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July 18, 2012 Headlines: Romney & the Pres moving towards the Olympics, Armstrong’s anti doping lobbying, ‘n’ Nets arrive

Mitt Romney Hopes Olympic Appearance Will Serve as a Distraction

U.S. News & World Report   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

When Mitt Romney travels to the Olympics in London next week, he is hoping for a round of positive media coverage of the strong leadership he provided in rescuing the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002. But he will be walking a tightrope because his Democratic critics will use the occasion to ridicule him and attempt to undermine his case…Romney ran the Winter Olympics in 2002 and has been underscoring his stewardship to show that he has experience in repairing broken institutions.

Dems Hit Romney For ‘Dancing Horse’ Rafalca

ABC News   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

For the second time in the 2012 campaign, Democrats are attacking presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney with mocking references to one of his family pets. A new web video by the Democratic National Committee slams Romney for “dancing around the issues” while featuring footage of his Olympics-bound “dancing horse” Rafalca.

Armstrong’s foundation mounts lobbying campaign

Austin American-Statesman   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison — pictured in 2002 with Lance Armstrong, center, and then-Sen. Joe Biden Rick McKay:2002 Cox News Service

WASHINGTON — The foundation created by seven-time Tour de France cycling champion Lance Armstrong has mounted a lobbying campaign on Capitol Hill in an effort to counter accusations by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that Armstrong took performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his career.

City plans bid on 2018 Super Bowl

Indianapolis Business Journal   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

City and state officials announced Wednesday morning that the city of Indianapolis will bid to host the Super Bowl in 2018.

”I have four words for you: ‘Let’s do it again,’ Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard said at a press conference at Lucas Oil Stadium.

FIFA picks ex-US attorney as corruption prosecutor

Contra Costa Times  Tues, 17 Jul 2012

ZURICH—FIFA appointed former United States attorney Michael J. Garcia on Tuesday as lead prosecutor to investigate allegations of corruption in world soccer. One of Garcia’s first tasks will be to inspect a Swiss court document on a World Cup kickbacks scandal to evaluate the behavior of FIFA president Sepp Blatter and other senior officials in the affair. “He will have not only to write, but the duty to have this case analyzed on ethic, moral matters and then to report back to the executive committee,” Blatter said at a news conference.

Sports Teams to Share Green Success Stories at the White House

Natural Resources Defense Council   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

President Obama loves basketball, but that’s not the reason why the reigning NBA champions, the Miami Heat, are invited to the White House tomorrow. Representatives from the Heat, as well as other professional sports teams, including the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners, Philadelphia Eagles, Portland Trailblazers, Saint Louis Cardinals, and others, are headed to Washington to discuss a game plan they all have in common–how to run a greener, more sustainable business.  Across the country, more than 100 major league sports teams have embraced NRDC’s Greening Advisor, a customized online resource designed to help sports teams find ways to green their operations through strategies like energy efficiency, waste reduction, and sustainable procurement policies. Through the Advisor, NRDC has helped spark tremendous change in the way sports teams operate.

Obama honors Baylor women’s hoops

Obama hosts Baylor Lady Bears

Fox Sports Wed, 18 Jul 2012 13:06 PM PDT

Smiling from her wheelchair, a 10-year-old girl with a rare disorder watched from the front row at the White House as President Barack Obama congratulated her beloved Baylor University’s women’s basketball team on winning this year’s NCAA championship…President Barack Obama is honoring Baylor’s undefeated women’s basketball team, calling the NCAA champions a ”dominant” team that scored more points than any team in women’s college basketball history.

Even Barack Obama Thinks Anthony Davis’ Unibrow Is Funny

Obama Thinks Anthony Davis’ Unibrow Is Funny

BuzzFeed   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

Watching the most powerful man in the world tease a clearly star-stuck NBA rookie is my new favorite thing ever….Nowhere is this more obvious than in his interaction with Anthony Davis. From the moment he sees the rookie, the president is busting his balls. “What are y’all doing with this rookie? Is he carrying the bags?” When Kobe makes a joke about the team making Davis shave his trademark unibrow if he doesn’t carry the bags, Obama couldn’t look more delighted.

Background on Local Officials Joining First Lady Michelle Obama at Let’s Move

Whitehouse.gov (press release)  Tues, 17 Jul 2012

Washington – Tomorrow in Philadelphia, First Lady Michelle Obama will join Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius as well as local elected officials from across the country to announce public and private sector commitments to get our kids healthier as part of her Let’s Move! initiative to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. The First Lady will be joined by leaders from across the country who are working to make their communities healthier.

Borough President Markowitz welcomes Nets back court to Brooklyn

Brooklyn Daily Wed, 18 Jul 2012

Looking ahead for a sweet season- Brooklynettes Christina, Jessica, and Ericka were in fine form on Friday when they served up some Junior’s cheesecake to celebrate the Brooklyn Nets backcourt. Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Brooklyn’s new all-stars are finally here! Joe Johnson and Deron Williams — both multiple NBA all-stars — were given a borough-wide welcome on Friday, amid roaring cheers from Brooklynites, the Brooklynettes carrying a giant Junior’s cheesecake.

How the Iraq war nearly ended London’s Olympic dream

Sydney Morning Herald   Wed, 18 Jul 2012

Sir Craig Reedie recounts the phone call like it was yesterday. It took place in May 2003, less than two months after bombs had begun falling on Baghdad and George W Bush and Tony Blair set about de-throning Saddam Hussein.

On the other end of the line was Tessa Jowell, Britain’s then Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and what she told Reedie was not exactly what he wanted to hear. Jowell was tasked with securing cabinet approval for a London entry in the 2012 Olympic Games race but with the nation’s focus squarely on combat in the Gulf, she was struggling to get the topic on the agenda for the following day’s cabinet meeting. By this time the coalition forces had taken the Iraqi capital – Saddam was not yet captured – but debate was already raging about the legitimacy of the invasion and its political and geopolitical implications.

Bidding buddies … Princess Anne and Sir Craig Reedie in Singapore in 2005 when London was awarded the Olympics. Photo- Bazuki Muhammad

June 29-July 1, 2012 Headlines: Lingering dope, Miami souvenirs for the Philippines, ‘n’ European Euro 2020?

Lance Armstrong case can move forward after review board says USADA can pursue doping charges

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says its review board has made a unanimous recommendation to file formal doping charges against seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong Bas Czerwinski:Associated Press

Washington Post 29 Jun 2012

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s independent anti-doping review board ruled there is sufficient evidence of doping violations for the agency to pursue charges against retired seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong and five former team members, according to a letter sent to the accused from USADA and a statement from the agency. The case will proceed to a hearing in front of the American Arbitration Association, unless Armstrong or the other accused attempt to take the matter to federal court.

Ron Paul Gets Inducted Into Congressional Baseball Hall Of Fame, Wears Hideous Jersey

DeadspinSat, 30 Jun 2012 09:11 AM PDT

Ron Paul. Photo- Meredith Shiner, Roll Call

Paul was on hand to throw the ceremonial first pitch at this year’s Congressional baseball game. He was also inducted into the Hall of Fame for reportedly being the first person to hit a home run (over the wall) in a Congressional game. He chose to honor the moment by wearing the same uniform he wore on that fateful day in 1979.

Belarus releases journalist in move seen as gesture to Poland

Gulf Times Sat, 30 Jun 2012 15:43 PM PDT

Reuters/Minsk  Belarus officials conditionally released a Polish newspaper correspondent from jail yesterday in a move seen as easing tensions before a likely meeting between Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko and his Polish counterpart at the Euro 2012 soccer final.
Andrzej Poczobut, a Belarussian citizen who works for Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza and is a prominent activist for the rights of the Polish minority in Belarus, was arrested a week ago in his hometown of Grodno.

Platini: Euro 2020 Should be Hosted by Entire Europe

Novinite Sat, 30 Jun 2012 03:27 AM PDT

UEFA president Michel Platini has made the innovative proposal that Euro 2020 be hosted in about a dozen cities across the European continent…Platini’s Saturday proposal is the first time a high-ranking official suggests that the prestigious tournament could be organized on a basis that is not country-centered. “This is only an idea, but in December or January we have to make our final decision. The idea seems very appealing to me, especially given we will have the 60th anniversary of the tournament,” said the UEFA president.

Aquino gets Miami Heat Souvenir

Erik Spoelstra. AP Photo:Wilfredo Lee

Philippine Daily Inquirer Sat, 30 Jun 2012 02:16 AM PDT

MANILA, Philippines—Filipino-American coach Erik Spoelstra has sent President Benigno Aquino a souvenir from the NBA champion Miami Heat, an autographed championship cap with a message wishing the Philippine leader all the best.

Obama meets security chiefs on Olympics

Straits Times Fri, 29 Jun 2012 19:54 PM PDT

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama held a meeting with his national security chiefs to review United States (US) security plans and cooperation with British authorities for the London Olympics, the White House said on Friday.

Umpire from behind bench, Chief Justice John Roberts holds true to his word and saves President Obama’s defining legislation action

NY Daily News 28 Jun 2012

Chief Justice John Roberts proved to be the deciding swing vote on Obamacare. The Supreme Court ruled in favor President Obama’s defining legislative action by a 5-4 vote, PAUL J. RICHARDS:AFP:GETTY IMAGES

Experts say Roberts feared court’s reputation would be marred if politics was seen to be deciding factor on Obamacare. Nominated by President George W. Bush, Roberts wasn’t expected to be the swing vote

WASHINGTON — It wasn’t just President Obama’s legacy on the line Thursday — so was the chief justice’s. John Roberts feared the highest court’s reputation would be sullied if politics was seen to be the deciding factor on Obamacare, experts said. The Harvard-educated justice’s stance Thursday showed even on hot-button issues “he can put aside whatever his personal politics might be and call balls and strikes,” court-watcher Elizabeth Wydra said. Roberts, 57, famously claimed during his 2005 confirmation hearing that he’d act as an umpire from behind the bench — not an activist.

June 15, 2012 Headlines: Political Sabermetrics, Olympic bi-partisanship, ‘n’ doping

Moneyball’ Godfather Bill James Tackles Politics In Super PAC Age

Huffington Post Fri 15 Jun 2012

WASHINGTON — A political candidate being dramatically outspent by his opponent has few options. He can pin his hopes on a strong debate performance, dig up dirt on the opposition, or cut a particularly buzz-worthy television ad. Or he can do what other industries, led by Major League Baseball, have done before: worship at the altar of Bill James…That’s because much of what James has to offer candidates facing financial deficits is quirky and unconventional. Often it involves throwing the traditional campaign playbook out the window.

“If you’re outspent in a campaign, what you absolutely cannot do is start a pissing contest, pardon my French,” James wrote in an email. “If you’re outspent and you start talking about your opponent being corrupt and senile, you’re in BIG trouble, because he’s got a lot more guns than you have.”

1. Instead of going negative, he advised, a candidate should do the exact opposite. “Talk about your opponent in the nicest terms that you CAN, in order to take certain weapons away from him,” James wrote. “If you’re speaking well of your opponent and your opponent is savaging you, there is a chance he comes off looking like an ass and you can win the election.”

2.  A candidate run on a platform distinct from either major party (anti-drug war, pro-gay rights). Or a candidate could obsess over an issue completely off the beaten path.

Mitt Romney Showed Political Courage And Consistency By Supporting Obama Olympic Bid

Mediaite Fri, 15 Jun 2012 13:42 PM PDT

Color me shocked. After researching Mitt Romney‘s record procurement of federal funds for his 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, and subsequent bragging about it, I did some checking to see how badly he flip-flopped when President Obama flew off to Copenhagen in search of an Olympic bid for Chicago. As it turns out, while all the other conservatives in the world were shaming themselves, Mitt Romney was unqualified in his support.

Barack Obama as the Colorado Rockies

Colorado Rockies center fielder Carlos Gonzalez is unable to catch a double by New York Yankees batter Mark Teixeira. REUTERS:Ray Stubblebine

Washington Post  Fri 15 Jun 2012, 06:30 AM ET

President Obama’s problems heading into the November election are less rooted in the ongoing economic struggles in the country than in a widespread sense of unmet expectations among those who backed him in 2008, according to a recent focus group conducted by Democratic pollster Peter Hart in Colorado. “People are disappointed in economic conditions and the amount of debt the President has racked up, but he hasn’t lost these voters because of these problems. They sense that this is all a show. There is no roadmap, no program, and no conviction of where the President wants to lead the country. Participants say that Obama reminds them of their hometown baseball team, the Colorado Rockies (lots of promise but not a pennant).”

Participants in the group, which consisted of 12 people (10 of whom voted for Obama in 2008, but only four of whom are committed to him in 2012), also compared the president to former Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (“he says all the right things, but when it comes down to it, he can’t perform,” writes Hart) and TV infomercial salesman Billy Mays (“‘too showy,’ putting on ‘a snazzy sales routine’”.)

Lance Armstrong faces fresh doping charges from USADA

Washington Post  Wed 13 Jun 2012

Lance Armstrong

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency brought formal doping charges against former cyclist Lance Armstrong in an action that could cost him his seven Tour de France titles, according to a letter sent to Armstrong and several others. As a result of the charges, Armstrong has been immediately barred from competition in Ironman triathlons, a discipline he took up after his retirement from cycling in 2011.

NFL, military partner to discuss brain injuries

Washington Post  Wed 13 Jun 2012

In a conference room on the third floor of the Pentagon, introductions were made and the conversation quickly turned to concussions…“Just the knowledge of what a concussion is has totally changed,” said Mike Rucker, a retired defensive end who had military personnel seated on either side of him. “We thought a concussion was when somebody was knocked out and was unresponsive. Now we have the understanding, no, it’s those little stars that you see.” Beset by the ongoing concussion issue, the NFL has partnered with the U.S. Army and Marines to try to change attitudes of both athletes and troops toward brain injuries. While the NFL has worked with the USO and sent its athletes to military bases around the world since the 1960s, both sides say this is the first formal undertaking aimed at effecting change on this issue.