- - Thursday, July 12, 2012

A website sued by President Obama’s re-election campaign for selling T-shirts and other merchandise with the campaign’s signature “O” logo is taking down the offending merchandise.

A judge in Washington on Monday agreed to bar Washington-based Demstore.com from selling merchandise with the “O” logo trademarked by the campaign. But the judge had reserved judgment on whether the website should also be barred from selling merchandise with a logo that uses the distinctive “O” as part of the year 2012.

Demstore.com owner Steve Schwat said Thursday he is pulling all items with the “O” logo, not just those the judge required, and is negotiating a settlement with campaign officials. He says about 100 products were affected.

Demstore.com will still sell products with generic messages supporting Obama.


Cheney lends a bit of GOP star power

JACKSON — Former Vice President Dick Cheney is using his popularity with Republican conservatives to give a boost to Mitt Romney, hosting a fundraiser for the party’s likely nominee at a mountain valley resort as well as a private dinner at his Wyoming home.

Mr. Romney has avoided appearing in public with Mr. Cheney or with former President George W. Bush. Both are seen as divisive figures by many of the swing voters Romney needs to win the presidency.

The fundraiser and dinner Thursday evening at the resort town of Jackson represent a welcome endorsement for Mr. Romney, who is eager to win over more of the party’s base.

Mr. Cheney’s daughter Liz plans to attend Thursday’s fundraiser. She recently bought a house in Wyoming, sparking questions about whether she plans to run for office.


Reid wants compromise to avert defense cuts

The Senate’s Democratic leader is reminding House Republicans pressing him to avert automatic defense cuts that they voted for the cuts last year. He insisted that only compromising on taxes will spare the military.

Majority Leader Harry Reid sent a biting letter to the GOP members of the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday. Republicans had written him in June demanding that he propose a plan to avoid the across-the-board cuts that take effect Jan. 2 to defense and domestic programs or stop obstructing GOP plans.

Mr. Reid sarcastically thanked the lawmakers for the letter “urging the Senate to renege on spending cuts” that President Obama and congressional Republicans agreed to last August. He urged them to focus their energies on convincing Republicans to compromise and consider taxes.

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