theatlantic:

Obama Shows, Once Again, That Crying Is for Winners

[…] Obama’s weeping episodes happened first when he was reflecting on his remarkable rise from junior Illinois senator to president of the United States, and then when he was celebrating winning his second term. His tears, then, seemed to be a positive display of humanity and humility in the face of success, rather then an admission of weakness.

The idea that male crying is acceptable in a time of strength but repellent in a moment of weakness holds for men besides Obama and in realms other than the political.

[Video: barackobama.com]

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newyorker:


“We’ve always had a difference of opinion in our political world. We are a democracy, so we don’t all think alike and we have the opportunity to express that. But I think the stagnation that exists now is quite new, and the way to get beyond it is for the Republicans to take back their party from the extreme radical anti-government ideologues who have taken control of it…. So I say to my Republican friends, take back your party. We need that for our democracy.” —Nancy Pelosi, leader of the House Democrats and former Speaker of the House.

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newyorker:

“We’ve always had a difference of opinion in our political world. We are a democracy, so we don’t all think alike and we have the opportunity to express that. But I think the stagnation that exists now is quite new, and the way to get beyond it is for the Republicans to take back their party from the extreme radical anti-government ideologues who have taken control of it…. So I say to my Republican friends, take back your party. We need that for our democracy.” —Nancy Pelosi, leader of the House Democrats and former Speaker of the House.

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reuters:

The Reuters Elections 2012 portal has relaunched just in time for Wednesday evening’s presidential debate. View campaign ads, the latest polling figures, a look back at how we voted over the past few decades, opinion and analysis and the latest news from the campaign trail.

Tonight’s Presidential Debate will be live blogged on the portal

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Mitt Romney Paid More Taxes Than Required, Raising Rate to 14.1 Percent

Via his campaign: “He was in the unique position of having made a commitment to the public that his tax rate would be above 13%.  He directed his preparers to ensure that he is consistent with that statement.”
Interestingly, he told ABC News in July that he would not pay more in taxes “than are legally due. And, frankly, if I had paid more than are legally due I don’t think I’d be qualified to become president. I’d think people would want me to follow the law and pay only what the tax code requires.”
And in January he said,  “I pay all the taxes that are legally required and not a dollar more. I don’t think you want someone as the candidate for president who pays more taxes than he owes.”
Is he disqualifying himself?

Mitt Romney Paid More Taxes Than Required, Raising Rate to 14.1 Percent

Via his campaign: “He was in the unique position of having made a commitment to the public that his tax rate would be above 13%.  He directed his preparers to ensure that he is consistent with that statement.”

Interestingly, he told ABC News in July that he would not pay more in taxes “than are legally due. And, frankly, if I had paid more than are legally due I don’t think I’d be qualified to become president. I’d think people would want me to follow the law and pay only what the tax code requires.”

And in January he said,  “I pay all the taxes that are legally required and not a dollar more. I don’t think you want someone as the candidate for president who pays more taxes than he owes.”

Is he disqualifying himself?

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breakingnews:

Democrats restore references to God and Jerusalem to platform
AP:  Democrats amended their convention platform Wednesday to add a mention of God and declare that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
Many in the audience booed after the convention chairman, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, ruled that the amendments had been approved despite the fact that a large group of delegates had objected. He called for a vote three times before ruling.
A sources tells AP that President Obama personally intervened to change Dem platform language on Jerusalem, God.
Photo: Antonio Villaraigosa calls for a vote to amend the platform at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

breakingnews:

Democrats restore references to God and Jerusalem to platform

AP:  Democrats amended their convention platform Wednesday to add a mention of God and declare that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

Many in the audience booed after the convention chairman, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, ruled that the amendments had been approved despite the fact that a large group of delegates had objected. He called for a vote three times before ruling.

A sources tells AP that President Obama personally intervened to change Dem platform language on Jerusalem, God.

Photo: Antonio Villaraigosa calls for a vote to amend the platform at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Mormons For Obama Launch Their Own “Missionary Effort”
Harry Reid rallies a minority with in a minority. “I wish Mitt Romney would stop talking about his religion!”
CHARLOTTE, NC — Several dozen Mormon Democrats packed the second floor meeting room of a Holiday Inn here Tuesday for an event that was part political rally and part support session: an address from the modern icon of Latter-day Saint liberalism: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Via BuzzFeed

Mormons For Obama Launch Their Own “Missionary Effort”

Harry Reid rallies a minority with in a minority. “I wish Mitt Romney would stop talking about his religion!”

CHARLOTTE, NC — Several dozen Mormon Democrats packed the second floor meeting room of a Holiday Inn here Tuesday for an event that was part political rally and part support session: an address from the modern icon of Latter-day Saint liberalism: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Via BuzzFeed

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