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October 25, 2012
Ayn Rand is one of those things that a lot of us, when we were 17 or 18 and feeling misunderstood, we’d pick up. Then, as we get older, we realize that a world in which we’re only thinking about ourselves and not thinking about anybody else, in which we’re considering the entire project of developing ourselves as more important than our relationships to other people and making sure that everybody else has opportunity – that that’s a pretty narrow vision.
President Obama, in an interview with Rolling Stone, when asked about Paul Ryan’s “obsession” with Rand. source
13:59 // 1 year ago
October 24, 2012
Dear Donald Trump: We dare you to donate the $5 million without bringing the president into the matter. Will you do it?

Dear Donald Trump: We dare you to donate the $5 million without bringing the president into the matter. Will you do it?

13:14 // 1 year ago
October 23, 2012

Third presidential debate was least-watched of the trio

  • 59.2MAmericans viewed last night’s third and final presidential debate — an affair which, while technically on the topic of foreign policy, was repeatedly dragged into the realm of battleground state politics by both candidates. This is the lowest viewership figure of the three, with the first debate notching the apex at 67.2 million. source
20:55 // 1 year ago
October 22, 2012

What the pundits think: Who won the debate, anyway?

  • Sully "He’s flawed; he’s made mistakes; but who hasn’t? If this man, in these times, with this record, against this opposition, does not deserve re-election, then I am simply at a loss for words. I have to believe the American people will see that in time.”
  • The Fix ”It was probably inevitable that a real discussion of America’s role in the world wasn’t going to happen amid polling that suggests that voters overwhelmingly care about the economy in this country.”
  • Hot Air ”Romney wanted to show the audience not just that he understands Afghanistan, Syria, and Iran, but that he’s unflappable even in a tense situation. Obama wasn’t facing that test so he could afford to be more aggressive, if only to impress his base. Because he was playing offense, I’ll bet that he wins the insta-polls. But that won’t matter; the bottom line is that Romney’s still on track.”
  • TPM “Obama seemed comfortable, happy. The visuals told the story. Romney was sweating a lot and looked like he was in pain. Into the second half of the debate Romney’s answers seemed more jumbled and unfocused. There was even that rambling and generally uncontroversial digression on Pakistan. Why? He seemed lost.”
  • Politico "Putting his disdain for Romney on vivid display, Obama said his challenger has been ‘all over the map’ on matters of war and peace and pushed back more aggressively than ever on some of Romney’s stock foreign policy attacks.”

And now, your turn. What do you think? And wasn’t Bob Schieffer such a bro?

23:27 // 1 year ago
22:51 // 1 year ago
I leave you with the words of my mom, who said ‘Go vote. It makes you feel big and strong.’
Bob Schieffer • Painting the end of the debate with the perfect closing statement.
22:35 // 1 year ago
Romney tried filibustering his auto industry answer. Obama pulled it away from him, saying “you’ve had the floor a while.” That Romney grin is the grin of a man who realized his answer didn’t help him one bit.

Romney tried filibustering his auto industry answer. Obama pulled it away from him, saying “you’ve had the floor a while.” That Romney grin is the grin of a man who realized his answer didn’t help him one bit.

22:29 // 1 year ago
Romney is 2 for 3 on derailing debates.

Romney is 2 for 3 on derailing debates.

21:43 // 1 year ago
And Obama went took the bait, because he’s talking about education now. Schieffer: "Let me get back to foreign policy …"

And Obama went took the bait, because he’s talking about education now. Schieffer: "Let me get back to foreign policy …"

21:37 // 1 year ago
Obama: “For us to get more entangled in Syria is a really serious step.”

Obama: “For us to get more entangled in Syria is a really serious step.”

21:20 // 1 year ago