TOP NEWS: Democracy: September 7th, 2012
- Obama Case: ‘Harder’ Path to ‘Better Place’
- Joblessness May Undermine DNC Bump
- Castro v Rubio – fight for the Latino vote
- Woodward Book Details Battles Over Deficit
- For Medicaid, Long-Term Elderly Care a Rising Cost
More top stories and excerpts below:
OBAMA/DNC: Obama Case for 2nd Term: ‘Harder’ Path to ‘Better Place’ – NYT
Accepting the Democratic nomination for a second term, President Obama argued, “it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades.”
OBAMA/DNC: Brooks: Obama, Character, Not Audacity – NYT
David Brooks: President Obama’s speech Thursday night was quite solid, but it lacked the audacity to tackle the big policy problems ahead.
OBAMA/DNC: Obama Asks for Time to Win Revival – NYT
Accepting the nomination for a second term, President Obama argued, “it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades.”
OBAMA/DNC: Mr. Obama’s Second Chance – NYT, EDITORIAL
The president makes a strong case for a vision of government that serves the middle class.
*MORE ON THE DNC BELOW
ELECTIONS 2012 /JOBS: Joblessness May Undermine Obama Convention Bump - NYT
The unemployment report is a blunt reminder of the forces working against President Obama.
ELECTIONS 2012/OBAMA: Campaign Confident It Has Many Roads to Re-Election - WSJ
President Obama began his campaign a year ago having plotted multiple routes to the 270 electoral votes needed to win a second term. Virtually every one is still viable, polling shows.
ELECTIONS 2012: Conversations With Voters – NYT
Op-Ed columnists talk to voters from around the country and across the ideological spectrum about topics central to the presidential race.
*MORE ELECTION 2012 STORIES BELOW
VOTERS: Castro v Rubio – fight for the Latino vote - FT
It is hard for Republicans to put 270 electoral votes together without the south-west. Without Florida it is nearly impossible.
VOTERS: African American voters keep the faith - FT
With the election on a knife edge, Obama needs all the help he can get from his core voters, who make up a sizeable population in swing states.
GRIDLOCK/DEFICIT: Woodward Book Details Battles Over Deficit – NYT
Bob Woodward’s “The Price of Politics” paints a portrait of dysfunction that began even before President Obama was inaugurated and has only grown worse.
GRIDLOCK: What Obama is thinking, but won’t say - FT
The restoration of the majority rule should put paid to mindless opposition that holds out the prospect of four wasted years irrespective of who wins.
MEDICAID: With Medicaid, Long-Term Care of Elderly Looms as a Rising Cost - NYT
The program is the only safety net for millions of middle-class people whose needs for long-term care, at home or in a nursing home, outlast their resources.
VOTER RIGHTS: Voter Suppression, Then and Now – NYT
Frederick Douglass began his public life by committing what today we would consider voter fraud.
VOTER RIGHTS: Lewis attacks tightened voter ID laws – FT
The civil rights activist has decried Republican efforts to introduce strict new voter identification rules in some states, comparing them to previous attempts to stop black people
IMMIGRATION: Arizona Immigration Law Survives Ruling – NYT
The authorities will be required to verify the status of people who they suspect are in the country illegally.
DROUGHT: With Their Food Scarce From Drought, More Animals Try Dining in Town – NYT
Growing numbers of bears and other animals are descending from mountains and mesas, desperate to eat whatever they can find before winter arrives.
DROUGHT: Most U.S. Farmland Still in Drought, Even After Storm – NYT
The worst drought in decades is expected to continue choking areas of the Plains and Rockies that did not get soaked by Hurricane Isaac.
NEW ORLEANS: New Orleans Levees Hold, and Outsiders Want In – NYT
Residents outside the ring of levees that protect New Orleans want the federal government to erect walls to protect them, too, especially after Hurricane Isaac caused the river to overflow.
ORGANICS: The Organic Fable – NYT, OP-ED
Roger Cohen: A study exposes the hype behind a pseudoscientific ideology. The future is nonorganic.
ARMY RULING: Fort Hood Shooting Suspect Beard To Be Shaved - NYT
A ruling finds valid reasons to curtail the religious rights of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist charged in a deadly rampage in 2009.
BISHOP CONVICTED: K.C. Bishop Convicted of Shielding Pedophile Priest - NYT
Bishop Robert W. Finn was sentenced to two years of court-supervised probation for failing to report suspected child abuse.
MORE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION STORIES:
OBAMA SPEECH: Obama’s Changed Hope - NYT
In his convention speech, the president tried to be a little less lofty.
OBAMA SPEECH: Mr. Obama’s hazy agenda for a second term - WP, EDITORIAL
OBAMA SPEECH: Obama’s Underwhelming Speech - BLOOMBERG, EDITORIAL
OBAMA SPEECH: President Argues for a Second Term without Closing the Deal - TIME, Joe Klein
OBAMA SPEECH: Obama’s speech to the Democratic National Convention (Full transcript) – WP
FACT CHECKING: A Night of Speeches Under a Magnifying Glass - NYT
A closer look at assertions made by President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on the economy, energy policy, Medicare and Afghanistan.
DNC-GOP COMPARISON: A Tale of Two Conventions - RCP
Sean Trende: Look at the conventions and see what they tell us about what the campaigns think about the election…
SUMMARY: DNC night three: Winners and losers- WP, OPINION
Chris Cillizza: The best (and worst) of the final night of the Democratic National Convention.
SUMMARY/ECONOMY: 10 Best Economic Ideas in the Democratic Platform - BLOOMBERG, OPINION
DELEGATES: From Convention Floor, Delegates Give Obama Benefit of Doubt - NYT
Obama Reaches Out, Vowing a Rain Check - NYT
When President Obama’s campaign moved his speech to a smaller venue, aides tried to mollify those who could no longer see him with a watch party.
Cuomo Joins Democrats in Charlotte - WSJ
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo touted his accomplishments during a brief but closely watched appearance at the Democratic National Convention, offering a preview of what could be part of a future presidential stump speech.
Transformers 2 - WSJ, OP-ED
Obama was honest when he said he wanted to remake America.
DEMOCRATIC PARTY: Strassel: The Party that Obama Un-Built - WSJ, OP-ED
Where is the next generation of Democrats?
2016: Looking Past November for a Preview of 2016 – NYT
APPEARANCE: Gabrielle Giffords delivers Pledge of Allegiance - WP
PARTIES: Democrats Party on Corporations’ Tab - WSJ
JOBS: Jobless reality looms over DNC delegates’ ‘happy break’- WP
MORE ELECTION 2012 STORIES:
BILL CLINTON: Clinton to campaign in swing states - FT
In an election in which both camps are relying on turnout, former president Bill Clinton articulates the case against the Republicans.
FOREIGN POLICY PLAN: Romney attacked over ‘neocon’ foreign policy - FT
One of the Democratic party’s leading voices on foreign policy revived memories of George W. Bush and his costly invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.
FOREIGN POLICY PLAN: Obama and Democrats Point to Foreign Policy Strength - NYT
President Obama and his allies made the case for him as commander in chief and criticized their rivals’ lack of experience, with Mr. Obama saying Mitt Romney was stuck in a “cold war time warp.”
ROMNEY FOREIGN POLICY: Mitt Romney Doesn’t Scare Billionaires in China - BLOOMBERG
China tends to like Republicans in the White House because it’s clear what they want: free trade, low taxes and strong national security.
ADVERTISING: Jennifer Rubin: Romney WILL play Ads in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania - WP
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