Search Results for "Democrat" : 30

by / on August 28, 2012 at 8:01 am / in Domestic, Opinion

Stop, Frisk and Gentrify

by By now, most New Yorkers know that the Stop-&-Frisk crime prevention program was only successful for intimidating, humiliating, and violently interrupting the lives of  people of color. The threat of jail, court dates and fees, prison, and even death were never far; innocent New Yorkers were stopped over 4 million times–almost 90 percent of them black and Latino. Tens of thousands of New Yorkers marched, rese arched, liti…

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by / on July 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm / in Election 2012, Opinion, World

Netanyahu and Romney, Destined to be Together?

by photo for CPR The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, really wants Mitt Romney to be president. He’d probably wait a little to say it publicly, partially out of courtesy, and partially to cover his behind in case Obama is re-elected, but it is hardly a secret. Therefore, it was probably a good idea for Mitt Romney to announce that he would visit Israel later this summer. There are many more and less obvious reasons wh…

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by / on July 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm / in Domestic, Opinion, Uncategorized

Healthcare Industry Fights Against Self, Wins

…ave Obama the largest amount of money it has ever given any presidential candidate, $19 million, and it gave the Democrats $90 million in total. It gave the Republicans slightly less, $76 million. This makes perfect sense. The Democrats controlled the White House and both houses of Congress (with a majority in the House and a supermajority in the Senate), so the industry gave them the larger,  unprecedented sums. But even though the Republicans c…

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by / on January 5, 2014 at 11:02 am / in Domestic, Winter 2013

Too Right to Be Wrong

by “We’re very excited,” Michelle Bachmann told The Washington Post on the eve of the government shutdown. “It’s exactly what we wanted, and we got it.” For sixteen days, a small group of hardline conservatives in the House of Representatives managed to force Speaker John Boehner’s hand and prevent a “clean” continuing resolution – which would have re-opened the government – from reaching the House f…

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by / on July 3, 2012 at 1:43 am / in Domestic, Election 2012, Opinion

Depressing Implications of NYC’s 13th District

by Photo by Ayelet Pearl New York City’s primary season has undergone many changes this year. In addition to the redrawing of the city’s Congressional districts, the United States Senate and House primaries were pushed back from the usual September date to late June.But it’s neither the earlier date of last Tuesday’s primaries nor the shifting district lines that has thrown the recent election into the spotlight. In fact, it’s an all…

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by / on September 25, 2012 at 12:51 am / in Domestic, Opinion

The Elephant in the Room

by If the presidential election were a dinner party, Mitt Romney would be the 14-year-old kid dressed up as a waiter trying to sneak out booze. He just doesn’t belong. Over the past year, Romney has done more to disqualify himself for president than actually make a case for the job. To rattle off the list would take more than one column (there are entire websites dedicated to them). The highlights of the last few months: agreeing with…

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by / on October 16, 2012 at 2:05 am / in Domestic, Opinion

Not One for Talking

by This election year has seen U.S. energy policy and the debate on global warming (does it exist, if it does who/what is responsible, and what we should do about it) get quite a bit of airtime, but from a distinctly 2012 tack. Both issues have traditionally been favorites of both parties’ respective bases; the Democratic base consistently tries to make the Party focus on tackling global warming and getting America off of fossil fuels…

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by / on October 16, 2012 at 1:54 am / in Domestic, Opinion

Biden, Uncensored

by The recent vice presidential debate between incumbent Joe Biden and challenger Paul Ryan was a fiery one to be sure, and now that a few days have passed and the outcome of the debate has been properly digested, several judgments can be made. One observation that is inarguably true is that Joe Biden was rude – really rude. The first half or so of the debate was characterized by Biden’s repeated smirking grins and snide chuckles to hi…

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by / on September 20, 2012 at 8:56 pm / in Domestic, Opinion, Uncategorized

Will Citizens United Win It for Romney?

by photo from Wikimedia Commons With the Republican and Democratic National Conventions out of the way, the long-predicted political advertising spending spree for the lead up to November 6has finally gotten underway.  More than $3 billion is expected to be spent on various types of ads (TV, radio, robocalls, mailers, and so on), an increase of $500 million over 2008. The Kantar/Campaign Media Analysis Group reports that as of early S…

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by / on February 22, 2012 at 1:20 pm / in Domestic, Election 2012, Opinion

Tampa, We Have a Problem

by While President Obama still has a long way to go on the road to reelection, it is quickly becoming clear that the current set of Republican presidential candidates don’t have what we, in this country, used to call “the right stuff.” Mitt Romney is unprincipled; worse, he seems to have prided himself on that fact until it occurred to him that it might cost him the White House. Rick Santorum, despite his impressive surge, may be too…

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