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For DADT, "The Process" Isn't Pretty

Friday, October 15, 2010

The irony of the DADT policy is that all the relevant parties are on the same page: 78 percent of Americans think DADT should be repealed, top military leaders have called for a repeal, and we have a president who is committed to repeal. But a few obstructionist Republicans have gotten far more air time than they deserve because our broken political system has allowed them to stand in the way of justice.

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No Matter How Many Fruits N' Veggies There Are, The Sweet Stuff Sells

Friday, October 15, 2010

"If we are truly interested in changing the rates of obesity issue, our take cannot simply be that sugary and high-fat food is all that is within walking distance to poor New Yorkers. It simply isn’t true."

-- John McWhorter.

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Daniel Patrick Moynihan in His Own Words

Thursday, October 14, 2010

We're a manufacturing city. If we ever cease to be that we will begin to die. And we are ceasing, we're losing jobs. We can get them back, but only as we understand that is the first priority we have. Jobs, that's the first priority, jobs, that's the second priority. The third priority is jobs.

-Daniel Patrick Moynihan

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In NJ, Adler Campaign Reportedly Recruited Tea Party Candidate as Stalking Horse

Thursday, October 14, 2010

WNYC

Republican Party officials in New Jersey are asking federal authorities to investigate the reelection campaign of Rep. John Adler (D-N.J.). Adler's campaign in the Third Congressional District in South Jersey – along with the Camden County Democratic Committee – reportedly devised a scheme to siphon votes away from Adler's Republican challenger, former professional football player Jon Runyan. The scheme allegedly involved promoting Tea Party candidate Peter DeStefano, who would take away enough votes from Runyan, to help Adler win reelection in the closely contested race.

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Odd Men Out: Three Third Party Chairmen on the NY Election

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I think the Democratic party nationwide represents clearly the left, and I think the Republican party nationwide clearly represents the right, both on economic  and social issues. And I think it's important not to be vanilla, you can't just be vanilla in this world and political parties have a responsibility to speak out both on economic and social issues.

-Michael Long, Conservative Party of New York State Chairman, on The Brian Lehrer Show

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Deficit The Big Issue In Connecticut's 4th District Debate

Thursday, October 14, 2010

As you'd expect at an event held by the AARP, the hot issues were Social Security and Medicare. But in a year where the struggling economy is everything, Wednesday's 4th District Congressional debate was really all about the deficit.

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Don't Tell Me about DADT — I Was There

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Don't Ask, Don't Tell is an inane policy, one in which we compel people to lie to their superiors about who and what they are as people. But while many on the left are cheering the ruling by U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips ordering an immediate halt to DADT policy, I am not.

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Reports Say Former Car Czar Has Reached a Settlement with SEC

Thursday, October 14, 2010

WNYC

According to reports from The New York Times, Steven Rattner, the man who oversaw the Obama Adminsistration's turnaround of the auto industry, has apparently reached a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission over his role in a large and long-standing pension fund kickback scheme.

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Don't Break the Infrastructure Banks

Thursday, October 14, 2010

When Obama announced his plan to ask Congress to approve his $50 billion allocation to improve our roads and railways through the Infrastructure Bank, and Andrew Cuomo announced his plans for a State Infrastructure Bank, I was elated. Now the question is: will Congress and the state have the common sense to fund it?

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Forget Mañana: Making the Latino Vote Count Today

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Why don’t Latinos have more clout? Their increasing population suggests they could regularly influence elections across the Southwest as well as in Illinois and Florida. When elections are tight because Anglo votes are divided, they can even swing states like Indiana and North Carolina which they may have done in 2008. That is the conclusion pundits first reached after the 1980 census documented their rapid growth. Every census since has reinforced the claim that this continued trend,  combined with geographic dispersion, has made them a key electoral force.

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Gail Collins on Yet Another Weird Day With Paladino

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

We have gotten to so many points in this particular campaign that I thought would never hear in a major election. You don’t say somebody is not a good father unless they’ve been arrested or something. You just don’t do this stuff.

-New York Times columnist Gail Collins on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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Don't Ask Don't Tell - Does Constitutionality Matter?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Barack Obama and his administration are now put in the uncomfortable position of defending the constitutional issue of the same policy that they would like to see repealed. So you have the political strategy on the one hand and you have the very real constitutional issues on the other. So the Judge has put them in a very awkward position.

-Jami Floyd, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Wonk Wars: Should Government Be In The Internet Business?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

This Week's True/False: The Government Should Preserve Net Neutrality

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Half Polish & Catholic: AG Candidate Wants NY Polish Community to Know His Background

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Dan Donovan, 53, the Republican candidate for New York attorney general, may have an Irish last name, but according to his 84-year-old mother he looks Polish and his gray eyes and pale complexion are a proof of his ancestry. Mrs. Donovan’s maiden name is ‘Bolewicz’ and she is the third generation in a Polish-American family that settled on Staten Island. Today there is a growing Polish-American community in the borough and Donovan hopes for its support in November.

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Spotlight on Wrestling In Final Blumenthal-McMahon Debate

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Richard Blumenthal aggressively argued Tuesday night in the third and final U.S. Senate debate that Linda McMahon's two decades of selling professional wrestling is no match for his career in public service.

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Can Democrats Count on Jewish Voters This Year?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

For decades, Jewish voters were reliable members of the Democratic New Deal Coalition that coalesced around President Franklin Roosevelt and continues to define the political landscape. But a new survey suggests that American Jews, despite their longstanding allegiance to Democrats, are not immune to disappointment in President Obama. And Republicans are hoping to capitalize on the trend in the upcoming midterm elections.

 

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Explore The Latest Political Projections

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

We're happy to partner with Google to bring you interactive polling maps. Check out the latest political projections around the country. Use the map to zoom in on your area of interest and select the races and projections of your choice.

 

Political Figures Strike Strategic Endgames

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

With November's mid-term elections only weeks away, Democrats and Republicans across the country are setting up their strategic political endgames.  

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It's Time to Ban Insider Trading in Congress

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Insider trading laws that typically apply to corporations do not apply to members and their aides who are free to trade information and purchase stock based on non-public information.

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