The Romney campaign has aggressively campaigned against President Obama’s recent changes to the welfare program, alleging that he “gutted” welfare, eliminating the work requirement so that “they just send you your check.” In fact, the administration’s welfare waiver initiative would strengthen work requirements by simply empowering states to innovate on new strategies. And it turns [...]
By Jessica Goad Mitt Romney recently released his energy plan, which focuses extensively on turning energy development on federal public lands over to the states. If states are determined to aggressively push fossil energy development, giving oversight of mining and drilling to them could put some of our special places at risk. As the New [...]
Yahoo’s got an alternate look at what could have been the beginning of The Avengers, and what would have been a striking, and fascinatingly, different movie: One of the most underdeveloped elements of The Avengers?or one of the most interesting pieces of setup for a future film, depending on how it’s played?was Nick Fury’s relationship [...]
From the annals of reporters getting cozy with their sources: New York Times national security reporter Mark Mazzetti gave a CIA spokesperson an advance copy of Maureen Dowd's Aug. 6, 2011 column, which made mention of a movie by "Hurt Locker" director Kathryn Bigelow about the raid on Osama bin Laden's Islamabad compound.
According to emails obtained by Judicial Watch, Mazzetti told CIA spokeswoman Marie Harf, before sending along Dowd's draft, "this didn't come from me....and please delete after you read. See, nothing to worry about." Harf helped coordinate access and information for the movie's screenwriter, Mark Boal, and Bigelow, according to the emails.
Dowd wrote in her column that the White House is counting on the movie -- titled "Zero Dark Thirty" -- "to counter Obama's growing reputation as ineffectual." At the time, the movie was set to open in mid-October, which could have create a little positive buzz for the president ahead of the election. However, the movie is currently slated for a December 2012 release.
Managing Editor Dean Baquet told Politico that the situation amounts to "much ado about nothing," though he didn't go into specifics.
"The optics aren't what they look like," he said. "I've talked to Mark, I know the circumstances, and given what I know, it's much ado about nothing."
The New York Times did not respond to TPM's requests for comment.
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Today, Republicans are voting on their party platform.
By Mark Pocan
Their top priorities for 2012?
Gabriela Saucedo Mercer, a candidate for Congress in Arizona, is an immigrant from Mexico herself but when it comes to "Middle Easterners", Chinese and apparently various brown-skinned people who don't come from Mexico, she doesn't want them here[...]
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Diane Ravitch provides the full text of Randi Weingarten’s response to “Won’t Back Down,” the hollywood film that Walden Media is releasing in September. The purpose of the movie seems to be not only to demonize teachers, but to direct everyone to vote for the parent trigger laws in November so we can hasten the privatization of public education. Randi Weingarten responds with scathing criticism of the movie on Diane Ravitch’s blog.
The silly picture is from another website I learned about through Ravitch’s blog, Last Stand for Children.
That crazy socialist governor from Louisiana Bobby Jindal and the rest of the Teabagging Republicans are such complete frauds but can't admit it.They're always glad to complain about handouts - such as when Jindal turned down $90m in stimulus monies meant to help 24,000 unemployed in Louisiana, or when Jindal turned down $300m for high speed rail - but then, when it's politically popular...
Try as they might to shift to the economy, something always gets in the way for the Romney campaign. In this case, it's the actions of Mitt Romney throughout his life to wall off his fortune from the Internal Revenue Service and ensure a continuing[...]
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As I've pointed out, the coverage of Paul Ryan by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has been whitewashed for national consumption, but bloggers and progressive media in Wisconsin are working hard to fill in the blanks, especially about Ryan's uneasy relationship with his hometown.
Elizabeth DiNovella of The Progressive describes Janesville:
Janesville it used to be an industrial center, a place where workers at the GM factory churned out 1,000 SUVs a day. But that was a long time ago, or so it seems. Back then, Ryan requested government money for projects, such as public transportation and water treatment plants. Back then, during the George W. Bush era, Ryan was ?miserable,? he says, as he voted over and over again to support his party?s ever-growing government deficits, wars, and bureaucracies.
Now, though, Janesville is living in misery. It has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state, alongside other cities like Racine and Kenosha in Ryan?s First Congressional District. Foreclosures have tripled since 2000.
Janesville native Lou Kaye has been covering Paul Ryan for years and points out that Ryan's personal politics clashed with what a town in recovery desperately needed - including making the choice to skip every government meeting related to helping his hometown recover:
With a White House official playing host and several more federal officials in attendance, this economic recovery summit was perhaps the single most important meeting concerning the future economic vitality of Janesville and the Rock County area in over 50 years. Everyone and anybody that represents city and county government were there including State Assembly Rep. Mike Sheridan and Rep. Tammy Baldwin. The state was represented by the DWD Secretary, Roberta Gassman. So just about everyone was there except for. one. Paul. Ryan.
That's right, Paul Ryan, the guy who often refers to himself as the area's go-to "federal guy", did not participate in the district's most important plans for economic recovery during what was arguably the most stressful time in its history since the Great Depression. These two important meetings were not only in his congressional district, but Janesville is his hometown. Now, I do recall during the summer of 2010 that Paul Ryan was starting to bounce around on the national scene promoting his hyper-partisan GOP recruitment book, "Youngs Guns." So it becomes obvious he had more important things to attend to at that time. It's also possible that he may have written a letter to whom it may concern in support of these economic recovery meetings, but we recently discovered how routine his letters of support really are. So.
In addition to Ryan's glaring absence, what must not be overlooked is the fact that local leaders in business, education and government had no choice but to present their list of 8 projects totaling $40 million to a federal official other than their own congressional representative.
Also, these meetings were not held behind closed doors with hedge fund managers, corporate fatcats or select campaign donors. They were held in broad daylight under full public scrutiny and with full disclosure. The folks in attendance were his constituency. But perhaps they (including some of his supporters) already knew Ryan would turn a deaf ear to their cries for help. Perhaps they knew Ryan would view their comeback plans and requests for revenue as little more than hand-outs and earmarks, putting his delicate conservative reputation at risk. But most important, perhaps they knew they had no choice but to go over his head if they ever wanted a chance to get something done.
Paul Ryan had the opportunity of a lifetime to be part of the solution and do great things for his congressional district. Instead, he chose not to show up.
Considering how little concern Paul "Atlas Shrugged" Ryan has for his hometown constituents, is it any wonder that supporters had to rehearse when to cheer for him pre-rally?