Month – December 2011

Obama strikes hopeful note in year-end address

Obama Singing

>Writing by Cynthia Johnston: Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis |Reuters |12-31-2011| – President Barack Obama, striking a hopeful note in a year-end weekly address, hailed foreign policy milestones while keeping pressure on Congress to further extend payroll tax cuts through the end of 2012. The president, on a week-long vacation in Hawaii, praised Congress for temporarily […]

What’s the likelihood that Democrats could control Washington in 2012?

Sources: Betfair, Intrade, and Iowa Electronic Market

By David Rothschild | The Signal | 12-31-2011|  As of December 31, 2011 the likelihood of the Democrats retaining the Presidency is 53.7 percent, retaining the Senate is 20.7 percent, and taking the House is 32.7 percent. This is compiled from Betfair, Intrade, and Iowa Electronic Market prediction market data. The chart shows how these […]

Strengthen Social Security… Don’t Cut It

>Michael Phelan, Strengthen Social Security Campaign [michael.phelan@socialsecurity-works.org] | Sat 12/31/2011 2:20 PM | Thank you for everything you’ve done in the past year. In 2011, defenders of Social Security and Medicare withstood a peril only because of your efforts. As we prepare for 2012, which will be a crucial year for Social Security, it’s important […]

Democratic fantasy ticket: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton

President Obama and Hillary Clinton

>Tom Blackwell  Dec 30, 2011 – 10:55 PM ET | Last Updated: Dec 31, 2011 12:41 AM ET | As Abe Lincoln geared up for his re-election campaign in 1864, the Republican unceremoniously jettisoned his first-term vice-president and picked Andrew Johnson, a southerner from the rival Democratic Party, as his surprising running mate. Lincoln hoped […]

Romney Says He Expects to Be the G.O.P. Nominee

>By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE |December 30, 2011, 8:42 pm |[All of the GOP Hopefuls aren't suited to run this country in my book - Romney is a flip-flopper, Paul is a racist, Gingrich is a racist and women nicer with two failed marriages, Bachmann is Batshit crazy/idiot and Perry is a religious nut /idiot and […]

The Weekend Word: Gone Negative

>By EMMARIE HUETTEMAN |December 31, 2011, 6:00 am|   Today’s Times: For three weeks, Newt Gingrich has faced a barrage of negative ads in Iowa, attacking him for being fined for ethics violations in Congress, for his position on illegal immigration and more. It’s not Mitt Romney’s campaign behind the onslaught, though, but a “super […]

Ahead of Iowa caucuses Obama readies for fight with Romney

Mitt Romney and President Obama

>By Amie Parnes – 12/31/11 07:00 AM ET President Obama’s campaign will be ramping up its grassroots machine in Iowa this weekend as it prepares for the rival it has long expected in 2012: Mitt Romney. Obama’s team in Chicago has been fixated on Romney in recent months, as the former Massachusetts governor was long […]

Five steps to a competitive third party

Congress Blog

>By Peter Modigliani – 12/29/11 02:08 PM ET | [They will do everything not to give Barack Obama a second term to clean this mesh-up! A third Party, at this time, would cause the Republicans to win and take over the Presidency! And that my friends should not happen - than you would see this […]

GOP kingmakers call election ‘make or break moment’

The Hill

>By Alicia M. Cohn – 12/30/11 11:16 AM ET| [Oh, now they want to tell the President what to do and what a President should be able to tell the public! Are you kidding me? It should be that these congressional lawmakers should tell the public what they will do to improve their standing with […]

On Gay Rights, Obama Lets Surrogates Lead

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

>By MARK LANDLER | Published: December 30, 2011 | HONOLULU — President Obama has long relied on his oratorical gifts to ease him through tricky political situations. But on the emotionally charged issue of gay rights, Mr. Obama has been content recently to let his lieutenants do the talking. And they have said some striking […]

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