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September 22, 2013
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 // 7 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 // 7 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 // 7 months ago
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August 1, 2013
As a former prosecutor who was appointed by President George W. Bush on Sept. 10, 2001, I just want us to be really cautious, because this strain of libertarianism that’s going through both parties right now and making big headlines, I think, is a very dangerous thought.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie • Speaking out against the recent strain of libertarianism that’s taken hold in recent years. Libertarian torchbearer Rand Paul, in response to this comment, shot back on Twitter: “Christie worries about the dangers of freedom. I worry about the danger of losing that freedom. Spying without warrants is unconstitutional.”
9:05 // 8 months ago
June 20, 2013
Big news to start the day: Senators have reached a deal on border security which will likely lead the immigration bill to pass in the Senate. The deal would boost the number of federal agents on the border and pay for 700 miles of additional border fence. At least one Republican, Sen. Bob Corker, calls the new agreement “almost overkill.”

Big news to start the day: Senators have reached a deal on border security which will likely lead the immigration bill to pass in the Senate. The deal would boost the number of federal agents on the border and pay for 700 miles of additional border fence. At least one Republican, Sen. Bob Corker, calls the new agreement “almost overkill.”

9:52 // 10 months ago
June 19, 2013
I’d hire a gay guy if I thought he was a good worker. But if he comes into work in a tutu… he’s not producing what I want in my office. If a guy has a particular predilection and keeps it to himself, that’s fine. But if he wants to use my business as a platform for his lifestyle, why should I have to subsidize that? And that’s what these anti-discrimination laws do.
Cornel Rasor, chair of the Idaho Republican Party’s resolutions committee. In the last year and a half, six Idaho cities have passed ordinances banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation; Idaho Republicans aren’t happy with this, and so party officials have passed a non-binding resolution calling on the state’s Republicans to do everything they can to invalidate said ordinances. source
18:36 // 10 months ago