We Are Now Entering The Terrifying End GameNigel Farage, King World NewsSeptember 24, 2012What is really happening here is the eurozone crisis is so serious, and so dire, public opinion across Europe is turning so quickly in every country against the[...]
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Today is National Voter Registration Day. With little more than a month remaining until the elections, time is running out for new voters or voters who moved since the last election to register to vote this November. Voters who need a registration form from their home state can sign up for one here. In honor [...]
Videographer Peter Sinclair has another excellent video for The Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media featuring leading Arctic experts: One of the featured scientists is Dr. Jennifer Francisof Rutgers’ Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences. We’ve featured discussion of Francis’s important work here. Francis was lead author of a 2012 Geophysical Research Letters study, [...]
Linda McMahon, Senate candidate in Connecticut, is none too happy that her Democratic opponent, Chris Murphy, is pointing out her rather extensive anti-woman record. So now she has an ad of her own that totally refutes his:
Have you seen this ad? It's from Chris Murphy. It's totally false, and pretty desperate. Murphy calls me anti-women.So Linda McMahon believes that she can't possibly be anti-women because?duh, Chris Murphy!?she is a woman! Game, set, match!
But Chris, take a look. I am a woman. A pro-choice woman. My company offered excellent health benefits that included mammograms and access to birth control. It's absurd to claim I'd vote different. Murphy's had a tough few weeks, but this is really sad.
I'm Linda McMahon, an independent-minded woman, and I approve this message.
And as for why her Democratic opponent would claim that she'd vote to take health care away from women? Gosh, wonder where he might have come up with that. Let's see ... let's think waaaaaay back to ... about three blinks ago:
McMahon has publicly expressed her support, albeit somewhat tepidly, for an amendment introduced earlier this year by Missouri Republican Roy Blunt in the Senate. That measure would have given not just religious organizations but all employers the ability to opt out of paying for contraception as part of their health care plans. The employer exemption died along party lines in the Senate.
"I said I would have reluctantly supported it," McMahon said.
But yeah. It's "absurd" to say that McMahon would vote for the kinds of bills she's said she'd vote for. Absurd!
You know what's absurd? Being a Republican who thinks saying "I am a woman" is just as good as actually supporting women. That's absurd.
Let's show Linda McMahon just how "absurd" it is to think you can erase your anti-woman record just by being a woman.
Ryan made it clear that family values and the right of same-sex couples to marry are not compatible during a town hall in Cincinnati, Ohio, when asked by an audience member about the topic.[...]
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Previous research showed that pollution from heavy traffic near homes can contribute to breathing problems, and now a new study finds that children who live near busy roads are more likely to develop asthma. Specifically, researchers from the University of Southern California found higher levels of asthma in kids who living within 250 feet of [...]
A day after saying he's not in favor of reinstating DADT, Paul Ryan blasts marriage equality.The post Ryan slams gay marriage equality appeared first on AMERICAblog.
Mitt Romney seems to have decided to run an entire presidential campaign on quibbling semantic arguments, which is certainly a novel approach, but not one I'd recommend for future candidates. It's not that every campaign doesn't spend way too much time complaining about the words their opponent says, but he really has taken it to a totally different level; every day seems to bring a new expression of feigned outrage at something Barack Obama said.
Over at MSNBC's "Lean Forward" blog, I have a new piece about one of these inane back-and-forths that happened last week, when Obama said he learned you couldn't change Washington from the inside, and Romney got really peeved and promised he would change it from the inside. My point was essentially that if I hear one more pundit talk about the good old days when Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neill would argue during the day, then share a beer and bellow some old Irish sea shanties in the evening, I think I'm going to lose it:
Let's look at the biggest accomplishment of Barack Obama's first term, the passage of the Affordable Care Act. In that Univision interview, Obama tried to describe this as a triumph of change from the outside, as the American people exerted pressure on their representatives. But that's not really what happened. There was some outside organizing, but it probably didn't carry the day. The reform that one president after another failed to accomplish didn't happen because Barack Obama and his supporters changed Washington. It happened because Obama wrestled with Washington, struggled with it, and finally overcame roadblocks both institutional (the filibuster) and personal (the narcissistic cynicism of characters like Joe Lieberman and Ben Nelson). And today, almost everything about those processes remains the same. If Obama tries to do something else as ambitious in his second term, it'll be just as difficult.
What matters isn't whether Washington was transformed, but that because of Obama's health care victory, 30 million more Americans will have health insurance, and that starting in 2014 none of us will be denied coverage because of our pre-existing conditions, and all of the other positive results of the ACA. If you're the parent of a child with leukemia who can now get insurance, that's change you can believe in.
Guess what: if Barack Obama wins a second term, things are going to be just as unfriendly as they were during the first term. Yes, Barack Obama failed in his promise to bring Republicans and Democrats together, just like George W. Bush failed in his promise to bring Republicans and Democrats together and Bill Clinton failed in his promise to bring Republicans and Democrats together. But while it would certainly be nice if everybody could get along, in the end that's about one-zillionth as important as what they do or don't do for the public.
Last week, Facebook announced it would cease using facial recognition technology on European Union users and delete all data following complaints from member states and an inquiry by the Irish Data Commissioner. While the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission here in the U.S. over Facebook?s use of [...]
The weekend vandalizing of Rep. Michael Grimm's Staten Island office that he called "an assault on democracy and the political process" turns out to have been the work of an eighth grader. [...]
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