Presidential Debate Wednesday, Jobs Report Friday

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Robert Reich: The biggest election news this week won’t be who wins the presidential debate Wednesday night. It will be how many new jobs were created in September, announced Friday morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Dolphin Group: Prop. 32′s Dark Messenger

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Matthew Fleischer: Prop. 32’s cynical appropriation of Occupy Wall Street-style anti-corporate rhetoric, and the language of campaign finance reform, fits what has become Dolphin’s signature in recent years – the “Trojan Horse” political campaign.

The Kitchen Debate Revisited

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Tina Dupuy: In 50 years, the Republicans have gone from building the middle class with the aid of government to admonishing the middle class for utilizing government.

Dear Paul Ryan: We Are Not “Looters”

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Charley James: According to you, altruism is immoral and it’s every man, woman, child, working stiff, crippled veteran and hunched-over granny for themselves. Your attitude makes the “soup Nazi” on Seinfeld seem like a cuddly department store Santa by comparison.

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.

Like Lemmings to the Sea

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Tom Degan: It’s going to take at least two administration – possibly three – to dig ourselves out of The Great Recession. And the only way to succeed is for those administrations to be progressive ones. A turn to the right is a turn backwards.

Why Obama, Progressives Are Winning on Issues

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Randy Shaw: Obama’s campaign is giving progressives something they have not experienced since FDR: a clear cut ideological victory for progressive economic strategies and values. And Republicans know it.

Polls, Sham Polls, and Linguistics

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Michael Sigman: Though scores of Republicans are looking at poll numbers and moving to the sidelines or outright jumping ship, at least two imaginative Romney cheerleader/pundits — Hugh Hewitt and Dick Morris — maintain a different view. They say Romney already is ahead.

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.

For Political Leaders, Gratitude Is Earned

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Nick Capo: If I define good leaders as those men and women who focus on issues and decisions that matter not just to my family but to all Americans, then I can see which leaders I should thank.

Republicans at Home, and at Heart

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Steve Hochstadt: Romney and his campaign advisers know that he was not telling the truth on that Boca Raton tape. But a bigger mistake was to put into the same basket all the people he doesn’t like.