Monthly Archives: April 2012

How NOT To Campaign On The Killing Of Bin Laden

Last week, PoliticOlogy considered a new Obama reelection ad that touted the president’s super-serious decision to approve the mission to kill Osama bin Laden. Obama was seen looking alternately worried and resolute, under a Bill Clinton voiceover about how difficult of a decision it was for the president, and the potential political fallout if it had gone awry. PoliticOlogy’s conclusion: the ad focused too much on the impact of the Osama killing on Obama, as opposed to the SEAL troops who executed the mission or the country who favored it, giving credence to the theory of Obama’s presidency as a cult of celebrity…Read More

Related: If Mitt Romney Is So Great, How Come He Didn’t Kill Bin Laden? (VIDEO)

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One World Trade Center Reaches “Suck It, Al Qaeda” Height

 

One World Trade Center, the shimmery skyscraper built to replace the Twin Towers, is expected on Monday to surpass 1,250 feet, the internationally-recognized “Suck It, Al Qaeda” metric…Read More

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‘The Revisionaries:’ How The Culture Wars Converged On Textbooks

 

The Revisionaries, Scott Thurman’s debut documentary, focuses its lens on the fierce political and cultural battle waged by the Texas Board of Education over textbook content. Texas’ size makes it a huge textbook market, and the standards set by the Board about everything from evolution to Thomas Jefferson’s role in revolutionary thinking influence textbook publishing nationwide, a fact Christian conservatives have exploited by taking advantage of off-season, low-turnout elections to stack the fifteen-member board with right-wing candidates. Thurman, an agile and empathic director, follows both the most risible members of the Board and their most committed opponents through the two-year revision of textbook standards, and manages to turn this prolonged policy battle into an suspenseful, engaging and infuriating eighty-three minutes….Read More

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GOP Tries To Fill Pentagon Cuts With Government Retirement Funds

In the Republicans’ continuing effort to raid the pockets of government employees to lower the deficit fund their ideological preferences, Darrell Issa (R-CA) has introduced a plan to increase government workers’ pay-in for retirement benefits by 5%, tantamount to a federal pay cut.

The $82 billion saved will go to prevent Defense Department cuts set to take effect in January. Never mind that the DoD is one of the heaviest funded arms of the government, comprising 20% of the federal budget, and that billions of dollars in savings have already been identified in wasteful defense spending. We will instead fund the department by taking money from middle class workers…Read More

Related: Georgetown Catholics Tell Paul Ryan To Go Fountainhead Himself

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California Almost Expanded Abortion Access (Don’t Worry, It Chickened Out)

 

In another dispatch from the “this is why we can’t have nice things” department, a California law that would have expanded—nope, not a typo, didn’t mean to type restricted or eliminatedor made impossible, but straight up expanded—abortion access was stripped of its key provisions, effectively rendering it moot…Read More

Related: Arizona Criminalizes Abortion After 20 Weeks

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Obama Threatens To Veto CISPA Over Privacy Concerns

 

CISPA sets guidelines for tracking and preventing a cyber attack on major corporations and the U.S. government. But its (perhaps intentionally) vague language would allow companies like Google, Microsoft, Facebook and AT&T almost unrestricted spying and data gathering capabilities on their customers, information which could then be shared with the Department of Homeland Security without any judicial oversight, effectively circumventing all privacy safeguards….Read More

Related: CISPA Would Allow Cyber Monitoring And Sharing Between Internet Companies, Government

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New Karl Rove Crossroads Ad Mocks Celebrity Obama (VIDEO)

 

I gotta hand it to Karl Rove’s American Crossroads Super PAC: they make some quality political attack ads.

The new spot takes on Obama’s celebrity status, showing a greatest hits of Obama’s cultural moments: singing Al Green, killing a fly on television, calling Kanye a jackass, drinking a Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day and appearing on Jimmy Fallon, the latter showing just how quick Crossroads works (Obama appeared on the show on Tuesday)…Read More

Related: “President Flexible”: Karl Rove Ad Features Obama As James Bond Manchurian Candidate

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Georgetown Catholics Tell Paul Ryan To Go Fountainhead Himself

 

Paul Ryan sought to defend his maligned budget Thursday morning, appearing at Georgetown, a Catholic university, to give a speech entitled America’s Enduring Promise.

Ryan’s budget has come under increasing criticism from Catholic leaders, with the fiercest coming in a letter (link is a Google document) from 90 Georgetown faculty members and priests: “In short, your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” That’s gotta hurt…Read More

Related: Catholic Bishops Decry Ryan Budget (#Finally)

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Mitt Romney Fudges His Fundraising Figures To Suggest He’s Popular With Non-Rich People

 

Mitt Romney’s campaign boasted at the end of March that 84% of its campaign contributions came from donations of $250 or less, implying that his campaign was beginning to appeal to the coveted non-private-jet-owning demographic.

But as with most statistics, this number hid more than it revealed…Read More

 

Related: Mitt Romney To Flatten General Election Under One Billion Dollars

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SCOTUS Hearts Arizona’s Immigration Bill

 

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli was back against opponent Paul Clement in the Supreme Court today, this time arguing not about Obamacare but Arizona’s infamous immigration law, SB 1070.

Verrilli had a rough go of it last month over the Affordable Care Act arguments, and today wasn’t much better. According to the indispensable SCOTUSblog, even the more reliably liberal justices were not buying Verrilli’s argument that Arizona overstepped its bounds by legislating immigration policy and enforcement, ostensibly the purview of the federal government. At one point, Justice Sonia Sotomayor flat out told Verrilli his argument “wasn’t selling,” and asked if he had anything else…Read More

Related: Senate Democrats To Challenge GOP Over Arizona Immigration Law

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