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  • Andrea Mitchell: Iowa Is "Too White, Too Evangelical, Too Rural" (video)

    01/02/2012 4:20:04 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 88 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | January 1, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    NBC's Andrea Mitchell gives her take on the state of Iowa while covering the upcoming caucus. Mitchell makes her feelings about the Midwestern state to the viewers, opining that "the rap" on Iowa is that it is too white. "The rap on Iowa: It doesn't represent the rest of the country, too white, too evangelical, too rural. Still here, politics are personal," Mitchell said on Sunday's broadcast on NBC's "Nightly News.
  • Two Women, One Pregnant, Brawl At Occupy Nashville On Christmas (video)

    12/26/2011 1:38:28 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 14 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 26, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    On Christmas day, two of the protesters at the Occupy Nashville encampment started arguing with each other; one of them was three-months pregnant. Harsh words led to hair pulling and punching, and both of them landed on the ground. A local news journalist on the scene felt threatened enough to call the police.
  • Michelle Obama: Misconception That I am "trapped" at WH .. I Get To Travel The World (video)

    First lady Michelle Obama tells ABC's Barbara Walters that the biggest misconception about her is that she is "confined or trapped" at the White House. "That couldn't be further from the truth," Mrs. Obama said. Obama said that she's been able to take on issues that are important to her as well as "travel to see the world." The first lady says she has been "very blessed in this role." Transcript below. Barbara Walters, "20/20" on ABC News: "What is the biggest misconception about you?" Michelle Obama: "Someone asked me a question about whether I feel confined or trapped in...
  • Comedian Richard Lewis: Herman Cain Would Be "Lucky To Be A Doorman" (video)

    11/29/2011 5:09:23 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 34 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | November 28, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    Countdown" host Keith Olbermann and comedian Richard Lewis break down the Republican field of presidential candidates. Lewis dismisses the current frontrunners as "a silly Muppet show" and muses about alternate career paths for Herman Cain. Lewis, known for his edgy humor, let loose a very controversial "joke." Lewis says Herman Cain would be "lucky to be" a "doorman." He also classified the entire field as "like the new Christy's Minstrels."
  • Chuck Todd: GOP Will Have To Be "Dragged, Kicking And Screaming" To Support Romney (video)

    11/28/2011 6:24:40 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 76 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | November 28, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    NBC's Chuck Todd on "Morning Joe" today: "Apparently the Republican base is going to get dragged, kicking and screaming to come to the conclusion that they're going to have to support Romney at the end of the day. I mean, it is amazing to me to watch this. "This is a candidate in Gingrich. He is now, the anti-establishment candidate. A former Speaker of the House whose businesses actually have addresses on K Street in Washington, D.C. It's not just -- it's symbolically right there on K Street. "That to me tells you how much energy there is against Mitt...
  • Garofalo: GOP Loves Herman Cain Because He Pretends We're In A Post-Racial Society (video)

    11/23/2011 6:48:57 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 42 replies · 1+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | November 23, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    Comedienne and actress Janeane Garofalo paid another visit to Current TV's "Countdown" program on Wednesday night. Garofalo talked about Republicans, Obama, the Tea Party and of course, Herman Cain. "It always works on a certain segment of the population. If you are trying to appeal to the worst in us. Quite literally, the worst in us and you're trying to go to the limbic brain of anxiety, fear, intolerance, hatred, bitterness, ignorance, you have to just use these very simple, as they say, dog whistle words," Garofalo said while trying to explain what she believes will be the Republican strategy...
  • MSNBC Contributor: Cain "Should Have To Register As A Sex Offender" (video)

    11/08/2011 2:37:45 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 40 replies · 1+ views
    "I mean, this guy was lying. He's a big, fat liar, Herman Cain. I'm going to say it on TV. Herman Cain is a big, fat liar, okay? When Bill Clinton shook his hand, his little finger at the nation and said 'I did not have sexual relations with that woman,' everybody in the country knew he was lying. You can smell it. This guy is lying. There is no difference between Herman Cain -- being accused of sexually harassing woman after woman after woman, we're now at five -- by the way, there are five flags behind that podium,...
  • MSNBC's Alex Wagner: Get Rid Of Second Amendment (video)

    11/07/2011 6:31:41 AM PST · by i88schwartz · 20 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | RealClearPolitics
    <p>MSNBC analyst and soon-to-be host of a daytime television show on the network Alex Wagner is asked what she thinks needs to be removed in the Constitution. Wagner says the second Amendment since it doesn't seem to be fit in with the others.</p>
  • MSNBC's O'Donnell Calls For Occupation And Boycott Of Restaurant Association

    11/04/2011 8:40:23 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 63 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | November 4, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    Coming soon: Occupy National Restaurant Association? MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on his primetime show last night shared names and photos of senior officials of the National Restaurant Association (NRA) in order to intimidate them in ending the confidentiality agreements between the group and the two women it settled with that claimed they were sexually assaulted. O'Donnell also called for a boycott of the restaurants the group represents as well as an occupation of their headquarters. Continue reading for details. "I want people to see the people who are currently protecting the secrets of Herman Cain," O'Donnell said as a photograph of...
  • Obama On Bad Economy: "I'm Less Interested In Allocating Blame" (video)

    11/02/2011 5:20:09 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 21 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | November 2, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    WCCO-TV of Minnesota, one of the several local news stations to interview the president, asked Obama when it is time for him to start blaming himself for economic woes. Relevant transcript below: WCCO-TV correspondent: "When I finally did have a chance to talk to President Obama one-on-one, I asked him at what point does the economy become his fault and not his predecessor's?" President Barack Obama: "It's always my responsibility. I'm less interested in allocating blame then just making sure that we're taking every step we need to, to move the economy forward. And, you know, traditionally after big financial...
  • Chuck Todd: Can We Just Stop Playing The Race Card? (video)

    11/01/2011 12:41:36 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 11 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | November 1, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    "It is interesting, these commentariats on the left and right, can we just agree not to play the race card -- at all? And when you see it played, it is frustrating," NBC News' Chuck Todd said on his MSNBC program this morning.
  • Tom Brokaw "Stunned" By Herman Cain's Smoking Ad, Lambasts 9-9-9 plan (video)

    10/30/2011 6:06:03 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 53 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 30, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    Tom Brokaw is shocked and stunned at Herman Cain's web ad that features his Chief of Staff smoking a cigarette. Brokaw did not appreciate the cigarette because of the damage smoking does to one's body. Brokaw even went so far as to say Cain should rename his 9-9-9 plan to include cancers and diseases one gets from smoking. "I must say on the Cain thing, I was stunned by that ad that he did with his campaign manager, ending up smoking a cigarette. Which, in my judgment, is one of the great health hazards in America in terms of lethal...
  • Politico's Roger Simon: Perry Being Racist Helps Him In A GOP Primary (video)

    10/30/2011 5:11:19 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 5 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 30, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    "Can I say one thing about the birther issue? It's not a fun issue to poke somebody on. It is more than a little bit racist. It grew -- not everyone who believes it is a racist, but it grew out of the belief that a black man could not be legitimately elected to the President of the United States. Now why would Perry use that in the primaries instead of saving it for the general when he's running against President Obama? Well, it's because being extreme perhaps and, a little bit racist perhaps, gives you good bonafides in a...
  • Martin Bashir: Cain Doesn't Want To Be "Associated With African-Americans" (video)

    10/17/2011 4:01:04 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 30 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 17, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    "Cain was supposed to attend the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Sunday. I like many people watched it -- was moved by it -- but he failed to attend," MSNBC host Martin Bashir said on his show today. "Now thereís been some surprise at his absence. But being honest, isnít this consistent for a man who really doesn't want to be overtly associated with African-Americans?"
  • HANNITY RADIO Pat Buchanan Talks Balkanization Of America: U.S. Is In Decline (audio)

    10/17/2011 3:59:38 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 17 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 17, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    Author and commentator Pat Buchanan appeared on Sean Hannity's nationally syndicated radio program Monday afternoon to promote his new book. In his book, "Suicide of a Superpower," Buchanan says the politics of race, culture and tribalism will be the largest problem civilization will face. "Christianity is dying in the West," he declared on the radio. Buchanan says there is a "long plan" by Marxists to rid the nation of Christianity. Buchanan doesn't think much holds us together as a nation anymore. "[The]disagreements are so profound," he told Hannity. "Cultural Marxism has succeeded in transvaluing all the values in society," Buchanan...
  • Obama: GOP Wants "Dirtier Air, Dirtier Water, Less People With Health Insurance" (video)

    10/17/2011 10:45:33 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 62 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 17, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    "My plans says weíre going to put teachers back in the classrooms, construction workers back to work," President Obama said at a campaign event today. "Tax cuts for small businesses, tax cuts for hiring veterans, tax cuts if you give your workers a raise Ė- thatís my plan." "The Republicans plan, Obama says, boils down to this: 'Dirtier air, dirtier water, less people with health insurance.'"
  • Black Washington Post Reporter Accuses Cain Of Playing "Race Card" (video)

    10/14/2011 5:21:14 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 27 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | RealClearPolitics
    Nia-Malika Henderson accuses Herman Cain of wanting to live in a post-racial world while playing the "race card." Unreal. "Well, I think, if we could focus a little bit on Herman Cain. I think Herman Cain is on one hand saying we're in a post-racial country, but at the same time he seems to play the race card when it comes to talking about African-Americans. Talking about in the ways in which they vote for Democrats. It's not something that he would, for instance, say about white evangelicals who vote in overwhelming numbers for Bush. Something like 75 or 80%....
  • Van Jones On Obama: "We Made A Mistake, We Thought It Was Just About One Person" (video)

    10/03/2011 9:27:34 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 16 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 3, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    Former Obama green jobs czar Van Jones at the "Take Back the American Dream Conference" conference in Washington, DC: "Remember this? We all in 2008 affiliated to him (Obama). Yeah. Remember how good that felt? I call it a meta-brand because you didn't have to give up anything you had before to affiliate. You got to keep your labor jacket on. You still put on that Obama baseball cap. You didn't have to quit your lesbian and gay rights group to join. You could keep everything you ever had. When you put on that Obama -- and now you're a...
  • Obama Losing Tingles? Matthews: Obama Being Too "Debonaire" For The Mood Of The Country (video)

    10/03/2011 5:09:54 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 21 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 3, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    "I can't think of an age group right now that feels happy. And this president, I think comes across as a bit debonaire. Casual's not a fair word, but a bit breezy for the mood of the country. The country wants somebody -- the first thing they want before they want deliverance and a future, they want somebody whose with them in the present. Do you get it? Do you get how angry I am? And I think that's what Christie connects to. That chord of almost free-floating anger he seems to reflect," MSNBC host Chris Matthews said on Monday's...
  • Frances Fox Piven: "We Desperately Need A Popular Uprising" (video)

    10/02/2011 5:19:35 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 41 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 2, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    FRANCES FOX PIVEN: "I teach at the Graduate School of the City University of New York. I am here because I am so enthusiastic about the possibilities of this sit-in, over the marches that are occurring over postal worker issues, the sister demonstrations that are starting in Chicago and Los Angeles, and maybe in Boston. I think we desperately need a popular uprising in the United States. None of us know. I study movements. None of us know the exact formula for when those movements erupt, but it could be. And if that is true, then these people who are...
  • BET Founder: No Leadership In White House To Fix Economy (video)

    09/28/2011 7:02:31 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 19 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | September 28, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    Scott Pelley, CBS "Evening News" anchor: How do you create jobs in this country? Robert Johnson, founder of BET: Unfortunately now, I don't think we have the leadership either in the White House or the Congress to end what I call a zero-sum game mentality towards the U.S. economy. And until both parties agree that the goal is to rebuild the American economy to reflect the 21st century on a global environment - we're going to be stuck. And it's a little bit frightening from the standpoint of a business person and particularly an African-American business person. Pelley: What do...
  • Tavis Smiley To Obama: Blacks "Ought To Be Looked Out For" (video)

    09/15/2011 9:12:10 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 37 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | September 15, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    Tavis Smiley says the President is ignoring blacks, the "most loyal" part of his base who "ought to be looked out for." Smiley spoke to NBC's Lester Holt. In April, Smiley said the 2012 elections will be "the most racist in the history of this Republic. "It's just not that black folks are hurting the most now. It's that there's no sign that it's going to get any better. There really are two questions in black America, I think, Lester, have to wrestle with. At least two questions. Number one: what is the pain threshold in black America? What is...
  • Al Gore: Building Solar Facilities Will "Put People To Work" (video)

    09/14/2011 10:05:54 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 24 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | September 14, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    "We can put people to work and strengthen the economy by building solar and wind facilities. Refurbishing inefficient buildings, building smart grids smart trains. And putting people to work instead of continuing this addiction to very expensive, dirty oil and coal," Al Gore said on Tuesday night's edition of "The Colbert Report."
  • Dem Congresswoman: "You Don't Deserve To Keep All" Of Your Money (audio)

    09/14/2011 9:23:45 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 51 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | September 14, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    ďIíll put it this way, you donít deserve to keep all of it. Itís not a question of deserving, because what government is, is those things that we decide to do together," Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) told the Don Wade & Roma show on WLS-AM. "I think you need to pay your fair share for things we've decided are our national priorities," Schakowsky added.
  • Obama Surprised To Learn Schools Use Trailers (video)

    09/10/2011 10:10:39 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 96 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | September 10, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    While addressing college students in Richmond, VA, President Obama was surprised to learn that schools use trailers, also called 'modular buildings' or 'modular classrooms.' During his visit Obama said he was approached by an educator who mentioned she teaches in a trailer. Obama did not mention that the teacher had a problem with her situation, but he made it clear this was unacceptable. "I just -- in the back, I was taking some photos with folks who had helped out to organize this event, and there was a young lady who is a teacher. And she said, ďI heard your...
  • NBC's Chuck Todd: "Our Pollsters Are Concerned" With Obama Approval (video)

    09/07/2011 5:30:21 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 32 replies · 1+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | September 7, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    "A more important number that our pollsters say is in there is this idea that is this a long-term setback for him or a short-term one? 54-percent said long-term. Our pollsters are concerned. Thatís kind of numbers you have when the public starts to give up on a president as a problem solver," NBC's Chuck Todd said on the "Nightly News."
  • Carney Passes On Opportunity To Rebuke Teamsters President Hoffa (video)

    09/06/2011 12:59:41 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 46 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | September 6, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    White House press secretary Jay Carney was asked by ABC's Jake Tapper to give a response to Teamsters President James Hoffa's controversial comment at yesterday's union rally in Detroit, Michigan in which President Obama also attended. Tapper asked for the White House's reaction in light of President Obama calling for civility in political rhetoric after the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. "First of all, those weren't comments by the president," Carney told Tapper. "The President wasn't there. I mean, he wasn't on stage. He didn't speak for another twenty minutes. He didn't hear it." "Mr. Hoffa speaks for himself....
  • Palin On "Crony Capitalist" Politicians: "I'm Not For Sale" (FULL video)

    09/03/2011 12:24:21 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 26 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | September 3, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    Former Governor Sarah Palin gave the keynote speech at a Tea Party rally in Indianola, Iowa on Saturday afternoon. "We sent a new class of leaders to DC, but immediately the permanent political class, they tried to co-opt them. Because the reality is we are governed by a permanent political class, until we change that," Palin said about career politicians. The speech, roughly 40 minutes, ranged from politics to policy. Palin made sure to address reforming taxes and entitlements. Palin called for eliminating all federal corporate income taxes and called entitlement reform "our duty." As predicted, Palin took a swipe...
  • CBS' O'Donnell: Obama Displayed Engagement To Irene Relief by returning from vacation (video)

    08/28/2011 8:53:52 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 44 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 28, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    CBS White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell said President Obama displayed his engagement to the federal government's response to Hurricane Irene by returning a day early from vacation and meeting with the head of FEMA. O'Donnell says the administration wanted to make sure no comparison to the government's handling of Katrina was made. "I think it's important to note too that the Obama administration was really determined to avoid any comparisons to the failed federal government response to Hurricane Katrina. So, President Obama made a very public display of his engagement on this issue. He returned from his vacation a day...
  • Fmr. Obama Economic Adviser Now Blaming Earthquake For Economic Woes (video)

    08/26/2011 10:39:25 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 14 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 26, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    Goolsbee in his own words: "In the year 2010 which is when most of the clips when the president was saying we were going to grow again. We were growing and over that 17 months we added two-and-a-half million jobs. "Now, at the beginning of this year we get earthquakes, tsunamis, revolutions in the Middle East, European financial crises, now they even have earthquakes out of Washington, D.C. I mean, we've had a series of things that have put some heavy blows and slowed the economy back down again. But, I think it's a little -- I don't think you...
  • Karl Rove To Sarah Palin: Get A Thicker Skin (video)

    08/24/2011 7:49:40 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 110 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 24, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    Karl Rove responds to controversy over his speculation if Fmr. Gov. Sarah Palin will indeed enter the GOP field. Rove said chances are she will jump in, but was not definitive in his observation. "I mystified," Rove said about his speculation. "Look, she is all upset about this saying how I am trying to sabatouge her in some way. How do I speculate on her future." "Look, if she doesn't want to be speculated about a potential presidential candidate there is an easy way to end the speculation. Simply say 'I'm not running.' Instead, every time she pops up in...
  • Sen. Marco Rubio: We Are Facing A Day Of Reckoning (video)

    08/23/2011 7:15:26 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 15 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 23, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    "The fact that America exists is an inspiration to the rest of the world," Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said in an interview with Sean Hannity from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. "Ronald Reagan and the things he stood for defined so much of what I experienced growing up and to be here today just brought all that back and to have a chance to talk about the two major issues during Ronald Reagan's presidency. "One, what would America's role in the world be -- and that, of course, led to the end of the Cold War. "And the other is...
  • Actor David Cross To Olbermann: TV "Gets Rid" Of Elderly "Not Contributing Anything" (video)

    08/23/2011 4:18:47 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 41 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 23, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    Comedian and actor David Cross appeared on Current TV's "Countdown" program Monday evening to promote his upcoming movie and other gigs when the conversation turned to a recent study that watching one hour of television shortens your life by 22 minutes. Cross was being very serious on how this would benefit his pocket because that would mean he would not have to pay for medical care of the elderly who are "not contributing anything." Keith Olbermann, the host of "Countdown," believes this is a Darwinian idea. Transcript below: David Cross: "I don't mind, I like the idea -- or I'm...
  • Carney: "Unfortunate" That "We Don't Control All Levers Of Government" (video)

    08/08/2011 4:45:58 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 11 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 8, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    Earlier on Monday, the President told the press he would produce his deficit plan to the not-yet-in-existence bipartisan, bicameral "super committee." Here's what he said: I realize that after what we just went through, thereís some skepticism that Republicans and Democrats on the so-called super committee, this joint committee thatís been set up, will be able to reach a compromise, but my hope is that Fridayís news will give us a renewed sense of urgency. I intend to present my own recommendations over the coming weeks on how we should proceed. And that committee will have this administrationís full cooperation....
  • Chris Matthews: Biden "Gets Beat Up For His Mental Limitations" (video)

    08/08/2011 11:57:28 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 14 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 8, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    "I think the Commander in Chief has a particular personal responsibility to the families of every service person. This is one of those critical moments he should be there. We'll see what he says today. This is going to rip the scab off every feeling about this war. Joe Biden, who gets beat up for his mental limitations, and yet he was the one that understood intuitively this should be a counterterrorism operation. Then he was beaten down by the sophisticates who said we have to stay there. And then you wonder, what are the sophisticates really offering here in...
  • Schieffer To Axelrod: "Things Are Worse" Since Obama Took Office (video)

    08/08/2011 7:48:51 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 60 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 8, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    During his interview with Obama 2012 campaign strategist David Axelrod, "Face the Nation" host Bob Schieffer played a clip of President Obama talking with NBC's Matt Lauer a few weeks after he took office. Here's what a newly inaugurated President Obama said: PRESIDENT OBAMA: that's exactly right. And ó and, you know, a year from now I think people ó are gonna see that ó we're starting to make some progress. But there's still gonna be some pain out there. If I don't have this done in three years, then there's gonna be a one-term proposition. Schieffer, reminding Axelrod that...
  • Greenspan: US "Can Pay Any Debt It Has Because We Can Always Print Money" (video)

    08/07/2011 1:32:21 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 88 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 5, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    ormer Chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan explains how the United States can pay down the debt. By printing money. Transcript: David Gregory, moderator of "Meet The Press" on NBC: "Are U.S. treasury bonds still safe to invest in?" Alan Greenspan, Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve: "Very much so. This is not an issue of credit rating, the United States can pay any debt it has because we can always print money to do that. So, there is zero probability of default." Greenspan says the S&P downgrade was just meant to hit a "nerve" and hurt the "self-esteem...
  • John Kerry: Media Has "Responsibility" To "Not Give Equal Time" To Tea Party (video)

    08/05/2011 6:08:11 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 89 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 5, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday that the media has the responsibility to ignore the Tea Party and not give any credence to their views. Here's what he said: SEN. JOHN KERRY: "And I have to tell you, I say this to you politely. The media in America has a bigger responsibility than it's exercising today. The media has got to to begin to not give equal time or equal balance to an absolutely absurd notion just because somebody asserts it or simply because somebody says something which everybody knows is not factual. "It doesn't deserve...
  • Obama @ Fundraiser: "We're Not Even Halfway There Yet" - "Change" Doesn't Mean Change Tomorrow ...

    08/03/2011 6:36:25 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 49 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 3, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    "It's been a long, tough journey. But we have made some incredible strides together. Yes, we have. But the thing that we all ought to remember is that as much as good as we have done, precisely because the challenges were so daunting, precisely because we we were inheriting so many challenges, that we're not even halfway there yet. When I said 'change we can believe in' I didn't say 'change we could believe in tomorrow.' Not change we can believe in next week. We knew this was going to take time because we've got this big, messy, tough democracy,"...
  • SHOCK AUDIO: Obama: Cut "Defense Spending As Opposed To Food Stamps"

    07/22/2011 6:34:42 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 80 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | July 22, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    "A lot of the spending cuts that we're making should be around areas like defense spending as opposed to food stamps," President Obama told in an interview with NPR. "What is true is that given the rising number of seniors and given the huge escalation in health care costs, that if we donít structure those programs so that they are sustainable, then itís going to be hard for the next generation to enjoy those same kinds of benefits. And so we are going to have to make some modest changes that retain the integrity of the program, but make sure...
  • Obama: Cut Defense Spending As Opposed To Food Stamps (audio)

    07/21/2011 8:58:27 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 59 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | July 21, 2011 | July 21, 2011
    "A lot of the spending cuts that we're making should be around areas like defense spending as opposed to food stamps," President Obama told in an interview with NPR.
  • Budget Director Won't Answer If WH Would Prioritize Social Security Payments (video)

    07/17/2011 7:09:20 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 25 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | July 17, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    White House Budget Director Jacob Lew dodged CNN's Candy Crowley's question if the administration would prioritize Social Security payments if a default occurred. Transcript of the exchange below: CNN's Candy Crowley, HOST: "More immediately, you'd have to make some spending priorities -- payment priority decisions: Social Security benefits, and federal worker pay, and defense contractors. What are your priorities should the debt ceiling not be raised on the 2nd, when you have the bills that immediately come due? Social Security checks, federal worker pay, defense contractors?" Jacob Lew, WH Budget Director: "Our plan is for Congress to do its work...
  • Obama: Public Sector Job Losses Are "Evidence" That Stimulus Worked (video)

    07/11/2011 3:21:26 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 20 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | July 11, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    With peas, acrobatics, sports and writing being the main topics at today's press conference, you may have missed a key moment when President Obama announced the stimulus was a success. And this wasn't just his opinion; there is evidence too! "Without relitigating the past, Iím absolutely convinced, and the vast majority of economists are convinced, that the steps we took in the Recovery Act saved millions of people their jobs or created a whole bunch of jobs," President Obama said at his presser on Monday morning.
  • Obama On Debt Talks: "I'm Ready To Roll Up My Sleeves" (video)

    07/08/2011 9:11:14 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 19 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | July 8, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    "The American people sent us here to do the right thing, not for party but for country. So, we're going to work together, to get things done on their behalf. That is the least they should expect of us. Not the most they should expect of us. I am ready to roll up my sleeves over the e next several weeks and months and i know people in both parties are ready to do that as well and we will keep you updated on the progress we are making on these debt limit talks over the next several days. Thank...
  • Howard Dean Reveals Medicaid Is "Not Just For Poor People" (video)

    07/07/2011 10:00:04 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 9 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | July 8, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    Howard Dean says the only way you're ever going to control healthcare costs in this country is to get rid of the "perverse incentive that we [doctors] have to do as much as we possibly can." Goward Dean, a doctor, says government health care beneficiaries should be given a "set amount and tell them 'this is what you get.'" Dean says government health care users should be told the benefits that are provided and "let them figure out how to do it." "We use Medicaid not just for poor people. We use Medicaid for the basis of our universal health...
  • GOP Congressman: "Impeachable Offense" If Obama Bypasses Congress On Debt Ceiling (video)

    07/07/2011 5:50:20 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 25 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | July 7, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    "This president is looking to usurp congressional oversight to find a way to get it done without us. My position is that is an impeachable act from my perspective. There are a lot of things people say, 'Are you going to impeach the president over that?' ó No. But this? This is catastrophic. This jeopardizes the credibility of our nation if one man can usurp the entire system set up by our founding fathers over something this significant," Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC) said.
  • BRAND NEW: Bachmann's First Ad: "I Will Not Vote To Increase The Debt Ceiling" (VIDEO)

    07/07/2011 4:05:56 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 21 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | July 7, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    "As a decedent of generations of Iowans, I was born and raised in Waterloo. As a mom of five, a foster parent and a former tax lawyer and now a small business job creator, I know we canít keep spending money that we donít have," GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (Minn.) says in his first advertisement. "That's why I fought against the wasteful bailout, against the stimulus. I will not vote to increase the debt ceiling."
  • Joan Walsh: "A Lot Is Not Known" About Bachmann's Foster Children (video)

    07/06/2011 4:31:44 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 61 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | July 6, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    Salon.com editor-at-large Joan Walsh says a lot is just "not known" about GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann. Walsh must not read her own website because a simple search of their archives and a broader search on Google of Salon.com and Bachmann yields a lot of results. A lot. "She's [Bachmann] trying to make this -- and they're all trying to make this about the economy. So they're thinking that's going to be the club which to batter President Obama [with]," Salon.com editor Joan Walsh said. "You know, the more people dig into her background, her foster kids, there's just a...
  • Pat Buchanan: Overextended U.S. Empire Is Coming Down (video)

    07/06/2011 6:16:22 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 17 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | July 6, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    "The United States is strategically overextended worldwide. What are we doing borrowing money from Japan to defend Japan. Borrow money from Europe to defend Europe. Borrow money from the Persian Gulf to defend the Persian Gulf. This country is over extended. It is an empire and the empire is coming down," Pat NuBuchanan said on "Morning Joe" today. "Well you're not going to get the revenue, so you might as well end the war," he added.
  • Zbigniew Brzezinski: The Rich Essentially "Pocket" Their Own Money (video)

    07/06/2011 6:14:53 AM PDT · by i88schwartz · 36 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | July 6, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    "It seems to me that if America were really expanding economically, that kind of wealth, that kind of disparity is palpable. But when you have stagnation when you have a chronic case of unemployment, the sense of social injustice can be terribly demoralizing and politically in the long run, very dangerous. It can politicize social economic issues, create radicalism, class conflict [and] extremism and I think that is a real risk in our society. Especially since so many of those who made so much money recently produce very little wealth for others. They essentially pocket the money. They are engaged...