California’s Prop. 8.

LiveBlog for Tuesday, June 5, 2012

• Comedian Kathleen Madigan joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT for all three hours

Graeme Zielinski, communications director for the Wisconsin Democratic Party, calls in at 9:30am ET / 6:30am PT to talk about the recall vote today against Gov Scott Walker

Charlie Pierce of Esquire’s Politics Blog calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to preview today’s historic recall vote in Wisconsin

David Shuster, correspondent for Current TV, calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to tell us what he’s found with his on-the-ground reporting in Wisconsin

• Public polling, internal polling and campaign strategists all tell the same story: GOP Gov. Scott Walker is clinging to a tiny lead over his Democratic opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, heading into today’s recall vote in Wisconsin. Both parties are now focused on getting out the vote today.

• President Obama on Monday courted women voters as he urged the Senate to approve a bill that aims to narrow the gender gap for the wages of American workers.

• George Zimmerman’s lawyers have vowed to file a motion asking a Florida judge for a new bond hearing for their client Monday, a day after the murder suspect returned to jail on a judge’s order.

LiveBlog for Monday, June 4, 2012

Eric Boehlert, Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, calls in at 10am ET / 7am PT to co-host Right Wing World

Ari Berman, writer for “The Nation” and author of “Herding Donkeys”, calls in at 10:30am ET / 7:30am PT to talk about Florida’s purging of voters

• George Zimmerman arrived at the Seminole County Jail in Sanford, Fla., early yesterday afternoon to turn himself in after a judge revoked his bail for allegedly hiding cash he’d amassed in donated legal funds for his trial in the killing of Trayvon Martin.

• Mitt Romney’s favorable ratings are on the rise, but a new CNN poll indicates that President Barack Obama remains more popular than his Republican challenger. While rising 14 points since February, Romney still trails the president, who currently has a 56% favorable rating.

Mitt Romney declared May’s disappointing jobs report a “harsh indictment” of President Obama’s stewardship of the economy, accusing the president of being overly focused on “legislative achievements” instead of putting Americans back to work.

• Vice President Joe Biden’s office has announced that his daughter Ashley has married a Pennsylvania doctor at a ceremony in Delaware. She is a social worker for the state of Delaware and he is a plastic surgeon in Philadelphia.

LiveBlog for Friday, June 1, 2012

• Sexy Liberal John Fugelsang joins us in the Los Angeles Bureau at 9am ET / 6am PT for all three hours of Fridays With Fugelsang

Anna Chlumsky from the new HBO comedy “Veep” calls in at 9:50am ET / 6:50am PT to tell us about her role in the Julia Louis Dreyfuss comedy

Ted Boutrous Jr., top lawyer for the same-sex couples who challenged Prop. 8 in California, calls in at 11am ET / 8am PT to talk about yesterday’s ruling that DOMA is unconstitutional

• After nine days of deliberation, a jury on Thursday found John Edwards not guilty on one of six charges of campaign finance corruption. A mistrial has been declared on the other five counts.

• In a tightly-guarded surprise campaign stop, Mitt Romney visited failed energy company Solyndra Thursday and invoked the building as a symbol of what he called President Obama’s misuse of taxpayer dollars.

• A Boston news conference by Democrats yesterday opened a new front in the Obama campaign strategy by taking on Romney’s gubernatorial experience after previously targeting the multimillionaire businessman’s background as head of a private equity company.

• Former first lady Nancy Reagan served lemonade and cookies to Mitt Romney and his wife and offered him something extra — her endorsement.