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According to a new Daily Kos /SEIU poll , nearly half of voters believe that Republicans are intentionally stalling efforts to jump start the economy to ensure that President Barack Obama is not re-elected. 49 percent of respondents to the poll say that Republicans are intentionally stalling the economy, compared to 40 percent who say they are not. 11 percent replied “not sure.” Among independents, 50 percent said that Republicans are stalling the recovery compared to 40 percent who said they are not, and 61 percent of self-described moderates said they are compared to just 40 percent who said they are not. Although 41 percent of voters believe that last week’s jobs report was bad news for the president (compared to 40 percent who said that it will have no effect on him, and 14 percent who said it was good news,) they seem to be primarily blaming the Republican party for the mess.
Brian Beutler A surprising development on Wall Street Thursday could magnify a little-discussed but key difference between President Obama and Mitt Romney — one with enormous consequences for public policy. On a conference call with analysts, JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon announced that his firm had lost $2 billion investing in the same species of derivative that exacerbated the 2008 financial crisis.
Tweets WBUR’s Fred Thys . I’m guessing Brown will say it wasn’t “bipartisan enough”. Which it could have been, of course, if he’d voted for it. He’s not working hard enough at this bipartisan thing, huh? I’m having trouble imagining how it’s not a bipartisan priority to make sure women get paid the same as men for the same work. Unless, of course, one party doesn’t care much about women who vote.
By Andrew Joseph // May 23, 2012 | 4:49 p.m. The Republican primary race for Arizona's 6th Congressional District is heating up, with the campaign of Rep. Ben Quayle accusing a staffer from Rep.
By Rex Nutting , MarketWatch WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Of all the falsehoods told about President Barack Obama, the biggest whopper is the one about his reckless spending spree. As would-be president Mitt Romney tells it: “I will lead us out of this debt and spending inferno.” Almost everyone believes that Obama has presided over a massive increase in federal spending, an “inferno” of spending that threatens our jobs, our businesses and our children’s future.
Published: Dec. 2, 2011 at 11:38 AM WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. congressional Republicans will renew their call to repeal healthcare reform laws in bits and pieces, not all at once, members of both parties say. Back in January, the new House Republican majority's first major legislative effort was a highly publicized, party-line vote to repeal the entire law, which came to nothing in the Senate. Now, though Republicans said they will focus on two provisions of the reform that could put Democrats and President Obama in a tough spot as the 2012 election nears -- the Independent Payment Advisory Board, which Republicans have characterized as a Medicare rationing board, and the CLASS Act, a program the Obama administration put on hold that would have provided daily benefits for people with disabilities if they've paid monthly premiums for at least five years, The Hill reported Friday.
SIOUX CITY, IOWA — At the lectern in a packed convention center last month, Rick Santorum spoke haltingly, not for the first or the last time, about his seriously ill youngest daughter, Isabella , who has the genetic disorder Trisomy 18 . Half of all children with the chromosomal anomaly, more common in girls, are stillborn. And of those who do survive, only one in 10 makes it to her first birthday. “I have a little girl who’s 3 1 / 2 years old,” the Republican presidential hopeful said in his dinner speech at the annual “Defenders of Freedom” event, hosted by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).
The balance of party identification in the American electorate now favors the Democratic Party by a decidedly larger margin than in either of the two previous presidential election cycles. In 5,566 interviews with registered voters conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press during the first two months of 2008, 36% identify themselves as Democrats, and just 27% as Republicans. The share of voters who call themselves Republicans has declined by six points since 2004, and represents, on an annualized basis, the lowest percentage of self-identified Republican voters in 16 years of polling by the Center. The Democratic Party has also built a substantial edge among independent voters. Of the 37% who claim no party identification, 15% lean Democratic, 10% lean Republican, and 12% have no leaning either way.
Brian Beutler For at least the next several weeks, politics will undergo a strange transposition, during which Republicans will warn of the economic dangers of cutting government spending, and President Obama will barnstorm the country warning voters that Republicans are inviting a tax increase on the majority of Americans. The timelines won’t align perfectly, and the Democrats will have a greater sense of urgency. But in the wake of Super Committee failure, Democrats and Republicans are staring down uncomfortable deadlines, and each party’s best bet for avoiding outcomes that harm their interests is to adopt the other’s rhetoric.
See? SEE?! I fucking told you so. We all knew it, right? But it’s especially painful to hear it put so bluntly.
Having had no luck in a political battle pitting deficit reduction against the unemployed, Democrats on Tuesday tried deficit reduction against veterans. It didn't work. Sen.
WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney floated an eyebrow-raising suggestion on Veterans Day: privatize veterans' health care. Speaking with a dozen vets in an occasionally emotional roundtable discussion in South Carolina Friday, the GOP presidential contender sympathized with the service members' difficulties obtaining treatment from the Department of Veterans Affairs, which one vet described as "adversarial." Romney, who has already proposed privatizing Medicare , suggested that maybe giving wounded warriors an outside option would force VA health bureaucrats to be a little more responsive.
Mitt Romney Has Announced That He Will Privatize Medicare By: Ray Nov. 4th, 2011 more from Ray <img src="http://cdn.politicususa.com/wp-content/uploads/romney13-300x187.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="187" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-42951"/> The Republican Party has created a crisis to eliminate the New Deal and the Great Society our past generations built and enjoyed.
Many wonder how Davy Boy and Ol' Chucky ensure that they get their money's worth out of the organizations they fund and support. How do they control the work or dissemination of Conservative "messages"? I found their operation is much simpler and more effective than many would believe and done through a system that has virtually been ignored by media and most researchers. Going at it the way I did I also uncovered how they are able to have additional control over what is printed about them in corporate controlled media outlets - print, TV and other formats.
As the nation’s attention remains riveted on the GOP attempt to downsize government by refusing to raise the national debt limit, the party is working through the back door to destroy protections for the environment. In a study that reveals the GOP pledge to protect business interests at all costs, the Center for Media and Democracy recently analyzed 800 bills supported by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). This secretive group consists of big businesses and conservatives who influence state legislatures around the country to lower wages and taxes on business, and weaken environmental protection that could crimp profits. Undoing efforts to address climate change is a major priority of ALEC sponsors such as Koch Industries, Exxon Mobil, Wal-Mart, AT&T and Peabody Energy.
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