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Douglas Carpenter

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Wall Street and Hillary Clinton: The risk Democrats run by embracing the “big tent” - from salon.com

New report shows that Wall Street is as ready for Hillary as it gets. Here's why that should make Democrats nervous

by Elias Isquith


(Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

Yet if we’re to take the Politico piece on Clinton and Wall Street as any guide — and, coming as it does from former banker William D. Cohan, there’s reason we shouldn’t — it looks like that’s the approach the Clinton folks have decided to take. According to Cohan, Wall Street is almost giddy over the prospect of a Clinton candidacy, describing it with the kind of vacuous (and intensely ideological) “non-ideological” phrases that they used when rhapsodizing over Obama back in 2008. “Many of the rich and powerful in the financial industry,” Cohan writes, “consider Clinton a pragmatic problem-solver not prone to populist rhetoric.” Regardless of whatever she may say to win over Democrats, Clinton’s got a pass from these masters of the universe, Cohan reports, because “one of them think she really means her populism.” The Street’s support is “rock-solid” and “not anything that can be dislodged based on a few seemingly off-the-cuff comments.”

As Cohan notes, despite their recently spotty record on wise investments, the Wall Streeters’ confidence in Clinton is pretty well placed. They already know her quite well from her years in the White House — years that were characterized by a wave of financial deregulations that came at quite a price for the rest of us, though they were doubtlessly beneficial to the 1 percent. And they know her better still from her brief stint as New York’s junior senator. Clinton and Wall Street, Cohan reports, are simply comfortable around one another. They go to the same parties (in the Hamptons) and travel in the same circles (among the financial, cultural and entertainment elite). She “understands how things work,” in the words of one Cohan source, who helpfully clarifies that, on the Street at least, “she’s not a populist” is what that means.

And the affinity is not just historical or cultural, either. Cohan finds that one of the reasons Wall Street is so gung-ho about Clinton 2016 is because it believes a second Clinton presidency would lead to progress on the issues that, in its eyes, matter most — namely, “fiscal and tax reform,” which is the elite’s favored euphemisms for cutting Medicare and Social Security as well as lowering taxes on corporations. “She will be trying to govern from the center with a problem-solving bent like her husband,” says Greg Fleming, the president of Morgan Stanley Wealth and Investment Management. Going unmentioned, of course, is the fact that the problems being solved in Wall Street’s imagination by a future President Clinton are currently only a significant concern among those in the 1 percent.

So if two years from now Democrats find themselves on the defensive, watching in horror as someone like John Kasich or Ted Cruz successfully labels Clinton as the candidate of the status quo and the 1 percent, they shouldn’t say no one saw it coming. In an era of populist anger and increasing polarization,
there are downsides to having such a big tent.

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/12/wall_street_and_hillary_clinton_the_risk_democrats_run_by_embracing_the_big_tent/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow





Elias Isquith is a staff writer at Salon, focusing on politics.

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Nov 13, 2014, 07:56 AM (4 replies)

Texas Tech students try to answer VERY basic questions on American history and politics

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Nov 11, 2014, 06:39 AM (98 replies)

President Obama said that he is “in a lot of ways” less liberal than Republican President Nixon

By Andrew Rafferty, NBC News


President Barack Obama said that he is “in a lot of ways” less liberal than former Republican President Richard Nixon and said Fox News Channel's Bill O’Reilly has been “absolutely” unfair to him throughout his presidency in an interview that aired Monday night.

“In a lot of ways Richard Nixon was more liberal than I was,” Obama said. “He started the EPA, started a whole lot of the regulatory state that has helped keep our air and water clean.”

Obama's comments came in response to O'Reilly asking him if he was “the most liberal president of all time.” Obama also listed Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson as presidents who were also more liberal than him.

http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/02/03/22560607-obama-says-fox-newss-oreilly-absolutely-unfair-in-extended-interview?lite
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Tue Nov 11, 2014, 03:58 AM (109 replies)

Jenny McCarthy’s new war on science: Vaccines, autism and the media’s shame

The vaccine/autism conversation has been abetted by a media determined to pose everything as a conflict

by Elena Conis for salon.com


Jenny McCarthy on "The View" (Credit: ABC)

Autism reporting and mother warriors

The IOM committee took on the feared link between MMR vaccine and autism as its first order of business, convening a meeting in March 2001 and releasing its conclusions a month later. Looking closely at the existing research, the scientists on the panel didn’t find much to implicate the MMR vaccine, but they did find much to exonerate it. To begin with, the MMR vaccine was licensed long before prevalence of autism spectrum disorders began to climb. Eight different epidemiological studies showed no association between MMR vaccination and autism. These studies didn’t definitively disprove a causal relationship, but at the same time, the single study suggesting a link between vaccines and autism—Wakefield’s study—failed to prove a causal relationship. Epidemiological evidence aside, there was also no good biological model to explain how MMR vaccines could contribute to autism, in either lab animals or humans. The likelihood of a causal relationship, the committee concluded, seemed remote.

In 2004 the IOM committee revisited the connection between vaccines and autism, in order to take into account the most recent research. This time, they reported that they had found no support for a causal relationship between the two. Media reports had adopted a reassuring tone when the IOM released its 2001 report: “Parents worried about the potential links between one of the most common and autism can rest easier tonight,” said network news anchor Tom Brokaw. But the tone of media reports on the occasion of the IOM’s 2004 findings reflected a noteworthy shift. Some reports were defensive. On ”60 Minutes,” CDC immunization adviser and pediatric infectious disease specialist Paul Offit not only disputed the vaccine-autism link; he emphasized that vaccines were “without question, the safest, best-tested thing we put into our bodies. . . . hey have a better safety record than vitamins, a better safety record than cough-and-cold preparations, a better safety record than antibiotics.” Still other reports suggested that scientific assurances were now beside the point. While scientists say it’s “clear” that vaccines don’t cause autism, said NBC news reporter Robert Bazell, “for some parents, the doubts will always linger.” Scientific conclusions, reassuring in 2001, were now no salve for parental fears. The vaccine-autism story, clearly, would not be put to rest. In fact, it only became more prevalent as the decade progressed. U.S. newspapers mentioned the link four hundred times in 2001 and more than three thousand times in 2009. And there were five times the number of evening news stories on the link in 2010 than there had been in 2001.

http://www.salon.com/2014/11/08/jenny_mccarthys_new_war_on_science_vaccines_autism_and_the_medias_shame/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialflow
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Sat Nov 8, 2014, 04:04 PM (5 replies)

Have you seen the movie, "The Horse Boy"?

preview on youtube:



The true story of how the highly educated and somewhat unconventional parents of a profoundly classically autistic little boy inadvertently discovered how horses help relax and settle the child. They took that notion with them on a trip to Mongolia where they sought out the healing energy from traditional Mongolian Shamans. By no means was the child cured of autism. Frankly I don't think that would be a good thing if that were even possible. But the child's most debilitating and restrictive aspects of his autism did improve quite significantly.

I should mention that the film is a documentary using real live footage all the way through. The film also includes some commentary from Temple Grandin and Simon Baron Cohen. I cannot remember when I have seen such a great documentary.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Horse-Boy-Simon-Baron-Cohen/dp/B003TVQA4M

I should also mention that the film is available on NETFLIX and amazon instant video online streaming:


http://www.amazon.com/The-Horse-Boy-Simon-Baron-Cohen/dp/B003TVQA4M
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Fri Nov 7, 2014, 02:27 AM (0 replies)

stagnant wages and stagnant income and lack of upward mobility


Although unemployment has dropped and the Dow is soaring since 2008 - some key industries have been saved - For the vast majority of Americans in both reality and perception - things are just not getting much better. More people have jobs - but many are not in the work they went massively in debt to train for and many are otherwise underemployed. Of course this has been the trend before President Obama

This is not President Obama's fault. But this new economy is simply distributing income less equitably regardless who is in office. Unfortunately the President and his party usually take the blame especially in midterm elections for this kind of malaise.
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Nov 5, 2014, 08:17 PM (2 replies)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: State Legislatures and ALEC - this is really good

While midterm coverage is largely focused on the parts of Congress that do very little, vital (and bizarre) midterm elections are going unexamined. State legislators pass a lot of bills, and some of that efficiency is thanks to a group called ALEC that writes legislation for them. It’s as shady as it sounds!

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Wed Nov 5, 2014, 03:26 PM (2 replies)

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala will donate World Children's prize money to rebuild Gaza school

Activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai announced Wednesday she will donate $50,000 to rebuild a school in Gaza that was damaged over the summer during recent fighting between Israel and Palestine.

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Pakistani activist for female education Malala Yousafzai attends a press conference in Sweden on Oct. 29, 2014. Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty

The money, which will go toward the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, represents the full amount Yousafzai received from her World’s Children’s Prize award.

“This funding will help rebuild the 65 schools damaged during the recent conflict,” Yousafzai said in Stockholm while receiving the prize. “Innocent Palestinian children have suffered terribly and for too long. We must all work to ensure Palestinian boys and girls, and all children everywhere, receive a quality education in a safe environment. Because without education, there will never be peace.”

The UNRWA condemned the Israeli army over the summer for its attacks that hit schools in Gaza, injuring and killing Palestinian children. UNRWA spokesperson Christopher Gunness told Andrea Mitchell in July that the organization had unsuccessfully notified the Israeli army of the exact position of several of the schools that were hit.

http://www.msnbc.com/andrea-mitchell/malala-will-donate-prize-money-rebuild-gaza-school

Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Thu Oct 30, 2014, 06:40 AM (16 replies)

Campaign Interception: GOP Blasts Dems for Threatening Social Security

That's because the small handful of Democrats who embraced the deficit-reduction plan by former Republican Senator Alan Simpson of Wyoming and former Clinton White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles are being hammered by the Republicans for trimming Social Security benefits. It is a remarkable campaign turnabout by the GOP, which has long endorsed entitlement reform to hold down the long-term debt. Now, they are criticizing the few Democratic lawmakers who actually agreed with them.

Bowles and Simpson co-chaired the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform that released recommendations in December 2010 -- a controversial document that almost overnight became the gold standard for deficit hawks and government reformers seeking to put government spending on a more sustainable glide path. But nothing is riskier in politics than tampering with entitlement programs -- long known as the "Third Rail of Politics” for the risks in tampering with them. And while Bowles-Simpson became a touchstone for many conservatives and government watchdog groups, few politicians were willing to actually touch it.

In Georgia, the National Republican Campaign Committee posted an ad last week charging that Democratic Rep. John Barrow was "leaving Georgia seniors behind" by supporting "a plan that would raise the retirement age to 69 while cutting Social Security benefits." And in Florida, Rep. Joe Garcia (D) has been accused of "failing seniors" in a new ad put up by the National Republican Congressional Campaign.

The Crossroads ads and others reek of hypocrisy, of course, since Rove and other Republicans previously criticized Obama for failing to support the Bowles-Simpson proposal, The Washington Post noted. "Likewise, the NRCC ads attacking Garcia and Rep. John Barrow for endorsing Social Security cuts come despite many Republicans pushing for just that," Politico reported.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/campaign-interception-gop-blasts-dems-100000251.html
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Mon Oct 27, 2014, 09:07 AM (7 replies)

Frank Mankiewicz, 90, Press Aide to Robert Kennedy and NPR Chief, Dies

Source: New York Times


Frank Mankiewicz, left, and Gary Hart when they were both working on George S. McGovern’s 1972 election campaign. Credit George Tames/The New York Times

Frank Mankiewicz, a writer and Democratic political strategist who was Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s press secretary, directed Senator George S. McGovern’s losing 1972 presidential campaign and for six years was the president of National Public Radio, died on Thursday in Washington. He was 90.

The cause was heart failure, said Adam Clymer, a family spokesman, who is a former reporter for The New York Times. Mr.
A scion of Hollywood, the son of Herman J. Mankiewicz, who wrote “Citizen Kane,” and the nephew of Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who directed “All About Eve,” Mr. Mankiewicz grew up with an Algonquin West round table in his Beverly Hills home, regaled by movie stars and famous writers.

He became a journalist and lawyer and, inspired by the Kennedys, went to Washington at the dawn of the New Frontier and took an executive position at the Peace Corps, full of idealistic hopes. What he encountered were assassinations, the Vietnam War and the Watergate scandals.

Frank Fabian Mankiewicz was born in Manhattan on May 16, 1924, one of three children of Herman and Sara Aaronson Mankiewicz. His father, early on a drama critic for The New York Times and The New Yorker, began his celebrated Hollywood career in 1926. The household was awhirl with the famous: Regulars included F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, the Marx Brothers, Greta Garbo, James Thurber, Margaret Sullavan, Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/24/us/politics/frank-mankiewicz-press-secretary-to-robert-f-kennedy-dies-at-90.html?_r=0
Posted by Douglas Carpenter | Fri Oct 24, 2014, 11:35 PM (7 replies)
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