Serenedipity SOUL | Tuesday Open Thread

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Student loan reform: The facts

President Obama vs. Mitt Romney

President Obama’s “Pay As You Earn” program caps monthly federal student loan repayment at 10% of monthly discretionary income, meaning that a responsible student can choose the college they want to attend based on their career goals and not only the price of tuition. Families can know that as long as students make their payments on time, they won’t owe more than they can reasonably afford each month.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would roll back this plan, suggesting students “shop around” if they want to go to college.

See how the President’s plan is helping typical students afford college. HERE 

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  1. Ametia says:

    Doctor behind Todd Akin’s rape theory was a Romney surrogate in 2007
    Source: LA Times

    A physician and former president of the National Right to Life Committee, Willke was an “important surrogate” for Romney’s 2008 presidential bid. Willke is the oft-cited source of the theory that rape-related pregnancies are “rare.” The theory is sometimes used by antiabortion advocates to argue that abortion laws should not contain exceptions for pregnancies that result from rape or incest.

    Willke believes that trauma caused by violent rape causes a woman’s reproductive system to shut down. He presents this belief as fact in educational materials, including a book about abortion and a website called abortionfacts.com. Willke’s views – and his role in promoting a theory that has been widely rejected in modern medicine – appear not to have concerned Romney in 2007, when he touted Willke’s endorsement.

    “Dr. Willke is a leading voice within the pro-life community and will be an important surrogate for Governor Romney’s pro-life and pro-family agenda,” the Romney campaign said in an October 2007 statement.

    “I am proud to have the support of a man who has meant so much to the pro-life movement in our country,” Romney said in the statement. “He knows how important it is to have someone in Washington who will actively promote pro-life policies. Policies that include more than appointing judges who will follow the law but also opposing taxpayer-funded abortion and partial-birth abortion.”

    Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-doctor-behind-todd-akins-rape-theory-was-a-romney-surrogate-in-2007-20120821,0,80862.story

  2. Ametia says:

    OHIO & FLORIDA GOP ARE GOING AFTER VOTER COMMISSIONERS WHO WON’T TOW THE LINE

  3. rikyrah says:

    BET To Interview Obama Today In Columbus, Ohio

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/bet-to-interview-obama-today-in-columbus-ohio

    Ed Gordon of Black Entertainment Television, or BET, will interview President Obama in Columbus, Ohio, this afternoon, a network spokesperson confirmed to TPM. The interview will air as part of BET’s live coverage of the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 6 between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. ET.

  4. rikyrah says:

    Ametia,

    these are some great video finds.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Quote For The Day III

    “I have a job to do as president, and that does not involve convincing folks that my faith in Jesus is legitimate and real. I do my best to live out my faith, and to stay in the Word, and to make my life look more like His. What I can do is just keep on following Him, and serve others—trying to make folks’ lives a little better using this humbling position that I hold,” – Barack Obama.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/

  6. rikyrah says:

    Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 08/21/2012
    Another Paul Ryan vulnernability: Education cuts
    By Greg Sargent

    Obama is campaigning today in Ohio, where he is giving a speech right now hitting Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan on education. He‘s highlighting Romney’s suggestion that students worried about tuition costs should “shop around” or borrow money from their parents, and slamming the Ryan budget’s cuts to education funding, Head Start, and Pell grants.

    This highlights something that has gotten a bit lost: While there’s a ton of discussion about the political implications of the Ryan budget’s Medicare reforms, Dems also view its education cuts as a major target.

    Dems see the Ryan plan’s impact on education as absolutely central to their efforts to portray the GOP ticket’s priorities as dangerously out of whack for everyone but the wealthy. It’s also key to Dem hopes of winning over key swing constituencies, such as independents, Latinos and non-college “waitress moms,” and central to firming up support among the “Rising American Electorate,” the Dem coalition of minorities, young voters and unmarried women.

    A good window into the thinking of Dem strategists can be found in a July poll on the Ryan budget done in July by the Dem firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, whose findings are widely respected by top Dems

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line

  7. rikyrah says:

    August 21, 2012 06:00 AM
    PA Can Use Your Help In Getting The Word Out On Voter ID
    By Susie Madrak

    Since the Voter ID law in Pennsylvania has been the focus of so much anger and frustration, I thought some of you (especially from the Philadelphia area) would like to take part in a program to get the word out and help voters with the information they need to get the job done. See below for details.

    Penn Action will be participating in virtual phone banks this Tuesday and Wednesday evening about PA new Photo ID law and there’s plenty of space for you to join in. Would you like to make calls to ensure that your PA neighbors know what they’ll need to be able to vote in November?

    What’s a virtual phone bank?

    You call from home using your phone and a computer that can hook up to the Internet. People you call do not see your phone number. Everything you need is available on your computer via the Internet. A short training will be provided before the calling starts and tech support will be available all evening to make the whole process as easy as possible.

    If you are interested in making calls on either Tuesday or Wednesday, please RSVP at the following links ASAP.

    Wednesday phone banking from home: Click here to RSVP.

    Since July, Penn Action supporters have been working hard in Bucks County to reach out to citizens most likely to be at risk of lacking the government-issued photo ID they’ll need to vote in November. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we’ll be reaching out across the state to do the same. We’d love to have you join us in this important effort.

    http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/pa-can-use-your-help-getting-word-out

  8. rikyrah says:

    .Akin thumbs his nose at GOP, stays in Senate race
    By Steve Benen – Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:25 PM EDT.

    Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) said yesterday he intended to stay in Missouri’s U.S. Senate race, but there was some question as to whether the decision was final, and whether he might be swayed by intra-party pressure. With an important procedural deadline just four hours away, Akin had to make a formal decision.

    He did. The right-wing congressman appeared on Mike Huckabee’s radio show this afternoon to declare, “We are going to continue with this race for the United States Senate.” Jed Lewison posted this audio clip of the interview:

    This covers the first 11 minutes of the appearance; there’s a second part of the recording online here.

    Note, the Republican congressman doesn’t seem to think his remarks were too big a deal, arguing he “misspoke one word, in one sentence, in one day.” Akin is, in other words, oblivious to the larger significance, and he went so far as to say the outrage seems like “a little bit of an overreaction.”

    I’m a little surprised Akin’s sticking around, but it’s worth keeping in mind that the GOP establishment has never really done him any favors, so Akin doesn’t feel especially indebted to the party power brokers telling him what to do. For that matter, if he quit, his career in public service would effectively be permanently finished. By sticking around, Akin still has a realistic shot at winning a U.S. Senate seat.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/21/13397694-akin-thumbs-his-nose-at-gop-stays-in-senate-race?lite

  9. rikyrah says:

    The war and the campaign
    By Steve Benen – Tue Aug 21, 2012 12:37 PM EDT.5

    In American history, when there’s been a presidential campaign held in the midst of a war, there’s been an unambiguous expectation: the candidates better be prepared to talk about that war.

    In 2012, the standards are apparently different. In the midst of the longest war in American history, and with the election just 11 weeks away, discussion of U.S. policy in Afghanistan is practically non-existent. In Mitt Romney’s case, we don’t yet have a firm grasp of what his position on the war even is.

    In a change of pace, a voter asked the Republican about the war yesterday.

    “I can tell you this, when I become commander in chief if I’m so lucky, I will address the American people about these issues,” which Obama has not done, Romney said. “With regards to Afghanistan, I will do everything in my power to transition from our military to their military as soon as possible, bring our men and women home and do so in a way consistent with our mission, which is to keep Afghanistan from being overrun by a new entity that would allow Afghanistan to be a launching point for terror again like it was on 9/11.”

    For one thing, whether one agrees with his policy or not, Obama has spoken at length to the public about the war. For another, Romney lacks the ability to discuss the issue in anything but soundbites — he’ll transition to Afghan control, but he won’t say how, and he’ll do so soon, but he won’t say when. This isn’t exactly encouraging.

    Romney’s running mate, who has about as much experience in foreign policy, national security, and the military as he does (which is to say, none), is on even shakier ground.

    Paul Ryan told Fox News over the weekend that he has some experience in this area because, “I voted to send people to war.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/21/13396404-the-war-and-the-campaign?lite

  10. rikyrah says:

    Steve King follows Akin’s lead
    By Steve Benen – Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:28 PM EDT.3

    Democrats are eager to tie Todd Akin’s odious remarks on rape to the larger Republican Party, and to make this easier, they’ll need the GOP to formally adopt Akin’s ideas and for some Republicans to defend his comments.

    The first step is nearly complete, and the second got a boost from Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).

    Rep. Steve King, one of the most staunchly conservative members of the House, was one of the few Republicans who did not strongly condemn Rep. Todd Akin Monday for his remarks regarding pregnancy and rape. King also signaled why — he might agree with parts of Akin’s assertion.

    King told an Iowa reporter he’s never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest.

    “Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way,” King told KMEG-TV Monday, “and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/21/13396984-steve-king-follows-akins-lead?lite

  11. rikyrah says:

    It cannot be said often enough:

    Akin is NOT the fringe of the GOP.

    AKIN IS THE MAINSTREAM.

    …………………..

    First on CNN: GOP prepares tough anti-abortion platform

    Posted by
    CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby
    Tampa, Florida (CNN) – The Republican Party is once again set to enshrine into its official platform support for “a human life amendment” to the Constitution that would outlaw abortion without making explicit exemptions for rape or incest, according to draft language of the platform obtained exclusively by CNN late Monday.

    “Faithful to the ‘self-evident’ truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed,” the draft platform declares. “We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.”

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/20/first-on-cnn-gop-prepares-tough-anti-abortion-platform/

    • Ametia says:

      And this is why teh GOP has PUT out a SELECT few from their party to denounce Akin. They want him to go away, because he’s giving away the REPUBLICAN PARTY STORE.

  12. Ametia says:

    While others have been tweeting:

    RH Reality Check ‏@rhrealitycheck If @PaulRyanVP is NOT extreme, why did he spend years prosecuting women based on ‘pregnancy outcomes? http://bit.ly/PALPL7

    LOLGOP ‏@LOLGOP Hey, everyone. The @GOP platform doesn’t include Romney and Ryan’s “new” view that abortion should be legal in cases of rape. ASK THEM WHY! http://bit.ly/ShT7Gw

    · Jodi Jacobson ‏@jljacobson Getting Akin “out” along will not solve the problem. The real problem is Romney, Ryan and a radicalized anti-woman GOP http://bit.ly/RdsPVU

  13. Ametia says:

    Check out these reads:

    Jed Lewison points out: the Republican platform draft endorses Todd Akin's abortion stance. And Paul Ryan's. And Mitt Romney's. http://bit.ly/Ni68Le

    Truth Team breaks down the Romney-Ryan record: http://bit.ly/OVyh0f

    Eclectablog asks: “Perhaps it’s time to reach out to Ryan and Romney and ask them if they will repudiate the GOP platform and take leadership of their party. Will they stand by their latest Etch-A-Sketching of their past positions? Will they call on the GOP to revise its platform to reflect their revised views on forced pregnancies?” http://bit.ly/NDrhVY

    While Blue Virginia points out: “Meanwhile, although Romney and Ryan have said they find Todd Akin's remarks about "legitimate rape" to be objectionable, what they have NOT said is that they find his entire worldview when it comes to women's reproductive freedom to be objectionable, or in fact that they disagree with it in any way.” http://bit.ly/RdsUJ5

  14. Ametia says:

    RNC Chariman Reince Priebus threw his own base under a bus in an attempt to distance Romney and Ryan from the Platform’s extreme views — http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/21/13395825-priebus-gop-platform-not-the-platform-of-mitt-romney?lite

    but according to the LA Times, the Romney campaign had a hand in drafting the extreme personhood language

    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-ron-paul-delegates-taking-aim-at-republican-party-platform-20120820,0,6336379.story

  15. Ametia says:

    First on CNN: GOP prepares tough anti-abortion platform

    Tampa, Florida (CNN) – The Republican Party is once again set to enshrine into its official platform support for “a human life amendment” to the Constitution that would outlaw abortion without making explicit exemptions for rape or incest, according to draft language of the platform obtained exclusively by CNN late Monday.

    “Faithful to the ‘self-evident’ truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed,” the draft platform declares. “We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.”

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/20/first-on-cnn-gop-prepares-tough-anti-abortion-platform/

  16. rikyrah says:

    August 21, 2012 11:12 AM

    Niall Ferguson Succumbs To Hackery Again

    By Ed Kilgore

    Many of you have probably read or heard about Harvard professor Niall Ferguson’s “cover article” at Newsweek with the deep, intellectually provocative title: “Obama’s Gotta Go.” (Actually, the print cover title is even more philosophical: “Hit the Road Barack.”)

    You can read it yourself if you want, or peruse any number of savage takedowns (from Krugman to Dayen to Lemieux, whose post title “Hacktacular” pretty much sums up the reaction). But what’s remarkable is that a major U.S. publication has given a renowned historian and tenured Harvard professor six gazillion words to make a political point and he’s produced something that pretty much reads like Fred Barnes or Jennifer Rubin on an off day.

    This is not, unfortunately, anything new for Ferguson, who has constantly struggled between serious scholarly aspirations and the temptation, to which he has again and perhaps terminally succumbed, to play the public intellectual in the laziest possible way. Veteran readers may remember a profile on Ferguson, based on an extended interview with the man himself, by Benjamin Wallace-Wells in the June 2004 issue of the Washington Monthly, when Ferguson was spending most of his time trying to convince U.S. conservatives to hang tough on the Iraq adventure and maintain the dream of American Empire. Wallace-Wells’ kicker is especially interesting today:

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2012_08/niall_ferguson_succumbs_to_hac039346.php

  17. rikyrah says:

    Too Weak to Be President
    by BooMan
    Mon Aug 20th, 2012 at 10:16:18 PM EST

    Steve Benen and Greg Sargent are trying to goad the press into confronting Mitt Romney about his campaign of complete falsehood. Today, the issue is the ads Romney is running that falsely accuse the president of stripping the work requirement out of Welfare Reform. Romney’s actually telling this lie on the stump, too. But the Welfare work requirement is actually a bit peripheral compared to the $716 billion lie that Romney and the Republicans have been telling about Medicare.
    Benen makes a good point that if Obama’s presidency has really been so bad, it should be easy to attack him with truthful statements. So, why are the two biggest points of attack we are seeing right now based on complete lies?

    It’s no wonder that the president can’t stand Romney:

    It is Romney himself who provides a rallying point for both the candidate and his team. Obama really doesn’t like, admire or even grudgingly respect Romney. It’s a level of contempt, say aides, he doesn’t even feel for the conservative, combative House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the Hill Republican he disliked the most. “There was a baseline of respect for John McCain. The president always thought he was an honorable man and a war hero,” a longtime Obama adviser said. “That doesn’t hold true for Romney. He was no goddamned war hero.”
    Time and again Obama has told the people around him that Romney stood for “nothing.” The word he would use to describe Romney was “weak,” too weak to stand up to his own moneymen, too weak to defend his own moderate record as the man who signed into law the first health insurance mandate as Massachusetts governor in 2006, too weak to admit Obama had done a single thing right as president.

    Maybe Romney is weak. But I know for certain that his arguments are weak.

    So, how should the press deal with this complete departure from reality?

    http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2012/8/20/221618/969

  18. rikyrah says:

    Posted at 09:04 AM ET, 08/21/2012
    TheWashingtonPost
    The Morning Plum: No, Romney and Ryan don’t really want a `great debate’
    By Greg Sargent

    Ever since Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan, it’s been widely claimed that this ensures a “great debate” pitting two starkly different ideological visions over the future against one another. But it’s now clear that the GOP ticket doesn’t want a great debate at all. Their entire strategy is designed to obscure the true ideological differences between both sides.

    Many media figures have pointed out that Romney has refused to detail his positions on issue after issue. What’s less appreciated is the real reason he’s doing this. The GOP candidates don’t really want that much-ballyhooed “great debate.” If they did want a contest between two grand visions, they wouldn’t be shying away from discussing the true nature and implications of their own vision. Yet they are doing just that.

    This explains why the Romney campaign has been campaigning so heavily on two falsehoods about Obama’s policies: That he gutted welfare reform’s work requirement and raided Medicare to pay for Obamacare. The former claim is a distraction; the latter is about muddying the two sides’ actual differences over what to do about the popular entitlement. The muddying is necessary because the actual Ryan vision for Medicare’s future is deeply unpopular. Same on taxes: Romney won’t detail how he’d pay for his deep tax cuts — which would disproportionately benefit the rich — because paying for them with middle class tax hikes would be politically unacceptable. Must-read from Mike Tomasky:

    These guys may not be able to count, but they can read polls, and so they know very well that if they gave the county the honest debate we were told we were going to have about Medicare, and for that matter about taxation, they’d wake up Nov. 7 with about 120 electoral votes in their pockets and conservatism in tatters.
    They know this. They know that the truth would crush them electorally. And so it follows that they know they must lie. They must lie about their Medicare plans. They must lie about the effects of their tax plans on average people and rich people. And they must tell a number of lies about Obama, all the better if they involve race, as the welfare lie does.
    So this will be the entire point of the Romney-Ryan campaign. Lie lie lie. Muddy the waters. Turn day to night, fire to water, champagne to piss. Peddle themselves as the precise opposite of what they actually are. That is clearly the m.o.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/the-morning-plum-no-romney-and-ryan-dont-really-want-a-great-debate/2012/08/21/821297d0-eb7a-11e1-9ddc-340d5efb1e9c_blog.html

  19. rikyrah says:

    Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 08/21/2012 President Obama, culture warrior?
    By Jamelle Bouie
    Yesterday, President Obama made a surprise visit to the White House briefing room to comment on the remarks made by Missouri Rep. Todd Akin:

    “Rape is rape,” Obama said. “The idea that we should be parsing, qualifying, slicing what types of rape we’re talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people.”
    Obama added that the comments underscore “why we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, the majority of which are men, making decisions that affect the health of women.”

    With its relentless focus on Bain Capital, Paul Ryan, and Romney’s tax returns, the Obama campaign has sounded like a one note operation. But in an unexpected twist, in addition to making an economic case for his policies and presenting a vision of “shared responsibility,” Obama has also emerged as the most vocal culture warrior of the election. He has endorsed same-sex marriage, pledged to protect Planned Parenthood, and saturated the airwaves with ads meant to highlight the Romney/Ryan stance on abortion and contraception

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line

  20. rikyrah says:

    Education policy comes into sharper focus
    By Steve Benen – Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:30 AM EDT

    For those who’ve seen Mitt Romney’s stump speech several hundred times, it’s easy to recite the Republican’s five point plan in our sleep: he wants to (1) expand U.S. energy policy, (2) improve education; (3) expand trade; (4) cut the deficit; and (5) help small businesses.

    Do any of these planks come with any details at all? Well, no, but Romney promises to fill in the details later.

    It’s that second element of the five-part platform, however, that’s of particular interest this week. On education, Romney’s stump speech tells voters, “We’re going to make sure our kids and our adults have the skills they need to succeed. We need to make sure our schools are the best in the world. They are not now. They will be. We’ll make them the best.”

    How? The answer is one of Romney’s biggest vulnerabilities.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/21/13394765-education-policy-comes-into-sharper-focus?lite

  21. rikyrah says:

    The Year “Lakeshia Richmond” Almost Kills Son’s Football Coach With Bat After He Allegedly Molested Kids (Interview With Mom) [Video]

    http://bossip.com/631434/mother-of-the-year-lakeisha-richmond-almost-kills-sons-football-coach-with-bat-after-he-allegedly-molested-kid-facing-charges-video69691/

  22. rikyrah says:

    Tracee Ellis Ross Will Not Return to ‘Reed Between the Lines’
    By Nicole Marie Melton

    In a surprising turn of events, Tracee Ellis Ross has announced that she will not be returning to BET’s Reed Between the Lines when the second season airs next summer.

    Ross released a statement to the LA Times saying that Reed Between the Lines is a show she believes in and cares about, and that there might be a chance she’ll return later down the line.

    There’s no word yet on why Ross has departed the series where she played Carla, a mom, career-woman and wife to Alex Reed, played by Malcolm Jamal Warner. The show’s first season chronicled Carla and Alex’s loving marriage as they balanced raising three children amid busy careers. Some viewers considered the sitcom akin to a modern-day version of The Cosby Show. When Reed Between the Lines returns next July, the couple will be separated, with Carla moving to Los Angeles to pursue her career and Alex staying behind with the children in Atlanta.

    Read more: http://www.essence.com/2012/08/18/tracee-ellis-ross-will-not-return-to-reed-between-the-lines/#ixzz24ByM4ch6

  23. rikyrah says:

    EXCLUSIVE: Behind the Scenes of Gabby Douglas’ ESSENCE Photo Shoot

    Read more: http://www.essence.com/2012/08/20/exclusive-gabby-douglas/#ixzz24BsycZ90

  24. Ametia says:

    3 Delaware Daycare Employees Arrested For Encouraging Toddlers To Fight
    August 20, 2012 11:58 PM

    By Todd Quinones

    DOVER, Del. (CBS) – Three daycare employees were arrested on Monday for allegedly watching and encouraging toddlers to fight each other while under their care.

    According to Dover Police, three employees from the Hands of Our Future Daycare in Delaware were arrested after a cell phone video showed employees watching and encouraging two 3-year-olds fight each other.

    Tiana Harris, 19, Lisa Parker, 47, and Estefania Myers, 21, were charged with Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Reckless Endangering and Conspiracy for the incident, which occurred in March of 2012 and was captured on cell phone video.

    In the video, police say one child can be heard crying and yelling, ‘He’s pinching me,’ while a daycare worker responds, ‘No pinching, only punching.’”

    “Clearly one of the children is crying and does not want to continue on and he is pushed back into the fray by one of the adults,” Dover Police Captain Tim Stump said.

    Cristyl Slack says her four-year-old daughter was in the room when the fight happened in March.

    “That pissed me off just because I feel if my daughter is around anything I should have known that day,” Slack said.

    The fight video is not being shown to parents or the public because police say it is evidence.

    “I can’t ever believe in a million years. I mean I would have to see the proof to believe it,” parent Amy Bickling said.

    MUST READ: Romney Comes Out On Top In Presidential ‘Roach Race’

    Hands of Our Future Daycare, located at 868 S. State St., has had its City of Dover Business License suspended pending a hearing.

    The Dover Police Department arranged for a meeting Monday night for parents or legal guardians of the daycare’s children to answer questions and help parents find new daycare arrangements.

    Efforts to reach the daycare owner were not successful.

    http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2012/08/20/3-delaware-daycare-employees-arrested-for-encouraging-toddlers-to-fight/

  25. Ametia says:

    THIS mofo RIGHT HERE:

  26. rikyrah says:

    Rachel Maddow on the fight against voter suppression in Ohio.

    Segment one explains what’s happening.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#48732702

    Segment two has an interview with the two Democratic officials who were suspended for voting to extend early voting.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#48732736

  27. rikyrah says:

    Rachel Maddow opened with Akin, and continued to make the case that there’s not an iota of difference between him and GOP War on Women General Paul Ryan.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#48732520

  28. Ametia says:

    Survey shows public wants federal services
    By Steve Vogel, Published: August 20
    The Washington Post

    A majority of Americans would rather see higher taxes on the wealthy before cuts are made to public services such as food safety and border security, according to a survey released Monday by a major federal employee union.

    “Some political rhetoric would have you believe that Americans today have an ‘austerity at any cost’ view of the federal budget,” Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, said in a statement. “The fact is that most Americans, when asked about specific services, believe the government should invest more in providing such services.”<b.

    Read on
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/survey-shows-public-wants-federal-services/2012/08/20/9650f560-eafe-11e1-9ddc-340d5efb1e9c_story.html?wpisrc=nl_fedinsider

  29. rikyrah says:

    Tweety has on Cynthia Tucker who makes it plain about GOP War on Women General Paul Ryan.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036697/#48730246

  30. rikyrah says:

    Tweety – a vote for Willard is a vote for ALL radical conservatives.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3036697/#48730731

  31. rikyrah says:

    Maybe you can ‘just make stuff up’
    By Steve Benen

    Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:39 AM EDT.

    Just over the last two weeks, Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign has released three television ads and two online videos devoted exclusively to — you guessed it — welfare. The issue was a complete non-factor in the 2012 race until the Republican decided the racially-charged, peripheral issue could be exploited by telling a transparent lie.

    The latest video was released overnight.

    In this new clip, viewers hear from Danny Vargas, the former National Chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly, who again accuses President Obama of removing work requirements from federal welfare law.

    In this plane of reality, President Obama did not remove work requirements from federal welfare law. The Romney campaign simply made this up. The facts are unambiguous: governors asked the Obama administration for some flexibility on the existing welfare law, and the White House said that’d be fine, so long as the work requirement isn’t weakened. It’s consistent with the policy endorsed by many Republican governors, including Romney himself, just six years ago

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/21/13393290-maybe-you-can-just-make-stuff-up?lite

  32. rikyrah says:

    Akin ignores pressure, says he’s ‘in this to the end

    By Steve Benen

    Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:00 AM EDT.

    The Republican Party establishment and its entire campaign infrastructure has given very clear instructions to Republican Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri: you’ve done irreparable harm to your Senate campaign and it’s time to quit.

    As of this morning, the right-wing congressman appears to be ignoring the directives. The Akin campaign sent out a fundraising appeal last night, apologizing for his bizarre and offensive remarks on rape, acknowledging he “made a mistake,” but concluding, “I have just begun to fight and I’m in this race to the end!”

    Akin’s also doing something of a damage-control tour. Though he failed to show up for a scheduled interview on CNN last night, the Missouri Republican spent the afternoon chatting with Mike Huckabee and Sean Hannity, and overnight, released a new television ad seeking “forgiveness.”

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/21/13392790-akin-ignores-pressure-says-hes-in-this-to-the-end?lite

    • Ametia says:

      AKIN IS THE FACE OF THE GOP. HE SPEAKS FOR THE WHITE CONSERVATIVE MALES ALA MAD MEN, WHO WNAT TO PUT WOMEN IN THEIR PROPER PLACES. ON THEIR BACK , HOUSEWIVES, OR SERVING THEM. FUCK’EM!

  33. rikyrah says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for that video of St. Senator Turner.

  34. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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