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Allen West Concedes to Patrick Murphy

Source: Politico

Allen West concedes to Patrick Murphy

By ALEX ISENSTADT | 11/20/12 5:45 AM EST

Florida Rep. Allen West — the tea party pugilist and face of the class of House Republicans that stormed to power two years ago — conceded Tuesday to 29-year-old construction executive Patrick Murphy in one of the nation’s highest-profile congressional races.

After two weeks of battle with St. Lucie County elections officials — and a recount of early votes that wound up extending Murphy’s lead — West acknowledged that he couldn’t surmount his 1,904-vote, or 0.58 percent, deficit. That difference was just outside the 0.5 percent threshold to automatically trigger a recount of all votes.

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“For two weeks since Election Day, we have been working to ensure every vote is counted accurately and fairly. We have made progress towards that goal, thanks to the dedication of our supporters and their unrelenting efforts to protect the integrity of the democratic process,” West said in a statement to POLITICO. “While many questions remain unanswered, today I am announcing that I will take no further action to contest the outcome of this election.”

West congratulated Murphy, saying, “I pray he will serve his constituents with honor and integrity, and put the interests of our nation before his own.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/84068.html?hp=bn

Tom Tomorrow: Droney Says "Humans are Weird"

Daily Kos Link: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/11/19/1162612/-The-general-s-legacy?detail=hide

Paul Krugman: The Twinkie Manifesto


The Twinkie Manifesto
Published: November 18, 2012

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Needless to say, it wasn’t really innocent. But the ’50s — the Twinkie Era — do offer lessons that remain relevant in the 21st century. Above all, the success of the postwar American economy demonstrates that, contrary to today’s conservative orthodoxy, you can have prosperity without demeaning workers and coddling the rich.

Consider the question of tax rates on the wealthy. The modern American right, and much of the alleged center, is obsessed with the notion that low tax rates at the top are essential to growth. Remember that Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, charged with producing a plan to curb deficits, nonetheless somehow ended up listing “lower tax rates” as a “guiding principle.”

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Strange to say, however, the oppressed executives Fortune portrayed in 1955 didn’t go Galt and deprive the nation of their talents. On the contrary, if Fortune is to be believed, they were working harder than ever. And the high-tax, strong-union decades after World War II were in fact marked by spectacular, widely shared economic growth: nothing before or since has matched the doubling of median family income between 1947 and 1973.

Which brings us back to the nostalgia thing.

There are, let’s face it, some people in our political life who pine for the days when minorities and women knew their place, gays stayed firmly in the closet and congressmen asked, “Are you now or have you ever been?” The rest of us, however, are very glad those days are gone. We are, morally, a much better nation than we were. Oh, and the food has improved a lot, too.

Along the way, however, we’ve forgotten something important — namely, that economic justice and economic growth aren’t incompatible. America in the 1950s made the rich pay their fair share; it gave workers the power to bargain for decent wages and benefits; yet contrary to right-wing propaganda then and now, it prospered. And we can do that again.

Democrat Barber retains Giffords' old House seat in Arizona

Source: NBC News

Democrat Barber retains Giffords' old House seat in Arizona

Samantha Sais / REUTERS
Congressman Ron Barber has won a full term in the House. He was an aide to Gabrielle Giffords and was wounded in the shooting in Tucson.

By Reuters
TUCSON, Ariz. - Democratic U.S. Representative Ron Barber, a former aide to Gabrielle Giffords who was wounded alongside her in a deadly 2011 shooting, has won a full term in Congress after defeating Republican Martha McSally in a closely contested race.
Barber, 67, who won a special election in June to finish out Giffords' term, said McSally called him on Saturday morning to concede. They were running in the November 6 election to represent southeast Arizona in the state's redrawn 2nd Congressional District.
McSally confirmed on her Facebook page that she called Barber to "congratulate him on his victory."
The contest was too close to call on election night last week and officials have since counted tens of thousands of provisional ballots cast in the race, as the lead swung back and forth between the two candidates.

Read more: http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/17/15248334-democrat-barber-retains-giffords-old-house-seat-in-arizona

Occupy Wall St Says 'Rolling Jubilee' Raises Enough to Abolish $6 Million in Debt



OCCUPY WALL STREET’S ‘ROLLING JUBILEE’ RAISES ENOUGH TO ABOLISH $5 MILLION IN DEBT | Members of Occupy Wall Street last week announced the formation of “Rolling Jubilee,” a fundraising campaign that would be used to purchase outstanding debt and then abolish it. And as of Friday, the campaign has already raised enough to eliminate more than $5.7 million in personal debt, according to its web site. The group’s plans are to buy outstanding debt from financial institutions for a small price, but instead of collecting on the debt, it will forgive it in order to relieve student loan, medical, and other forms of debt.

Report Two Dead, Two Missing in Gulf Platform Explosion

Source: WLTV

Breaking News‏@BreakingNews

US Coast Guard in New Orleans reports offshore platform is burning in the Gulf of Mexico - @WWLTV http://bit.ly/T6pKIR

Report two dead, two missing in Gulf platform explosion


Posted on November 16, 2012 at 9:48 AM
Updated today at 10:06 AM

OFF THE GULF COAST - KHOU-TV says that two people are dead and two people are missing after an explosion at a platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

The U.S. Coast Guard confirms there is an offshore platform burning in the Gulf of Mexico in the area of West Delta Block 32.

Read more: http://www.wwltv.com/news/Coast-Guard-reports-offshore-platform-burning-in-Gulf-of-Mexico-179665361.html

Here's the Shirtless Photo FBI Agent Sent Jill Kelley


Court: Michigan's Ban on Affirmative Action is Unconstitutional

Source: Detroit Free Press

Court: Michigan's ban on affirmative action is unconstitutional

2:40 PM, November 15, 2012
By Paul Egan
Detroit Free Press Lansing Bureau

LANSING — The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has declared unconstitutional Michigan’s ban on affirmative action, which was approved by voters in a 2006 ballot initiative, Proposal 2.

The majority opinion in a divided court said the state ban on affirmative action violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution by making it more difficult for a minority student to get a university to adopt a race-conscious admissions policy than it is for a white student to get a university to adopt an admissions policy that considers family alumni connections.

“This is a tremendous victory for students,” said Detroit attorney George Washington, who represented the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action in the case.

“It means that thousands of black students and Latino students will have the chance to go to college they never would have had.”

Read more: http://www.freep.com/article/20121115/NEWS06/121115041/The-U-S-6th-Circuit-Court-of-Appeals

Occupy Debt-Relief Campaign Buys $100,000 Worth of Medical Debt

Source: Raw Story

Occupy debt-relief campaign buys $100,000 worth of debt

By Arturo Garcia
Thursday, November 15, 2012 11:58 EST

Members of a debt relief project borne from the Occupy Wall Street campaign said Wednesday they have purchased more than $100,000 worth of medical debt in a second trial run for their efforts.

Thomas Gokey, a spokesperson for the Rolling Jubilee campaign, said the debt was purchased for $5,000. Earlier this year, the group bought $14,000 worth of debt for $500.

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A fundraising concert is scheduled to be held Thursday in New York City, with the group seeking to raise $50,000 in order to buy — and wipe out — $1 million worth of medical debt.

Gokey said the group behind the project, Strike Debt, had bought its own 501 c(4) to manage the funds it manages to raise, and that his group was working with unspecified “business insiders,” lawyers and accountants. While the campaign is not targeting individual debtors in its purchases, people who are part of the buys will be notified soon that their obligations have been discharged.

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/11/15/occupy-debt-relief-campaign-buys-100000-worth-of-debt

Chrysler to Spend $238 Million, Add 1,250 Jobs in Michigan

Source: Reuters

Chrysler to spend $238 million, add 1,250 jobs in Michigan

Thu Nov 15, 2012 12:00pm EST

(Reuters) - Chrysler Group LLC, the U.S. automaker majority owned by Fiat SpA, said on Thursday it will invest $238 million to boost engine and truck production in Michigan and add up to 1,250 jobs to meet new demand.

The company is spending $198 million to make its Pentastar V6 engine at the Mack I Engine Plant, which currently builds a larger engine for the Ram 1500 truck. Production will begin in early 2014 and Chrysler may add up to 250 jobs there, subject to market conditions.

The automaker is spending $40 million to install a flexible production line at its Trenton North plant, which can build both the V-6 engine and the Tigershark four-cylinder engine.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE8AE1CC20121115
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