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Archive for August 21st, 2012

Akin Must Decide Whether to Quit Race

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 21st, 2012 11:08 pm by HL

Akin Must Decide Whether to Quit Race

Big Government Becomes the Big Issue
David Davenport, Forbes
When Bill Clinton’s political consultant, James Carville, posted the big issue for the 1992 presidential campaign on a sign at headquarters—“The Economy Stupid”—he turned out to be foreshadowing the 2012 campaign as well. But with Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate, that slogan takes a subtle turn. The 2012 campaign is still about the economy, but the variation on that theme is now more specifically the role of government in the economy.Paul Ryan, as Chair of the House Budget Committee and the…

Why Obama Needs to Visit Israel – and Soon
Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg
It has been a tumultuous couple of weeks in the Iran-Israel War, and it hasn't even started yet.Over the past few days, Iranian leaders have promised Israel's coming destruction about half a dozen times, and have gotten so overheated they've begun to mix metaphors: There has been much talk about wiping the cancerous tumor of Zionism from the map, and so on. The Iranians' language has become sufficiently genocidal that even the secretary general of the United Nations, not generally known as a hotbed of Zionist feeling, said he was “dismayed by the remarks threatening…