Thomas Jefferson Street

October 2012


Hurricane Sandy Seals the Election for Obama

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Sandy is a political hurricane.

As the east coast braced for the wrath of Mother Nature being delivered by Hurricane "Stormin" Sandy, two men running for president braced themselves for the reality that they would have to bring their campaigns to a halt, just a week before the national presidential ...

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Why Obama Will Beat Romney: State Polls and the Electoral College

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So who's got the edge going into Tuesday's election? Over the weekend the New York Times's Nate Silver (about whom I apparently haven't written enough today) had a little noticed but instructive factoid about the reliability of state level polls in the final stretch before the election. What it ...

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Hurricane Sandy Disrupts Obama's, Romney's Final Campaign Days

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Hurricane Sandy has blown away a good chunk of the final run-up to the election. No Barack Obama or Mitt Romney on the hustings, no new tracking poll data, no new ads—wait, scratch that last one.

The big stuff holds. Obama's off the campaign trail and so is Romney. Obama campaign manager Jim Messina ...

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Where Was the Fiscal Cliff in the Obama-Romney Debates?

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The first lie of the night, of course, was uttered before the third presidential debate even began. And that was when Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama walked onto the stage, shook hands (with the full-on hand on the upper elbow) and said, "Nice to see you again."

OK, that lie might be ...

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5 Things Mitt Romney Must Do in Tonight's Foreign Policy Debate

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Tonight's final debate should be fought on President Barack Obama's turf. He has the experience—presidents conduct foreign policy; corporate chieftains, even those at the top of the heap, do not. And he has the record—Osama bin Laden is dead, in case you haven't heard.

But there also is much in that ...

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Romney's 'Six Studies' Don't Actually Support His Tax Plan Math

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Mitt Romney's tax plan works arithmetically. How do we know? He and Paul Ryan have told us so. And if their word isn't good enough, well then there are no less than six independent studies which confirm that his tax plan clears that very basic hurdle of obeying the laws of mathematics. But here's ...

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On Libya, Hillary Clinton Throws Herself Under the Bus for Obama

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It wasn't quite the "October Surprise" Republicans feared, but on Tuesday Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton threw herself under the bus on behalf of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, whose ham-handed handling of events in Libya have damaged their re-election bid.

"I take ...

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Why Romney and Ryan Won't Answer the Tax Loophole Question

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One point I mentioned during the live blog of the debate last night which I think is worth reiterating (over and over again) regarding Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's refusal to give details on half of their tax plan—don't be fooled by their refusal to fill out the details of their plan.

To recap:

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Use Columbus Day to Honor Immigrants

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On Monday we once again marked the "discovery" of America by Christopher Columbus, an Italian from the port city of Genoa who, in 1492, persuaded the Spanish Queen Isabella to underwrite an expedition to find a way to get to India by sea by sailing west.

He didn't make it. What he did do, however,

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Why Anti-Obama Conspiracy Theorists Doubt the Jobs Numbers

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A drop in the still-too-high unemployment rate would seem to be one of those things everyone would agree is a good thing. After all, who would want more people without jobs, struggling to pay bills and lacking health insurance?

Oh, but it's an election season. Actually, "election season" is now ...

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Conservative Jobs Conspiracy Is Nuts

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Tis the season for conservative, crackpot, conspiracy theories. From poll numbers they don't like to—today—economic data that displeases them, elements of the conservative coalition (including some high profile ones) are seeing, and loudly proclaiming, conspiracy after conspiracy to re-elect the ...

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