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October 11, 2012
thedailyfeed:

As it turns out, Big Bird is a registered Democrat. Well, at least the guy in the suit is.

Caroll Spinney, the 78-year-old puppeteer behind the 8-foot-tall bird, is also very active at the polls.
“He’s very consistent. He votes in not only municipal and gubernatorial races,” said Suzanne Woodward of the Registrar of Voters Office in Woodstock, Conn.. “He votes in just about every election we have. Even referendums.”


Ironic, considering the piece we just read titled “Big Bird is a Republican.”

thedailyfeed:

As it turns out, Big Bird is a registered Democrat. Well, at least the guy in the suit is.

Caroll Spinney, the 78-year-old puppeteer behind the 8-foot-tall bird, is also very active at the polls.

“He’s very consistent. He votes in not only municipal and gubernatorial races,” said Suzanne Woodward of the Registrar of Voters Office in Woodstock, Conn.. “He votes in just about every election we have. Even referendums.”

Ironic, considering the piece we just read titled “Big Bird is a Republican.”

(via thedailyfeed)

10:07 // 1 year ago
timelightbox:

Last year few of us knew the Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan or the now famous P90X workout plan, but TIME  was early on the story. We sent Gregg Segal to photograph Ryan at a Wisconsin gym last year. Here are the some of the unpublished photographs from that session. 
See more photos here.

timelightbox:

Last year few of us knew the Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan or the now famous P90X workout plan, but TIME  was early on the story. We sent Gregg Segal to photograph Ryan at a Wisconsin gym last year. Here are the some of the unpublished photographs from that session. 

See more photos here.

9:58 // 1 year ago
October 10, 2012
21:11 // 1 year ago

Obama leads in Florida (or, why you shouldn’t stop polling swing states three weeks before the election)

  • yesterday ”North Carolina, Virginia and Florida, we’ve already painted those red,” pollster David Paleologos told Fox News last night. “We’re not polling any of those states again.”
  • today A new University of Florida poll shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney by four points in the Sunshine State. source

Of course, four points isn’t that much of a lead, but it somewhat undercuts the argument for halting polls there. However, the more interesting result in the poll is that 37% of likely voters haven’t yet formed an opinion on Paul Ryan, further upping the stakes for tomorrow’s vice presidential debate. Also, on the question of who Floridians trust to strengthen Medicare, Obama leads by 14 points.

19:12 // 1 year ago
I think it’s fair to say I was just too polite, because, you know, it’s hard to sometimes just keep on saying, ‘And what you’re saying isn’t true.’ It gets repetitive. But, you know, the good news is, is that’s just the first one
President Obama • During an interview with Tom Joyner on Tuesday, discussing his widely-panned performance in the first 2012 Presidential Debate last week. The President compared the campaign to a best of seven playoff series, saying that he went into the debate 2-0, and assured Joyner that he didn’t think one loss was as bad some people believe. “We’ve got four weeks left in the election,” said the President, adding, “And we’re going to take it to him.” source
15:49 // 1 year ago
October 9, 2012

Mitt Romney takes the lead among “likely” voters

  • two the number of points that Mitt Romney (49 percent) is beating President Obama (47 percent) by, according to a Gallup survey of “likely” voters. Gallup determined the likeliness through a variety of factors based on information given by participants in prior polls.
  • three the number of points that President Obama (49 percent) is beating Mitt Romney (46 percent) by, according to a Gallup poll of registered voters conducted during the same period. Unsurprisingly, the numbers on both fall within the normal margin of error. It’s going to be another close one folks. source
17:46 // 1 year ago
The first few times I said `let’s move on’ and they wanted to keep talking, the inclination of course is to stop them so I could cover all the subjects I wanted to cover. But I’m sitting there thinking, `Wait a minute, they’re talking to each other, leave `em alone.’ So I backed off.
Jim Lehrer - Responding to criticism of his performance moderating the first 2012 Presidential Debate at the University of Denver last week. Many have said that Lehrer should have been more aggressive with both President Obama and Mitt Romney, and that he didn’t appear to have much control over the debate at all. Lehrer doesn’t see anything wrong with the runover answers though, because the candidates were at least staying on topic. ”It would have been different if they were talking about tiddlywinks or baseball,” he said. “They were talking about the things that really matter.” source
13:22 // 1 year ago
October 7, 2012

gifhound:

Many who paid the $4.95 to stream “The Rumble” between Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly that aired online last night weren’t able to check out the debate dance moves due to internet issues. This morning, O’Reilly responding to the question of refunding those who couldn’t connect said “If you want your money back, it’s going to charity anyway, but we’ll do it. It crashed – the server crashed, we had so many people coming in.”

[Source: New York Times]

Get the impression I was lucky to be able to liveblog this for you guys.

13:15 // 1 year ago
October 5, 2012
17:18 // 1 year ago
The decline in unemployment under Mr. Obama this year since December is the largest in an election year since Ronald Reagan’s re-election bid.
Nate Silver, chewing over the new jobs report. Silver notes that “there has been no relationship at all between the unemployment rate on Election Day and the incumbent’s performance” at the polling booths, which is why he focuses instead on the overall change in unemployment during election year. Unemployment has gone down by a total of .7% in 2012 so far, just shy of the 1% decrease Reagan saw in 1984. “For the first time in a long while, Mr. Obama should be happy if the discussion turns toward the economy,” Silver writes. “Especially with the Friday jobs report, the economic numbers now seem just strong enough to make the incumbent a favorite for re-election, based on the way the public has evaluated their presidents historically.” source
13:09 // 1 year ago