Mitt Romney’s attack on President Obama for the “disgraceful” decision to “sympathize” with the murderers — and his decision to stick with the political attack in a press conference Wednesday — “is likely to be seen as one of the most craven and ill-advised tactical moves in this entire campaign,” Time’s Mark Halperin says. The “campaign faces a near consensus in Republican foreign policy circles that, whatever the sentiment, Romney faltered badly,” BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith writes. ”I’ve been inundated with emails and calls from elected GOP leaders who think Romney’s response was a mistake. Not today,” MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough tweeted. Peggy Noonan said on Fox, “I don’t feel that Mr. Romney has been doing himself any favors, say in the past few hours, perhaps since last night… Sometimes when really bad things happen, when hot things happen, cool words or no words is the way to go.” Former George W. Bush pollster Matthew Dowd tweeted, ”Romney react feels a lot like ready, fire, aim.”
Something big is happening in Philadelphia ahead of this fall’s presidential election – the first in the state since a stringent new Voter ID law was passed earlier this year – although people there concerned about it are having a maddeningly hard time putting their finger on the precise size of the problem. The city has just over 1 million registered voters. About 800,000 of them are considered “active.” […]
The Pennsylvania Department of State recently released two lists of the Pennsylvania residents whose state IDs have expired since last November (and thus can’t be used to verify their identity at the polls this fall), as well as a list of the active voters whose names don’t match up with the PennDOT database as currently having an ID. This second list is terribly sloppy (one database spells names like McCormack as “Mc Cormack,” and there’s all kinds of chaos with hyphens and apostrophes). But nonetheless, the best official data available suggests that as many as 280,000 voters in Philadelphia may need to get an ID between now and November to have their votes counted.
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A “short” list of some of the bills the House GOP has blocked:
- HR 12 – Paycheck Fairness Act
- H.R. 320 — CJ’sHome Protection Act
- H.R. 448 — Elder Abuse Victims Act
- H.R. 466 – Wounded Veteran Job Security Act
- H.R. 515 – Radioactive Import Deterrence Act
- H.R. 577 – Vision Care for Kids Act
- H.R. 985 — Free Flow of Information Act
- H.R. 1110 – PHONE Act
- H.R. 1258 – The Truth in Caller ID Act
- H.R. 1168 — Veterans Retraining Act
- H.R. 1171 – Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization
- H.R. 1172 — Requiring List on VA Website of Organizations Providing
Scholarships for Veterans
- H.R. 1262, Water Quality Investment Act
- H.R. 1469 – Child Protection Improvements Act
- H.R. 1514 – Juvenile Accountability Block Grants Program Reauthorization Act
- H.R. 1580 – Electronic Waste Research and Development Act
- H.R. 1585 — FIT Kids Act
- H.R. 1617 – Department of Homeland Security Component Privacy Officer
Act. To install an office to guarantee privacy of citizens
- H.R. 1622 – Research and Development Programs for Natural Gas Vehicles
- H.R. 1727 — Managing Arson Through Criminal History (MATCH) Act
- H.R. 1796 – Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act
- H.R. 1803 — Veterans Business Center Act
- H.R. 1875 — End the Trade Deficit Act
- H.R. 1933 – A Child Is Missing Alert and Recovery Center Act
- H.R. 2093 – Clean Coastal Environment and Public Health Act
- H.R. 2142 – Government Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Performance
- H.R. 2352 – Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act
- H.R. 2454 – American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
- H.R. 2554 – National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers Reform Act
- H.R. 2664 – Promoting Transparency in Financial Reporting Act
- H.R. 2693 – Oil Pollution Research and Development Program Reauthorization Act
- H.R. 2749 — Food Safety Enhancement
Here’s an article that looks at how the GOP is abusing the filibuster process to hurt people. Harry Reid has actually called for a complete overhaul of the filibuster because it’s gotten so bad.
Somewhere in the world a Historian is weeping for humanity.
You gotta be shitting me
I swear to God I’m hoping the GOP is just one big practical joke.
One night while she was living overseas, Erica fell into a coma in her sleep.
Doctors thought it might be a tumor. When she came back to the U.S. for treatment, no insurance providers would give her coverage because she had a pre-existing condition.
The Affordable Care Act gave her coverage “when nobody else would,” through the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan. She was able to get the surgery and rehab treatment she needed, and she’s doing okay now.
That’s Erica’s health care story. If you’ve got your own, write it out or take picture—either way, submit it here.
I Write Too Much….
As of yet, I will not make any political commitments until I have fully reviewed, understood, and weeded out the information concerning this country I live in. I can’t be quick to judge.
Of course, I have already dismissed most of the Republican nonsense on their search for a presidential candidate. I’m basically just waiting for them to pick one.
Just about sums it up!
#7: Donkey: We’ll probably have to get some money to buy a new one.
Elephant: You’re such a spendthrift! You’re going to put us into massive debt!
#8: Donkey: But you said we needed to spend all that money for the decoration-war. It was originally your idea to buy it.
Elephant: You can’t blame me for that! You’re the party in power! Get it done!
#9: Donkey: Well, we need to get money back somehow. The rich don’t pay much in taxes.
Elephant: YOU ASS! YOU’RE GOING TO TAX US RIGHT INTO ANOTHER RECESSION! YOU’RE TRYING TO HURT THE MIDDLE CLASS! IT’S ALL ABOUT POOR, BLACK, MUSLIM, TAX-ID-GETTING, TAX PAYING IMMIGRANTS WHO SUCK ALL THE MONEY OUT OF THE SYSTEM THROUGH WELFARE AND EDUCATION GRANTS!
#10: D: Uh, that’s not true. We lose a ton of money in tax dodges by the rich and corporations.
E: LALALALALALALALALALALALALALA I CAN’T HEAR YOU! COMMIE PINKO SOCIALIST!
#11: D: *sigh* Every time. Every single time.
E: LALALALALALALALALALALALALALALALALALALA YOU’RE GOING TO MESS THIS UP IF YOU DON’T GET A NEW VASE SOON! WE’LL MAKE ALL THE TABLES SLANTED SO A VASE CAN’T BE PUT ON THEM IF YOU DON’T GIVE UP YOUR CHOCOLATE BAR TO BUY A NEW VASE!
#12: D: What? That doesn’t make sense. The vase costs $4,000. The chocolate bar is, like $0.50.
E: GIVE IT UP OR WE’LL SLANT THE DAMN TABLES!
The Debt Crisis, ladies, gentlemen, and non-binarians.