Brad Friedman: Black Voter in Philly Forced to Swear on Bible Before Casting Vote

“Did anyone else have to swear on a bible that their address was correct before they were able to vote? just wondering, because i did, [sic]” Philadelphia voter Lindsay Granger wrote on her blog after voting in last Tuesday’s mid-term election. “I had to lay my palm on the good book and state my name and address before i was allowed to sign my name in the voting log and enter the booth. they called it an affirmation. i call it creepy… and a little offensive [sic].” Granger notified VotersUnite.org last week after the incident, which, she told the non-partisan
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GOP Aggressively Recruiting Challengers To Michael Steele

WASHINGTON — Republicans are aggressively recruiting a challenger to Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, whose tenure as party chief has been marked by ill-chosen comments and questions about finances. The RNC must decide in January whether to keep Steele. Republicans, looking to oust President Barack Obama in 2012, are considering a chairman who would operate more behind the scenes and let Rep. John Boehner, likely the next speaker of the House, take the lead as the party’s main spokesman. “I think we need to move to a nuts-and-bolts type of candidate who will get back to the fundamentals, who
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John Boehner Vows To Fly Commercial

Soon-to-be House Speaker John Boehner promised throughout the campaign season to run the House of Representatives differently from the way Democrats have run it for four years and from the way the last Republican regime conducted business. Now that his party has won enough seats to retake power in the chamber, Boehner began making those changes Wednesday. First on his agenda was the way the speaker travels to and from home: Boehner said he will fly commercial to his Ohio district as he always has. From The Huffington Post
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Wayne Pacelle: An Open Letter to the Missouri Farm Bureau

Last week, Missouri voters approved Proposition B, requiring that large-scale commercial breeders provide in a year’s time sufficient space for dogs, an annual veterinary examination, humane methods of euthanasia, and a limit on the number of reproductively intact animals used for breeding, among a limited number of other humane care standards for dogs. In campaigning against the measure, the Missouri Farm Bureau leveled an array of false charges against Prop B and also against The Humane Society of the United States, which worked to pass Prop B. I write to address these charges and to set the record straight. False
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Robert Reich: Obama’s First Stand

The president says a Republican proposal to extend the Bush tax cuts to everyone for two years is a “basis for conversation.” I hope this doesn’t mean another Obama cave-in. Yes, the president needs to acknowledge the Republican sweep on Election Day. But he can do that by offering his own version of a compromise that’s both economically sensible and politically smart. Instead of limiting the extension to $250,000 of income (the bottom 98 percent of Americans), he should offer to extend it to all incomes under $500,000 (essentially the bottom 99 percent), for two years. The economics are clear:
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Christina Patterson: Britain’s Got Talent and a Lot of it’s Wasted

My name is Christina and I have a confession. I have never watched The X-Factor. I’ve never watched Britain’s Got Talent, or Pop Idol, or Dragons’ Den, or The Weakest Link. I’ve never even watched Strictly Come Dancing. I did, when I was checking the BBC’s website, and discovered that the biggest news of the day was the fact that a former shadow home secretary, who used to be very keen on chaining pregnant mothers to their hospital beds, had herself been put in a harness, and lowered on to a stage, watch a clip of this taking place. In
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Trial Begins For New Orleans Police Charged In Post-Katrina Shooting, Cover-Up

NEW ORLEANS — The chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina offers no excuse for the actions of five current or former police officers being tried in the fatal police shooting of a man whose burned body was found in a car in September 2005, a federal prosecutor told jurors Wednesday. In her opening statement, Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracey Knight said Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann and Officer Gregory McRae burned the body of Henry Glover to destroy evidence in the shooting death of the 31-year-old man days after the hurricane devastated New Orleans. Knight also accused former Lt. Robert Italiano and Lt. Travis
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Edward Murray: The $200 Million Hive Mind of Bachmann, Beck, Rush, and Imus

President Obama’s recent visit to India was a symbolic gesture to cultivate an atmosphere of goodwill as well as to celebrate the announcement of business deals that will create over 50,000 American jobs. However, Obama’s tour to solidify quality relations with what could become America’s closest financial and industrial ally in the 21st century was immediately met with a smear campaign of misinformation from the conservative media machine. Now, I know this is not too surprising, but bear with me while I explain how this event is a symptom of a greater problem. The rhetorical shenanigans on Obama’s trip reached
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Andrew Sum: Those Recent Payroll Job Figures and the Continued Blue Collar Depression in America

The recent release of the October 2010 job figures by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that the national economy was generating net new jobs (151,000) for the first time in recent months, with the private sector responsible for all of the net job growth. A careful look at the breakout of the job growth figures by major industrial sector revealed a very high concentration of growth in just four sectors: temporary help services, retail trade, fast food and other eating/drinking places, and health care/social services. Employment in the nation’s goods producing industries (mining, construction, and manufacturing) as well
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Unapologetic Bush tries to rewrite history

An emotional but unapologetic George W. Bush opened up about his tumultuous presidency Tuesday as he released memoirs in which he defiantly defends the Iraq invasion and the use of waterboarding. “I felt so strongly about the decisions I was making and I felt that history would understand,” Bush, who left office deeply unpopular at home and abroad, said during an hour-long interview with US talk show queen Oprah Winfrey. The former president, who dubbed himself “the decider” during his eight years in the White House, takes readers of his 500-page “Decision Points” on a backstage tour of his administration
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