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The Takeaway - Blue Dog Day Afternoon

The Takeaway - Blue Dog Day Afternoon | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it

Listen on The Takeaway, with John Hockenberry

It’s a tough time to be a moderate Democrat in the halls of Congress. Only 24 so-called blue dog Democrats remain in Congress, and as the November elections near, several of them are looking at tough re-election campaigns. An unpopular president sharing the ticket, major redistricting, and tough conservative opponents may make the blue dog extinct. Robert “Bud” Cramer is a long-time blue dog Democrat. He's formerly the Congressman for Alabama’s 5th Congressional District, and is now the Chairman of Wexler Walker Public Policy Associates.

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The Reality Of Government Spending

The Reality Of Government Spending | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Josh Barro ponders the above chart on US government spending over time. And again, he shows how ideology distorts reality. The reason the government spends more as a proportion of GDP is partly the welfare state and partly demography.
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Cash and Credit Cards Will Be (Nearly) Dead Within the Next 8 Years

Cash and Credit Cards Will Be (Nearly) Dead Within the Next 8 Years | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Shutterstock/Aperture51 Your wallet may soon be a collector's item. In a report published this morning, Pew surveyed a selection of academics, authors, and other experts, asking them questions about the future of money.
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First Solar’s Loan Guarantees: Money Laundering For Obama Cronies

First Solar’s Loan Guarantees: Money Laundering For Obama Cronies | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
The Department of Energy can guarantee loans with taxpayer money, but they can’t guarantee a company with Obama administration connections won’t come along with a fat check and snap those contracts right up.
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Financial Crisis II

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Every politician, central bank, and regulator in
the developed world spent 2008 and 2009 saying, “This must never
happen again.” “This” was the financial meltdown that almost took
down the world economy.
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Why Would a Student's Question About Fox News Make Gingrich So Testy?

Why Would a Student's Question About Fox News Make Gingrich So Testy? | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Days after complaining about bias at the network, he reportedly ended an interview with a college newspaper when asked about Roger Ailes.Reuters It all began when Newt Gingrich said that the Fox News Channel, his former employer, was biased in its...
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Ad War Update--The Super PACs Continue to Dominate the Conversation

Ad War Update--The Super PACs Continue to Dominate the Conversation | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Obama's Super PAC spotlights Romney's riches: Paul Waldman comments on the now-famous photo at the center of the ad: Romney hasn't really told a persuasive story about how his personal wealth figures into his candidacy.
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Himalayan glaciers buck global warmng

Himalayan glaciers buck global warmng | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
A heavily glaciated region of the Himalayas is bucking the trend of global ice loss and showing small signs of increasing in mass, according to a new study.
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The third name on your ballot in November will be…..

Americans will soon have their choice for the 2012 presidential race: Mitt Romney versus Barack Obama. But one group, Americans Elect, is determined to give voters a third choice for president. Americans Elect is out to shake up the voting process...

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‘Buffett Rule’ fails Senate test vote

‘Buffett Rule’ fails Senate test vote | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
A White House-backed proposal to force millionaires to pay at least 30% of their income in taxes before charity fails a test vote in the Senate, but Democrats vow to keep pressing it this election year.

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House Republicans Would Thwart Romney Move to Center

House Republicans Would Thwart Romney Move to Center | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it

by JONATHAN WEISMAN and JENNIFER STEINHAUER, NY Times

 

If Mitt Romney is considering a quick pivot to the center as he heads into the general election, he will find an imposing impediment: fellow Republicans in the House.

 

As Congress was set to reconvene on Monday, House Republicans said Mr. Romney could go his own way on smaller issues that may help define him as separate from his Congressional Republican counterparts. But, they said, he must understand that they are driving the policy agenda for the party now.

 

“We’re not a cheerleading squad,” said Representative Jeff Landry, an outspoken freshman from Louisiana. “We’re the conductor. We’re supposed to drive the train.”

 

With Representative Paul D. Ryan’s budget plan, Republicans have already set the agenda on the key issue that divides the two parties in an age of austerity: how to manage the federal budget and its related entitlement programs. Mr. Romney has eagerly embraced it, campaigning with Mr. Ryan by his side and calling him “bold and brilliant.” [MORE]


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Conditional Reciprocity

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Reihan Salam writes on NRO: Over the weekend, I had a brief exchange with Mickey Kaus about how the Hilary Rosen controversy seems to have evolved into a renewed discussion of the value of welfare reform.

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The U.S. Spends $14K Per Afghan Troop Per Year, But Each Earns $1,872

The U.S. Spends $14K Per Afghan Troop Per Year, But Each Earns $1,872 | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
The surprising finances of Afghanistan's police and army, for which the U.S. bears virtually all costs. Afghan National Army soldiers arrive for a ceremony in Mehtar Lam.
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Poll: Utah GOP delegates more moderate than two years ago

Doubling attendance at party caucuses this year produced Republican state delegates whose views are more moderate and far more in line with voters than in the past, according to a poll of delegates and voters released Tuesday by the Utah Foundation.
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Obama And The Debt

Obama And The Debt | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Like David Brooks, I feel whip-sawed a lot of the time. The gamble of Obama's re-election message seems so far to be a mix of personal popularity and tax fairness. I can see the logic of this. Obama is hated...
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Here Are Your Favorite Tax Graphs

Here Are Your Favorite Tax Graphs | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Happy tax day! Let's celebrate (or mourn) our civic duty to pay the government for stuff by sharing our favorite charts. The following pictures come from readers like you.
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The Coming Book Wars: Apple vs. Amazon vs. Google vs. the U.S.

The Coming Book Wars: Apple vs. Amazon vs. Google vs. the U.S. | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Unresolved conflicts among publishers, sellers, libraries, and the U.S.
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Raise My Taxes, Please!

Raise My Taxes, Please! | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
The Bush/Obama tax cuts saved me thousands of dollars. I'm ready to donate it all to politicians who want to double my taxes. Picture from Mitt Romney's 2010 tax return; Reuters I'm looking at my 2011 tax return.
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GSA whistle-blower testifies on scandal

GSA whistle-blower testifies on scandal | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
A General Services Administration official who first raised questions about overspending at a 2010 Las Vegas conference said Tuesday that she supported the findings of a government investigation and the steps taken in response to the controversy.
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False-Equivalence Watch: Nice Work by the Times and Post!

False-Equivalence Watch: Nice Work by the Times and Post! | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Today a majority of the Senate voted in favor of the "Buffett Rule," but the 51-45 "Yes" vote was not enough to overcome the Republicans' threatened filibuster.Here is how the NYT, to its credit, reported and billed the story: The narrative...
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Political Dialogue: Too Important to be Hijacked (Ed Gurowitz)

Political Dialogue: Too Important to be Hijacked (Ed Gurowitz) | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
In order for any group to come up with ideas that are smarter than its members, it must have a wide range of diverse viewpoints.

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Santorum Holds Off on Endorsing, Tells Supporters 'I Haven't Supported Any Candidate at This Point'

Santorum Holds Off on Endorsing, Tells Supporters 'I Haven't Supported Any Candidate at This Point' | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it
Rick Santorum said tonight there is “no question Barack Obama has to be defeated,” but did not say he would back presumptive nominee Mitt Romney, instead revealing he had only spoken to Newt Gingrich, not Romney yet.

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White House Doors Open for Big Donors

White House Doors Open for Big Donors | Coffee Party Election Coverage | Scoop.it

by MIKE McINTIRE and MICHAEL LUO, NY Times

 

Although Mr. Obama has made a point of not accepting contributions from registered lobbyists, a review of campaign donations and White House visitor logs shows that special interests have had little trouble making themselves heard. Many of the president’s biggest donors, while not lobbyists, took lobbyists with them to the White House, while others performed essentially the same function on their visits.

 

More broadly, the review showed that those who donated the most to Mr. Obama and the Democratic Party since he started running for president were far more likely to visit the White House than others. Among donors who gave $30,000 or less, about 20 percent visited the White House, according to a New York Times analysis that matched names in the visitor logs with donor records. But among those who donated $100,000 or more, the figure rises to about 75 percent. Approximately two-thirds of the president’s top fund-raisers in the 2008 campaign visited the White House at least once, some of them numerous times. [MORE]


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Romney’s top-five vice presidential nods: Who’s the potential time bomb?

Now that the race for the Republican nomination is effectively over, Mitt Romney's campaign is speaking publicly about who they might choose as his running mate.

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Gallup poll: Romney, Obama statistically tied in 2012 matchup

A new Gallup poll finds Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama statistically tied among registered voters heading into November's general election.

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