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October 8, 2013
Seems some poor fan had a frustrating last night, as his Atlanta Braves crashed in the 8th-inning and were knocked out of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Dodgers. So, seemingly also frustrated by the advent of shutdown politics, he authored this tongue-in-cheek plea to his member of congress. When will baseball finally bend to the will of the people and defund Juan Uribe? (via Craig Calcaterra) source

Seems some poor fan had a frustrating last night, as his Atlanta Braves crashed in the 8th-inning and were knocked out of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Dodgers. So, seemingly also frustrated by the advent of shutdown politics, he authored this tongue-in-cheek plea to his member of congress. When will baseball finally bend to the will of the people and defund Juan Uribe? (via Craig Calcaterra) source

19:01 // 10 months ago
September 28, 2013
The American people don’t want a government shutdown, and they don’t want Obamacare. We will do our job and send this bill over, and then it’s up to the Senate to pass it and stop a government shutdown.
House Republican leaders • Standing their ground on this whole stupidity that’s going to force the government to shut down next week. Pretty sure the American people don’t want conditions on the basic functioning of the government, either.
14:43 // 11 months ago
September 27, 2013
There is no post-Civil War precedent for what the House GOP is doing now.
James Fallows (via theatlantic)

Why do we put up with this? Who does this benefit?

(via theatlantic)

14:17 // 11 months ago
September 22, 2013
This has been one of the strangest weeks I’ve ever had in Washington. As soon as we listed Ted Cruz as our featured guest this week, I got unsolicited research and questions, not from Democrats but from top Republicans, to hammer Cruz.
Fox News’ Chris Wallace says that Ted Cruz’ own GOP colleagues are trying to throw Cruz under the bus with opposition research—due to Cruz’s push to try to kill the Affordable Care Act.
15:14 // 11 months ago
In what can be seen only as an act of supreme indifference, House Republicans passed a bill on Thursday that would drastically cut federal food stamps and throw 3.8 million Americans out of the program in 2014.
The NYTimes editorial board says, on the new five-year farm bill United States Republicans passed to cut billions funding the food stamp program in the nation Thursday September 19. 
14:12 // 11 months ago
pewresearch:

How’s the economy doing? Depends on whether you’re a Democrat or Republican.
Democrats perceive more healing and Republicans see little progress.
That’s especially true when it comes to the jobs situation. Nearly two-thirds (63%) of self-identified Republicans said jobs have “hardly recovered at all” from the recession compared with 44% of self-identified Democrats. By contrast, 53% of Democrats and 46% of independents say employment has “partially recovered,” versus just over a third (35%) of Republicans. 
Both could be right, depending on which jobs measure you look  at: While the unemployment rate has steadily improved for nearly four years, the employment-population ratio, which compares people with jobs to the entire working-age population, is up only slightly since its early-2011 low.

Looking at this, this is a strong find in research and I’ve always loved the Pew organization’s work. This research and graphic focuses on political parties, whereas Reuters reports CEOs are less optimistic about the economy in the third quarter. Also, the WSJ says “a weak economy puts the U.S. a few hiccups away from the recession.”

pewresearch:

How’s the economy doing? Depends on whether you’re a Democrat or Republican.

Democrats perceive more healing and Republicans see little progress.

That’s especially true when it comes to the jobs situation. Nearly two-thirds (63%) of self-identified Republicans said jobs have “hardly recovered at all” from the recession compared with 44% of self-identified Democrats. By contrast, 53% of Democrats and 46% of independents say employment has “partially recovered,” versus just over a third (35%) of Republicans.

Both could be right, depending on which jobs measure you look  at: While the unemployment rate has steadily improved for nearly four years, the employment-population ratio, which compares people with jobs to the entire working-age population, is up only slightly since its early-2011 low.

Looking at this, this is a strong find in research and I’ve always loved the Pew organization’s work. This research and graphic focuses on political parties, whereas Reuters reports CEOs are less optimistic about the economy in the third quarter. Also, the WSJ says “a weak economy puts the U.S. a few hiccups away from the recession.”

13:41 // 11 months ago
ericmortensen:

There are 21 counties in the U.S. where at least 10% of the population speaks German at home.

And interestingly, the aligning article to this image is on how the GOP party in the United States is trying to reach out to other non-English-speaking groups. The article delves into the Spanish translation of “sequester,” which means “to kidnap someone.” Oh boy. Just please give me a moment to instead geek over the photo and the info that it presents. 

ericmortensen:

There are 21 counties in the U.S. where at least 10% of the population speaks German at home.

And interestingly, the aligning article to this image is on how the GOP party in the United States is trying to reach out to other non-English-speaking groups. The article delves into the Spanish translation of “sequester,” which means “to kidnap someone.” Oh boy. Just please give me a moment to instead geek over the photo and the info that it presents. 

12:39 // 11 months ago
September 15, 2013
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September 5, 2013
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August 18, 2013
14:14 // 1 year ago