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Daily politics roundup: Belmar okays boardwalk bond; Guadagno to run again - NJ.com

Daily politics roundup: Belmar okays boardwalk bond; Guadagno to run again - NJ.com | No Sheep | Scoop.it
Daily politics roundup: Belmar okays boardwalk bond; Guadagno to run againNJ.comScreen Shot 2012-12-05 at 5.40.54 AM.png Belmar council approved a bond to replace its battered boardwalk by summer. Tony Kurdzuk, Star-Ledger.
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China paper falls for "Sexiest Man Alive" joke

China paper falls for "Sexiest Man Alive" joke | No Sheep | Scoop.it

(AP/CBS News)

 

Satirical news site The Onion has claimed another international victim.

 

Back in September, it was the English-language version of Iran's official Fars news agency publishing a report on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad polling drastically better among rural white Americans than President Barack Obama, citing the spoof site.

 

Now, the online version of China's Communist Party newspaper has hailed a report by The Onion naming North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un as the "Sexiest Man Alive."

 

The People's Daily on Tuesday ran a 55-page photo spread on its website in a tribute to the round-faced leader, under the headline "North Korea's top leader named The Onion's Sexiest Man Alive for 2012."

 

Quoting The Onion's spoof report, the Chinese newspaper wrote: ""With his devastatingly handsome, round face, his boyish charm, and his strong, sturdy frame, this Pyongyang-bred heartthrob is every woman's dream come true." [MORE]


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Now That's What I Call Gerrymandering!

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Americans didn't intend to elect a Republican majority to the House of Representatives. Thanks to GOP-engineered redistricting, they did.

 

by Adam Serwer and Jaeah Lee, Mother Jones

 

Americans woke up on November 7th having elected a Democratic president, expanded the Democratic majority in the Senate, and preserved the Republican majority in the House.

That's not what they voted for, though. Most Americans voted for Democratic representation in the House. The votes are still being counted, but as of now it looks as if Democrats have a slight edge in the popular vote for House seats, 49%-48.2%, according to an analysis by the Washington Post. Still, as the Post's Aaron Blake notes, the 233-195 seat majority the GOP will likely end up with represents the GOP's "second-biggest House majority in 60 years and their third-biggest since the Great Depression."

So how did Republicans keep their House majority despite more Americans voting for the other party—something that has only happened three times in the last hundred years, according to political analyst Richard Winger? Because they drew the lines.

After Republicans swept into power in state legislatures in 2010, the GOP gerrymandered key states, redrawing House district boundaries to favor Republicans. In Pennsylvania, Democratic candidates received half of the votes in House contests, but Republicans will claim about three quarters of the congressional seats. The same is true in North Carolina. More than half the voters in that state voted for Democratic representation, yet Republicans will fill about 70 percent of the seats. Democrats drew more votes in Michigan than Republicans, but they'll take only 5 out of the state's 14 congressional seats. [MORE]


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Climate science is Nate Silver and U.S. politics is Karl Rove | Grist

Climate science is Nate Silver and U.S. politics is Karl Rove | Grist | No Sheep | Scoop.it
Republicans disregarded Nate Silver and other empiricists, and lost badly. Almost everyone is ignoring the empirical data of climate scientists -- and our losses could be catastrophic.
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Rich Americans Aren't the Real Job Creators

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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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Can Republicans Adapt?

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How demography factored into the Republicans’ drubbing and is something the party can no longer ignore.
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Analysis: Obama, GOP size each other up for deals - The Seattle Times

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NBCNews.com (blog)Analysis: Obama, GOP size each other up for dealsThe Seattle TimesThe only hope for progress on jobs and everything else that matters is if President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress find fresh political incentive to...
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Little to Show for Cash Flood by Big Donors

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While record outside spending affected the election in innumerable ways, the prizes most sought by the emerging class of megadonors remained outside their grasp.
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Boehner Strikes Conciliatory Tone in Talk of Fiscal Cliff

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House Speaker John A. Boehner said Wednesday he is ready to accept a budget deal that raises federal revenues if it is linked to an overhaul of entitlements and the tax code. (@alyssakeiko here's a decent article about Boehner's comments today.
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Inside Politics: West refuses to concede race, files legal motion - Washington Times

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PoliticoInside Politics: West refuses to concede race, files legal motionWashington TimesWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Rep. Allen B.
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Overkill 2012: National politics wear out voters before they reach local issues - San Jose Mercury News

Overkill 2012: National politics wear out voters before they reach local issues - San Jose Mercury News | No Sheep | Scoop.it
Overkill 2012: National politics wear out voters before they reach local issuesSan Jose Mercury NewsIt's over -- the 2012 election, that is.
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Constitution Check: Will the politics of 2012 influence the constitutionality ... - Constitution Daily (blog)

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Constitution Daily (blog)Constitution Check: Will the politics of 2012 influence the constitutionality ...Constitution Daily (blog)Politically, if not constitutionally, the country's view of gay rights may well be changing, perhaps beginning to...
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Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak pledges easier access to booze but not lower prices

Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak pledges easier access to booze but not lower prices | No Sheep | Scoop.it
PC leader vows to take away Beer Store and LCBO monopolies, but stops short of saying he'll sell the LCBO (Hudak suggests privatizing booze in Ontario: http://t.co/IkcUFg8M Is it worth it to end...
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It's Time for the Poor to Come Out of the Plutocracy's Closet of Shame

It's Time for the Poor to Come Out of the Plutocracy's Closet of Shame | No Sheep | Scoop.it
We must resist the dominant cultural shaming of the poor. Here are some ways to begin.

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The GOP Must Choose: Rush Limbaugh or Minority Voters

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The Atlantic covers news and analysis on politics, business, culture, technology, national, international and life on the official site of The Atlantic Magazine.
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Obama sticks to guns on tax increase for wealthiest Americans - NBCNews.com (blog)

Obama sticks to guns on tax increase for wealthiest Americans - NBCNews.com (blog) | No Sheep | Scoop.it
NBCNews.com (blog)Obama sticks to guns on tax increase for wealthiest AmericansNBCNews.com (blog)Updated at 2 p.m.
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Conservative Red versus Liberal Blue – a new way to see politics in America

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I believe the results of this unbiased study without any political agenda may surprise you and change your perception of how conservatives and liberals think.
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Little to Show for Cash Flood by Big Donors

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While record outside spending affected the election in innumerable ways, the prizes most sought by the emerging class of megadonors remained outside their grasp.
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Nate Silver brings Moneyball to the world of politics - Examiner.com

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Examiner.comNate Silver brings Moneyball to the world of politicsExaminer.comPresident Obama was obviously the biggest winner last night, but not far behind him was New York Times statistical guru Nate Silver.
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Crooked Politics: Obama Lost in Every State With Photo ID Law

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American Third Position Party (A3P) | Crooked Politics: Obama Lost in Every State With Photo ID Law (RT @astroterf: Another wild coincidence - Crooked Politics: 0bama Lost in Every State With Photo ID Law http://t.co/xxFG6iAY...)...
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Our Village

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#LGBT & #Allies check out Our Village. If you would like to see a forum added, pls DM us. Thx.
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Election Day bears fruit? Boehner, Reid talk of compromise on 'fiscal cliff.'

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Senate majority leader Harry Reid claims a mandate from Election 2012 to let tax cuts expire for the 'richest of the rich.' House Speaker John Boehner says the mandate is for members of Congress to work together.
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Voters reject 'politics of pitchforks' - The Southern

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The Atlantic WireVoters reject 'politics of pitchforks'The SouthernIt has embraced the politics of pitchforks and bomb throwing wherein candidates must compete with one another to see who can say the most bizarre and outrageous thing — and where...
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