Joan E. McLean, a professor at Ohio Wesleyan University, looks at how Ohio voted in the 2008 presidential primary for clues to what may happen there on Tuesday.
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So either there's some major security threat of which we know nothing ? or the Powers That Be are simply terrified of being mic-checked. I'm gonna have to go with the second one:
President Obama has boasted for months about hosting the annual summit of the Group of 8 industrialized nations this May in his hometown of Chicago, but on Monday, the White House without explanation announced a shift to the secluded setting of the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland.
Administration officials and associates, speaking only on the condition of anonymity, said the president in recent weeks began discussing the idea of a more intimate setting for the world leaders ? both to ease their communications and to cut down on the security concerns and traffic tie-ups of a big-city summit. Also, several noted, Vladimir V. Putin, a harsh critic of the United States who returns to the presidency of Russia after his election on Sunday, will be among the attendees.
?To facilitate a free-flowing discussion with our close G-8 partners, the president is inviting his fellow G-8 leaders to Camp David on May 18 to 19 for the G-8 Summit, which will address a broad range of economic, political and security issues,? the brief White House statement said.
Still, the change of location was unusual given the months-long lead time that such events require for preparation.
I think the reporter just said the White House was lying. Not in so many words, but close. You can draw your own conclusions.
Administration officials and others denied that the prospect of the anti-globalization protests common to such gatherings was a factor in the decision to change locations. After the Group of 8 summit, the separate summit of 28 NATO countries and Russia will go on as planned in Chicago, where leaders will discuss the future of the Atlantic alliance and specifically the coalition?s exit from Afghanistan by 2014 and the size and makeup of any residual force there.
Huh. So if protests weren't even a factor, considering the sorts of things that have been going on in protests around the globe, they'd have to be pretty dumb to not be worried about them. Which indicates to me that someone is blowing smoke, but that's okay. It's always better to have them scared of the people than it is to have the people scared of the Powers That Be.
Still laughing at the female lawmaker's bill in Ohio that would require men to be informed of the risks involved in taking Viagra and of alternatives, such as natural remedies or celibacy.[...]
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Conservative media watchdog, Brent Bozell, launches 'I Stand with Rush'. [...]
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I can't resist: Schadenfreude, c'est moi. The Professor delivers the shiv:
Via Brad DeLong, I see that the Kochs are trying to take over Cato, which they view as insufficiently hackish.There's more, of course, but why bother?
They must have high standards in this regard; after all, Cato is, among other things, a place that had something called the Project on Social Security Privatization, which it renamed the Project on Social Security Choice when it turned out that ?privatization? polled badly ? and tried to purge its records, to make it look as if they had never used the word privatization.
Last summer, we wrote about a trade report from GTM Research showing that the U.S. had a $247 million solar trade surplus with China in 2010 ? an unexpected tip of the scales that came mostly from exporting polysilicon and manufacturing equipment.
GTM analysts haven’t updated their study yet. But a coalition of American manufacturers just released its own report showing that the U.S. lost that surplus in 2011. By a lot.
According to the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM), the U.S. now has a $1.6 billion trade deficit with China. The group, which supports an anti-dumping complaint recently filed with the International Trade Commission, concludes that the deterioration of U.S. solar manufacturing due to unfair trade practices has turned America’s $1.9 billion global trade surplus into a $1.5 billion trade deficit.
Applying the same data sets that GTM Research used, CASM looked at the U.S. industry?s competitive position with China and the world. The analysis shows that in 2011 the United States became a net solar importer from both.
The organization is using the study to highlight its belief that Chinese solar firms are dumping product into the U.S. market:
A leading cause of this reversal is a massive surge in Chinese exports of dumped and subsidized solar cells and modules, which, in 2011, more than doubled the totals of 2010, increasing from more than $1.2 billion to more than $2.8 billion. Further, exports to China of products for which the United States had a significant trade surplus in 2010 ? polysilicon (the main raw material used to produce solar cells) and solar manufacturing equipment ? declined precipitously in 2011, falling by $194 million and $170 million, respectively (a 21 percent combined decrease).
The CASM report comes on the heels of a report released by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden, which found that the U.S. trade deficit for environmental goods grew by almost 90% in 2011 ? a figure that includes both wind and solar technologies.
The solar industry is still waiting for an official ruling on whether or not Chinese solar companies have been unfairly subsidized. The Commerce Department was supposed to issue a decision last week on whether or not to enforce tariffs on Chinese solar equipment. But the decision has been delayed until later this month.
The solar trade issue has stirred a fierce debate within the industry, creating a rift between manufacturers struggling to compete with depressed panel prices and developers depend on those continued price reductions.
At his first press conference of the year today, President Obama said he called Sandra Fluke in the wake of Rush Limbaugh’s attacks on the Georgetown Law student with his own daughters on his mind. “The reason I called Ms. Fluke is because I thought about Malia and Sasha and one of the things I want them to do as they get older is to engage in issues they care about, even ones I may not agree with them on,” he said in response to a question from USA Today’s Aamer Madhani.
“I don’t want them attacked or called horrible names because they are being good citizens. And I wanted Sandra to know that her parents should be proud of her and that we want to send a message to all of our young people that being part of democracy involves argument, and disagreement, and debate and we want you be engaged, and there’s a way to do it that doesn’t involve you being deemed and insulted, particularly when you’re a private citizen,” he explained.
“All decent folks can agree that the remarks that were made don’t have any place in the public discourse,” he said of Limbaugh’s initial comments that Fluke was “slut” and “prostitute.” Watch it:
“Ed, just from a political perspective, do you think that the President of the United States going into re-election wants gas prices to go higher? Is there anybody here who thinks that makes a lot of sense?” President Barack Obama asked at today’s press conference, after Fox News correspondent Ed Henry accused him of supporting higher gas prices. “Here’s the bottom line with respect to gas prices. I want gas prices lower because they hurt families.”
?As far as the vice president thing, you know, who knows what the future lies because it wasn?t too long ago, you know, I was sitting in the desert of Kandahar, Afghanistan, and now I?m here talking with you,? the Florida Republican told CNN?s Soledad O?Brien. ?But, you know, I am always willing and ready to serve my country in whatever capacity that the American people would desire.?
So how does Springsteen maintain his appeal among conservatives despite his activism for Democratic politicians?Gosh, how does The Boss manage to make music that appeals to a range of people? I would think the answer is "by rocking," but maybe there's something more?
Some of the pull is from lyrics that often are couched in terms that appeal to the right, such as frequent references to family, flags and community.Right. See above re: rocking.
?He uses conservative language for progressive messages, and he delivers them through a populist mechanism ? rock music,? Christopher Borick, a professor at Pennsylvania?s Muhlenberg College who teaches a class on Springsteen, told POLITICO. ?He references flags; he references Jesus; he references God. His approach to lyrics, from a political sense, often uses conservative-tinged words that might resonate with voters who are by no means liberal.?
Last week, we worked on some welfare reform bills.See? People on food stamps are just like wild animals in parks! Ha. Ha. Ha.
And here, it's kind of ironic, I'll read you this little funny clipped that we got from a friend. It says, 'Is't it ironic that the food stamp program, part of the Department of Agriculture, is pleased to be distributing the greatest amount of food stamps ever.
Meanwhile, the Park Service, also part of the Department of Agriculture, asks us to please not feed the animals, because the animals may grow dependent and not learn to take care of themselves.
judge sentenced former New York Mets star Lenny Dykstra to three years in state prison for leasing high-end cars from a dealership by providing false information and claiming credit through a phony business.
As ThinkProgress reported earlier, the Department of Justice found through its investigation that Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin School District did not properly intervene when its students were harassed for their gender non-conforming identities. In the report, the DOJ profiled 10 current and former students, all of whom experienced verbal and often physical threats because of their perceived gender or sexual orientation and faced mental health and/or educational consequences when the district failed to mitigate the bullying. In most of the cases, the district placed burdens on the bullied student rather than take steps to interrupt the harassment, and in every case, the district had evidence that the harassment continued but did not take further action.
Though the school’s former “neutrality” policy exemplified how LGBT students have been made to feel invisible, these profiles reveal the many ways school administrators inappropriately responded to reports of bullying, allowing it to persist. Here are some examples:
The administration’s mindset in all of these incidents was a resignation that harassment is par for the course and there is nothing they can do about it. Hopefully, the five-year rehabilitation mandated by the consent decree the district has agreed to will shine light on how to create a learning environment that is safe and welcoming for all students.