The Wall Street Journal reported today that Mitt Romney’s potential list of nominees for Treasury Secretary includes John Thain, the former CEO of Wall Street investment bank Merrill Lynch who now heads CIT Group. Thain is perhaps best known for overseeing Merrill Lynch as it fell apart during the 2008 financial crisis, necessitating a rescue [...]
Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has been particularly vocal lately in his support for marriage equality, and he now stands prepared to take that commitment to the next level. State Rep. Mary Franson (R) said during a debate two weeks ago that she believes homosexuality is not “normal behavior,” and has since claimed to be [...]
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The Romney negative, a statistic closely watched by campaign aides and pundits, has been consistently higher than his favorables. His gaffes, the one percent policies, the refusal to be transparant and those secret tapes are certainly contributing[...]
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by Bill Becker The Obama and Romney campaigns are making the point that there are big differences between the positions of the two presidential candidates, and America has a clear choice between two futures. There are no issues on which those statements are truer than energy policy and its impact on global climate change. The [...]
What a scandal. I mean, a ruthless petro-dictator would never, ever endorse George. W. Bush.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says terrorist attacks in Iraq are aimed at preventing the re-election of U.S. President George W. Bush and that a Bush defeat "could lead to the spread of terrorism to other parts of the world."
Nor would the government of a nation that is hostile to the United States.
Iran has thrown its weight behind the Bush campaign, saying it is unimpressed with John Kerry.
"We haven't seen anything good from the Democrats," said Hasan Rowhani, head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, on state television.
Why can't we go back to the Bush years, when America's enemies hated and feared our president?
In its statement, Abu Hafs al-Masri [the terrorist group responsible for the Madrid bombing] said it was calling a truce in Spain to give the socialist government that was elected Sunday, three days after the train attacks, time to carry out its pledge to withdraw troops from Iraq.
The group appeared to boast it had the power to change governments.
"We change and destroy countries," the statement said. "We even influence the international economy, and this is God's blessing to us."
The statement tells American voters that Abu Hafs al-Masri supports the re-election campaign of President Bush: "We are very keen that Bush does not lose the upcoming elections."
Next, Hannity will accuse Obama of being too cozy with Big Oil and for spending too much time clearing brush on his ranch.
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The term came first into use just after the 1972 presidential election, when the United States was in negotiations to end the domestically-divisive Vietnam War. Twelve days before Election Day, on October 26, 1972, National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger appeared at a White House press conference and announced, ?We believe that peace is at hand.? Though Nixon was widely considered the favorite for re-election over challenger George McGovern, the news proved beneficial to Nixon as he went on to win every state except Massachusetts in the election.
Just over three months after a huge decision to uphold most of President Obama's controversial health reform law, the U.S. Supreme Court convenes for its new term with a major decisions expected on affirmative action and other possible cases involving gay marriage and voting rights. [...]
Other matters that may officially come before the High Court later in this term involve gay marriage and a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, California's Prop 8 that constitutionally banned same-sex marriage and a challenge to one part of the Voting Rights Act known as Section 5.
All of those could make major headlines - but if they are given a full review by the Justices, none of them will be finished by the time voters go to the polls on November 6.
The White House confirmed but sought to downplay a report by a conservative website on Sunday that it had been the victim of a cyberattack, volunteering to POLITICO that no harm had been done. [...]
A White House official speaking on background late Sunday confirmed there was an attempted hack but said that it affected an unclassified network, was ?isolated? and that there was no evidence that any data had been stolen.
Another day, another Lindsay Lohan drama.
The ?Mean Girls? actress mixed it up with a starstruck congressional staffer in her Manhattan hotel early Sunday ? and now both of them are facing charges.
Cops say Lohan took Christian LaBella?s cellphone so she could delete pictures of her partying ? and he got physical with her trying to get it back.
... LaBella, 25, and Lohan, 26, will both be hit with low-level harassment violations. [...]
It?s unclear if she already knew LaBella, who works for Republican Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois ...
Wonderful. Remember a few days ago when we brought you news that a leading Iranian news service had taken seriously an Onion article about fearless leader Ahmadinejad being more popular among rural Americans than President Obama--and then taken it in another way, plagiarizing the story. Today the Fars agency admitted it had been snookered--but then argued that the claim in the story might still be true!
Tar Sands Blockade: Why are they so frightened of us? (#NoKXL)By: Benjamin Franklin, Firedog LakeMonday October 1, 2012 8:49 amWhen I remember what happened, I remember the beauty first. The blue sky, the soaring hawk, the oak sapling mangled by the[...]
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An act legalizing some 2.1 million undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children would give a major boost to the economy, according to a new study from the Center for American Progress and the Partnership for a New American Economy. Passing the DREAM Act would, the authors conclude, generate 1.4 million jobs and add $329 billion to the economy. It would also generate some $10.2 billion in additional state and federal tax revenue from households and businesses. Over two decades, the DREAMer population would earn 19 percent more than without passage of the act.
The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, first introduced in 2001, would provide a path to legal status for eligible young people. Until recently, they were treated the same as unauthorized immigrants who came to United States as adults, meaning that they were frequently deported even if they were toddlers when they arrived here and Americans in all but documentation.
Under an executive order President Obama announced in June, young immigrants who have been here for five years or more are no longer being deported. But this is only a temporary measure and, as the president has said, it is not "amnesty" or a path to citizenship as passage the DREAM Act would be. Republicans initially howled at the president's move, but they have toned it down as election day nears, quite possibly for fear they will, as a party, lose even more of the Latino vote than they already have.
Gaining legal status alone would give DREAMers access to better jobs than those typically available to undocumented immigrants. But, in addition, the DREAM Act would have a strong economic impact because it would spur eligible immigrants to finish high school and take at least some college courses or join the military. This would give them the education and skills to earn more money.
The CAP study's authors, Juan Carlos Guzmán and Raúl C. Jara, note:
In detailing the ways in which passage of the DREAM Act will add significant value, jobs, and tax revenue to the American economy, it is important to note that the benefits would not simply be a one-time addition but instead unfold over time, with the economic benefits growing larger as time goes on. This upward trajectory comes because eligible DREAMers will have a staggered entrance into the workforce, with many eligible youth still in elementary or secondary school at the time of passage.[...]The report includes an interactive rollover map showing differences between gains in all 50 states and a full set of the data in the report. The impact varies widely from state to state because the age and demographics of the DREAMers and foreign-born individuals in each state.
One important caveat is necessary: This study looks solely at the economic benefits from passing the DREAM Act, and not any costs that may be incurred. But we believe future costs from the DREAM Act will be limited.
Take Colorado, for instance: 44,000 DREAMers; 22,459 new jobs; $5.5 billion added to the economy; $169 million in new tax revenue.
Compare that with Ohio: 16,500 DREAMers; 6,906 new jobs; $1.4 billion added to the economy; $41 million in new tax revenue.
While the DREAM Act obviously would have significant benefits for individuals, it works for the whole country as well. Opposition reflects the short-sighted view that encouraging these young people will steal benefits that would otherwise only be available to Americans born here. That rejection of a sensible act of straightforward justice cuts against everything we know to be true in the long immigrant history of the United States.