Sen. exaggerates half-court shot, and Iowa GOP fears Ron Paul victory

Sen. exaggerates half-court shot, and Iowa GOP fears Ron Paul victory

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SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., posted on YouTube on Saturday a video of himself making a half-court shot during a campaign event at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center.

After a closer look at the story, though, The Boston Globe's Glen Johnson found that Brown had exaggerated his basketball prowess, or luck, whichever it may have been.

An aide for Scott confirmed with the Globe that Brown did, indeed, sink the shot; it was, however, on the fifth attempt.

The video shows Brown bank a shot off the backboard and jog off the court while being mobbed by a crowd of children. Brown's communications director said she had started recording on her iPhone during his failed third attempt.

"As a member of the Boston Celtics, I've seen some pretty good basketball shots,'' Boston Celtics Hall of Fame center Dave Cowens said in the campaign e-mail distributing a video of only the final shot. "This one from my friend Scott Brown ranks right up there!''

As a member of the Boston Celtics, I've seen some pretty good basketball shots. This one from my friend Scott Brown ranks right up there!

–Dave Cowens

Iowa GOP fears losing credibilityIowa Republicans fear that Rep. Ron Paul may receive the majority of the state's delegates heading into August's national convention.

Some estimate the candidate could get as many as 20 of the state's 28 delegates, again throwing the state into the spotlight after a debacle earlier this year in which Mitt Romney was declared the victor of the state, later to see the title awarded to Rick Santorum.

"Paul is costing the state a lot of credibility," Bob Haus, a GOP consultant who headed up Texas Gov. Rick Perry's campaign in the state, told the Huffington Post.

Some Iowans are nervous that if Paul is awarded the majority of the delegates, essentially becoming the state's third victor in the race to nomination, the state could lose its "first in the nation" status.

Obama campaign releases "Life of Julia"

The Obama campaign has released a new feature on the campaign's website called "Life of Julia."

Paul is costing the state a lot of credibility.

–Bob Haus

The interactive feature asks the website's viewers to "take a look at how President Obama's policies help one woman over her lifetime."

Visitors can follow "Julia" as she grows from a Head Start-attending pre-schooler to a 67-year-old woman who retires "without worrying that she'll run out of savings" — according to the website, she retires comfortably because she has contributed to social security for years.

The feature has been criticized for being perhaps too idealistic, looking at how the Obama campaign believes legislation should have impacted people throughout Obama's first term instead of how they have actually been affected.

Michele Bachman had a near-perfect campaign?

Michele Bachmann said in an interview Thursday with the Christian Broadcasting Network that she believed her presidential campaign was "almost mistake free."

Bachmann said she was amazed at the gaffes people focused on during the campaign.

"What they focus on is kind of amazing, when it looks like the house is burning down around us, that's what they care about," she said, referring to her mistaking on separate occasions Elvis Presley's birthday and John Wayne's birthplace.

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