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The Optimism Cure

Mitt Romney reveals that his real economic plan relies on magic. Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/24/opinion/krugman-the-optimism-cure.html?smid=pl-share ...

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Judge refuses to grant injunction for Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law

For the sake of our democracy, we can only hope she's right. Olivia Thorne, president of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, said the push to get people acceptable photo IDs for Election Day is "going to get bigger." August 15, 2012 York, PA - Olivia Thorne expects to see a ramp up in efforts to help voters get valid photo identification under Pennsylvania's new strict voter ID law. "There are two t ...

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Defending Obama Against Swift-Boating: A Note From John Kerry

t's easy to look at the attacks, smears, and lies being told about President Obama and his record and say, "Come on, that's ridiculous. No one could possibly believe that." Trust me: You and I learned the hard way eight years ago this August that in the new world we're living in -- one with 24-hour news cycles, the internet, blogs, the echo chamber, and now the new Citizens United-fueled Republican money ma ...

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Biden: McConnell decided to withhold all cooperation even before we took office

August 10, 2012 by Greg Sargent I’ve got my copy of Michael Grunwald’s new book on the making of stimulus, The New New Deal, and there are a lot of juicy nuggets in it. In particular, it may shed new light on the degree to which Republicans may have decided to deny Obama all cooperation for the explicit purpose of rendering his presidency a failure — making it easier for them to mount a political comback af ...

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Obama presidency great for stocks. Will it help him?

Barack Obama often gets slammed for his stewardship of the U.S. economy, but for stock investors, he's been one of the best presidents since World War Two. At 1,400, the S&P 500 on Friday was closing in on a four-year high and was up 74 percent since January 20, 2009, the day Obama took office. Not since Dwight Eisenhower's first term has a president had such a strong run for their first term. That rally mi ...

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Millionaire Mitt still whining about how hard it was ‘to make ends meet’

August 2, 2012 Dude. Dude. As Jed Lewison reported, Mitt Romney's new "biographical" ad attempts to re-re-re-re-re-introduce him to voters, as if not knowing about him is the problem. Uh, Mitt. The voters know more than enough. They're just not that into you. And this doesn't help: The ad opens with Mitt Romney talking about his business background and saying that he knows what it's like to start a business ...

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Mitt Romney Replaces Sarah Palin as America’s Most Hated Politician

August 2, 2012 A new Pew survey has found that Mitt Romney is so unpopular that he has now replaced Sarah Palin as America’s most hated national political figure. The Pew Research Center for People and the Press survey revealed that more than half of respondents (52%) hold an unfavorable view of Mitt Romney, and only 37% have a favorable opinion of the Republican nominee. This is the sixth consecutive month ...

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U.S. Begins Packing Its Afghan War Gear for the Movers

The ending of the Afghanistan war hasn't gotten public acclaim nor the support of Mitt Romney, but it sure beats where the country was ten years ago. August 4, 2012 As the Afghan war draws to a close, the American military has already began an immense logistical effort, spanning half the globe, to ship back its equipment. More: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/04/world/asia/in-afghanistan-us-packs-war-gear-fo ...

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That old QE religion: faith, hope & no clarity

John Crudele makes an interesting proposal to jump-start the economy. Is he right? Who knows? But his idea is specific and substantive, and doesn't fit neatly into typical right or left categorization. Sadly, such ideas never seem to make it into the national dialogue. Instead, we are subject to a barrage of ideologies -- or more bluntly, propaganda -- that drowns out the possibility of creative solutions a ...

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Let Detroit Go Bankrupt

Mitt forecast disaster if the Obama Administration did what it promised to do. His approach was not possible: there was no private investment money for a managed bailout. And he was wrong in results: the industry is doing quite well. But that doesn't stop Mitt: He now takes credit for the Administration's success. November 18, 2008 A managed bankruptcy may be the only path to the fundamental restructuring t ...

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