MoveOn May Have To Cut Back Dem Funding

From the Washington Examiner:

MoveOn warns ‘We might have to pull the plug’

Paul Bedard
May 30, 2012

MoveOn, a giant in the progressive political world and an early endorser of Barack Obama in 2008, warns that it might have to “pull the plug” on key campaigns to help Obama and Senate Democrats if its 7 million members don’t pony up with at least $5.

Without a rush of new cash, MoveOn says it will have to give up efforts to elect Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, help the recall fight against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and energize younger voters who’ve soured on Washington.

Maybe MoveOn should organize a ‘Wampum For Warren’ drive. As for the Scott Walker recall, please, pour more money into that lost cause.

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Jobless Claims Up For Fourth Week In A Row

From a suddenly awakened Reuters:

Jobless claims rise for 4th straight week

Jason Lange
May 31, 2012

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New claims for unemployment benefits rose last week for the fourth straight week, which could heighten concerns the labor market recovery is softening.

Er, as far as we know, this is the first time Reuters has admitted that the weekly jobless claims have been up. (See list of past three weeks articles, below.)

Instead, they have played the game of comparing the latest unrevised number to the prior week’s revised number in order to claim that the claims number has remained unchanged.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits rose 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 383,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

The prior week’s figure was revised up to 373,000 from the previously reported 370,000.

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Exercise May Increase Heart Risk For Some

Buried in the ‘Well’ [sic] section of the From New York Times:

Can Exercise Be Bad for You?

By GINA KOLATA
May 30, 2012

Could exercise actually be bad for some healthy people? A well-known group of researchers, including one who helped write the scientific paper justifying national guidelines that promote exercise for all, say the answer may be a qualified yes.

By analyzing data from six rigorous exercise studies involving 1,687 people, the group found that about 10 percent actually got worse on at least one measure related to heart disease: blood pressure and levels of insulin, HDL cholesterol or triglycerides. About 7 percent got worse on at least two measures. And the researchers say they do not know why

It’s either Bush’s fault or global warming.

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Firms Don’t Want $2K Obama-Care Tax Credit

From a perplexed Associated Press:

Obama’s health care aid to small firms disappoints

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
May 30, 2012

WASHINGTON – Many small businesses struggle to afford health insurance for their workers, but a a [sic] new tax credit meant to help them seems to be turning into a disappointment.

Although opinion polls show the credit is one of the most popular ideas in President Barack Obama’s health care law, only 170,300 businesses out of a pool of as many as 4 million potentially eligible claimed it in 2010, about 4 percent.

That seems to be a pattern with these supposedly popular aspects of Obama-Care. Nobody wants to be in Obama-Care’s highly touted ‘high risk pools,’ either.

A recent government report found the tax credit time-consuming to apply for and not rewarding enough to be financially attractive.

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Health Cost Increase May Double 2010 Rate

From a seemingly unfazed Reuters:

Healthcare costs to rise 7.5 percent in 2013: report

By David Morgan
May 31, 2012

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The cost of healthcare services is expected to rise 7.5 percent in 2013, more than three times the projected rates for inflation and economic growth, according to an industry research report released on Thursday.

More significantly, according to a sentence Reuter buried in the penultimate sentence of their article, healthcare costs are projected to "nearly double" the 3.9% rise in healthcare spending that occurred in 2010, which is the last year for which official figures are available. (See below.)

But wasn’t the whole argument for Obama-Care was to drive the cost of healthcare down? How come it keeps going up? Especially, as more and more of it goes into effect?

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Poll: Women See Assault On Abortion Rights

From Reuters:

U.S. women see assault on reproductive rights: poll

By David Morgan
May 31, 2012

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – About one-third of American women believe there is a broad effort under way to limit their access to reproductive services including contraception, family planning and abortion, according a poll released on Thursday.

After months of election-year culture wars over Planned Parenthood, abortion and President Barack Obama’s policy on contraceptives, researchers said 42 percent of women have felt strongly enough to take some sort of action including trying to influence another’s opinions or donating money.

42 percent "felt strongly" about it, and yet…

But the survey of 1,218 adults, conducted by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, said reproductive rights have not become a hot-button presidential campaign issue for women, who see the economy and jobs are far more important topics for Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney.

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Planned Parenthood Ads To Target Romney

From a cheering New York Times:


Planned Parenthood Ads to Target Romney

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
May 30, 2012

… [T]he Planned Parenthood Action Fund is unveiling one of its biggest-ever political advertising campaigns aimed at using Mr. Romney’s own words to undermine his support among women — a critical voter group among whom he already trails President Obama.

Isn’t it wonderful how a government funded and tax exempt ‘charity’ can, by simply establishing another front, campaign for a political candidate?

Meanwhile, the news media and the rest of the Democrat Party constantly tells us how terrible the Supreme Court’s Citizen United ruling was because it allows corporations to donate to political campaigns.

In a new ad that will run in three battleground states, the political arm of the women’s health care organization accuses Mr.

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Obama Gives Top Medal To Radical Socialist

From the Heritage Foundation:

Obama Awards Medal of Freedom to Democratic Socialists of America Chair

Lachlan Markay
May 29, 2012

President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday to Dolores Huerta, an 82-year-old labor activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers union.

Huerta is also an honorary chair of the Democratic Socialists of America. DSA describes itself as “the largest socialist organization in the United States, and the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International.”

Huerta has claimed, “Republicans hate Latinos,” and has spoken fondly of Hugo Chavez’s despotic regime in Venezuela.

Despite her apparent radicalism, Huerta has received accolades from top administration officials, including Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. She is now the recipient of the nation’s highest civilian honor – one of 14 individuals to receive the medal Tuesday at the White House.

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Reuters Probes George Romney’s Citizenship

From an endlessly compliant Reuters:

Romney’s birth certificate evokes his father’s controversy

By Mark Hosenball
Tue May 29, 2012

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Finally, there is definitive proof: The presidential candidate was born in the United States, and his father was not.

Yes, Republican Mitt Romney appears eligible to be president, according to a copy of Romney’s birth certificate released to Reuters by his campaign. Willard Mitt Romney, the certificate says, was born in Detroit on March 12, 1947.

His mother, Lenore, was born in Utah and his father, former Michigan governor and one-time Republican presidential candidate George Romney, was born in Mexico.

So on a day when real estate and media mogul Donald Trump was trying to help Mitt Romney by stirring up a new round of questions about whether Democratic President Barack Obama was born in the United States, Romney’s own birth record became a reminder that in the 1968 presidential campaign, his father had faced his own "birther" controversy

Records in a George Romney archive at the University of Michigan describe how questions about his eligibility to be president surfaced almost as soon as he began his short-lived campaign.

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Media: Trump Upstages Romney’s Clinching

From the echo chamber that is the Associated Press:

Romney clinches nomination, but Trump overshadows

By KASIE HUNT
May 30, 2012

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Mitt Romney has won the Republican presidential nomination after years of fighting, though his triumph was partially overshadowed by the celebrity businessman who helped him along the way.

As primary voters in Texas on Tuesday pushed him past the 1,144-delegate threshold he needed to win the nod, Romney was raising money in Las Vegas with Donald Trump, the real estate mogul who has stoked doubts about whether President Barack Obama was born in America…

The Trump event and surrounding controversy overshadowed the Texas primary win that officially handed Romney the nomination

[T]he focus Tuesday was on Trump, who once led polls of GOP primary voters.

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Obama ‘Misspoke’ About Polish Death Camp

From Reuters:

Poland seeks U.S. apology for Obama Holocaust comments

May 30, 2012

WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland demanded an apology from the White House after President Barack Obama spoke of a "Polish death camp" while anouncing [sic] an award to a Polish resistance fighter for alerting the world to the Nazi Holocaust, largely perpetrated on Polish soil.

The matter is a delicate one in Poland, which suffered Nazi occupation during World War Two and has long campaigned against suggestions it bore any responsibility for the slaughter of some 6 million European Jews.

"The White House will apologies for the outrageous mistake," Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski wrote on his twitter account on Tuesday night. "It’s a pity that ignorance and incompetence overshadowed such a momentous ceremony."

In his first early comments on Wednesday, Sikorski added he was not suspecting Obama of ill will and blamed the "grave mistake" on the White House’s speech writers and press service

This is what happens when their are no adults around to ‘fact check’ Obama’s speeches.

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Home Prices Drop 2% – To Post-Crisis Lows

From a relentlessly spinning Associated Press:

Homes Prices Drop 2% to Post-Crisis Lows: Case-Shiller

May 29, 2012

Home prices fell in the first quarter to new post-crisis lows, but prices were up in March from February for the first time in seven months.

The increase is the latest evidence of a slow recovery taking shape in the troubled housing market.

You see? House prices dropping to record lows is just "the latest evidence of a slow recovery taking shape."

You have to hand it to the AP. Their reporters never quit. It’s almost as if their jobs depend on talking up the economy enough to get Obama re-elected. (And maybe they do.)

The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index showed that prices increased in 12 of the 20 cities it tracks.

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Obama Camp To Run On Campaign Of ‘Fear’

From New York Magazine (of all places):

Hope: The Sequel

For Obama & Co., this time around it’s all about fear.

By John Heilemann
Published May 27, 2012

“The Obama effort at disqualifying Romney will go beyond painting him as excessively conservative … It will aim to cast him as an avatar of revanchism [revenge]. ‘He’s the fifties, he is retro, he is backward, and we are forward — that’s the basic construct,’ says a top Obama strategist. ‘If you’re a woman, you’re Hispanic, you’re young, or you’ve gotten left out, you look at Romney and say, “This fucking guy is gonna take us back to the way it always was, and guess what? I’ve never been part of that.”’

Isn’t that a campaign of uplift?

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Barney Frank Stuns Crowd With Hoodie Joke

From the Boston NBC affiliate, WHDH-TV:


Barney Frank stuns commencement crowd with speech

Reported by: Victoria Block
May 28, 2012

NEWTON, Mass. (WHDH) — Democratic Representative Barney Frank raised eyebrows during his commencement speech at UMass Dartmouth when he referenced the Trayvon Martin case.

Barney Frank, never at a loss for words, drew gasps from the commencement crowd at UMass Dartmouth where his good friend Hubie Jones was awarded an honorary doctorate — complete with a degree and hood.

"When they give you an honorary doctorate they give you one of these and Hubie, I think you now got a hoodie you can wear and no one will shoot at you," Frank said during his speech.

Bad taste aside, the "hood" in academic attire is called a hood, but it is not a hood per se.

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Romney Heckled At ‘Inner-City’ School Visit

From a cheering Washington Post:

Hecklers mar Romney’s visit to inner-city charter school in Philadelphia

By Philip Rucker, Published: May 24, 2012

PHILADELPHIA – When Mitt Romney came to an inner-city charter school here Thursday to promote his new education agenda, he received something of a history lecture about the persecution of blacks in America and the struggles of African American children to meet the academic achievements of their white counterparts.

Really? What persecution would that be? Affirmative action?

Seeking to broaden his appeal heading into the general election, Romney was venturing for his first time in this campaign into an impoverished black neighborhood to hear the concerns of local educators and community leaders. But here in the streets of West Philadelphia, the emotion surrounding his contest with the nation’s first black president was raw, as dozens of neighborhood residents shouted, “Get out, Romney, get out!”

Imagine the media outrage if Obama were heckled like this in a white neighborhood.

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