Archive for December, 2011

December 30, 2011

The Daily Scoop: Under Obama, an emerging global apparatus for drone killing

The Obama administration’s counterterrorism accomplishments are most apparent in what it has been able to dismantle, including CIA prisons and entire tiers of al-Qaeda’s leadership. But what the administration has assembled, hidden from public view, may be equally consequential.
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December 29, 2011

The Daily Scoop: Johnson seeks Libertarian nomination for president

(Reuters) – Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson said on Wednesday he is dropping out of the Republican presidential race and is seeking the Libertarian Party nomination for president.

“We are getting fed up with the two-party system,” Johnson said at a news conference at the state capitol in Santa Fe, where he was joined by some 50 supporters and by Libertarian Party chairman Mark Hinkle.
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December 28, 2011

The Daily Scoop: Koch Brothers Flout Law Getting Richer With Secret Iran Sales

By Asjylyn Loder and David Evans – Bloomberg Markets Magazine

In May 2008, a unit of Koch Industries Inc., one of the world’s largest privately held companies, sent Ludmila Egorova-Farines, its newly hired compliance officer and ethics manager, to investigate the management of a subsidiary in Arles in southern France. In less than a week, she discovered that the company had paid bribes to win contracts.
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December 24, 2011

To all of Mashed Potato Bulletin’s Readers…

  Here are a few songs to get everyone into the Holiday Spirit!

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December 22, 2011

Did Politifact Opt for the Political Choice?

This week the Pulitzer Prize winning political fact check website, Politifact, chose for its 2011 Lie of the Year the Democrat claim that Republicans voted to end Medicare as part of Paul Ryan’s budget plan, which instead privatizes significant portions of the program. While the claim was false, there is debate over whether or not it was an appropriate choice. Was the often repeated falsehood influential or widespread enough to meet the criteria for the biggest lie of 2011?

December 20, 2011

Clean Air Act & the Anti-Regulation Movement – Part 1

Photo by care2.com

Amidst the congressional back and forth to extend payroll tax cuts, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives presented its alternative last week to the failed Senate bills. The primary source of contention is how to pay for the extensions. The GOP led the charge demanding a path to pay for what are, essentially, middle class tax cuts yet have made no such demand to offset the  cost of tax breaks for the highest earners. Democrats’ plans placed a surcharge on incomes over a million dollars (now removed through a compromised Senate bill) while the House paid for theirs through entitlement cuts, federal employee wage freezes and cutting 10% of the federal workforce. The caveat to the Republicans’ bill is the inclusion of two unrelated provisions. The first pushes Keystone Pipeline construction forward while the second limits the EPA’s recent industrial broiler standards and bans the agency from implementing them in the future.

December 18, 2011

The Daily Scoop: 2011’s Most Courageous Politicians

It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again … who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

This quote is the bases for Time Magazine’s Teddy Awards for the most courageous politicians of the year. President Obama, at the top of the list, is accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, Republican Senator Tom Coburn, former governor and GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and U.S. ambassador to Syria Robert Ford.
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December 17, 2011

The Daily Scoop: 3 Articles – Why the Rich do not Create Jobs

Today, The Daily Scoop offers 3 articles, well 2 articles and a rebuttal to those who continue to present arguments in favor of Trickle-Down economics. The first, entitled, Raise Taxes on Rich to Reward True Job Creators is by Nick Hanauer a millionaire venture capitalist who founded the Seattle-based firm Second Avenue Partners, which helped launch more than 20 companies, including Amazon.com.

The second is a summarization of the Hanauer’s article which elaborates on a few other perspectives. The third is a rebuttal offered to those who cite the Giants of Silicon Valley as evidence that the rich do indeed create jobs.

December 14, 2011

The Daily Scoop: 12 Ways to Make Congress Work

The No Labels action plan to change the rules and fix what’s broken.

No Labels is a group of Republicans, Democrats and Independents who want our government to work again. Our 12-point plan to Make Congress Work can be implemented in just 24 hours to start reducing gridlock and hyper-partisanship.

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December 12, 2011

The Daily Scoop: U.S. Economic Data Surprising Forecasters

In light of a growing body of evidence illustrating a strengthening economy the consistent criticism of the President’s “failed policies” begins to lose credibility. If the economy continues along this trajectory it will become increasingly difficult for Republican campaign strategists justify maintaining a focus on Obama’s economic failures. If this approach is no longer valid, what major issue will they turn to?

Bloomberg – U.S. economic data are outperforming expectations by the most in nine months, a trend Federal Reserve officials may incorporate into their policy statement tomorrow.
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