TOP NEWS: Democracy: September 14th, 2012
- The Fed Has Done Its Part, Now It’s Congress’s Turn
- Republicans question Romney tactics
- U.S. Probes Alleged Video Producer
- Striking Chicago Teachers, City Make Progress
- Court Approves Schedule for Florida Early Voting
More top news and analysis excerpts below:
LEGISLATION: The Fed Has Done Its Part, Now It’s Congress’s Turn – BLOOMBERG
You’ve got to give Ben Bernanke an A for effort.
LEGISLATION/BUDGET: US House passes stopgap budget – FT
The bill to fund the government for six months is expected to avert a shutdown of federal agencies before the November election
HOUSE SPENDING: Spending Package Passes in House – WSJ
House lawmakers easily passed a $500 billion spending package, likely the last major legislation to be taken up before the November elections.
DEBT CEILING: Uncontested Spending Bill Shows Debt Ceiling Sham – BLOOMBERG, EDITORIAL
Without muss or fuss, Congress just voted overwhelmingly to keep the federal spigot open for six more months. There were no shouting matches, no threats of a government shutdown, no hostage-takings. Even some Tea Party lawmakers approved the $1.047 trillion measure.
ELECTIONS 2012: ROMNEY/LIBYA: Republicans question Romney tactics - FT
Mitt Romney’s remarks over the deadly attack on the US embassy in Libya have amplified concerns in his party that the candidate is losing a winnable election with a series of tactical errors and miscalculations.
ELECTIONS 2012: Events Abroad Take Bigger Slice of Campaign Debate - NYT
President Obama and Mitt Romney have entered new political terrain with the killings of four United States diplomats in Libya.
ELECTIONS 2012: Romney team sharpens attack on Obama foreign policy - WP
Advisers to Romney said that the deadly protests sweeping the Middle East would not have happened if the Republican nominee were president.
ISSUES/DEFENSE: Romney condemns military cutbacks - FT
Mitt Romney accused Barack Obama of diminishing the military to the point where the US is only capable of fighting one conflict at a time.
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HATE VIDEO: U.S. Probes Alleged Video Producer – WSJ
Federal authorities are investigating whether the man allegedly behind a video insulting the Muslims violated the terms of his probation by using computers and the Internet, according to two U.S. officials.
HATE VIDEO: Man of Many Names Is Tied to Video – NYT
Federal authorities identified Nakoula Basseley Nakoula as part of the network that produced an online video that has drawn violent protests across the Middle East.
TEACHER’S STRIKE: Striking Chicago Teachers, City Make Progress – WSJ
Chicago teachers and city officials emerged from contract talks early Friday morning without a deal but held out hope that an agreement might be reached later in the day.
TEACHER’S STRIKE: A Tale of Two States – WSJ, OPINION
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel insists that the city’s teacher strike was entirely “avoidable.” Maybe so, but he probably would have needed some help from the state.
TEACHER’S STRIKE: Après Rahm, Le Déluge - NYT, OPINION
The Chicago teachers’ strike is a test of who has a plan that can help the nation as a whole prosper.
TEACHER’S STRIKE: In Chicago, Optimism for a Deal on Teachers’ Contract - NYT
The union and the leadership of the city’s schools sought to reach a tentative deal by Friday afternoon.
VOTER RIGHTS: Court Approves Schedule for Florida Early Voting – NYT
Under the Voting Rights Act, five counties needed clearance to change procedures. Under the ruling, they must offer 96 hours over eight days, the maximum allowed.
VOTER RIGHTS: State’s Voter-ID Ruling Due This Month – WSJ
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is expected to rule before the end of September whether a controversial voter-identification law should take effect before the Nov. 6 election.
BIG SODA BAN: Big-Soda Ban Is New Front In Obesity War – WSJ
New York City health officials voted on Thursday to ban the sale of large sugary drinks, the first antiobesity effort of its kind in the nation and a gauntlet thrown in front of the food and beverage industries, which have criticized the initiative as government overreach.
BIG SODA BAN: New York approves supersize drinks ban - FT
City moves closer to bringing in legislation from mayor Michael Bloomberg that would prevent the sale of sugary drinks in the largest portions
DETAINMENT: A Post-9/11 Conundrum – NYT, EDITORIAL
A federal judge rightly challenges the government’s authority to detain individuals indefinitely, while Congress renews unneeded spying powers.
DRUG WAR: Business Plan Remakes Meth Market - WSJ
A big meth bust in California’s Central Valley suggests big Mexican drug gangs have started smuggling raw powdered meth into the U.S. and refining it at ‘conversion labs’ into crystal form, broadening their presence in the U.S. trade.
CHILD PORNOGRAPHY: Doctor Faces Child-Pornography Charge – WSJ
The suspect, a Boston Children’s Hospital pediatrician, was until last year the medical director at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass.
NORTHEAST FISHERY: U.S. Declares a Disaster for Fishery in Northeast – NYT
The Commerce Department issued a formal disaster declaration that could pave the way for financial relief for the battered industry and the communities that depend on it.
DOUGLASS STATUE: Washington to Get Bronze Representative in Capitol – NYT
The District of Columbia will get another delegate, of sorts, in Congress: a statue of the abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
CANDIDATES: At least I’m better than that guy! - WP, OPINIONS
Four stories are at the heart of any campaign. If you understand them, you know who controls the message — and with it, perhaps the election.
DEBATES: Romney: Obama may lie in debates - POLITICO
Katie Glueck: He says his big challenge will be that the president tends “to say things that aren’t true.”
ROMNEY/LIBYA: Romney’s Bungled Critique of a Failed Mideast Strategy - BUSINESSWEEK
We could use a real debate about America’s role in the region. Romney missed the chance.
ROMNEY/ISRAEL: Campaign Stops: Israeli Fallout - NYT
For all his talk about American power and sovereignty, Mitt Romney seems willing to let Benjamin Netanyahu decide whether to start a regional war
OBAMA: Obama Second Term: Team of Insiders - POLITICO
President Barack Obama, if reelected, would surround himself with a retooled senior staff and Cabinet consisting largely of familiar faces and political insiders, plus at least one outsider to tend to the disgruntled business community, according to top Democratic officials.
REPUBLICANS: Paul Ryan’s Factual Confusion Over Fed Policy - BLOOMBERG
We inky wretches in the press get criticized all the time anyway for picking on politicians over their gaffes on the campaign trail. So when I saw this from Representative Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s running mate, I figured I might as well pile on.
CANDIDATES: Ryan v. Biden - WSJ, OPINION
By Jason L. Riley: Those who doubted the wisdom of Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate might want to check out the latest polling.
TAX CLAIMS: The Obama Street Journal - WSJ
The President takes our name in vain to make a false tax claim.
ISSUES/ENERGY: Fossil Fuel Industry Ads Dominate TV Campaign - NYT
Major fossil fuel companies are financing an effort to defeat President Obama, while his former allies in promoting wind and solar power are disenchanted and sitting out the campaign.
ROMNEY: To Be Presidential, Romney Must First Be Truthful - BLOOMBERG
Presidential campaigns sometimes turn on big moments that help voters ponder the central question they have about every challenger: What would this person actually be like as president?
ROMNEY/LIBYA: The Burden of Speech - NYT, OPINION
Mitt Romney’s words about the attack in Benghazi were all too revealing.
ROMNEY/ FOREIGN POLICY: Mitt Romney at the Water’s Edge - BLOOMBERG
Ten years ago, at a panel discussion in Wales, I was asked about a particularly contentious issue of U.S. foreign policy. To the disappointment of my hosts, I responded by apologizing for being a bit old- fashioned about such matters: I was raised to a rather traditional sort of patriotism, and didn’t believe in bashing my country while traveling abroad.
ISSUES/FOREIGN POLICY: Amid Mideast Turmoil, Aides Say What a President Romney Would Do - NYT
Tying Egypt’s debt forgiveness to the country’s efforts to protect American interests there and shaping a post-Qaddafi Libya were among the specific positions Mitt Romney’s advisers said he would take.
OBAMA: Obama Holds Lead in Three Key States - WSJ
New polls show Obama leading Romney in Ohio, Florida and Virginia, three states considered key to winning the White House.
OBAMA: Michelle Obama Plays Defender-in-Chief - RCP
Erin McPike: She calls herself the “mom-in-chief,” but listen carefully and first lady Michelle Obama sounds more like the “defender-in-chief.”
DEMOCRATS: Air-Traffic Controllers Boost Giving to Democrats - WSJ
The nation’s unions are usually among the most generous givers to Democrats. This year there is a newcomer among the top ranks: the air-traffic controllers association.
ELIZABETH WARREN: Warren Tries a Makeover - WSJ, OPINION
Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic Senate candidate from Massachusetts who is challenging Republican incumbent Scott Brown, wants to show voters her softer side.
BIDEN: Biden Hammers G.O.P. Ticket’s Domestic Policies -NYT
In his Republican counterpart’s home state, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. focused on issues like tax cuts for the wealthy on a day dominated by events overseas.
REPUBLICANS: House Republicans Welcome Ryan and His Vote on Spending Measure - NYT
Representative Paul D. Ryan detoured from the campaign trail to vote on a measure that will avoid a government default and an election-season battle.
REPUBLICANS/WOMEN: How the GOP can win women’s votes – WP, OPINION
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Romney and U.S. Congressman Ryan (R-WI) walk with Ryan’s daughter Liza to the Romney campaign bus in Norfolk.
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