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Elizabeth Warren
Democratic Candidate for Senate, Massachusetts

October,  2012

Brown, Warren Tussle Over Storm-Delayed Debate  10/30/2012 Bloomberg: Comment: "She annihilated him in the last debate. He doesn't want to have another one. He got lucky, and won't agree to the new date."

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg uses strong rhetoric against Elizabeth Warren  10/22/2012 Boston Globe: "New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is supporting Senator Scott Brown for his moderation, but the vociferous defender of Wall Street used some of the strongest language of the campaign to describe Democratic Elizabeth Warren -- comparing her philosophy with Soviet communism."

Elizabeth Warren signs vanishing in Westport  10/22/2012 East Bay: "Elizabeth Warren signs are being removed from in front of people’s homes and on their property. Eight were stolen in our area last night. The few Scott Brown signs around remained untouched so obviously it wasn’t that the perpetrator did not like signs!"

Star Of Scott Brown Ad: President Obama A ‘Fa*got,’ Jews Have ‘Persecution Complex’ And ‘Hate Themselves’  10/22/2012 Media-ite: "You really can’t turn your head for one second in that race for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts. Incumbent Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), last seen leveling an attack on challenger Elizabeth Warren‘s work as an attorney on an asbestos lawsuit that even Joe Scarborough called “desperate,” is now getting what he paid for out of those attacks. The Huffington Post reports that, after Brown falsely accused Warren of using paid actors in an ad featuring the families of mesothelioma victims, it turns out Sen. Brown used a voter who was a little bit too real in one of his own mesothelioma-themed ads."

Dem Liz Warren fan surprise ‘star’ of Scott Brown’s ad  10/18/2012 Boston Herald: "But Gorman says her encounter with Brown was anything but funny. Instead of greeting Brown, she claims she was actually explaining to him why she didn’t support him."

GOP's Sen. Brown sorry for remark on Warren ad  10/18/2012 Huff Post: "Republican Sen. Scott Brown is apologizing for suggesting Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren used paid actors in political ads defending her legal work in an asbestos lawsuit. The Taunton Daily Gazette reported that Brown was asked how Warren got family members of asbestos victims to appear in her ads. "A lot of them are paid," Brown said during the event. "We hear that maybe they pay actors. Listen, you can get surrogates and go out and say your thing. We have regular people in our commercials. No one is paid. They are regular folks that reach out to us and say she is full of it."

Elizabeth Warren's Role In Asbestos Case Examined  10/15/2012 Huff Post: "Warren’s work for Travelers was over by the time a lower court ruled that Travelers would not have to pay the $500 million trust. So no one — including Ginny Jackson, the woman featured in the Warren ad — has been paid yet. Carter and Wallace both said that — contrary to what the Brown campaign is now saying — neither they nor Warren could have foreseen the lower court ruling that let Travelers off the hook for the $500 million trust. And Wallace is confident that ruling will be overturned. "They will get paid," Wallace predicted."

No full client list from candidates  10/2/2012 Boston Globe 

Surprise! She's a Hawk! The Problem With Massachusetts And Elizabeth Warren  10/1/2012 Counterpunch: "Start with her staunch support for the economic sanctions against Iran, recently strengthened to unparalleled heights by H.R. 1905. “The United States must take the necessary steps to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. I support strong sanctions against Iran and believe that the United States must also continue to take a leadership role in pushing other countries to implement strong sanctions as well. Iran must not have an escape hatch,” Warren said in April, before being questioned by a blogger at a meet-and-greet and claiming she would look into his assertion that no proof exists linking Iran with nuclear weapons. Warren quantified her statement by later explaining that, “careless talk of rushing to war is unhelpful,” but what can you possibly call sanctions designed to make Iran’s economy scream if not an act of war? "

September,  2012

Elizabeth Warren on foreign policy  9/27/2012 Boston Globe 

Warren Should Focus on Brown's Republican Affiliation To Win, MA Democrats Say  9/27/2012 Marlborough Patch: "Asked what should be the primary issue that Warren should focus on during the final stretch of the campaign, most of the survey respondents said Warren should go after Brown for his voting record, which respondents described as "not independent" and "consistently with the Republican right wing." Some respondents said that in defining Brown as a Republican, the Warren campaign should also emphasize the possibility of Republicans controlling the Senate, while others said Warren should focus on contrasting her views on economic issues with Republicans' views."

Rove's Crossroads GPS Attacks Elizabeth Warren in New Robocalls  9/27/2012 Mother Jones: "Crossroads GPS, the dark-money nonprofit group co-founded by Karl Rove, is running robocalls in Massachusetts attacking Democratic Senate candidate and progressive favorite Elizabeth Warren. The robocalls, which Massachusetts residents reported hearing on Wednesday, hit Warren for her support of President Obama's health-care reform law and for her work as the head of a bailout watchdog in Washington."

Scott Brown’s Racial Stereotyping of Elizabeth Warren  9/26/2012 Tikkun Daily: "Disturbingly absent from the analysis of Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown’s rebuke at last week’s debate of Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren’s claim that she has Native American ancestry is any reference to the racially insensitive nature of his reproach. After noting that “Professor Warren claimed she was a Native American,” he added pointedly, “And as you can see, she’s not.” Which raises the obvious question: which of her facial features alerted Brown that she has no Native American blood coursing through her veins? Surely, if she possessed whatever tiny fraction of one’s DNA must trace back to an indigenous tribe before he or she is deemed to be Native American, she’d have shiny, jet-black hair or a tan complexion. Or was it the absence of beads or a feather and a headband that tipped Brown off? "

Warren Misses Chance to Slam 'Independent' Source of Brown's 'Made Up Numbers'  9/25/2012 Brad Blog: "While, much later in the debate, Warren pointed out that The Boston Globe submitted their competing economic proposals "to independent economic analysts" who determined that Warren's " 67% more effective at cutting the deficit than Sen. Brown's," she failed to challenge the MA Republican's remarkable claim that the NFIB and U.S. Chamber of Commerce were "independent groups" as opposed to two of the nation's largest lobbyists/propagandists for corporate America, hard-right policies, and the Republican Party."

Discover to refund $200 million to customers for deceptive telemarketing  9/24/2012 CNN Money: "Discover Bank has agreed to refund $200 million to more than 3.5 million cardholders over claims of deceptive telemarketing. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau [created by Elizabeth Warren] and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation announced the agreement Monday, following a joint investigation that found Discover's telemarketing and sales strategies misled consumers. In addition to refunding customers, Discover Bank, a subsidiary of Discover Financial Services, will pay a $14 million penalty that will be split between the two regulators."

Thomas Menino declares he has Elizabeth Warren’s back in Senate endorsement  9/21/2012 Boston Globe: "“Like many voters, I wanted to get to know Elizabeth Warren,” said Menino. “You know how I made up my mind about this election? I thought to myself. What if I wasn’t the mayor. What if I was just a guy from Hyde Park who had a job with the city. Whose wife was an accountant and worried about their retirement savings. What if I was any guy who wondered how his two kids would send his six grandkids to college. And whether they would have good jobs on the other end. If I wasn’t the mayor, who would speak up in Washington on my behalf?” The mayor added: “I thought to myself, if I was any guy from Hyde Park, Elizabeth would have my back, and so I have hers.”"

Brown and Warren Spar in Tense Televised Debate Over Massachusetts Senate Seat  9/20/2012 NYT: "Mr. Brown kept mum on Mr. Romney, his one-time mentor when they were in state politics together, and avoided mentioning party affiliation. The Massachusetts race is among a handful that could determine which party controls the Senate. "

Elizabeth Warren Wins the 'Which Side Are You On?' Debate  9/20/2012 The Nation: "Warren, unruffled and showing the confidence of a woman who has moved ahead of Brown in most recent polls, sometimes rolled her eyes or shook her head in disappointment. She made her points about Wall Street wrongdoing and holding corporations to account, about ending the war on women and making sure Mitt Romney and a Republican Senate do not fill the next vacancies on the US Supreme Court. Brown could attack all he wanted, but the senator who joined fellow Republicans in trying to block President Obama’s nomination of Elena Kagan to the High Court could not change the reality that Warren was right when she said, “This really may be the race for the control of the Senate and the Supreme Court may hang in the balance.”"

Warren’s appeal  9/18/2012 The Hill: "Of course, a funny thing happened at the conventions. All the “we built that” attacks at the Republican National Convention fell flat, with polling showing little bounce for Mitt Romney. But when Democrats, including Warren, doubled down on their populist message, they were rewarded with a significant bump in the polls."

Poll: Elizabeth Warren opens 6-point edge on Scott Brown in Massachusetts Senate race  9/16/2012 Mass Live 

Warren’s negatives too heavy  9/16/2012 Worcester Telegram: "These women tend to be liberally-minded and inclined to vote for a female Democrat. Yet they and others have used similar language to describe the female Democrat trying to unseat Brown: Stiff. Whiney. Preachy. A know-it-all. Annoying."

Scott Brown ad highlights his abortion stance, drawing criticism from Emily’s List  9/14/2012 Boston Globe: "Emily’s list said in a release that “Scott Brown is straight-up lying to Massachusetts voters with his latest ad.” “Brown does not support a woman’s right to choose – his anti-choice voting record has earned him the support of an anti-choice organization in this very campaign,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “And Brown does not support equal pay for women – he actually voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act.” Brown voted with other Republicans in June to block the Paycheck Fairness Act, saying it would spark lawsuits and unreasonably hamper employers. The bill would have required employers to provide a reason for disparities in pay, among other new requirements."

Warren sticks to her populist theme  9/6/2012 Boston Globe: "“Folks, this is a tough campaign, but it’s very winnable,” former governor Michael Dukakis said at a breakfast with state delegates Wednesday morning, bringing the issue into the open. “Yeah, I know Elizabeth’s media hasn’t been as good as it should be, and she knows that, and I think you’re going to see some significant changes.” "

Elizabeth Warren cements labor ties  9/4/2012 Boston Herald: "In a statement yesterday, Brown’s press secretary fired back, bringing up Warren’s work on behalf of Travelers, the nation’s largest insurer, which was fighting to gain permanent immunity from asbestos-related lawsuits. But her spokeswoman defended Warren’s actions, saying she worked to try to ensure that asbestos victims were compensated, and blasted Brown for “another distorted attack ... to distract attention from his record of taking care of big corporations and big Wall Street banks, voting for tax breaks for millionaires and big subsidies for big oil companies.”"

Elizabeth Warren: Scott Brown's Voting Record Is Fair Game  9/4/2012 Huff Post: "But beyond that gentle chiding, the Massachusetts Senate race has been remarkably tame, relative to the typical campaign this electoral cycle. Neither candidate wants to be accused of being the first to go negative, although Democrats in and out of Massachusetts have been urging Warren to ratchet up the criticism of Brown. "There's this push to focus on his voting record, but I think that's going to happen in the next 60 days," Warren told HuffPost in Charlotte on Tuesday. "I think Scott Brown's voting record is important for the voters of Massachusetts to see.""

For Liz, it’s personal  9/3/2012 Boston Herald: "Trouble is, Warren’s unfavorability numbers are rising faster than her favorability numbers, according to Talking Points Memo’s Poll Tracker. Small wonder — although her ads focus on policy and the Republicans, they say nothing about her struggles as a young mother working on a law degree, or the role her Methodist faith played in deciding whether to run for office. At this point, voters shouldn’t have to show up at coffee shop campaign availabilities or turn to Google to get to know their candidates. Brown, on the other hand, defined Warren the minute she jumped into the race: Professor Warren, holed up in an Ivy League of her own. His Mr. Independent persona has helped him maintain an edge in the polls, whether his record bears out that title or not. He has exactly the race he wants: He’s running for re-election, while she’s running against Romney-Ryan."

August,  2012

RNC Tampa: Elizabeth Warren’s take  8/30/2012 Boston Herald: "First, when the Republicans talk about supporting small businesses, they don’t mention that they voted to continue tax breaks for big corporations and billionaires while everybody else gets stuck with the bill. They are so committed to these breaks that they even blocked extending tax cuts for small businesses and the middle class."

Elizabeth Warren questions GOP support for women, small business  8/30/2012 MSNBC: on Rachel Madow Show

Elizabeth Warren Shredded Chris Christie's Keynote Speech  8/29/2012 Business Insider: "{In the email, she says that at the end of the Great Depression the U.S. made a decision to "invest in ourselves, in our kids, and in our future" for half of a century. And it worked. For nearly 50 years, as our country got richer, our families got richer—and as our families got richer, our country got richer. And then about 30 years ago, our country moved in a different direction. New leadership attacked wages. They attacked pensions. They attacked health care. They attacked unions. And now we find ourselves in a very different world from the one our parents and grandparents built."

Warren raising more money than Sen. Brown  8/27/2012 AP: "According to pre-primary campaign reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, Warren took in more than $3.7 million between July 1 and Aug. 17. She ended the period with more than $12.3 million in her account. Brown raised more than $2.5 million, ending the period with nearly $14.2 million in cash."

New Elizabeth Warren ad rips Todd Akin, Republicans, but makes no mention of Scott Brown  8/22/2012 Boston Globe: "Brown also says he favors abortion rights. But he has taken votes, including support of an amendment that would have allowed employers to deny health coverage for contraception, that have been vehemently opposed by abortion rights groups. Two Democratic state senators, who held a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning, also attacked Brown for accepting a $1,000 donation in 2010 from Clayton Williams, a former candidate for governor of Texas. Williams drew controversy because he once said about rape: “As long as it’s inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it.”"

Warren’s politics rooted in academe  8/19/2012 Boston Globe: "“Here, cut this up,” he barked. “Can’t you tell I’m crippled?” Warren pushed the plate right back at him. “I thought you knew that when you ordered the steak,” she said, according to a colleague, John Mixon. The tough professor roared with laughter, and Warren got the job, as an assistant professor at the University of Houston Law Center in 1978."

Diversity more than a buzz word at Warren campaign  8/16/2012 Bay State Banner: "By campaign estimates, nearly half of the people filling leadership positions are people of color. "

Brown Democrats Dismissed as Phonies by Warren Supporters  8/15/2012 Bloomberg: "When former Worcester Mayor Konstantina Lukes, a Democratic city councilor, came out for Brown, members of her party stood outside City Hall handing out literature showing that she has previously backed Republicans. She was voted off the Democratic city committee after supporting a Republican for governor. Worcester is the state’s second-largest city by population."

US Chamber calls Elizabeth Warren threat to free enterprise  8/15/2012 Boston Globe: "Democrats pointed out that Brown received the chamber’s endorsement on the same day he is scheduled to go to New York for a fund-raiser at the Upper East Side home of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a political independent who is well-known for being a vociferous defender of Wall Street and the financial sector. “It’s clear today what Scott Brown gets for protecting Wall Street, the endorsement of Washington lobbyists dedicated to dismantling Wall Street reform and campaign cash from Wall Street big shots,” the state Democratic Party said in a statement."

Elizabeth Warren Visits Hingham  8/15/2012 Hingham Patch: "The Hingham retirement community has 324 registered Democrats, 185 registered Republicans and 586 registered voters who are not affiliated with either party. The senior living community also has voting booths right on its campus and sees a 87 percent voter turnout from its residents. Saunders said she the LP community was very impressed by Warren’s views and even residents who were registered as Republicans attended and were pleased by the visit."

Brown accuses Warren of seeking $3.4 trillion in new taxes  8/14/2012 Boston Globe: “This is a made-up number,” she said during a campaign stop in Quincy. “The interesting question is why right now. I think Scott Brown is very worried about this race, and the reason I think he’s worried is that when Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan as his running mate, the economic issues clicked into place with perfect clarity. And that is, protect those at the top – give them every loophole, give them every break and make everyone under them pay for it.”

Sen. Scott Brown attacks Elizabeth Warren on tax policy  8/14/2012 Mass Live: "Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown on Tuesday castigated Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren for proposing to raise taxes. But, in what was billed as a major policy speech, Brown delivered few specifics of his own tax policy. Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown on Tuesday castigated Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren for proposing to raise taxes. But, in what was billed as a major policy speech, Brown delivered few specifics of his own tax policy. "

Elizabeth Warren Hits Scott Brown Over Ryan Support  8/13/2012 TPM Livewire: "Look, he clearly wants Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to be the president and vice president of the United States. He wants them to lay out the economic blueprint, and he wants them to execute on the economic blueprint. He can wave his hands all he wants, but he's not backing off from that. Scott Brown has said there is no one he trusts more on the economy than Mitt Romney — and Mitt Romney has picked Paul Ryan."

Actually, Elizabeth Warren is doing pretty well  8/10/2012 Salon: "I’ve heard more than a few Democrats in and out of Massachusetts express concern that Warren has adopted a style that’s too cautious and scripted (where are the viral moments?) and that her campaign has at times seemed off its game (particularly during the needlessly protracted Cherokee drama). But I still think the framing MacGillis uses is wrong. The reality is that if you judge the race by measurable metrics like polling and fundraising, Warren is doing quite well – and far, far better than just about anyone thought she or any other Democratic candidate would be doing when this cycle began."

Volunteer has passion for Elizabeth Warren  8/10/2012 Wicked Local Somerville: "This amount of passion is important, because she is competing against Scott Brown, who has collected a staggering amount of money from Wall St., getting him on Forbes Top Ten List for congressmen doing just that. Brown is a respectable candidate, but in politics, money matters, which is why it’s so important that Warren is able to raise so much for her campaign, and create the amount of buzz that she has. I’m excited for the fall, because this is going to be a fierce battle, but in the end I believe the residents of Massachusetts will side with the fighter for the people."

Elizabeth Warren: Nothing fishy about my kid’s role in EBT campaign  8/9/2012 Boston Herald: "Danetz defended the Warren contributions and blamed the Herald for politicizing the issue. She also said Warren’s daughter’s involvement shouldn’t mean welfare recipients in the Bay State don’t get to vote. “The perception that this is about a particular election was largely created by your article, which didn’t really discuss the federal law issue or that there’s a legal and historical context,” said Danetz."

Elizabeth Warren and the Monumental Breitbart Exposé  8/7/2012 Esquire: "As, lo and behold, the MONUMENTAL FOUR-PART SERIES!!!! itself points out, there actually was an investigation into all of this at the University of Texas and Warren and her co-authors were cleared which, again using the MBJPE, is proof positive that Warren was guilty because: "The document, though riddled with errors, was accepted by University of Texas President William Cunningham on April 22, 1991, as conclusive evidence exonerating Sullivan, Warren, and Westbrook from charges of scientific misconduct."

July,  2012

Warren Says She Should Not Have Repeated ‘Save Capitalism’ Comments  7/31/2012 NYT: "The comment sprang from an effort by Ms. Warren to defend her view that people who succeed in business do not do so by themselves but because of the government – a view that she first expressed last year and that received renewed attention earlier this month when President Obama repeated it and his campaign subsequently walked it back."

Elizabeth Warren to speak before Bill Clinton at Democratic convention, but will not deliver keynote  7/30/2012 Boston Globe 

Elizabeth Warren: U.S. should be more like Communist China  7/30/2012 Examiner: “We've got bridges and roads in need of repair and thousands of people in need of work. Why aren’t we rebuilding America?” Warren asked. “Our competitors are putting people to work, building a future. China invests 9% of its GDP in infrastructure. America? We’re at just 2.4%. We can do better.”

'You Didn't Build That!' in Context  7/30/2012 Huff Post: "Elizabeth Warren said it better than Barack Obama. And the president's presentation wasn't helped when supporters of Mitt Romney edited his words. Sadly, lost in a squabble over "you didn't build that" was the opportunity for a more serious conversation about social contracts."

Elizabeth Warren, in new TV ad, calls for more infrastructure investments  7/27/2012 Boston Globe: "The spot is also designed to appeal to blue-collar voters, a key constituency that Brown, a Republican, is courting with a new ad he released today. Brown’s ad features Raymond L. Flynn, the former Democratic mayor of Boston, who has also endorsed Mitt Romney for president, praising Brown as an honest, hardworking “regular guy.” "

Scott Brown: Obama echoed Elizabeth Warren speech  7/25/2012 Politico: "“She’s a jobs destroyer,” Brown continued. “Wanting more taxes, higher and more regulations.” Brown’s comments came a day after the release of a poll showing Warren with a slim edge in their race. The Democrat leads Brown, 40 percent to 38 percent, according to the survey from The MassINC Polling Group."

From Elizabeth Warren: This election is about values.  7/23/2012 Democratic Underground: "Mitt Romney and the Republicans believe in an America that says, "I've got mine, and the rest of you are on your own." We believe in an America that pays it forward -- that puts the conditions in place so that the next kid can get ahead, and the kid after that, and the kid after that. "

Libor fraud exposes Wall Street’s rotten core  7/19/2012 WaPo: by Elizabeth Warren - "The amount of money involved is staggering. On any given day, $800 trillion worth of credit-related transactions are linked to Libor rates. In most markets, consumers could simply take their business elsewhere once they learned that the scales were rigged. But interest rates are different. Everyone who borrows money on a mortgage, credit card, student loan, car loan or small-business loan — basically, everyone — is affected by a crooked market on Libor. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, in 2008 more than half of all adjustable-rate mortgages were linked to Libor. Even those who didn’t borrow but saved for retirement or their children’s future got hit with interest rates that had been faked."

Will the Massachusetts Senate race be the costliest race in the country?  7/11/2012 AP 

Elizabeth Warren raises $8.67m in quarter  7/10/2012 Boston Globe 

Warren regains her footing  7/5/2012 Salon: "The 63-year-old Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts was describing in particular the needs of a married couple she met. The wife was caring for her husband, Jack, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s. He spent four days a week at a center that receives federal funds. She came to Warren expressing her concern about what might happen if it lost federal funding. She said “if they lose their funding, I lose my Jack. I’m here because I figure you’re his best hope.” Warren managed to get half of her next sentence out “I think about her every …” until she could go on no further."

June,  2012

Elizabeth Warren agrees to radio debate, urging Scott Brown to accept regional TV debates  6/28/2012 Boston Globe: "Democrat Elizabeth Warren today agreed to debate Senator Scott Brown on the radio, answering the Republican’s challenge to her but also putting pressure on him to accept two regional TV debates she has been seeking. The two candidates will be meeting on WTKK-FM at a date they must still negotiate. The debate will be moderated by Jim Braude, a former Cambridge city councilor, and Margery Eagan, a liberal columnist at the Boston Herald."

Brown, Warren agree to fourth televised debate  6/22/2012 Boston Globe 

Driven by deep devotion, funds flow to Warren  6/22/2012 Boston Globe: "What sets her fund-raising effort apart, and has helped her raise cash at almost twice the rate as Brown since entering the race, is the deep devotion she commands from the left flank of the Democratic Party. Many view her unbending critique of Wall Street as a rejoinder to the Tea Party and her toughness as an antidote to what they see as President Obama’s tendency to compromise."

Elizabeth Warren tells chat she will bring outsider view to Washington  6/22/2012 Boston Globe: "Recalling her stints in the capital as head of the Congressional Oversight Panel and founder of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, she wrote: “When I went to Washington to try to bring some accountability during the financial crisis, I was tough, regardless of party affiliation. I’d would have liked to have seen the administration be more aggressive in the housing crisis - and I’ve said so in multiple reports.”

Elizabeth Warren in 2016?  6/22/2012 Commentary: "This is why the Democratic Party won’t abandon Elizabeth Warren, no matter how much embarrassment the Fauxcahontas controversy rains down on them. Warren isn’t just a Democratic rising star — she’s one of the few Democratic rising stars who can also rally the activist left. "

Barney Frank and Elizabeth Warren argue that Scott Brown would weaken Wall Street reform  6/21/2012 Boston Globe: “The Republican Party today is very much in the grips of an extremely conservative group,” that will kill the Dodd-Frank law and the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau that Warren helped design, Frank said. Warren pointed to a recent Boston Globe report about e-mails from Brown’s legislative director urging federal officials to give banks more leeway to invest in hedge funds and private equity funds. She said the e-mails were evidence that Brown has been "negotiating in secret to weaken those reforms."

Warren digs in stand against fishery catch shares  6/16/2012 Gloucester Times: "In an interview at the Times, Warren cited as an example the way the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration commodified the New England groundfishery in 2010 by careful "gaming" of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to avoid giving the fishermen a vote on whether they wanted to work in the catch share allocation system prepared by the government."

Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown: Military Women Deserve Access To Abortion After Rape  6/16/2012 Rh Reality Check 

Scott Brown: New immigration policy a bad move  6/15/2012 Boston Herald 

Scott Brown tackles the gender gap  6/15/2012 Politico: "Whether they’re convincing or not, the spots are an acknowledgment and not-so-subtle attempt to address the gender gap confronting Brown and GOP candidates across the country – a deficit, revealed in the polls, that is exacerbated by Democratic messaging about a Republican “war on women.” That GOP pushback is surfacing in a myriad of ways across the campaign trail this year, ranging from an increased prominence of candidates’ wives to a seeming rise in the number of GOP women tapped to deliver the party’s weekly address. At the Republican National Convention, you can expect the party’s female faces will be out front."

Scott Brown Ads Focus on Being a Great Family Guy  6/14/2012 Forbes: "Today, on June 12, Sen. Brown also spoke on the Senate floor urging passage of the Senate’s version of the Violence Against Women Act, which included provisions to protect those in same-sex relationships and women on Indian reservations. It passed in the upper chamber, 68-31, in late April with bipartisan support."

Elizabeth Warren meets with Latino leaders in Springfield's North End  6/14/2012 Mass Live 

Elizabeth Warren: Deregulation put families at risk, so what happens now?  6/14/2012 Morning Joe: "It was the deregulation of the financial services industry that broke the consumer credit market and put families at risk in mortgages, in credit cards and ultimately in student loans. This economy was broken one lousy mortgage at a time. And then when those big financial institutions had loaded up on all that mortgage risk and broke the economy, it cost people jobs, it cost people their homes, it cost people their pensions, it cost people their savings, it cost us this economy. Kids are graduating from college today and can’t get jobs. Why? Because the crisis that occurred in 2008 from the largest financial institutions, including JPMorgan Chase, loading up on risk, the bets going bad and then they broke the economy. And now the question is, what happens going forward?"

Scott Brown Must Rely on His Personal Appeal to Win in November  6/13/2012 Huff Post: "First, Boston Mayor Tom Menino, the closest model in contemporary Massachusetts politics to a party boss, is bucking the trend among Democrats in the state and not rallying to the campaign of Elizabeth Warren. When asked if he'd vote for her, Menino answered, "When you vote it's a secret ballot." He refused to endorse Warren before the Massachusetts Democratic Convention and when she won an unprecedented 95.77 percent of the convention vote against her sole challenger, Menino still didn't fully commit to her candidacy. The next day the mayor was pictured with Scott Brown at the Dorchester Day Parade. The timing was coincidental but still symbolizes the fact that the Democratic coalition here is large and can be subject to fissures. Menino can help tip a close statewide race by keeping his powder dry. In 1998, he kept another Democratic, gubernatorial nominee Scott Harshbarger, at arm's length and the Democrats lost by only 3 percent of the vote. A poll by the Boston Globe has only 51 percent of conservative or moderate Democrats favoring Brown's opponent. Former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn came out and endorsed Brown for a second time and has appeared with Brown in campaign ads. Brown will spend as much time with these folks as possible."

Elizabeth Warren to ‘Romney-Brown Republicans’: ‘We don’t run this country for corporations’  6/8/2012 WaPo 

Who will bust the filibuster?  6/6/2012 Boston Globe: "Conclusion time: In a polarized era, Brown deserves credit for his occasional willingness to break with his party and help end filibusters. That said, given his vote against the filibuster reform package, there’s little reason to think his leadership on the issue would extend beyond his periodic personal example. Warren vows that she would vote for filibuster reform. And that’s why it’s fair to say she’d play a more substantial and systemic role when it comes to fixing the broken Senate."

It's Personal: Why Scott Brown Is Skating but Elizabeth Warren Is Tripping on Character Questions  6/5/2012 Atlantic: "How should voters assess a candidate's integrity? Inconsistency and double-talk on policy questions would be a good place to start. "

Senator Brown casts vote against wage bill  6/5/2012 Boston Globe: "Senate Democrats lost a key vote Tuesday to expand rights of working women to challenge employers on pay discrimination, but the issue will likely linger until at least the November elections as women’s issues take a prominent role in hotly contested races across the country. As expected, Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts voted with the rest of his Republican colleagues in blocking the Paycheck Fairness Act, even as his Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Warren, vowed to use his vote against him in her attempt to foil his reelection bid."

Brown, Warren say they are eager to debate issues  6/4/2012 Boston Globe 

Ministers skeptical on Elizabeth Warren  6/4/2012 Boston Globe: "It will take more than an impromptu endorsement by Governor Patrick to make an intellectually compelling case why Elizabeth Warren deserves to be the next senator,” said the Rev. Eugene F. Rivers III, referring to the state’s governor, Deval Patrick, who is black. Rivers said he will ask Warren and Brown to meet with the black community to address its concerns. “The support she receives should be earned.” …As a result, a hot-button issue of past decades — affirmative action — has taken center stage in a recession-era campaign that Warren had hoped to focus on defending the middle class. “There’s a back-to-the future element in terms of the substance of the issue,” said Democratic consultant Chris Lehane. “You do suddenly feel like you’re back in the 1980s having a debate about something that people have long ago moved past.” Warren’s Democratic defenders suggest that the persistent line of questioning on diversity hiring is being used by Republicans to inflame voter anger, in a manner that’s tantamount to “race-baiting,” as veteran Democratic strategist Bob Shrum told Politico."

Senator Brown sought to loosen bank rules  6/4/2012 Boston Globe: "But e-mails obtained by the Globe show that Brown’s work on behalf of the financial sector did not stop when the law was passed. In the second stage, as regulators began the less publicly scrutinized task of writing rules amid heavy pressure from the banking sector, Brown urged the regulators to interpret the 3 percent rule broadly and to offer banks some leeway to invest in hedge funds and private equity funds. Supporters as well as critics of the banking industry agree that Brown’s suggestions would mean looser regulations for banks, though specialists disagree on the extent of the impact."

Scott Brown is just another Republican as he votes against 'Paycheck Fairness'  6/4/2012 Chicago Elections Examiner: "Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown said no, once again, to women. Instead of standing as a lone Republican voice for women's rights, Scott Brown instead opted to go along with the Republican herd and trample women. The Republican party once again voted in a united voice against women and against paycheck fairness, which is a bill designed to address the discrepancies between the pay men and women receive for doing the same job."

Alliance with President Obama could help Elizabeth Warren - and Scott Brown - in Massachusetts Senate race  6/3/2012 Mass Live: "So while Warren’s campaign has stressed her party ties, Brown has shunned his, focusing instead on his bipartisan work. “Brown’s strategy would be to tie himself to the president to the extent that he can,” said Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University Polling Institute and an associate professor of political science. “Brown talks about being there for bill signing ceremonies, being with the president. His whole theme is bipartisanship."

Elizabeth Warren needed an A-game speech — and she gave one  6/2/2012 Boston Globe: "Elizabeth Warren is right. Republican Senator Scott Brown would rather talk about her family than his votes. She did a great job reminding people what Brown voted for and against during his two years in Washington. But a great speech to the party faithful is no guarantee the questions about her family heritage will finally go up in smoke."

Elizabeth Warren Leaps Over Primary Challenge In Massachusetts  6/2/2012 NPR: "Lynn Jolicoeur of member station WBUR in Boston reports that Warren's margin was the largest ever in such a race in Massachusetts."

May,  2012

Dare to debate? Marisa DeFranco comes out swinging  5/29/2012 Boston Herald: "Warren campaign spokeswoman Alethea Harney said in a statement last night: “We are focused on getting ready for the Convention this Saturday. We look forward to debates and will consider them once the convention is over."

Elizabeth Warren may face primary challenge from Marissa DeFranco  5/28/2012 AP: "Her U.S. Senate campaign has little cash and no paid staff, and she is virtually unknown to most would-be Massachusetts voters. Yet Democrat Marisa DeFranco, an immigration attorney from Middleton, is on the verge of qualifying for the September primary ballot, denying the party’s prohibitive favorite, Harvard Law School professor Elizabeth Warren, the ability to focus exclusively on Republican incumbent Scott Brown. DeFranco cleared one major hurdle earlier this month by submitting more than 10,000 signatures of registered Democrats; her final hurdle is winning at least 15 percent of the delegates at Saturday’s Democratic State Convention in Springfield."

Dem mutiny could sink Elizabeth Warren’s run  5/28/2012 Boston Herald 

Scott Brown Voting Record  5/26/2012 Vote Smart 

Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren have campaign to go, but undecided vote already narrow  5/24/2012 Boston Globe: "With six months to go, only 5 percent of voters are undecided and able to be convinced by it all. That was one eye-catching finding overnight from the latest Suffolk University/WHDH-TV poll about the race. Brown and Warren were in a statistical tie, with the incumbent senator at 48 percent and the Harvard Law School professor at 47 percent. That is not necessarily good news for Brown, since he clearly led Warren 49 percent to 40 percent in a similar Suffolk/7News poll in February."

Elizabeth Warren Paints JPMorgan as Purse Thieves  5/23/2012 Bloomberg: "Last week brought news that Brown has received $50,000 in campaign contributions from JPMorgan employees. Now, Warren has taken to the airwaves seeking to capitalize on the new controversy and distract from the old one. In a tough new radio ad captured by Kantar Media’s Campaign Media Analysis Group, Warren likens the bank to a purse thief: Wall Street isn’t going to change its ways until Washington gets serious about strong oversight and real accountability. No special deals. We need a tough cop on the beat to make sure that nobody steals your purse on Main Street or your pension on Wall Street."

Warren, Brown, Romney shape up as focuses Dem convention in Springfield  5/23/2012 Boston Herald: "The Wrentham Republican has fashioned himself politically as an independent and fiscally conservative voice in Washington while Democrats have sought to highlight some of his party line votes that they say have been against the state’s interests. In some ways, Brown’s fortunes are also tied to Obama, as a big turnout in Massachusetts for the president could help lift Warren’s candidacy later this year."

Elizabeth Warren’s identity politics  5/23/2012 George Will, WaPo: "Barack Obama, who carried Massachusetts by almost 800,000 votes in 2008, will win here again, and a senior official of Brown’s campaign thinks that in order to win Brown must run between 250,000 and 500,000 votes ahead of Romney. In the special election in January 2010, Brown defeated a female opponent (women are 53 percent of Massachusetts voters) by 107,317 votes. He won independents 2 to 1. The turnout this November, with Obama on the ballot, probably will be larger, less white and more Democratic. But just 0.3 percent of Massachusetts residents are Native Americans, even counting Warren. "

Poll: Elizabeth Warren gaining ground on Scott Brown in Massachusetts Senate race, despite Native American controversy  5/23/2012 Mass Live: "Although 72 percent of likely voters said they were aware of the controversy, a large majority – 69 percent of likely voters – said Warren’s Native American heritage listing is not a significant story. Only 27 percent said it is. Nearly half (49 percent) of voters believe Warren is telling the truth about her ancestry, while 28 percent said she is not. Voters were split on whether Warren benefited by listing herself as a minority, with slightly more believing that she did not benefit. In the western part of the state, Paleologos said voters knew less about the controversy than in the eastern part of the state. Only 55 percent of people living in the five counties west of Worcester were aware of it. While the Brown campaign has been relentlessly attacking Warren on the Native American issue, the Warren campaign has responded by tying Brown to Wall Street, noting the large number of campaign contributions Brown has received from the financial industry. But the Suffolk poll found that attack is not gaining traction either. When voters were asked if “a vote for Scott Brown is a vote for Wall Street,” 55 percent said no and 33 percent said yes. One major plus for Warren in Massachusetts is her affiliation with President Obama. Warren ran an introductory ad featuring the Democratic president – and the Suffolk poll found that Obama’s favorability rating is at 62 percent in the state. But, Paleologos said, one out of four Obama voters plans to vote for Brown. “For Warren, she needs to win over more Obama voters who are voting for Scott Brown,” Paleologos said."

Elizabeth Warren MIA in Central Mass  5/22/2012 GoLocal: "Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is missing in action from Central Mass, and that decision is hurting her campaign. Warren, who has yet to establish a campaign office in Worcester County, is losing the battle for money and votes to incumbent Senator Scott Brown. Brown, who established his MassVictory office in Worcester two months ago, has garnered four times the financial support from Central Mass. voters than Warren."

Report: Elizabeth Warren raises more than $250K at Hollywood fundraiser hosted by Ben Affleck  5/22/2012 Mass Live: "While minimum individual donations at the event called "A Massachusetts Evening," were $1,000 to be a guest, the positions of co-host or co-chair were restricted to those contributing at least $2,500 and $5,000 respectively. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the event drew contributions from big names such as Affleck's wife Jennifer Garner, actor Toby Maguire and even Steven Spielberg. Although this particular fundraiser drew no official fire from the Massachusetts Republican Party, Brown's campaign did issue a statement taking aim at Warren in relation to the ongoing controversy surrounding her heritage."

The National Review’s fake plagiarism scoop  5/18/2012 Salon: "The National Review says Elizabeth Warren is guilty of the gravest crime a writer can commit: Plagiarism. .. UPDATE: Damn, that didn’t take long. Rich Lowry has acknowledged the mistake and says the post will be updated. It was so fun, while it lasted, this fake story. UPDATE 2: And here’s the correction. They say they took down the initial story."

Elizabeth Warren: Government Must Keep Banks Like J.P. Morgan Honest  5/18/2012 US News & World Report: "Too often, Wall Street banks act like they alone should decide if they have taken on too much risk. If the big bank CEOs ran different kinds of companies, ones that weren't big enough to take down the entire economy when they got it wrong, then oversight would be less critical. But reckless gambling by the big banks can affect the jobs, the pensions, and the tax bills of every American—and that means that those company's actions should be subject to careful oversight."

Scott Brown raising money off Elizabeth Warren Native American questions  5/18/2012 WaPo: "Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is raising money off Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren’s struggle to answer questions about her Native American hertiage. “[V]oters have every reason to believe Professor Warren’s not telling them the truth,” campaign manager Jim Barnett writes. “With Senator Brown, what you see is what you get. ... Will you help us deliver our truthful and commonsense message by contributing $20 or more today?”

Elizabeth Warren says Americans are sick of big banks and their army of lobbyists  5/17/2012 MSNBC: "When it comes to Wall Street misbehavior, progressive icon Elizabeth Warren says Americans are mad as hell, and they aren’t going to take it anymore. The Democratic Senate candidate in Massachusetts pointed to the country’s biggest bank JPMorgan – which was humiliated this month by billions in trading losses after massive, ill-fated bets went sour -- as the latest evidence that the country is pining for stronger financial reform. “The biggest financial institutions have plenty of money to spread around and they have hired an army of lobbyists,” Warren told MSNBC’s Ed Schultz on Thursday. "

Elizabeth Warren for Massachusetts | TV Ad: "People"  5/16/2012 YouTube 

Elizabeth Warren | Radio Ad: "Still at it"  5/15/2012 YouTube: "Did you see the headline? One of America's biggest banks lost $2 billion in just a few weeks. Even now, Wall Street banks that got bailed out are still at it, gambling recklessly. This is Elizabeth Warren. I stood up to big banks. I took on their army of lobbyists and helped win the fight for a consumer protection agency. But there's still more to do. Wall Street isn't going to change its ways until Washington gets serious about strong oversight and real accountability. No special deals. We need a tough cop on the beat to make sure that nobody steals your purse on Main Street or your pension on Wall Street. Problem is, in Washington money talks -- and Wall Street has plenty of money to spread around. So Wall Street gets all the special breaks while working families get hammered. That's what I want to change."

Elizabeth Warren seeks ouster of top JPMorgan official from New York Fed  5/14/2012 Boston Globe: "Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren today called on JPMorgan Chase chief executive officer Jamie Dimon to resign from the New York Federal Reserve Bank board after his company’s $2 billion trading loss. Three top traders at the firm are already being replaced today. Warren said that by stepping down from the Fed, Dimon would “send a signal to the American people that Wall Street bankers get it and to show that they understand the need for responsibility and accountability.”

Elizabeth Warren: Wall Street Waging 'Guerrilla War' on Financial Regulations  5/14/2012 Common Dream: ""This isn't personal to Jamie Dimon. It's what's been going on ever since Dodd-Frank passed. There's been a guerrilla war out there in which the largest financial institutions have been doing everything they can to make sure that financial regulations don't get put in place. And if they do get put in place, that they're loaded with loopholes and not very effective. There's been a lobbying army hired by these financial institutions because they really don't want to have any oversight," stated Warren."

Warren Beating Brown Would Send First Woman to Senate  5/11/2012 Bloomberg: 'At a breakfast with Elizabeth Warren supporters two weeks ago, Chet Jakubiak, chairman of the Democratic town committee in Grafton, Massachusetts, took the microphone and raised an issue the candidate and her campaign rarely do. “It is long past due that this commonwealth has sent a woman to the United States Senate,” he told the crowd of about 75 gathered in the second-floor meeting room of the Grafton Inn. A win would make Warren, the presumptive Democratic nominee, the first woman the state has sent to the U.S. Senate, and just its fifth to Congress. Massachusetts is the only state in New England, except Rhode Island, to have never elected a woman to the Senate or the governorship. Warren’s bid to unseat Republican Senator Scott Brown also could influence which party controls the chamber."

ProgressMass Analysis of Scott Brown's Voting Record Reveals Highly Partisan Record, Overwhelming Support for Republican Obstruction in U.S. Senate  5/7/2012 Vote Smart 

April,  2012

Candidate for Senate Defends Past Hiring  4/30/2012 NYT: "Elizabeth Warren, the likely Democratic challenger to Senator Scott P. Brown in the closely watched Senate race in Massachusetts, released statements on Monday night from officials at all of the law schools where she has taught insisting that her hiring was based on merit, not ancestry. "

When fighting Wall Street pays  4/9/2012 Salon: "Elizabeth Warren just caught the political world by surprise, announcing that her campaign raised nearly $7 million in the first three months of the year. That’s more than twice the amount that her opponent, Republican incumbent Scott Brown, brought in, and it apparently represents one of the biggest quarterly hauls ever posted by a Senate candidate."

February,  2012

Scott Brown Cosponsors Blunt Amendment On Contraception Coverage, Elizabeth Warren Pounces  2/15/2012 Huff Post: "Senator Scott Brown, entering a political thicket pitting women's reproductive rights against beliefs of some religious institutions, is cosponsoring a bill that would allow employers and insurers to limit specific health care coverage, including contraception, based on religious or moral objections."

November,  2011

Elizabeth Warren: "There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own"  11/22/2011 CBS: ""You built a factory out there? Good for you," she says. "But I want to be clear: you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did." She continues: "Now look, you built a factory and it turned into something terrific, or a great idea? God bless. Keep a big hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.""

The Woman Who Knew Too Much  11/1/2011 Vanity Fair: "Millions of Americans hoped President Obama would nominate Elizabeth Warren to head the consumer financial watchdog agency she had created. Instead, she was pushed aside. As Warren kicks off her run for Scott Brown’s Senate seat in Massachusetts, Suzanna Andrews charts the Harvard professor’s emergence as a champion of the beleaguered middle class, and her fight against a powerful alliance of bankers, lobbyists, and politicians."

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