The Debate in 100 Seconds: What Happens In Vegas

TPM 2012

The GOP’s latest debate was their best yet… or certainly the most entertaining.

The gloves were well and truly off, and the crowd moved on from booing only hypotethical sick people, or real gay soldiers, to booing basically everyone on stage.


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Hedges: ‘Corporations have carried out a coup d’état in my country’

That is the absolute best description of what’s going on in America that I’ve heard to date…

The Raw Story

In an interview published Monday, taken in Times Square during Saturday’s global day of protests, Pulitzer-winning writer Chris Hedges explained his view of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement and why he’s supporting it.

“I spent 20 years overseas, I’m a war correspondent,” he said. “I came back and realized that corporations have carried out a coup d’état in my country.”

Hedges wrote for The New York TimesThe Dallas Morning News and The Christian Science Monitor, and was part of the team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, for a series of articles examining the terrorist attacks on the United States and profiling the al Qaeda network.

“I covered the street demonstrations that brought down Milošević, I’ve covered both of the Palestinian intifadas, and once movements like this start and articulate a fundamental truth about the society that they live in, and expose the repression, the mendacity, the corruption and the decay of structures of power, then they have a kind of centrifugal force, you never know where they’re going.”

He went on: “What happens, and it’s true in all of these movements as well, is the foot soldiers of the elite, the blue uniform police, the mechanisms of control, finally don’t want to impede the movement. At that point, the power elite is left defenseless. So, where’s it going? No one knows. Even the people most intimately involved in the organization don’t know. All of these movements take on a kind of life and color that in some ways is finally mysterious. The only thing I can say, having been in the middle of similar movements, is that this one is real … And this one could take ‘em all down.”

Hedges went on to say that large segments of the blue uniform police largely agree with the 99 Percent movement, and that many other police are frustrated because protesters aren’t breaking windows, which they “know how to handle.” He added that the protesters’ “non-hierarchical structure” for decision making is “brilliant,” and suggested that he had nothing he could possibly teach them.

Finally, addressing an individual standing off-camera, Hedges concluded: “For me, I got kids. It’s not about me anymore. It’s about my childrens’ generation. I think my passion for what you are doing — I would even use the word love — comes from the fact that I look as you as fighting on behalf of my little three-year-old, and when I … On Friday morning, of course I was up to find out what happened … And I did what I do now, which is to start crying. God bless you all.”

This video was published to YouTube on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011.

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CNN’s GOP Debate: 10 Best Zingers of the Night


The Hollywood Reporter

The eighth in a series of Republican debates took place in Nevada on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

On Tuesday night, seven Republican presidential candidates met in Las Vegas for the eight in a series of debates.

The candidates included Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.), Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts governorMitt Romney and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum.

The candidates covered a variety of topics during the debate, which was hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Healthcare, immigration, the economy and the Occupy Wall Street protests were all covered during the event.

Herman Cain and Mitt Romney both received a lot of heat from other candidates. Cain was criticized for his tax plan, while Mitt Romney felt the heat about Massachusetts’ healthcare plan, which he signed off on, and was the model for President Obama’s healthcare plan.

Here are some of the more memorable quotes from Tuesday’s debate:

On Herman Cain’s tax plan:

1. “I like your chutzpah on this, Herman, but I have to tell you, the analysis I did, person by person, return by return, is that middle-income people see higher taxes under your plan. If it’s lower for the middle class, that’s great. But that’s not what I saw,” said Mitt Romney.

2. “The reason that our plan is being attacked so much is because lobbyists, accountants, politicians, they don’t want to throw out the current tax code and put in something that’s simple and fair,” said Herman Cain.

On Mitt Romney’s healthcare plan in Massachusetts:

3. “There’s a lot of big government behind “Romneycare,” not as much as “Obamacare,” but a heck of a lot more than — than your campaign is admitting,” said Newt Gingrich.

On illegal immigration:

4. “Well, I think the person who really has a problem with illegal immigration in the country is President Obama. It’s his uncle and his aunt who are illegal aliens who’ve been allowed to stay in this country, despite the fact that they’re illegal,” said Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.

5. “Mitt you lose all of your standing from my perspective because you hired illegals for your home,” said Gov. Rick Perry, referring again to accusations that Romney’s lawn care company had hired illegal immigrants. “The idea that you stand here before us and talk about that you’re strong on immigration is, on its face, the height of hypocrisy.”

6.  “I don’t apologize at all for wanting to protect the American citizens and to protect our agents on the border, no… I believe in let’s solve the whole problem. We must shut the back door so people can come in the front door,” said Herman Cain.

On Occupy Wall Street Protests:

7. “They’re directing their anger at the wrong place. Wall Street didn’t put in failed economic policies,” said Herman Cain. “Wall Street isn’t going around the country trying to sell another $450 billion. They should be standing in front of the White House.”

8. “Mr. Cain has blamed the victims. There are a lot of people who are victims of this business cycle,” said Ron Paul.

On cutting defense spending:

9. “How does it help us to keep troops in Korea all these years? We’re broke..This debt bubble is the thing we better really worry about,” said Ron Paul.

Mitt Romney on Texas Gov. Rick Perry:

10. “This has been a tough couple of debates for Rick and I understand that. And so you’re going to get – you’re going to get testy,” said Romney after the two candidates got into an argument about whose turn it was to speak.

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