Month – September 2011

Boehner’s District Suffers From E. Coli Outbreak As House Republicans Try To Gut Food Safety

By Pat Garofalo on Sep 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm As ThinkProgress reported yesterday, despite yet another outbreak of food-borne illness — this time stemming from listeria infected cantaloupes — congressional Republicans are still trying to cut back on the nation’s food safety regulations. The tainted melons have caused 16 deaths so far, making this […]

Mayor Bloomberg Claims ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protesters Are Targeting Bankers Who ‘Are Struggling To Make Ends Meet’

By Zaid Jilani on Sep 30, 2011 at 12:40 pm For 13 days, hundreds of demonstrators have encamped themselves on Wall Street in New York City, hoping to call attention to the financial sector’s greed and inequities in the American economic system. This morning, while on local radio host John Gambling’s show, New York City […]

Flood Victims Getting Fed Up With Congress

By ROBERT PEAR |Published: September 25, 2011 | TUNKHANNOCK, Pa. — Standing in the living room of their house, now full of mud, slime and debris, Helen and Peter Kelly cannot believe that Congress is bickering over disaster aid to people like them. The roaring waters of the Susquehanna River burst into their home more […]

Obama pushes back on immigration policy criticism from Latinos

By David Nakamura As he seeks to rekindle support among Hispanic voters, President Obama pushed back Wednesday against criticism over his administration’s deportation policies for illegal immigrants. Obama was asked several tough questions about his administration’s performance during a roundtable forum with Latino reporters sponsored by HuffPost LatinoVoices and AOL Latino. Eventually, the president grew […]

Drop in Democratic Voter Enthusiasm Spells Peril for Obama

Mark Whittington, Yahoo! Contributor Network | Sept 29, 2011 | COMMENTARY | A Gallup Poll revealed Thursday shows a marked drop in enthusiasm for voting by Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents. The poll shows 45 percent of respondents report being enthusiastic about voting as opposed to 44 percent who are not. This contrasts to 58 percent […]

As Per Their History the GOP Will Appeal to Their Apathetic Proles’ Baser Instincts

The GOP Will Roll Out Another Campaign Reminiscent to Their Swift Boat Veterans for Truth Blitzkrieg brian conners, Yahoo! Contributor Network | Sept 12, 2011 | They’ve already tried to blunt the effectiveness of any Democratic attempt to get the facts out about their caricatures of action figures (Perry, Bachmann, Palin) and man of the […]

Scott Walker Finds Antidote to Recall – Make the Recall Process More Difficult

By: David Dayen Wednesday September 28, 2011 6:55 am | Calvinball in Wisconsin continues. After the successful recall of two Republican state Senators, the next target by the youth/labor/progressive alliance in the state is Scott Walker. Under Wisconsin law, petitioners have to wait until Walker has been in office a year to submit a recall […]

Guess What? Economists Say Jobs Act May Actually Prevent Recession. Can We Pass It?

By Steve Benen | Sourced from Washington Monthly | Posted at September 28, 2011, 6:17 am Almost immediately after President Obama unveiled the American Jobs Act, some of its biggest fans were economists and economic forecasters. Moody’s Analytics estimated that the plan would boost economic growth by 2 percentage points and create 2 million jobs. Macroeconomic […]

Super Committee Dems Avoid Trap That Skewed Debt Limit Fight

Brian Beutler | September 28, 2011, 2:41PM | Democrats on the new deficit Super Committee are determined to be better negotiators than their predecessors in earlier deficit discussions leading up to the debt limit fight. According to aides with knowledge of the discussions, they’re trying to keep the panel’s early focus on revenues, to avoid […]

How Congress Could End Up In Another Fight Over Cutting Programs For Disaster Aid

TPMDC / By Brian Beutler | September 28, 2011, 6:00AM | The government won’t shut down this week over a dispute between Republicans and Democrats over whether emergency supplemental funds to support disaster relief should be offset with budget cuts. And when the new fiscal year starts October 1, disaster relief funds will not need […]

Why the Kochs Want to Make Chris Christie President

AlterNet / By Adele M. Stan | September 27, 2011 | Neither Romney nor Perry has done the one thing that truly excites the Koch brothers and their fellow deep-pocketed Christie fans: take on the public sector unions in a big way. When Texas Gov. Rick Perry, currently the frontrunner in the Republican presidential nomination […]

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