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Thursday  11/1/2012

Romney Camp Dismissive of Ponzi Accusations  11/1/2012 ABC: “It is inaccurate to suggest that Solamere Capital made an investment in this firm. Solamere Capital was approached to invest in a new wealth management firm being launched by these three individuals. After extensive due diligence, Solamere Capital decided not to invest because the business was at an early stage and did not meet our investment criteria. “However, Spencer Zwick, Tagg Romney and Eric Scheuermann each own a minority stake in the business as individual investors.”

Romney's Fla. Ads Tie Obama to Chavez, Castro  11/1/2012 AP: "There's a similar clip featuring Castro's niece, Mariela, who has no official link to the Cuban government. She's a noted advocate of gay rights and has praised Obama's stand in support of same sex marriage."

A Vote for a President to Lead on Climate Change  11/1/2012 Bloomberg: by Michael Bloomberg, endorsing President Obama

The Unspeakable Mendacity of Mitt: Faking Food Donations for Victims of Superstorm Sandy  11/1/2012 Brad Blog: "Now, as if their mendacity to date wasn't nearly enough, as first reported by McKay Coppins at BuzzFeed, they exploit a tragedy by pretending to be collecting food --- food that they had already purchased and then gave to attendees at their rally to pretend as if they were donating --- for the victims of Superstorm Sandy. I don't think I've ever seen anything like this campaign…"

Revealed: the day Obama chose a strategy of silence on climate change  11/1/2012 Guardian: ""What was communicated in the presentation was: 'This is what you talk about, and don't talk about climate change'." Taylor said. "I took away an absolutely clear understanding that we should focus on clean energy jobs and the potential of a clean energy economy rather than the threat of climate change." The message stuck. Subsequent campaigns from the Obama administration and some environmental groups relegated climate change to a second-tier concern. After industry and conservative groups mobilised to attack Obama's policies and climate science in the summer of 2009, the topic was seen as an even greater liability and politically toxic."

Controversial For-Profit College Industry Using Your Tax Dollars to Support Romney Victory  11/1/2012 Huff Post: "As Republic Report and others have documented over the course of this year, Mitt Romney doesn't just accept money from these owners of for-profit colleges, he's also in business with them. Mitt Romney's son Tagg and campaign finance director Spencer Zwick run the private equity fund Solamere Capital, which was launched in 2008 with a $10 million investment from Mitt Romney and has an investment relationship with Bain Capital. TA Associates is one of the firms that Solamere Capital offers to its clients for investment. TA Associates owns not just Full Sail but a number of for-profit schools including troubled Vatterott Colleges, marked by exploitative recruiting practices and high student loan defaults. If TA gets richer, the Romneys get richer."

The Romneys: Mitt talks the high road, Tagg gets down and dirty  11/1/2012 Seattle Times: "As his dad runs for president denouncing “crony capitalism” and “big government,” Tagg has been gathering some of Mitt’s richest friends into a private-equity fund called Solamere — a clever instrument for pursuing government subsidies, contracts and tax breaks should Romney win. You see, disclosure laws would make it hard for a President Romney to hide many conflicts of interest. But if the money guys are in Tagg’s Solamere, we don’t know what conflicts of interest the Romney contributors are profiting from. We may not even know the investors’ names."

Romney Family Investment Group Partnered With Alleged Perpetrators Of $8 Billion Ponzi Scheme  11/1/2012 ThinkProgress: "In an exclusive interview with ThinkProgress, Tagg Romney confirmed their business relationship, but falsely claimed that the men were cleared of any wrongdoing associated with the Ponzi scheme. Tagg Romney told ThinkProgress that his three partners collected about $15,000 from their involvement in the Ponzi scheme. Court documents obtained by ThinkProgress show that the legal proceedings are ongoing and the men made over $1.6 million selling fraudulent CDs to investors."


Monday  10/29/2012

Hurricane Sandy: What Romney Says He'd Do to FEMA  10/29/2012 ABC: "Romney did not go as far as some reports have suggested, which say he would shut down the agency entirely. But he has made it clear that he would shift more responsibility to the states or private agencies when it comes to disaster relief in an effort to reduce federal spending and the deficit."

Romney Forced to Clarify Comments That Disaster Relief Is 'Immoral'  10/29/2012 Alternet: "Newly Moderate Mitt has been forced to clarify what Severely Conservative Mitt meant when he called federal spending on disaster relief "immoral" during a primary debate. With the entire northeast being threatened by the monster storm, Mitt has been forced to say that he doesn't really want to abolish FEMA ."

Bill McKibben on Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change: "If There Was Ever a Wake-up Call, This Is It"  10/29/2012 Democracy Now: "The megastorm comes at a time when President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have refused to make climate change an issue on the campaign trail. For the first time since 1984, climate change was never addressed during a presidential debate. "It’s really important that everybody, even those who aren’t in the kind of path of this storm, reflect about what it means that in the warmest year in U.S. history, ... in a year when we saw, essentially, summer sea ice in the Arctic just vanish before our eyes, what it means that we’re now seeing storms of this unprecedented magnitude," McKibben says. "If there was ever a wake-up call, this is it."

Romney Wants To Disband FEMA- Do You Think N.J. Governor Chris Christie Agrees With The GOP Today?  10/29/2012 Forbes: "Here’s what the Republican candidate had to say when asked whether FEMA should be shut down: “Absolutely. Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even further, and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better. Instead of thinking, in the federal budget, what we should cut, we should ask the opposite question, what should we keep?”"

Souls to the Polls carries on Sunday tradition  10/29/2012 Orlando Sentinel: ""You can take a Sunday away, but you can't take away our vote or our voice," said Bishop Kelvin L. Cobaris, pastor of the Livingston Street Church of God in Orlando. Cobaris said about 75 members from his church carpooled to the early-voting event, organized by the African American Council of Christian Clergy. Other churches and community groups participated in a Souls to Polls effort held by the Federation of Congregations United to Serve, a multiracial collective of clergy and congregations in Orange County. Their effort, aimed at black and Hispanic voters in Orlando and Kissimmee, was part of an early-voting effort by PICO United Florida, a statewide network of faith-based federations."

Romney in 2011: Shut down FEMA, let the states handle it  10/29/2012 Salon 


Saturday  10/27/2012

MASSIVE "Souls to the Polls" Drive Planned for Sunday in Florida  10/27/2012 Daily Kos 

Candidates Flee East Coast as Frankenstorm Takes Revenge for their Ignoring Climate Change  10/27/2012 Juan Coles: "Those who talk about solar energy being “more expensive” than coal or natural gas are not figuring in the expensiveness of climate change. In many markets, wind and solar are already competitive, and if the damage hydrocarbons are doing to our economy were taken into account, they’d be the only game in town. One of the many indexes of the failure of American democracy is that our candidates can’t even publicly say the name of our worst nemesis."


Tuesday  10/23/2012

Mitt Romney's Unwavering Commitment to Spanking  10/23/2012 Alternet 

Richard Mourdock On Abortion: Pregnancy From Rape Is 'Something God Intended'  10/23/2012 Huff Post: "Indiana GOP U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock declared Tuesday night he opposes aborting pregnancies conceived in rape because "it is something that God intended to happen."


Sunday  10/21/2012

Employees of Romney Family's Secret Bank Tied to Fraud, Money Laundering and Drug Cartels  10/21/2012 Truth Out: "As the Iran-Contra explosion crippled the CIA's Caribbean bank of choice, the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), Stanford's offshore banking empire was using the same techniques and embracing the same moral category of clients. Stanford's banks were known to have laundered money from the Juarez Cartel and alleged to have done so earlier for the Medellin Cartel, and one of his private planes has been seized by the Mexican government in a drug case."


Saturday  10/20/2012

Billy Graham Website Down: "Mormonism Cult" Scandal Widens  10/20/2012 Alternet: "Top leaders of the New Apostolic Reformation have called upon their followers to burn the Book of Mormon, the principal scripture that differentiates Mormonism from Protestant and Catholic Christianity. In early Fall 2012, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association was a co-sponsor of the New Apostolic Reformation-dominated Philadelphia "America For Jesus" rally. A letter of support from the 93 year-old Billy Graham was read at the "America For Jesus" rally, which was sponsored by top NAR apostles and prophets including Cindy Jacobs , who has claimed that flocks of blackbirds dropped dead from the sky because of God's wrath at Barack Obama's decision to rescind the Department of Defense "Don't Ask/Don't Tell" policy concerning the sexual orientation of LGBT members in the U.S. military."


Friday  10/19/2012

Meet Romney’s Economic Hit Man  10/19/2012 Common Dreams: "Hubbard is the ideological hit man instrumental in justifying the mortgage derivatives bubble that caused the Great Recession during the George W. Bush years. He now serves as Romney’s key economic adviser and is the front-runner to be the next Treasury secretary should the Republican win. “Romney’s Go-To Economist” read the headline on a New York Times profile of the dean of Columbia University’s Business School, which notes that “During a stint as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers for President George W. Bush, from 2001 to 2003, Mr. Hubbard was known as the principal architect of the Bush tax cuts.” In that capacity, and after returning to Columbia, Hubbard was also the chief cheerleader for a runaway derivatives market that spiraled out of control and left the Great Recession in its wake."

Pesticide Industry Backed Opponents of GMO Labeling Get Criminal in California  10/19/2012 Common Dreams: "The $36 million No on 37 campaign, bankrolled by $20 million from the world's six largest pesticide companies, has been caught in yet another lie, this time possibly criminal."

A Deafening Silence From America's Religious Leaders - Where are the Clergy?  10/19/2012 Counterpunch: by by MEL KING and Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS - "Our two fathers would have much to say to today’s presidential and Senate candidates who are pandering for middle class votes? As if tens of millions of economically struggling families, like the ones in which we were raised, did not even exist. In the face of such widespread hardship and contrasting wealth and political influence of the 1%, our fathers would have also asked, “Where are the clergy?"

Lessons from the Early History of the Church of Latter Day Saints - Beware the Mormon in the Grass  10/19/2012 Counterpunch: "Joseph Jr. himself was hauled into court in the northeastern U.S. on multiple occasions, accused of confidence games and charged with fraud. He was described in a New York court proceeding, in 1826, as “a disorderly person and an impostor.” One of his preferred cons involved the help of his brother Hyrum. While visiting a neighboring household, Hyrum would secretly hide a valuable heirloom. When days later the victim complained that they could not find the prized object, Hyrum came to the rescue: He volunteered his brother Joe Jr. to show up, for a small fee, and put “magic stones” into a hat. Joe would then put the hat over his face, and stare into the stone-filled darkness to see where the lost object was – the location of which his faithful brother had already provided."


Thursday  10/18/2012

Billy Graham's Romney Endorsement Backfires -- 'Mormonism Is a Cult' Meme Could Reach Millions  10/18/2012 Alternet: "On October 11, 2012, aging evangelical icon Billy Graham met, prayed with, and in effect endorsed presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But Graham's endorsement backfired when an LGBT rights group discovered an article on the website of Graham's flagship organization, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, apparently authored by Billy Graham himself, that labeled Mormonism a "cult". In a textbook case of ineffective damage control, Graham's BGEA proceeded to wipe the offending article from the BGEA website but left in place other BGEA website articles that conveyed the same message. "

The Real Burdens of a Black President? Double Standards and Polite White Racism  10/18/2012 Alternet: "We may not have to be ten times as good to get half as far, but black and brown folks still need to be a hell of a lot better than our white peers to do just as well. In all, Barack Obama's presidency, and the challenges he faces from the White Right are so potent because it is our story amplified on a national stage."

Defeat Romney, Without Illusions about Obama - Advice to progressives in swing states, vote for reelection  10/18/2012 Common Dreams: "My answer was: a Romney/Ryan administration would be no better -- no different -- on any of the serious offenses I just mentioned or anything else, and it would be much worse, even catastrophically worse, on a number of other important issues: attacking Iran, Supreme Court appointments, the economy, women’s reproductive rights, health coverage, safety net, climate change, green energy, the environment."

Does the Romney family now own your e-vote?  10/18/2012 Free Press: "Will you cast your vote this fall on a faulty electronic machine that's partly owned by the Romney Family? Will that machine decide whether Romney will then inherit the White House? Through a closely held equity fund called Solamere, Mitt Romney and his wife, son and brother are major investors in an investment firm called H.I.G. Capital. H.I.G. in turn holds a majority share and three out of five board members in Hart Intercivic, a company that owns the notoriously faulty electronic voting machines that will count the ballots in swing state Ohio November 6. Hart machines will also be used elsewhere in the United States."

Conservative Group Kills Candidate's Samuel L. Jackson "Uncle Tom" Videos  10/18/2012 Mother Jones: "Randall Terry, who is concurrently running for president of the United States and for Congress in Florida, is suffering the wrath of actor Samuel L. Jackson, who is going after the anti-abortion activist. With a vengeance. Jackson, you may recall, made an ad for a pro-Obama super-PAC, in which he implores voters to "Wake the fuck up!" In response, Terry made his own ad, which he says has aired on more than 100 TV stations. It accuses Jackson of "carrying water for racists," among other things. (It also contains graphic images of aborted fetuses.)"


Wednesday  10/17/2012

Last Night President Obama's "Steel Curtain" Brought Mitt Romney's Post-Truth "Wildcat" Offense to its Knees  10/17/2012 Alternet: "Obama is also a black man with all of the stereotypes, projections, and insecurities of the white racial frame transposed onto him. Of course, the Fox News crowd saw an "uppity" and "arrogant" and "threatening" black man on stage. When Barack Obama wakes up in the morning and breathes air the white racial resentment and anti-black animus of the Right is immediately activated. As such, their verdict is predictable. "

Romney's in a Cult and Ryan's a Satanist? The GOP's 2012 Religion Woes  10/17/2012 Alternet: "Back in 2011 a series of attacks from leading conservative evangelicals darkly warned that Ayn Rand devotees, Paul Ryan included, might be worshiping at the altar of crypto-satanism. Now, within the last 24 hours, a flurry of mainstream media articles cover a controversy erupting after evangelism superstar Billy Graham prayed with (and in effect endorsed) candidate Mitt Romney and observers noticed that an article on the website of Graham's flagship Billy Graham Evangelistic Association identified Mormonism as a "cult". Yes, really: This year, the Party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and Eisenhower is championed by one candidate conservative evangelical Christians suspect of worshiping odd, fecund Gods who live, love, and multiply on strangely-named foreign planets, and by another candidate enthralled by an economic philosophy that helped birth Anton LaVey's Church of Satan."


Sunday  10/14/2012

In twist, evangelicals now backing Mitt Romney  10/14/2012 Boston Globe: "Therein lies one of the more unlikely stories of this year’s presidential campaign: evangelicals, some of whom played a role in Romney’s defeat in 2008, and nearly upset his effort in 2012, are now a vital part of Romney’s hope to win in Virginia and several other swing states where evangelicals are a major constituency. “Romney is counting on evangelicals. The irony is that this is a shotgun marriage between two very different religions but they are completely dependent upon one another for victory,” said Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics."


Saturday  10/13/2012

Romney’s $9 Trillion Dilemma  10/13/2012 Counterpunch: "In combination, over the next decade the Romney budget plan would necessitate $11.1 trillion of spending cuts and tax increases. It specifies just $2.4 trillion of these, thereby hiding $8.7 trillion of painful decisions. The Romney budget blueprint details all the specific proposed tax cuts, so the public knows how it might specifically benefit from this part of his plan, while leaving out 78 percent of the details that would let the public gauge how its taxes might increase and how government benefits and programs would be cut."


Friday  10/12/2012

Tagg Romney's Company Misled Reporters About Its Relationship With Ponzi Scheme–Linked Firm  10/12/2012 The Nation: "When I interviewed him in Las Vegas, Tagg told me that his associates were “cleared” of any wrongdoing associated with the Stanford Ponzi scheme. Court documents directly contradict Tagg and show that the lawsuit has not been dismissed. The New York Times followed up on my story with its own report and confirmed that Tagg’s business partners received incentive pay for selling bunk Stanford CDs. They wrote about one Stanford victim, a local Charlotte businessman and philanthropist named Herman Stone. Stone was pressured by Brandon Phillips, an executive working now for Tagg’s firm, into putting $2 million into a fraudulent Stanford CD and lost everything."


Thursday  10/11/2012

How Bain Exported Illinois Jobs to China  10/11/2012 Counterpunch: "When Sensata brought Chinese workers into the plant to be trained by those whose jobs they would take, the workers at Sensata protested. “When we started to demonstrate, they got those workers out of here,” Mrs. Turner told me. The Sensata workers called on Mitt Romney — an investor in Sensata through his Bain holdings — to intervene. A group went to Iowa during the primaries to ask him to come to Freeport; they met with no success. Another group went to the Republican convention to ask him to come to Freeport; they had no success, either."


Saturday  10/6/2012

How Mitt Dodged the Draft  10/6/2012 Counterpunch: "The Mormons had an even better deal than most religions, because The Church of Latter-Day Saints required each and every one of its young men to become, for at least two years, a “minister of religion.” Thus all Mormon young men could claim deferments as ministers. When the inequity of this arrangement became too blatant, the Selective Service entered into an agreement with the LDS that required the church to specify just one “minister” for each geographical district. Since there were relatively few Mormons in Michigan, and Governor George Romney had considerable influence in the church, Mitt quickly received an official appointment as a Mormon “minister of religion,” consecrated by a draft deferment from the Selective Service. So instead of returning to Stanford, Mitt went off to become a Mormon missionary in France, where he would spend the next two and a half years—while Vietnam became a slaughterhouse for the Vietnamese and many Americans drafted to slaughter them."

Why Romney’s Mormonism Matters  10/6/2012 Counterpunch: "Within the temples, various liturgies known as “temple ordinances” are carried out. These rites derive from Masonic rituals (Mormon founder Joseph Smith was a Mason) and include “baptism for the dead,” the so-called endowment (for living and dead), and “temple sealings” (temple marriages for living and dead). The level of secretiveness surrounding the temples is extraordinary, so much so that members of the Mormon Church who have not been to the temple have virtually no idea as to what they entail. Several details regarding these ordinances not only make Mitt Romney incapable of upholding the First Amendment, but also call into question where his true allegiances really are."

Arkansas Republicans' comments on slavery, Muslims stir controversy  10/6/2012 Reuters: "Hubbard, a retired teacher and Vietnam veteran who was elected to the statehouse in 2010, also wrote, "Wouldn't life for blacks in America today be more enjoyable and successful if they would only learn to appreciate the value of a good education?" His book also says that blacks "are likely much better than they ever would have enjoyed living in sub-Saharan Africa."


Friday  10/5/2012

Mitt Romney as Eddie Haskell  10/5/2012 Consortium News: "What Mr. Romney actually proposes is that Americans with pre-existing conditions who already have health coverage be allowed to keep that coverage even if they lose their job — as long as they keep paying the premiums. As it happens, this is already the law of the land."

The four most misleading moments in Romney's debate performance  10/5/2012 Progreso Weekly 


Thursday  10/4/2012

Mitt Romney's Campaign Forced To Clarify His Claims After First Presidential Debate  10/4/2012 Huffington Post: "Much of the attention following the first presidential debate in Denver, Colo., Wednesday night has been focused on Mitt Romney's bid to recast himself as the centrist who governed Massachusetts. But the Republican presidential candidate also made two particularly lofty claims from the podium, claims his campaign clarified to reporters immediately after, effectively conceding that Romney inserted misinformation into the debate."


Monday  10/1/2012

Romney Bombshell? Struggling Campaign Plans "October Surprise"  10/1/2012 Alternet: "The source described the Republicans as chortling with glee that the Obama administration “definitely had intel” about the attack before it happened. “Intelligence can be graded in different ways,” he added, “and sometimes A and B don’t get connected. But [the Romney campaign] will try to paint it to look like Obama had advance knowledge of the attack and is weak on terrorism.” He said they were jubilant about their new strategy and said they intended to portray Obama as a helpless, Jimmy Carter-like president and to equate the tragedy in Libya with President Carter’s failed attempt to rescue American hostages in Iran in 1980."


Saturday  9/29/2012

Bringing Torture Back: Romney Wants to Waterboard Again  9/29/2012 Common Dreams: "The Times article, by the great Charlie Savage, also notes that Romney last December said he didn’t think waterboarding was torture and that he would use techniques—isn’t that a creepy word—that Obama refuses to use and that are not allowed by the Army manual."


Friday  9/28/2012

McCaskill Says Akin Makes Bachmann Look Like a Hippie After He Calls Her Unladylike  9/28/2012 Alternet: "What's truly astonishing is that the national party embraced Todd Akin yesterday and now refuses to repudiate his statement," Murray wrote in a statement. "Unless the national party condemns Todd Akin and his latest comments, every Republican candidate in the country will be held accountable for their support of Akin's beliefs and sentiments." "

Sept. 27: The Impact of the ‘47 Percent’  9/28/2012 NYT: "By Sept. 17, the date when the video of Mr. Romney’s remarks was released and received widespread attention, the momentum from Mr. Obama’s convention appeared to have stalled (although not necessarily reversed itself). Mr. Obama led in the popular vote by 4.1 percentage points on that date, according to the “now-cast.” Since then, however, Mr. Obama has gained further ground in the polls. As of Thursday, he led in the popular vote by 5.7 percentage points in the “now-cast,” a gain of 1.6 percentage points since Mr. Romney’s remarks became known to the public."


Thursday  9/27/2012

Wall St. Loses Faith in Their Man Romney -- 6 Really Bad New Signs for the GOP Candidate  9/27/2012 Alternet 

Akin gains backers in GOP  9/27/2012 AP: "While Akin attempts to shore up support among the GOP base, McCaskill is incorporating Akin's rape comments into a strategy courting politically independent voters and more moderate Republicans. In the coming days, for example, she plans to roll out a "Republicans for Claire" initiative featuring individuals such as Kansas City businessman Warren Erdman, who once served as chief of staff to former GOP Sen. Kit Bond. "

Obama Campaign Responds to Romney's "Harvest" Comments  9/27/2012 Mother Jones: "Romney has repeatedly pointed to his business experience and role at Bain as proof he can rev up the US economy and create more jobs than Obama can, but the vintage video confirms what many have been saying all along: that job creation was not the point of Bain. Young Mitt says the goal of the company was to buy stakes in undervalued companies and then "harvest them at a significant profit" years later."

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."

Election to Decide Future Interrogation Methods in Terrorism Cases  9/27/2012 NYT: "While the memo is a policy proposal drafted by Mr. Romney’s advisers in September 2011, and not a final decision by him, its detailed analysis dovetails with his rare and limited public comments about interrogation. “We’ll use enhanced interrogation techniques which go beyond those that are in the military handbook right now,” he said at a news conference in Charleston, S.C., in December."


Wednesday  9/26/2012

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? "


Tuesday  9/25/2012

Ohio the focus of election campaigns  9/25/2012 AP: "President Obama has a significant lead over Mitt Romney in Ohio and holds a slender edge in Florida, according to two new polls by the Washington Post, indicating that there are fresh hurdles in the way of the Republican challenger's best route to victory in the Electoral College. Among likely voters, Obama is ahead of Romney in Ohio 52 percent to 44 percent. In Florida, the president leads 51 percent to 47 percent, a numerical but not statistically significant edge. Among all registered Florida voters, Obama is ahead by nine percentage points."

Scott Brown Supporters Mock Elizabeth Warren With Tomahawk Chop, War Cries  9/25/2012 Huff Post: "In the video, posted to YouTube by the BlueMassGroup2012 account, Brown supporters confront Warren backers at a rally near Eire Pub in Boston on Saturday, according to the video's caption. The Brown supporters laugh as they mimic Native American war cries and do the tomahawk chop in the face of Warren's crowd."

Scott Brown channels Jesse Helms  9/25/2012 Salon: "Asked about it by reporters, Brown wouldn’t apologize for his boyos: “The apologies that need to be made and the offensiveness here is the fact that professor Warren took advantage of a claim, to be somebody — a Native American — and using that for an advantage, a tactical advantage.” Clearly Brown is sticking to his Jesse Helms strategy, updated for the 21st century."

Sen. Scott Brown staffers caught on video chanting Indian war whoops, making tomahawk chops  9/25/2012 WCVB: "Brown's Deputy Chief of Staff Greg Casey and Constituent Service Counsel Jack Richard, State Director Jerry McDerhttp://www.bradblog.com/?p=9577mott, special assistant Jennifer Franks and GOP operative Brad Garrett are pictured in the video, NewsCenter 5's Janet Wu confirmed."


Saturday  9/22/2012

How Romney Packed The Univision Forum  9/22/2012 Buzzfeed: "While introducing Romney at the top of the broadcast, Salinas's co-anchor, Jorge Ramos, noted that the Republican candidate had agreed to give the network 35 minutes, and that Obama had agreed to a full hour the next night. Ramos then invited the audience to welcome Romney to the stage — but the candidate didn't materialize. "It was a very awkward moment, believe me," Salinas said. Apparently, Romney took issue with the anchors beginning the broadcast that way, said Salinas, and he refused to go on stage until they re-taped the introduction. (One Republican present at the taping said Romney "threw a tantrum.") "

How Romney Packed The Univision Forum  9/22/2012 Buzzfeed: "While introducing Romney at the top of the broadcast, Salinas's co-anchor, Jorge Ramos, noted that the Republican candidate had agreed to give the network 35 minutes, and that Obama had agreed to a full hour the next night. Ramos then invited the audience to welcome Romney to the stage — but the candidate didn't materialize. "It was a very awkward moment, believe me," Salinas said. Apparently, Romney took issue with the anchors beginning the broadcast that way, said Salinas, and he refused to go on stage until they re-taped the introduction. (One Republican present at the taping said Romney "threw a tantrum.") "


Friday  9/21/2012

Romney's "Charity" to the Church is Just More Corporate Greed and Tax Evasion  9/21/2012 Alternet: "Relying heavily on church records in countries that require far more disclosure than the United States, Cragun and Reuters estimate that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints brings in some $7 billion annually in tithes and other donations. It owns about $35 billion worth of temples and meeting houses around the world, and controls farms, ranches, shopping malls and other commercial ventures worth many billions more. So Romney is giving huge sums of money to a church which runs commercial ventures and has no obligatin to pay taxes on them. Sounds perfect. "

9 Things to Know About Mitt Romney's Tax Returns  9/21/2012 Mother Jones: "David Cay Johnston, a Reuters columnist, tax expert, and Pulitzer Prize winner, tells Mother Jones that without the taxes Romney paid on his sons' trust funds, which are worth around $100 million combined, "his rate would be much lower.""

Sept. 20: Obama’s Convention Bounce May Not Be Receding  9/21/2012 NYT 

Historically, Obama Isn't in Strong Shape  9/21/2012 Weekly Standard 


Thursday  9/20/2012

Scott Brown Rips Elizabeth Warren Over Native American Status  9/20/2012 ABC: [It does not get more racist:] "Elizabeth Warren said she was a Native American, a person of color," Brown said, gesturing toward Warren. "As you can see, she's not."

Paul Ryan Called for Ending Social Security in Speech to Ayn Rand Fans  9/20/2012 Alternet: "Ryan called Romney "inarticulate" for characterizing 47 percent of Americans as moochers. How would Ryan say it better? They're "collectivists.""

Mitt Romney Accused Of 'Dyeing His Face Brown' For Univision Interview (PHOTOS, VIDEO)  9/20/2012 HuffPo: "If Romney did indeed alter his skin tone, it was likely done in the past few days. Three days earlier, on Sunday, Sept. 16, Romney appeared much paler when he landed in Missouri."

7 Highlights You Missed From the Romney Video  9/20/2012 Mother Jones: "Cracking jokes about Latino voters and Elizabeth Warren: "And had [my dad] been born of Mexican parents, I'd have a better shot of winning this…[Donor: "Pull an Elizabeth Warren!"]…That's right I could go out and say—for those who don't know Elizabeth Warren, she is the woman who's running for US Senate in Massachusetts who says that she is Cherokee…"

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. "

Conservative groups reaching new levels of sophistication in mobilizing voters  9/20/2012 WaPo: "President Obama’s reelection prospects look better in recent polls, but organizers from both parties report growing evidence that new voter-outreach programs funded by conservative groups could give GOP nominee Mitt Romney an edge if the race is close."


Wednesday  9/19/2012

Take a Look at What Paul Ryan Did to His Own Congressional District, and Be Very Scared for Your Country  9/19/2012 Alternet: "Even while Beltway media — and even President Obama — heaped kudos on Ryan for his bold economic proposals and “intellectual audacity,” the productive base and social health of his constituents have been severely deteriorating under the impact of the very policies he has aggressively championed. "

The Big, Fat Lie Behind Romney's Absurd 47% Argument  9/19/2012 Alternet: "People in the 47 percent (it's actually 46 percent) one year will find themselves in the 53 percent (54 percent) the next year, and vice-versa. These are not different groups of American households separated by different cultures. Those who find themselves in the 47 percent in a given year will, over the course of their working lives, pay a fair share of all taxes, including federal income taxes and those who find themselves in the 53 percent in a given year will, over the course of their lives, enjoy a fair share of government benefits as well ."

Many fallacies mark Romney’s depiction of the 47%  9/19/2012 Boston Globe: "Some of the country’s poorest regions are Republican strongholds. Patchwork Nation — a collaborative research project of the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, PBS NewsHour, WNYC Radio, and the Jefferson Institute — analyzed county-by-county voting patterns in the last three presidential elections and found overwhelming GOP support in places characterized by low incomes and high populations of service industry and agricultural workers and evangelical Christians. “Romney seems to have contempt not just for the Democrats who oppose him, but for tens of millions who intend to vote for him,” William Kristol, editor of the conservative Weekly Standard, wrote in a blog post Tuesday."

Mitt Romneyber’s father, George Romney, was public aid recipient as child after family fled Mexico  9/19/2012 Boston Globe: "As the Globe has previously reported, George Romney’s family fled from Mexico in 1912 to escape a revolution there, and benefited from a $100,000 fund established by Congress to help refugees who had lost their homes and most of their belongings. That fund may have been what Lenore Romney, George Romney’s wife and Mitt Romney’s mother, was referring to in a video that was posted online earlier this month but has received renewed attention in the wake of Mitt Romney’s comments. “[George Romney] was on welfare relief for the first years of his life. But this great country gave him opportunities,” Lenore Romney said in the video, which apparently dates back to George Romney’s 1962 run for governor of Michigan."

Netanyahu ad to debut in Florida  9/19/2012 Politico: "Bibi Netanyahu is not running a campaign in the US - it just looks that way in this new ad. A spot featuring only the Israeli prime minister talking about Iran is set to hit the airwaves in select Florida markets tomorrow, a media tracking source confirms. The spot is the work of a c4 called Secure America Now - which, thanks to its tax status, doesn't have to disclose its donors."


Tuesday  9/18/2012

Secretly recorded video threatens Romney campaign  9/18/2012 CNN: "Unable to gain ground in recent polling, Romney's campaign pledged this week to retool its approach to again focus on economic issues identified by voters as their top priority. However, the new video clips provide the Obama campaign with new ammunition to challenge the commitment of Romney -- a multimillionaire former businessman -- to working class Americans struggling under the nation's sluggish economic recovery."

The Mystery of Neocon Influence  9/18/2012 Consortium News: "Probably one reason it has not has to do with the evolution of the larger U.S. political system and especially of the Republican Party. The near-extinction of moderate Republicans has been reflected not only in positions on domestic policy but also in neoconservatism having become the dominant default ideology of Republican foreign policy. This sort of attachment to one of the two major political parties has sustained the neoconservatives, who based on their record are the ones who should have gone extinct. The attachment to a major party has further effects. It means neoconservativism is viewed not as a fringe but as part of the mainstream. It means those (especially those with significant money) who favor Republican victories (for whatever reason, even if foreign policy has little to do with it) have reason to help sustain neoconservative voices."

Dowd: Romney goes mean in video  9/18/2012 NYT: "One top Democrat called it "a treasure trove of stupid answers."

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."


Monday  9/17/2012

Romney "47 Percent" Fundraiser Host: Hedge Fund Manager Who Likes Sex Parties  9/17/2012 Mother Jones 

SECRET VIDEO: Romney Tells Millionaire Donors What He REALLY Thinks of Obama Voters  9/17/2012 Mother Jones: "All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that's an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what…These are people who pay no income tax. "

Why the Poor Pay No Federal Income Tax: A Wee Tutorial  9/17/2012 Mother Jones 


Sunday  9/16/2012

Romney and Ryan Court Leaders of Anti-Muslim Hate Fest  9/16/2012 Alternet: ""This is not about a film, this is about free speech!" proclaimed Starnes, to thunderous applause from the audience. Overnight, news had broken of the questioning by law enforcement authorities of Nakoula Basselly Nakoula, one of the makers of the anti-Islam video, “Innocence of Muslims,” that has inflamed the Islamic world. Nakoula, an Egyptian-born Christian who is currently serving a sentence for bank fraud, was interviewed to determine whether he had violated the terms of his parole, which prohibits him from going on the internet, through his involvement with video, which was posted on YouTube. In Starnes’ telling, though, the interrogation of Nakoula was government “intimidation” of a “Christian filmmaker.” He did not mention that Nakoula was a felon on parole."

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

Inside the campaign: How Mitt Romney stumbled  9/16/2012 Politico: "Romney’s convention stumbles have provoked weeks of public griping and internal sniping about not only Romney but also his mercurial campaign muse, Stevens. Viewed warily by conservatives, known for his impulsiveness and described by a colleague as a “tortured artist,” Stevens has become the leading staff scapegoat for a campaign that suddenly is behind in a race that had been expected to stay neck and neck through Nov. 6."


Saturday  9/15/2012

Mitt Romney's Role as Mormon Bishop Shows His Extremist Religious Beliefs  9/15/2012 Alternet: "“Well, this is what the church wants you to do, and if you don’t then you could be excommunicated for failing to follow the leadership of the church,” Romney said, according to Hayes in an interview with Boston Globe journalists Michael Kranish and Scott Helman . Romney denied he made that threat, although he did not dispute the incident. "


Friday  9/14/2012

Obama's Lead Among Women Voters Grows, Widening Electoral Gender Gap  9/14/2012 Alternet: "Ann Romney's uncomfortably insincere declaration of her love for fellow women at the Republican National Convention does not appear to have swooned many females over to team Romney. According to a new survey gathered right after the conventions, the gender gap is growing this election cycle: While Obama wom women by a 13-point margin in 2008, the Democratic Corps survey now shows Obama winning women by a 20-point margin (58 percent to 38 percent)."

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."


Thursday  9/13/2012

Romney’s Jaw-Dropping Incoherence  9/13/2012 Consortium News: "Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s latest distortion about an attempt by the U.S. Embassy in Egypt to calm Mideast tensions is not only renewing concerns about his honesty but raising new questions about his mental stability, writes Robert Parry."


Tuesday  9/11/2012

How Democrats Unlocked Karl Rove's Secrets and Propelled Obama to Victory  9/11/2012 Alternet: "That resistance finally began to crack after the election, as victorious Republicans flaunted their fine-grained knowledge of the electorate. In one particularly potent example, Gage told how his party had turned even shopping patterns into political intelligence, discovering that bourbon drinkers leaned Republican while cognac sniffers were more likely Democrats. “It just scared the shit out of all the Democrats,” says Malchow."

President Obama’s polling and focus-group chief offers rare public perspective on state of race  9/11/2012 Boston Globe: "Simas said that when he speaks of 43 different paths for Obama to win reelection, few states are in as many of the combinations as New Hampshire. He said its electorate - roughly 25 percent Democrats, 25 percent Republicans, and 50 percent independents - is full of people swayed by a simple description of what candidates can do to improve their lives."

The Neocons and 9/11  9/11/2012 Consortium News: "The emerging history of 9/11 reveals that President George W. Bush’s failure to protect the nation resulted from neocon insistence that Iraq was the real threat, not al-Qaeda. The political relevance today is that the neocons want back into power under a Mitt Romney presidency, writes Robert Parry."


Friday  9/7/2012

12 Signs Obama Is Showing Some Serious Backbone Against Republican Greed and Madness  9/7/2012 Alternet 

Obama Manufactures an Argument for His Re-election  9/7/2012 Common Dreams: “After a decade of decline, this country created over half-a-million manufacturing jobs in the last two and a half years,” Obama declared, as he began to outline his second-term agenda. “And now you have a choice: we can give more tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, or we can start rewarding companies that open new plants and train new workers and create new jobs here, in the United States of America. We can help big factories and small businesses double their exports, and if we choose this path, we can create a million new manufacturing jobs in the next four years. You can make that happen. You can choose that future.”

The Fiscal Pretender - The Capital Gains Escapades of Paul Ryan  9/7/2012 Counterpunch: "In his acceptance speech at the GOP convention, Ryan slipped in a marathon-like mention of the Bowles-Simpson commission: “He [Obama] created a bipartisan debt commission. They came back with an urgent report. He thanked them, sent them on their way, and then did exactly nothing.” Of course it was Ryan himself who effectively doomed Bowles-Simpson, making sure the report went to the White House without the necessary support to force a Congressional vote."


Thursday  9/6/2012

Center for Immigration Studies: Best Way to Deal With Latino Vote? Ignore It  9/6/2012 Alternet: "The CIS argument is simple—or perhaps simplistic is a more accurate characterization. According to CIS, there really aren’t that many Latino voters in the first place. In fact, they comprise just 8.9% of the national electorate, whereas non-Latino whites are 73.4% and non-Latino blacks are 12.2%. Since non-Latino whites outnumber Latinos by such a wide margin, says the report, “if a candidate increased his share of the Hispanic vote by 5 percentage points, but in doing so lost 0.7 percentage points of the white vote, the candidate would be worse off.” In other words, racial might makes right. "

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.” "


Saturday  9/1/2012

Romney off-message in storm-ravaged Bayou  9/1/2012 AFP: "As Hurricane Isaac petered out and headed off northwards, Romney jetted in from his nomination convention in Florida to visit the desperate residents of Lafitte, a small flood-damaged community just inland from New Orleans. There, with the world's media looking on, he met 22-year-old mother-of-two Ashley Vegas, whose home was destroyed by a 12-foot (four-meter) wall of water, and whose bare feet contrasted oddly with Romney's suede loafers. His advice for the suddenly homeless family? Seek a bailout from the US federal government's disaster agency FEMA by calling its 211 emergency hotline."

Romney World’s: Freedom from Fact  9/1/2012 Common Dreams: "The GOP convention had the feel of a cult meeting in which everyone agrees on the same false premises. Speaker after speaker reprised President Barack Obama’s out-of-context quote – “you didn’t build that” – accompanied by endless Republican signage and t-shirts. Everyone with a brain knew that Obama’s “that” wasn’t a reference to a person’s business but to the roads, bridges and infrastructure – indeed, the American system of public-private cooperation dating back to the Founding – that help businesses succeed. But the speakers and the delegates had to act as if they believed the lie that has become a centerpiece of Mitt Romney’s campaign, that Obama meant that no businessman actually built a business. Similarly, everyone had to believe that Obama had eliminated the work requirements in welfare reform though they also had to know that his administration had simply responded to a bipartisan appeal from state governors to give them greater flexibility in implementing the work-requirement law."


Thursday  8/30/2012

GOP Convention Blessed By Pastor in Movement That Burns "Unholy" Books and Art  8/30/2012 Alternet: "On Tuesday, the opening night of the Republican National Convention was brought to a close with a prayer from a "stealth" apostle who along with Sarah Palin (whom he calls a "kindred spirit") is part of a rising radical politicized charismatic Christian tendency that one of the architects of the modern religious right warns is on the verge of becoming a "Christian Jihad". "

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


Wednesday  8/29/2012

Yahoo Fires Bureau Chief for Romney/Blacks Remark  8/29/2012 AP: "Yahoo News fired its Washington bureau chief on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after he was caught on an open microphone saying that Mitt Romney and his wife, at the GOP convention in Florida while a hurricane was approaching Louisiana, were "happy to have a party with black people drowning.""

Race and the RNC: It Ain't Peanuts  8/29/2012 Black Star News: "Then, there is CNN. A news organization known for its liberal-leaning cable news, CNN was silent. It was more than willing to go along with the RNC's desire to brush over a racial incident. Whether for political or even social expediency CNN's silence was like a condescending insult. There will be not further comment. The injured person, their employee, was silenced. We were all supposed to be silenced. CNN had spoken."

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."

Two people removed from RNC after taunting black camera operator  8/29/2012 CNN: "Two people were removed from the Republican National Convention Tuesday after they threw nuts at an African-American CNN camera operator and said, “This is how we feed animals.”"

David Shuster Breaks Down The Peanut-Throwing Incident At The RNC  8/29/2012 Global Grind: "Do you know the woman's name by any chance? I do not and CNN doesn’t want to give it out, because there are some people over at CNN who were initially asked not to talk about this. CNN made the decision that they did not want to talk about this last night. And I think if we did not get on the story, it wouldn't have gotten out. And it was given to us by some CNN folks who felt it was a shame that CNN wasn't reporting on it."

“This Is How We Feed Animals.” Two Ejected From GOP Convention After Incident  8/29/2012 Politics365: "As originally reported via a tweet by David Schuster last night in Tampa at the Republican National Convention, a Black camerawoman with CNN was allegedly the subject of a racist taunt that led to the removal of two people from the convention hall. Reportedly at least one of the attendees threw nuts at the Black camerawoman and said, “this Is how we feed animals.”


Tuesday  8/28/2012

"Crypto-Cultists" and "Cranks": The Video Paul Ryan Hoped Would Go Away  8/28/2012 Alternet: "Many evangelical Christians, especially politically conservative ones, might be shocked by the tenor of the attack that "Born Again" author and Christian conservative icon the late Charles Colson -- who was deeply respected and beloved by many on the evangelical right -- recently launched against Ayn Rand and her followers in the GOP: especially because among those ranks, Colson indicated, was Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan. Colson noted his friend William F. Buckley's effort to purge such "crypto cultists" and "cranks", including Ayn Rand and her followers, from the conservative movement. Colson's words carried great weight, and he was not the only one among influential Christian conservative voices to make such charges."

Romney's El Salvador Death Squad Ties  8/28/2012 Common Dreams: "In a book entitled “The Country Between Us,” the noted US poet Carolyn Forché writes about the brutality in El Salvador during those years. In a short vignette called The Colonel, Forché tells of being invited for dinner at a Colonel’s house. “What you have heard is true. I was in is house,” writes Forché. “…The parrot said hello on the terrace. The colonel told it to shut up, and pushed himself from the table. My friend said to me with his eyes: say nothing. The colonel returned with a sack used to bring groceries home. He spilled many human ears on the table. They were like dried peach halves. There is no other way to say this. He took one of them in his hands, shook it in our faces, dropped it into a water glass. It came alive there. I am tired of fooling around he said. As for the rights of anyone, tell your people they can go fuck themselves. He swept the ears to the floor with his arm and held the last of his wine in the air. Something for your poetry, no? he said. Some of the ears on the floor caught the scrap of his voice. Some of the ears were pressed to the ground.”"

14 Black Lawmakers Hammer Artur Davis Hard in Letter  8/28/2012 Politics365: "You also may recall that less than two years ago, you routinely touted your progressive record as a member of the House of Representatives. You supported the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Wall Street reform bill, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and ending tax subsidies for oil companies. Despite voting against the final bill, you even supported major pillars of the Affordable Care Act like banning discrimination against pre-existing conditions, expanding Medicaid, and providing tax breaks to small businesses that provide health care, to name a few. Contrary to your recent declarations, you hailed President Barack Obama as a “beacon of leadership,” touted President Obama as your “model,” and widely described the President as a friend. As a member of the House of Representatives, you supported President Obama’s agenda 95% of the time, were quoted saying “I agree with him on everything,” and repeatedly invoked President Obama in your failed gubernatorial campaign."


Saturday  8/25/2012

Obama says Romney holds 'extreme positions,' Republicans fire back  8/25/2012 NBC 


Friday  8/24/2012

An Open Letter to Rep. Todd Akin From Women of Color Activists  8/24/2012 Color Lines: "Speaking of criminalization, I’d like to add that 50 percent of women in U.S. prisons say they were sexually abused before their incarceration. So, Rep. Akin, as you rethink your stance on what kinds of rape are ‘legitimate,’ toss out any ‘innocent victim’ mythology you may be harboring as well."

Bain and the Salvadoran Death Squads - Romney’s Blood Money  8/24/2012 Counterpunch: "Recent revelations about Mitt Romney’s highly profitable company Bain Capital help connect the dots between offshore tax shelters, shady investors; and the role that ill-gotten gains plays in today’s casino-like finance capital. Both the Los Angeles Times and Huffington Post published investigations in the last month showing that over a third of the $37 million raised by Romney to launch Bain Capital in the mid-1980s came from rich Latin Americans, the bulk of it from Salvadoran families linked to death squads."

What to Make of Mitt Romney's Birther Joke?  8/24/2012 Mother Jones: "Birtherism is more than just a conspiracy theory about the president's birth. Its underlying principle is a rejection of American racial pluralism. The refusal to believe—in the face of all evidence to the contrary—that Obama is an American reads to many as saying black people don't really count as American unless they talk like Herman Cain or Allen West. That's the problem with Romney's "joke," too. It falls into a long list of remarks that suggest an emotional myopia based on an extremely sheltered life experience. It comes across as gloating about the fact that, as a rich white man born into a wealthy and powerful family, Romney has rarely been subject to the kind of racist or sexist assumptions that clog the daily lives of millions of Americans. Romney might as well joke that he's never been mistaken for a waiter in a restaurant or a clerk in a retail store, or that he's never been selected for extra screening at an airport or randomly told to empty his pockets by the NYPD."


Thursday  8/23/2012

Romney Releases Terrifying Energy Plan: We Are Doomed  8/23/2012 Alternet: "He has even started to waffle and dodge on the issue of climate change's mere existence. This has prompted Bill McKibben's 350.org to issue a petition calling for Romney to come clean on his position on climate change and what he'd do solve the climate crisis."

The Bain Files: Inside Mitt Romney’s Tax-Dodging Cayman Schemes  8/23/2012 Gawker: "Mitt Romney's $250 million fortune is largely a black hole: Aside from the meager and vague disclosures he has filed under federal and Massachusetts laws, and the two years of partial tax returns (one filed and another provisional) he has released, there is almost no data on precisely what his vast holdings consist of, or what vehicles he has used to escape taxes on his income. Gawker has obtained a massive cache of confidential financial documents that shed a great deal of light on those finances, and on the tax-dodging tricks available to the hyper-rich that he has used to keep his effective tax rate at roughly 13% over the last decade."


Wednesday  8/22/2012

Romney Budget Cuts ‘Substantially’ Deeper than Ryan’s  8/22/2012 Black Voice News: by George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA) and editorial director of Heart & Soul magazine


Tuesday  8/21/2012

Is Romney Trying to Conceal a Massive Tax Fraud Scheme? Mitt’s Big Secret  8/21/2012 Counterpunch: "The nagging question though is why he hasn’t just responded to the demand that he release two years of tax returns like John McCain did in 2008 by simply releasing his 2009 tax filing, along with the 2010 return he already released? The answer may well be that 2009 was the year that the Treasury Department decided to offer an amnesty from prosecution for tax fraud to any of the tens of thousands of millionaires who were known or suspected to have illegally hidden income abroad in the Cayman Islands or in Swiss banks — a felony, but one that people thought they’d never be caught at."


Friday  8/17/2012

Paul Ryan Sullies Black History, Has Woman Problems  8/17/2012 Color Lines: "Ryan’s views have earned him high marks in the anti-choice movement. The Susan B. Anthony Project loves him. The National Right to Life Coalition gives his congressional voting record 100 percent. I don’t know if the chicken came before the egg, but his equating of the legal rights of Dred Scott and, by extension, black people, to zygotes mirrors that of Personhood Mississippi’s failed Amendment 26."


Thursday  8/16/2012

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. "


Wednesday  8/15/2012

Obama's campaign more wired than Romney's  8/15/2012 Boston Globe: "Obama’s team posted almost four times as much content during the period, the report said, and maintained an active presence on almost twice as many platforms. On Twitter, Romney’s campaign tweeted about once a day, while Obama’s campaign averaged 29 daily tweets. Obama also posted about twice as many YouTube videos and blog entries. Not content to stick just with Twitter and Facebook, Obama’s campaign kept public accounts on Flickr, Google+, Instagram and other social media platforms — nine in all. Romney was active on just five, although his campaign more recently added two more."

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."

Paul Ryan's budget proposal would spread pain widely  8/15/2012 LA Times: "More than 70% of the mortgage interest payments claimed as deductions ($240 billion) appear on returns filed by people in the income range of $60,000 to $200,000, according to the IRS. Many of these middle-class homeowners base their annual financial planning on tax breaks such as the mortgage deduction. Only about 1.4% of the total is claimed by taxpayers earning $1 million or more. This is among the reasons that, as the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center recently calculated, sharply lowering marginal rates while cutting out the most popular tax breaks results in net tax cuts for the wealthy and increases for everyone else. (This is what Ryan means by "broadening the tax base" — it means he's coming for you.)"

Ryan won't close Romney's gap with Hispanics  8/15/2012 Politico: "Mitt Romney is on track to lose the Latino vote by a wider margin than any Republican presidential candidate in over a decade, and strategists in both parties say he may have made a bad situation worse with his selection of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate. What’s clear is that Romney’s lagging fortunes among Hispanics are unlikely to receive any boost from choosing a vice presidential candidate who has voted in Congress against the DREAM Act and supports overhauling entitlement programs that are extremely popular among Latino voters."

Paul Ryan’s abortion stance could widen gender gap in swing states  8/15/2012 The Hill: "Although abortion-rights advocates say Romney is far from moderate on women’s issues, they believe Ryan’s tenure in the House will make the ticket easier to define. “Ryan is certainly easier to pin down than Romney,” EMILY’s List spokeswoman Jess McIntosh said. One of the bills he cosponsored would define human life as beginning at the moment of fertilization — a far-reaching approach that could limit access to contraception and procedures like in vitro fertilization. It’s similar to the “personhood” approach, which voters in deeply conservative Mississippi rejected last November."


Tuesday  8/14/2012

Is Paul Ryan for or against Ayn Rand?  8/14/2012 CNN: "Rand (1905-1982) is controversial because of the extremism of her views. In researching my recent book, I found that Rand's influence on the Republican Party, which dates back as far as her endorsement of Wendell Willkie in 1940, has been sharply growing, largely due to her vise-like hold on the imagination of the tea party and people like Ryan."

Will Media Find Their Way to Discover Just How Radical Paul Ryan Is?  8/14/2012 Common Dreams: "In principle the country faces a choice this fall between a moderate conservative, President Obama, and the extreme conservative Romney-Ryan ticket that wants to privatize Social Security and Medicare and eliminate most of the services that the public expects from the federal government. The reason why this choice only exists in principle is that the media have worked hard to conceal Representative Ryan's extreme positions from the public. Now that Governor Romney has implicitly embraced these positions by selecting Representative Ryan as his vice-presidential nominee, it remains to be seen whether the media will do its job."

GOP 'panicking' over Ryan pick  8/14/2012 Daily Kos: "GOP PROS PRIVATELY PANICKING ABOUT RYAN PICK: "Away from the cameras, and with all the usual assurances that people aren't being quoted by name, there is an unmistakable consensus among Republican operatives in Washington:Romney has taken a risk with Ryan that has only a modest chance of going right - and a huge chance of going horribly wrong ," Alex Burns, Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Martin report. "In more than three dozen interviews with Republican strategists and campaign operatives - old hands and rising next-generation conservatives alike - the most common reactions to Ryan ranged from gnawing apprehension to hair-on-fire anger that Romney has practically ceded the election."

Paul Ryan Using Koch Brothers 1980's $Profit$/Privatization Plot  8/14/2012 Daily Kos: "Paul Ryan's Privatization Plan is the same Plan the Koch Brothers published in 1980, then again in 1983, from their propaganda-mill, CATO Institute. I should note here, that the 1980's Koch Brother's Privatization Plan was also the same Privatization Plan President G.W. Bush and Dick Cheney tried to con American's into in 2005."

Paul Ryan's Real Goal: It's Not A Balanced Budget  8/14/2012 Forbes: "Paul Ryan is often identified as a deficit hawk. And while he regularly talks about the importance of balanced budgets, that’s not what matters most to the GOP’s soon-to-be vice presidential nominee. Ryan’s holy grail is low taxes and small government, not fiscal balance."

Ryan's Mission For Fed: Focus On Prices, Not Unemployment  8/14/2012 NPR 


Monday  8/13/2012

It’s Hard to Imagine a Worse Choice for People of Color Than Paul Ryan  8/13/2012 Color Lines: "Since the Republicans began to have their way with the economy, the top 5 percent have accumulated a greater share of national wealth than at almost any point in history. All the while, the net worth of the poor and middle class has plummeted. Disturbingly, net worth amongst blacks and Latinos is at the lowest level on record. The tremendous gains of the rich, underwritten by enormous tax cuts, have been subsidized through federal government deficits. Now the rich are dramatically richer and the national debt is sky high. When Reagan came into office the debt was $ 1 trillion. It now stands at $15 trillion, and the majority of that was tacked on during the presidencies of Reagan and George W. Bush. Their commitment to tax cuts sent America’s debt burden through the roof."

"End the Embargo!" Will Romney Take Ryan’s Advice on Cuba?  8/13/2012 Counterpunch: "The embargo is a legacy litmus test only in Miami, increasingly to an aged and elderly segment of the vote. In truth, the embargo is being broken every single day to benefit Cuban American families and their relatives on both sides of the Florida Straits. The better place for Romney’s press conference tomorrow is not a Cuban restaurant, Palacios de los Jugos, but the long lines for the morning flights to Havana inside Miami International Airport."

Ten reasons Paul Ryan could end up a liability to GOP ticket  8/13/2012 SF Chronicle 


Sunday  8/12/2012

Romney's Welfare Queen  8/12/2012 Chicago Tribune: "But the directive's aim is to improve welfare-to-work, not gut it. Major fact-checking organizations tend to agree. PolitiFact.com gave the ad a "Pants on Fire!" rating, calling it a "drastic distortion." FactCheck.org gave a similarly low rating. The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler gave "four Pinocchios" to Romney and three to Team Obama for insufficient evidence to back up their claim that Romney sought the same sort of waiver authority when he was governor."

The Ryan Choice  8/12/2012 Common Dreams:  by Robert Reich - "Ryan’s views are pure social Darwinism. As William Graham Sumner, the progenitor of social Darwinism in America, put it in the 1880s: “Civilization has a simple choice.” It’s either “liberty, inequality, survival of the fittest” or “not-liberty, equality, survival of the unfittest. The former carries society forward and favors all its best members; the latter carries society downwards and favors all its worst members.”"

Paul Ryan, Black Panther?  8/12/2012 NYT: "Mitt Romney and his new running mate might find comfort in another odd twist of history. Eldridge Cleaver eventually fled the United States after a shootout in which two policemen were wounded. But he later returned, having pleaded guilty to lesser charges – and, before his death in 1998, became a Republican and a Mormon."


Saturday  8/11/2012

Romney's Veep Pick: Paul Ryan, Koch Ally and 'Right-Wing Social Engineer'  8/11/2012 Altnernet: "For Romney, the pluses in picking Ryan are these: the Tea Partiers, who are less than wild about Mittens, really love them some Paul Ryan -- as does David Koch, who will be seated as a Romney delegate at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Koch and his brother, Charles -- the mbillionaire owners of Koch Industries, the second largest privately held corporation in the U.S. -- are major donors, not only to political candidates, but to a range of right-wing think tanks and groups. In the post-Citizens United world, those donations add up to millions in political advertisements by all manner of non-profit groups. Already, Americans For Prosperity has made a $27 million air-time buy for running anti-Obama ads."

Paul Ryan traded on insider information to avoid 2008 crash  8/11/2012 The Richmonder: "Brad DeLong weighs in on this so-called "debunking." Did Ryan's flacks lie to Benjy Sarlin of TPM? Why would they lie if they have nothing to hide?"


Friday  8/10/2012

Romney’s Salt Lake City Olympics Secrets  8/10/2012 Counterpunch: by the following authors: Robert Weiner was White House Drug Policy Office spokesman and was WADA’s Salt Lake City Games media spokesman. Robin Campbell-Bennett is a two-time U.S. Olympian (1980 and 1984, track and field) and served on the USA drug-testing committee. Sadiq Ahmed is senior policy analyst at Robert Weiner Associates.

Romney’s Death Squad Ties: Bain Launched with Millions from Oligarchs Behind Salvadoran Atrocities  8/10/2012 Democracy Now: "We’re joined by Huffington Post reporter Ryan Grim, who connects the dots in his latest story, "Mitt Romney Started Bain Capital With Money From Families Tied To Death Squads." "There’s no possible way that anybody in 1984 could check out these families — which was the term that [Romney’s campaign] used — and come away convinced that this money was clean," Grim says."


Wednesday  8/8/2012

Romney’s Incredible Extremes: Positions So Radical, They're Hard to Believe  8/8/2012 Common Dream: "Voters may find it hard to believe anyone would support such things, so they are likely to discount even factual descriptions as partisan distortion.Mitt Romney's policy positions are so extreme many will simply not believe that he actually holds them. The pro-Obama New Priorities PAC stumbled across this phenomena early in 2012 in its focus group testing. When they informed a focus group that Romney supported the budget plan by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), and thus championed ending Medicare as we know it while also championing tax cuts for the wealthy, focus group participants simply didn’t believe it. No politician could be so clueless."

The third-party candidate who could derail Mitt Romney  8/8/2012 National Constitution Center: "Currently, Virgil Goode, a candidate running in Virginia, has about 9 percent of the projected vote in the upcoming November election, according to polling data. With Mitt Romney needing Virginia—especially if President Barack Obama can take Ohio or Florida—Goode could become the little-known spoiler in the national election."


Tuesday  8/7/2012

GOP Insider: How Religion Destroyed My Party  8/7/2012 Alternet: "In the new book, "The Party Is Over," veteran Republican Mike Lofgren writes about the rise of politicized religious fundamentalism and how the GOP devolved into anti-intellectual nuts. "


Monday  8/6/2012

Fussbudget - How Paul Ryan captured the G.O.P.  8/6/2012 New York: "Like many conservatives, he claims to have been profoundly affected by Ayn Rand. After reading “Atlas Shrugged,” he told me, “I said, ‘Wow, I’ve got to check out this economics thing.’ What I liked about her novels was their devastating indictment of the fatal conceit of socialism, of too much government.” He dived into Friedrich Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, and Milton Friedman. "


Saturday  8/4/2012

'Dark Money' Groups Exceed Super PAC Spending, Secrecy  8/4/2012 Common Dreams: "The top five outside spending groups on presidential election ads have reported less than 1% of their spending to the Federal Election Commission, according to a new report by national research and advocacy organizations Demos and US PIRG. Multiple types of outside spending groups are playing an even larger and more secretive role in the 2012 election cycle than previously thought or estimated."

Mitt Romney’s Sturmabteilung  8/4/2012 Strategic Culture: "Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has assembled as the core of his national security and foreign policy advisory team some of the most right-wing and militaristic members of the Bush-Cheney administration. In many ways, the hawkish Romney advisers represent a virtual Sturmabteiling (SS), or Nazi-like “Storm detachment” of the Republican Party, a vanguard that ensures neo-conservative doctrinal discipline throughout Republican ranks. "


Friday  8/3/2012

How Mitt Romney Got Rich Destroying American Jobs and Promoting Sweatshop Capitalism  8/3/2012 Alternet 

Spineless Democrats Condemn Harry Reid Over His Tax Jab At Romney  8/3/2012 Alternet: "And Reid may not be making this up. Who knows? Reid is a Mormon and Bain had some very big Mormons in high places. And Reid is a very important guy who could have contacts in Bain just because. In any case, it's very easy to prove Reid wrong. Harry said that someone told him Mitt didn't pay any taxes for ten years. All Mitt has to do is release his taxes to prove otherwise and I think most people instinctively get that."

How "Slick Jimmy" Trumps AIPAC, Romney and the Neocons - Carville’s Push to Tighten Sanctions on Iran  8/3/2012 Counterpunch: "According to two congressional insiders, the quick witted maneuver by the Obama campaign is a key reason their candidate currently leads in the swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania while reminding the media that no presidential candidate since 1960 has won the White House without carrying two of these three states. Meanwhile, Romney operatives are seeking alternative ways to convince Israel to maintain its support and cash for his campaign during the next nine weeks of what “Slick Jimmy” is calling, “American Democracy at work.”"

Is Your Neighbor a Democrat? Obama Has an App for That  8/3/2012 ProPublica: "Curious how many Democrats live on your block? Just download the Obama campaign's new mobile app. The app, released last week, includes a Google map for canvassers that recognizes your current location and marks nearby Democratic households with small blue flags."


Thursday  8/2/2012

Romney’s Revolutionary War Bungle  8/2/2012 Consortium News: "You’d think that Republican presidential hopefuls who claim to idolize the American Founders would at least have a rudimentary knowledge about the historic events that led to the Revolution, especially one hopeful who served as governor of Massachusetts. Yet, Mitt Romney, who presided as Massachusetts governor for four years in the capital city of Boston, wrote in his book, No Apology: The Case for American Greatness,that the Revolutionary War began in April 1775 when the British attacked Boston by sea."

Mitt Romney's Reading Comprehension Problem  8/2/2012 Mother Jones: "In the New York Times, Guns, Germs and Steel author Jared Diamond expresses confusion, writing that Romney's take on his book was "so different from what my book actually says that I have to doubt whether Mr. Romney read it."

Pew: Obama Expands National Lead To 10 Points, Romney Image Wanes  8/2/2012 TPM: "A new poll from the Pew Research Center shows one of the biggest national leads for President Obama since the general election campaign began in earnest — a 10 point lead, 51 percent to presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s 41 percent. Pew registered a 7 point lead for Obama in their June survey. The bump for Obama seems to come from Romney’s stumbling — Pew picked up a downward trend in the former governor’s favorability rating, which has long been a struggle for Romney."


Wednesday  8/1/2012

Romney ad attacks Obama support for auto bailout  8/1/2012 AP: "Mitt Romney is attacking President Barack Obama's support for the auto industry bailout in a new television ad. The Republican presidential candidate is highlighting a General Motors dealer in Ohio forced to close in 2009. The ad blames the Obama administration for dealership closures across Ohio."

Top US general: Venezuela not a threat  8/1/2012 AP: "Fraser's comments echo a July 11 statement by U.S. President Barack Obama that drew criticism from his presumed Republican challenger in November elections, Mitt Romney. Obama said his "overall sense is that what Mr. Chavez has done over the past several years has not had a serious national security impact on us." Romney responded by saying it was "simply naive" to think Chavez does not pose a threat to the United States."

Four things to watch in the 2012 Senate races  8/1/2012 CBS 

Reporter: Poll is "good news" for Obama  8/1/2012 CBS: "Reporter Jeff Zeleny of The New York Times breaks down the Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times polls released Wednesday morning that shows President Barack Obama with a six-point lead in Florida and Ohio and an 11 point lead in Pennsylvania over presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney. "

Romney’s Clueless Remark on Palestine  8/1/2012 Consortium News: "Conspicuously missing was any mention of the huge, elephant-in-the-room reason for the dismal state of the Palestinian economy: the systematic Israeli suppression of Palestinian economic activity. That suppression has included in the Gaza Strip a suffocating blockade and in the West Bank (the explicit subject of Romney’s comparison) a less all-encompassing but still pervasive system of restricting transportation, separating people’s homes from their livelihoods, denying access to natural markets, requiring and denying permission for the simplest transactions, and countless additional ways of turning into a struggle the daily task of earning a living. A recent World Bank report on the Palestinian economy stated, “The major constraints to private sector activity are the tight Israeli restrictions, and growth will not be sustainable until Palestinians have access to resources and are allowed to move freely.”

Why Romney Insulted the Palestinians  8/1/2012 Consortium News: "Some pundits are excusing Mitt Romney’s comment about why Palestinians are so much poorer than Israelis as a slip of the tongue caused by a shortage of staff on his overseas trip, but the Republican presidential candidate makes the same point in his book, No Apology, which he claims to have written himself. While discussing his thoughts about world travel, he wrote, “I wondered how such vast differences could exist between countries that were literally next door to each other. How could Americans be so rich and Mexicans so poor? How could Israelis have created a highly developed, technology-based economy while their Palestinian neighbors had not yet even begun to move to an industrial economy?”

The Texas GOP Just Nominated a Gay-Hating Conspiracy Theorist for US Senate  8/1/2012 Mother Jones: "As Cruz puts it on his website: ...Agenda 21 attempts to abolish "unsustainable" environments, including golf courses, grazing pastures, and paved roads. It hopes to leave mother earth’s surface unscratched by mankind. Everyone wants clean water and clean air, but Agenda 21 dehumanizes individuals by removing the very thing that has defined Americans since the beginning—our freedom."

Where the Money Lives  8/1/2012 Vanity Fair: "For all Mitt Romney’s touting of his business record, when it comes to his own money the Republican nominee is remarkably shy about disclosing numbers and investments. Nicholas Shaxson delves into the murky world of offshore finance, revealing loopholes that allow the very wealthy to skirt tax laws, and investigating just how much of Romney’s fortune (with $30 million in Bain Capital funds in the Cayman Islands alone?) looks pretty strange for a presidential candidate."


Tuesday  7/31/2012

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."

Oligarchy or Democracy?  7/31/2012 OpEd News: "Economically, the United States today has, by far, the most unequal distribution of wealth and income of any major country on earth, and that inequality is worse today in America than at any time since the late 1920s. Today, the wealthiest 400 individuals own more wealth than the bottom half of America -- 150 million people. Today, one family, the Walton family of Wal-Mart fame, with $89 billion, owns more wealth than the bottom 40 percent of America. Today, the top one percent owns 40 percent of all wealth, while the bottom 60 percent owns less than two percent. Incredibly, the bottom 40 percent of all Americans own just three-tenths of one percent of the wealth of the country."

Will Mitt Romney’s trip abroad affect his chances in November?  7/31/2012 WaPo: "Call it the commander-in-chief test, which, according to the latest NBC-Wall Street Journal poll, Romney had yet to pass; in that survey 45 percent of respondents said Obama would make the better commander in chief, while just 35 percent said Romney would be superior on that front. It’s hard to imagine that Romney did himself any favors in answering lingering questions about his foreign policy acumen during this trip."


Monday  7/30/2012

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

'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."

Romney Wraps Foreign Tour  7/30/2012 WSJ: "Earlier, before he departed Israel, Mr. Romney pointed out Israel's brighter economic prospects compared with its Palestinian neighbors and suggested culture may have something to do with Israel's success. "As you come here and you see the GDP per capita, for instance, in Israel which is about $21,000, and compare that with the GDP per capita just across the areas managed by the Palestinian Authority, which is more like $10,000 per capita, you notice such a dramatically stark difference in economic vitality," he told a group of donors gathered at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. He added: "And that is also between other countries that are near or next to each other: Chile and Ecuador, Mexico and the United States."


Saturday  7/28/2012

Romney Pleases Political Donor on Israel  7/28/2012 Consortium News: "Two things about Adelson’s role in this post-Citizens United world stand out. One is the sheer magnitude of the money involved. Adelson appears to be on track to be the single biggest individual donor in this U.S. election year... The other distinguishing characteristic of Adelson is the strength of his affinity to a foreign government — not just to a foreign country but to the policies of the current government of that country. It is appropriate that Adelson will be one of the greeters when Romney arrives in Israel because, although Adelson is a U.S. citizen, his declared primary allegiance is to Israel. Adelson once commented that when he did military service as a young man it “unfortunately” was in a U.S. uniform rather than an Israeli one and that all he and his Israeli wife “care about is being good Zionists, being good citizens of Israel, because even though I am not Israeli born, Israel is in my heart.”


Thursday  7/26/2012

Romney's Innovative Economic Plan: Dubya 2.0  7/26/2012 Common Dreams: "There are a few things about Mitt Romney that I find annoying. One of the biggest has to be that there is probably no sentence he has repeated more often in this campaign than "I know how the economy works," but he never actually explains what he knows that nobody else does, or how that hard-won knowledge translates into a unique set of policy moves that only he could bring about and that would pull America from its economic doldrums."

Inside Karl Rove’s Secretive Effort to Defeat Obama’s Re-Election With Help of Billionaire Donors  7/26/2012 Democracy Now: "We begin today’s show with a look at one of the masterminds behind efforts to defeat President Obama this November and restore Republican control of Washington. Karl Rove, the man once known as "Bush’s Brain," helped found two groups that plan to raise hundreds of millions of dollars for television, radio and online attacks ads. "

Mitt Romney Walks Back London Olympics Criticism  7/26/2012 Huffington Post: "Mitt Romney, in his first trip abroad as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, is trying to walk back comments he made questioning London's Olympics preparation -- comments that have drawn a sharp response from Prime Minister David Cameron."


Wednesday  7/25/2012

Axelrod: Romney Adviser's 'Anglo-Saxon' Comment 'Stunningly Offensive'  7/25/2012 ABC: "Just hours after arriving in London, the Romney campaign appeared to violate its own promise to not attack the president while overseas when two anonymous campaign advisers suggested President Obama could not fully understand the "Anglo-Saxon heritage" between the U.S. and Britain."

Romney distances self from ‘Anglo Saxon’ remark  7/25/2012 AP: "Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams said Wednesday that if an adviser did say that, the adviser wasn't reflecting Romney's views."

David Axelrod Rebuts Romney On White House Connection To Leaks: ‘Bunch Of Bellicose Bloviating’  7/25/2012 Mediaite: "Charlie Rose asked Axelrod for his reaction to a charge from Romney during his speech yesterday that a White House connection to the intelligence leaks shows “contemptible conduct.” Axelrod dismissed it as “a bunch of bellicose bloviating from John Bolton’s pen,” before arguing that Romney’s critiques of the Obama administration and its foreign policy are “nonsense.”"

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."

Meet the 26 Billionaires Buying the 2012 Elections | By Sen. Bernie Sanders  7/25/2012 Progressive: "These 26 billionaires have a combined net worth of $146 billion, which is more than the bottom 42.5 percent of American households (equal to nearly 50 million families in the United States)."


Tuesday  7/24/2012

Obama Was Right: The Government Invented the Internet  7/24/2012 Slate: "“It's important to understand the history of the Internet because it's too often wrongly cited to justify big government,” Crovitz says. I’ll give him one thing: It is important to understand the history of the Internet. Too bad he doesn’t seem interested in doing so. Crovitz’s entire yarn is almost hysterically false. He gets basic history wrong, he gets the Internet’s defining technologies wrong, and, most importantly, he misses the important interplay between public and private funds that has been necessary for all great modern technological advances. If you spend time looking at the history of the Internet, you’ll find the government there at every step."

Mitt Romney would restore 'Anglo-Saxon' relations between Britain and America  7/24/2012 Telegraph: “We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,” the adviser said of Mr Romney, adding: “The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have”.


Monday  7/23/2012

Finally, Fact-Checking Romney’s Lie  7/23/2012 Consortium News: "It may have taken too long, but Washington Post “fact-checker” Glenn Kessler has finally acknowledged that Mitt Romney engaged in a distortion by using selective editing to make it appear that President Barack Obama was insulting people who build businesses when he actually was talking about building roads and bridges."

Poll: Romney preferred over Obama to handle the economy  7/23/2012 USA Today: "By more than 2-1, 63%-29%, those surveyed say Romney's background in business, including his tenure at the private equity firm Bain Capital, would cause him to make good decisions, not bad ones, in dealing with the nation's economic problems over the next four years."


Friday  7/20/2012

Obama Appeals to Florida Seniors  7/20/2012 Black America Web: "Obama is traveling across Florida during an embarrassing, and bizarre, scandal involving Florida Lieutenant Gov. Jennifer Carroll, a black Republican who has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a former female aide, Carletha Cole, an African Methodist Episcopal minister. "When she entered the office, she found the Lieutenant Governor and her travel aide, Beatriz Ramos, in what can only be described as a compromising position," according to a motion filed by Cole's lawyer, Stephen Webster."

Advantage to Mr. Romney  7/20/2012 Consortium News: "Mitt Romney’s on a roll. He’s turned back suspicions about his curious departure from Bain Capital and blunted demands he release more tax returns. Now, as he surges in the polls, he’s twisted a comment by President Obama into a nasty attack ad – and almost no one is objecting, writes Robert Parry."


Thursday  7/19/2012

Bain Capital started with help of offshore investors  7/19/2012 LA Times: "The first outside investor in Bain was a leading London financier, Sir Jack Lyons, who made a $2.5-million investment through a Panama shell company set up by a Swiss money manager, further shielding his identity. Years later, Lyons was convicted in an unrelated stock fraud scandal. About $9 million came from rich Latin Americans, including powerful Salvadoran families living in Miami during their country's brutal civil war… At the time, U.S. officials were publicly accusing some exiles in Miami of funding right-wing death squads in El Salvador. Some family members of the first Bain Capital investors were later linked to groups responsible for killings, though no evidence indicates those relatives invested in Bain or benefited from it."


Wednesday  7/18/2012

Mitt Romney’s New Lie  7/18/2012 Consortium News: "Mitt Romney is echoing a lie that has been rumbling through the right-wing echo chamber, a selectively edited comment by President Obama about how roads, bridges and other public spending help business. This is a classic case where “independent fact-checkers” could help out, writes Robert Parry."


Sunday  7/15/2012

Special interests unleash flood of contributions, especially to Republicans  7/15/2012 Orlando Sentinel: "Responding to an election field upended by redistricting, Florida corporations and interest-groups are flooding a record amount of cash into legislative races that will help finance a blizzard of ads and fliers during the coming months. With all 160 House and Senate seats up for election, the stakes are as big as the dollars. In 2010, corporate groups such as the Florida Chamber helped elect business-friendly Republican super-majorities to the House and Senate, which set off a "business-friendly" policymaking binge — gutting Florida's growth laws, repealing hundreds of safety and environmental regulations, and cutting corporate taxes."


Thursday  7/12/2012

Romney stayed longer at Bain  7/12/2012 Boston Globe: "The timing of Romney’s departure from Bain is a key point of contention because he has said his resignation in February 1999 meant he was not responsible for Bain Capital companies that went bankrupt or laid off workers after that date. Contradictions concerning the length of Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital add to the uncertainty and questions about his finances. Bain is the primary source of Romney’s wealth, which is estimated to be more than $25o million. But how his wealth has been invested, especially in a variety of Bain partnerships and other investment vehicles, remains difficult to decipher because of a lack of transparency."

Romney to raise money with Cheney  7/12/2012 CBS 


Tuesday  7/10/2012

Targeted because of redistricting, veteran House Democrats gear up for competitive races  7/10/2012 AP: ""It's totally intensive, labor-intensive," she says. And unheard of for a six-term congresswoman who routinely defeats her Republican opponents by 20 to 36 percentage points. At least seven other veteran House Democrats — in California, Iowa, Utah, Massachusetts, New York, Georgia and North Carolina — have become top GOP targets because of new district boundaries."


Sunday  7/8/2012

Barclays (as in LIBOR) Bank Lobbyist Has Raised Nearly $1M for Mitt Romney's Campaign  7/8/2012 Daily Kos: "The Washington lobbyist for Barclays Bank, Patrick Durkin, is Mitt Romney's biggest bundler. Unlike President Obama, Mitt Romney has refused to reveal who his bundlers are, but FEC filings require disclosure of bundlers who are lobbyists."


Monday  7/2/2012

Embattled bank executive no longer co-hosting London fund-raiser for Mitt Romney  7/2/2012 Boston Globe: "Mitt Romney’s campaign says that Bob Diamond, the embattled chief executive of Barclays bank, will no longer be co-hosting a London fund-raiser for the presumptive Republican nominee. Diamond, a Concord, Mass., native who oversees one of the world’s largest banks, has been embroiled in a rate-fixing scandal in Britain that is threatening to expand."


Saturday  6/30/2012

Ballot issues arise after Rangel's apparent primary win  6/30/2012 CNN: "While Rep. Charles Rangel of New York celebrates a major primary victory this week - his toughest challenge in 42 years - the state is stepping in on ballot complaints that could wind up changing the results. New unofficial numbers released Saturday night by the New York City Board of Elections show Rangel ahead of his main challenger, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, by only two percentage points - 44% to 42% - with just 802 votes separating them and more than 3,000 votes unaccounted for."


Friday  6/29/2012

Dems Paint Romney as “Outsourcer-In-Chief,” But Will Obama’s Trade Deal Blow It?  6/29/2012 In These Times: "Yet recent leaks reveal that the Obama administration has been secretly negotiating with Pacific Rim nations the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, based on the job-destroying NAFTA model. Obama—as with his trade deals last year with South Korea, Panama, and human-rights pariah Colombia—is once more falling into line behind CEOs in promoting what he as a candidate fiercely denounced in 2008 as “trade deals like NAFTA and China [that] have been signed with plenty of protections for corporations and their profits, but none for our environment or our workers who've seen factories shut their doors and millions of jobs disappear. Thus, the Obama administration’s efforts to pass the TPP muddle the partisan divide on the offshoring issue, which his campaign is now using so effectively against Romney. With 86% of Americans convinced that the offshoring of jobs contributes significantly to the nation’s economic problems, the 2012 election’s outcome may very well hang on the perception of Obama as the defender of the public interest on this issue."


Sunday  6/24/2012

Obama the Underdog  6/24/2012 Huff Post: "The question, however, is why Obama waited so long, and why he doesn't pursue other areas where the Republican position is far to the right of public opinion. The answer seems to be a combination of Obama's own innate caution, and the obsessively tactical, "test-everything" orientation of his campaign strategists."


Saturday  6/23/2012

Why is Mitt Romney's time at Bain Capital such a target?  6/23/2012 CSM 


Friday  6/22/2012

What Happens If We Wake Up With a Mormon in the White House? What Joseph Smith's Run for President Suggests About Mitt Romney  6/22/2012 Alternet: "Smith's presidential campaign is not only relevant to our looming tragicomedy of 2013, but also the perfect E-Z to swallow entrée into the bizarre and unnerving nexus between Mormonism and presidential politics -- an area many liberals would prefer to avoid, as if merely bringing up future-President Romney’s Mormonism reveals a lack of faith in the American system, or maybe even a cryptic intolerance."


Thursday  6/21/2012

Romney’s Bain Capital invested in companies that moved jobs overseas  6/21/2012 WaPo: "During the nearly 15 years that Romney was actively involved in running Bain, a private equity firm that he founded, it owned companies that were pioneers in the practice of shipping work from the United States to overseas call centers and factories making computer components, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission."


Friday  6/15/2012

Most Israelis think Romney would be 'friendlier'  6/15/2012 Jerusalem Post: "For instance, when asked whether Romney or Obama would better promote Israel’s interests, 29% said Romney and 22% said Obama. Perhaps most telling was that while Obama had been in office for more than three years, 49% said they did not know or would not answer the question."

Romney Economics: It didn’t work in Massachusetts, and it won’t work now.  6/15/2012 RomneyEconomics.com 


Thursday  6/14/2012

Job chart in Romney’s economic plan seems wrong  6/14/2012 Economic Policy Institute: "Romney’s numbers are all slightly off, which is odd. Odder is that the respective performance of the recoveries following the 2001 and 2007-2009 recession are reversed. Look closely at the the last two sets of bars in the respective figures."


Wednesday  6/13/2012

Romney Blocked Anti-Bullying Guide as Mass. Governor over Mention of "Bisexual," "Transgender"  6/13/2012 Democracy Now 

Dems: Obama Could Lose, Donors Better Get Moving  6/13/2012 Huff Post 


Tuesday  6/12/2012

Spike Lee Weighs Obama-Romney Matchup  6/12/2012 BET: "I can't say to all the people that are unhappy with him that they're racist people. People ain't got jobs, people are hurting," said Lee, adding that he had just met with someone "high up" in the campaign. "So I don't care what color you are, if people are out of work, it's tough. And then when you're the first African-American president, that's not helping either." Lee, who recently hosted a fundraiser for the president, suggested that Republican Mitt Romney's biggest appeal right now is that he's not Obama, which voters will appreciate for very different reasons later in the campaign season."

It's Time to Rally Around Obama  6/12/2012 Black America Web: "Lee’s critique comes as the Obama campaign rolls out its first radio ad, “We’ve Got Your Back,” designed to rally black voters. "Four years ago we made history,” an announcer says in the 60-second ad. “Now it's time to move forward and finish what we started together. We have to show the president we have his back."


Monday  6/11/2012

Can Google Predict the Impact of Racism on a Presidential Election?  6/11/2012 Atlantic: "How can we know how much racial animus costs black candidates if few voters will admit such socially unacceptable attitudes to surveys? I use a new, non-survey proxy for an area's racial animus: Google search queries that include racially charged language. I compare the proxy to an area's votes for Barack Obama, the 2008 black Democratic presidential candidate, controlling for its votes for John Kerry, the 2004 white Democratic presidential candidate. Previous research using a similar specification but survey proxies for racial attitudes yielded little evidence that racial attitudes affected Obama. Racially charged search, in contrast, is a robust negative predictor of Obama's vote share. My estimates imply that continuing racial animus in the United States cost Obama 3 to 5 percentage points of the national popular vote in 2008, yielding his opponent the equivalent of a home-state advantage country-wide."

Obama's Reelection Hopes Ride on This Man  6/11/2012 Mother Jones: "His plan revolves less around James Carville-like framing and more on the mechanics of reaching and turning out potential supporters. "All politics is local," the maxim coined by former House Speaker Tip O'Neill, is the mantra for Obama '12. "Last time it was change we can believe in, becoming a national movement," Messina told the New York Times in March. "This is a series of very local campaigns. No one's ever tried to do that in a reelection campaign." Messina's team has been drawing up customized blueprints for the swing states it aims to win—Colorado, North Carolina, Virginia, and others—working out the best ways to comb mailing lists, voter registries, and other data to find the most likely Obama voters and get them to the polls via highly targeted tweets, Facebook posts, emails, text messages, phone calls, and old-fashioned door-knocking."


Saturday  6/9/2012

THE EFFECTS OF RACIAL ANIMUS ON A BLACK PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: USING GOOGLE SEARCH DATA TO FIND WHAT SURVEYS MISS  6/9/2012 Harvard University 


Friday  6/8/2012

How Walker Really Won Wisconsin  6/8/2012 Counterpunch: "Walker was able to capitalize on the frustration over the continued erosion of living standards and insecurity felt by most Wisconsinites. Walker provided a false empowerment to the electorate by transforming them from victims to owners of the system. His campaign rebranded the electorate as “the taxpayer” or veritable stockowners of a company they owned: government. The people would take charge of their lives through a Walker-led movement against government waste by union and bureaucratic “elites.”


Wednesday  6/6/2012

Wisconsin: Walker To Mend Political Divide With Brats, Beer  6/6/2012 AP: "Democrats and organized labor spent millions to remove Walker, but found themselves hopelessly outspent by Republicans from across the country who donated record-setting sums to Walker."

Scott Walker Spent 88% of the Money to Get 53% of the Vote  6/6/2012 Common Dreams: "But the reality is even worse than this, because the $34.5 billion figure does not include so-called independent expenditures and issue ads paid for primarily by out-of-state billionaires (like the Koch brothers, Sheldon Adelson, and Joe Rickets), business groups, and the National Rifle Association, which were skewed even more heavily toward Walker. Once all this additional spending is calculated, we'll see that total spending in this race could be more than double the $34.5 billion number, that Walker and his business allies outspent Barrett by an even wider margin, and that he had to spend even more than $23 for each vote."

Wisconsin recall paradox: Why Obama outpolls Romney despite Walker win  6/6/2012 CS Monitor 

Obama’s reelection hangs by a thin thread  6/6/2012 Progreso Weekly 


Monday  6/4/2012

Why Obama Campaign Should Keep Attacking Romney Over Bain Capital  6/4/2012 Daily Beast: "There’s a reason Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum went after Bain: because Romney’s super-rich, out-of-touch image was hurting him among white, working-class voters. And as The New Republic’s Alex MacGillis has shown, Ted Kennedy’s campaign used Bain’s layoffs to devastating effect in his Senate victory over Romney in 1994. The Kennedy folks even flew workers laid off by companies Bain had invested in to Massachusetts to campaign. The Bain attacks were never likely to be terribly popular with the media, which given their upper-middle-class orientation, skew left on cultural issues like gay marriage, but right on economic ones like free trade."


Sunday  6/3/2012

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."


Friday  6/1/2012

Bill Clinton defends Mitt Romney's time at Bain: Does that help Obama?  6/1/2012 CS Monitor: "Here's the thing: Clinton's comments weren't just "off message." They were a declaration of war on the message. They underscore a fundamental split within the Democratic Party that's less about Romney's record at Bain than it is about whether the party as a whole is perceived as a friend or foe of Wall Street and the world of business and high finance. Remember, Clinton went to great lengths as president to make the Democratic Party appear more pro-business than it had in decades – supporting free trade, ending "welfare as we know it," and explicitly courting more affluent supporters, particularly on Wall Street. "

Mitt Romney campaign ramping up in Florida to enthusiasm of Republicans  6/1/2012 Miami Herald: "As Mitt Romney ramps up his campaign in must-win Florida, he faces a daunting reality. For 10 months, President Barack Obama has been steadily building a voter mobilization army here and now has about 100 paid staffers, 27 field offices and thousands of volunteers working almost every day to deliver Florida’s 29 electoral votes. A click on Romney’s Florida campaign website Thursday found no upcoming events in the state, while Obama’s site showed 121 events within 40 miles of downtown Miami."


Thursday  5/31/2012

Dems attack Romney at Mass. Statehouse  5/31/2012 AP: "After selling himself to Massachusetts as an economic savior, his Massachusetts record was alarmingly weak," said Axelrod. "Under Gov. Romney, the state was 47th in job creation, manufacturing jobs vanished at twice the national rate and household incomes fell even when they were rising nationally." ...Axelrod also said Romney raised fees more than any other governor in the nation during his term, added $2.6 billion to the state's debt and belied his own conservative credentials by growing state government at an annual rate of 6.5 percent."


Wednesday  5/30/2012

Religion could tip US presidential race  5/30/2012 NECN: "What happens to the conservative evangelical force that supported Santorum and Bachmann? My sense is that a lot of them will stay home," said Katherine Knutson, a political scientist who studies religion and politics at Gustavus Adolphus College."


Tuesday  5/29/2012

A LONG List of President Obama’s Accomplishments! With Citations!  5/29/2012 Addicting Info 


Monday  5/28/2012

Why Cory Booker and Corporate Friendly Dems Who Fear Attacking Wall Street Are a Big Problem for Democrats  5/28/2012 Alternet 

Amid redistricting, many former Florida lawmakers seek return to office  5/28/2012 Miami Herald: "A lot of former Florida lawmakers want their old jobs back. With the 2012 political map reshaped by redistricting, at least 17 termed-out, retired or former legislators are on the comeback trail, seeking to extend their political careers. Most are Republicans."


Friday  5/25/2012

Mitt Romney and the Women Who Don't Love Him  5/25/2012 Mother Jones: "Romney's dismal luck with the ladies was more apparent in April, when, according to a Washington Post poll, he was trailing President Barack Obama among women voters by 19 percentage points. Romney's female appeal hasn't improved much in the past month. An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released this week still puts him 15 points behind Obama. His numbers are particularly dismal among single gals. While Romney leads Obama among married women by about 9 points, Obama blows him away among single women by 36 points. This matters: There are 55 million single women in the United States. If they got motivated, they are a big enough block to swing the election."

FACT CHECK: Romney off on Obama's love for unions  5/25/2012 St Louis Today: "Obama has promoted initiatives that encourage districts to tie teacher evaluations to student performance and to expand the number of charter schools _ actions the teacher unions have long been against, and which Romney himself promoted Wednesday in a speech in Washington outlining his education platform."


Thursday  5/24/2012

Obama campaign targeting Romney's record as governor  5/24/2012 Reuters: "An Obama campaign official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said: "You'll see over the course of this campaign a really strong connection between (Romney's) time at Bain and the values and lessons that he took from that." "He used those values and lessons in Massachusetts, and we'll take a look at those results," the official said. The attacks are likely to focus on Romney's record of cutting education funding and increasing the state's debt. Obama campaign officials are also eager to note that Romney, who spoke frequently about his time as governor in the 2008 Republican primary, barely mentions that time in speeches now."


Friday  5/18/2012

Obama raising money off proposed Jeremiah Wright attack  5/18/2012 WaPo 

Wisconsin recall slipping away from Democrats  5/18/2012 WaPo: "All three polls out this week show Walker leading Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D) by between 5 percent and 9 percent. Perhaps more illustrative, though, are the candidate’s personal favorability and approval numbers. Despite all the attempts by Democrats and organized labor to turn him into the bogeyman, Walker’s job approval and favorable rating both remain in positive territory, at right around 50 percent. Barrett, meanwhile, has no such luxury. The latest Marquette University Law School poll of this race showed his favorable rating at just 37 percent, compared to 45 percent who view him unfavorably."


Thursday  5/10/2012

Mitt, the prep-school sadist  5/10/2012 Salon 


Monday  4/30/2012

Ties to Romney ’08 Helped Fuel an Equity Firm  4/30/2012 NYT: "Two years later, despite a challenging fund-raising climate for private equity, Solamere, named after a wealthy enclave in Utah’s Deer Valley where the Romneys have a winter home, finished raising its first fund. The firm blew past its $200 million goal, securing $244 million from 64 investors, including a critical, early $10 million from Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, and hefty commitments from wealthy supporters of the campaign. "

Judge, U.S. Justice Department OK Florida redistricting plans  4/30/2012 Palm Beach Post: "The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature's once-a-decade redistricting plan cleared two more big hurdles Monday as a judge signed off on new boundaries for the state's 27 congressional seats while the U.S. Justice Department approved the congressional and state House and Senate maps. Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis denied Florida Democrats' bid to overturn the new congressional district boundaries only hours after the Justice Department finished its review required by law and determined that the House, Senate and congressional maps complied with the federal Voting Rights Act."


Thursday  2/23/2012

Agenda for the Dark Ages: GOP Frontrunner Rick Santorum's 5 Most Extremist Themes  2/23/2012 Alternet 


Sunday  2/19/2012

Billionaire Bigot Bankrolling Mitt Romney  2/19/2012 Daily Kos: "VanderSloot also has a storied history of bullying journalists and bloggers. He seems to have a staff person devoted entirely to googling him and forwarding uncomplimentary instances of him name to his lawyers, so they can send threatening letters and bully said journalists and bloggers to pull their stories. His rabid anti-gay politics combined with his propensity to bully in one particularly disturbing incident involving local media, the Boy Scouts, and the Mormon Church. The "small, independently-owned newspaper in Mormon-heavy Idaho Falls," The Post Register ran an investigative series uncovering the story of a local pedophile in the local Boy Scouts troop who had molested dozens of children. The paper sued to obtain sealed court records from a civil suit in the case, and "then detailed how a Mormon bishop knew of his pedophile history yet still recommended him as a Scout master, how he was protected by several Boy Scout lawyers who were aware of more abuse but did not tell the boys’ parents, and how top-level local and national leaders of the Mormon Church had also received warnings." ...In response to this six-part exposé—which won the Scripps Howard Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment—VanderSloot went on a virtual jihad against the newspaper and the principal reporter who exposed the scandal, Peter Zuckerman."


Thursday  2/16/2012

Contraception bill bad choice for Scott Brown  2/16/2012 Boston Herald: "U.S. Sen. Scott Brown has co-sponsored a bill that would allow health plans to deny coverage both for contraception and any service that violates the planners’ beliefs. It was a huge mistake. Any service that violates someone’s beliefs is pretty darn broad. The possibilities are endless."

New Phase and Shifting Balance .  2/16/2012 Democracy Corps: "The latest national survey by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for Democracy Corps and Women’s Voices. Women Vote Action Fund shows a Republican Party in deepening trouble and emerging underlying trends that may have shifted the balance for 2012.[1] Barring sudden economic shocks, there is accumulating evidence that we have entered a new phase in the political cycle, substantially more favorable to the Democrats. This survey sees a collapse of the Republican brand at almost all levels. Negatives associated with the Republican Party have not been this high since right after they lost the country in 2008. Their presumptive nominee flirts with a 50 percent negative rating and may now represent a big drag on the national party."


Thursday  2/2/2012

Major Romney Bundler Is Agent Of Foreign Government  2/2/2012 Think Progress: "Ignacio E. Sanchez is a lobbyist at DLA Piper, an influential global law firm and a major bundler for the Mitt Romney campaign. A ThinkProgress review of public records reveals Sanchez is also a registered foreign agent representing the interests of the United Arab Emirates and of a former president of the Dominican Republic. While political candidates are not legally required to identify bundlers — volunteer fundraisers who collect bundles of campaign contribution checks for the campaign — a 2007 law requires that federal candidates disclose the names of any registered lobbyists who bundle large amounts for their campaign. On Tuesday, Romney’s campaign reported that 14 lobbyists combined to raise more than $1.6 million last year in bundled contributions."


Monday  1/23/2012

Let's Do It Again (Obama 2012) - Teens in Orlando Making a Difference!!!  1/23/2012 Youtube: "These young men are raising money for band equipment, but they also want to support President Obama (a portion of profits will be donated to his re-election campaign)."


Friday  11/5/2010

The Racial Subtext of the Tea Party Movement Guess Who's Not Coming to Tea?  11/5/2010 Counterpunch: "The high profile of a few Republicans of color instead points to a relatively new and circumscribed phenomenon in white political ideology: white conservative voters in select districts and states are now willing to vote for Republican candidates of color, but only under certain conditions. White conservatives seem willing to elect Republicans of color who embrace a post-racial colorblindness, who are promote the Party's far-right cultural and economic values, and still only in races without a centrist white option. Furthermore, in most high profile races the GOP's new candidates or color have only prevailed when running against a woman or another person of color, and again only in races with a majority white electorate."

The Racial Subtext of the Tea Party Movement Guess Who's Not Coming to Tea?  11/5/2010 Counterpunch: "The high profile of a few Republicans of color instead points to a relatively new and circumscribed phenomenon in white political ideology: white conservative voters in select districts and states are now willing to vote for Republican candidates of color, but only under certain conditions. White conservatives seem willing to elect Republicans of color who embrace a post-racial colorblindness, who are promote the Party's far-right cultural and economic values, and still only in races without a centrist white option. Furthermore, in most high profile races the GOP's new candidates or color have only prevailed when running against a woman or another person of color, and again only in races with a majority white electorate."


Tuesday  10/19/2010

Tea Party gets tough with foes in media  10/19/2010 Financial Times 

Tea Party gets tough with foes in media  10/19/2010 Financial Times 


Friday  10/15/2010

How Radical Christian Conservatives May Succeed in Destroying Democracy  10/15/2010 Alternet: "The huge amount of taxpayer money doled out to Wall Street, investment banks, the oil and natural gas industry and the defense industry, along with the dismantling of our manufacturing sector, is why we are impoverished. It is why our houses are being foreclosed on. It is why some 45 million Americans are denied medical care. It is why our infrastructure, from public schools to bridges, is rotting. It is why many of us cannot find jobs. We are being fleeced. The flagrant theft of public funds and rise of an obscenely rich oligarchic class is masked by the tough talk of demagogues, themselves millionaires, who use fear and bombast to keep us afraid, confused and enslaved."


Tuesday  10/12/2010

America´s Shadow Class War and the 2010 Elections. The Rich are Getting Richer.  10/12/2010 Global Research: "The country doesn't need this class war, and it is irrational in any case. Practically no one, least of all Obama, is questioning the basics of the market system or proposing anything more than somewhat tighter economic regulations -- after the biggest financial collapse since the Great Depression -- and rather modest tax increases on the wealthy. But even these steps are apparently too much for those financing all the television ads, which should lead voters to ask themselves: Who is paying for this? What do they really want? And who gave them the right to buy an election?"

America´s Shadow Class War and the 2010 Elections. The Rich are Getting Richer.  10/12/2010 Global Research: "The country doesn't need this class war, and it is irrational in any case. Practically no one, least of all Obama, is questioning the basics of the market system or proposing anything more than somewhat tighter economic regulations -- after the biggest financial collapse since the Great Depression -- and rather modest tax increases on the wealthy. But even these steps are apparently too much for those financing all the television ads, which should lead voters to ask themselves: Who is paying for this? What do they really want? And who gave them the right to buy an election?"


Tuesday  9/21/2010

Tea Party triumphs: Good news for Democrats  9/21/2010 Progreso: "Indeed, in six states, Tea Partiers have stolen the Senate nomination from establishment Republican candidates. In Utah, Mike Lee ousted incumbent Senator Robert Bennett. In Kentucky, Rand Paul trounced Mitch McConnell's handpicked candidate, Trey Grayson. In Alaska, Sarah Palin-backed Joe Miller upset incumbent Senator Lisa Murkowski. Ken Buck knocked out former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton in Colorado. Sharron Angle beat out front-runner Sue Lowden in Nevada. And now, in Delaware, Christine O'Donnell has toppled Congressman Mike Castle, who'd been supported by the entire state and national Republican hierarchy."


Wednesday  9/15/2010

Michael Steele Defends Gingrich's Comments That Obama May Have A 'Kenyan Anti-Colonial Worldview'  9/15/2010 Huffington Post: "Part of the reason Steele may be defending Gingrich is that the former House Speaker has repeatedly stuck up for him. After news of questionable RNC expenditures at a strip club dogged Steele and raised questions about his leadership, Gingrich publicly told Republicans to stop focusing on him and worry instead about defeating Democrats in November. In January, Gingrich said, "I'm a fan of Steele's. I think he is learning, he is smart and he will be an important part of where we're going."

Michael Steele Defends Gingrich's Comments That Obama May Have A 'Kenyan Anti-Colonial Worldview'  9/15/2010 Huffington Post: "Part of the reason Steele may be defending Gingrich is that the former House Speaker has repeatedly stuck up for him. After news of questionable RNC expenditures at a strip club dogged Steele and raised questions about his leadership, Gingrich publicly told Republicans to stop focusing on him and worry instead about defeating Democrats in November. In January, Gingrich said, "I'm a fan of Steele's. I think he is learning, he is smart and he will be an important part of where we're going."


Monday  9/13/2010

Forbes’ Shameful Piece on Obama as the “Other”  9/13/2010 Columbia Journalism Review: "First of all, D’Souza perpetuates the Cokie Roberts idiocy—that Hawaii is somehow less American than the rest of the U.S. But hey—no problems with Alaska, which came into the Union the same year. Somehow, Sarah Palin always seem to be an examplar of “Real America.” Hmmm. But D’Souza has some real nerve here: Obama is a native-born American and D’Souza is not. When he says “Here is a man who spent his formative years—the first 17 years of his life—off the American mainland,” he could be referring to himself. According to Wikipedia, anyway, he was born in India in 1961 and never came to the States until 1978. That adds up to about “the first 17 years of his life—off the American mainland.” Somehow the first-seventeen years thing raises questions about Obama’s Americanness but not about D’Souza’s qualifications to question somebody’s degree of native-born Americanness. This is loathsome stuff. And, again, it’s the cover story of one of the three big mainstream financial magazines."


Thursday  1/21/2010

Manchurian Candidates: Supreme Court allows China and others unlimited spending in US elections  1/21/2010 Greg Palast 


Tuesday  1/19/2010

Massachusetts vote: Scott Brown profile  1/19/2010 Telegraph: has Cosmo's spread. "When Jim Brown did this, you could see it, not so with Scott Brown."


Thursday  11/6/2008

Maps of the 2008 US presidential election results  11/6/2008 Newman 


Wednesday  11/5/2008

From Coast to Coast, Black Americans Savor a Historic Moment  11/5/2008 Black America Web: "Hundreds of residents spilled into the streets near the White House, carrying balloons, banging on drums and chanting "Bush is gone!" Along U Street, once known as America's Black Broadway for its thriving black-owned shops and theaters, men stood on car roofs, waving American flags and Obama posters. Nearby, at historically black Howard University, hundreds of students erupted in cheers, broke into song and chanted, "Yes, we did!"


Sunday  11/2/2008

Katherine Harris, Sarah Palin Linked To Same Prayer Warfare Network  11/2/2008 Talk To Action: "Katherine Harris became notorious for her role in the U.S. 2000 presidential election when Harris, then Florida's Secretary of State, ordered the Florida election vote recount shut down amidst numerous charges of election fraud and irregularity and with Al Gore trailing George W. Bush by only several hundred votes in the contest for Florida's electoral votes which ultimately went to George W. Bush and so determined the outcome of the 2000 presidential election. A recording of an October 3, 2006 conference call [link to YouTube video with 3:26 segment from call] between Katherine Harris, then Florida U.S. Congressional Representative, and Florida evangelist Ken Malone [transcript of call], reported on in a November 4th, 2006 Tampa Tribune story because of remarks Harris made during the call which some took as anti-Jewish, indicates that Katherine Harris was then active in the same national Spiritual Warfare network which Sarah Palin has been associated with and may still be a member of."


Saturday  11/1/2008

Palin Prank Call: Canadian Comedy Duo Convinces Palin She's Talking To Sarkozy (AUDIO)  11/1/2008 Huffington Post 

U.S. election could shift policy on Cuba  11/1/2008 Reuters 

Palin's Movement Urges 'Godly' To 'Plunder' Wealth of 'Godless'  11/1/2008 Talk To Action: "As the top leader of the New Apostolic Reformation, which extensive evidence suggests is Sarah Palin's chosen religious and political movement, C. Peter Wagner proclaimed, on June 21, 2006, that "God has declared through His prophets that the wealth of the wicked will be released to the Kingdom of God," and Wagner declared, threateningly, "the enemies' camp will be plundered."

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