|By JADA F. SMITH|
President Obamaopted not to endorse the recommendations of a deficit commission he created, but later adopted many of the proposals in a modified form, Jackie Calmesreports. Mr. Obama'shandling of the Bowles-Simpson plan illuminates his struggles with the deficit politics that have curbed his ambitions and forced him to confront the limits of his persuasive powers.
Mitt Romneyis now counting more than ever on superior organization and planning to pull him through a state-by-state battle for delegates, such an image can undercut a candidate as much as it benefits him, Ashley Parkerwrites. He continues to fight the perception that he, like the operation working to elect him, is a triumph of political engineering over passion and authenticity.
- Illegal immigration is no longer the all-consuming issue it had been for so long in
Arizona, Adam Nagourneyreports. The economic problems – unemployment, home foreclosures – have contributed to the shift in attention, along with some Republicans fearing that the issue could alienate Latino voters.
- Republican-led Legislatures are lagging in the creation of health insurance exchanges, a centerpiece of the 2010 health care law, until they know if
President Obamawill be able to enforce the new law or not, Robert Pearreports. While many states are waiting for a Supreme Courtdecision or even the November election results, they may run out of time for compliance, as the Obama administration will begin deciding on Jan. 1, 2013whether each state is ready to run its own exchange or whether the federal government should do the job.
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Ann Romneysays her husband is done with all the debating, at least until primary season is over.
- The president and vice president will host a meeting with the
National Governors Associationin the State Dining Room. Michelle Obamaand Dr. Jill Bidenwill also be on hand to discuss military spouse employment with the country's governors.
- Vice President
Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Dr. Biden will later host a reception in honor of Black History Month at the Naval Observatory.
Nikki Giovanniwill judge a high school Poetry Slam at Reagan Washington National Airportin honor of Black History Month.
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