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H.Michael Koppner
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Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

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"I genuinely want to know what kind of person sees a foreign attack on Americans -- an attack that has reportedly led to four U.S. deaths -- and thinks it's acceptable to lie about the violence to gain a few points in the polls. The campaign isn't going Romney's way right now, but is that an excuse to exploit the death of Americans with cheap rhetoric? In the face of violence abroad, this was Romney's first instinct?

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Racing to politicize an international crisis without knowing all of the facts, risking further inflaming of the situation while US citizens remain in harms way in those countries solely for his own political gain, engaging in an unprecedented undermining of the US administration on active matters of foreign policy rather than ending politics at the waters edge, and judging the efforts of those in the Cairo Embassy about to be attacked to calm the situation from the safety of a 7000 foot mansion with Secret Service protection should all be disqualifying: Romney lacks the temperment and judgment to be Commander in Chief, and clearly cannot be trusted to make the decisions about putting America's sons and daughters in harms way. He might do it just to help his poll numbers.

At times like these, it is operationally critical that we have one voice on foreign policy. And until Romney can actually win an election (and his prior record on that isn't particularly good) that voice is not his. The foreign policy establishment and families of those in harms way from both parties should call him out for how irresponsible and disgusting this really is.

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Paul Krugman is on a roll. Brilliant man, I hope he keeps talking non-stop between now ad election day.

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Of course, we’re talking about Mitt Romney here. The man is running a campaign that’s light on policy and light on facts. While his food and ag platform is not quite the blank page that his climate change policy is, there’s precious little to be found. There’s no rural policy or agricultural policy section on his campaign website. Scouring his website for references to agriculture brings up a “coalition page” called “Farmers and Ranchers for Romney.” The top post in this section is entitled “An Energy Blueprint for America” — and it doesn’t even mention ethanol! Nor will you find a mention of … food.

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Skinner mentioned another, perhaps less obvious, initiative from Romney that helped many minority students: universal health care. Romney signed a health care reform law in Massachusetts that led to a 98 percent coverage rate.
   
"In Massachusetts, all of our kids have health insurance, and I don’t think anybody should underestimate the impact that has on learning. Our kids get vaccinated, they can go to the dentist, they can go to the eye doctor," she said. "Their health is less of an issue than it is in other places." Hmmmmmmm.

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As Governors, both Chris Christie and Mitt Romney failed the people of their states in terms of job creation and economic growth. Romney and Christie both chose higher taxes for the middle class while cutting taxes for the wealthiest. Now, Mitt Romney is promising to bring that same failed economic philosophy to the White House. As Romney and Christie’s records show, Romney Economics is just wrong for the middle class.

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Americans want a return to the kind of shared prosperity that Bill Clinton brought as president. The GOP plan is the exact opposite of the pro-growth policies that Bill Clinton used to create our 90's economic boom. Romney has told voters very little of what he will do as president, but it includes more tax cuts for the rich, more spending cuts, more burden on the working people of America. There is no honest way that anyone could conceivably describe Mitt's plan as an homage to Clinton. Romney/Ryan is about rewarding the rich and stiffing the middle class. Clinton and Obama know that the economy only grows when we all have a chance to succeed. This was a pitch-perfect speech. - principled progressive
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