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Pic of the Moment: It's Time

To DU Catholics: Congrats on your new Pope.

As I write this we don't yet know who the new pope is. Whoever it is, I hope that he lives up to whatever hopes you have for him.

I am not Catholic, and I am not religious. But I would like to express my good wishes to you on this big day. Congratulations.

Pic of the Moment: Bill Clinton: DOMA should be overturned.

Bill Clinton: It's time to overturn DOMA

Sen. Graham reveals sequester strategy: Give Obama power to cut, then "criticize everything he does"

Graham called sequestration irresponsible and the byproduct of a political system that bucks hard choices. He had tough words for his own party too, accusing House Republicans of using budgetary tricks to make their sequester replacement plan work, and chastising Senate Republicans for not presenting a plan of their own.

"We're the party of fiscal conservatism. Have we put together a plan to cut $20 billion between March and October?" Graham said. "No, the House passed a plan to substitute sequestration. The Senate Republicans have yet to offer a plan. ... But the House used savings outside of the 2013 window. If you think this is that easy, I challenge any member of Congress to come up with a proposal to cut $85 billion out of the federal budget between March 1st and Oct. 1st."

But Graham's most remarkable words came when he was asked about an alternate plan, floated by Senate Republicans, to grant President Barack Obama greater authority to target the $85 billion in cuts slated for this year.

"We'll criticize everything he does," Graham acknowledged. "We'll say, 'Mr. President, it is now up to you to find this $85 billion in savings and we'll say it’s to make it easier for you.' But every decision he’ll make, we'll criticize."

From HuffPo: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/25/lindsey-graham-sequester_n_2762133.html

Video here (comments start at 4:00): http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/02/25/video-sen-graham-on-spending-cuts-and-immigration/

The politics of Downton Abbey: Down with the patriarchy! *SPOILERS*

From the Washington Post:

Fox & Friends might want to rethink their delighted confidence that the popularity of ‘Downton Abbey,’ the PBS hit about dressing for dinner, shows our high esteem for job creators and our aspirational awe of the rich.

In a refreshing departure from recent stereotyping of the wealthy as evil fat cats, Fox’s Stuart Varney has argued, Downton’s aristocrats are “very nice people.” In fact, “the entire town loves the rich guy who lives in the abbey,” agreed Steve Doocy. Because according to Varney, his lordship and his family “create jobs, for heaven’s sake. They’re classy; they’ve got style. And we love them. That show is wildly popular; it poses a threat to the left, doesn’t it?”

Well, no, and not only because by that logic, I guess we also revere the Baltimore drug dealers, New Jersey mobsters and Albuquerque meth cooks who have been big hits, too, with the American public. Some conservatives determinedly ignored the recent inaugural festivities in favor of Downton marathons. But aren’t they increasingly suspicious that the show’s creator and writer, Julian Fellowes, is not exactly arguing against the ‘death tax’?

This last week’s episode certainly erased any doubt that the show’s paterfamilias, Lord Grantham, has even a lick of sense: Already, we knew he’d mismanaged the place, sunk his wealthy wife’s entire fortune into a railroad to nowhere, and proven himself a terrible judge of character, trusting even the most transparently venal of his servants.

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2013/01/29/the-politics-of-downton-abbey-down-with-the-patriarchy/

Poll: Republicans think anti-tax pledge is bad idea

Source: Washington Post

A large majority of registered voters, including 77 percent of Republicans, say it’s a bad idea for members of Congress to sign a pledge to never raise taxes on the wealthy, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

Overall, 85 percent of voters said it’s a bad idea to sign a pledge to an anti-tax group opposing taxes on corporations or the wealthy under any circumstance.

It’s worth noting that the actual pledge that most Republican members of Congress have signed is a ban on all tax increases; it does not single out the wealthy as Quinnipiac did.

In general, 65 percent of respondents supported higher tax rates for those earning more than $250,000 per year. Sixty-seven percent opposed eliminating the home mortgage interest tax deduction, and 70 percent oppose Medicaid funding cuts. Opinion on gradually raising the Medicare eligibility age is more evenly split; 51 percent oppose.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2012/12/06/poll-republicans-think-anti-tax-pledge-is-bad-idea/

President Barack Obama wins Florida, topping Romney in final electoral vote tally 332 to 206

Source: Washington Post

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — President Barack Obama was declared the winner of Florida’s 29 electoral votes Saturday, ending a four-day count with a razor-thin margin that narrowly avoided an automatic recount that would have brought back memories of 2000.

No matter the outcome, Obama had already clinched re-election and now has 332 electoral votes to Romney’s 206.

The Florida Secretary of State’s Office said that with almost 100 percent of the vote counted, Obama led Republican challenger Mitt Romney 50 percent to 49.1 percent, a difference of about 74,000 votes. That was over the half-percent margin where a computer recount would have been automatically ordered unless Romney had waived it.

There is a Nov. 16 deadline for overseas and military ballots, but under Florida law, recounts are based on Saturday’s results. Only a handful of overseas and military ballots are believed to remain outstanding.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-wins-florida-topping-romney-in-final-electoral-vote-tally-332-to-206/2012/11/10/a5600f7c-2b5f-11e2-aaa5-ac786110c486_story.html

Obama Wins: Today's Front Pages from across America. **Picture Heavy**


Steve Schmidt on MSNBC: Last presidential candidate to win 60% of white vote was Bush Sr.

And he won over 400 electoral votes.

Mitt Romney is going to get 60% of white vote, and he's gonna lose.

Demographics are killing GOP.
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