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Obama tops Romney in new poll of small business owners

Obama tops Romney in new poll of small business owners | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it

by J. D. HARRISON, Washington Post


President Obama’s controversial “you didn’t build that” remark wasn’t enough to break the trust he has built with many voters on Main Street.


Nearly half of small business owners (47 percent) plan to vote for a second term for the president, compared to 39 percent who plan to vote for Mitt Romney, according to a new poll conducted by the George Washington University School of Political Management and Thumbtack.com. Even more importantly, perhaps, the president is perceived as more supportive of small companies by the most coveted group of voters — independents. [MORE]


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Undercover Activist James O'Keefe Plans to Step Up Political Stalking - New York Times

Undercover Activist James O'Keefe Plans to Step Up Political Stalking - New York Times | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Project Veritas Action, a research group that uses undercover investigators, warned that it was stepping up its stalking of campaigns this election cycle to uncover wrongdoing.
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Republican Scott Walker promotes tough foreign policy | The Heralding

Republican Scott Walker promotes tough foreign policy | The Heralding | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Republican Presidential hopeful Scott Walker has made statements about his foreign policy proposals that are embraced by a conservative crowd, but seem to have
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Donald Trump applied for visas to import foreign workers to the U.S. | The Heralding

Donald Trump applied for visas to import foreign workers to the U.S. | The Heralding | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Real estate mogul and Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has applied to import 70 foreign worker for his elite Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Florida to
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Obama calls for diplomatic approach to Iran | The Heralding

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President Barack Obama made another speech on Wednesday in a series of speeches aimed to persuade legislators to approve the nuclear deal with Iran. His speech
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Tully: There is wisdom to be found in politics. Really. - Indianapolis Star - Indianapolis Star

Tully: There is wisdom to be found in politics. Really. - Indianapolis Star - Indianapolis Star | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Politics can be frustrating and dominated by small ideas. But there is wisdom to be found.
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U.S. and China officials to meet for Strategic and Economic Dialogue | The Heralding

U.S. and China officials to meet for Strategic and Economic Dialogue | The Heralding | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
The U.S. and China will launch the seventh Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington this Tuesday in order to discuss financial and political strategy. The
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Trade war heating up among Democrats

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Hillary Rodham Clinton and other top Democrats began feuding over President Obama’s trade initiative Tuesday as his bid for a major late-term win began tearing at the party’s unity and threatened to expose old divisions ahead of the 2016 presidential...
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New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News strike deals for anti-Clinton research

New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News strike deals for anti-Clinton research | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
The New York Times and Fox News have made exclusive agreements with a conservative author for early access to his opposition research on Hillary Clinton, a move that has confounded members of the Clinton campaign and some Times reporters, the On...
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U.S. prosecutors reopen probes against several big banks: NYT

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U.S. prosecutors are reopening investigations into big banks on suspicion they may have violated agreements under which the institutions settled prior cases against them, The New York Times reported, citing lawyers briefed with the matter.
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The Plan To Take Our Democracy Back - YouTube

Professor Lawrence Lessig goes over the problem - and the plan to solve it - on more time in this video provided by Purpose.com.
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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, June 25, 2014 10:25 PM

From the web site:

We are a crowdfunded Super PAC to end all Super PACs.

Ironic? Yes. Embrace the irony.


We’re kickstarting a Super PAC big enough to make it possible to win a Congress committed to fundamental reform by 2016. We set fundraising goals and then crowdfund those goals.


We only keep your pledge if we hit our goal.

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Frustration rises over undocumented minors

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The 2007 influx of undocumented immigrants crossing the border led to the Arizona stop-and-frisk law. What will be the outcome of 2014 surge of unaccompanied minors? Eric Byler, filmmaker and director of “9500 Liberty,” joins Krystal Ball to discuss.
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Greenhouse: Some are Red. Some are Blue. ALL ARE GREEN!

Greenhouse: Some are Red. Some are Blue. ALL ARE GREEN! | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Install and use Greenhouse, a free browser extension for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox that exposes the role money plays in Congress. Provides transparency by putting vital data about political contributions where it’s most relevant. Discover the real impact of money on our political system.

 

Some are red. Some are blue. All are green.

 

A free browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari that exposes the role money plays in Congress. Displays on any web page detailed campaign contribution data for every Senator and Representative, including total amount received and breakdown by industry and by size of donation. Puts vital data where it’s most relevant so you can discover the real impact of money on our political system.

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Carnegie Mellon Student Gives a Lift to Lessig's Ideas

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Lawrence Lessig is one of the most astute systems thinkers on the planet. Carnegie Mellon student Jordan Harrison decided to help bring Lessig's ideas alive visually, with this video.
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Eli Levine's curator insight, June 20, 2014 12:12 AM

No duh!

 

And yet the ideologues and conservatives see nothing wrong with it and actively encourage it!

 

Worth spreading.

 

Idiots....

 

Think about it!

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, June 26, 2014 12:33 AM
I agree with the idea that Lessig is one the most astute systems thinkers on the planet. Take a minute to look over the visualizations created by student, Jordan Harrison of Lessig's ideas.
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Jeb Bush’s plan for Americans to work longer hours | The Heralding

Jeb Bush’s plan for Americans to work longer hours | The Heralding | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Republican Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said on Wednesday that ‘’people should work longer hours”, so that the economy can be improved. The Democratic National
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Pentagon Chief meets with Israel PM to talk Iran deal | The Heralding

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Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu met with the U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter on Tuesday behind closed doors in Israel to discuss the nuclear
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U.S. Senate blocks Planned Parenthood defund measure | The Heralding

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Photo Credit: Texas Tribune U.S. Senate rejected Republican efforts to cut off the federal funding of health care organization Planned Parenthood. The long
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And the Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th-Anniversar — Download

Download Here: http://tinyurl.com/pzeunzu Upon it's first publication twenty years ago, And The Band Played on was quickly recognized as a masterpiece of ...
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Jeb Bush Outstrips Rivals in Fund-Raising as ‘Super PACs’ Swell Candidates’ Coffers

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Bypassing vast networks of fund-raisers, Republican candidates are turning instead to super PACs able to draw on a few super-wealthy supporters.
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Jeb Bush launches Presidential campaign | The Heralding

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Republican White House hopeful, Jeb Bush, has launched his official campaign rally Monday in Florida. He acknowledged the Republican Party conservative
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So You Elected a Black Mayor! I Guess I Will Resign - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

So You Elected a Black Mayor! I Guess I Will Resign - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Shares Facebook2.3kTwitter8Google+3Gmail2 Parma, MO (Li …
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Senate control hinges on turnout

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Democrats are heading into next week's election facing tough odds and their chances depend on whether they get women and African-Americans to vote.
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The Supreme Court’s baffling tech illiteracy is becoming a big problem

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If one thing was clear from decisions handed down this week, it's that SCOTUS is clueless on technology
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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, June 28, 2014 12:11 PM

Granted, the justices are behind the times. Twenty-first century technology has come to the Court, but the Court hasn’t come to the twenty-first century. Justices still communicate by handwritten notes instead of email. The courthouse got its first photocopying machine in 1969, six decades after the machine was invented. Oral arguments were first tape-recorded in 1955, nearly a hundred years after the first sound recording. At those arguments, blog reporters are denied press passes, tweeting is verboten, and justices thumb through hard copies of court documents. At the Supreme Court, every day is Throwback Thursday.


This might explain why the majority of Americans oppose life tenure for Supreme Court justices. Life tenure shields judicial independence and pays homage to the Founding Fathers’ vision. At the time the Constitution was written, however, the average life expectancy was about 40 years. (Or 60 years if controlled for infant mortality.) Today, it’s nearly twice as long. Clearly, life tenure meant something different for the founding generation.


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http://www.salon.com/2014/06/28/the_supreme_courts_baffling_tech_illiteracy_is_becoming_a_big_problem/


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Calling MayDay on Democracy, Super PAC Powered By Citizens Vows to #GetMoneyOut

Calling MayDay on Democracy, Super PAC Powered By Citizens Vows to #GetMoneyOut | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Our democracy is held hostage by the funders of campaigns.

 

Fri, 6/20/2014 - by Eleanor Goldfield

 

Super PACs spent $567,498,628 on the 2012 elections. About half of that was used on the presidential election. You may have seen that half-billion-dollar number thrown around or heard the mention of Super PACs – but what does a Super PAC really do?


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http://www.occupy.com/article/calling-mayday-democracy-super-pac-powered-citizens-vows-getmoneyout#sthash.wH52Bp8l.dpuf


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Campaign-Finance Reform Has to Be Cross-Partisan

Campaign-Finance Reform Has to Be Cross-Partisan | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Democrats love to talk about cutting the influence of money in politics, but are they actually any more eager to fix it than Republicans?

 

LAWRENCE LESSIG JUN 18 2014, 10:43 AM ET


The vast majority of Americans—more than 90 percent in recent polls—believe it “important” to “reduce the influence of money in politics.” But is the business model of the reformers actually consistent with winning reform?

 

This is the fair but hard question raised by the strategy planned by Senate Democrats this summer to force a vote on New Mexico Senator Tom Udall’s proposed constitutional amendment to give Congress the power “to regulate the raising and spending of money” in elections. Forty-three Senate Democrats have cosponsored the resolution. Zero Republicans have. Zero is the same number of Republicans who have joined any of the proposed constitutional amendments now floating about in Congress to, as they are described, “reverse Citizens United.” Constitutional reform to give Congress the power to further regulate campaign cash is the exclusive domain of the Democrats (excepting, of course, the ACLU Democrats; the ACLU opposes such amendments).

 

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http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/06/campaign-finance-reform-has-to-be-cross-partisan/372983/

 


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Reform.to: Know Who Is and Who Isn't Against Corruption

Reform.to tracks members of Congress as well as candidates, and highlights their support for specific legislative and constitutional reforms aimed at fighting the corrupting influence of money in politics.
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