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Saturday, 07 January 2012

Christopher Petrella | The GOP is 53% Wrong

Christopher Petrella, Op-Ed: “Since last August five of the top seven GOP presidential candidates—Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Rick Perry, and Michele Bachmann—as well as Marco Rubio, current republican front-runner for vice president, have repeatedly claimed that ‘poor people simply don’t pay enough taxes.’ For months now leading GOP candidates have pugnaciously chastised the nearly 70 million Americans who ‘earn an income but don’t pay a single cent in federal income taxes.’”

Pennsylvania Teachers Work for Free After Budget Cuts Hit

Tanya Somanader, News Report: The Chester Upland School District in Delaware County, Pennsylvania suffered a serious setback when Gov. Tom Corbett (R) slashed $900 million in education funds from the state budget. The cuts landed hardest on poorer districts, and Chester Upland, which predominantly serves African-American children and relies on state aid for nearly 70 percent of its funding, expects to fall short this school year by $19 million.

We Still Need Stronger Steps To Create Jobs

Roger Hickey, Op-Ed: “The good news is that job creation is positive, but as Europe imposes job-killing austerity and the world economy teeters on the edge of a new recession, Americans cannot allow conservative politicians to cripple the economy by slashing public spending. We will be pushing Republicans to renew unemployment insurance and middle class tax cuts.”

The Recess Appointment(s) Obama Hasn’t Made

Marian Wang, News Analysis: A move by President Obama this week to proceed with a handful of recess appointments has top GOP leaders crying foul, complaining that the move is questionably legal because it ignores a clever procedural technicality used by Republicans to prevent such appointments. But if the White House feels confident enough in the legality of its actions and has chosen to brave the political criticism and risk legal challenges, it’s worth noting that it’s only done so with four appointments.

Did Reagan Raise Taxes? Let GOP Candidates Answer

Joe Conason, Op-Ed: “Politicians and their flacks lie every day, but it is unusual for someone prominent to utter a totally indefensible falsehood like the whopper that just sprang from the mouth of Eric Cantor’s press secretary on national television. While interviewing the House majority leader, ‘60 Minutes’ correspondent Leslie Stahl suggested that he might consider compromise because even Ronald Reagan had raised taxes several times. Cantor’s flack then burst out in protest, saying he couldn’t allow her remark ‘to stand.’”

Governor Scott Walker has Bad Judgment

John Nichols, Video Interview: “Tim Russell, a top aide of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, was arrested for stealing money from a military charity fund for families of Wisconsin soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. John Nichols joined MSNBC’s The Ed Show to explain this investigation’s impact on Walker, who is facing a possible recall election. ‘Even if he’s not personally tied to the wrongdoing,’ says Nichols, ‘he seems to have very bad judgment in the people he hires and trusts.’”

Gingrich, Santorum Accused of Racially Insensitive Remarks

William Douglas, News Report: Gingrich accused the news media Friday of taking a comment he made earlier in the week at a New Hampshire town hall meeting out of context. He said there that if he were invited to address the NAACP annual convention, he was prepared to tell the civil rights organization why “the African-American community should demand paychecks, and not be satisfied with food stamps.”

Mark Provost of Occupy New Hampshire on Exchange With Mitt Romney Over Corporate Personhood

Amy Goodman, Video Report: “Occupy New Hampshire activist Mark Provost made national headlines Wednesday when he attended a town-hall meeting hosted by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and asked about his past comment that ‘corporations are people.’ Provost’s question to Romney came as Occupy New Hampshire is preparing for a series of events leading up to the state’s Republican primary to highlight the disproportionate impact corporations and wealthy donors have on the political process. We play an excerpt of the town-hall exchange and get Provost’s response to Romney reply.”

Embracing Tree Huggers: The Powerful Roots of (Un)Armed Environmental Protection

Bryan Farrell, Op-Ed: “Private security firms in Zimbabwe, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi provide military-style protection for the iconic animals that Western tourists flock to see. While some have argued in support of these desperate measures–pointing to the dramatic rise in poaching in recent years–the ‘shoot first and ask questions later’ approach has led to the deaths of locals, who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Fraud and Folly: The Untold Story of General Electric’s Subprime Debacle

Michael Hudson, News Report: For General Electric Co., hawking subprime mortgages was a long way from making light bulbs and jet engines. That didn’t stop the industrial giant from jumping into the subprime business in 2004, lending blue-chip respectability to the market for risky home loans by paying roughly half a billion dollars to buy California-based WMC Mortgage Corp.

Day 111: Live Coverage of the Occupy Movement

Special Coverage: As we enter Day 111 of the Occupy movements the protests have spread not only across the country but all over the globe. Thousands of activists have descended on Wall Street these past weeks as part of the #OccupyWallStreet protest organized by several action groups. What follows is a live video stream and live Twitter feed of this event.

Suicide Debaters and ‘Chickenhawks’: GOP Prepares for NH Bloodletting

John Nichols, Op-Ed: “Gingrich, we are told, is a stalker preying on the GOP’s leading contender. And sometime Saturday night (ABC: 9 pm ET) or early Sunday morning (NBC: am ET) he will pounce on the flouncy front-runner and rip Romney to shreds. Unfortunately, this theory presumes that Gingrich has no ego, that the former Speaker of the House would sacrifice himself and whatever political prospects he might retain to take down the most unappealing Republican presidential contender since, um, the Mitt Romney of 2008.”

Jobs News Good for Obama, but When Will Public Feel It?

Lesley Clark, News Report: The 200,000 new December jobs and the dip in the unemployment rate announced Friday are good news for President Barack Obama, whose chances of retaining the White House are lashed to improving the sluggish economy. Whether the jobs rate can sustain a positive trajectory — and influence public perception that things are getting better by November — is unclear, however. Improved economic numbers are always a positive, but no president since Franklin Roosevelt has won re-election with an unemployment rate that’s higher than 7.2 percent.

Isolationism Redux Via Ron Paul

Richard Cohen, Op-Ed: “Paul opposes just about all international treaties and organizations. He would have the United States pull out of the United Nations and NATO. He would do away with foreign aid, abolish the CIA and essentially turn his back on the rest of the world. This is pretty much what used to be called isolationism, and it allowed Hitler to presume, quite correctly as it turned out, that America would not interfere with his plans to conquer Europe, Britain included.”

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