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Stop your people from intervening in our local politics!

Stop your people from intervening in our local politics! | Republican lies | Scoop.it
We are using diplomatic means to urge the governments of Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, Myanmar and Philippines to advice their citizens who are working in Malaysia to not obtain Malaysian citizenship through illegal means (ie corruption) and...
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Steve King Will Not Run for Senate #IASEN - At the Races

Steve King Will Not Run for Senate #IASEN - At the Races | Republican lies | Scoop.it
Republican Rep. Steve King announced on Twitter late Friday night that he would not run for Senate: King marks the third — and highest-profile — con (RT @rollcallpols: Roll Call Politics: Steve King Will Not Run for Senate #IASEN: Republican Rep.
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Dead Governor Walking

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If you want to see a politician with the gallows in his eyes, take a look at Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania, whose re-election prospects at the moment look like an offer for a free introductory case of cholera.
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Afghan President Confirms CIA Payments

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Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday that the CIA's station chief in Kabul has assured him that regular funding the U.S. intelligence agency gives his government will not be cut off.
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President: In our country, pluralism, political liberties, freedom of speech have no alternative - Politics - Panorama | Armenian news

President: In our country, pluralism, political liberties, freedom of speech have no alternative - Politics - Panorama | Armenian news | Republican lies | Scoop.it
“Only fair Armenia can be secure. A “fair state” implies the ability to discuss with the citizens important issues and adopt fair decisions.
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'House of Lies' Season 2 Promo: The House Always Wins - AceShowbiz

'House of Lies' Season 2 Promo: The House Always Wins - AceShowbiz | Republican lies | Scoop.it
AceShowbiz'House of Lies' Season 2 Promo: The House Always WinsAceShowbizHyping up the upcoming return of "House of Lies", Showtime has released a new promo for the new season.
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Romney on '47 percent': I was 'completely wrong'

Romney on '47 percent': I was 'completely wrong' | Republican lies | Scoop.it
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has described his disparaging remarks about the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay federal income taxes as "not elegantly stated." Now he's calling them "just completely wrong."...
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Why did Republican Party hire voter registration firm with dubious ties? - Tampa Bay Times

Why did Republican Party hire voter registration firm with dubious ties? - Tampa Bay Times | Republican lies | Scoop.it
They were right, I was wrong....
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Blame Fox, not Mitt

Blame Fox, not Mitt | Republican lies | Scoop.it

(Photo: AP/David Mcnew/Salon)

 

Romney's run an awful campaign. But his real problem is most Americans reject the Fox News/Limbaugh fairy tale.


Excerpt from article by JONATHAN BERNSTEIN, Salon

 

...Romney himself, or at least his campaign, seems to have massively misunderstood how the economy is perceived. That’s perhaps due to the conservative closed-information feedback loop. If most of your information comes through Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, you might think that the economy was just fine or maybe a bit on the weak side until January 2009 and that it has gone from bad to worse since then. Certainly, that’s what Republican rank-and-file voters seem to think. In the meantime, while Democrats are optimistic about the economy and Independents are moderately pessimistic (but far less so than in 2008), economic confidence among Republicans is as low as it was back in the nightmare winter of 2008-2009.

 

The outcome of all this is a Republican campaign theme emphasizing the question “Are you better off?” — a terrible match for what are, after all, miserable economic circumstances. Rather than inviting people to compare the present to how things should be — and therefore encouraging them to compare Barack Obama to whatever their ideal might be — Romney is asking people to compare Obama to George W. Bush. While that might work really well among those listening to Sean Hannity or Glenn Beck, it’s a losing fight with everyone else.

 

And yet blaming Romney for this one – or for his “47 percent” statement, or for his botched response to the deaths in Libya – is missing the point. For that matter, so is looking at his choice of Paul Ryan as a running mate, which invited everyone to think about Ryan’s unpopular history of opposition to traditional Medicare and Social Security.

 

The truth is that Romney is constantly constrained by what conservatives want him to do and by what they believe. Furthermore, what they want is generally unpopular, and what they believe is far too often simply cut off from the reality that the rest of the nation lives in.

 

So Romney cannot have a coherent foreign policy because what his voters want to hear is that Barack Obama sympathizes with terrorists. Most Americans, meanwhile, think of Obama as the guy who took out bin Laden. Romney cannot have a sensible tax policy because conservatives insist that he promote large, self-funding tax cuts for the rich. Most of the nation, however, supports raising taxes on the rich, and reality insists that cutting taxes also reduces revenues. Also, Romney didn’t invent the 47 percent nonsense; whether he truly believes it or not, he was simply parroting back what his voters have been hearing for years from Rush Limbaugh and others like him.

 

Nor would another candidate fare any better. Some have suggested that Romney is unusually constrained by conservatives because they don’t trust him, and so he (unlike a hypothetical “real” conservative nominee) isn’t able to move to the middle. But there are two problems with that theory.

 

One is that it’s likely that any winning candidate, after spending years fighting for the Republican nomination, would be so far inside the conservative closed-information feedback loop that he or she would be doing the same things. It’s not because the candidate pressure from the right but rather because he or she has lost perspective on what anyone outside of that loop believes. And the second is: We’ve seen no evidence that Tea Partiers are willing to trust anyone.

 

Sure, we’ve had some campaign goofs that appear to be about Romney and not the GOP: the flap about his tax returns, the decision to put Eastwood on the podium without a script, the candidate’s brilliant plan to insult the Brits over the Olympics. But for the most part, what’s been happening hasn’t been a series of gaffes; it’s been the very predictable consequence of the triumph of Tea Party conservatives in the Republican Party. [READ FULL PIECE]


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Mitt Tells the Truth

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The contempt with which America's wealthy privately view those beneath them is actually an old story. (see video)

 

by Bill Moyers and Michael Winship, BillMoyers.com

 

Like everyone else, we watched the movie of the week — that clandestine video from Mitt Romney’s fundraiser in Florida. Thanks to that anonymous cameraperson, we now have a record of what our modern day, wealthy gentry really thinks about the rest of us — and it’s not pretty.

 

On the other hand, it’s also not news. If you had reported as long as some of us have on winner-take-all politics and the unenlightened assumptions of the moneyed class, you wouldn’t find the remarks of Romney and his pals all that exceptional. The resentment, disdain and contempt with which they privately view those beneath them are an old story.

 

In fact, the video’s reminiscent of our first Gilded Age, back in the late 19th century. The celebrated New York dandy Frederick Townsend Martin summed it up when he declared, “We are the rich. We own America. We got it, God knows how, but we intend to keep it.”

 

And so they do, as that glitzy gathering in Florida reminds us. You could see and hear one of the guests ask Mitt Romney what they could do to help. The governor answers, “Frankly, what I need you to do is to raise millions of dollars, because the president’s going to have about $800 to $900 million. And that’s — that’s by far the most important thing you could do.”

 

He’s being truthful there, because money rules these campaigns. And if there were more secret videos from other candidates, we would see them in equally compromised positions, bowing and scraping in their infernal pursuit of campaign cash, bending over backwards to suffer the advice that the privileged think their money entitles them to give.

 

And we mean both parties. Not far from us the other night, at a Manhattan fundraiser hosted by Jay-Z and Beyoncé, President Obama joked, “If somebody here has a $10 million check — I can’t solicit it from you, but feel free to use it wisely.” At least we think he was joking — Obama and Romney alike now shape their schedules as much around moneymaking events as rallies and town halls. Even though a state may be a lost cause when it comes to votes, if there’s money to be made they’ll change the campaign jet’s flight plan and make a special landing, just for the cold hard cash.

 

By the time the primaries were over this year, the top 150 political and media consultants already had raked in an estimated $465 million – or more. When Election Day finally rolls around, chances are that number will have at least doubled. [VIDEO and Full Text]

 

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The Tea Party is the real Republican candidate for president. Romney is just their puppet

The Tea Party is the real Republican candidate for president. Romney is just their puppet | Republican lies | Scoop.it

If Romney wins, he'll govern according to the whims of the radical right.

 

by SALLY KOHN, Salon

 

If you had not paid any attention to the presidential election until Mitt Romney’s convention speech, you might be left with the impression that he is a thoughtful and friendly guy who sure looks presidential and is a reasonable, moderate alternative to President Obama. And my hunch is that, in fact, this might not be far from the truth. In a vacuum, it is distinctly possible that Mitt Romney would prefer to run as a moderate Republican in a campaign focused on honest and substantive disagreements and not nasty attacks and lies. But unfortunately for Mitt Romney and our country, he is running in a Republican Party hijacked and controlled by right-wing extremists. The Tea Party is the real Republican candidate for president of the United States. Mitt Romney is just their puppet.

 

It wasn’t supposed to be this way for Republicans. The vast majority of the conservative rank and file desperately wanted a strong social conservative to win the nomination. But given President Obama’s strong favorability and the slow but steady economic recovery, the conservative clowns who threw their hats in the ring were weak candidates at best even before being shot to pieces by the circular firing squad of the campaign. Mitt Romney was no one’s first choice. He was just the last one standing. [MORE]

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Border Wars, Rand Paul: Five Stories You'll Care About in Politics Next Week - ABC News

Border Wars, Rand Paul: Five Stories You'll Care About in Politics Next Week - ABC News | Republican lies | Scoop.it
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Tuesday is Election Day in South Carolina's First Congressional District, with Mark Sanford's political comeback on the line.
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I can’t detach race and gender from my identity...

I can’t detach race and gender from my identity... | Republican lies | Scoop.it
“I can’t detach race and gender from my identity politics. There’s absolutely no conceivable way I can accomplish that.
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Ex-Treasury secretary Liam Byrne's note to his successor: there's no money left

Ex-Treasury secretary Liam Byrne's note to his successor: there's no money left | Republican lies | Scoop.it
Byrne left letter on desk for incoming minister David Laws (@KrustyAllslopp @rowennadavis @pcollinstimes Propaganda? And this story is in the labour fanzine..
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15 Things to Know About Australia's Incredibly Effective Gun Clampdown

15 Things to Know About Australia's Incredibly Effective Gun Clampdown | Republican lies | Scoop.it
After a 1996 shooting, Australia moved to clampdown on guns. Here's how it worked.
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Grassley, Reid, Manchin: Let's debate gun violence - The Seattle Times

Grassley, Reid, Manchin: Let's debate gun violence - The Seattle Times | Republican lies | Scoop.it
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)Grassley, Reid, Manchin: Let's debate gun violenceThe Seattle TimesEven as most Republicans played it safe and initially said little about the politically treacherous issue of gun control, a senior GOP senator has...
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NRA goes silent after Connecticut school shooting

NRA goes silent after Connecticut school shooting | Republican lies | Scoop.it
The National Rifle Association, the nation's largest gun-rights group, has gone eerily silent after the deadly shooting of 26 people, including 20 children, at a Connecticut elementary school.
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Gun Crazy Republicans Go Into Hiding – Too Scared To Face The Media

Gun Crazy Republicans Go Into Hiding – Too Scared To Face The Media | Republican lies | Scoop.it
Gun Rights Politicians Hide From The Media   The tough an boisterous Republican crowd who so proudly advocate for more and more deadly weapons on our streets on behalf of the corporations who ...
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Firm fired over Palm Beach voter registrations had issues in other counties, states - Tampa Bay Times

Firm fired over Palm Beach voter registrations had issues in other counties, states - Tampa Bay Times | Republican lies | Scoop.it
The Republican Party of Florida fired the vendor that submitted flawed registrations.
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Morning Joe Goes All In With Romney Propaganda and Medicare Lies

Morning Joe Goes All In With Romney Propaganda and Medicare Lies | Republican lies | Scoop.it
Monday's panel seemed to go out of their way to justify Romney's 47% comments without ever bringing them up, taking aim at Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and the middle class.
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Bernie Sanders on the Independent in Politics

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Bill and the longtime Independent talk about jobs, the economy, health care, and the impact of big money on the major political parties.

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Rich Americans Aren't the Real Job Creators

Rich Americans Aren't the Real Job Creators | Republican lies | Scoop.it

by NICK HANAUER, the Atlantic

 

In a November 2011 op-ed for Bloomberg View, I argued that rich people in general -- and business-people in particular -- are not job creators. When the economy is understood in 21st-century terms, as an ecosystem, it becomes obvious that jobs don't squirt out of business-people like jelly from doughnuts. Rather, jobs are the consequence of the feedback loop between customers and businesses. For this reason, it is middle-class consumers and the demand they create that are our true job creators, not rich business-people.

 

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Given this, it is counter-productive to build a tax system that asymmetrically benefits the people at the very top. We all are better off -- business-people and consumers, rich and poor -- if the burden of taxes is placed at the top and not the middle, enabling middle class citizens to consume, and starting the positive feedback loop of job creation again.

 

Not surprisingly, this argument has created significant consternation among many of my peers. I hope to redeem myself with my fellow capitalists by arguing that thinking of ourselves as job creators significantly underestimates our contribution to our country. Any knucklehead can create jobs. We capitalists do something far more important.

 

Capitalists are idea creators, not job creators.

 

Every business, from the mundane ("How do you make the chip taste more like BBQ?") to the arcane ("How do we turn photons into electrons?"), is based on an idea about how to solve a problem. The process of converting great ideas into products that effectively solve fast-changing human needs is what creates a business. The essence of every business is both an idea for a product that meets an important human need and the ability to make that product efficiently in order to create profit.

 

The unmatched benefit of capitalism is the way it creates an almost unlimited number of ways for individuals to hatch ideas and then propagate those ideas in the form of businesses. I firmly believe that these businesses can collectively solve human problems faster than any other type of economic organization.

 

Capitalism, when properly constructed, is the best way ever invented for humans to adapt to changing challenges and conditions. Crucially, it's not just the fact that capitalists create ideas, but also the rate at which those ideas are created to meet the blindingly fast changes in human need that makes such a critical difference and produces so much value. [MORE]

 


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Transcript: Elizabeth Warren's Democratic Convention Speech

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Elizabeth Warren's remarks as prepared for delivery to the Democratic Convention...

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