Sen. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will campaign together in Orlando, Florida on Monday as early voting opens in the state. Earlier in the day Obama will be in Tampa while Hillary will be campaigning for him in Broward (Fort Lauderdale, north of Miami.)
Where's McCain/Palin? Palin will be in Colorado shoring up the Republican base in Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Loveland (Larimer County) -- all of which are locks for their ticket.
McCain was in Miami today with Joe Lieberman, courting the Cuban vote, but has nothing scheduled in the state through next week. Obama on the other hand is putting serious energy into Florida, and Miami in particular, for the duration of the campaign.
Hillary campaigned in Youngstown, Ohio today.
Silly guy. Doesn't he know that the financial industry needs more Gordon Gekkos and fewer analysts with common sense and honesty? Telling the truth will never get you anywhere in this industry so it's a good thing they fired him.
Han Sang-choon, deputy head of Mirae Asset Investment Education Institute, said investors ignored warnings over the past few months that trouble lay ahead for stocks and held on to funds thinking a big pay day was just around the corner.
"I reckon people haven't cashed in their funds because of personal greed and expectations (of profits)," he told an investor, according to quotes from the Friday TV show that appeared widely in South Korean media.
Even though Seoul shares ended down 2.73 percent on Friday for their lowest close since late October 2005, brokerage Mirae Asset did not like the investment advice.
"Therefore, we decided to sack our deputy head, Han Sang-choon, who gave individual views out of line with our institute's original purpose, and caused concern to investors," Kang Chang-hee, the head of the company's research institute said in a written statement.
Those of you watching Hardball tonight on the East Coast just had a chance to see one of the most disgusting interviews you will ever see on a 24-hour news network. Michelle Bachmann has been a longtime McCain surrogate on the cable shows, spewing[...]
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The latest edition of The Week In Blog is up at bloggingheads.tv, featuring TownHall.com's Amanda Carpenter and myself discussing blog reaction to the final debate, Joe The Plumber and the ACORN non-story.
Watch it below, then check out some of my fact-checking on taxes over at OurFuture.org.
Check out these trend lines.
Tarrance Group for the NRCC. 10/15-16. Likely voters. MoE 5.8% (10/9 numbers)
Mahoney (D-inc) 29 (56)
Rooney (R) 55 (31)
That's a 51-point swing in one week. Amazing what a major scandal involving sex and money and general asshattery can do to your reelection prospects.
This is disappointing on a number of levels. We're going to lose a seat which was evidently safe beforehand, and frankly, Rooney's lead is sufficiently large at this point that the NRCC probably won't waste any money here.
On the other hand, if any Democrat has to go down this year, we're lucky it was Mahoney. Judging by his voting record, his history as a lousy team player for the party, and his behavior, Mahoney is exactly the kind of Representative we don't want staining the party name in Washington, particularly in a very marginally Republican district (R+2) which will be winnable for Democrats in the future.
Reports are that Mahoney is considering resigning from Congress and dropping out of the race, as Mark Foley did before him.
He really should.
The (late) Friday Docu-Dump. Cindy McCain Releases Tax ReturnsYou just don’t know how much those of us assigned to the Friday blog roundup circuit just love this stuff. After a full day sorting through all the end of the week round-up posts, the linky news you should know but aren’t worth an entire post about [...]
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I'm very happy to announce that tomorrow on the Errington Thompson show, I will have as my special guest Markos Moulitsas, founder of the Daily Kos and author of Taking on the System-Rules for Radical Change in a Digital Era. I'll also be giving away tickets to Oliver Stone's new movie W!! Tune in tomorrow at 9 am (Eastern standard Time). (streaming here)
Secondly, W movie trailer.
Levi Stubbs of the Four Tops died today at age 72. They were my favorite Motown group (along with the Shirelles and the Supremes.) I still remember when they played at my high school and I jumped onstage to hug him at the end.
Formed while its original members were in high school, the Four Tops were one of the most successful groups of the 20th century. They had more than 40 hits on the Billboard pop charts, including their first No. 1 single, “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” in 1964.
Here's 1966 and Baby I Need Your Loving: [More..]
R.I.P. Levi Stubbs.
As expected, the quasi-formal announcement of the US-Iraq security agreement sharply divided the Iraqi society.
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One of my commenters suggested that I was going after Joe the Plumber. Well, he actually said, "this is so typical how the weak intellectually deficient left wing liberals address an issue." This brings up two issues -- first, I did not say that "Joe the Plumber" is a bad guy or was a terrorist or was morally deficient. Instead, I pointed out the facts as they stand. "Joe the Plumber" may not be a plumber nor a contractor since he is not licensed to do either in Ohio. Secondly, I've addressed the issues in several posts (here, here). I addressed these issues long before John McCain made Joe the Plumber a household name.
Trickle-down economics doesn't work and has never worked. Republicans have been unable to create jobs in comparison with the success of the Democrats. Since Truman, Democrats and their policies have consistently been able to create more jobs than Republicans. This isn't my opinion. This is fact.
John McCain and the rest the Republican Party have proposed nothing new for our country's economic woes. Their answer to every crisis is tax cuts for the rich. That is their answer. We've learned over the past 27 years that what happens is that the rich get richer and the rest of us are left behind.
Finally, I would like to address the notion that empowering the middle class is something akin to Marxism, socialism or whatever other derogatory term the right wing is using today. The middle class is the fiber of our country. As such, they are the engine that makes industry great. Under Franklin Roosevelt we saw increased taxes on the rich and a government that supported unions. Yes, I mentioned unions. Unions work to increase wages for the middle class. Unions are sometimes the only leverage that the middle class has against management. Unions also work to suppress inflated CEO salaries. So in the "40s and "50s, as a result of these forces, there was a compression of our society. The rich were a little less rich but the benefits of these policies made the poor a little less poor. Anything that benefits the middle class directly is something that I will support because it is good for America and good for our economy.