TOP NEWS: Democracy: September 26th, 2012
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DRONES: U.S. Unease Over Drone Strikes – WSJ
Some administration officials are trying to develop a more sustainable legal framework for how governments should use drone strikes.
DRONES: The Lawfare Drone Smackdown – BROOKINGS
The Lawfare Drone Smackdown started as a kind of joke—a fake grudge match with a friend, in which we both agreed to build drones and hold a dogfight between them. The event—which we decided to publicize on the Lawfare Blog and to which we invited others to join—had a serious side.
ELECTIONS 2012: Polls Point to Larger Lead for Obama in Ohio and Florida – NYT
Mitt Romney’s burden is no longer to win over undecided voters, but also to woo back the voters who seem to be growing a little comfortable with the idea of a second Obama term.
ELECTIONS 2012: A G.O.P. Reunion, With Plans for More Togetherness – NYT
The Republican ticket will start campaigning together more often, which suggests that aides fear that Mitt Romney, on his own, is not generating enough attention and excitement.
ELECTIONS 2012: Treacherous Neocons Flying High w/Romney - RCP
So it has come to this: While the Muslim world was burning, Mitt Romney was telling Kelly Ripa that he wears as little as possible to bed. And on the day world leaders gathered at the United Nations, President Obama’s only high-level sit-down in New York was with the ladies of ‘The View’.
ELECTIONS 2012: Mitt Romney: The Bubble Candidate - RCP
JENNIFER GRANHOLM: For two terms I lived in a protective bubble, like most governors. Governors have 24-hour security, we are driven everywhere, we speed through special lines at the airport. Someone does our cooking,…
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VOTER RIGHTS: Justices Uphold Map for West Virginia Voting - NYT
The Supreme Court said slight variations in a new map of the West Virginia Congressional districts do not violate “one person, one vote” principles.
SENATE ELECTIONS: GOP Fight for Control of Senate Hits Snags – WSJ
A surprisingly close contest in Indiana adds to the challenges for a party once considered likely to regain a Senate majority but now facing setbacks..
SENATE ELECTIONS: In Massachusetts, Brown Attacks Warren’s Character - NYT
With the high-stakes Senate race still very close, Senator Scott P. Brown is seeking to convert almost everything into a character attack on Elizabeth Warren.
SENATE ELECTIONS: Modern dirty tricks arrive in Virginia Senate race, via text – WP
Kaine supporters were sent the anonymous messages; Allen’s camp states it is not involved.
TAXES: Taxes Threaten an Island Culture in Georgia - NYT
Increasing economic pressures are forcing the saltwater Geechees of Sapelo Island, Ga., to wonder if their fragile community will finally succumb to cultural erosion.
TAXES: Republicans Champion ‘Voluntary Taxes’ - NYT
Republicans will do anything to avoid raising taxes, and their latest bill to encourage voluntary contributions is nothing more than a distraction.
DEFICIT: Test for Obama as Deficit Stays Over $1 Trillion – NYT
President Obama and Mitt Romney have very different ideas on reducing the budget deficit, but experts have doubts that either plan is up to the challenge
IMMIGRATION: Deportation Deferrals Put Employers of Immigrants in a Bind – NYT
Asked by program applicants to verify a job, farmers and small businesses are worried about exposing themselves to prosecution for hiring illegal workers.
DEFENSE/TERRORISM: Torture Creep: Why Are more Americans accepting Bush-era policies than ever before? – FP
A quarter of all Americans are willing to use nuclear weapons to kill terrorists.
LABOR DISPUTE: American Airlines Faults Its Pilots for Disruptions - NYT
American Airlines is delaying and canceling flights as its pilots call in sick and seek last-minute inspections in a labor dispute with management.
HEALTH: Seeking Cures, Patients Use Mice Stand-Ins – NYT
In what could be the ultimate in personalized medicine, animal models are being used to help determine the best treatment for a patient.
WATERS INVESTIGATION: House Panel Recommends New Rules on Ethics - NYT
After concluding its investigation of Representative Maxine Waters, the panel advocated a tightening of rules to prevent conflicts of interest and to keep partisan politics out of future inquiries.
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ELECTIONS 2012: Polls: Obama leads in key swing states - WP
President Obama has grabbed a significant lead over former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in Ohio and holds a slender edge in Florida, according to two new polls by The Washington Post.
ELECTIONS 2012: Obama Without Romney - NYT, OPINION
What if the choice on Nov. 6 was just to vote up or down on the president’s performance?
OBAMA CAMPAIGN: Like Ali, Obama Floats Like a Butterfly - RCP
Howard Fineman: Like his boxing hero Ali, Obama is floating like a butterfly — essentially untouched — thus far in his presidential prizefight with Mitt Romney.And that is not good for anybody: for the country, for the voters, for the political parties or even for Obama and his administration.
ROMNEY CAMPAIGN/TAXES: Romney’s bad math - WP, EDITORIAL
The many flaws at the heart of his tax plan.
REPUBLICANS: Feed the wealthy - WP, EDITORIAL
Republicans’ upward redistribution of wealth — and life.
FOREIGN POLICY: Romney shifts focus to foreign aid - FT
With the president enjoying a widening lead in the polls, Mitt Romney has been trying to broaden his attacks on his rival to include foreign policy
FOREIGN POLICY: Obama seeks initiative on foreign policy - FT
With one eye on the election, the president tries to regain initiative on foreign policy as his approach to the Middle East looks politically vulnerable
FOREIGN POLICY: The Obama-Romney Plan for Middle East Peace - BLOOMBERG, OPINION
What to make of the dueling speeches on the Middle East by U.S. President Barack Obama and his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney?
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