Bained

Back in June of 1988, Lee Atwater took me aside and showed me some stuff that Bush the Elder’s campaign had developed against Michael Dukakis, who was then enjoying a 17-point advantage in the polls. The “stuff” seemed laughable. Dukakis hadn’t signed an order requiring schoolchildren in Massachusetts to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. He had once said that he […]

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The NAACP Boos Romney: A Double Standard and a Breach of Civility

It’s politically fashionable to question the relevance of the 103-year-old National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. But the NAACP is still one of America’s most revered institutions, and deservedly so – which is why the country took notice last summer when the organization passed a resolution calling for the restoration of civil political discourse amid the boorish bile […]

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Romney draws boos over Obamacare at NAACP convention

Mitt Romney touted his economic and educational proposals, tailored his message to the predominantly black audience, and beat back an isolated, though seemingly uncomfortable, smattering of “boos” in an address Wednesday to the nation’s oldest civil rights organization. During his speech to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s convention, the Republican presidential candidate stressed the need to […]

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Obama signs bipartisan transportation, student loan bill

President Barack Obama signed on Friday a transportation funding and student loan bill which passed Congress last week in a rare election-year compromise between Republicans and Democrats. In an unusual show of bipartisanship, members of both parties were on hand for the White House ceremony, including members of the administration, Congress, as well as state and local governments. “This is […]

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Obama vs. Romney on taxes

Both presidential candidates talk about it — both say they want it. And there’s a good chance that the one who wins in November will end up presiding over it. But neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney has offered a comprehensive plan for how he wants to overhaul the tax code. Instead they’ve each made broad statements about what tax […]

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How the Supreme Court’s Medicaid Ruling Endangers Universal Coverage

Of all the ways President Obama’s health care law is poised to alter the U.S. medical system, the extension of new health insurance coverage to some 32 million people has been billed as its most important. A lack of coverage forces this population to flock to emergency rooms, driving up medical costs for everyone. Studies indicate that thousands die every […]

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