2012 Election

Obama Describes the Last Four Years and the Next with 'Determination'

Organizing for America released this television advertisement showing President Obama speaking about how much we have accomplished in the last four years and how much work there is left to do. This is the plan the President laid out in his State of the Union, and has been sharing with Americans across the country this year.
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President Obama (D): 'I bet on American workers'

President Obama, today, in Dayton, Ohio:
Voice: Obama, we love you!
President Obama (D): ....You know, last night, Governor Romney looked you right in the eye, looked me in the eye, tried to pretend that he never said, let Detroit go bankrupt. Tried to pretend that he meant the same thing I did when we intervened and worked to make sure that management and workers got together to save the U.S. auto industry, pretended like somehow I had taken his advice. [laughter] The people don't forget. The people of Dayton don't forget. [voices: "No!"] ...
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GOP's Ongoing Vote Suppression

Ari Berman talked the GOP's ongoing vote suppression. How GOP is helping people register, then after seeing who they register for, destroy the registration. How Republicans made a huge deal over ACORN and how different their complains about ACORN were compared to the much more sinister methods of voter suppression they use.
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The 'Apology Tour' Lie Reexamined... Again

Tonight we watched a Republican candidate get schooled in a debate by an incumbent President. So badly in fact, that he started just mostly agreeing with that President to run the clock out and "pass the commander-in-chief composure test" as the GOP talking point seems to be. However, when Mitt Romney wasn't learning about nuclear submarines and that the Army does not have a Calvary anymore he tried to resort to what he has used this whole campaign. Lies.
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The Final 2012 Presidential Debate Preview

Ari Berman joins Sam to preview tonight's third and final Presidential debate. This one will focus on foreign policy.
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Pearl Jam Guitarist Mike McCready Defends Obamacare in New Ad Campaign

Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready collaborated with filmmaker Jesse Dylan and Wondros to produce this new video in support of the Affordable Care Act. Mike shares his experiences with health insurance companies while living with Crohn's disease and how Obamacare can bring relief to all Americans with a pre-existing condition.
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Political Intimidation in the Workplace is the New Norm

In the Citizens United States of America, politics has gotten so opaque and so corrupt that behavior that once would have sparked outrage is now viewed as shrewd, “the new norm” if you will.
Last week, In These Times released an exposé of a conference call between the anti-union National Federation of Independent Business and Presidential candidate Mitt Romney wherein the former Massachusetts Governor instructed the “independent” business owners to tell their employees how to vote in the upcoming election.
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Polls: Much Ado About Margins of Error

Polls - love them or hate them - are here to stay. Polls may be statistically significant ("outside the margin of error") or statistically not significant (within the margin of error). Often people calculate statistical significance as twice the reported margin of error of the poll.
There are other factors to consider: how recent was the poll, how large was the sample size, does the pollster have a reputation for bias, and are there other polls with which to compare it. If there are more than two candidates in the race or a substantial number of undecided respondents the results may be confounding.
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Livestream Event: Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe Debates MN Marriage Restriction Amendment

Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe has become an outspoken opponent of Minnesota’s proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. He’s invited several supporters of the amendment to debate, but so far no takers. The debate will go on anyway Friday at 4E/5C with Kluwe debating an empty chair if no one is willing to show up to defend the amendment.
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PA GOP Party Vendor Arrested in Voter Registration Trashing Case

The Rockingham County Sheriff's office has arrested a Pennsylvania man and charged him with attempting to throw away filled out voter registration forms. He is employed by Pinpoint, a company that was hired by the Republican Party of Virginia to help with voter registration.
UPDATE: Senator McEachin calls for Virginia investigation into voter registration forms trashing case. Press release:
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