Thomas Jefferson Street

May 2012


Mitt Romney Should Put Up or Shut Up on Syria

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It's time for Mitt Romney to put up or shut up.

It's irresponsible for Romney to criticize President Obama for not being aggressive enough with Syria and then fail to tell Americans how he would handle the crisis if he became president.

It's time for Americans to pin the tail on Romney and make him ...

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Romney, Mitt
2012 presidential election
Obama, Barack
Iraq war (2003-2011)
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
politics

Why the Media Is Giving Romney a Pass on Trump's Birtherism

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So what’s up with the free pass Mitt Romney is getting on prominent supporter Donald Trump’s loud-and-proud birtherism? I have a theory.

Romney will collect big bucks today at a Donald Trump-hosted fundraiser in (where else?) Las Vegas. The Romney campaign is even using Trump’s celebrity status for ...

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2012 presidential election
media
Romney, Mitt
politics
Obama, Barack
Trump, Donald

Lessons from a Commencement Speech

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A dozen years ago I was honored to be asked to give the commencement address at my daughter's graduation from high school. I was quite puffed up about it, until I realized I had to actually come up with something that a) wouldn't embarrass her, and b) actually might be the least bit moving or ...

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speeches

My Mother's Zest for Adventure

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For a change, I saw my mother Judith for Mother's Day. I hugged her goodbye early in the morning before she left my living room for the airport to fly to Bogota—just for fun, because she likes to go to places she's never seen before. She has three daughters and her husband, a droll and healthy ...

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working women

Coddling Moms Need to Be Tougher With Their Kids

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In the run-up to Mother's Day, we have been predictably inundated with stories of women who give up everything to make things easier for their children. There's Clueless actor Alicia Silverstone, who chews her child's food and spits it into his mouth, as though he's a baby bird. Then there was the ...

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children

Do House Democrats Want Obama to Campaign for Them?

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Who’s afraid of big, bad Barack Obama? It may well be that some House Democrats are—at least in terms of how he affects their re-election prospects. Democrats are more scared about appearing with Obama than Republicans are with Romney, top GOPers say—and it’s a charge the Democrats’ top House ...

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Israel, Steve
Obama, Barack
Walden, Greg
House of Representatives
politics
Sessions, Pete
Rahall, Nick

Kill the Law of the Sea Treaty

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The Law of the Sea Treaty is a complex international agreement that's been around since Ronald Reagan was president. Its ostensible purpose is to define the rights and responsibilities of nations in their use of the world's oceans, establishing guidelines for businesses, the environment, and the ...

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oceans
pirates
Senate

Top Dem: Republican Budget Will ‘Haunt’ Mitt Romney

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The ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee promised Tuesday that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and the GOP will pay a political price for their attempts to avoid mandated defense spending cuts by slashing social safety net programs.

Monday night, the House Budget Committee passed a ...

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Van Hollen, Chris
deficit and national debt
federal budget
Romney, Mitt
2012 presidential election
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