Bill, Not Big Bird, to the Rescue

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Brent Budowsky: Obama should tell his story, and offer his narrative, about why people’s lives have gotten better in the first Obama term, which they have, and will get even better in a second Obama term, which they will.

Obama’s Debate Mission

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Brent Budowsky: Obama does recognize the pain that afflicts too many Americans, but he should also be the champion of an agenda of optimism, aspiration and achievement that will be the hallmark of a second Obama term.

How to Win the Debate on Taxes

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Steve Hochstadt: epublican proposals in the Senate and House, created mainly by Romney’s VP selection, Paul Ryan, lower taxes on the wealthy in two whopping chunks: the top tax rate drops from 35% to 25%, and all taxes on capital gains disappear.

Jobs Report Shifts Campaign Rhetoric

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Nia-Malika Hendewrson and Rachel Weiner: Two days after Romney reignited his campaign with a winning debate performance, Republicans were struggling once again to find their footing after a positive September jobs report muted the campaign’s main talking point.

Why Romney Is Losing

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Brent Budowsky: Romney is losing because he now embodies an attitude of demeaning, derision and disrespect that poisons Republicans today in ways that Ronald Reagan, Jack Kemp and William F. Buckley would never have accepted.

Who Wants War with Iran?

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Rebecca Griffin: Retaliation against US personnel overseas. $8-a-gallon gas. A spreading Middle East War. An Iranian regime driven to pursue a nuclear weapon. Experts recognize all of these as likely consequences of a military attack on Iran.

Big Rich Romney Slated As Reality Show

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Charley James: The series will be co-produced by Mark Penn and James Carville, both senior advisors to Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign, who are said to still be angry that Barack Obama defeated her.

Mitt’s Marie Antoinette Problem

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Brent Budowsky: The man who famously has an elevator in his mansion for his family Cadillacs to rise to the proper floor has now been revealed, through a leaked video, to be ridiculing and insulting one-half of the nation.

Why Do Political Elites All Hate Democracy?

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Heather Gautney: We need to start pressing for things that our politicians did NOT discuss at the conventions. Real solutions–like universal education, debt forgiveness, wealth redistribution, and participatory political structures—that would empower us to decide together what’s best. Not who’s best.

Who Is the Client State?

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Stanley Kutler: Will Netanyahu now force American Jews to choose between the stakes and interests of their own government, or his own political needs and ambitions? Who can doubt the outcome?

The United States Is Not a Business

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Jerry Drucker: About as important as re-electing President Obama is a strong effort to drive out the Republican money changers, also known as Tea Partiers, who all knew to just say NO, as did all the lock-step majority in the House and the Senate.

The GOP and Our Damaged American Psyche

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Charley James: A senior Romney staffer tells a journalist during the convention that the campaign won’t be distracted by fact checkers. Yet the candidate is still treated seriously by journalists who were told Planet Romney is a fact-free zone.

The Bill Clinton Mega-Bounce

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Brent Budowsky: Nobody remembers what Mitt Romney said at his convention, but everybody remembers what Clinton said at the Democratic convention, which gave Obama a mega-bounce that has lasted for more than a week.

Unbuttoning Mitt Romney

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Charley James: I finally put my finger on what it is about the Republican who would be president that is so bothersome: There is something fundamentally untouched about Willard “Mitt” Romney, something offensively virginal.

20 Questions for Mitt No One Will Ask

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Ted Vaill: Mitt Romney, the Republicans’ default choice for President no one really likes, deserves to be asked the hard questions such as those directed by Jeff Daniels to the panel of GOP candidates in Adam Sorkin’s “Newsroom”,

Widening Trust Gap

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Karen Finney: The number of issues and examples where Romney and Ryan can’t keep their stories straight, reverse or provide evolving responses that undermine their credibility continues to multiply.