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It’s October 3rd. And That Means the First Presidential Debate is Tonight

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GQ: From the first-ever televised presidential debate, September 26, 1960.

And that means the first presidential debate is tonight at 9pm ET. We’ll be watching at barackobama.com/debate, featuring a livestream, a live blog, and a few other live things, probably. See you there.

I’m sure the intern who thought of this campaign slogan is patting himself on the back right now. I suppose it doesn’t matter how you go about advertising so long as you are inclusive of the younger generations, right?

 

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October 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Merry Christmas

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December 25, 2010 at 11:11 pm

Posted in Holidays, Mr. President

Elena Kagan

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 Oh, you, Ms. Kagan.  I woke up this morning and there you were–everywhere.  Nominated for the Supreme Court.  NBD.

Some facts I learned:

  • If confirmed by the Senate, she would be the youngest person on the Supreme Court at age 50.
  • She would become the nation’s 112th justice.
  • “Her presence would result in 3 female justices on a nine-member court for the first time in history.” (NPR)
  • She would be the fourth female to serve on the court.
  • She would be the first justice nominted to the court in 40 years without prior judicial experience.
  • She was a domestic policy advisor for the Clinton administration.
  • Both Kagan and Obama taught at the University of Chicago Law School.
  • As Harvard Law dean, she signed a friend-of-the-court brief arguing that law schools did not have to allow the US Military to recruit on campus because of don’t-ask, don’t-tell.
  • Lawrence Lessig argues that Kagan has the power to “make majorities,” and could persuade more conservative members of the court.

More Elena Kagan at NPR, HuffPost, WSJ, Gawker

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Written by doorr

May 10, 2010 at 9:17 am

Chart of the Day: 4-9

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Balance the Federal Budget you say?  But how would you propose to do it? 

The Economist asked Americans: “What is the best way to cut the deficit?”

5% said, “increase taxes.”

62% said, “reduce government spending.”

OK, said The Economist. “Here is a list of things the federal government spends money on. Which things should the government spend less on?”

As you can see in the chart above, over two-thirds of Americans don’t want to reduce spending on anything single category, except foreign aid. And as Mother Jones points out, foreign aid represents less than 1% of America’s total spending.

Beyond that, there were only four areas that even a quarter of the population was willing to cut: mass transit, agriculture, housing, and the environment. At a rough guess, these areas account for about 3% of the federal budget. You could slash their budgets by a third and still barely make a dent in federal spending.

The Economist – This Week’s Economist/YouGov Poll

 Wait, so what’s costing so much money?

Written by doorr

April 9, 2010 at 10:15 am

Posted in Mr. President, Politics

Daily Dose: 3-30

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This time – an article.  Read it all at Racialicious – Everything is Not (Not) About Race or the whole thing after the jump.

After reading an article recently claiming that Tea Party demonstrators, angered over the healthcare bill, were shouting out “nigger” at members of the Black Congressional Caucus, as a Black American, I felt compelled to weigh in. For the past two years, politicians, journalists, bloggers, and political pundits have debated the merits of whether demonstrations against Barack Obama are racially motivated. The fodder was fueled on at least two occasions when former President Jimmy Carter stated that an overwhelming portion of the bitter outcry is racially inclined. With all due respect, Jimmy Carter needs to go back to selling peanuts. Speaking out against a person of color does not make one a racist. Just as speaking out against a woman doesn’t make you sexist, nor does raging against Islam’s radical ideas make you xenophobic.

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Written by doorr

March 30, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Posted in Mr. President, Politics

March Madness

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This is Barack Obama’s NCAA Baracket.  Take a look at it and see how it compares to yours.  And then notice how he wrote “Nova” instead of Villanova.  And then realize what an amateur you are.  FYI, Kansas is in it to win it.

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March 18, 2010 at 11:06 am

Posted in Events, Mr. President

Vogue: Shape Up For Spring

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Every once in a while the covers of Vogue magazine are dreamy and light.

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March 17, 2010 at 3:03 pm

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