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Unemployment Rate Drops To 7.8%, Near-Four Year Low

via Lucia Mutikani, Reuters The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to a near four-year low of 7.8 percent in September, a potential boost to President Barack Obama’s re-election bid. The Labor Department said on Friday the unemployment rate, a key focus in the race for the White House, dropped by 0.3 percentage point to its lowest … Continue reading

Romney Receives Much Needed Boost From Debate

via Jonathan Mann, CNN Mitt Romney was ready. After nearly two-dozen debates against fellow Republicans earlier in his campaign and exacting preparation in the months since, the Republican candidate had his first chance to debate with Barack Obama face-to-face. The result seemed so imbalanced that even some of the president’s supporters quickly conceded defeat. “It … Continue reading

Pennsylvania Judge Halts Enforcement Of Voter ID Law

via Kris Maher, The Wall Street Journal A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday blocked the state’s controversial voter-identification law from taking effect in time for the November election. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson said he thought the measure, which would have required voters to show a photo ID at polls, could have kept some people from … Continue reading

DHS Grants Same-Sex Couples Protection From Deportations

via Julia Preston, The New York Times The Department of Homeland Security has stated in writing that foreigners who are same-sex partners of American citizens can be included under an Obama administration policy suspending deportations of some immigrants who pose no security risk. In letters sent late Wednesday to several Democratic lawmakers, Homeland Security Secretary … Continue reading

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

Obama Administration Lawyers Argue NDAA Indefinite Detention Injunction Does Irreparable Harm

via Michael McAuliff, The Huffington Post Lawyers for the Obama administration are arguing that the United States will be irreparably harmed if it has to abide by a judge’s ruling that it can no longer hold terrorism suspects indefinitely without trial in military custody. The lawyers made the argument on Friday in seeking a stay … 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

U.S. Embassies, Allies Under Siege in Middle East

via David D. Kirkpatrick, Alan Cowell, and Rick Gladstone, The New York Times The violently anti-American rallies that have roiled the Islamic world over a video denigrating the Prophet Muhammad expanded on Friday to nearly a dozen countries, with demonstrators breaching the United States Embassy in Tunisia for the first time and protesters in Sudan’s … Continue reading

U.S. Ambassador To Libya Killed In Attack

via Jamie Dittmer, The Daily Beast The U.S. ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and three State Department officials were killed last night in a targeted rocket attack, after riots over a U.S. film depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a fraud. The assault came as the envoy sought to reach safety during a vicious Salafist assault … Continue reading

Chicago Teachers Strike, 350,000 Students Out Of School

via NBC News Dozens of churches and community organizations also were opening their doors to students for at least part of the day. John Harvey and Sarah Vanderstow were dropping off their 7-year-old son, Aiden, at the Disney Magnet School, but they were nervous because it was unfamiliar to the second-grader, the Tribune reported. Vanderstow … 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

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

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

GOP vs. Democrats: Tickets Offer Voters Stark Choice On Marriage Equality, Birth Control, And Abortion Rights

via The Associated Press, The Washington Post Voters in this presidential election may face the starkest choice ever on the hot-button social issues of same-sex marriage, abortion rights and access to birth control. Even as most voters tell pollsters the economy is their chief concern, advocacy groups on the left and right are in high … Continue reading

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