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September 22, 2013
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 18, 2013
House Republicans could pass a bill that funds the government while killing all ObamaCare spending. But the Democratic Senate could just amend the measure to restore funding and send it back to the House. What then? Even the defund strategy’s authors say they don’t want a government shutdown. But their approach means we’ll get one.

A respected paycheck-generating commentator just called the Republican strategy to try to “defund” ObamaCare in the latest budget battle stupid.*

* - His name is Karl Rove

19:39 // 11 months ago
September 15, 2013
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August 18, 2013
14:14 // 1 year ago
July 14, 2013

The best takedown of Darrell Issa you’ll read today

maneatingbadger:

pbump:

This is a pretty direct takedown of Darrell Issa.

Via @thegarance

I am a Timothy Egan fan. He is spot-on: 

In Darrell Issa, for the age of dysfunctional politics, we have the government we deserve.

Issa and everyone else. Sure, government is supposed to be accountable to the people, but the people are supposed to hold it accountable. 

This is an epic piece, particularly this tangential line: "Immigration reform—the most significant thing lawmakers could do in this decade—is a critically ill patient in the emergency room of the Republican House."

13:18 // 1 year 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 // 1 year 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 // 1 year ago
May 24, 2013
Basically, Republicans are attacking Obama where he is least vulnerable and at a time when they have minimal credibility. It isn’t working. By trying to turn everything into a scandal rather than saying Obama’s policies are wrongheaded—and rather than fixing their own image problems with minority, female, younger, and moderate voters—Republicans are focusing on attacking a guy whose name will never again appear on a ballot.
Polling guru and political analyst Charlie Cook, explaining why Republicans’ attacks on President Obama may ultimately fall flat. Despite the media feeding frenzy over the three concurrent scandals to hit the Obama White House, the President’s approval rating has hardly suffered at all: In general, it’s hovered around 51%, with one poll even showing an uptick since April. Meanwhile, a recent CNN poll showed the Republican Party with the highest negative ratings—59%—that either party has received in more than 20 years. “Americans may not be ecstatic about President Obama and his policies,” Cook writes, “but compared with the Republicans, they think Obama doesn’t look so bad.” source
17:30 // 1 year ago
May 22, 2013
Politico:

The investigation is the latest example of the complicated relationship between McDonnell and Cuccinelli. McDonnell is supporting Cuccinelli’s [Gubernatorial] bid and raising money for him, but the two butted heads earlier this year when Cuccinelli opposed McDonnell’s bipartisan transportation bill. And undoubtedly voters’ approval of McDonnell and his administration will play a role in Cuccinelli’s fate this November.

Meanwhile, the Virginia GOP just nominated for Lieutenant Governor a guy who’s conservative to the point of parody—he’s defended the Constitution’s 3/5th clause, for example—and some on the right are fretting that he might cost Cuccinelli the election (Photo credit: AP). source

Politico:

The investigation is the latest example of the complicated relationship between McDonnell and Cuccinelli. McDonnell is supporting Cuccinelli’s [Gubernatorial] bid and raising money for him, but the two butted heads earlier this year when Cuccinelli opposed McDonnell’s bipartisan transportation bill. And undoubtedly voters’ approval of McDonnell and his administration will play a role in Cuccinelli’s fate this November.

Meanwhile, the Virginia GOP just nominated for Lieutenant Governor a guy who’s conservative to the point of parody—he’s defended the Constitution’s 3/5th clause, for example—and some on the right are fretting that he might cost Cuccinelli the election (Photo credit: AP). source

22:08 // 1 year ago