Socialized Medicine: Good for Israel, Lesson for Mitt?

31 July 2012 |permalink | email article

Romney’s trip to Israel ended Monday and produced some good moments—and some less rewarding—for the Republican candidate with a lucrative fundraiser and fawning praise from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. More revealing was Romney’s praise of Israel’s national health system… read full story

Hysterical Panic and American Exceptionalism

30 July 2012 |permalink | email article

Is America Dead? Frank Rich, in the July 30 issue of New York, zeroes in on declinist panic, suggesting our legion of white-male Cassandras may not be wrong. America may well be in a fateful decline. But given that… read full story

Britain-U.S. Special Relationship: Was Romney Claiming It?

29 July 2012 |permalink | email article

The New York Times columnist Charles Blow noted a story in The Daily Telegraph, a leading conservative newspaper in Britain which quoted an anonymous adviser to Mitt Romney, commenting on the so-called special relationship between Britain and the United… read full story

Romney VP Vetter: Is It Portman?

28 July 2012 |permalink | email article

Beth Myers, the Mitt Romney vetter in charge of his vice presidential selection process, name-checked several people considered to be top Romney picks in a tweet Friday. Heading the list was Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio.) 

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Mitt’s Stunning British Blunders

27 July 2012 |permalink | email article

Romney got off to a spectacularly bad start in Great Britain on Thursday, questioning whether London is well-prepared to handle to handle the security issues ahead of the summer games beginning Friday. He called the situation “disconcerting.” British Prime… read full story

Who Deserves a Tax Break?

26 July 2012 |permalink | email article

Old-fashioned democracy briefly flourished Wednesday when Senate Republicans allowed Democrats a simple-majority Wednesday to pass a bill extending tax cuts on income above to $250,000 a year. Republicans, knowing the measure would be killed by the House because it… read full story

Voter ID Law Trial: No Proof Of In-Person Voter Fraud

25 July 2012 |permalink | email article

DEFENDANTS in a major case against one of the nation’s strictest voter ID laws in Pennsylvania made a major concession to plaintiffs before the start of a trial this week. In a stipulated agreement signed in early July, state… read full story

Shrinking California Republicans: A Minority Party?

24 July 2012 |permalink | email article

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, as Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein have written, “has become an insurgent outlier—ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence, and… read full story

Bloomberg to Obama, Mitt: Address Gun Control Now

23 July 2012 |permalink | email article

Mayor Michael Bloomberg told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that both candidates for president step up and explain how they intend to avoid future tragedies like the massive shootings in Aurora, Colo. “This is really an enormous problem… read full story

McAuliffe, Clinton and the Other Green Party

22 July 2012 |permalink | email article

Terry McAuliffe, the multimillionare former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, featured in the New York Times Sunday magazine this week, is starting a company that makes little electric cars. He unveiled his signature vehicle –the MyCar—at a plant… read full story

The Truth About Romney’s Bain Exit

21 July 2012 |permalink | email article

“INTERVIEWS with a half-dozen of Mitt Romney’s former business partners and associates, as well as public records, show that he was not merely an absentee owner during this [after taking leave to run the Olympics in 1999]. He signed… read full story

Ann Romney vs. You the People

20 July 2012 |permalink | email article

Ann Romney said “we’ve given all you people need to know,” on “Good Morning America” Thursday when asked about the Romney tax returns. There are many worse things to be called than “you people,” columnist Alexandra Petri wrote in… read full story

Choice of a Running Mate

19 July 2012 |permalink | email article

Mitt Romney is conducting an intensive vetting process for potential running mates, but the question remains: How important is the vice presidential nominee to voters? In a fresh New York Times/CBS News poll, only a quarter of voters say… read full story

GOP Hits Obama On Jobs, Lack Their Own Plan

18 July 2012 |permalink | email article

LAST WEEK Mitt Romney tried to defend himself from attacks on his record at Bain Capital, while Republicans complained that the Obama campaign is guilty of distracting Americans from the central issues of the 2012 presidential race—jobs and the… read full story

Mitt’s Tampa Problem: Will Palin Speak?

17 July 2012 |permalink | email article

Romney hasn’t invited Sarah Palin to speak at the Republican National Convention in Tampa next month, and the Tea Party is furious. Last summer, as the Daily Beast/Newsweek reported this week, Palin didn’t jump into the race for the… read full story

Is Inequality Bad or Good?

16 July 2012 |permalink | email article

Sunday’s New York Times Book Review has for several weeks now offered very different arguments about America’s income gap which has bounced around on the hardcover nonfiction list. “The Price of Inequality”, No. 27 on the list is by… read full story

What’s Mitt Got To Hide?

16 July 2012 |permalink | email article

Personal finances became an odd topic of speculation by both Democratic and Republican pundits on Sunday talk shows over why Mitt Romney might be hiding something in unreleased tax returns. On “This Week” George Stephanopolous asked which campaign was… read full story

Romney: What’s In His Heart Or Head?

15 July 2012 |permalink | email article

LAST WEEK he told the NAACP convention that they would support him for president if they only “understood who I truly am in my heart.” It sounded similar to a comment the Republican presidential candidate made last January 9… read full story

The Trust Gap

14 July 2012 |permalink | email article

How important are characteristics and qualities in weighing the merits of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney? Two polls, one taken by CNN/ORC April 13-15, and a second by Gallup June 7-10, may provide some answers.

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Mitt and Barack Battle; Penn State Horror

13 July 2012 |permalink | email article

THE gloves are off with President Obama’s campaign on Thursday seizing on a new report on Mitt Romney’s truthfulness about his tenure at Bain Capital even as the Republican candidate began airing a television commercial calling the president a… read full story

The Rich: Why Mitt Is Not FDR, JFK Or Reagan

12 July 2012 |permalink | email article

ROMNEY’S wealth is becoming even more of a campaign liability as the nation’s economy limps along. Robert Shrum, the venerable Democratic strategist, asks why rich candidates like FDR and JFK won. It involves sensitivity to average Americans—something that Mitt… read full story

Romney’s Identity Crisis: How Obama Can Win

11 July 2012 |permalink | email article

IF President Obama’s campaign can define Mitt Romney before his campaign even tries, my bet is Obama wins reelection. Charlie Cook, writing in The Atlantic and perhaps the country’s best political handicapper, suggests the Romney campaign believes that any… read full story

George Romney v. Mitt Romney: A Changed America

10 July 2012 |permalink | email article

Romney the Elder was a rich man who ran for president 44 years ago, could claim that his wealth was well-earned, that he did a lot to create good jobs for American workers. The public was curious about what… read full story

Boehner: Trying To Fall in Love With Mitt

09 July 2012 |permalink | email article

The Speaker of the House said at a fundraiser in West Virginia last month that “the American people probably aren’t gong to fall in love with Mitt Romney. A female attendee asked Boehner, “Can you make me fall in… read full story

GOP Medicare Fury; California Gets High-Speed Rail

08 July 2012 |permalink | email article

WHILE Republicans have backed Medicare spending reductions, even as they have attacked Obama and the Democrats for enacting them, they would end new benefits. Mitt Romney’s steady mantra is “Obama cuts Medicare by approximately 500 billion.” Last Sunday, on… read full story

Mitt’s Disconnect With The GOP Right Grows

06 July 2012 |permalink | email article

Romney, despite the comment of his senior strategist two days earlier that the former governor did not believe the mandate should be called a tax, he said Wednesday that President Obama’s health care mandate was a tax. Already at… read full story

Obama Campaign Too Quiet on Health Care; Rush Worry

05 July 2012 |permalink | email article

The New York Times, in a strong editorial Wednesday, raised a crucial question: Why has the Obama administration not forcefully countered Republican misinformation about the health care law? Many interviewed by the newspaper said while it would benefit them… read full story

Gallup Poll: First Sustained Obama Lead

04 July 2012 |permalink | email article

President Obama, for the first time since April, has opened up a sustained lead over Mitt Romney in Gallup’s daily tracking poll of the presidential race. Obama’s lead, 48%-44%, marks the sixth consecutive day in which the poll has… read full story

Romney Campaign, G.O.P. Disagree on Health Care ‘Tax’

03 July 2012 |permalink | email article

Mitt Romney’s campaign threw cold water on a central Republican attack line Monday, noting that President Obama’s health care mandate should be thought of as a penalty and not a tax. That message from Eric Fehrnstrom, Romney’s senior adviser,… read full story

Mocked and Scorned, Solicitor General Wins

02 July 2012 |permalink | email article

The First Call President Obama made after learning that the Supreme Court had upheld his health care law was to his solicitor general, Donald B. Verrilli Jr., much maligned for his at times rocky performance during the oral arguments… read full story

Tax or Penalty? Defining Court’s Ruling

01 July 2012 |permalink | email article

Both Democrats and Republican campaigns scrambled Friday to define the issue of tax or penalty to their and the others detriment. President Obama has long maintained with his supporters that the law’s penalty for people who do not buy… read full story

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