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The Middle Ground with Eric Byler

The Middle Ground with Eric Byler | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it

Charney suggests the “war” assignation now seems the most popular tool for this purpose (apparently superseding the ubiquitous but overused “—gate” designation). The term itself has been around for a while. We began, several decades back, an anemic effort we deemed the “war on poverty,” there’s a constant “war on drugs;” and (obviously) we’re now into our second decade of the “war on terror.” We also have the annual roll out of the right’s “war on Christmas” mantra and the left’s more au courant accusation of a “war on science.”

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Honoring O'Connor's Legacy at the Supreme Court

Honoring O'Connor's Legacy at the Supreme Court | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
The four women who have ever served on the Supreme Court got together on stage at the Newseum in Washington on Wednesday night to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the appointment of the first one, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
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Umpire of liberty - The Supreme Court, the Democratic Congress (of 2009/2010), and ObamaCare

Umpire of liberty - The Supreme Court, the Democratic Congress (of 2009/2010), and ObamaCare | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it

In the case of Obamacare, it now looks unwise of the Democrats to have pushed such ambitious—and unpopular—legislation through Congress without a single Republican vote. What, though, if the flagship achievement of a Democratic president is now to be struck down by the casting vote of a single judge, in a case where legal opinion is finely divided?  Magnificent, in its way, but not the most harmonious way to run a country already asking whether its governing institutions are still up to the job.

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Can Volunteers Protect Communities?

Can Volunteers Protect Communities? | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it

This article and video is about a community in CA where volunteers have taken on policing themselves...lowering crime (yes, violent crime, too) to save money for all.  

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Political Labels, Political Identity, and Bias | The Moral Sciences Club | Big Think

Political Labels, Political Identity, and Bias | The Moral Sciences Club | Big Think | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it

Interesting article about how our own labels may impact our reactions to other viewpoints, currying opinions of others and group identity.  Imagine what happens when we label other people!!!  ~DM

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America, Fast and Slow: How Efficiency Is Making and Unmaking the Economy

America, Fast and Slow: How Efficiency Is Making and Unmaking the Economy | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
David Brooks is right: The U.S. economy is an uneven landscape, where highly productive sectors rub up against industries that are adding people more than technology. What's the fix? Reuters Between 1990 and 2008, the U.S.
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Santorum Suspends Campaign

Santorum Suspends Campaign | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
Santorum abruptly suspended his White House campaign, clearing the way for front-runner Romney to claim the Republican presidential nomination.
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Get Ready for an Even More Divided Congress

Get Ready for an Even More Divided Congress | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it

"Democrats are unlikely to take the House and Republicans will struggle to capture the Senate. Will that mean more gridlock, or new pragmatism?"  


What we really need are more moderates from both parties.  What changes need to happen in our primary system to allow moderates to be elected?  What we have now, isn't working.  ~DM

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Talk to a True Conservative: "Speaking of America" with Don Manning Tonight at 11 pm ET

Talk to a True Conservative: "Speaking of America" with Don Manning Tonight at 11 pm ET | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it

SPEAKING of AMERICA with Don Manning

This Monday Evenings, 8 pm PST/11 pm EST

LISTEN LIVE or call in and add your voice: (646) 929-2495


Don Manning will chat with Michael Charney, award-winning author of "CHASING GLENN BECK; A Personal Experiment in Reclaiming Our Hijacked Political Conversation". Michael and Don will take your comments and questions. "What's on Your Mind?... Let's Talk About It!" on Speaking of America.

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To Most Americans, It Doesn't Feel Like an Economic Recovery

To Most Americans, It Doesn't Feel Like an Economic Recovery | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it

In my column this week for CNN, I discuss the dark social effects of the continuing weak recovery:...6 million manufacturing jobs lost, unlikely to be recovered...a harsher world than pre-2008.  

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Why Big Government Is Offensive

Why Big Government Is Offensive | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
I was hoping to make it through life without hearing television
commentators repeatedly utter the word transvaginal.
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Is This The Recovery We Have Been Waiting For?

Is This The Recovery We Have Been Waiting For? | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it

"Karl Smith -- Assistant Professor of Public Economics at UNC-CH & Blogger at Modeled BehaviorLast Summer, as the incoming data grew darker, many economic commentators predicted recession."  


Improvement due to a larger population and shrinking supplies.  Not exactly the robust consumer-driven recovery, eh?  ~DM

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Instagram Is Now Worth $77 Million Per Employee

Instagram Is Now Worth $77 Million Per Employee | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it

"This morning, Facebook bought Instagram, the photo-sharing phone app, for a fat $1 billion. Instagram has more than 30 million signed-up users, but it doesn't make any money. It employs only 13 people, at last count."    Free markets rock!  ~DM

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Newt Gingrich: ‘CNN is less biased than Fox’

Newt Gingrich: ‘CNN is less biased than Fox’ | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it

There seems to be more than a little irony in this story....

 

In what some might consider an act of GOP political suicide, Newt Gingrich slammed Fox News earlier this week, saying that the cable news channel has favored Mitt Romney throughout the 2012 Republican race--and that CNN has been the more...

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Approval of Mob Rule on Speech Depends on Which Mob is to Rule

Approval of Mob Rule on Speech Depends on Which Mob is to Rule | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it

by Jonathan S. Tobin, Commentary Magazine

 

It was perhaps predictable that the New York Times editorial page would leap to the defense of embattled Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen. The Times takes a dim view of the Marlins’ decision to suspend their now contrite field boss for telling Time Magazine how much he loved Fidel Castro. Guillen, they believe, is being penalized for exercising his constitutional right to engage in political speech. ...

 

... But though the newspaper attempts to draw a distinction between Guillen and others who have been punished for expressing other hateful sentiments, the only thing different here is whose feathers have been ruffled.

 

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Obama Call for Buffett Rule Is Potent Politics but an Economic Pitfall

Obama Call for Buffett Rule Is Potent Politics but an Economic Pitfall | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it

"The problem is that as economics, the tax has almost no effect on the gap between what the government spends and its revenue. Assuming that the minimum tax would be about 30 percent of all incomes of more than $1 million, it would translate into about $5 billion a year. In the next decade, current forecasts are for the government to spend about $45 trillion, so the proposed tax would cover a bit more than 0.1 percent of that and leave the yawning trillions of the deficit largely untroubled," says Zachary Karabell.

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Colbert Report: Stephen Colbert's Lady Heroes - Glen Grothman | Coffee Party Feminists

Colbert Report: Stephen Colbert's Lady Heroes  - Glen Grothman | Coffee Party Feminists | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
The Colbert Report While a fictitious war drives women from the GOP, Wisconsin repeals their Equal Pay Enforcement Act that allows legal recourse for women who receive less pay for equal work.  [MORE] (Colbert Report: Stephen Colbert's Lady Heroes...
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GSA acts to halt wasteful spending

GSA acts to halt wasteful spending | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
The Government Services Administration has suspended an employee award program cited by congressional investigators for exceeding spending limits, the acting head of the agency said Tuesday.


I still can't believe anyone in the GSA thought this was appropriate...in the middle of a recession?  Now if they were trying to embarass Obama...they've succeeded mightily.

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The Two Economies

The Two Economies | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
To help facilitate today’s political arguments, there’s a need to understand the interplay between the productive, hypercompetitive sector of the economy and the more protected, job-generating sector.

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The Buffett Rule Won't Get You a Job

The Buffett Rule Won't Get You a Job | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it

"Taxing millionaires might be smart politics, but not much more. It's definitely not a serious plan for lowing the unemployment rate."  


So while it sounds "fair," to middle-class America, what will the real impact be for tax revenues and for the economy?  ~DM

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'Big Data' Is Watching You

'Big Data' Is Watching You | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it

"Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are running campaigns that know more about you than ever before -- and using that to turn up the partisanship."  This use of collected private information (often without our knowledge or permission) promotes citizenship as CONSUMERS of POLITICS and really irritates me.  Present me with the issues, your positions and let me decide who is the best candidate.  STOP MANIPULATING ME.

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The Liberal Attack on the Court

The Liberal Attack on the Court | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it

Back in the 1960s, conservatives angry at the Supreme Court's rulings under its liberal chief justice put up billboards with the message: "Impeach Earl Warren." Today, you can order T-shirts and buttons with an updated demand: "Impeach John Roberts."      


We need to seek civility in our discourse.  No t-shirt for me! ~DM

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Poll: Google's More Popular Than Facebook, Twitter, and Even Apple

Poll: Google's More Popular Than Facebook, Twitter, and Even Apple | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
Guess what? Most Americans still love the tech giants.
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4 Politically Controversial Issues Economists All Agree On

4 Politically Controversial Issues Economists All Agree On | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
Adam Ozimek -- blogger at Modeled Behavior and associate at Econsult Corporation In reading the sometimes polarized debate in the economics blogosphere, the discipline often appears to suffer from an excess of disagreement and uncertainty.
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Picking Up the Pieces of No Child Left Behind

Picking Up the Pieces of No Child Left Behind | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it

"The past decade has proven that teaching to the test doesn't work."   I'm looking for solutions whereever they may be.  This story talks about working with the unions to find answers.  Wow.  ~DM

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