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2012 ELECTION

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Poll Finds Mitt Romney Favorability Lower Than George W. Bush

via Sabrina Siddiqui, The Huffington Post If Mitt Romney was hoping to distance himself from former President George W. Bush, a new poll has some news that might trouble the Republican presidential nominee: Bush posted higher favorability ratings than Romney. The national survey, conducted by Bloomberg News and released Wednesday, found that Bush received a … Continue reading

Congress Does Bare Minimum To Avoid Shutdown, Ends Session To Hit Campaign Trail

via AP, Los Angeles Times The Senate closed the Capitol on Saturday after sending President Obama a spending bill that will make sure the government won’t shut down Oct. 1, the start of the new budget year. The measure passed early Saturday by a 62-30 vote — and then lawmakers skipped out of town to … Continue reading

Romney Campaign Took $20M Loan To Handle Summer Cash Flow Woes

via Dan Eggen and Phillip Rucker, The Washington Post Even as it bragged about beating President Obama in fundraising over the summer, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign was so low on cash that it ended up engineering an unusual $20 million loan to meet expenses until the former Massachusetts governor was formally named as the Republican … Continue reading

Mitt Romney Thinks ‘Middle-Income’ Is $200K Or Less

via Steve Peoples, The Boston Globe Mitt Romney is promising to reduce taxes on middle-income Americans. But how does he define ‘‘middle-income”? The Republican presidential nominee defined it Friday as income of $200,000 to $250,000 a year and less. The definition of ‘‘middle income’’ or the ‘‘middle class’’ is politically charged as Romney and President … Continue reading

Michele Bachmann In Danger Of Losing Her Reelection Bid

via Doug Barry, Jezebel After unseating herself from the cool Republicans’ table earlier this month with accusations that Huma Abedin knew someone who knew someone who was friends with a guy who once heard that someone he sat next to at an Applebee’s was involved with the Muslim Brotherhood, Michele Bachmann might very well lose … Continue reading

DNC Amends Platform By Voice Vote Amid Controversy

via Daniel Newhauser, Roll Call Caving under pressure from critics, the Democratic Party decided to restore to its platform the word “God” and language recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. But on the floor of the Time Warner Cable Arena, where the Democratic National Convention is being held, the vote to do so seemed anything but … Continue reading

Congressman Honda: Paul Ryan’s Budget Would Destroy The American Dream

via Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA), Politix This election year Americans are faced with a difficult decision on how to best move our country forward. Among the proposals to address our economic challenges and federal deficit is one filled with extreme, regressive, and deeply cynical policy choices: that of congressman and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. … Continue reading

End-Of-Term Report: Obama’s Record Is Better Than The Woes Of America’s Economy Suggests

via The Economist Not since 1933 had an American president taken the oath of office in an economic climate as grim as it was when Barack Obama put his left hand on the Bible in January 2009. The banking system was near collapse, two big car manufacturers were sliding towards bankruptcy; and employment, the housing … Continue reading

Poll Shows Republican Convention Has ‘Minimal Impact’ For Romney

via Mike Blumenthal, The Huffington Post Polling tracking the impact of the Republican convention has been sparse, but on Monday the Gallup Poll weighed in with a new survey showing the convention had only a “minimal impact” on the fortunes of Republican nominee Mitt Romney. In interviews conducted over the three days since the close … Continue reading

Poll: Women Overwhelmingly Back Obama, Concerned About The Economy

via Alexandra Jaffe, The Hill’s Ballot Box A new poll of women nationwide shows just how steep Mitt Romney will have to climb to get out of the crater he’s in with respect to women’s vote, but indicates he could have an opening if he can win the one issue he’s been banking on all … Continue reading

Neither Obama Or Romney Show Much Interest In Pre-Election Day Deal On Sequestration

via Jeremy Herb, The Hill’s Ballot Box The tight presidential race has all but ensured that Congress will not pass a bill before the election that would halt sequestration cuts to the military. President Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney have traded barbs over sequestration as the issue has amplified on the campaign trail … Continue reading

Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson Happy With His Campaign

via Ken Walsh, Ken Walsh’s Washington Blog, U.S. News & World Report Gary Johnson is serene. Sitting down to a lunch of grilled shrimp and tomato salad at a Latin restaurant in historic Ybor City, the Libertarian Party presidential nominee says his less-government philosophy is gradually spreading across the country and that many pundits and … Continue reading

Report Finds Romney-Ryan Medicare Plan Would Cost 29-Year-Olds $331,200

via Bonnie Kavoussi, The Huffington Post If Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have their way, then Americans of all ages may be spending more on health care during their retirement. If Romney becomes president and repeals the Affordable Care Act as promised, then retirement would cost $11,100 more for the average 65-year-old and $18,600 more … Continue reading

Republican Platform Approved By GOP In Tampa

via Philip Elliot and Alan Fram, The Huffington Post Republicans emphatically approved a toughly worded party platform at their national convention Tuesday that would ban all abortions and gay marriages, reshape Medicare into a voucher-like program and cut taxes to energize the economy and create jobs. The document opens by warning that while the American … Continue reading

GOP Congressional Canididate Gabriela Saucedo Mercer Doesn’t Want Middle Easterners In U.S.

via Nick R. Martin, Talking Points Memo, Muckracker Gabriela Saucedo Mercer hasn’t even won the Republican primary for Congress in Arizona yet, but she is already facing attacks from the Democratic Congressman she is hoping to unseat in November over some incendiary comments she made in the past about Middle Eastern immigrants. In an interview … Continue reading

Speaker John Boehner Says Era Of Political Conventions May Be Ending

via Meredith Shiner, Roll Call Speaker John Boehner (Ohio), the Republican National Convention’s permanent chairman, said today he doesn’t believe the current four-day convention framework makes sense in a modern media environment. The length of the once-every-four-years party fete has come into question as a natural disaster threatens to cut yet another convention down, with … Continue reading

Paul Delegates Mounting Floor Fight At GOP Convention Over New Rules

via Stephen Ohlemacher, San Francisco Chronicle   Rep. Ron Paul’s delegates are trying to mount a floor fight over new GOP rules designed to limit the ability of insurgent presidential candidates to amass delegates to future Republican conventions. They are getting help from other delegates, though it is unclear whether they can rally enough support to … Continue reading

Voter ID Law: Pennsylvania Court To Expedite Challenge

via Sterling C. Beard, The Hill’s Ballot Box The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to expedite its handling of a legal challenge to Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer. The plaintiffs seeking to place an injunction on the law and prevent it from going into effect, including the American Civil Liberties … Continue reading

Former GOP Governor Crist Endorses Obama, Says ‘Extreme’ Positions Make GOP ‘Incapable Of Governing’

via David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement Former Republican Governor Charlie Crist announced he is endorsing Barack Obama for President noting his former party’s “extreme” positions have made the GOP “incapable of governing.” Citing “the failure of those who favor extreme rhetoric over sensible compromise,” Crist, 56, withdrew from the GOP in his 2009-2010 … Continue reading

On Marriage Equality, Principle Over Politics In Nebraska

via Frank Bruni, The New York Times It makes no strategic sense for Bob Kerrey to bring up his support for gay marriage on the campaign trail in Nebraska, where he’s the Democratic nominee for an open Senate seat. Republicans far outnumber Democrats here; the state’s voters are socially conservative; his opponents are already smearing … Continue reading

GOP Senate Nominee: Victims Of ‘Legitimate Rape’ Don’t Get Pregnant (And Even If They Do, They Still Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Have Abortions)

via Evan McMorris-Santoro, Talking Points Memo Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri who is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill, justified his opposition to abortion rights even in case of rape with a claim that victims of “legitimate rape” have unnamed biological defenses that prevent pregnancy. “First of all, from what I … Continue reading

Paul Ryan Selection Shifts Focus From Economy To Ideology

via Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times Four years ago, John Brooks cast his ballot for Barack Obama, becoming one of the voters won over by his promise for changing Washington. This time, he had been undecided, but he said Mitt Romney made his decision easier by placing Representative Paul D. Ryan on the Republican … Continue reading

Is Voter Fraud Behind Mitt Romney’s Reluctance To Release Tax Returns?

via M.S. Bellows, Jr., The Guardian There has been much speculation about why Romney refuses to disclose earlier tax returns. Could it be as simple as an address? Friday’s exchange of letters between the election campaigns of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, in which Romney rejected Obama’s offer to drop the tax return issue if … Continue reading

Obama To Romney: Five Years Of Tax Returns Would Suffice

via Elizabeth Hewitt and Abby Ohlheiser, Slate The Obama campaign has an offer for Team Romney: Release five years’ worth of tax returns and they’ll stop asking to see more. Obama campaign manager Jim Messina released an open letter to the candidate on Friday outlining the deal: “If the governor will release five years of … Continue reading

Why 90 Million Americans Won’t Vote This November

via Susan Page, USA Today They could turn a too-close-to-call race into a landslide for President Obama— but by definition they probably won’t. Call them the unlikely voters. A nationwide USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll of people who are eligible to vote but aren’t likely to do so finds that these stay-at-home Americans back Obama’s re-election … Continue reading

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