“It's not just Medicare. President Barack Obama plans to start picking apart other sections of Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's sweeping budget proposals as he tries to paint the GOP ticket as too extreme for the nation. Next up: education,” the AP writes. “On Tuesday, Obama planned to tell voters in sharply contested Ohio that Ryan's budget proposal would cut $115 billion from the Education Department, remove 2 million children from Head Start programs and cost 1 million college students their Pell Grants over the next decade. The line of criticism will be coupled with television ads.”
More: “Students and their parents are the next group Obama hopes to put on notice. The president started radio ads in New Hampshire that claim 21,000 college students in that state would have their Pell Grants cut by $800 each. Another ad tells Ohio voters that 356,000 students would have their Pell Grants cut. Those estimates assume the cuts in Ryan's budget are applied evenly across all programs starting in 2014 _ something Ryan aides say would not happen. His budget does not directly address Pell Grant funding, and his aides say the cuts would not take a one-size-fits-all approach.” But: “The Ryan budget, which failed to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate, would cut annual nondefense spending by 5 percent in 2013. The next year, it would be a 19 percent cut. Ryan, who prefers that students take loans instead of receiving grants, would keep the top Pell Grant award in the coming school year at $5,500 but in future years reduce the number of students eligible, not the award sums. In other words, fewer students would receive them but the neediest would not see their awards changed.”
“President Barack Obama has declared the threat of chemical or biological warfare in Syria a ‘red line’ for the United States, outlining for the first time the point at which his administration could feel forced to intervene militarily in the Arab country’s increasingly messy conflict,” the Boston Globe writes.
Likeable enough? “The White House is disputing a new book's claim that President Obama has an intense dislike for Republican opponent Mitt Romney,” USA Today writes. “ ‘I can tell you that I've never heard the President express anything like that,’ said White House press secretary Jay Carney.”
Gov. Deval Patrick will campaign in Wisconsin for Obama today, talking before seniors in Madison on welfare.
Another conservative author trying to paint Obama as weak is out with a book about how it was really Hillary Clinton behind the death of bin Laden. Right. This from an author who wrote a book about Bill Clinton’s failures to capture bin Laden.