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Job Growth vs. Corporate Profit Growth
August 31st, 2011
09:24 PM ET

Job Growth vs. Corporate Profit Growth

A lot of viewers were struck by a chart we made for our interview with GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman. Here it is:


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August 31st, 2011
01:51 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Every day we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation inside and outside Washington.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– What is Sarah Palin doing? First news reports come out that she may not appear at the Saturday event in Iowa. Then that she cancelled. Then that her speech is on hold. Then that her speech is on. Now again it is cancelled. But she'll go to New Hampshire for Labor Day.

– The Education Secretary came out and knocked the Texas education record. Now the Labor Secretary is knocking the Texas labor record. For an administration that wants to run against Rick Perry, it sure seems like they might be nervous.

– The President says he wants to address Congress on Wednesday night — another speech. But it would be (A) during the NBC GOP Presidential debate and (B) when a great many Americans are in church. He has a habit of using September to reboot his message. The big question will be whether Peggy Noonan is right — have Americans begun tuning out this President?

Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher:

Dept. of Interior Recommended Federal Charges vs. DADT Protesters – 3 Hours Before They Demonstrated

Dayen’s News Roundup from August 30, 2011

America’s Hearing Problem

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Filed under: Bullet Points
August 31st, 2011
12:18 PM ET

How can U.S. turn economy around?

CNN's Gloria Borger talks to Robert Reich and John Fund about the job market and unemployment in the U.S.


Filed under: Interview
August 30th, 2011
01:37 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Every day we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation inside and outside Washington.

Senior Political Columnist for TheDailyBeast.com John Avlon:

– Perry on Top – It's not a blip or a bounce – Rick Perry has emerged with a commanding double-digit lead over former de facto front-runner Mitt Romney. Expect Mitt to drop his above the fray approach and go on offense against Perry. First real test of new tactics will be September 7th and 12th debates – high stakes, real-time action.

– Will She or Won't She – Sarah Palin remains a factor in this campaign, with all eyes turning to her September 3rd speech at a Tea Party Rally in Iowa. Two possible options would be pivotal. If Palin suddenly gets in the race – not an impossibility – she should dig into both Bachmann and Perry's poll numbers as the share the same Tea-Vangelist base, benefitting Romney. If she endorses Rick Perry – also a rumored possibility – it would be a decisive blow to Romney and put Perry in pole position.

– Dick Cheney's Memoir – Don't believe the hype about "heads exploding," but Cheney's memoir has revived the old divisions and debates in the Bush administration – Dick and Rummy vs. Colin and Condi. I think the Powell Doctrine is going to look better and better in the eyes of history. The Bush Administration can take credit for keeping America safe after 9/11 but they need to take responsibility for Iraq – and Cheney is at the heart of both strategic approaches – for better or worse, a master of navigating DC bureaucracy.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– There's a brewing story that may be a controversy or non-controversy, but still seems like a story. Did Barack Obama fly his buses around? Several media outlets have picked it up that instead of driving on the campaign buses from one stop to the next, Barack Obama and the buses flew to the stops. Surely this can't be so? But even regular news outlets are starting to question what happened.

– Barack Obama's nominee for the head of the Council of Economic Advisors once wrote that extending unemployment benefits kept unemployment high. Whenever I've said this, liberals have roundly criticized me. But now an Obama appointee has written an academic paper proving it to be the case.

– Mitt Romney is prepping his attacks on Rick Perry. The case will largely be made that Perry had nothing to do with job creation in Texas and is a career politician. The Perry counter? Romney would be a career politician had he not kept losing.

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Filed under: Bullet Points
August 30th, 2011
11:40 AM ET

New CNN Poll: Perry Jumps to Lead

CNN's Gloria Borger and panel members discuss a new leader in the 2012 GOP presidential race.


Filed under: 2012
August 29th, 2011
07:10 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Every day we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation inside and outside Washington.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– President Obama has a new head of the Council of Economic Advisors. Maybe this guy will work out.

– If a conservative were to declare Barack Obama had a militant black agenda or was a communist or what have you (and some have), the media would dismiss them as cranks. But what of the secular reporters from Ryan Lizza to Bill Keller to a host of others who are reporting on Michele Bachmann's and Rick Perry's largely mainstream Christianity as if they are in a cult? More fundamentally, the reporters are getting all the facts wrong, for example, claiming Bachmann is a follower of Rushdoony and Francis Schaefer, when Schaefer was largely dismissive of Rushdoony, i.e. hard to follow to people who contradict each other. Perhaps it is not the politicians who need to stay away from religion, but the reporters who know nothing about it. Exit point: why does the media treat evangelical Christianity as some spooky cult intent on imposing theocracy on American when, should a conservative raise these points about Islam, the media would immediately claim the person a bigot?

– Newt Gingrich went home to Georgia to actively campaign for the Georgia GOP straw poll vote in Perry, GA this weekend. He was the only candidate present. He spoke and rallied the crowd. He came in forth behind Herman Cain, Ron Paul, and Rick Perry in that order. Is Gingrich trying to hold on for matching funds? And if so, do matching funds induce candidates to get in and/or keep candidates in far longer than they should stay?

Senior Editor of MarioWire.com Mario Solis-Marich:

– Watched Pot: The right complained about the “hype” and over preparation of Obama’s approach to hurricane Irene, apparently they prefer the Bush approach of waiting to see the disaster unfold before deciding on a plan for acting on it.

– Reheat: Real estate millionaire Gov. Rick Perry likes his book again and has decided that Social Security is a “ponzi scheme” after all, Gov. Perry’s is hoping, that like Texas chili,, his positions taste better as leftovers.

– Undercooked: The Obama campaign is still stung by the lack of enthusiasm for the 2012 election by Latino voters and now Administration watchers are wondering about the downturn of Hispanic federal hires over the last two years.

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How are you preparing for Hurricane Irene?
August 26th, 2011
04:51 PM ET

How are you preparing for Hurricane Irene?

How are YOU preparing for Hurricane Irene? Go to CNN iReport and share your story.


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August 26th, 2011
01:12 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Every day we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation inside and outside Washington.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– There is only one story conservatives are seriously buzzing about this morning: Gibson Guitars. Perhaps there are more facts, but right now as the President plans a plan to create jobs, conservatives have seized on this story to highlight how the President's appointees are killing American jobs. Gibson Guitar buys wood from India and finishes the wood in the United States. The Department of Justice, Gibson claims, raided its facility because the DOJ thinks the wood should be finished by Indians in India. The Government of India had not complained.

– At what point must we conclude that the Jon Huntsman campaign is really nothing more than a pipe dream by left-wing members of the American media and the left in general? No offense to solid reporters out there, but in the latest Gallup poll, Huntsman polls at 1%. In Florida, a state he has staked a claim to, the latest Mason-Dixon poll has him at zero percent. Meanwhile businessman Herman Cain and former Senator Rick Santorum poll higher. Yet a quick search on Nexis shows Huntsman has been on a parade of news shows and in news articles in the past few weeks — more so than many candidates polling higher than him. And the basic narrative is that Huntsman is just too reasonable for the GOP. Why is it that the former Governor of Utah polling at 1% nationally is treated with much more legitimacy than the former Governor of New Mexico who is polling at zero percent?

– Speaking of Huntsman, he's now saying he's okay asking the rich to pay more. Yet again, he is being used as a useful foil to highlight the unreasonableness of the rest of the GOP. Is this the start of a John Anderson style third party bid?

Firedoglake.com Blogger/Founder Jane Hamsher

Before Colombia Trade Deal Vote, Another Colombian Labor Official Murdered

Government That’s Big and Does Create Jobs

California Group Looking to Put Public Option on the Ballot

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Filed under: Bullet Points
August 26th, 2011
12:12 PM ET

Power company prepared for Irene?

CNN's Candy Crowley asks the president of Pepco about potential power outages due to Hurricane Irene.


Filed under: Interview
August 26th, 2011
12:10 PM ET

FEMA: Pay attention, get ready

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate tells CNN's Candy Crowley how East Coasters should prepare for Hurricane Irene.


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