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Here is Fox's current headline about the latest unemployment numbers:

But they were not quite so critical of the numbers eight years ago.

Yes, they make it so easy sometimes.  Thank heavans for the wayback machine and media matters.


It really is simple.  In light of his refusal to release tax returns before 2010 (and incomplete returns at that), with the legitimate concern that Mitt had or has one or more Swiss bank accounts, and with the realization that he considers the release of his pre-2010 tax returns non-negotiable, I think the controversy may be identified if a journalist (or even a reasonable facsimile) will just ask Mitt or his handlers the following question:

(proceed below the squiggle for the potential knock-out query)

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And maybe I'm just naive.  I don't know.  I want to believe that I have a general understanding of the world we live in and life in general, but maybe I'm wrong.

There is much ado about how everything that we have been fighting for on the subject of health care reform has been shot to hell, principally due to the recalcitrant predilections of one particular senator.  

Now, everyone is claiming that the end of the world (read: Democratic Majorities in Congress lost) is nigh, and nothing we do now can save us from the abyss (read: Republican Majorities regained in Congress).

And perhaps if the bill that is currently cooking in the Senate was the absolute last word on health care, then maybe all these Chicken Littles would have a point.

But that leads me to ask a very simple question:


Do you believe that the Senate Bill (without a public option) is going to be the last Health Care Reform related bill that passes before the next congressional election?

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Amazing.  Kos just posted on this, but I have some thoughts that don't fit in a comment.  So let me get this straight:

  1. Al Franken introduces legislation designed to enable people who have been sexually assaulted to take their attacker to court;,
  1. Predictably, 30 Republicans vote against it;
  1. The "30" get called on it (site down, using google cache);

and -- here's the kicker -- the only person that's done something wrong is the GUY WHO PROPOSED THE LEGISLATION....NOT THE CLOWNS WHO REFUSED TO VOTE FOR IT?


Is Al Franken responsible for:

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I just love this President.

He was my senator.

I gave him my money.

I went campaigning for him door to door in Indiana.

I got Annie Leibovitz's picture downloaded and it's already on my Facebook page.

But now I'm hearing that the President is prepared to weaken the Public Option, from an opt-out to a trigger, just so he can keep Olympia Snowe on board?  Are you kidding me?


Getting Olympia Snowe's vote for HCR is less important than:

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Every year, Parke County, Indiana hosts the Covered Bridge Festival, a 10-day annual October pageant, celebrating the rustic beauty of this quaint section of Southwest Central Indiana, and its historic covered bridges.


Have you ever been to the covered bridge festival?

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I know, the seven, eight, nine, or ten houses he can't remember, his flip-flopping of issues, his calling his wife a pejorative that rhymes with "bunt", etc., all of these were supposed to be enough to finish him in the eyes of the public.

It's not.

What WILL do it, however, is if someone can get him on tape, flexing that muscular temper of his.  You know, the one Barbara Boxer, Dick Durbin and Thad Cochran have all described as legendary.


Why hasn't McCain's temper made its way to prime time?

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After Obama won Iowa, the media anointed him on the eve of the New Hampshire Primary on the strength of polling data.

Hillary won the Primary vote in the New Hampshire Primary.

What would otherwise have been a tremendous victory (Obama coming from 20 points down a month before the primary to damn near tying her on primary day) became a tremendous downer, giving Hillary momentum, and the rest, as they say is history.

So, as we sit back over joyed that a poll from PPP comes back with Obama on top (breaking the 45% threshold for only the first time this cycle), after initial polls shows him down NINETEEN POINTS, I think it needs to be said one more time....

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Last night's debate was not just a low point in civil discourse, in mainstream journalism, or in educating the public.  It was also the end point for George Stephanopoulos's fall from principled Democratic fighter to sad media hack whose only object is to please his corporate pay-masters and to divert attention from the most exciting Presidential candidate in the last 40 years.

George's descent is strikingly illustrated by contrasting last night's "performance" with George's appearance in "The War Room", the brilliant D.A. Pennebaker documentary about Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign.

Everyone knows that the three principal aides to Clinton during that campaign were James Carville, George Stephanopoulos and Paul Begala.  Everyone also knows all three of them have cast their idealism aside to cash in on their name recognition to shill for CNN, ABC and CNN, respectively.  But not everyone remembers what Clinton's aides, particularly Carville and Stephanopoulos, were saying during those heady days during the 1992 Primary.  Luckily, we have the benefit of Youtube, and after you make your jump, I will show you just exactly how George has made his jump, right over the Shark.

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It's 3 a.m.

I just finished writing a review for the local paper for a local production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Then, since it was late, I called one of my colleagues in Japan to talk a little business.

Not exactly saving the freeworld, but not bad for 3 in the morning.

My question of the day is:  Should I call Hillary?


If I call Hillary H.Q. at 3 in the morning, I'll hear...

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This is the relief thread for anna's excellent Original Election Problems Thread.

Anyone posting to the original thread should post here.  

Please note:

Obama hotline for Texas: 877-48-OBAMA (h/t kath25).  
National hotline: 866-675-2008 (h/t NAS)
PFAW non-partisan election protection hotline 1-866-OUR-VOTE (h/t sele)
Clinton Texas hotline 1-877-472-9465 (h/t demosthenes)

critical ohio update!!:
 We are seeing lots of voters who are registered not appearing on the voting rolls at some precincts.  These voters are being made to vote provisionally. Some voters who ARE on the rolls and requesting paper ballots are being given provisional ballots instead.  If you experience this please call the PFAW hotline in this diary.  PFAW - if they get enough reports - will send people.  ALso call the hotline corresponding to your candidate.  Thanks!


Good Afternoon Kossacks,

I most humbly beg this gentle plea.

Can we reserve the hour of 4 p.m. EST each day as a sort of "Happy Hour", the happiness coming from NOT posting any Candidate Diaries?

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