TOP NEWS: Democracy: October 9th, 2012
Top Five News and Analysis Links (Excerpts Below)
- Romney Speaks Harshly, Treads Fine Line on Foreign Policy
- Pew: Romney 49, Obama 45
- CEOs wield clout, wage battle to get a budget deal
- Buying the Election?
- Connecticut’s Dead Heat
More top news and analysis:
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ROMNEY POLICY: Romney Speaks Harshly, Treads Fine Line on Foreign Policy - NYT
TRIP GABRIEL, DAVID E. SANGER: Mitt Romney on Monday criticized President Obama’s policy and actions in the Middle East but avoided any endorsement of American military intervention.
ELECTIONS 2012/VOTING: Key to Victory: The Best Ground Game - WSJ
Political campaigns contain many sexy components: big ad buys, national debates, convention speeches. This year’s election may well hinge on something more mundane: voter turnout machinery.
ROMNEY FOREIGN POLICY: In Search of Answers From Mr. Romney - NYT, EDITORIAL
Mr. Romney’s stated policies are either pretty much like Mr. Obama’s or, when there are hints of differences, would pull the United States in dangerous directions.
ELECTIONS 2012/MEDICARE POLICY: The Policy Verdict I NYT, DAVID BROOKS
On Medicare reform, Republicans have the upper hand.
SWING STATES: With New Vigor, Romney Resets Ohio Campaign - NYT
JEFF ZELENY, JIM RUTENBERG: If one place is emerging as a test of Mitt Romney’s ability to capitalize on a new dynamic in the presidential race, it is Ohio, which every Republican president in the nation’s history has carried.
POLLING: Pew: Romney 49, Obama 45 - POLITICO
The Pew Research Center finds a 4-point Romney lead among those most likely to vote.
POLLING: Amid Volatile Polls, Let Fundamentals and History Guide - NYT, NATE SILVER
The exact math is probably not as important as the broader conclusion: that the economy is in line with President Obama being a very modest favorite.
MILITARY POLL: 66% Of Military Members Support Romney - CBSDC
A recent military poll finds that active and reserve troops overwhelmingly support Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama leading up to next month’s election. Surprisingly, most of the military members polled cited the economy for backing Romney and not national security.
POLLS/OBAMA: Did Obama Just Throw Away the Election? - DAILY BEAST, Andrew Sullivan
Mitt Romney now leads President Obama by 4 points, according to a Pew research poll released on Monday—the first national survey since last week’s debate. And to make matters worse, the president’s slipping in favorability ratings, too. Is this the end for Obama?
POLLS/ROMNEY: Mapping the Romney Bounce - NEW YORKER, John Cassidy
Obama’s debate debacle has pushed more states into the toss-up column.
FISCAL CLIFF: CEOs wield clout, wage battle to get a budget deal - POLITICO
After the election, the titans of finance are showing up to play in Washington — ready to fight for a grand bargain even if it means raising taxes. For Wall Street, the aim is simple: Get a big budget deal that provides stability…
FISCAL CLIFF: Trillion-Dollar Cliffhanger - NEW YORKER, James Surowiecki
Congress started a countdown to fiscal disaster to force a deal. Here’s why it hasn’t worked.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Buying the Election? - NYT, JOE NOCERA
Campaign financing has gotten out of hand, and our democracy is paying the price.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE: New ‘Super PACs’ Alter Landscape for House Races - NYT
NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and JO CRAVEN McGINTY: A possibly potent kind of super PAC is proliferating in the closing weeks of the campaign, transforming Congressional races with a barrage of outside money.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Planned Parenthood PAC Buys Denver Ads - WSJ
Planned Parenthood Votes, a pro-choice super PAC linked to Planned Parenthood, has bought $800,000 of television air time in the swing state of Colorado to run advertisements against Republican Mitt Romney.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE: The Illegal-Donor Loophole - DAILY BEAST
A giant gap in our campaign-finance system opens the door for foreign and fraudulent political donations.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Small-dollar fundraising problems - POLITICO
A gap in the system could allow foreign nationals and others to put money into American campaigns.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE: GOP getting boost for House races - POLITICO,
Two leading Republican groups are teaming up to spend nearly $13.5 million in House battles.
LOCAL RACES: Connecticut’s Dead Heat - WSJ, Mary Anastasia O’Grady
Can Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon upset Democrat Christopher Murphy in this bluest of states?
LOCAL RACES: Poll: Scott Brown leads by 3 points - POLITICO
The senator maintains a big favorability advantage in the WBUR survey.
LOCAL RACES: Kaine And Allen Lock Horns Again In Virginia - TPM
One of the hottest Senate races in the country continued Monday night, with Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican George Allen meeting for another debate in Virginia…
LOCAL RACES: Richard Carmona’s covert campaign to seize AZ GOP Senate seat - POLITICO
Army Special Forces veteran Richard Carmona confides that he’s been running a “covert operation”: his campaign for U.S. Senate. Indeed, the Arizona Democrat, who served as George W. Bush’s surgeon general, has come out of nowhere to contend for a seat that was practically etched in the GOP column.
DEBATE MODERATOR: McGurn: Never Mind the Snark, Lehrer Got It Right - WSJ, OP-ED
‘The moderator should be seen little and heard even less,’ he says. Are you listening, Ms. Raddatz?
CENTRIST VOTERS: Weighing the Effect of an Exit of Centrists - NYT
JENNIFER STEINHAUER: A combination of redistricting, retirements and campaign spending by special interests is pushing out moderate Democrats and Republicans.
VOTER POLARIZATION: Recurring Bouts of Political Polarization - BLOOMBERG, Albert R. Hunt
Here we go again: A U.S. political system marked by partisanship and polarization engenders despair from both Republicans and Democrats.
VOTER RIGHTS: Four Ways Ohio and Others Have Toughened Voting Rules - PRO PUBLICA
Suevon Lee: It’s not just voter-ID laws. Learn what else states are doing that has gotten heat.
BALLOT REFERENDUMS: A busy year for ballot questions - WP
Referendums will touch on same-sex marriage, non-medical marijuana, casino gambling and tuition aid for illegal immigrants.
SUPREME COURT: Race and College Admissions, Facing a New Test by Justices - NYT
ADAM LIPTAK: This week, the Supreme Court is to hear the case of Abigail Fisher, who said she was rejected by a university because she is white, drawing new attention to affirmative action’s constitutionality.
SUPREME COURT: Obama’s Property Grab Should End at Supreme Court - BLOOMBERG, Adam Freedman
The Barack Obama administration tried last week to convince the U.S. Supreme Court that the federal government can deny landowners the use of their property for years — decades if need be — without ever paying compensation.
SUPREME COURT: High Court Lets Telecom Immunity Stand - WSJ
The Supreme Court rejected a challenge to a 2008 law that gave legal immunity to telecommunications companies that allegedly helped the National Security Agency with warrantless eavesdropping.
GOP/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION: Republican realism on race - WP, Charles Lane
Can they compromise on affirmative action?
VETERAN CARE: Homeless Veterans: Whose Responsibility? - NYT
It is long past time to honor promises made to build housing for the sick and disabled veterans in Los Angeles.
JUSTICE/DEATH PENALTY: Death-Penalty Debate Increasingly Turning on Cost - WSJ
These days, debates about capital punishment are turning largely on one issue: cost. Opponents of the death penalty are finding some unlikely allies: tough-on-crime types concerned about its price-tag.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE: ‘Three Strikes of Injustice’ - NYT, OP-ED
KELLY DUANE de la VEGA and KATIE GALLOWAY: A documentary profiles Shane Taylor, one of more than 4,000 nonviolent offenders serving life in California prisons under a three-strikes law.
GOV’T RECORDS: Researchers Wring Hands as U.S. Clamps Down on Death Record Access - NYT
A shift by the Social Security Administration to limit access to its death records is beginning to slow research, such as assessments of hospital safety and efforts to spot consumer fraud.
HEALTH/SEXUALITY: Banning Conversion Therapy: More Harm Than Good? - TIME, OP-ED
CHRISTOPHER J. FERGUSON: Therapies promising to “cure” homosexuality are potentially harmful, but so are laws to ban them
HEALTH: Thousands Exposed to Tainted Steroid, C.D.C. Says - NYT
About 13,000 people may have been exposed to doses linked to a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis.
HEALTH/GENERIC DRUGS: Comparing branded and generic drugs - WP
A pharmaceutical scientist explains how generic drugs do and do not differ from brand-name drugs.
HEALH:Attention Disorder or Not, Pills to Help in School - NYT
Drugs that normally are used to increase focus are used in some cases simply to improve struggling low-income students’ academic performance at school.
U.S. CENSUS: Study: U.S. No Longer Has Protestant Majority - WSJ
For the first time in its history, the U.S. doesn’t have a Protestant majority, according to a new study, partially because the number of Americans with no religious affiliation is on the rise.
IMMIGRATION: Georgia Law Requiring Proof of Legal Residency Creates Licensing Backlog - NYT
The law was designed to prevent illegal immigrants from getting professional licenses. It has led to weeks of waiting time.
IMMIGRATION: No Immigration Charges Filed Against Activist in Traffic Stop - NYT
Immigration officials said Jose Antonio Vargas, who was stopped on a Minnesota highway, did not present a risk to public safety.
SANDUSKY SENTENCE: Sandusky Gets 30-60 Years in Abuse Case - NYT
– NYTThe former Penn State assistant football coach was sentenced Tuesday morning for sexually abusing young boys, crimes that roiled the university community.
MORE ELECTION 2012 NEWS AND ANALYSIS:
OBAMA CAMPAIGN:Obama Is Urged to Get Tough - WSJ
President Barack Obama is getting conflicting advice on how to rebound from his listless debate performance last week as he meets with donors and supporters in a swing through California.
ROMNEY CAMPAIGN: Inside the campaign: The Romney rebellion - POLITICO
MIKE ALLEN and JIM VANDEHEI : For months, Ann Romney and her eldest son, Tagg, were dutifully supportive of the political professionals running Mitt Romney’s campaign. All the while, their private frustration was mounting.
SWING STATES: Colorado exposes candidates’ weaknesses - POLITICO
ALEXANDER BURNS: Look no further than Colorado if you want a picture of President Barack Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s vulnerabilities.
MORE CANDIDATE’S FOREIGN POLICY NEWS AND ANALYSIS:
FOREIGN POLICY: Romney’s Foreign Policy Agenda: Short on Specifics - TIME, TONY KARON
There are substantial differences between the president and his challenger on foreign policy, even if they’re neither as stark, nor as numerous, as the Romney camp would have voters believe
Mitt Romney’s Foreign Policy Agenda - BROOKINGS
On October 8, 2012, presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivered a speech on U.S. foreign policy at the Virginia Military Institute. Brookings experts examine the foreign policy platform laid out by Governor Romney in the VMI speech.
Romney hits at Obama policies on Middle East
Republican claims region more dangerous than four years ago
FOREIGN POLICY: Foreign Posture vs. Foreign Policy - ABC
From Libya to the Israelis and Palestinians, with mentions of Iran, Egypt, Al Qaeda and Syria pressed between, Romney hit all the Middle Eastern hotspots. Here’s a case-by-case look at where the Republican set himself apart from President Obama and the issues on which they do, in fact, share more common ground than one might expect.
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