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Here Are The Charts That Should Get Obama Reelected...

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Mitt Romney keeps saying that President Obama can't run on his record.

That's silly.


Obama's record, at least with respect to the economy, has been solid — especially relative to the economy of the prior adminstration (whose policies Romney wants to return to). ... 


This summer, Mike Norman, Chief Economist of John Thomas Financial, built a chartbook that shows 21 major market and economic indicators before and after President Obama was elected.


As the attached charts show, the moment Obama arrived and implemented the stimulus, the economy began to improve. And it has gotten much, much better in the past four years. ...



Henry Blodget, Business Insider

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Here Are The Charts That Should Get Obama Reelected...

Here Are The Charts That Should Get Obama Reelected... | DispatchesUSA | Scoop.it

Mitt Romney keeps saying that President Obama can't run on his record.

That's silly.


Obama's record, at least with respect to the economy, has been solid — especially relative to the economy of the prior adminstration (whose policies Romney wants to return to). ... 


This summer, Mike Norman, Chief Economist of John Thomas Financial, built a chartbook that shows 21 major market and economic indicators before and after President Obama was elected.


As the attached charts show, the moment Obama arrived and implemented the stimulus, the economy began to improve. And it has gotten much, much better in the past four years. ...



Henry Blodget, Business Insider

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We are not the beautiful: "We're facing a shift in what work means and it is this generation that can express this shift." Interview with the group behind the Swiss Basic Income referendum

We are not the beautiful: "We're facing a shift in what work means and it is this generation that can express this shift." Interview with the group behind the Swiss Basic Income referendum | DispatchesUSA | Scoop.it

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Obama regains the initiative to win second presidential debate

Obama regains the initiative to win second presidential debate | DispatchesUSA | Scoop.it
President more confident and combative, with Mitt Romney committing a series of gaffes over Benghazi attack and women...
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Self-assured Obama recovers with better balance of style and substance

Self-assured Obama recovers with better balance of style and substance | DispatchesUSA | Scoop.it
Gary Younge: Mitt Romney puts up a fight against a more decisive opponent but can't overcome the president's sharp delivery...
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Romney/Ryan jobs promise gets four Pinnochios - Mother Jones

Romney/Ryan jobs promise gets four Pinnochios - Mother Jones | DispatchesUSA | Scoop.it

In today's edition of ridiculous time wasters, we bring you a bout between heavyweight contender Mitt Romney and referee wannabe Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post. The question at hand: how should we rate Romney's contention that he has three studies verifying that his five-point economic plan would create 12 million jobs?

The winner is....Kessler, of course. Romney has always said that he'd create 12 million jobs in four years, but the studies in question (a) use timeframes of 8-10 years, and (b) don't evaluate his plan anyway. Four Pinocchios for Romney!

The loser is....all of us who still have functioning brain cells — including Kessler, who was forced to spend precious hours of his life on this nonsense that no one at Romney HQ even pretends to believe in the first place. But the rest of us still have to go along with the gag. Presidential candidates these days can literally say anything they want, and we're all required to stroke our chins and pretend to take them seriously. ...



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Sorry, Mitt: In the Real World, Tax Reform Doesn't Boost Growth

Sorry, Mitt: In the Real World, Tax Reform Doesn't Boost Growth | DispatchesUSA | Scoop.it

Bruce Bartlett writes today that a Romney-style tax reform, where you lower rates and eliminate deductions, is a pretty good idea. In theory, it should produce higher economic growth.

The problem is that when tax rates are within a fairly modest range, the effect is either nonexistent or too small to be noticeable. The table on the right shows what happened after the famous 1986 tax reform, and more rigorous research confirms that it had little effect on growth ...



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Shining a spotlight on Sensata

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Over the course of the year, as Mitt Romney's controversial private-sector background became more politically problematic for the Republican, many Americans became familiar with company names like GST Steel, Ampad, and Dade Behring.

But there are plenty of other names on the list. Sensata Technologies is quickly becoming one of the more notable ...



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Is Mitt Romney the President? - Interactive Balloon Graphic

Is Mitt Romney the President? - Interactive Balloon Graphic | DispatchesUSA | Scoop.it
A daily look at the US 2012 election polls. Built by The Guardian and powered by polling data from Real Clear Politics.
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What Obama must do differently in Tuesday's debate: panel advice

What Obama must do differently in Tuesday's debate: panel advice | DispatchesUSA | Scoop.it

Roland Carlstedt, Michael Cohen, Megan Collins, Christopher Kowal and Alex Slater: By all accounts, President Obama flubbed the first debate. We asked various specialists how he can regain his mojo.

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How to teach ... US elections

How to teach ... US elections | DispatchesUSA | Scoop.it

This week, in our new Explainer series, the Guardian Teacher Network has background information and resources to help young people get to grips with the US elections.

Four years ago, the world was whipped into a frenzy over the US presidential elections. On 6 November the US citizens will go to the polls again, but it feels like a very different election. Many young people may hardly be aware it's happening, yet the election of one of the most powerful leaders on earth is worthy of discussion and debate.

Will Barack Obama, together with his running mate Joe Biden, get his second term or will Republican Mitt Romney, with his running mate Paul Ryan, win the race to the White House instead? The Guardian Teacher Network has some informative resources to help young people find out about the US election and discuss wider issues of democracy. ...



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Obama's star quality: Hollywood's women make the case for a second term

Obama's star quality: Hollywood's women make the case for a second term | DispatchesUSA | Scoop.it
Emma G Keller: Actors are calling up hair and makeup to make videos in support of the president – while Romney cancels on The View.
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About That Voting Machine Company Tied To Mitt Romney And Bain Capital…

About That Voting Machine Company Tied To Mitt Romney And Bain Capital… | DispatchesUSA | Scoop.it

Late last month, Gerry Bello and Bob Fitrakis at FreePress.org broke the story of the Mitt Romney/Bain Capital investment team involved in H.I.G. Capital, which, in July of 2011, completed a “strategic investment” to take over a fair share of the Austin-based e-voting machine company Hart Intercivic. ...


Also this week, in a video that has gone a bit viral, The David Pakman Show expressed understandable concerns about Romney’s close business partners having this type of corporate control over a large e-voting company whose extremely vulnerable and insecure [PDF]—and often 100% unverifiable—voting and tabulation systems are now used, according to VerifiedVoting.org’s database, in all or parts of California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington. ...


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How Romney’s extreme policies insult us all

How Romney’s extreme policies insult us all | DispatchesUSA | Scoop.it

Over the past, winding, 20 years, Romney has held every possible view on every possible issue — often at the same time. When it comes to policy, he’s been downright promiscuous.

He was for a woman’s right to choose before he was against it. He was for tax cuts for the rich before he was against them. He was for – no, he wrote – health reform before he was against it … before he was for the parts that everybody liked.

This isn’t a platform — it’s a punchline.

Now, 18 months into the presidential campaign, countless campaign events, interviews, a convention and a debate later, one thing is clear. Mitt Romney isn’t etch-a-sketching or flip-flopping. He’s being dishonest. And at Tuesday’s town hall debate, it’s time for the American people and the president to go the way of Joe Biden and call out his malarkey. ...



Katrina vanden Heuvel, Washington Post

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The trouble with democracy

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Government shutdowns, petty policy squabbles, voter disaffection – democracy doesn't seem to work very well. But what's the alternative? And can we rely on muddling through? By David Runciman


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The Billionaires' Tea Party (Full Length Documentary)

Full length version of the 2011 documentary film "The Billionaires' Tea Party". Produced by an independent Australian film maker.

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Presidential debate: Obama snaps back hard

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - - As well as Barack Obama did in his second presidential debate — and he did very well, indeed - - you still have to ask yourself one question: Why didn’t he do it in his first debate?
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The right’s latest Hillary hysteria

The right’s latest Hillary hysteria | DispatchesUSA | Scoop.it
Taking responsibility for the Benghazi tragedy, she drives her enemies to new heights of psycho-sexual rage...
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Bill & Hillary Forever

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If Obama wins, it may be because the former president saved his presidency—but what exactly do the Clintons get in return?
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Matt Taibbi: The Romney-Ryan tax plan should be laughed at | The Raw Story

Matt Taibbi: The Romney-Ryan tax plan should be laughed at | The Raw Story | DispatchesUSA | Scoop.it

Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi said Monday on Current TV that it was appropriate for Vice President Joe Biden to laugh at his Republican challenger Paul Ryan during last week’s debate.

“I think what he did — and he got heavily criticized for laughing and bringing this mocking tone to Ryan’s whole presentation — but I think that is what has been missing all along from the coverage of this campaign,” he explained. “You should bring contemptuous laughter to this whole thing because it is not serious. That is the real problem with it. It is not even that it is cynical and it is nefarious, it is just not serious.” ...



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Against Our Debate Obsession

Against Our Debate Obsession | DispatchesUSA | Scoop.it

The media's obsession with the presidential debates has reached the point of absurdity -- and threatens to damage our election process.



Alec MacGillis, TheNewRepublic

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Martin Amis' take on the RNC: Getting Sweaty With the GOP

Martin Amis' take on the RNC: Getting Sweaty With the GOP | DispatchesUSA | Scoop.it

Mitt is stiff, Ann is phony, and Paul Ryan is a liar. British novelist Martin Amis scoped out the RNC and reports back. Plus, exclusive video. ...


"... It has not been pleasant, during this last term, to watch the desacralizing, the chastening, and some might say the attritional coarsening of the young president. And the populace has not liked watching it either: the approval rating of Congress is 9 percent (whereas the first lady stands at a Colin Powell–like 66 ). The violence of Republican rejectionism was vestigially supremacist, just as the love inspired by the Obamas was vestigially abolitionist: the passions that gave rise to 650,000 fratricides do not soon evaporate into nothing. Seeming to confirm this, the audience in Tampa looked practically antebellum, while the audience in Charlotte looked just like the future.


"Henry James once said that America is more like a world than a country. And for the last 70 years, the world, the globe, has been shaped by the example, and the gravitational force, of the American idea. It is an epic responsibility. Obama’s least touted virtue is his astonishing self-possession in the face of the planet’s highest office. Think back to the primaries, in which Mitt Romney, at various stages, managed to trail to the likes of Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, and Herman Cain. Whenever he did notch up a win, Romney reminded me of Dan Quayle in 1988, tapped for the vice presidency in New Orleans: in the words of Stuart Stevens (now Romney’s chief strategist), “he looked like he just did a gram of coke.” In common with George W. Bush, Romney shows little resistance to what Maxim Gorky (onetime friend of Lenin) called “the filthy venom of power.” Now think back to Obama in Chicago in November 2008: the calmest man in America. Perhaps the calmest man in the world."


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Here's The Real Problem With Mitt Romney's Economic Plan: 'Rich People' Don't Create The Jobs

Here's The Real Problem With Mitt Romney's Economic Plan: 'Rich People' Don't Create The Jobs | DispatchesUSA | Scoop.it
That theory sounds great. It just doesn't happen to be true.


Unfortunately, Romney's plan is not likely to help the economy out of its current funk.


Romney's plan, in fact, suggests that Romney does not actually understand what's wrong with the economy. The solution he is proposing--giving rich people and companies more cash to spend and invest--will not solve the problem the economy faces right now. So Romney's policies, if fully implemented, aren't likely to help anything.


(In fact, arguably, they will make things worse.) ...


Henry Blodget, Business Insider


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Clinton jumps on the Benghazi grenade

Clinton jumps on the Benghazi grenade | DispatchesUSA | Scoop.it

The United States can't turn its diplomatic installations into armed camps. U.S. diplomats are going to need to take risks from time to time, and many of them are fully prepared to so. That said, it seems inevitable that this tragedy is going to have precisely the effect the State Department fears: more restrictions on diplomats' movements, more fortress-like facilities, and less interaction with the locals. American diplomacy will be the worse for it -- and that will ultimately make us less safe.



Blake Hounshell, Foreign Policy

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Koch Brother Sued For Allegedly Kidnapping Senior Executive

Koch Brother Sued For Allegedly Kidnapping Senior Executive | DispatchesUSA | Scoop.it

Billionaire businessman William Koch is facing a lawsuit from a former senior executive of his Oxbow energy company, who alleges that he was held captive and interrogated because of his concerns regarding a plan to avoid taxes on $200 million in profits. ...



Axel Tonconogy, TheNationalMemo

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