AlterNet Radio: Lynn Parramore, Ed Kilgore and Tina Dupuy Talk About Romney Picking Paul Ryan | Alternet

AlterNet Radio: Lynn Parramore, Ed Kilgore and Tina Dupuy Talk About Romney Picking Paul Ryan

 

This week on the AlterNet Radio Hour, it’s all about Romney-Ryan — the Bain/ Pain ticket.

First up, AlterNet’s Lynn Parramore talks about charges that Paul Ryan profited from inside knowledge of the 2008 bank bailout — a story that many in the progressive media have ignored, or even “debinked,” but appears to be solid. Lynn explains.

via AlterNet Radio: Lynn Parramore, Ed Kilgore and Tina Dupuy Talk About Romney Picking Paul Ryan | Alternet.

Two Dark Money Groups Outspending All Super PACs Combined | NationofChange

Two conservative nonprofits, Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity, have poured almost $60 million into TV ads to influence the presidential race so far, outgunning all super PACs put together, new spending estimates show.

These nonprofits, also known as 501(c)(4)s or c4s for their section of the tax code, don’t have to disclose their donors to the public.

via Two Dark Money Groups Outspending All Super PACs Combined | NationofChange.

How 17 people funded Republican super PACs — in one chart – The Washington Post

That the rise of super PACs has given a small number of wealthy donors an outsized level of influence in our political discourse isn’t a secret.

After all, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wouldn’t have even been in the Republican primary game if it wasn’t for a supportive super PAC funded by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. And super PACs supportive of Mitt Romney have kept him within financial shouting distance of President Obama in critical swing states like Florida and Virginia

via How 17 people funded Republican super PACs — in one chart – The Washington Post.

Democratic Presidents Are Better for the Economy – Bloomberg

The prevailing political wisdom says that a U.S. president should win re-election if gasoline prices are stable, the stock market is climbing and monthly jobless numbers are declining.There is some logic to this: Such indicators affect our pocketbooks and our psyches, whether or not the president has much control over them. Yet short-term economic fluctuations are not what make the nation strong or a president great.Enlarge image Presidential Economic PerformanceData: U.S. government statistics and “The President as Economist: Scoring Economic Performances From Harry Truman to Barack Obama,” by Richard J. CarrollA president is a success economically if he can help steer the country onto a longer-term path of broadly shared economic growth, and if his policies lay a foundation for sustainable prosperity for the future. Although it isn’t easy for voters to determine if a president is contributing to long-term economic success, they can do better than base their decisions on gas prices.

via Democratic Presidents Are Better for the Economy – Bloomberg.

Witches and demonisation: The Scarlet Letter – Julia Gillard | Independent Australia

The scarlet letter is the letter A, worn for life by an adulteress in seventeenth century Boston. Her story is fictional. Julia Gillard’s story is real. Her scarlet letter, the media informs us, is T — T for trust. Her more rabid media critics, like Alan Jones, say the scarlet letter is L – L for liar – and even ironic observers like Mr First Dog perpetuate the foxy Juliar.Murdoch’s News Ltd invented the ‘issue of trust’ for Gillard, and it has been taken up by Fairfax journalists like Shaun Carney and Michelle Grattan. There was never an ‘issue of trust’ for John Howard over the introduction of the GST, or for other political leaders who changed their mind.

via Witches and demonisation: The Scarlet Letter – Julia Gillard | Independent Australia.

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Its pretty clear at this point that the Republican Guaranteed Presidency ducks are rapidly forming a nice row consisting of a toxic stew of disenfranchisement of anyone who might not vote for the Money Guys Designated Plunderer. But just in case it doesnt work, and Barack Obama is re-elected, theres always Plan B: Impeachment. Obama is a man of such personal restraint that theyll never get anything as titillating as lying about a blowjob, but that doesnt mean the Republicans wont try to go The Full Clinton on him.The “high crime and misdemeanor” thats going to be deemed far more heinous than deliberately ignoring the threat of an imminent terrorist attack just because the information had been passed on by the Clinton Administration and then lying us into an unrelated war under false pretenses to enrich your oil buddies, is going to be a botched program that started under the Bush Administration.

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An Abbott proof sense | Independent Australia

The last days of the Abbott approacheth.

The boxing bible-bashing Oxford Blue is spending much of his time looking over his shoulder — and he’s seeing a tad more than the glow of burning bridges, although they are simmering away.

First of all, the country cousins – the quondam Country Party – are flexing their flaccid muscles in readiness for an election win — they want Trade back but Abbott is understood to have told Julie Bishop Trade and FA will be a single entity under him, with the good lady at the helm.

Abbott’s reasoning, for once, is solid.

via An Abbott proof sense | Independent Australia.

Killing It – By Michael A. Cohen | Foreign Policy

Last week, two blockbuster New York Times stories cast perhaps the most unfavorable light on President Barack Obama’s foreign-policy performance since he took office. First, there was the revelation that Obama maintains a “kill list” of potential al Qaeda targets and signs off personally on major drone strikes in the continuing global war on terror. While Obama’s involvement suggests a certain level of rigor in target selection, the article also highlighted the fact that the president is ordering military strikes, including against U.S. citizens, without any congressional or judicial oversight.

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Next came the revelation that under Obama’s presidency the United States has not only continued but ramped up a de facto war with Iran, with cybertools intended to disrupt Iran’s efforts to create a nuclear weapon.

via Killing It – By Michael A. Cohen | Foreign Policy.

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Corporate Interests Are Fighting Democrats Because Democrats Fought Them

One way to discover what a candidate’s priorities would be if they were to take office is to see who is supporting their election.  This year, it is hard to know exactly who is funding the Republicans, because they are being supported by numerous outside organizations that are spending tens of millions of dollars but that do not have to report where they are getting that money from.  What is clear is that eight misleadingly-named corporate front groups are planning to spend more than $250 million this election cycle, with almost all of it devoted to defeating Democrats and electing Republicans.