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Despite the fact that Puerto Rico is an unincorporated territory of the United States, Rick Santorum has referred to Puerto Rico multiple times as a country.

The relevant quote:

"Obviously Spanish will be spoken here on the island. But this needs to be a bilingual country not just a Spanish speaking country," he said. "Right now it is overwhelmingly Spanish speaking but it needs to have in order for it to integrate into American society, English has to be a language that is spoken here also and spoken universally."
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Somehow, this went undiaried, although it was mentioned in a comment or two:

Rory Kennedy: Two fine choices, one clear decision - Obama

Recently, my mother, Ethel Kennedy, said of Obama: "I think he feels it. He feels it just like Bobby did. He has the passion in his heart. He's not selling you. It's just him."

I agree. Obama is a genuine leader. We Americans - women included - desperately need that kind of leader now. Not a president of a particular gender or a specific race, but a president with a different vision, one who inspires a sense of hope.

To elect Barack Obama is to choose a new direction, set a new course - to steer America toward a better place, better for women as well as men, better for us all.

Rory Kennedy, a documentary filmmaker, won an Emmy for her production and direction of "Ghosts of Abu Ghraib."

SFGate.com

Who is Rory?  Come beneath the flip...

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I'll keep this short and sweet.  Usually the FP keeps everyone updated on this, and I know there's primary mania going on everywhere right now, but this is important:

In the final month, the DCCC raised $6.6 million to the NRCC’s $6.1 million. The NRCC has more cash ($5.4 million) than debt ($2.8 million) for the first time this cycle, having inherited a $15 million tab from last cycle.

The DCCC retains a huge cash advantage with $35.1 million on hand and $1.3 million in debt.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) held an even bigger fundraising edge over the GOP, pulling in $55.4 million to the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s (NRSC) $31.8 million.

The Hill

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Sun Jan 27, 2008 at 03:52 PM PST

The Obama Seven

by JustAngry

These are some golden oldies as well as some newer speeches you may have missed.  In my opinion, these are the seven speeches that have cemented Barack Obama in the mind of this nation. A couple days ago, this was posted, but with the title "The Obama Six."  I felt that after last night, we now have a number seven:

South Carolina

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NOTE: This is reposted in it's entirety for the benefit of those who may be in South Carolina, either deciding who to vote or looking for information with which to convince others to vote.

This will be the final installment of my "Obama: The Only Thing You Need to Know" series, which will also be my "closing argument".  For what it's worth, I've been for an Obama presidency since 2004.  

To me, it didn't matter when, or where, or how it happened.  When you see a brilliant, inspiring man with real integrity and progressive ideals have a shot at the Presidency, it is my belief that you jump in head first and do everything you possibly can to make him the next President of the United States.

But where did this man come from?  I was determined to find out..

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Will you Vote for Obama?

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Fri Jan 25, 2008 at 08:07 PM PST

The Obama Six

by JustAngry

These are some golden oldies as well as some newer speeches you may have missed.  In my opinion, these are the six speeches that have cemented Barack Obama in the mind of this nation.

DNC 2004

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Will you join Populista's Donation Drive?

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Wed Jan 23, 2008 at 08:28 AM PST

The Obama Five

by JustAngry

These are some golden oldies as well as some newer speeches you may have missed.  In my opinion, these are the five speeches that have cemented Barack Obama in the mind of this nation.

DNC 2004

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What I meant to say is that somebody "anonymous" is push polling in South Carolina.  Take a guess who the poll says favorable things about and who it says negative things about?

If your answer was Ron Paul, I think you might've missed the Republican nomination contest that already happened there.

If your answer is that they were positive about Hillary and negative about Obama, you've now hit the jackpot.  Welcome to Democratic Push Polling.

So if voter suppression (x 2) and Deceptive Mailers (x 2 again!) weren't enough for you, well, now you have the full Republican playbook at work.

So congratulations.  

Mr. and Mrs. Clinton: Bringing Democrats one step closer to Republicans every day.

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Sat Jan 19, 2008 at 11:56 PM PST

Some brief remarks on race

by JustAngry

People keep looking for our JFK, but we already found him.

His name is Barack Hussein Obama.

Want to know the only reason he isn't blowing away the primary process?

He's a black man named Barack Hussein Obama.  It's nice to pat yourself on the back and say that doesn't matter anymore.  But it does.  He is such an excellent candidate that he's still in it in spite of that fact, not because that fact doesn't matter.

Does anyone seriously doubt that if Barack Obama was a white guy named John Smith there'd be any chance he wouldn't get the nomination?

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Do you think Barack Obama would have won the nomination by now with the same campaign if he was white and had a more "American" name?

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Sat Jan 19, 2008 at 12:08 AM PST

Newsweek - Who Can Win in November?

by JustAngry

Newsweek released a Who Can Win in November article in their print version on December 31st, 2007.  It is now one of the lead stories at http://www.barackobama.com/.

A short quote: Barack Obama is "..the only one with a decent chance for a landslide."

And you were wondering why he was channeling Ronald Reagan, eh?

Newsweek - Who Can Win in November?

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Let me start by saying that Kid Oakland's endorsement is as powerful and well thought out as any establishment politicians endorsement I've seen to date, if not moreso.  He embodies the progressive, netroots movement with his words, and gives better reason for us to find common cause with Barack Obama than any I've seen to date.

He points, as a large part of his decision, to Barack's opposition to the war in Iraq.  And the speech.  Yes, you know which speech I mean.

But I think many people missed his point.  He posted that section of the speech for a reason, and I wanted to highlight that.  This was originally going to be a comment on his post, but it got way too long for just a comment.

Please, follow me beneath the fold for an explanation...

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Today, there was a big hubbub about Barack Obama's statements regarding Ronald Reagan.  Personally, I think there's no need to rehash the many reasons they were fair and understandable, nor to harp on where it comes up short, as about 1000 diaries today have already done.

(Full Disclosure: I'm an Obama Supporter)

But today, I want to talk about what every single candidate for the Democratic nomination has in common with Ronald Reagan.

Tax Policy.

Follow me below the fold for an explanation.  Because if we're ever going to win elections again, this is vital information.

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