I previously dubbed the manufactured political outrage about the Department of Energy’s clean energy loan guarantee program the “Solyndra Standard.” While legislators and candidates hammer away at supposed “taxpayer giveaways,” they completely ignore the billions of dollars in defense boondoggles, fossil fuel subsidies, and agricultural subsidies — all of which dwarf investments like those to [...]
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A Philadelphia police officer has been caught on video allegedly punching a woman in the face after she appeared to throw water on him during the city's Puerto Rican Day Parade over the weekend.
Video of the incident dated Sept. 30, 2012 was uploaded by YouTube user Gisela Valentin on Sunday.
The clip shows the unnamed woman tossing water in the air in the direction of a group of police officers. A second person also throws water in their direction.
One officer in a white shirt runs over to the woman and punches her in the face as she's walking away, laying her flat on her back.
"Oh, s--t!" a bystander can be heard saying.
The woman is immediately handcuffed as other officers create a perimeter around the scene. The woman can be seen bleeding from her mouth as an officer in a blue shirt leads her away.
"Over 1,500 participants, including performers, local celebrities, youth groups" gathered in Philadelphia on Sunday to celebrate Puerto Rican and Latino heritage, according to the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation.
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Pres. Barack Obama, winning in Nevada.Below are the TPM polling composites. The four-year-ago comparison is from the Real Clear Politics polling composite on Oct. 1, 2008.
The national polling is as erratic as always. The numbers have tightened, but most of that is from a batch of new pollsters adding to the mix. Fact is, Obama still has a clear and comfortable edge.
Meanwhile, that edge is solid in most of the States That Matter. Of the nine most competitive states left, Obama is above 50 in the two most important?Ohio and Florida, as well as Wisconsin. He is at 48.9 percent or higher in all but North Carolina, the sole state in which he still trails. Meanwhile, Romney hits 46 percent in just two. He can't even hit 44 percent in must-win Ohio.
Remember those old, clunky TVs and computer monitors? The ones with Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) people threw out in favor of flat screens? Well, now electronics makers don?t want to recycle them.[...]
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In an interview with 60 Minutes, the top U.S. general in Afghanistan warned that the attacks by Afghan soldiers on coalition forces will not be ending anytime soon. Speaking with Laura Logan, General John Allen said that he was ?mad as hell? about the deaths of allied soldiers at the hands of Afghans — so-called [...]
Judge Carol Jackson, a George H.W. Bush appointee to a federal court in Missouri, rejected a Catholic business owner’s challenge to the Obama Administration’s rules requiring employer health plans to cover birth control. Like the many copycat lawsuits asserting similar legal claims, the plaintiffs in this suit argued that the birth control rules substantially burden [...]
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will be debating on Wednesday night, and as Michael Calderone tells us, an absolutely incredible 3,000 journalists will be trooping out to Denver to be there when it happens. They won't actually be in the hall, though. They'll be in a nearby gym, watching it on TV like everyone else. But after the debate ends, they'll decamp to the "spin room, where partisans will dispense utterly predictable remarks on what just happened. "Governor Romney hit it out of the park, while President Obama couldn't justify his failures," a Romney staffer will say. "President Obama hit it out of the park, while Mitt Romney only reinforced the doubts the American people have about him," an Obama staffer will say. "Ooo, that's fascinating?give me more of your interpretation of what I just saw, campaign staffer," no one in the world will say.
Calderone asks one relevant question?Should they bother? (Answer: No)?but I'd like to address another couple: Why do they do it in the first place, and why don't they stop?
The first answer, I think, is that sitting at home watching it on television doesn't feel like reporting, while getting on a plane, flying to the event, then sitting around watching it on television in the company of a bunch of other reporters does. It isn't really, but it feels that way. The second answer is that the presence of the spin room does in fact supply reporters with something they need: quotes. If you write for a newspaper and you have to produce a story about the debate and file it within an hour after the thing ends, you need quotes to fill it out. Even if those quotes are nothing more than the most transparently insincere bullshit a politician or operative can serve up?delivered in pairs, of course, because we're being objective?you just can't do without quotes. So the reporters go from one spinner to the next, jostling with their colleagues, shoving their voice recorders out until they grab enough quotes to complete their stories.
And yes, in the age of the Internet and social media it seems like an archaic practice for all these reporters to go all the way to the location of the debate for this, and to bother going into the spin room when they get there. But they aren't going to stop.
This election, Charlie Savage of the New York Times writes, will decide the future of "interrogation methods in terrorism cases," whether torture techniques used by the administration of President George W. Bush are restored. GOP presidential candidate[...]
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