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Syria’s Assad ‘Looking For Face-Saving Exit’

Syria’s Assad ‘Looking For Face-Saving Exit’

February 16, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Syrian opposition groups have rejected President al-Assad’s proposed referendum later this month on a new constitution.

The draft allows for multiple parties and limits the presidency to two terms. It’s not clear whether that means Assad, who’s ruled since 2000, would step down in 2014.

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Ouch!  Did Foster Friess Really Say That? (Update)

Ouch! Did Foster Friess Really Say That? (Update)

February 16, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Foster Friess, the conservative financier behind Rick Santorum’s super-PAC, was on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” a few minutes ago. Mitchell asked him whether he was concerned about Santorum’s stands on social issues, and their potential to alienate voters. Friess said that he thought the social issues were a distraction, with so many people struggling financially—which is reasonable enough.

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How The GOP Went Back To The 1950s In Just One Day

How The GOP Went Back To The 1950s In Just One Day

February 16, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Very neatly, and on three separate fronts, conservatives in America turned the clock back to the 1950s with their rhetoric about women’s rights Thursday, according to women in politics on both sides of the aisle. This could be a big problem for the GOP when the calendar reaches November.

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Moochers Against Welfare

February 16, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Modern Republicans are very, very conservative; you might even (if you were Mitt Romney) say, severely conservative. Political scientists who use Congressional votes to measure such things find that the current G.O.P. majority is the most conservative since 1879, which is as far back as their estimates go.

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Fox Advises GOP To Try To Cash In Politically On Gas Prices

Fox Advises GOP To Try To Cash In Politically On Gas Prices

February 16, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Doug Schoen: Gas Prices Could Prevent Obama From “Benefitting From The Drop In The Unemployment Rate.” On the February 16 edition of Varney & Co. Fox News contributor Doug Schoen said that Obama is “benefitting from the drop in the unemployment rate to 8.3%, and the growing perception in the polls that things are getting better and ultimately, with the Republican party divided, there needs to be some force outside the system to question that narrative for him to be hurt. Gas prices could be it.” [Fox Business, Varney & Co., 2/16/12].

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Norquist: Romney Will Do As Told Grover Norquist

Norquist: Romney Will Do As Told Grover Norquist

February 16, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Norquist: Romney will do as told Grover Norquist, president of the Americans for Tax Reform, voices how his ideal president would just follow orders from a Republican-controlled Congress.

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Michelle Obama and Bo Obama Surprise Tourists at the White House

Michelle Obama and Bo Obama Surprise Tourists at the White House

February 16, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

This morning, First Lady Michelle Obama surprised a group of visitors during a public White House tour. People from all over the country—families, students in town as part of the Junior Statesmen of America program, a group of nurses who work with veterans, and many others—entered the Blue Room expecting a glimpse of its artwork and furniture, only to be greeted by a smiling First Lady and Bo, the Obama family pup.

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Obama Returns to NYC for Wall Street Fundraiser, Simmons Event

Obama Returns to NYC for Wall Street Fundraiser, Simmons Event

February 16, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

President Barack Obama returns to New York on March 1, 2012 for his first campaign fundraiser with investment bankers and hedge fund managers since asking Congress in his 2013 budget to increase taxes on the wealthy.

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Maya Angelou: ‘Barack Obama Has Done A Remarkable Job’

Maya Angelou: ‘Barack Obama Has Done A Remarkable Job’

February 15, 2012 | By | 2 Comments

There has always been something bittersweet about the life experience of Maya Angelou. Think of the literature fashioned from a harsh and tragic upbringing in racially segregated Missouri and Arkansas: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings; Wouldn’t Take Nothing for my Journey Now. Think of her triumphs articulating the struggle of African Americans through the civil rights era. Consider that each year, her birthday, 4 April, brings with it both joy and painful memories. Who would share that anniversary with the assassination of her friend, Martin Luther King?

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Mitt Romney:  Don’t Bet Against America

Mitt Romney: Don’t Bet Against America

February 15, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

On November 18, 2008, Mitt Romney wrote an op-ed in the New Your Times titled, “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt”. Romney said, “If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye.

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Ooops! Politifact Does It Again

Ooops! Politifact Does It Again

February 15, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Rachel Maddow wonders at how Politifact looks at a statement two different ways and finds it false each way and then gives it a “mostly true” rating.

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Democrats In Tough Races Turn Critical Of Obama’s 2013 Budget

Democrats In Tough Races Turn Critical Of Obama’s 2013 Budget

February 15, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Democrats as a whole have commended President Obama’s budget proposal for 2013, but in a few telling instances, members of the president’s party are seeking a bit of distance.

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Mitt Romney 2008:  Let Detroit Go Bankrupt

Mitt Romney 2008: Let Detroit Go Bankrupt

February 14, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.

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Virginia’s House Passes ‘Personhood,’ Ultrasound Bills

Virginia’s House Passes ‘Personhood,’ Ultrasound Bills

February 14, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

On a 66-32 vote, the state’s House of Delegates has passed legislation to define life as beginning at conception.

After a passionate debate, the House also voted 63-36 to pass legislation to require women to undergo ultrasounds before abortion.

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Obama’s 2013 Budget: Full Of Tech And Science

Obama’s 2013 Budget: Full Of Tech And Science

February 13, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

President Obama released his proposed 2013 budget Monday, and it gives us a glimpse into the president’s hefty tech and science wish list.

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Even Critics of Safety Net Increasingly Depend on It

Even Critics of Safety Net Increasingly Depend on It

February 11, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Excellent reporting from the New York Times about the mind-set of conservatives in the United States. It documents stories of people who believe government spending on entitlements has gotten out of control. However, they decry the government and governmental programs while they themselves have been, or currently are, recipients of the United States governmental programs.

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Rep. Steve King Defends White Nationalist On Conservative Panel

Rep. Steve King Defends White Nationalist On Conservative Panel

February 10, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Washington, D.C. — Iowa congressman Steve King is unconcerned about the implications of his appearance during a CPAC panel on “The Failure of Multiculturalism” featuring a white nationalist author, Peter Brimelow.
“I don’t know anything about that,” King, who came to the event to talk about his English Language Unity Act, told BuzzFeed — though he’d earlier told Brimelow that “I’ve read all your books!”.

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Steve King On Obama’s Contraception Decision, CPAC, 2/9/12

Steve King On Obama’s Contraception Decision, CPAC, 2/9/12

February 9, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

CPAC 2012 Agenda  

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Fighting The Same Fight Over Contraceptives

Fighting The Same Fight Over Contraceptives

February 9, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

No matter what TV channel you tune into today, the politicization of the fight over women’s contraceptive rights based on religious beliefs will be front and center. The GOP is going crazy over an Obama administration rule requiring employers to offer birth control to their employees even when most companies already had to do that.

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Mitt Romney: ‘I’m Not Concerned About The Very Poor’

Mitt Romney: ‘I’m Not Concerned About The Very Poor’

February 1, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said on Wednesday that he’s “not concerned about the very poor,” citing the social safety net in place for that segment of the populace and adding that he’s focused on the middle class.

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