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Barack Obama: Americans are 'absolutely' better off than in 2008

September 7, 2012 by legitgov

Barack Obama: Americans are 'absolutely' better off than in 2008 --President sends clear statement over economy as he prepares to reinforce message from Bill Clinton's widely praised speech 06 Sep 2012 Barack Obama has stated categorically that Americans are better off than they were four years ago, as he prepares for primetime acceptance speech on Thursday night to the Democratic national convention in Charlotte... "We are absolutely better off than we were when I was sworn in and we were losing 800,000 jobs in a month," Obama told Virginia radio station NBC 12 in a interview broadcast a few hours before he was scheduled address delegates in North Carolina.

Biden makes case for Obama as defender of the 'average American'

September 7, 2012 by legitgov

Biden makes case for Obama as defender of the 'average American' 06 Sep 2012 Vice President Joe Biden suited up his familiar attire as attack dog Thursday night, leaving nothing to the imagination on the "completely different value set" and "vastly different visions" between President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney. After officially accepting the nomination for a second term, Biden blew past his allotted 30 minutes to speak and said he wanted to use his speech to "take you inside the White House," where he said he's seen the president demonstrate incomparable courage in his decision-making, just as the "average American" makes "equally as consequential" decisions at his or her kitchen table. On everything from the auto industry bailout to the hunt for Osama bin Laden to Medicare to the DREAM Act, Biden tried to make the president's case as more qualified than Romney because of his "profound concern for the average American."

Transcript of John Kerry's speech

September 7, 2012 by legitgov

Transcript of John Kerry's speech 06 Sep 2012 The following is a copy of a speech, as prepared for delivery, by US Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, September 6, 2012. ...Despite what you heard in Tampa, an exceptional country does care about the rise of the oceans and the future of the planet. That is a responsibility from the Scriptures - and that too is a responsibility of the leader of the free world. The only thing exceptional about today's Republicans is that - almost without exception - they oppose everything that has made America exceptional in the first place. An exceptional nation demands the leadership of an exceptional president. And, my fellow Americans, that president is Barack Obama.

Former U.S. lawmaker Giffords wows convention crowd

September 7, 2012 by legitgov

Former U.S. lawmaker Giffords wows convention crowd --Leads pledge to U.S. flag in clear voice 07 Sep 2012 Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, still recovering from being shot in the head, made a moving appearance at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night to lead the pledge of allegiance. The hall erupted into a standing ovation as Giffords walked across the stage - limping, but without a cane - accompanied by U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the president of the Democratic Party and a close friend.

Transcript: President Obama's DNC Speech

September 7, 2012 by legitgov

Transcript: President Obama's DNC Speech 06 Sep 2012 Here are President Obama's remarks, as prepared for delivery, formally accepting the Democratic presidential nomination at his party's convention Thursday night: ...The first time I addressed this convention in 2004, I was a younger man; a Senate candidate from Illinois who spoke about hope -- not blind optimism or wishful thinking, but hope in the face of difficulty; hope in the face of uncertainty; that dogged faith in the future which has pushed this nation forward, even when the odds are great; even when the road is long.

29 Dead in 8 Days as U.S. Puts Yemen Drone War in Overdrive

September 7, 2012 by legitgov

29 Dead in 8 Days as U.S. Puts Yemen Drone War in Overdrive 05 Sep 2012 29 dead in a little over a week. Nearly 200 gone this year. The White House is stepping up its campaign of drone attacks in Yemen, with four strikes in eight days. And not even the slaying of 10 civilians over the weekend seems to have slowed the pace in the United States' secretive, undeclared war.

New rotation of soldiers heads to Kosovo

September 7, 2012 by legitgov

New rotation of soldiers heads to Kosovo 05 Sep 2012 The latest rotation of U.S. soldiers to the NATO peacekeeping mission in Kosovo arrived in the small Balkan nation on Wednesday. Kosovo Force 16, or KFOR16, comprises roughly 750 soldiers from the 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade out of South Carolina and eight smaller Guard units; Army reservists; and multinational troops, said the Defense Department and a KFOR spokesman.

Rights Watch: Evidence of Wider US Waterboarding

September 7, 2012 by legitgov

Rights Watch: Evidence of Wider US Waterboarding 06 Sep 2012 Human Rights Watch said it has uncovered evidence of a wider use of waterboarding than previously acknowledged by the CIA, in a report Thursday detailing brutal treatment of detainees prisoners at U.S.-run lockups abroad after the 9/11 attacks. The accounts by two former Libyan detainees who said they underwent simulated drowning emerge only days after the Justice Department closed its investigation of the CIA's use of severe interrogation methods. Any new instances of waterboarding, however, would go beyond the three that the CIA has said were authorized.

2 U.S. Troops Die in Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan

September 7, 2012 by legitgov

2 U.S. Troops Die in Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan 05 Sep 2012 A NATO helicopter crashed today in Eastern Afghanistan, killing two U.S. troops, the third time in 10 days that a coalition helicopter has come down. The two Americans, who have not been named, were the only crew aboard the OH-58 Kiowa helicopter, according to a Defense Department official. The cause of the crash is under investigation and officials have not ruled out that the chopper was shot down.

Oil from BP spill uncovered by Isaac's waves

September 7, 2012 by legitgov

Oil from BP spill uncovered by Isaac's waves 06 Sep 2012 Waves from Hurricane Isaac uncovered oil buried along Gulf Coast beaches, exposing crude that wasn't cleaned up after the BP spill in 2010. Since Isaac made landfall more than a week ago, the water from the storm has receded and tar balls and oil have been reported on shores in Alabama and Louisiana, where officials closed a 13-mile stretch of beach Tuesday.

Nasdaq closes at highest level since 2000; S&P, Dow also at multiyear highs

September 6, 2012 by legitgov

Nasdaq closes at highest level since 2000; S&P, Dow also at multiyear highs 06 Sep 2012 U.S. stocks closed at multi-year highs Thursday following the European Central Bank's announcement it will buy bonds and positive U.S. job data. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 244.52 points, or 1.9%, at 13,292, its highest close since December 2007. The S&P 500 Index advanced 28.86 points, or 2%, to close at 1,432.12, its highest close since January 2008. For both indexes, it was the best one-day percentage gain since June 29. The Nasdaq Composite Index rose 66.64 points, or 2.2%, to close at 3,135.81, its highest close since November 2000. [WHY don't Republicans *love* Barack Obama? With his implementation of their policies -- and then some -- President Obama has been very, very good to Wall Street! --LRP]

Decision on Gary McKinnon expected on 16 October

September 6, 2012 by legitgov

Decision on Gary McKinnon expected on 16 October --Ten years and one month to wait 06 Sep 2012 A decision on whether to extradite Gary McKinnon is due in a little more than one month, according to a statement from his mother, campaigner Janis Sharp. Sharp told The INQUIRER today that a decision on the 16 October could bring an end to the ten year torment endured by her son. His lawyer, Karen Todner, also confirmed the date in a statement on her website.

Fact checking Bill Clinton’s speech and other Democrats at the convention in Charlotte

September 6, 2012 by walden9

Fact checking Bill Clinton's speech and other Democrats at the convention in Charlotte 06 Sep 2012 "During this period, more than 500,000 manufacturing jobs have been created under President Obama. That's the first time manufacturing jobs have increased since the 1990s." --Clinton. Clinton is referring to the period since February 2010, the administration's preferred date for counting employment figures. If you count from the beginning of Obama's term, Bureau of Labor Statistics data show that manufacturing jobs have declined by more than 500,000. Manufacturing jobs have been on a long steep decline since the middle of Clinton's term, with some 2 million jobs lost during the recession that started at the end of George W. Bush's term.

A lost generation

September 6, 2012 by walden9

A lost generation 06 Sep 2012 Amid the growth of youth joblessness, the renewed assault on education has an especially disastrous impact. The combined effect of youth unemployment and education cuts is creating a growing section of young people who are neither working nor in school, and whose prospects for a career are dwindling every day.

The Democratic convention: A scripted and empty spectacle

September 6, 2012 by walden9

The Democratic convention: A scripted and empty spectacle 06 Sep 2012 As the Democratic National Convention went into its second day Wednesday, the completely predictable and banal character of this event becomes more and more evident. Representing one of the two parties of American big business, the delegates assembled in Charlotte are a million miles away from the real conditions of life facing tens of millions of working people in the United States.

Secret Service probing claimed theft of Romney tax records, $1M hush money demand

September 6, 2012 by legitgov

Secret Service probing claimed theft of Romney tax records, $1M hush money demand 06 Sep 2012 The Secret Service said Wednesday it is investigating the reported theft of copies of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's federal tax records during a break-in at an accounting office in Franklin. Someone claiming responsibility demanded $1 million not to make them public. An anonymous letter sent to Romney's accounting firm and political offices in Tennessee and published online sought $1 million in hard-to-trace Internet currency to prevent the disclosure of his tax filings, which have emerged as a key focus during the 2012 presidential race.

Transcript: Elizabeth Warren's Democratic Convention Speech

September 6, 2012 by legitgov

Transcript: Elizabeth Warren's Democratic Convention Speech 05 Sep 2012 Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren's speech at the Democratic National Convention, as prepared for delivery. ...People feel like the system is rigged against them. And here's the painful part: they're right. The system is rigged. Look around. Oil companies guzzle down billions in subsidies. Billionaires pay lower tax rates than their secretaries. Wall Street CEOs--the same ones who wrecked our economy and destroyed millions of jobs--still strut around Congress, no shame, demanding favors, and acting like we should thank them. Anyone here have a problem with that? Well I do.

Transcript: Bill Clinton's Democratic Convention Speech

September 6, 2012 by legitgov

Transcript: Bill Clinton's Democratic Convention Speech 05 Sep 2012 Former President Bill Clinton's remarks to the Democratic National Convention, as prepared for delivery. Clinton veered from these prepared remarks multiple times throughout his speech. ...We Democrats think the country works better with a strong middle class, real opportunities for poor people to work their way into it and a relentless focus on the future, with business and government working together to promote growth and broadly shared prosperity. We think "we're all in this together" is a better philosophy than "you're on your own." Who's right? Well since 1961, the Republicans have held the White House 28 years, the Democrats 24. In those 52 years, our economy produced 66 million private sector jobs. What's the jobs score? Republicans 24 million, Democrats 42 million!

Poland provides answers for CIA prisons probe

September 6, 2012 by legitgov

Poland provides answers for CIA prisons probe 05 Sep 2012 Poland has given information to European judges investigating allegations that the United States held 'al Qaeda' suspects in secret jails on Polish soil, the government said on Wednesday, potentially easing official secrecy surrounding the practice. Rights activists say that after the September 11, 2001 attacks on U.S. cities, the CIA used "black sites" in friendly countries including Poland to interrogate and sometimes torture suspected militants beyond the reach of normal legal protections. But the programme's existence has never been officially acknowledged.

Bill Clinton officially nominates Obama at Democratic National Convention

September 6, 2012 by legitgov

Bill Clinton officially nominates Obama at Democratic National Convention 05 Sep 2012 Former President Bill Clinton formally nominated President Obama for a second term on Wednesday night, defending his Democratic successor's stewardship of the nation's beleaguered economy. Hours after Obama touched down in Charlotte, Democrats opened the second night of their convention with a rousing set of speeches to culminate with Clinton’s hotly-anticipated speech. The former president was preceded on stage by some of the party's best-known liberal leaders and activists, including Elizabeth Warren, whose Senate campaign in Massachusetts has captivated the party's liberal grassroots.

Marines arrested in assault on Calif. gay man

September 6, 2012 by legitgov

Marines arrested in assault on Calif. gay man 05 Sep 2012 The beating of a gay man outside a bar resulted in the arrest of four Camp Pendleton Marines and was being investigated as a potential hate crime, Marine Corps and police officials said Wednesday. The Marines entered the Silver Fox just before closing time early Monday and seemed visibly uncomfortable, bar manager John Barnes told the Long Beach Press-Telegram. One of the Marines made a demeaning remark - calling the bartender "sweetheart" - before he and the other Marines jumped a young man, Barnes said.

Pentagon launches website to track radiation exposure after Japan quake

September 6, 2012 by legitgov

Pentagon launches website to track radiation exposure after Japan quake 05 Sep 2012 The Pentagon launched a website Wednesday for American troops and family members who were near the Japanese nuclear reactors that were damaged by the earthquake and tsunami in March of 2011. The website will allow Americans to enter a location where they were in Japan and get an estimation of how much radiation they were exposed to while there. The Defense Department says about 70,000 American troops, family members and civilian employees were on or near the Japanese mainland from March 12 to May 11 of 2011 after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, as the disaster is called [instead of the Great HAARP Fukushima Nuclear Meltdowns, as the disaster *should* be called].

Nuclear accident burns two people

September 6, 2012 by legitgov

Nuclear accident burns two people --Official: About 50 firefighters have been deployed 06 Sep 2012 A steam leak brought on by an involuntary chemical reaction at France's oldest nuclear plant has led to two people being slightly burnt, officials say. The accident occurred at the Fessenheim nuclear power plant in northeastern France within 1.5 kilometres of the border with Germany and about 40 kilometres from Switzerland. French power supplier EDF said 'two people were slightly burnt through their gloves.'

Hackers Obtain Mitt Romney's Tax Returns - Report

September 6, 2012 by legitgov

Hackers Obtain Mitt Romney's Tax Returns - Report -- Letters stated intention to publish Romney's tax returns on Sept. 28, unless $1 million is deposited in Bitcoin account 05 Sep 2012 Someone claims to have stolen years of Mitt Romney’s tax returns from a Tennessee office of the financial firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Secret Service is investigating what appears to be a ransom scheme. The local Democratic and Republican parties in Williamson County, Tenn., where the PricewaterhouseCoopers office is located, both received packages, each containing a thumb drive and a letter outlining a competitive-bidding ransom scheme that appears designed to pit Republicans and Democrats against each other over the release of Romney's taxes. [It's about time! What on earth were they *waiting for?!?* Post them NOW!]

Democrats reinstate Jerusalem language in party platform

September 6, 2012 by legitgov

Democrats reinstate Jerusalem language in party platform --Democratic official: Language reinstated to reflect personal view of President Obama 06 Sep 2012 Democrats amended the party platform Wednesday afternoon to include language supporting Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The quickly approved changed came in the wake of mounting criticism from Democratic members of Congress incensed that the 2008 platform's declaration backing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel had been removed from the 2012 text. Republicans were quick to jump on the original omission, blasting the Democrats for not supporting Israel and its capital strongly enough. [And, Obusha couldn't surrender to his GOP overlords quick enough!]

Israeli airstrike on central Gaza Strip kills 3 Palestinians

September 5, 2012 by legitgov

Israeli airstrike on central Gaza Strip kills 3 Palestinians 05 Sep 2012 At least three Palestinians have been killed and four more wounded in Israeli airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, local medical sources say. Gaza has been blockaded since 2007, which is a situation that has caused a decline in the standard of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.

Phony populism from a party of corporate America

September 5, 2012 by walden9

Phony populism from a party of corporate America 05 Sep 2012 The opening night of the Democratic National Convention provided a grossly distorted picture of the Obama administration, presenting a right-wing, pro-corporate, anti-working-class government as though it was the second coming of the New Deal...Speaker after speaker bashed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney as the candidate of wealth and privilege and portrayed Obama as the advocate of working people and his reelection as the key to social and economic progress...In the assault on public workers, Democratic office-holders at the state and local level have taken just as hard a line as their Republican counterparts on cutting jobs, wages and benefits...Deval Patrick, the Democrat who followed Romney as governor of Massachusetts, boasted that he had succeeded in cutting pensions and benefits for state employees where Romney had "only talked" about it. The difference, he pointed out, was that he imposed the cuts "with labor at the table."...In other words, the Democrats prefer to enlist the unions to help them cut the living standards of the working class, while the Republicans seek to dispense with the union officials and do the job themselves. The end result for the workers is the same.

New Democratic Voice Challenges Republican Vision

September 5, 2012 by legitgov

New Democratic Voice Challenges Republican Vision 05 Sep 2012 Mayor Julián Castro of San Antonio made his national debut on Tuesday evening at the Democratic convention, presenting himself as a generational testament to American opportunity that would not have been possible without hard work and a helping hand. "The American dream is not a sprint, or even a marathon, but a relay," Mr. Castro said. "Our families don't always cross the finish line in the span of one generation, but each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor." Mr. Castro, 37, was the first Latino to deliver a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention, and the applause in the arena was reminiscent of the party's convention eight years ago in Boston when an Illinois state senator named Barack Obama brought delegates to their feet.

Michelle Obama pays tribute to her husband in convention speech

September 5, 2012 by legitgov

Michelle Obama pays tribute to her husband in convention speech 04 Sep 2012 Michelle Obama delivered an affectionate tribute to her husband Tuesday night as a man of courage and unshakable conviction, putting a warm gloss on an opening convention program filled with harsh attacks on Republican Mitt Romney. Reprising many of the themes and anecdotes she used in her speech to the Democratic convention four years ago, Obama delivered an implicit contrast to Romney's wealth and comfortable upbringing by describing the hardship that she and her husband faced growing up. [Too bad she and her husband are both capitalist shills now. --MDR]

Deval Patrick: Mitt in Mass. was 'more interested in having the job than doing it'

September 5, 2012 by legitgov

Deval Patrick: Mitt in Mass. was 'more interested in having the job than doing it' 04 Sep 2012 Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will touch on his predecessor Mitt Romney's record in the state, per prepared remarks: "In Massachusetts, we know Mitt Romney. By the time he left office, Massachusetts was 47th in the nation in job creation - during better economic times - and real wages in our state were declining. He cut education deeper than anywhere else in America. Roads and bridges were crumbling. Business taxes were up and business confidence was down. Mitt Romney talks a lot about all the things he's fixed. I can tell you that Massachusetts wasn't one of them. He's a fine fellow and a great salesman, but as governor he was more interested in having the job than doing it." [And what was it that Patrick was referring to that he accomplished? He made CUTS to public workers' pensions and benefits. That's what he did!]

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