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House GOP Committee Chair Recommendations: All White… All Male

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 29, 2012

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced who will chair all of the major House committees in the next Congress. And it turns out they all have something in common besides party affiliation: they’re all white men.

There isn’t a single woman or minority included in the mix of 19 House committee chairs announced Tuesday — a stark reality for a party desperate to appeal to women and minorities after both groups overwhelmingly rejected Republicans just weeks ago in the presidential election. The one female committee chair that House Republicans currently have, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), is stepping down because her term is up. While there are still two lower-tier House committees awaiting a chair assignment — the Ethics Committee and House Administration — neither committee has any women or minority members.

At least one Senate Democrat was quick to point out that something is missing from the Republican lineup.

“Disappointed to see House committee chairmanships in the 113th Congress will not include a single woman. -PM,” tweeted Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who included a link to Boehner’s press release announcing the chair posts.

A House Republican leadership aide declined to comment on the lack of diversity in the party’s committee leadership. The aide noted, though, that GOP leaders just put four women in party leadership. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash) is the new House Republican Conference Chair, Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kansas) is conference vice chair, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) is conference secretary, and Rep.-elect Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) will represent freshman members in party leadership.

To be fair, House committee chairs are typically chosen based on their seniority on the committee, and most committees don’t have Republican women or minorities at senior levels. In addition, there just aren’t that many House Republican women and minorities to go around. In the 113th Congress, which kicks off in January, House Republicans will have 20 women in their camp, compared to 61 House Democratic women. You can count on two hands the number of House Republicans who are minorities. By contrast, in the new Congress, the House Democratic Caucus will have a majority of women and minorities for the first time in history. Read the rest of this entry »

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Obama Era: Barack Obama Victory Speech: ‘The Best Is Yet To Come’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 8, 2012

CHICAGO — President Barack Obama scored himself a second term in the White House on Tuesday, nabbing nearly all of the key battleground states and proving, resoundingly, that his message about lifting the middle class resonates with the majority of Americans.

“The task of perfecting our union moves forward. It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression, the spirit that has lifted this country from the depths of despair to the great heights of hope,” Obama said in his victory speech at McCormick Place.

Supporters here had already been screaming for hours before Obama locked in 270 electoral votes. One by one, he and other Democrats had been winning in key districts and states. So by the time Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and their families walked out on stage, the cheers in the hall were deafening. Read the rest of this entry »

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President Barack Obama Victory Speech 2012: Election Remarks From Chicago Illinois

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 7, 2012

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Obama Elected 2012: President Clinches Electoral Vote Win

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 7, 2012

President Barack Obama was projected the winner of the presidential race over Mitt Romney on Tuesday night.

The president scored critical wins in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. While Obama was favored in the swing states going into Election Day, the popular vote between the pair of contenders had remained close for much of the race.

We’ll be following all of the action on Obama’s victory, as well as the latest news to unfold as it relates to congressional and gubernatorial contests.

Click here to launch our interactive results maps. Below, a live blog of the latest developments to unfold. Read the rest of this entry »

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USA Presidential Election Results 2012

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 7, 2012

As the election results for 2012 roll in, this is your spot for live updates on the outcome of the presidential race, congressional contests and news from across the country as it happens.

Click here to check out our interactive election maps and to drill down on the data as the votes are counted.

Obama Romney
Obama Romney
ELECTORAL VOTES
(270 TO WIN)

303

206

Battleground States
Popular Vote
OBAMA ROMNEY
TOTAL 56,925,922 55,247,163
PERCENT 50.0% 48.5%

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Michelle Obama DNC Speech Electrifies Crowd (Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 6, 2012

By JULIE PACE, ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michelle Obama’s message: President Barack Obama is just like you.

“Barack knows the American Dream because he’s lived it,” the first lady told the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday in an address intended to reassure voters that her husband share their values – hard work, perseverance and optimism – while also drawing a contrast between him and Mitt Romney.

Mrs. Obama never mentioned the president’s Republican challenger, who grew up in a world of privilege and wealth. Read the rest of this entry »

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Michelle Obama Speech: Being President ‘Reveals Who You Are’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 6, 2012

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michelle Obama was the overwhelming star of Tuesday night’s Democratic National Convention, delivering a powerful personal narrative about her husband still being the same deeply principled man she fell in love with 23 years ago when they were both broke and watching their families struggle.

Obama’s speech contrasted with barnburners from the rest of the night, which attacked GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney on everything from his Swiss bank accounts to flip-flopping on abortion. But the first lady’s remarks also touched on the message that others, including the keynote speaker, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, made earlier: Struggle and success aren’t just Republican ideals, and there’s nothing un-American about getting help.

Obama’s speech, like Ann Romney’s at the Republican National Convention last week, focused on her relationship with a candidate that she knows as a husband and a father. But while Romney’s talk of saving money by eating tuna and pasta fell flat, Obama’s stories of student loan debt and family hardships made for a more convincing case that they can relate to middle-class struggles. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mitt Romney Makes Birth Certificate Joke

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 25, 2012


Comment: Birth certificate issue could not be relevant and strong point in this presidency war. There are lots of important issues from national and global point of views. If this is relevant, action must betaken against Obama.

Mitt Romney made a joke about his birth certificate at a rally in Commerce, Mich. on Friday.

Speaking about his Michigan roots, he said, “No one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate. They know that this is the place that we were born and raised.”

The joke was received with hearty applause by the audience. Still, it was awkward for Romney to play on the birther conspiracies that have plagued Barack Obama since he ran for president in 2008 and persisted even after he released his “long-form” birth certificate in 2011.

The Obama campaign quickly responded, with spokesman Ben LaBolt saying that Romney was embracing the most extreme elements in the conservative movement.

“Throughout this campaign, Governor Romney has embraced the most strident voices in his party instead of standing up to them,” he said. “It’s one thing to give the stage in Tampa to Donald Trump, Sheriff Arpaio, and Kris Kobach. But Governor Romney’s decision to directly enlist himself in the birther movement should give pause to any rational voter across America.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Tom Morello & Paul Ryan At Odds As Rage Against The Machine Guitarist Rejects His Appreciation

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 19, 2012

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Paul Ryan has previously cited Rage Against the Machine as his favorite band, but the group’s guitarist isn’t returning the niceties. In a blistering op-ed published Thursday night on Rolling Stone‘s website, Tom Morello blasts Mitt Romney’s new VP choice as “the embodiment of the machine our music rages against.”

In painting Ryan as antithetical to progress, Morello compares the Congressman’s appreciation of RATM to Charles Manson’s love for The Beatles and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s liking for Bruce Springsteen.

At the heart of Morello’s distaste for Ryan is “his guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent.” He goes on to say Ryan has plenty of “rage,” but claims its “A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment.”

The Grammy-winning guitarist has a history of outspoken activism. Together with actor Mark Ruffalo and Coldplay singer Chris Martin, he has recently advocated for a “Robin Hood Tax” which would levy a tax on all financial transactions. That money would then be used to assist those who suffered at the hands of the recession.

Morello also put out a call for 10,000 guitarists to join him in an Occupy Wall St. “guitarmy” in April.

It’s been a rough week for the Romney-Ryan ticket. The Silversun Pickups sent Romney a similarly scathing cease-and-desist when it was revealed that the campaign had played their song “Panic Switch” at an event. A spokeswoman for Romney said that though the song was played without permission, the use was legal because it was covered under a blanket licensing agreement. The campaign said the song was not a part of their regularly used playlist and would not be used again. Read the rest of this entry »

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TRUST ME

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 17, 2012

Romney Insists: I’ve Paid ‘At Least 13%’ Every Year…  Reid Spokesman: ‘We’ll Believe It When We See It’

Mitt Romney said on Thursday that he has paid at least a 13 percent tax rate every year for the past 10 years, directly rebukingan allegation by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that he paid effectively nothing in income taxes during that time period.

The presumptive Republican nominee was taking questions in Greenville, S.C. with the design of defending his Medicare plan against attacks from Democrats. But the questions gradually turned elsewhere, with the final one going back to the issue that’s vexed Romney for more than a month.

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You never hear Romney talk about his record as governor of Massachusetts.  Indeed, when one of his campaign staffers makes a “gaffe” and actually acknowledges the one thing Massachusetts voters DO like about the Romney years, that staffer gets smacked down so hard it probably hurt her entire family.

But it’s even more interesting than that.  Obama enjoys the greatest lead in polls ANYWHERE in the US right now in the very state where Romney was governor.  In the end, the voters who know Romney best, also like him the least.

Throughout his political career in Massachusetts, Mitt has done everything exactly the opposite of the way he campaigned.

Mitt claimed he was pro-choice.  Then changed his tune after he was elected, despite the fact that most of Massachusetts voters are also pro-choice.

He claimed he was for gay rights.   Then did everything he could to undo the Mass Supreme Judiciary Court’s ruling that legalized gay marriage in Mass.

He claimed he would help those seeking higher education.  He then gutted UMass, previously one of the nation’s best public university systems.  And he raised tuition by 66%.  Unsurprisingly, when Romney was in office, student test scores went down, while crime rates went up.

He promised fiscal responsibility, and then underfunded the state’s pension plan, took on a record amount of debt and raised taxes (sorry, “fees”) on the middle class for everything from marriage licenses to drivers tests, all while lowering taxes for the wealthy.  (Indeed, one of the state’s biggest financial beneficiaries of Romney’s policies was – Mitt Romney!)

He claimed he would be good for jobs.  Instead he had the 47th worst job creation record of any governor in office at the time.

But the biggest reason why Romney trails Obama so badly in Massachusetts is that he began running for president the day he was elected governor, and spent a record amount of time (and state money) traveling and campaigning outside the state, dissing his constituents the entire time.  (Which, I must say, is particularly ironic given GOP claims that Obama somehow “hates America”.)

Romney never talks about Massachusetts is because his record exposes Romney as the awful governor that he was.”

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Deferred Action Immigration Event Draws Thousands Of DREAMers On First Day

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 16, 2012

By Elise Foley

CHICAGO — Nayeli Manzano, a 16-year-old undocumented immigrant, woke at midnight Wednesday after about an hour of sleep. A friend had called, saying a large crowd was gathering on Chicago’s Navy Pier.

Manzano wanted to be among the first in line for an event that would help thousands of young undocumented immigrants apply for work authorization and reprieve from deportation under a new Obama administration policy. Wednesday was the first day to apply. The event at Navy Pier, and others like it, ensured thousands would.

“This is my chance, I’m not going to let it go,” said Manzano, who wears black-rimmed glasses and sounds older than she is. “I’m the right age, I haven’t done anything wrong, I don’t have a criminal record. I am a good student. So I told my parents, [Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights] is going to have an event, and I want to be one of the first ones to be there.”

Manzano had planned to take the El train with her parents to the pier around 4:30 a.m. The line would have been hours longer by then. At 6 a.m., organizers at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights blasted out an email saying more than a thousand people were in line. By 7 a.m, there were more than 2,200 in a line snaking through hallways in the Navy Pier event center and down the pier, past a charter yacht and a Ferris wheel and south along Lake Michigan.

deferred actionNayeli Manzano, 16, waits in line to submit her application for deferred action at Navy Pier in Chicago.

By 1 p.m., organizers estimated that 13,000 people had come to Navy Pier for the event, making it the biggest deferred action gathering in the U.S. on Wednesday. The earliest applicants arrived at 6 p.m. Tuesday and slept there, some carrying sleeping bags with them on Wednesday. Others brought board games, laptop computers or knitting projects. But most passed the time by talking to those around them about plans, once they’re approved — they hope — and able to work, attend school and drive without fear of deportation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bite the Bullet

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 31, 2012

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WASHINGTON — White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday that President Barack Obama will “evaluate” new legislation that effectively bans online sales of gun ammunition, but he wouldn’t say whether the president could support it.

During the daily White House briefing, Earnest told The Huffington Post that he didn’t know if Obama had seen the bill filed Monday by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.). The measure would significantly curb the ability of people to anonymously buy unlimited amounts of ammunition via the Internet or other types of mail orders. It would also require ammunition dealers to report bulk sales of bullets to law enforcement.

Their proposal comes just weeks after the shooting massacre in Aurora, Colo. that left 12 dead and dozens more injured. The gunman had purchased more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition anonymously on the Internet shortly before going on his killing spree. The incident has revived calls for some kind of action on gun control, particularly given that nothing changed after the January 2011 shootings that killed six and injured former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), but neither Congress nor Obama has signaled a willingness to advance new gun safety legislation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mitt Romney: Iran Strike ‘On The Table’ If I Were President

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 30, 2012

JERUSALEM — Standing on Israeli soil, U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Sunday declared Jerusalem to be the capital of the Jewish state and said the United States has “a solemn duty and a moral imperative” to block Iran from achieving nuclear weapons capability.

“Make no mistake, the ayatollahs in Iran are testing our moral defenses. They want to know who will object and who will look the other way,” he said. “We will not look away nor will our country ever look away from our passion and commitment to Israel.”

The presidential election hovered over the speech. The Old City formed a made-for-television backdrop behind Romney, while some of his campaign donors listened in the audience.

Romney’s declaration that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital was matter-of-fact and in keeping with claims made by Israeli governments for decades, even though the United States, like other nations, maintains its embassy in Tel Aviv. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mitt Romney Walks Back London Olympics Criticism (UPDATE)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 27, 2012

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Mitt Romney, in his first trip abroad as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, is trying to walk back comments he made questioning London’s Olympics preparation — comments that have drawn a sharp response from Prime Minister David Cameron.

The dustup began Wednesday, as Romney, who ran the 2002 Salt Lake City games, said there were “disconcerting” signs in the days before this year’s games.

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Ann Romney: We’ve Given ‘All You People Need To Know’ About Family Finances

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 20, 2012

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WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney’s wife is reinforcing her husband’s refusal to make public several years of tax returns, telling ABC News “we’ve given all you people need to know” about the family’s finances.

“You know, you should really look at where Mitt has led his life, and where he’s been financially,” she said in her interview with Robin Roberts. “He’s a very generous person. We give 10 percent of our income to our church every year. Do you think that is the kind of person that is trying to hide things, or do things? No. He is so good about it. Then, when he was governor of Massachusetts, didn’t take a salary in the four years.”

Roberts pressed: “Why not show that, then?” and reasoned that people could “move on” if her husband released his returns.

Romney responded, “Because there are so many things that will be open again for more attack… and that’s really,  that’s just the answer. And we’ve given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and about how we live our life. And so, the election, again, will not be decided on that. It will be decided on who is gonna turn the economy around and how are jobs gonna come back to America.”

She also said she thinks the Obama campaign’s attacks on her husband have been “beneath the dignity of the presidency.” And she said people will decide whom to vote for based on whether their lives would be better under Mitt Romney than President Barack Obama. Read the rest of this entry »

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