Daily dose of politicking

Photos out of Dallas, Texas are keeping us entertained: first, we give you one of Gov. Rick Perry greeting President Obama on the tarmac (80 social shares), which caused Politico's Maggie Haberman to wonder, "Why did Perry want this pic heading into a presidential primary?" Then there was this other picture of Obama sharing a light moment with Mayor Mike Rawlings, as Perry sat at the end of the table with a decidedly unhappy expression (3,187 shares). "Let the Grumpy Cat photoshopping begin," freelance journalist John McQuaid commanded. Meanwhile, Slate's Dave Weigel took a stab at some Obama lip-reading: “Ha ha, running for president in 2016! That’s hilarious. No, seriously, what are you up to?”

 

On the subject of Republicans, here's something that might surprise you: once disgraced politician Todd Akin has returned to the national stage, and he's not sorry about that "legitimate rape" comment after all (572 shares). "Todd Akin's only regret was apologizing," The New Republic's Rebecca Leber summarized. This prompted even Laura Ingraham to ask, "Is he secretly working for Dem Party?"

And in Washington, the House side of the U.S. Capitol has been closed after an asbestos spill (27 shares). "Doors to the Capitol House press gallery are locked, and hallway cordoned off related to asbestos spill," Roll Call's Daniel Newhauser shared.

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