Driving the Day 11/16/2011

Nov 16, 2011
  • In an exclusive, The Los Angeles Times reports that the Chamber will air its first political ads of the 2012 election cycle today, a million-dollar-plus buy that includes attacks on two vulnerable Democratic senators, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Jon Tester of Montana.  The L.A. Times writes that the “spots are airing earlier in the campaign cycle than ever before - nine months ahead of their debut in 2008 - a sign that officials say indicates how aggressively the group intends to participate this election cycle.”  It continues, “The Chamber’s power has grown enormously in the last decade under Chief Executive Tom Donohue, who has emphasized political engagement and building the organization’s membership and treasury.”
     
  • President Obama and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that the United States will have an increased and constant military presence on the continent’s north side, symbolizing America’s renewed security interests in the Pacific Rim as China rises and asserts itself more.  The American presence will grow to 2,500 Marines.
     
  • The Secret Service says a bullet yesterday hit an exterior window of the White House and was stopped by bulletproof glass.  An additional bullet was also found on the exterior of the White House.  The discovery follows reports of gunfire near the White House on Friday.  Witnesses heard shots and saw two speeding vehicles in the area.  An AK-47 rifle was also recovered.  An arrest warrant has been issued for a 21-year-old man.

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