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Monday, October 29, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012 - 06:40:29

Krugman: Romney win means 'savage cuts' to Medicaid

Paul Krugman writes on the devastation that Mitt Romney will bring to Medicaid if elected.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 06:42:02

Employer coercion brought to you by Citizens United

A new wrinkle of corporate personhood, thanks to the Republican Supreme Court bloc's Citizens United decision, is this, as reported in the New York Times: Until 2010, federal law barred companies from using corporate money to endorse and campaign for political candidates — and that included urging employees to support specific politicians.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 10:14:27

New Yorker makes the case for Barack Obama

The editors of the New Yorker have written a tour de force endorsement of President Obama's re-election, a lengthy and specific recitation of his strengths, weaknesses and actions and those of his opponent Mitt Romney.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 05:58:37

Polls: Obama won foreign policy debate

Probably doesn't matter much, but the results seem uniform. President Obama bested Mitt Romney in last night's debate, though Romney's calculated decision to appear moderate and less of a war-monger might have been a smart move among critical swing voters.

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 07:28:26

Romney win would mean Republican victory in war on women's health

The New York Times' editorial today on the consequences of the presidential election on women's issues is worth quoting: If Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate, Representative Paul Ryan, were to win next month’s election, the harm to women’s reproductive rights would extend far beyond the borders of the United States.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012 - 08:35:09

Look away Dixieland: Gallup's big lead for Romney

Even Republican-friendly Larry Sabato, political quotomatic, says the latest Gallup poll with a 7-point Romney lead is an outlier.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 05:53:04

Analyst warns: Be suspicious of poll 'bounce'

Nate Silver at fivethirtyeight gives a good analysis of swings in poll numbers, post-debate bounce and the like.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 05:58:03

President Obama wins second debate

Despite what the headline writer at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette might seem to indicate, polls of undecided voters and comment from all but the blindest Republican partisans indicate that President Barack Obama won Tuesday's night presidential debate.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 06:46:53

Obama's turn to Bill Clinton

A major piece by John Heilemann in New York magazine examines the evolving relationship between President Obama and former President Bill Clinton and Obama's use of his considerable political skills.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012 - 13:08:33

If Romney is elected, kiss Medicare goodbye

Can we get real for a minute and talk about facts rather than style points?

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Monday, October 15, 2012 - 07:01:16

Republicans suppress candidate as well as voters

The Republican Party, fearful of a Ralph Nader effect, are working to keep Libertarian Gary Johnson off the ballot.

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 06:00:07

Embassy security a complicated question

The Republican Party, with little else with which to work and preferring not to answer questions about its tax/budget/safety net destruction plans, is working hard to make death of Americans in Libya and State Department security in general a defining campaign issue.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Friday, October 12, 2012 - 13:12:51

'Friday Night Lights' creator tells Romney to stuff it

I was among the small but devoted following of "Friday Night Lights," the TV series that captured Texas high school football culture and lifestyle about as well as anything I've ever seen.

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Friday, October 12, 2012 - 06:07:11

War and peace and Biden's defeat of Ryan in vice presidential debate

News that the European Union has won the Nobel Peace Prize for helping "transform Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace" is a reminder of last night's vice presidential debate.

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 06:18:49

New polls better than old polls

Democrats looking for a silver lining in the Obama debate cloud, particularly the devastating Pew poll findings?

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012 - 09:26:36

The (reverse) evolution of the Republican Party

Ezra Klein writes today from a national perspective on an issue that I've gone on tiresomely about locally — the retrograde devolution of the Republican Party.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012 - 06:30:40

Mitt Romney in another reboot: What, now 5.0?

The New York Times notes the latest evolution of Mitt Romney as a middle of the roader.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 06:15:03

The morning after roundup

WHO'S SMILING NOW: At last night's debate.A roundup from the morning mail and other places: * ROMNEY'S DEBATE WIN: All agree an aggressive Mitt Romney drove the presidential debate last night and "won," for most scoring. Will it move voters? Should it move voters? After all, neither Romney nor President...

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 07:04:58

Desperate days for the Republican attack machine

How desperate is the Republican attack machine? Yesterday, Drudge, Hannity, Daily Caller and other foot soldiers in the Republican echo chamber breathlessly trumpeted release of a video of a speech Barack Obama gave five years ago.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 09:39:33

Court halts Pennsylvania voter ID law UPDATE

Good news for Democrats in important swing state.

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