TOP NEWS: Democracy: May 24, 2012
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Romney Calls Failing Schools ‘Civil Rights Issue of Our Era’ -Trip Gabriel, NY Times
Lamenting that millions of American children receive “a third world education,” Mitt Romney on Wednesday called for poor and disabled students to be able to use federal funds to attend any public, private, or online school they choose.
Dems stiffen spine on sequester -David Rogers, POLITICO
Power in Washington these days is most defined by saying “no,” which helps explain why Speaker John Boehner felt compelled last week — in the middle of May — to bring up a wintry debt ceiling fight more than six months away.
Political Ads Don’t Tell Full Story on Private Equity -Julie Creswell, NY Times
More than three decades after private equity burst onto the scene in the merger mania of the 1980s, the industry remains as mysterious and controversial as ever.
Will Obama’s Attacks on Romney Backfire? – Gloria Borger, CNN
As the presidential campaign veers off onto the Bain Capital ramp, the predictable arguments ensue: Is the turn simply a political attack meant to distract from bad economic news? Or is it an important, valid argument at the heart of the contest?
Bain Strategy Holds Pitfalls for President -Nicholas Confessore, NY Times
Ever since President Obama took office amid a financial crisis, debates over how much to blame – and regulate -Wall Street have stoked tensions between Democrats and the financial industry.
Why Fairness Is Essential to Growth -Robert Reich, Huffington Post
The Cory Booker imbroglio has ignited a silly but potentially pernicious debate in the Democratic Party between so-called “pro-growth centrists” who want the president to focus on how well he’s done getting the economy back on its feet after the Bush administration almost knocked it out, and “pro-fairness populists” who want him to focus on the nation’s widening inequality and Wall Street’s (and Romney’s) continuing role in generating profits for a few at the expense of almost everyone else.
Romney backs up 6% unemployment claim -CNN
Mitt Romney, who on Wednesday said he would bring the nation’s unemployment rate to 6% as president, offered three ways he would achieve that goal in an interview Thursday.
How Super-PACs Will Keep the Campaign Clean -Jonathan Alter, Bloomberg
Strangely enough, the 2012 presidential campaign, expected to be the dirtiest in modern memory, may end up being relatively clean. That’s because both sides agree that the economy is the central issue and that sideshows like the Reverend Jeremiah Wright aren’t persuasive for voters.
Rob Portman said to be on short list for Romney vice president -Michael Leahy, Washington Post
Ohio’s Sen. Portman said to be among Romney’s VP options: The senator played a vital role in aiding Romney to narrowly beat candidate Rick Santorum in the Ohio primary.
Poll: Warren unscathed -David Catanese, POLITICO
The controversy surrounding the Senate hopeful’s ancestry has not put a dent in her poll numbers.
G.O.P. Nightmare Charts -NY Times
On moral issues, long-term trends for the Republican Party are not good.
Has recall made Walker a GOP hero? -Robin Bravender, POLITICO
A victory on June 5 could elevate the Wisconsin governor within his party.
ROMNEY AD goes up with “Day One, Part Two” -Mike Allen, POLITICO
Male narrator: “What would a Romney Presidency be like? Day one: President Romney announces deficit reductions, ending the Obama era of big government, helping secure our kids’ futures [...]
Mitt Romney in Massachusetts: The lost years -Glenn Thrush, POLITICO
Michael Dukakis wouldn’t stop talking about the “Massachusetts Miracle” during the 1988 campaign.
Shame on You, Cory Booker – Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast
Yes, we need strong leaders—but those leaders also need loyal followers on the payroll. That’s a lesson Cory Booker and Richard Grenell need to learn.
The Wisconsin Turning Point – Peter Ferrara, The American Spectator
The recall election for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is scheduled for June 5. That election is now a crucial battleground for the future of America, and even a critical bellwether for how this fall’s elections will turn out.
Why Centrist Dems Are Concerned – Alana Goodman, Commentary
At the National Journal, Josh Kraushaar reports that the Obama campaign’s Bain Capital attack exposed the waning power of centrist Democrats in the party, a development that has many Democrats concerned.
Colin Powell to Romney: C’mon, Mitt…think! -Drew Katchen
This morning Colin Powell joined us to discuss his new book “It Worked for Me” which focuses, in part, on his role in the run up to the Iraq war.
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