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of the DADT policy is that all the relevant parties are on the same page: 78 percent of Americans think DADT should be repealed, top military leaders have called for a repeal, and we have a president who is committed to repeal.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.
-- John McWhorter.
-Daniel Patrick Moynihan
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.
-Michael Long, Conservative Party of New York State Chairman, on The Brian Lehrer Show
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
-New York Times columnist Gail Collins on The Leonard Lopate Show.
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.
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.
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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With November's mid-term elections only weeks away, Democrats and Republicans across the country are setting up their strategic political endgames.