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Hide this Presidential poll (Investors Business Daily) Email Print

The IBD-TIPP poll now has an even national race (O +0.7), and reports "Obama holding a slender 46.7% to 46.0% edge over Romney" (Likely voters).

* Obama's slight edge, which has emerged in the last 3 days, has in large part been built on a drop in independent support for Romney

On the front page of Investor's Business Daily:

"IBD/TIPP Poll: Obama Up 0.7 Point For 3rd Day"

It is a turn from what had been a 5-point lead for Romney in the IBD/TIPP poll release three days earlier, and from a 2-point lead for Romney four days earlier.

Yesterday's release of reults for IBD/TIPP was similar:

Day 5: Oct. 13, 2012

Obama: +0.7

Obama 46.4% | Romney 45.7%

In a further sign of a tight presidential race, the results remained unchanged in our most recent sounding of likely voters.

The bounce that took place immediately after Romney's strong performance in the debate with Obama seems to have diminished.



You'll have trouble finding any of the 3 days of poll releases posted at the usual suspect places (the wires, politico, networks etc.).

Here is today's update.

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A Hopeless Legion of Loons Email Print

"Oh, big conniver, nothing but a jiver, done got hip to your jive,
Slippin' and a slidin', peepin' and a hidin', won't be your fool no more."
~~Little Richard

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Hey, American People! Email Print

"The time is always right to do what is right"~~ Martin Luther King, Jr

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Consider Truths about new Job Numbers Email Print

by Cody Lyon-Opinion

In truth, as the Labor Department data shows, big as it is, the private sector of the entire United States only added 41,000 new jobs to payrolls this past May. That leaves the unemployment rate essentially unchanged at 9.7%, a slight drop from 9.9% in April.

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Keep the Change... Email Print

Change is the process by which the future invades our lives~~Alvin Toffler, "Future Shock"
Each time it appears that Republicans can't get any nastier, any more bereft of morality, they wrap themselves in the flag, grab their guns and Bibles, and manage once again to hit the bottom of the ethical barrel. A good example is Ben Smith's recent startling revelation in Politico.com, which exposed the dirty tricks Republican National Committee (RNC) operatives were planning to play, not only on Democrats in the upcoming elections -- but on their own donors. Smith writes...

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Will the Real Obama Please Stand Up... Email Print

After the recent Supreme Court ruling that gave corporations "personhood" status, I was pleased to see President Obama publicly call them out on it.  This is the Obama I voted for. 

Sadly, this Obama has been conspicuously absent since being sworn in as President.  It's time for "this" Obama to stand up at last for the people who put him in the White House in the first place, the folks on "Main Street," rather than those on "Wall Street." 

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Walk a Mile... Email Print

I know you need your sleep now,
I know your life's been hard.
But many men are falling,
where you promised to stand guard.
~~Leonard Cohen
My friend Bernie says he's suffering from Afghanistan information exhaustion. "During all those months that Obama was dragging his feet about escalating the war in Afghanistan, did you ever get the impression," he asked, "that foxes were in the hen house, chickens were squawking and running around crazily, wolves were tearing the foxes to pieces, and farmers were shooting wildly into the coop with no regard for the innocent?"

I stared at him, mouth agape, my mind trying to shore up all that activity. "Well ... I --"

"And that's just the generals -- David Petraeus and Stanley McChrystal -- and their boss, or cohort, defense secretary Robert Gates. They were everywhere -- everywhere!" Bernie said, rolling his eyes. "And still are. Turn on the TV, pick up a newspaper, open a magazine, check out Congress, look under a rock -- peek behind a tree -- and there they are. They're a three-man brigade -- "we're going in, we're coming out -- we're winning, we're losing. Or maybe not. We won't know for 15 years...20 years...or until it's over --"

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Obama, Vietnam, and Afghanistan Email Print

I've spent a good part of the last week re-reading Neil Sheehan's book, A Bright Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam. Partly, this is just happenstance; I found a nicely annotated hardback copy in a local used book store. But it's also because I wanted to look again at the 1962-64 period of the Vietnam War to see how much it resembles our current situation in Afghanistan. I don't have good news to report.

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Obama's Tax Cut Email Print

Obama promised lower taxes.  Have you received them?

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You can be paranoid too Email Print

The H1N1 vaccine is being spread around the nation, free of charge, in limited doses. If the internet is any indicator, people have decided to freak out about it.

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Obama on `Letterman' Shows Changing Society Email Print

There was a good mixture of seriousness and humor in the President Obama on "Letterman" video I dug up this morning. Last night Obama went to visit his old friend David Letterman.

Obama appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" several times during his campaign, and I am glad to see that he doesn't consider himself above Letterman's show now that he's been elected.

Changing society, changing rules

Things are changing in society. Secured loans are more common, workplaces are more casual and relaxed, people use the Internet to communicate more and they realize that some traditions hinder progress instead of helping. I think President Obama's appearance on "Letterman" shows that he is in touch with this new generation.

It's a generation that is more focused on results than on process. Other presidents before Obama, I think, thought it inappropriate or unfitting of their position to go on a late night talk show. However, the Obama on Letterman video shows he is more concerned with getting his message out and communicating with Americans on their terms rather than focusing on "proper" process.

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Don't Sacrifice the Public Option Email Print

One of the most controversial parts of President Obama's healthcare proposals is the public option.  It's also badly needed. Nonetheless, the insurance industry and conservatives and even Blue Dogs in Congress are fighting it tooth and nail.

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President Obama's Politics of Dignity Email Print

America is broken. Even if we pull through the current economic crisis, recovery won't last absent an overhaul of our primary institutions.
  • One out of ten Americans is now unemployed and the recovery is expected to be jobless.
  • Fifty million Americans have no health insurance; two million, no home.
  • Two million Americans are in jail.
  • Our public schools have fallen behind those of most developed nations.
  • Higher education is priced out of reach of the middle class.
  • Our infrastructure is in an advanced state of disrepair.
  • We rank first in greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Immigration, once our pride, is now our shame.
  • We're living on credit and leaving the debt to our children.

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President Obama's Politics of Dignity Email Print

America is broken. Even if we pull through the current economic crisis, recovery won't last absent an overhaul of our primary institutions.
  • One out of ten Americans is now unemployed and the recovery is expected to be jobless.
  • Fifty million Americans have no health insurance; two million, no home.
  • Two million Americans are in jail.
  • Our public schools have fallen behind those of most developed nations.
  • Higher education is priced out of reach of the middle class.
  • Our infrastructure is in an advanced state of disrepair.
  • We rank first in greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Immigration, once our pride, is now our shame.
  • We're living on credit and leaving the debt to our children.

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Madoff Judgment Email Print

Original Source at: Bernie Madoff Sentencing and War Criminals Who Stand Free

Sure, Bernie Madoff has been sentenced to the maximum of 150 years in jail. It's a life sentence, I get it.

Sure, the presiding judge said he "needed to send a message to potential imitators and to victims who demanded harsh punishment."

But Bernie Madoff did not act alone in his titanic Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of $50 billion. Where are the others? The prosecution has failed to make the connections, and Madoff certainly wasn't going to squeal. As you can see from the photo, he's a man of dignity and principle. While some victims of the scam may find occasional relief from unsecured loans for quick cash, the vast majority will wonder why money man can work the system to such an extent that justice is (ultimately) perverted.

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