TOP NEWS: Democracy: August 24th, 2012
- Gunman opens fire near the Empire State Building
- Bain documents reveal tax and offshore details
- Bloomberg-Mitchell: Fracking is too important to foul up
- Severe Drought Disruptions In Rural Midwest
- Details on ‘GOP Plot’ to Obstruct Obama
More top stories and excerpts below:
NYC SHOOTING: Gunman opens fire near the Empire State Building – HUFFINGTON POST
2 people dead and 8 wounded after a man kills his former colleague and opens fire on crowd just before 9 AM.
ELECTIONS 2012/ROMNEY FINANCES: Bain documents reveal tax and offshore details - WP
A cache of internal Bain Capital documents released Thursday provides new information about the operations and holdings of the financial company founded by Mitt Romney, including details of investments in the Cayman Islands and other tax havens.
ELECTIONS 2012/ROMNEY/BAIN: Mitt Romney: What I Learned at Bain Capital - WP, OP-ED
(See Economy Section)
ELECTIONS 2012/RYAN: Brooks: Ryan’s Biggest Mistake – NYT, OP-ED
If the Simpson-Bowles plan had been approved, we would have had national action on debt reduction. But Paul Ryan voted against it.
ELECTIONS 2012/ROMNEY/ADVERTISING: Romney’s creative team tries to create pitch-perfect ads - WP
The creative team of ad wizards is trying to create an emotional bond between a candidate who reveals little emotion and a still-unsure body politic.
*MORE ELECTIONS 2012 STORIES BELOW
ENERGY/FRACKING: Bloomberg-Mitchell: Fracking is too important to foul up – WP, OPINION
Michael R. Bloomberg and George P. Mitchell: Fracking for natural gas can be as good for our environment as it is for our economy and our wallets, but only if done responsibly.
DROUGHT: Drought Disrupts Everyday Tasks In Rural Midwest - NYT
For many residents who live outside of municipal water districts, it has become a struggle to simply wash dishes, fill a coffee urn or flush a toilet.
GOP/OBSTRUCTION: The Party of No: New Details on the GOP Plot to Obstruct Obama - TIME
TIME just published “The Party of No,” an article adapted from my new book, The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era. It reveals some of my reporting on the Republican plot to obstruct President Obama before he even took office, including secret meetings led by House GOP Whip Eric Cantor (in 2008) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (in 2009) where they laid out their daring strategy of all-out resistance to a popular president-elect during an economic emergency.
LANCE ARMSTRONG: Armstrong Drops Fight Against Doping Charges - NYT
Lance Armstrong said he would not fight the charges brought by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, which means he will lose his seven Tour de France titles and all awards and money he won since August 1998.
LANCE ARMSTRONG: Armstrong Ends Defense, Loses Titles – WSJ
Cycling legend Lance Armstrong was stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles after he refused to fight allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs.
BIN LADEN BOOK: Pentagon says it knows who’s writing about bin Laden raid - WP
Pentagon officials said Thursday that they have identified the former Navy SEAL who is anonymously penning a tell-all book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
AKIN/GOP/SCIENCE: The Crackpot Caucus - NYT, OPINION
TIMOTHY EGAN: It’s not just Todd Akin. Many Republicans cling to ignorance that would get their ears boxed even in a medieval classroom.
TODD AKIN: Huckabee Backs Akin, Slams GOP’s ‘Systematic Attack’ On Fellow Republican – MEDIAITE
In an email sent to his supporters Thursday afternoon, Mike Huckabee criticized the GOP’s “carefully orchestrated and systematic attack on a fellow Republican.”
TODD AKIN/GOP: Don’t Tar Other Republicans w/Akin Brush - RCP, OP-ED
Mark Salter: Let’s assume he’s merely a garden-variety fool and not insane. Let’s also assume that his imbecility is a personal failing and not, as so many of the chattering class are straining to suggest, a degeneracy common to the Republican Party or the pro-life movement.
*MORE TODD AKIN BELOW
EUTHANASIA: Ohio Man’s Shooting of Ailing Wife Raises Questions About ‘Mercy Killings’ – NYT
A man who shot his wife to death in an I.C.U. in Akron has been charged with murder, but friends say he was acting out of compassion.
ISLAM IN AMERICA: Mosque Plan Divides a Diverse Town – WSJ
A plan to convert a former public school into a mosque has raised tensions and prompted a round of soul-searching in a Detroit suburb that prides itself on its religious diversity.
PRIVACY: GPS technology finding its way into court - WP
Prosecutors and privacy activists spar over police use of cellphones with GPS technology in tracking suspects.
TEA PARTY/OWS: How the tea party beat Occupy Wall Street – MARKETWATCH
Commentary: Antifinance movement never sent a clear message.
EDUCATION: Is Private School Not Expensive Enough? – NYT
Private schools need a new pricing model. Affluent families must donate, as much as they are able, to make up the difference between tuition and the school’s real, per-student cost of operation.
HEALTH: NIH should have notified county of superbug outbreak, Montgomery official says - WP
For some public officials and consumer advocates, the incident, which began last year and continued through January, raised questions about whether and how the public should be notified of hospital-borne infections.
HEALTH: Tracking a superbug at the NIH – WP, EDITORIAL
Remarkable advances in genomics are changing our understanding of the biology of disease and medical conditions. With fast results and lower costs, genomics are being applied to real-world problems
HOLLYWOOD EXTORTION: Aspiring Actor Accused of Extortion Plot – WSJ
Federal authorities accused an aspiring Hollywood actor of threatening the families of several wealthy individuals, including film executive Harvey Weinstein.
TRAVEL/TSA: With Footwear Scanners Failing in Airport Tests, the Shoes Still Have to Come Off – NYT
The Transportation Security Administration has rejected four scanning devices that were intended to allow airline passengers to keep their shoes on at security checkpoints.
GUN CONTROL/NY: Call to Stiffen Laws Worries Town Built by Guns – NYT
Two recent mass shootings have galvanized advocates of tougher gun laws in Albany, and Remington has made it clear that such laws could prompt it to leave New York for a more sympathetic state.
IMMIGRATION: Agents Sue Over Deportation Suspensions – NYT
The immigration agents said an Obama administration program prevented them from detaining illegal immigrants who were public safety risks.
TECHNOLOGY: Who Inherits Your iTunes Library? – WSJ
Pay Dirt: Why our digital book and music collections may go with us to the grave.
LINGUISTICS: Where do our words come from? - WP
Researchers identify present day Turkey as origin of Indo-European languages.
MORE ELECTIONS 2012 STORIES:
ROMNEY: Charlie Cook: It Shouldn’t Be Close – NATIONAL JOURNAL, OP-ED
But it is, and that’s partly due to Mitt Romney’s own personality and some missteps by his campaign.
ROMNEY: To Win, Romney Must Reinvent Himself Again - ECONOMIST
He has many factors in his favour. But to win the presidency Mitt Romney will have to reinvent himself once again—this time as a likeable, sympathetic guy
ROMNEY: So, Mitt, what do you really believe? - ECONOMIST
Too much about the Republican candidate for the presidency is far too mysterious.
GOP CONVENTION: Two Different Conventions, Much Different Goals – AP via RCP, OP-ED
Barack Obama needs to remind voters why they loved him in 2008. Mitt Romney needs for voters to get to know and like him better.
GOP CONVENTION/BIG DONORS: For GOP mega-donors, a convention of their own - POLITICO
The real action will be taking place in skyboxes, closed-door hotel ballrooms and pricey restaurants.
GOP CONVENTION/ANN ROMNEY: Ann Romney may speak on Tuesday – POLITICO
The move would ensure primetime TV coverage.
NOMINATION: Romney May Be Nominated Early – NYT
A storm and possible disruption from Ron Paul supporters push plans up for Mitt Romney’s name to be placed into nomination.
DEFENSE CUTS/RYAN: Ryan Criticizes Obama on Defense Cuts – ABC via CFR
At a defense roundtable near Fort Bragg, Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan spoke out against the looming $500 billion defense cuts. He said the president needed to explain how automatic, across-the-board cuts to the defense budget would affect military jobs and defense contracts.
RYAN/FAMILY: For the Ryans, a Union Across Political Lines - NYT
Janna Ryan, the wife of Representative Paul D. Ryan, is now one of the public faces of the Republican ticket, an unconventional path for a woman from Democratic Party royalty in Oklahoma
RYAN/CAMPAIGNING: Back to baseline: Ryan goes wonky - WP
Republican running mate chats up reporters on budget, welfare and his ‘favorite vegetable,’ asparagus.
RYAN: The making of Paul Ryan – POLITICO
POLITICO takes a by-the-numbers look at the Republican pick for vice president.
GEORGE W. BUSH: Bush happy on his political Elba - WP
In political exile, George W. Bush seems relaxed and content, friends say.
ROMNEY/ENERGY: Giving Reins to the States Over Drilling – NYT
Mitt Romney is proposing to end a century of federal control over oil and gas drilling and coal mining on government lands to court western voters and supporters from the energy industry.
NJ/BOOKER-CHRISTIE: Report: Cory Booker may take on Chris Christie – POLITICO
The Newark mayor has reportedly told Democratic county chairs that he’s eyeing a gubernatorial run.
UNIONS/DEMOCRATS: Labour fights steer workers to Democrats – FT
The president’s fate may be tied to the ability of the labour movement to deliver white working-class voters
CANDIDATES: Where is today’s Teddy Roosevelt? - WP, OPINION
What both parties are missing a candidate like Teddy Roosevelt was in 1912, 100 years ago.
ELECTIONS 2012/MEDICARE: Obama Is Lucky That Medicare Is Out of Control - BLOOMBERG, OP-ED
Thomas Geoghegan: If Barack Obama wins re-election, “let him thank his lucky stars that entitlements are out of control….”
MORE TODD AKIN STORIES:
MCCASKILL/AKIN: McCaskill’s see-no-evil campaign – POLITICO
She is barely acknowledging the national fury surrounding her rival, Todd Akin.
TODD AKIN: Who had the worst week in Washington? Todd Akin – WP, OPINION
Chris Cillizza: It took just two words for Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri, to wreck his political future.
TODD AKIN: Akin’s rape remark reminiscent of messages in abstinence education - WP, OP-ED
Lisa Miller: It’s that Akin’s disinterest in the facts is reflective of a broader contemporary disinterest in facts – and in science.
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