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The high price of tax breaks: Not so easy

The high price of tax breaks: Not so easy | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
LIKE most sins, tax breaks are easier to condemn than to resist. Politicians regularly decry the inefficiency and complexity that tax breaks introduce to the overall tax system, while merrily adding to the pile.
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National Survey: Super PACs, Corruption, and Democracy | Brennan Center for Justice

Americans’ Attitudes about the Influence of Super PAC Spending on Government and the Implications for our Democracy

 

A recent national survey conducted on behalf of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law demonstrates that the spending of Super PACs in this year’s election cycle has given rise to a large, bipartisan consensus that such outsized spending is dangerous for our democracy. Historical polling has repeatedly shown that Americans believe elected officials favor the interests of large contributors to their own campaign war-chests. This new poll reveals for the first time that Americans have similar fears of elected officials favoring big donors to nominally independent Super PACs — and also that many are less likely to vote because of Super PAC spending.

 

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Why Mitt Romney is in a LOT of Trouble...

Why Mitt Romney is in a LOT of Trouble... | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it

The meme of lackluster = Romney is now so ingrained in the electorate (and, in particular, the conservative side of the electorate) that the hill Romney has to climb is potentially Sisyphean. Why? Because emotion—how people feel about a candidate—is typically responsible for the voting behavior of more than eighty percent of the electorate.

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What Texas is thinking: PPP Polling Data

What Texas is thinking: PPP Polling Data | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it

Here are a few takeaways from the April 19-22 polling (the sample is 591 Texas voters, unless indicated otherwise) :

 

Texas Republicans are getting more comfortable with Romney

 

PPP was in the field before the April 24 primaries and thus before Newt Gingrich announced he was dropping out. Here's their analysis based on intervews with 400 Texas GOP primary voters.

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Arizona Immigration Law: Verrilli Strikes Out Again With SCOTUS

Arizona Immigration Law: Verrilli Strikes Out Again With SCOTUS | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. may have been outclassed when he went up against Paul D. Clement arguing the case to uphold the constitutionality of ObamaCare before the Supreme Court of the United States.
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Why Obama and Romney Are Both Wrong About Becoming Rich in America

Why Obama and Romney Are Both Wrong About Becoming Rich in America | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it

by DOUGLAS LABIER, Huffington Post

 

Growing disparity is a reality. It's creating more problems, as a Washington Post analysis recently documented. The Republican position embraces that disparity for the benefit of the richest segments of society. Analysis of the Ryan budget proposal shows it would support the rich at the expense of the poor by, for example, slashing food stamps and contributing to more poverty. That prompted the Catholic Bishops to lambaste it for hurting the poor.

 

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Political views are reflected in brain structure

Political views are reflected in brain structure | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it

Individuals who call themselves liberal tend to have larger anterior cingulate cortexes, while those who call themselves conservative have larger amygdalas. Based on what is known about the functions of those two brain regions, the structural differences are consistent with reports showing a greater ability of liberals to cope with conflicting information and a greater ability of conservatives to recognize a threat, the researchers say.

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Gingrich Says Romney Will Be Nominee and Urges Unity

Gingrich Says Romney Will Be Nominee and Urges Unity | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it

Newt Gingrich, a former House speaker, will still be on the campaign trail, but says Mitt Romney will be the nominee. “I think you have to at some point be honest with what’s happening in the real world, as opposed to what you’d like to have happened,” Mr. Gingrich said.

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A farewell to U.S. factories Caixin Online

A farewell to U.S. factories Caixin Online | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Calls to address decline of manufacturing sector in the U.S. Manufacturing employment as a fraction of total employment has been declining for the past half century in the United States and the great majority of other developed countries. A 1968 book about developments in the American economy by Victor Fuchs was already entitled “The Service Economy.”
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Huntsman blasts the GOP - Video on msnbc.com

Huntsman blasts the GOP - Video on msnbc.com | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Video on msnbc.com: Politico’s Lois Romano talks about Jon Huntsman’s comparison of the GOP to Chinese communists.

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EPA clears way for more fracking profits

EPA clears way for more fracking profits | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it

Last week, tucked into the headlines was a story describing how the Environmental Protection Agency decided to give oil and gas companies until 2015 to fully comply with so-called "green completions" for their hydraulic fracturing operations. In the near term, this move removes the risk for companies engaged in "fracking" of having the EPA slow their high growth via the rapid implementation of new rules .

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Political Punchlines

One of the upsides to campaign season is the great material it provides our late night comedians. Check out the graph below to see which candidates they’re joking about the most, and scroll down for the best punchlines.
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Taxed by the boss: 16 states redirect income taxes to corporate profiteers instead of education, public safety | Coffee Party News

Taxed by the boss: 16 states redirect income taxes to corporate profiteers instead of education, public safety | Coffee Party News | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
by DAVID CAY JOHNSTON, Reuters Across the United States more than 2,700 companies are collecting state income taxes from hundreds of thousands of workers – and are keeping the money with the states’ approval, says an eye-opening report published on...


This just seems like a way to race to the bottom...depriving states of revenue.  ~DM

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Karl Rove Super PAC Ad Attacks 'Cool' Obama

Karl Rove Super PAC Ad Attacks 'Cool' Obama | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it

Conservative super PAC American Crossroads released a new ad Thursday that aims to make President Obama’s “coolness” an issue, asking young voters how America’s “biggest celebrity”...


We should all pay careful attention: these are the SuperPACS that are taking your votes away from you by spending millions and millions of dollars to create a story that has nothing to do with reality....

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Ad War Update

Ad War Update | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
The RNC gets sanctimonious: Matt Lewis still worries that Obama is too cool. Allahpundit complicates the contrast: Supposedly, [Romney]’s already considering an appearance on SNL. The only reason he might not do it is if, per this ad, he and...
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FactCheck.org : Fall Preview: Obama vs. Romney (and Ryan)

FactCheck.org : Fall Preview: Obama vs. Romney (and Ryan) | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it

President Obama says Mitt Romney has embraced a budget that could throw hundreds of thousands of children out of Head Start classrooms, eliminate air traffic control services in some places, and “ultimately end Medicare as we know it.”


Romney says that’s just “rhetorical excess” and accuses the president of “many … distortions and inaccuracies.”


So who’s right? We find grounds to fault both sides.

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Recession? What Recession?

Recession? What Recession? | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Paul Ryan, the intellectual leader of the congressional Republicans, spoke today at Georgetown University. ...
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High-Fiving the Senate for showing how legislation can pass

High-Fiving the Senate for showing how legislation can pass | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
No Labels is high-fiving the bipartisan process the U.S. Senate went through to pass a postal reform bill today.
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Lexington: Are the Republicans mad?

Lexington: Are the Republicans mad? | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it

LEXINGTON, The Economist


WHAT happens to a two-party political system when one party goes mad? That is the question posed in a powerful and angry new book by two scholars at two respected think-tanks, Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution and Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute. The book’s cheery title is “It’s Even Worse Than It Looks” (Basic Books), and its argument is encapsulated in its subtitle: “How the American constitutional system collided with the new politics of extremism.”


The think-tankers’ thesis is that America’s political parties have become as vehemently adversarial as the parties in a parliamentary system. But whereas a parliamentary system allows the majority to rule while the minority bides its time, America’s separation of powers seldom gives one party the power to rule unconstrained. So the emergence of parliamentary-style parties in America is a formula for “wilful obstruction” and gridlock. [MORE]

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Charles Murray: Why America is Coming Apart Along Class Lines - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

Charles Murray: Why America is Coming Apart Along Class Lines - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Charles Murray, one of America's most influential social policy thinkers, has come out with a widely discussed new book called Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010, which argues that Americans are splitting into two divergent...

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House Republican divide keeps lid on highway projects

House Republican divide keeps lid on highway projects | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly every day, rush-hour traffic backs up for miles on both ends of the overburdened Brent Spence Bridge, which spans the Ohio River and links Cincinnati with its suburbs in Kentucky.The...

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Why the United States Isn't Europe

Why the United States Isn't Europe | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Conservatives like to fret that the United States is turning a giant European-style welfare state.



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Republicans eye health plan should court overturn reform

Republicans eye health plan should court overturn reform | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in Congress are getting ready to answer an election-year question that has dogged the party's campaign for months: How would it replace President Barack Obama's healthcare...


House Republicans are working to create a legislative blueprint they can sell to voters after the Supreme Court rules on Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the nation's most sweeping healthcare legislation since Medicare and Medicaid in the 1960s.


Lawmakers and their aides say a Republican plan would focus on controlling healthcare costs and allowing people to retain coverage while changing jobs. They will avoid Obama's comprehensive approach to extend coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans.

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Analysis: State attorneys general: New Republican power

Analysis: State attorneys general: New Republican power | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
(Reuters) - In the ornate Chinese Ballroom of Washington's Mayflower Hotel, nine Republican state attorneys general gathered last month at a long, white-cloth covered table for an unusual news conference.

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Gingrich hints he may quit race

Gingrich hints he may quit race | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Newt Gingrich suggested Monday that the end may be near for his struggling presidential campaign.


In an interview with NBC News, the former House speaker acknowledged that he would have to "reassess" his bid if he fares poorly in Tuesday's Republican primary in Delaware, a state where he has spent considerable time campaigning.

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