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10 things you need to know today: November 7, 2012

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1. OBAMA WINS FOUR MORE YEARS
President Obama won re-election on Tuesday, sweeping the crucial swing states of Colorado, Iowa, Ohio, New Hampshire, Virginia, and Wisconsin to defeat Mitt Romney. Obama also holds a narrow lead in Florida, although officials there haven’t declared awinner. Romney delayed conceding for a tense 90 minutes after the major TV networks called the race, with his aides ready to fly to close states to contest the results. When Obama’s victory became undeniable, Romney went on stage in Boston and wished him well. “This is a time of great challenges for America,” Romney said, “and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation.” Obama overcame brutal economic headwinds, asking Americans to give him four more years to complete the recovery from the Great Recession he inherited. “We know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come,” Obama told supporters early Wednesday. [New York Times]
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2. CONGRESS REMAINS DIVIDED
Democrats maintained a surprisingly strong hold on the Senate. The Dems dashed GOP dreams of retaking the majority with a string of key wins: Democrat Chris Murphy body-slammed Linda McMahon in Connecticut, Democrat Tim Kaine beat George Allen in Virginia, and progressive hero Elizabeth Warren thumped Scott Brown in Massachusetts. Democrats in Indiana and Missouri also defeated two Republican candidates who recently gained infamy after making unpopular statements about rape: Joe Donnelly defeated Richard Mourdock in Indiana, and Claire McCaskill held on to her seat in Missouri, claiming victory over Todd Akin. Republicans, however, held onto a strong majority in the House, preserving their 2010 mid-term gains and bolstering their push for spending cuts. The split leaves no clear sign of how Congress will avoid the so-called fiscal cliff of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts that hits at year’s end if lawmakers can’t reach a debt-reduction deal. [New York Daily News]
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3. GAY MARRIAGE MAKES BIG GAINS
Maine and Maryland on Tuesday became the first states to approve same-sex marriage in statewide votes. The controversial issue had put to the test at the ballot box 32 times before, and got rejected every time. Public opinion has been shifting in favor of gay marriage since 2008, when California amended its constitution, which had reserved marriage for heterosexual couples only. In 2010, a poll found that a majority of Americans supported same-sex marriage for the first, time, and President Obama added his support in May. “When the history books are written, 2012 will be remembered as the year when LGBT Americans won decisively at the ballot box,” said Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign. [Los Angeles Times]
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4. VULNERABLE NEW YORKERS EVACUATE BEFORE STORM
Officials evacuated hundreds of people from nursing homes in New York City’s storm-ravaged coastal Rockaways section ahead of a nor’easter expected to hit on Wednesday. The storm isn’t expected to pack anything like the punch of Hurricane Sandy, the superstorm that hammered New York and New Jersey last week. The nursing homes and other severely damaged buildings are already running on emergency generators, and emergency workers already have their hands full, so city and state officials don’t want to take any chances. They’re also closing parks and beaches, and stopping outside construction work as the region braces for high winds, rain, and sleet. [Associated Press]
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5. TWO STATES LEGALIZE RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA
Voters in Washington state and Colorado have approved ballot measures legalizing recreational marijuana. A similar initiative lost in Oregon. The votes made Washington and Colorado the first states to authorize pot salesto non-medicinal users, regulating it like alcohol. “The significance of these events cannot be understated,” says Erik Altieri, a spokesman for the marijuana advocacy group NORML. The vote put Colorado to the left of the Netherlands on marijuana policy. “It’s unprecedented,” said Jonathan Caulkins, a Carnegie Mellon University professor. [Los Angeles Times]
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6. SYRIAN REBELS TARGET ASSAD
Syrian rebels fired mortars at President Bashar al-Assad’s Damascus palace on Wednesday, but missed, hitting a residential neighborhood occupied by members of Assad’s minority Alawite sect. The government, calling the shelling a “terrorist attack,” said three people were killed and seven injured. British Prime Minister David Cameron, urging President Obama to join him in stepping up efforts to oust Assad, suggested Tuesday that the embattled leader could be allowed safe passage out of the country if that’s what it takes to end the nation’s civil war. [Reuters]
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7. BANGLADESHI MIGRANTS DIE AT SEA
A boat carrying about 110 Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims sank in rough seas on the way from Myanmar to Malaysia, the second such disaster in 10 days. Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims face persecution in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar, and frequently flee in overloaded boats seeking work. “We were heading to Malaysia for jobs but the boat suddenly went upside down and sank,” survivor Jamir Hossain said. “I floated for several hours before a fishing boat picked me up.” [Reuters]
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8. LONG LINES FRUSTRATE VOTERS
Voters had to wait in long lines in several big swing states, including Florida and Virginia, and in storm-ravaged parts of New York and New Jersey. Both parties urged people to stick it out, fearing their supporters would give up and go home without casting a ballot. Watchdog groups said they received complaints from people who claimed they were turned away because they lacked identification cards in Pennsylvania, a state where ID isn’t required. “I want to thank every American who participated in this election, whether you voted for the very first time or waited in line for a very long time,” President Obama said in his victory speech. “By the way, we have to fix that.” [Reuters]
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9. SUZUKI GIVES UP ON SELLING U.S. CARS
American Suzuki Motor says it will stop selling new automobiles in the U.S., and focus on motorcycles, ATVs, and outboard engines for boats. The U.S. subsidiary of the Japanese automaker filed for bankruptcy protection this week, after failing to bounce back from the recession. Suzuki’s North American sales have plummeted from a peak of 107,000 in 2008, hitting 30,000 in the fiscal year that ended in March. “They have low-margin, low-priced cars with small volume,” one analyst said. “That’s far from the ideal combination.” [Los Angeles Times]
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10. NHL NEGOTIATORS MAKE PROGRESS
NHL team owners and players plan to return to the bargaining table at a secret New York location on Wednesday, after reportedly making progress in seven hours of talks the day before. A 52-day lockout has already forced the cancellation of 327 regular-season professional hockey games. The main sticking point is how to split the league’s record revenue, which was more than $3 billion last season. [Associated Press]

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Don’t Forget…

H/t: Brad Panovich

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Christie Gets Testy…With Steve Doocy of Fox News

H/t: Miss R•EVOLutionaries

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kstreet607:

Thanks The Obamacrat for this info. I saw the President’s speech and thought it was hilarious. Romney…not so much.

Originally posted on The ObamaCrat™:

By Jueseppi B.

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Barack Obama At The 67th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner

 

Published on Oct 18, 2012 by Elimpactocristiano

Mitt Romney, Barack Obama to trade jabs at Al Smith dinner

The two presidential candidates took a break from the caustic criticism of the campaign trail to score political points with biting humor last night in New York City.

President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney peeled off the stump Thursday to attend the annual Al Smith Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. During presidential election years, the event brings the candidates to the same stage to trade barbs and self-deprecating zingers as the race enter its final weeks.

The white-tie affair raises millions for the Gov. Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation and is organized by the Catholic Archdiocese of New York to benefit needy children.

More than 1,600 were…

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What Everyone Needs To Know Before Watching The VP Debate

Think Progress

1. Romney and Ryan would eliminate health care for 31 million people who are poor or disabled. Medicaid, which helps poor Americans, some seniors, and children afford health care, is right in the crosshairs of Paul Ryan’s House budget. He proposed cutting $1.4 trillion from the program, a move that would kick about 11 million people off Medicaid over the course of ten years. The Romney-Ryan plan is even worse, and is estimated to force about 44 million people off the program.

2. Ryan considers Social Security a “Ponzi Scheme.” In the Fall of 2011, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) called Social Security a “Ponzi scheme,” and Paul Ryan agreed. Ryan wants to privatize the program.

3. 62% of Ryan’s budget cuts come from programs that benefit low-income Americans. Ryan’s budget proposes “$5.3 trillion in nondefense budget cuts.” 62 percent of the reductions would come from programs that specifically help low-income Americans:

4. Ryan voted for future defense cuts he now blames on Obama. Though Ryan claims Obama somehow orchestrated the sequester, a series of across-the-board spending cuts triggered if Congress can’t produce a better plan, the VP pick himself was a supporter of the mechanism. Not only did he vote for legislation to establish it, he peddled the plan to his Republican colleagues and proposed a similar initiative in 2004.

5. Ryan and Romney cannot cut taxes across the board by 20% and lower the deficit because it’s mathematically impossible. Ryan claims they will achieve these twin goals by closing loopholes and getting rid of deductions for the rich. But, as the Tax Policy Center points out, even if they got rid of every single deduction and loophole, they would still need to find more revenue. That means they’d need to start raising taxes on the middle class.

6. Ryan voted to increase the debt ceiling by $4 trillion under Bush. During the Bush years alone, Ryan voted with his party’s leadership to increase the debt ceiling by $4 trillion. In total, he has voted six times to raise the debt ceiling, increasing it by $5.8 trillion.

7. Ryan wants to kick 1 million students off of Pell Grants. As part of his budget, Ryan proposed cutting Pell Grants for nearly 1 million college students. Seventy four percent of Pell Grant recipients in 2011 came from families with incomes of $30,000 or less. There is no evidence that these cuts will curb rising college costs.

8. Ryan’s budget included the same $716 billion in Medicare savings included in Obamacare.  The $716 billion that Obamacare takes out of Medicare will almost definitely come up in tomorrow’s debate. Ryan has claimed that Obama “raided” Medicare to pay for his health care reform. In fact, Ryan wants to make Medicare a voucher program and proposed taking the same cuts out of Medicare in his budget. But whereas Obamacare uses those funds to eliminate fraud and increase efficiency, Ryan proposed taking that money to pay down the deficit.

9. Ryan supported economic stimulus under Bush. If he’s going to follow the lead of his running mate, Ryan will invoke Obama’s stimulus plan, the Recovery Act, as failed legislation that wasted taxpayer money. But when George Bush was president, Ryan was supportive of a stimulus, and actually made a rousing case for infusing the economy with money, saying that it helped create jobs. Watch it:

10. Ryan used to supports a key aspect of Obamacare. Ryan will likely say at the debate that the Affordable Care Act is government overreach. In fact, he might even invoke “death panels,” as he has done at recent town halls. But Ryan proposed something extremely similar to these so-called “death panels” in 2009 — twice. In December of 2010, Ryan also asked the Department of Health and Human Services for an Obamacare health care grant “for the Kenosha Community Health Center, Inc to develop a new facility in Racine, Wisconsin, an area within Ryan’s district.”

11. Ryan opposes abortion access for rape victims. When it comes to abortion rights, Ryan is among the most extreme anti-abortion members of Congress. He believes rape victims shouldn’t have access to abortions and co-sponsored a “personhood” amendment that would have defined a fertilized egg as a human, thus outlawing not just abortion but also in-vitro fertilization and some forms of contraception.

12. Ryan supports a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage. Ryan is vehemently opposed to marriage equality for same-sex couples. He has twice voted to amend the constitution to that effect, supported a same-sex marriage ban in his home state, and claimed that preventing same-sex couples from getting married was a “universal human value.”

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Meet The Conservatives Who Think Today’s Job Numbers Are A Conspiracy

According to these people, President Obama is the biggest “thug” ever to occupy the White House…

Think Progress

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released an unexpectedly strong monthly jobs report on Friday, finding a dramatic drop in unemployment to 7.8 percent and revised the number of jobs added in July and August up from initial estimates. While for most Americans, the growing economy is good news, conservatives immediately expressed their skepticism in the jobs report’s credibility.

1) Minutes after the report was released, Jack Welch, who famously cooked General Electric’s accounting books when he was CEO, accused President Obama of manipulating the numbers to distract from his debate performance:

 

2) Conn Carroll, a senior writer at the Washington Examiner, doesn’t think the problem is the BLS, but a widespread conspiracy of Democrats lying about their unemployment:

Conn Carroll@conncarroll

I don’t think BLS cooked numbers. I think a bunch of Dems lied about getting jobs. That would have same effect.

 

3) Former Rumsfeld Chief of Staff Keith Urbahn questioned the timing:

Keith Urbahn@keithurbahn

No, there’s nothing at all curious about the last jobs report diving to 7.8% unemployment before the election.

 

4) Stuart Varney on Fox News claims the drop in unemployment five weeks before the election is too “convenient”:

 

5) Also on Fox News, Charles Payne “guarantees” that unemployment rate will be revised back up to above 8 percent after the election:

 

6) Fox News’ Eric Bolling:

ericbolling@ericbolling

WOW Obama Labor Dept (7.8%)smarter than all 25 of Americas top Economists (8.2%est)..or something far more insideous 4p&5p FNC/DVR

 

7) Rep. Allen West (R-FL) may be the first elected official to weigh in:

Allen West@AllenWest

In regards to today’s Jobs report—I agree with former GE CEO Jack Welch, Chicago style politics is at work here…

tinyurl.com/9rbommz

 

8) Americans for Limited Government released a statement claiming the numbers are plainly false:

Either the Federal Reserve, which has its fingers on the pulse of every element of the economy, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics manufacturing survey report are grievously wrong or the number used to calculate the unemployment rate are wrong, or worse manipulated. Given that these numbers conveniently meet Obama’s campaign promises one month before the election, the conclusions are obvious.

9) CNBC’s Rick Santelli questioned the unemployment drop:

I told you they’d get it under 8 percent — they did! You can let America decide how they got there!

10) Conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham tweeted that the jobs report is “propaganda”:

Laura Ingraham@IngrahamAngle

Jobs  from Labor Secretary Hilda Solis are total pro-Obama propaganda–labor force participation rate at 30-yr low. Abysmal!

 

11) Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) notes that he’s “not enough of an economist” to opine on the numbers before saying that he wouldn’t put “anything past” the Obama administration.

Full Transcript of McCain:

Q: We just had a Republican Congressman on who believes the same thing. What’s your opinion? What do you make of this number, and given what you see in your own backyard, does it ring true?

MCCAIN: Well, I think that it’s pretty significant that for the first time in nearly four years of this administration that we’ve gotten down to below 8%. They’re the same ones that when we passed the stimulus package back in 2009 that said the unemployment rate would go at least to 6%, and probably lower. And when we passed Obama care they said the same thing. But I think it is some good news for Americans. I think that a lot of families are still hurt very, very badly. Depending on how you count it, 23 million people are still out of work. A lot of this data is people who are part-time unemployment. But I can’t — frankly, I’m not enough of an economist to question exactly what those numbers are. Our discussion about the WARN act that just took place where there are blatant violations of the law — I wouldn’t put anything past this administration, the same one that trotted out our ambassador to the United Nations 5 days after an al Qaeda affiliated act of terror took place in Libya to tell the American people that it was a spontaneous demonstration caused by a video and I’m not making that up.

UPDATE

A McCain spokesperson denies that the senator was questioning the numbers: “He was talking about the WARN Act and Libya,” Brian Rogers told TPM. “And so when he said ‘I wouldn’t put anything past the administration,’ he was not referring to the BLS numbers.” “He’s not questioning the BLS numbers in any way.”

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Andrea Mitchell Visibly Shocked After Sununu Calls Obama ‘Lazy,’

History will not be kind to these types of critics…

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Tuesday Blog Roundup 10-2-202

Birtherism is the rocket fuel launching Trump into presidential orbit.  | Reuters photo

Extremely Good Advice!

10 Things to Know for Today

A History Of Dishonest Fox Charts

Video: Scott Brown: Romney who?

Obama Ahead With Strong Support from Women

A Public Service Reminder: Simpson-Bowles Is Terrible

Video: Fraud scandal ends GOP registration drive early

Is Romney The Weakest Candidate In Modern History?

Greg Sargent: Paul Ryan: Cut taxes first, balance budget later

Aging Supreme Court justices may open seats for next president

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Martin Bashir – Romney Friday tax return latest bomb in ‘rolling calamity’ campaign

 

Once again TFC readers: For your edification…

Sept 21, 2012

The Nation’s Ari Melber, The Hill’s Karen Finney, and Republican strategist Ron Christie debate whether Mitt Romney’s Friday afternoon release of his 2011 tax return ends the debate over his tax returns or only exacerbates Romney’s comments about the “47%” and Republican criticisms of his campaign.

 

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Likes Obama/Hates Obama

As you can see, I’m in a silly mood today!

Caveat:  Turn your speakers down before clicking video.

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