TOP NEWS: Democracy: September 13th, 2012
- Candidates Spar Over Attacks
- As Teachers Strike, Students Are on the Loose
- Deal on a Farm Bill Appears Unlikely
- After Purging Citizens, Florida Will Let Them Vote
- Obama Grows More Reliant on Big-Money Contributors
More top news and analysis excerpts below:
LIBYA/ROMNEY-OBAMA: Candidates Spar Over Attacks – WSJ
The attacks on American diplomatic missions sparked a harsh debate between Obama and Romney on Wednesday.
LIBYA/ROMNEY-OBAMA: A Challenger’s Criticism Is Furiously Returned – NYT
From Mitt Romney’s perspective, the time was ripe to cast the president as someone who apologizes for America.
LIBYA/ROMNEY POLICY: Outside Romney’s Comfort Zone - WSJ
Dorothy Rabinowitz: The U.S. embassy attacks in Libya and Egypt ought to remind Mitt Romney that this election is about more than the failure of the Obama administration to alleviate U.S. unemployment and spur economic growth.
*MORE ON LIBYA RESPONSE BELOW
TEACHER’S STRIKE: As Teachers Strike, Students on the Loose and at Loose Ends – NYT
Khali Mcdade, left, and Myshun Frierson bought milk on the South Side of Chicago on Wednesday during school hours.
TEACHER’S STRIKE: Striking Teachers, Divided Antipathies – WSJ, OPINION
Both sides say they only have the interest of schoolchildren at heart.
TEACHER’S STRIKE: Labor Fight Poses Risks to Coalition for Obama - NYT
Some political analysts say the strike by Chicago teachers could open fissures between Obama supporters like unions and wealthy liberal donors who sometimes back causes that unions oppose.
*MORE ON CHICAGO TEACHER’S STRIKE BELOW
FARM BILL: Deal on a Farm Bill Appears Unlikely – NYT
If Congress fails to reach a deal, direct payments to farmers would still continue but nearly 40 other programs would not be financed after the end of this month.
FARM BILL: The Farm Bill Should Help Planet, Not Just Crops – NYT, OPINION
MARK HERTSGAARD: The proposed farm bill — Senate- or House-style, take your pick — would make American agriculture’s climate problem worse.
VOTER RIGHTS: After Mistakenly Purging Citizens, Florida To Let Them Vote - NYT
In settling a lawsuit, Florida agreed that residents who were removed from voting rolls after mistakenly being classified as noncitizens will be allowed to vote in November.
VOTER RIGHTS: PA Dems Confident Voter ID Law Won’t Sink Obama – RCP, OPINION
Scott Conroy: With polls showing Obama maintaining a consistent and fairly comfortable lead in the Keystone State, Democrats here by and large say they don’t believe the law will jeopardize the president’s chances, despite their opposition to it.
VOTER RIGHTS: Pennsylvania’s Bad Election Law - NYT, Editorial
The State Supreme Court should reject the new law that would disproportionately affect minority, poor and senior citizen voters.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Obama Grows More Reliant on Big-Money Contributors - NYT
President Obama’s top “bundlers” raised or gave at least $200 million for his re-election bid and the Democratic National Committee through the end of May, close to half the total.
VOTERS/TECHNOLOGY: Social Networks Can Affect Voter Turnout, Study Says – NYT
A large study of Facebook users found that a “get out the vote” message using pictures of friends got 340,000 additional people to the polls.
LEGISLATION/SURVEILLANCE: House Passes Extension of Surveillance Law - WSJ
House lawmakers easily passed a five-year extension of the law underpinning U.S. law enforcement’s authority to conduct surveillance of foreign nationals abroad who are suspected of planning terrorism acts or are deemed to be a threat to America.
ELECTIONS 2012/CAMPAIGNING: Sebelius Broke Campaigning Law – WSJ
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violated the federal law meant to restrict partisan political activity on the part of government officials, according to a federal investigative agency.
MITT ROMNEY/VOTERS: The problem with Mitt - POLITICO, OPINION
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Voters who like moderates can’t trust him. Conservatives who are desperate for victory don’t believe him. And the election Republicans should be winning seems to be slipping further from their grasp.
ELECTIONS 2012: Ryan Plays Up Wisconsin Pride as Obama TV Ads Begin - NYT
Paul D. Ryan, the vice-presidential candidate, campaigned in a state that usually votes Democratic in presidential elections but seems more in play this year.
*MORE ON ELECTIONS 2012 BELOW
HEALTHCARE: Fewer Uninsured People – NYT, Editorial
Wider coverage strengthens the case for retaining President Obama’s health care reform law.
HEALTHCARE: Romney Can’t Be Trusted on Health Care – BLOOMBERG, OPINION
Josh Barro: Over the weekend, Mitt Romney muddied the waters about where he stands on health-care reform with a series of vague statements from himself and his campaign about health insurance for people with pre-existing conditions.
HEALTH: Whooping Cough Vaccine Questioned - WSJ
Increasing outbreaks of whooping cough across the U.S. may be partly a result of the waning efficacy of the vaccine used to protect against it, a new study suggests.
HEALTH: McDonald’s Menu to Post Calorie Data – NYT
The fast-food chain plans to act before a pending federal requirement, and may bring other restaurants with it.
HEALTH: Ricotta Linked to 1 Death, 14 Illnesses - WSJ
At least one death and 14 illnesses were linked to listeria-tainted ricotta cheese imported from Italy, according to the CDC.
MEMORIAL: Buzz Aldrin: Remembering Neil Armstrong – WSJ, OP-ED
Consummate test pilot, extraordinary leader, quiet advocate for space exploration.
MORE ON CHICAGO TEACHER’S STRIKE
TEACHER’S STRIKE: Push to Add Charter Schools Hangs Over Strike - NYT
In the Chicago teachers’ strike, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s oft-cited goal of expanding charter schools is not officially on the table, but a union official called it “the elephant in the room.”
TEACHER’S STRIKE: Mayor’s Mettle Tested - WSJ
For Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the teachers strike that has thrown his city into turmoil is proving a test of the two identities that have defined his career: the pugilist and the dealmaker.
TEACHER’S STRIKE: Students Over Unions - NYT, OPINION
NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF: In the Chicago teachers’ strike, let’s remember the real victims: 350,000 children.
TEACHER’S STRIKE: Chicago, Teachers Cite Progress in Talks - WSJ
Chicago teachers and city officials emerged from contract negotiations offering the first hope for a possible resolution of a strike that began Monday.
TEACHER’S STRIKE: Rahm’s Schoolhouse - WSJ
The mayor ought to hold a press conference every day to update parents and taxpayers on the city’s negotiations with the teachers union..
MORE ON LIBYA RESPONSE
ROMNEY/LIBYA: The End for Mitt Romney? - NEW YORKER, OPINION
John Cassidy: His attempt to exploit the violent anti-U.S. demonstrations in Egypt and Libya backfired almost immediately…
ROMNEY/LIBYA: Romney of Arabia - WSJ
Matthew Kaminski: Before the death of America’s ambassador to Libya and three colleagues was confirmed this morning, Mitt Romney had stormed into the breach.
ROMNEY/FOREIGN POLICY: Romney Offends the Pundits - WSJ
Doesn’t he know he’s not supposed to debate foreign policy?
OBAMA/FOREIGN POLICY: Cheney: Cairo, Benghazi and Obama Policy - WSJ
In too many parts of the world, America is no longer viewed as a reliable ally or an enemy to be feared.
FOREIGN POLICY/OBAMA: The End of the ‘New Beginning’ - WSJ, OPINION
JAMES TARANTO: Suddenly Obama’s foreign policy does look feckless.
MORE NEWS AND ANALYSIS ON ELECTIONS
DEMOCRATIC PARTY: The Obama Democrats – WSJ
Dan Henninger: This isn’t the party of FDR, Truman, JFK or Clinton. They’re different.
OBAMA PROMISES: Rove: Airbrushed History and Dusted-Off Promises – WSJ, OPINION
In his Charlotte speech, the president said he’d never claimed the recovery would be quick or easy. Actually, he had. - WSJ
ELECTIONS 2012: Campaign Stops: A Sugar High? - NYT, OPINION
CHARLES M. BLOW: Democrats are suddenly feeling good about the Obama-Romney contest. Republicans, not so much.
ELECTIONS 2012: Which Party Would Win Olympics of Politics? – BLOOMBERG, OPINION
Michael Kinsley: The 2012 Olympics and Paralympics ended this week with a giant parade through London, where I fled to recover from back-to-back political conventions in the U.S. There are similarities between these domestic and international spectacles.
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