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  • Gallup Poll to Show Romney, Obama Tied Among Likely Voters

    10/08/2012 5:09:57 PM PDT · by profit_guy · 13 replies
    Big Bird's Home ^ | October 8, 2012 at 6:55 PM EDT | Katelyn Polantz
    In previous Gallup daily polling including on Monday, Obama has held a 5 percentage-point lead among registered voters. But the Gallup poll to come Tuesday will report results from a smaller pool among those voters, those who are likely to vote. That change in the poll's method will "wipe out" the president's lead, Page said. "Republicans are more energized and more likely to actually go and vote," she added.
  • Romney Casts Obama's Foreign Policy As Weak, Dangerous

    10/08/2012 5:07:55 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    http://www.reuters.com/ ^ | October 8, 2012 | Steve Holland
    (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivered a sweeping critique on Monday of President Barack Obama's handling of threats in the Middle East, saying Obama's lack of leadership had made the volatile region more dangerous.
  • Obama hits a foul by honoring Cesar Chavez

    10/08/2012 5:07:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/8/2012 | Ruben Navarrette Jr
    (snip) But Chavez was never a leader for all Latinos. Mexicans and Mexican-Americans might represent more than two-thirds of the U.S. Latino population, but the other third is made up of Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans and others. To them, Chavez probably means nothing. Even Mexican immigrants don't have a stake in the legend of Cesar Chavez; they hear the name, and most of them probably think of the great Mexican boxer, Julio Cesar Chavez. (snip) Chavez earned many titles in his life, but "champion of immigrants" was not one of them. He was primarily a labor leader who was concerned...
  • How family lore shapes character (Fauxcahontas family haunted by Indian wars ghosts)

    10/08/2012 5:07:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 10/08/12 | James Carroll
    How family lore shapes characterBy James Carroll October 08, 2012 **SNIP** When Oklahoma was made a state in 1907, barely four decades before Warren was born there, it incorporated the so-called Indian Territory — that culmination of the multiple betrayals of Native Americans, an end of the “trail of tears.” The Cherokee people, in particular, paid the price of the “forced relocation” across thousands of miles, with thousands dead. More than in the rest of America, ghosts of the Indian wars abound in Oklahoma. Warren’s family, tracing itself to those Cherokees, was haunted by them. That the anti-Indian prejudice directed...
  • Polls: All Tied Up, With Emerging Romney Advantages

    10/08/2012 5:04:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2012 | Guy Benson
    Many of us assumed Mitt Romney would earn a considerable polling bounce following his debate victory last week.  Early indications were that the Republican made a splash in some key swing states, and now it looks as though a national bounce has emerged.  The question is whether this phenomenon represents a flash in the pan or a more lasting shift in public opinion.  Let's examine three new polls and see what conclusions we might be able to draw:   (1) Rasmussen - The race is tied, 48/48, among likely voters.  For those Americans who are locked in to their choice,...
  • Game Changing Election News [Marriage Related]

    10/08/2012 5:02:20 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    National Organization for Marriage ^ | 10/8/12 | Brian S. Brown
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  • How Much of Obama's $181 Million September Haul Was Illegal?

    10/08/2012 4:54:08 PM PDT · by opentalk · 20 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | October 8, 2012 | Mike Flynn
    The Obama campaign released news on Saturday morning of a holiday weekend, that it had raised a massive $181 million in September. It's a staggering sum heading into the final month of campaigning. It almost equals his fundraising for July and August combined. But details about Obama's fundraising windfall and a new report this morning from the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) raise troubling questions. Specifically, how much of this fundraising was illegal? GAI found that Obama's donation page doesn't use any industry-standanard card security measures. ...It isn't an oversight but a conscious decision to not use CVV security. In fact,...
  • Obama camp knocks Romney’s ‘chest-pounding’ foreign policy

    10/08/2012 4:45:44 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Oct. 8, 2012 | Olivier Knox
    KEENE, Calif.—President Barack Obama's re-election campaign and the White House defended his handling of world affairs from a scathing attack by Republican challenger Mitt Romney, arguing that the former Massachusetts governor is fond of "chest-pounding" and "saber-rattling." "This is somebody who leads with chest-pounding rhetoric," campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters aboard Air Force One. "He's surrounded himself with a number of people who were advisers to past President Bush, people who have used saber-rattling rhetoric when it comes to Syria and Iran," she said. "And that's something that we think the American people should take a look at." But...
  • U.S. Rep. Paul Broun: Evolution a lie 'from the pit of hell'

    10/08/2012 4:44:56 PM PDT · by markomalley · 115 replies
    LA Times ^ | 10/7/2012 | Matt Pearce
    Evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory are major underpinnings of mainstream science. And Georgia Republican Rep. Paul Broun, a physician who sits on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, says they are “lies straight from the pit of hell.” Broun, who is unopposed for reelection in November, made the comments in a videotaped Sept. 27 speech at a sportsman's banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Ga., according to the Associated Press. Here are his remarks: “God’s word is true. I’ve come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, Big Bang theory, all...
  • In Search of Answers From Mr. Romney

    10/08/2012 4:29:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 8, 2012 | Editorial
    Mitt Romney mounted a big foreign policy display on a flag-draped stage at the Virginia Military Institute on Monday, serving up a lot of tough-sounding sound bites and hawkish bumper stickers, some of them even bumping up somewhere close to the truth, to give the appearance that he would be stronger and more forceful on international affairs than President Obama. He seems to consider himself, ludicrously, a leader similar to the likes of Harry Truman and George Marshall, and, at one point, he obliquely questioned Mr. Obama’s patriotism. The hope seems to be that big propaganda, said loudly and often,...
  • Israelis Deploy Patriot Missiles After 'Hezbollah' Drone Enters Airspace

    10/08/2012 4:24:37 PM PDT · by Jean S · 21 replies
    ABCNews ^ | 10/ 8/12 | RANDY KREIDER
    Israeli officials have deployed a Patriot surface-to-air anti-missile battery to northern Israel Monday, in an apparent response to the appearance of a mysterious drone in Israeli airspace over the weekend. On Saturday, an Israel Air Force jet shot down an unmanned aerial drone over the Negev desert in southern Israel. Israeli officials said they believed the craft had originated in Lebanon and was controlled by the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah. According to the Israel Defense Force, the drone entered Israel from Mediterranean, flying over the Gaza Strip and then over the Negev. It was shot down south of the West...
  • Counting on Coal Country

    10/08/2012 4:23:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies
    American Spectator ^ | October 8, 2012 | ROBERT STACY MCCAIN
    Romney fights for jobs -- and votes -- in an industry at war with Obama’s EPA. Nearly four thousand people turned out Friday in Abingdon, Virginia, to hear Mitt Romney declare his support for the coal industry, which has been besieged for more than three years by President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency... --snip-- For a Democratic president so closely allied with the labor movement, Obama's abandonment of the mine workers is stunning, considering that the head of the AFL-CIO, Richard Trumka, began his career with the UMW. Even as the EPA's regulatory squeeze of power plants has had the effect...
  • Post-debate polling shows substantial Romney bounce

    10/08/2012 4:22:05 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | October 8, 2012 | By Paul West
    Mitt Romney’s commanding performance on the debate stage last week has generated a significant bounce for his presidential candidacy, according to national polls released Monday. The Republican nominee opened up a 4-point lead over President Obama, 49% to 45% among likely voters, in the latest national opinion survey by the independent Pew Research Center. In mid-September, Obama led by 8 points, 51% to 43%. Post-debate interviews with 1,201 voters found that the debate had lifted Romney’s standing among a wide range of voter groups. His overall personal image improved, with the percentage of voters holding a favorable opinion of the...
  • Science Over Politics: Nobel For Adult Stem Cell Work

    10/08/2012 4:20:46 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | October 8, 2012
    Bioethics: British and Japanese researchers have been awarded this year's Nobel Prize for showing how to create embryonic stem cells without using human embryos in a genuinely promising line of research. For decades now, embryonic stem cell research (ESCR) has been trumpeted as the most promising avenue of research, and those who had moral qualms about using human embryos were dismissed as Bible-thumping troglodytes who stood in the way of making the lame walk. ESCR supporters said their way led to finding "imminent" miracle cures to tragic and sometimes deadly conditions and diseases. They dismissed suggestions of a more promising...
  • Obama camp: We raised more than Romney after debate

    10/08/2012 4:15:13 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 32 replies
    politico44 ^ | 10/8/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    Obama campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters aboard Air Force One on Monday that the campaign took in more than Mitt Romney did in the 48 hours following last week's debate. The Romney campaign reported raising $12 million during the period. Psaki wouldn't say exactly how much Obama's campaign raised.
  • Oakland anti-war protesters wreak havoc

    10/08/2012 4:14:49 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 18 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 8, 2012 | Henry K. Lee
    OAKLAND -- Anti-war protesters smashed storefronts, shattered car windows and threw paint during a march through downtown Oakland, targeting banks, City Hall and other buildings, police said Monday. No one was arrested during the Sunday night protest, which coincided with the 11th anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan. About 200 people gathered at Frank Ogawa Plaza outside Oakland City Hall about 6 p.m. The crowd then left the plaza and took a circuitous route down Franklin and 20th streets and Telegraph Avenue before returning to the plaza.
  • Global economic recovery weakening , says IMF

    10/08/2012 4:13:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/8/2012
    The global economic recovery is weakening as government policies have failed to restore confidence, the International Monetary Fund has said. It added that the risk of further deterioration in the economic outlook was "considerable" and had increased. The IMF downgraded its estimate for global growth in 2013 to 3.6% from the 3.9% it forecast in July. One of the biggest downgrades was to the UK economy, which the IMF expects to shrink by 0.4% this year. This compares its forecast of 0.2% growth in July. Next year, the UK economy should grow by 1.1%, the IMF said, down from its...
  • Obama camp blasts Romney foreign policy speech as 'Etch a Sketch' moment

    10/08/2012 4:10:23 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    politico44 ^ | 10/8/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    Team Obama blasted Mitt Romney's foreign policy speech on Monday, saying it was full of "heated rhetoric"and "chest-thumping" but few specifics. "This is Mitt Romney's seventh attempt, by our count, to reboot his foreign policy," campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters aboard Air Force One. "When you're commander in chief, you don’t get to bring an Etch a Sketch into the Oval Office. You don’t get second chances, never mind seven chances.
  • Where Did All Our Pensions Go?(A Children's Story;)

    10/08/2012 4:09:27 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 15 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 10/07/2012 | Jackie Tortora
    A total of 84,350 pension plans have vanished since 1985. This figure shocked Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Donald L. Barlett and James W. teele, who just released their latest book, "The Betrayal of the American Dream." Their chapter on retirement chronicles the heist of the American dream's secure retirement by the financial elite and is a very important section of the book, says Steele, who spoke with the AFL-CIO about the retirement crisis. Steele says there is another number we should pay attention to: $17,686. That's the median value of 401(k) accounts in 2011. For most working people, the amount in...
  • NYC Muslim Day Parade 2012 - Hate On Parade

    10/08/2012 3:55:11 PM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 29 replies
    Youtube ^ | Oct 1, 2012 | connect741
    Hate and Intolerance for America was on parade September 23, 2012, at the NYC Muslim Day Parade. One of the more disturbing parts of the Muslim Day Parade was the proud display of the Islamic Black Flag of Jihad visible throughout the event. The Black Flag of Jihad was hoisted above our overrun embassies in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, etc... The Jihadist's pulled down and burned the American flag and replaced it with the Islamic Black Flag of Jihad as a symbol of dominance and military victory. The hatred and intolerance for the United States of America, the Islamic Black Flag...