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Archive for August 23rd, 2012

GOP Recasts Path to Senate Majority

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on August 23rd, 2012 11:08 pm by HL

GOP Recasts Path to Senate Majority
Caitlin Huey-Burns, RealClearPolitics
Pressing on with his Senate bid against the broader GOP's wishes, Missouri Republican Todd Akin introduced a new campaign theme Wednesday: “Let the people decide; not party bosses.” Of course, such is the premise of all elections. But the “party bosses” in this case are looking at a much bigger picture than Akin is, and facing a critical decision of their own: How to win control of the upper chamber if Missouri stays in the Democratic column?Republicans need to gain four seats in November — three if Mitt Romney wins the presidency and Paul Ryan subsequently holds any…

Voter Suppression and the American People
Ben Jealous, Huffington Post
“To him, your celebration is a sham; … your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery….”In 1852, Frederick Douglas spoke these words to express the sentiments of the American Slave to an audience observing Independence Day. Now, 170 years later, these same words could reflect the feelings of hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania residents on Election Day who will have their rights suppressed because of new voter suppression laws.This month a Pennsylvania judge upheld a strict government voter photo ID requirement that could block nearly 800,000 voters (9 percent of the…

President Obama’s Imaginary Recovery
Conn Carroll, DC Examiner
It is not easy being the deputy campaign manager for a president seeking reelection with an economic record as terrible as President Obama’s. So really, Stephanie Cutter should be forgiven for the alternative reality she has created in order to defend her boss. Asked yesterday by MSNBC’s Willie Geist what she would tell someone who said about Obama, “Well, that hasn’t worked for four years, it’s time for a change,” Cutter responded:Well, I think that worker probably has a good understanding of what’s happened over the past…

Ryan Revives “Death Panels” Canard
Jesse Singal, The Daily Beast
Death panels? Again? Really? In 2012? If a recent comment from Paul Ryan is any indication, we've cycled back to the ugly idea that marred much of the debate over President Obama's Affordable Care Act.Ryan, the presumptive Republican vice-presidential candidate, told an audience at Florida's largest retirement development that Obama's health care law “puts a board of 15 unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats in charge of Medicare who are required to cut Medicare in ways that will lead to denied care for current seniors.”

GOP Obstruction Halts Obama’s Efforts
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, USA Today
According to a new poll, nearly nine out of 10 Americans disapprove of the 112th Congress “” and for good reason. This is one of the least productive Congresses in history, reported USA TODAY “” even worse than the “do-nothing Congress” President Truman lambasted in 1948.It doesn't have to work this way, even with a House controlled by Republicans and a White House and Senate controlled by Democrats. Recent history proves this point.