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FactCheck.org : Fall Preview: Obama vs. Romney (and Ryan)

FactCheck.org : Fall Preview: Obama vs. Romney (and Ryan) | The Middle Ground | 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? | The Middle Ground | 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 | The Middle Ground | 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? | The Middle Ground | 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 | The Middle Ground | 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 | The Middle Ground | 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 | The Middle Ground | 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 | The Middle Ground | 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 | The Middle Ground | 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 | The Middle Ground | 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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21st century chain gangs

21st century chain gangs | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it

What began in the 1970s as an end run around the laws prohibiting convict leasing by private interests has now become an industrial sector in its own right, employing more people than any Fortune 500 corporation and operating in 37 states. And here’s the ultimate irony: Our ancestors found convict labor obnoxious in part because it seemed to prefigure a new and more universal form of enslavement. Could its rebirth foreshadow a future ever more unnervingly like those past nightmares?...

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The incarceration industry, as we speak; is growing,at an alarming rate. It was highlighted recently; by the conviction of a so-called judge, who had shares in the local prison system; and was convicting innocent people to make sure it stayed full and profitable. He's on my "Love to meet you down a dark alley" list.
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"Who you kiddin? This is the system you hope will be in place when all of us "gross polluters" and tax dodgers are rounded up."
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A Short History of Modern Taxation in 4 Acts

A Short History of Modern Taxation in 4 Acts | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
The last 30 years are often taken as one great experiment in tax cuts and bulging income inequality. In fact, the real story is much more spiky.
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Dems Still in Denial on Entitlements Doom

Dems Still in Denial on Entitlements Doom | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
The political class may lack the will to deal with impending doom of the two largest entitlements in the federal budget, but that doesn’t mean that the clock isn’t ticking until the moment when both Medicare and Social Security will run out of money.


This reads like the Nuns/Vaticans conflict, where some folks are doing the work that is needed and others are protecting the institution.  We must remember that all institutions started as agreements to solve social problems.  If the institution is no longer solving the problem, we obviously need new agreements.  Let's get the rhetoric out of the way and get to work.  Please...  ~DM

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What Texas is thinking: PPP Polling Data

What Texas is thinking: PPP Polling Data | The Middle Ground | 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 | The Middle Ground | 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 | The Middle Ground | 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 | The Middle Ground | 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 | The Middle Ground | 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 | The Middle Ground | 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 | The Middle Ground | 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 | The Middle Ground | 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 | The Middle Ground | 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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Investors Want Disclosure of Corporate Political Contributions and Lobbying Expenditures - Forbes

Investors Want Disclosure of Corporate Political Contributions and Lobbying Expenditures - Forbes | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
The U.S. Supreme Court has brought front and center the debate on the role of the public corporation in our democracy with its recent decision in Citizens United v.
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Faces Of The Day

Faces Of The Day | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
Photographer Seth Casteel captures the joy of underwater dogs: The most exciting part of the success for him, however, is how the attention has already helped his non-profit, Second Chance Photos, which aims to increase the quality of animal...
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