October 29, 2012 • 6:55 am
Colin Powell’s endorsement of President Obama creates some waves between reasonable Powell supporters and the Republican Right …
“My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people — not all of them, but most of them — who are still basing their positions on race. Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists, and the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin, and that’s despicable.”
More via Lawrence Wilkerson, Former Colin Powell Aide, Blasts Sununu, GOP, As ‘Full Of Racists’.
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October 29, 2012 • 5:45 am
The New Yorker magazine provides a nice article discussing the polling and the electoral college strategies remaining for Mitt Romney. The electoral college seems locked in for President Obama …
“With President Obama holding onto, and by some accounts solidifying, his lead in Ohio, the key question consuming both campaigns now is …”
via Cassidy’s Count: Can Romney Win Without Ohio? : The New Yorker.
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October 27, 2012 • 1:59 am
The Economist Magazine, with its European point of view, takes a “Toquevillian” peek in at the US 2012 election through the experience of Midwest American working class eyes…
“AT THE bar at Simeri’s Old Town Tap, a watering hole on the outskirts of South Bend, a down-on-its-luck manufacturing town, conversation turns to Bill Clinton. One regular, appalled by the prospect of voting for either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, is thinking of …”
via White working-class voters: Fed up with everyone | The Economist.
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October 25, 2012 • 2:29 pm
NYTs reports on Romney’s friends in the new more right wing Republican party and their outlandish remarks regarding rape and a women’s dignity and rights…
“The charged anti-abortion comments made this week by Richard Mourdock, a Republican Senate candidate in Indiana, pose …”
via Mourdock’s Comments Pose Dilemma for Romney – NYTimes.com.
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October 25, 2012 • 5:55 am
Education, jobs and the economy, and health care are the top issues for Latinos in this year’s presidential campaign. A majority (55%) of Latino registered voters say the issue of education is “extremely important” to them personally. This is followed closely by jobs and the economy (54%) and health care (50%).
Since 2008, these three issues have ranked highly for Hispanic registered voters, though their relative rankings have changed. In 2011, jobs ranked at the top, followed by education and health care. In 2010, education ranked at the top, followed by jobs and health care. In 2008, as well, education ranked at the top, this time followed by the cost of living, health care and jobs.
via Daily Number: Education a Top Issue for Most Latino Voters – Pew Research Center.
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October 25, 2012 • 5:49 am
The New Yorker provides a nice analysis of the current dizzying numerical acrobatics that represents polling and the pundits who mesmerize us on their political trapeze! Who is winning and will win is a mathematical approximation that yields significant uncertainty…
The article concludes, nobody really knows… It is enlightening and will help you watch the pundits and the political shows with a sense of confidence in your own intuition and brilliant analysis without having to succumb to pundits that quote mathematical mumbo jumbo and models that in the end are making an educated guess not unlike the one you can make without them.
“In Tuesday’s Times, David Brooks had a pop at political forecasters, including his colleague, Nate Silver, whose blog, FiveThirtyEight, is a popular feature on the Times Web site. Of course, Brooks was too polite to personalize his … ”
More via Brooks v Silver: The Limits of Forecasting Elections : The New Yorker.
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October 23, 2012 • 12:20 pm
According to most polls released thus fare, President Obama wins third and final debate.
“President Obama won Monday’s foreign policy debate in a pair of instant polls, one of them …”
More via Snap polls award debate to Obama.
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October 23, 2012 • 2:34 am
The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities provides strong evidence and argument about current deficit, which has hampered economic recovery for the Obama administration, has it’s roots in Republican policies under the previous Bush administration and Republican obstructionism …
“Some lawmakers, pundits, and others continue to say that President George W. Bush’s policies did not drive the projected federal deficits of the coming decade — that, instead, it was the policies of President Obama and Congress in 2009 and 2010. But, the fact remains: the economic downturn, President Bush’s tax cuts and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq explain most of the deficit over the next ten years — according to …”
More via Downturn and Legacy of Bush Policies Drive Large Current Deficits — Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
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October 18, 2012 • 12:34 am
President Obama charged that Mitt Romney’s policies are economically threatening to women, as the candidates in their second presidential debate on Tuesday night clashed repeatedly over who would best serve the …
More via Obama and Romney Focus on Efforts to Woo Women – NYTimes.com.
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October 17, 2012 • 4:13 pm
President Barack Obama put his re-election bid back on firm footing on Tuesday night with a strong debate performance that is likely to thrill his Democratic supporters and earn him a second look from the few voters who …
More via Analysis: Obama regains his footing in feisty second debate | Reuters.
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October 17, 2012 • 3:17 am
How does a private-equity kingpin worth at least $250 million pay a lower tax rate – just 14 percent – than many teachers and firemen? By exploiting tax loopholes that favor the rich and hiding his money in the world’s most notorious havens for tax …
More via Mitt Romneys Tax Dodge | Politics News | Rolling Stone.
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October 14, 2012 • 6:22 am
President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are neck and neck in opinion polls, but there is one area in which the incumbent appears to have a big advantage: those who have already cast their …
More via Obama grabs wide lead among those who have already voted: Reuters/Ipsos poll | Reuters.
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