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  • Romney says he never paid less than 13% in taxes

    08/16/2012 11:52:34 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 26 replies
    Marketwatch– Robert Schroeder ^ | August 16, 2012, 1:41 PM
    Mitt Romney on Thursday said he never paid less than 13% of his income in taxes over the past decade, rebutting critics who charge that he has paid nothing.“I did go back and look at my taxes, and, over the past 10 years, I never paid less than 13%,” Romney said, according to NBC News. He later added: “Every year, I paid at least 13%, and if you add in, in addition, the amount that goes to charity, the number gets well above 20%.”Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has accused Romney, a wealthy businessman, of paying no taxes in certain...
  • VANITY: Easy things Romney can do to survive first year: Part 4 - Agency Consolidation

    08/16/2012 10:57:30 AM PDT · by WileyC · 7 replies
    WileyC
    An old joke goes: Everyone can make a party better: some do it when they arrive, and others do it when they leave. The same could be said for any number of government agencies. The federal government is an unholy (and expensive) mish-mash of organizations, all of whom can arbitrarily change the way we work, we invest, and we live... with almost no oversight. It's political inexpedient to eliminate them and what Romney needs is some quick fixes that help both in the short and long term so he can build the capital he needs to implement more extensive reforms....
  • Ryan Rally: Romney beating Obama in new swing states poll

    08/16/2012 10:47:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential ^ | August 15, 2012 | Conn Carroll
    Mittt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his vice presidential nominee has propelled him into the lead in a poll of 12 key swing states. In July, the PurplePoll (of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin) had Obama/Biden beating Romney/Ryan 47 percent to 45 percent. Today, PurplePoll has Romney/Ryan beating Obama/Biden 47 percent to 46 percent. PurplePoll reports: The Romney-Ryan ticket is fueled by an 11-point advantage among independents. This represents an increase from July, when Romney held a 5-point margin over Obama among that key group. … Ryan is...
  • Obama and Romney campaigns sinking lower and lower (0BAMA SHILL GOES APOPLECTIC)

    08/16/2012 10:03:03 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 24 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Aug 16, 2012 | LYNN SWEET Twitter: @lynnsweet
    WASHINGTON — In the increasingly nasty battle between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, there’s no place to go but down. The latest tangles started Tuesday, when Vice President Joe Biden at a rally in southern Virginia jumped off his script to make a point about Romney’s Wall Street proposals. Biden said, “Romney . . . in the first hundred days, he is going to let the big banks once again write their own rules. Unchain Wall Street. They are going to put y’all back in chains.” I don’t have a clue why Biden, from Delaware, decided to use a Southern...
  • “Romney is hiding Bain abortion profits in his tax returns,” says Tampa foe

    08/16/2012 8:56:18 AM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 86 replies
    Equal Protection for Posterity | August 16, 2012
    Equal Protection for PosterityBaldwin: “Disclose your tax returns and everything else about Stericycle.” Bain investment “would make Herod blush” TAMPA, FL (Thursday, August 16, 2012) – Republican spokesmen for a rising “DUMP ROMNEY” rebellion today charged that Mitt Romney is “hiding Bain abortion profits in his tax returns” from investments that “would make Herod blush.”     Steve Baldwin, former Republican Whip of the California State Assembly, said recent journalism about the actual date of Romney’s departure from Bain Capital “has almost certainly revealed the real reason Romney refuses to release any more than two years of personal IRS data:  Bain’s craven...
  • 5 Important Numbers on Obama

    08/16/2012 7:43:46 AM PDT · by 92nina · 2 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-08-13 | Justin Sykes
    Following Governor Romney's announcement that Rep. Paul Ryan would be his running mate, President Obama has been on the offensive, attacking Gov. Romney and Rep. Ryan on healthcare. The Obama White House has gone so far as to outline 5 Important Numbers on Health Reform on its website. The 5 numbers referenced by President Obama are misleading and ignore the 5 numbers which truly characterize the Obama Administration: $500 Billion in Tax Increases The impending tax hikes in December are a $500 billion tax hike in 2013 alone. $62 Billion in New Regulations $46 Billion in new regulations since President...
  • Look Who the Press Is Blaming for the Ugly Campaign

    08/16/2012 6:57:28 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 08/15/2012 | IBD Staff
    Media Bias: What a surprise. Mitt Romney finally throws a counterpunch to a series of outrageous Obama campaign lies, and the press accuses Romney of going negative. The media's pro-Obama bias is a wonder to behold. For months, the Obama campaign has offered the public nothing but lies and distortions about Romney's record and his position on the issues. [snip] So on Tuesday, Romney forcefully hit back at Obama for "wild and reckless accusations that disgrace the office of the presidency . .. President Obama knows better, promised better and America deserves better."
  • Franklin & Marshall College Poll

    08/16/2012 6:21:26 AM PDT · by ScottinVA · 35 replies
    Franklin and Marshall College ^ | 16 Aug 2012 | Yost, Madonna, Knittle, Huebner
    The August 2012 Franklin & Marshall College Poll finds increasing voter interest in the presidential election. President Barack Obama continues to lead his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, although his advantage is smaller than in June.
  • John Fanning: Disdain for success

    08/16/2012 5:46:54 AM PDT · by crosshairs · 12 replies
    Summit Daily ^ | 8/6/12 | John Fanning
    How can there possibly be so many people today who have disdain for those who have made money, lots of it, by taking risks with their own money? Not your money, but theirs! Our countrymen used to admire self made risk taking people. But since Obama's regime assumed power, it seems we should only laud those like him whose only contribution to Capitalism has been the cost of a clipboard to organize community demonstrations. It seems some people are more interested in how Governor Romney spends the money he earned than how Obama spends the money we earn and he...
  • Atheists Post Billboards in NC Attacking Presidential Candidates' Religious Views

    08/15/2012 7:42:05 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 25 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | August 14, 2012 | Michael Gryboski
    An atheist organization has posted two billboards in the North Carolina city where the Democratic National Convention will meet that attacks the religious beliefs of President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. American Atheists, a New Jersey-based organization, posted the two billboards in Charlotte with the intention of them being up during the Convention, which begins in September. David Silverman, president of American Atheists, Inc., told The Christian Post that the billboards' main purpose was to point out "the silliness of religion" influencing politics. "Many politicians are religious, but when their only justification for a position is religion, it...
  • Obama's flawed vision - victory by division (by Charles Krauthammer)

    05/06/2012 1:11:14 PM PDT · by Innovative · 10 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | May 6, 2012 | Charles Krauthammer
    The entire Obama campaign is a slice and dice operation, pandering to one group after another, particularly those that elected Obama in 2008 - blacks, Hispanics, women, young people - and for whom the thrill is now gone. What to do? Try fear. Create division, stir resentment, by whatever means necessary - bogus court challenges, dead-end Senate bills and a forest of straw men. Despite a temporary setback - Hilary Rosen's hastily surrendered war on moms - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will resume the battle with a Paycheck Fairness Act that practically encourages frivolous lawsuits and has zero chance...
  • Catholic Vote Endorses Romney/Ryan (plan $3 million effort in swing states)

    08/15/2012 4:55:28 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 5 replies
    Catholic Vote (CV) ^ | August 15, 2012 | Brian Burch
    Dear Friend of CV, Mitt Romney made his choice. Today we are making ours. CatholicVote.org is proud to announce that we are enthusiastically endorsing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in the 2012 presidential race! Donate now to help Catholics elect Romney-Ryan in 2012! The decision to endorse Romney for President was made after Governor Romney announced Saturday that he had selected Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate. Congressman Ryan is a superb choice. He is a committed Catholic and a candidate willing to engage in the much-needed debate about the role of government in our society - including...
  • Obama: "Five Trillion Dollars Is A Lot Of Money, Even In Washington"

    08/15/2012 4:22:19 PM PDT · by stocksthatgoup · 17 replies
    REAL CLEAR POLITICS ^ | 8/15/2012 | OBAMA VIDEO
    VIDEO!!!! President Obama says a proposed tax cut by Mitt Romney will cost the federal government five trillion dollars. "Five trillion dollars is a lot of money, even for Washington," he said. Obama was speaking at a campaign event in Dubuque, Iowa.
  • President Obama Ignores Family Research Council Shooting

    08/15/2012 12:57:43 PM PDT · by mojito · 16 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8/15/2012 | PJ Tatler
    ...Presumed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney reacted quickly, long before most cable news networks even reported the crime, releasing a statement condemning the act. The Human Rights Council, which just a day ago labeled the FRC a “hate group” for its traditional values, even tweeted that its hearts went out to the FRC. But a look at President Obama’s twitter timeline shows no reaction to the attack at all.
  • Freep a Poll! (Foxnews. Ryan pick a game changer for Presidential race?)

    08/15/2012 2:43:18 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 17 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 8-15-12 | Fox News
    Is Mitt Romney's VP pick a game changer in the presidential campaign? Yes No
  • Paul Ryan Propels The Romney Ticket To Leads In Crucial Virginia And Ohio

    08/15/2012 1:33:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 15, 2012 | Brett LoGiurato
    Although the most recent Gallup poll didn't find any "immediate bump" nationally from the addition of Paul Ryan to Mitt Romney's presidential ticket, a new Purple Strategies survey finds that Ryan helped contribute to a decent upward swing in two crucial battleground states over the past month. The Romney-Ryan ticket now leads President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in the key swing states of Virginia and Ohio, which each saw 5-point swings in the last month. Romney-Ryan lead 46 to 44 percent in Ohio and 48 to 45 percent in Virginia. Combined, the two states account for 31...
  • Purple Poll: A small bump for Romney, but not a game change. (Romney 47 Obama 46)

    08/15/2012 12:56:09 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 12 replies
    Purple Strategies ^ | 08/15/2012 | Staff
    In the immediate aftermath of Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate, the GOP ticket has drawn even with the Democratic ticket. Today, Romney and Ryan lead the Obama-Biden ticket by a point (47% to 46%), an improvement from July when President Obama led Romney by 2 points, 47% to 45%.
  • VANITY: Easy things Romney can do to survive first year: Part 3 - Appointments

    08/15/2012 12:35:24 PM PDT · by WileyC · 9 replies
    WileyC
    There's quite a few people that serve at the pleasure of the president. There's no congressional oversight because they are members of the executive branch, in effect, and they are simply appointed. Others require the Advice and Consent of the Senate and become more contentious (judicial appointments are always a hot-button issue). Romney needs to walk into the Oval Office prepared to clean house. It's much better to take the political heat early than to have a viper working against you during your presidency. "W" learned this the hard way when he tried to play nice coming into office. Just...
  • Catholic professor: Mitt Romney an ‘abortion profiteer’ and ‘anti-life, pro-abortion candidate’

    08/15/2012 10:57:05 AM PDT · by oliverdarcy · 39 replies
    A Catholic law professor at Duquesne University accused Mitt Romney on Monday of being an “anti-life, pro-abortion candidate,” while defending President Obama’s record on life. “Romney… has endorsed Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan’s budget, which will cut hundreds of millions of dollars out of the federal plans that support poor women,” wrote Nicholas Cafardi, a professor and former dean at the Catholic university’s School of Law. “The undoubted effect: The number of abortions in the United States will increase.” A Catholic law professor accused Mitt Romney of being an “abortion profiteer” in an op-ed he wrote on Monday” In comparison, Cafardi...
  • At Last Standing Up To Those Who Do Mudslinging

    08/15/2012 10:28:28 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 81 replies
    http://annem040359.wordpress.com/ ^ | August 15, 2012 | annem040359
    Could we be REALLY SEEING a much stronger Mitt Romney emerge to take on the mudslinging that is coming from the President Barack Hussein Obama re-election team? Yesterday GOP/Republican 2012 United States of America frontrunner Mitt Romney hits very strong and hard President Obama on the issue of the personal attacks that are coming from the President Obama’s White House and the Democrats. He was very much right in calling out President Obama and the attacks by making it very clear that what President Obama is doing is a sign of a very angry and desperate man. “Mr. President, take...
  • In Florida, 17% Change Vote Because of Ryan VP Pick; Vote Changers by 4:3 are Drawn To Romney

    08/15/2012 9:15:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    SurveyUSA ^ | August 15, 2012
    17% of registered voters in the state of Florida say they will change who they will vote for in the election for President as a result of Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as Vice President, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted statewide for WFLA-TV in Tampa. Of those who will change their vote, 57% say they are more likely to vote for Romney, 42% say they are less likely to vote for Romney. The state of Florida is one of the most important swing-states in the country. Florida’s 29 electoral votes are critical to Romney. Reaction to the Ryan...
  • President Obama’s $700 Billion Medicare Problem (A treasure trove of attack ads waiting to be aired)

    08/15/2012 7:16:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/15/2012 | James Capretta
    Governor Mitt Romney’s selection of Representative Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential running mate is revealing on a couple of levels. First, it shows that Governor Romney has a keen eye for talent (which probably explains his success as a CEO). Representative Ryan has become an intellectual leader, perhaps the intellectual leader, of the House GOP, and that didn’t just happen by accident. He worked at it for years, taking countless political risks along the way. To get where he is today, he studied the issues hard, and thought through the policies. He taught himself how to be an effective communicator...
  • Survey: Romney Approval With Younger Voters Above 40 Percent for the First Time

    08/15/2012 9:04:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Newsroom America ^ | August 15, 2012 | Staff
    The campaign of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney got a bit more good news on Wednesday with the release of a new survey showing his support among younger voters surpassing 40 percent for the first time. Pollster John Zogby of JZ Analytics told the Washington Examiner on Tuesday that Romney received 41 percent in his weekend poll of 1,117 likely voters, and that he is the only GOP candidate among the pool of Republicans who vied for the nomination to score so high in the 18-29 demographic. That's key, says Zogby, because in 2008 then-candidate Barack Obama lured most of...
  • Team-R2 (romney & Ryan) Can Speak Without Teleprompters!

    08/15/2012 8:37:19 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 11 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-15-2012 | MOTUS
    Romney enters the TOTUS-free zoneI’m not sure what to make of this: Mitt Romney’s notes for a speech at Palacio De Los Jugos in Miami, Florida. I mean, Romney writes his own notes! By hand!  In a notebook? Who does that any more? OMG!!  Paul Ryan’s handwritten notes for speech in Waukesha Not Paul Ryan too!? ...Wow! Imagine speaking eloquently with just a few notes. The last time someone did that, Jimmy went down for the count. Remember? “They tell us we must learn to live with less, and teach our children that their lives will be less full...
  • What Team Romney Could Learn from Red Five

    08/15/2012 7:48:50 AM PDT · by Jeanette Pryor · 6 replies
    Jeanette Pryor ^ | August 15, 2012 | Jeanette Pryor
    Star Wars fans still grip their chairs when Luke and the rebel fighters hurtle down the Death Star trenches amidst deathly fire from the Empire’s incoming. As ships are vaporized and Vader hones in on them, Red Five exhorts everyone to: Stay on Target. Stay on Target. Dear Romney-Ryan Campaign, you must learn from Red Five. The “Target” of any good campaign is The Plan. Every moment of campaign communication should focus on a unique message, “Here are the problems and this is our plan.” Everything else is empty space. Yesterday Vice President Joe Biden somehow acquired, in place of...
  • A Romney first: over 40% of youth vote back him

    08/15/2012 7:19:44 AM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 71 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 08/15/12 | Paul Bedard
    For the first time since he began running for president, Republican Mitt Romney has the support of over 40 percent of America's youth vote, a troubling sign for President Obama who built his 2008 victory with the overwhelming support of younger, idealistic voters. Pollster John Zogby of JZ Analytics told Secrets Tuesday that Romney received 41 percent in his weekend poll of 1,117 likely voters, for the first time crossing the 40 percent mark. What's more, he said that Romney is the only Republican of those who competed in the primaries to score so high among 18-29 year olds. is...
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (Ras: Romney 47, Obama 43)

    08/15/2012 7:10:40 AM PDT · by Palmetto Patriot · 60 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | August 15, 2012 | Rasmussen
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows Mitt Romney attracting support from 47% of voters nationwide, while President Obama earns the vote from 43%. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and seven percent (7%) are undecided. Romney’s lead is a bit larger when leaners are included. In Ohio, the candidates are tied at 45% each. Ohio remains one of 12 states with 156 Electoral Voters that are either Toss-Ups or Leaners in the Rasmussen Reports Electoral College Projections.
  • A Romney first: over 40% of youth vote back him

    08/15/2012 6:43:21 AM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/15/2012 | Paul Bedard
    For the first time since he began running for president, Republican Mitt Romney has the support of over 40 percent of America's youth vote, a troubling sign for President Obama who built his 2008 victory with the overwhelming support of younger, idealistic voters. Pollster John Zogby of JZ Analytics told Secrets Tuesday that Romney received 41 percent in his weekend poll of 1,117 likely voters, for the first time crossing the 40 percent mark. What's more, he said that Romney is the only Republican of those who competed in the primaries to score so high among 18-29 year olds. "This...
  • Why Voting For Mitt Romney Should Be a No-Brainer For Conservatives

    08/15/2012 4:01:21 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 119 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 08/15/12 | LD Jackson
    This is something I have mulled over a long time. I touched on it in a comment on Country Thinker's post yesterday, but I would like to elaborate just a bit.I know Mitt Romney has many detractors. Many conservatives and libertarians question his conservative credentials, myself included. I questioned them in 2007 and I questioned them during the GOP primary. I still have reservations about how conservative he would be as President of the United States. I contend there are other things to consider, besides his fiscal conservatism. There are many people who are going to refuse to vote for...
  • The Wimp Factory: Dems mass-produce wussy nominees

    08/14/2012 8:29:27 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 6 replies
    The Wimp Factory: Dems mass-produce wussy nominees by Daniel Clark For the second time in its mercifully soon-to-end existence, Newsweek has published a cover story suggesting that a presidential nominee should be concerned about “The Wimp Factor.” The first of these was a 1987 piece on George H.W. Bush. Perhaps in an effort to bring back its glory days, the publication has recently done a similar story on Bush’s fellow Republican, Mitt Romney. It’s not that these men have never said or done anything wimpy. Bush the First had his “kinder, gentler” drivel, for example, and Romney pronounces “entrepreneur” too...
  • The moderators at the debates may well be a big plus for Romney.

    08/14/2012 7:57:37 PM PDT · by moneyrunner · 9 replies
    The Virginian ^ | 8/14/2012 | Moneyrunner
    Of course conservatives are upset by the decision to choose reliable Leftists of all sexes to moderate the upcoming debates. But we should not be upset. For one thing, there is not much to choose from. The members of the press range from the Left to those who still pine for Uncle Joe Stalin.. It’s probably better to have a moderator whose ideological bent is obvious (like Cathy Crowly telling us that by choosing Paul Ryan Mitt Romney had a death wish). Why? The one thing that the nominating battle demonstrated is that the media is hated worse than narcs...
  • Notably unhorrified women, young people, and senior citizens cheer Ryan in Colorado

    08/14/2012 7:51:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 14, 2012 | Mary Katharine Ham
    LAKEWOOD, Colo.— A capacity crowd of over 2,000 packed a high-school gym here Tuesday for vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan’s first appearance in the swing state, the room dotted with toddler-toting moms and senior citizens. Introduced by a Lakewood High School senior and Romney volunteer just weeks too young to vote for him— the crowd replied loudly, “Awwww.”— Ryan touted his connection to the Rocky Mountain state, saying he had been planning to be in Colorado this week anyway, “for family vacation.” “I’ve been climbing 14ers for 20 years in this great state,” he said— a reference to Colorado’s...
  • Romney slams Obama in tough new speech

    08/14/2012 6:20:31 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | AUGUST 14, 2012 | Emily Goodin and Justin Sink
    Mitt Romney used a tough new campaign speech to personally blast the Obama campaign on Tuesday, saying comments earlier in the day from Vice President Biden are "what an angry and desperate Presidency looks like." "Mr. President, take your campaign of division and anger and hate back to Chicago," Romney said while campaigning in Ohio. Romney was responding to Biden's suggestion that the GOP ticket's economic policies would “put y’all back in chains." The vice president made the remark while campaigning in Virginia, during a discussion of Wall Street regulation. "They’ve said it. Every Republican’s voted for it. Look at...
  • Romney campaign: $7.4 million raised online since Ryan was named VP ($100K an hour)

    08/14/2012 7:02:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 14, 2012 | Allahpundit
    Enthusiasm, to the tune of $100,000+ per hour: Andrea Saul@andreamsaul In 72 hours, @MittRomney & @PaulRyanVP raised $7.4 million online with over 101,000 donations 14 Aug 12 Reply Retweet Favorite It’s a testament to the phenomenal excitement that greeted Palin’s selection in 2008 that Team McCain raised $8.8 million in just 48 hours after she was named VP. As for Ryan, Ed noted on Sunday that Team Mitt collected $3.5 million on 41,000 donations during the first day after he was introduced, which tells us two things. One: As you might expect, the bigger donations from more ardent Ryan fans...
  • The November Choice: An election of historic proportions

    08/14/2012 5:45:55 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 6 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-14-12 | Vince
    As I think about the election in November, I can’t help but think about Matt Ridley and his outstanding book “The Rational Optimist – How Prosperity Evolves”. In it he chronicles the evolution of human society and demonstrates a perfect understanding of why nations fail: “Empires, indeed governments generally, tend to be good things at first and bad things the longer they last. First they improve society’s ability to flourish by providing central services and removing impediments to trade and specialization”. But then “governments gradually employ more and more ambitious elites who capture a greater and greater share of the...
  • Boehner Calls Opponents To TARP "Knuckledraggers"

    08/14/2012 5:29:21 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 84 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | Tuesday August 14, 2012
    VAN SUSTEREN, FOX News: People think of him as hawkish on the budget, on expenses, but he voted for TARP. He voted for the auto bailout, voted for two stimulus in '08, voted against the '09 -- February '09 President Obama stimulus. How does -- I mean, how does he explain those, or I mean, how does -- politically, how does he sell that? BOEHNER: I mean, I think that he's a practical conservative. He's got a very conservative voting record, but he's not a knuckle-dragger, all right? He understood that TARP, while none of us wanted to do it,...
  • Postal Service Look-Alike

    08/14/2012 5:09:50 PM PDT · by eagleye85 · 15 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | August 14, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    Burck Smith, CEO and Founder of StraighterLine, recently likened higher education to the U.S. Postal Service, which faces private competition and changing methods of communication as a result of new technology. However, in the case of higher education, government subsidies and accreditation requirements provide barriers help established universities maintain their old business models even in the face of innovations such as online courses. “The postal service, I think, gives us a good example outside of academics to look at a subsidized business model that’s uh whose business model is really past […] past the time or whose market conditions have...
  • Romney: Obama’s Campaign Disgraces Presidency

    08/14/2012 4:55:23 PM PDT · by kristinn · 67 replies
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday, August 14, 2012 | Todd Starnes
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will deliver a powerful rebuke of President Obama’s campaign this evening. His remarks come after Vice President Joe Biden told supporters “They’re going to put y’all back in chains” — speaking about Republicans. The Obama campaign later said the president did not have a problem with Biden’s statement. Following are the excerpts from Romney’s speech: “For the first time, most Americans believe that our best days are behind us. This is an election in which we should be talking about the path ahead, but you don’t hear any answers coming from President Obama’s re-election campaign....
  • Axelrod attacks Romney for ‘phony outrage’ over Biden’s ‘back in chains’ line

    08/14/2012 3:32:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/14/12 | Joel Gehrke
    David Axelrod, President Obama’s top strategist, believes that the reaction to Vice President Joe Biden’s comment that Romney will “put y’all back in chains” if he is elected. “Enough phony outrage from Team Mitt, while they pour millions into ads that blatantly, brazenly lie about POTUS record on welfare to work,” Axelrod tweeted. Biden, recalling that Romney wants to “unchain Wall Street,” predicted that such a policy would “put y’all back in chains” during an event in Danville, Va., which has a 48 percent African-American population. The Romney campaign condemned the comment. “After weeks of slanderous and baseless accusations leveled...
  • What’s the matter with Iowa? (Hawkeye State to give Barry the bum's rush this November?)

    08/14/2012 3:25:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | August 14, 2012 | Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake
    “I have nightmares about the electoral college coming down to 266-266, with Iowa to decide it,” said longtime Iowa Democratic operative Jerry Crawford. “It’s not as far-fetched as it might sound.” Added Dave Roederer, who ran the George W. Bush operation in Iowa: “This is an unprecedented five-city tour. I doubt he’s here for the mountains.” Iowa has long been a place of practical and symbolic importance to Obama. It was in Iowa where Obama delivered perhaps the most important/best speech of his 2008 candidacy (at the 2007 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner) and it was in Iowa where the idea of Obama...
  • CNN Sending at Least 20 On-Airs to RNC, DNC

    08/14/2012 2:37:53 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 8 replies
    TV Newser ^ | August 14, 2012 | Chris Ariens
    The first sentence of CNN’s just-released press release for convention coverage reads like this: CNN will offer viewers nonstop, unbiased programming across on-air and digital platforms at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions beginning later this month. It’s as if CNN is saying, if you watch Fox News or MSNBC during the conventions, those networks will lean right, or left, or forward (never backward), so watch us if you want it down the middle. Our TVNewsers Alex Weprin and Merrill Knox will be at the conventions — ahem — keeping them honest. Anyway, CNN has big plans. Read about them...
  • Mitt Romney Is In Excellent Position To Steal New Hampshire From A Collapsing Obama

    08/14/2012 2:31:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 14, 2012 | Brett LoGiurato
    Mitt Romney continued his surge on President Barack Obama in New Hampshire over the past month and now trails the president by just 3 points in a new WMUR Granite State poll released Monday. The poll finds that Obama leads Romney, 49 percent to 46 percent. That's a point closer than last month and 6 points closer since April, when Romney basically locked up the nomination. And it's clear Romney has some advantages deeper into the poll. Three key stats should worry Obama heading into the final three months of the campaign. First, Obama's favorability ratings have plunged in the...
  • Goodbye, Florida? Why Ryan could dim Romney's prospects in the Sunshine State

    08/14/2012 11:00:34 AM PDT · by South40 · 37 replies
    NYDailyNews ^ | 8/14/2012 | MICHAEL COHEN
    There are many bad things that you can say about Mitt Romney’s decision to choose Paul Ryan as his running mate – and I’ve written about a few of them here at the Rumble. But perhaps one of most under-appreciated problems with the pick is the extent to which it imperils Romney’s chances of getting to 270 electoral votes and winning the White House. Right now, President Obama has a rather striking advantage in the Electoral College. Based on the most conservative read of the electoral map, Obama is starting with about 243 electoral votes – that’s not including Wisconsin,...
  • DNC Chair Gets Blitzed By Wolf On False Medicare Attacks

    08/14/2012 12:59:26 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    youtube ^ | 8/13/12 | Wolf Blitzer/Debbie Blabbermouth
    On "Situation Room" DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has no answers to Wolf Blitzer's questions on Medicare attacks (August 13, 2012).
  • Paul Ryan takes his P90X workout to the campaign trail

    08/14/2012 12:32:00 PM PDT · by Ravi · 30 replies
    Yahoo Ticket ^ | 8/14/12 | Chris Moody
    DENVER—The rigors of the campaign trail have not kept Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan from his intense workout regimen, a daily tradition he observes religiously in the wee hours of the morning. Ryan was spotted Tuesday in the gym of the Renaissance Denver Hotel working out to a P90X video on his iPad.
  • Obama attacks Romney on wind-power in Iowa

    08/14/2012 12:29:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | August 14, 2012 | Kasie Hunt and Ken Thomas
    President Barack Obama assailed rival Mitt Romney's opposition to tax supports for wind power, delivering an Iowa-specific critique Tuesday on the Republican challenger in that crucial Midwestern state. Obama's deputy criticized GOP budget plans to overhaul Medicare, cut trillions of dollars from social programs and lower taxes on high-income taxpayers. Iowa is a center of wind energy production in the United States and the Obama administration credits tax breaks for helping build that industry. Obama has called on Congress to extend the breaks. Romney opposes it. Obama, on the second of a three-day Iowa bus tour, noted that Romney once...
  • Mike Huckabee: Our Nation’s Challenges Can’t Be Fixed by Politics

    08/14/2012 11:33:32 AM PDT · by Sola Veritas · 13 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | August 13, 2012 | Shane Vander Hart
    Former Arkansas Governor and Fox News host, Mike Huckabee, spoke at The FAMiLY Leader’s Leadership Summit in Waukee, IA. He said that one of the greatest fears that someone could have is to be alone. He believes that traditional values voters often feel alone. He said that with Chick-fil-A appreciation day while people stood and waited in those long lines people realized they were not alone. He said the purpose of Chick-fil-A day wasn’t about chicken sandwiches or even Chick-fil-A, it was about standing up to governmental abuse of power and free speech. This wasn’t about Dan Cathy or something...
  • GOP pros fret over Paul Ryan (GOP operatives strike again like 2008)

    08/14/2012 11:22:58 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 97 replies
    Politico ^ | Tuesday August 14, 2012
    “I think it’s a very bold choice. And an exciting and interesting pick. It’s going to elevate the campaign into a debate over big ideas. It means Romney-Ryan can run on principles and provide some real direction and vision for the Republican Party. And probably lose. Maybe big,” said former President George W. Bush senior adviser Mark McKinnon. Joked another: “The most popular phrase in Washington right now is: ‘I love Paul Ryan, but …’” And the more pessimistic strategists don’t even feign good cheer: They think the Ryan pick is a disaster for the GOP. Many of these people...
  • Paul Ryan’s Toughest Opponents Will Be Romney’s Liberal Staff

    08/14/2012 11:22:08 AM PDT · by xzins · 57 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 8/14/12 | Richard A. Viguerie
    In the afterglow of Mitt Romney’s announcement that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan -- a strong fiscal conservative with a 100% pro-life voting record -- would be his running mate, conservatives were excited to think that this might mean a shift to the right by the Romney campaign. We want Romney to win, so we hope that is true. However, such assumptions discount the influence of Mitt Romney’s liberal campaign staff on both the direction of the campaign and Paul Ryan’s fortunes on the ticket. Governor Romney has no longtime movement conservatives in his inner circle and who you...
  • Ryan to speak in Lakewood, Colorado; Watch LIVE!

    08/14/2012 10:38:40 AM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 34 replies
    CNN Live ^ | August 14, 2012 | GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
    Speech in progress.