“Forget the rumors that he has been sneaking cigarettes; President Obama is ‘tobacco free,’ the president’s doctor said in reporting the results of the president’s second physical since he took office,” the New York Times says. “In a two-page report released by the ‘first doctor,’ Dr. Jeffrey C. Kuhlman gave the president a strong bill of health, saying he was a physically active 50-year-old who eats a healthy diet (the president regularly cites the influence of the first lady, Michelle Obama, for that one), stays at a healthy weight and ‘on occasion drinks alcohol,’ in moderation.”
The RNC is up with a new video hitting Obama.
“Beacon Power Corp., the energy storage company that received a $43 million Energy Department (DOE) loan guarantee last year, filed for bankruptcy over the weekend, prompting a fresh wave of GOP criticism of the embattled DOE loan program,” The Hill notes.
“A Virginia county GOP committee found itself in hot water after using an image of President Obama with a bullet through his head to make a Halloween joke,” the New York Daily News reports. “An email sent by the Loudoun County GOP that included an image of Obama as a zombie [with a bullet hole in his head] has been widely criticized by Democrats and Republicans alike. The image also includes a picture of a disfigured Nancy Pelosi.”
Reaction from the state party: "The disgusting image used today on a mass e-mail has no place in our politics. Ever," Pat Mullins, chairman of the state's GOP party, told the Washington Post website. "The Republican Party of Virginia condemns the image and its use in the strongest possible terms.”
“He ran one of Wall Street’s most powerful investment banks and used to live in the New Jersey governor’s mansion,” the New York Daily News reports. “Now he’s in the throes of one of the largest bankruptcy filings in U.S. history. The curtain on the third act of ex-Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, 64, came down with a thud Monday as the Wall Street firm he took over just a year ago filed for bankruptcy.” The company, worth just over $1 billion took a big risk in buying up $6 billion in European country bonds. “As Europe melted down, Corzine’s big European investments spooked investors and trading partners.”