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Health Action conference celebrates success while looking forward

At a national gathering of healthcare advocates, I saw the heart and soul of healthcare reform. There’s no stopping us now.

If you could have seen what I saw at the Health Action conference, you’d be as confident as I am about the future of healthcare in America.

Every year, Families USA brings together healthcare advocates and experts at their Health Action conference to discuss the current opportunities and challenges in American healthcare. Last year, the emphasis was on getting the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, up and running. This year, the focus is on what went right, what could have gone better — and what’s next in getting more people access to affordable, quality healthcare, while improving the health of all Americans.…

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PHOTOS & QUOTES: Joe Biden rallies Dems in Detroit, “the figurative & literal engine of the middle class in America”

“[T]he grit and the determination and the confidence, the certainty, the absolute commitment that this country has…is more exemplified by Detroit, Michigan than any other state in the Union.”

All photos by Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog. Not for reuse without permission.

Last night’s Jefferson Jackson dinner was a rallying point for Michigan Democrats and every speaker from former Congressman Mark Schauer to Vice President Joe Biden called out Republicans for the harm they are doing to our country, our state, and the middle class and called on Democrats to rise to the challenge of seizing back the reins of power in Michigan.…

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Vice President Joe Biden to headline Michigan Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner

A rare opportunity

The Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner is the biggest fundraising event of the year for most state Democratic Parties and Michigan is no exception. Named after Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, these events draw big name speakers and candidates for office. This year, the Michigan Democratic Party (MDP) has scored a real coup: Vice President Joe Biden will be the keynote speaker. The dinner is on the evening of Saturday, April 20th at the Cobo Center in Detroit. It kicks off at 6 p.m. Tickets are available HERE. More after the jump.
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Photos and reflections from the inauguration of President Barack Obama & Vice President Joe Biden

Four more years!

Yesterday, Anne and I attended the 57th Presidential Inauguration Ceremony in Washington, D.C. along with about a million other people. Attendance was down from nearly 2 million in 2009 but still dwarfs the 400,000-person crowd at George W. Bush's second inauguration. While the crowd may have been smaller, the enthusiasm and the pure joy in the voices and faces of the people who were there was not diminished. Anne's photos along with President Obama's speech, the Inaugural poem, and some reflections of the day after the jump.
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Happy Birthday, Vice President Joe Biden!

The Veep abides

A very happy birthday to one of my absolute favorite politicians and Democrats, Vice President Joe Biden. He turns 70 today. More pictures by Anne C. Savage after the jump.
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Politifact tells the tale: Obama/Biden lead in truth department, Romney/Ryan tell more lies (CHART)

Not that this comes as any surprise or anything...

Here's an interesting thing to ponder. When you have a look at the Politifact rulings on statements made by President Obama & Vice President Biden vs. the statements made by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, it becomes immediately obvious who lies the most. For statements that were ruled to be "True" and "Mostly True", it's Obama and Biden at 45.0%, Romney and Ryan at 29.1%. When it comes to "False", "Mostly False" and "Pants on Fire", it's Romney and Ryan at 43.9% and Obama and Biden at 28.8%. In fact, Romney and Ryan have over 4 times as many "Pants of Fire" lies as the President and Vice President. Mitt Romney himself has well over half of the total amount of "Pants of Fire" lies (58.6%) of all the candidates combined! Charts and data after the jump.
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UPDATED: The time for talk is over. It’s time to get involved. Get Out The Vote (GOTV) starts this weekend!

Fired up! Ready to go!

We've spent a LOT of time talking about this election but now it's time to take our conversation to the streets and Get Out The Vote (GOTV)! A recent Gallup poll showed that President Obama is UP over Mitt Romney among registered voters. But, here's the thing: he's DOWN by several points among likely voters. That's where YOU come in. The fact is, if we get our Democratic-supporting voters to the polls, we win. Period. And we don't just re-elect President Obama. We ensure our Democratic candidates up and down the ticket a victory, too. The best bang for your buck in terms of GOTV is the Obama for America (OFA) campaign. Details on WHY you should get involved and HOW to get involved after the jump.
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Joe Biden’s 2-Minute Explanation Of The Economy That Every American Needs To See

Here’s some good news: The most watched moment of the vice-presidential debate also appears to be one of Joe Biden’s best. When the subject finally turned to the economy, the vice-president gave a two-minute answer that did three crucial things.

First, it gave a cohesive narrative of the economy over the last four years, then he called out Mitt Romney’s 47 percent comments and finally he blasted Romney, Paul Ryan and the Republicans who got us into this mess as the guys who won’t take responsibility for their own actions.

Watch it again and share with a non-comatose undecided voter if you can find one.…

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Joe Biden didn’t just win the debate. Joe Biden invented a new way to debate liars.

Dude totally got Bidened...

The epic performance last night by Vice President Joe Biden is destined to go down in history as one of the finest debate showings ever. Three things conspired against Congressman Paul Ryan: the truth, a debate opponent well prepared with facts and a 'tude, and a debate moderator that was skilled and educated enough not to put up with any bullshit. This perfect storm left Ryan flopping on the beach like a fish, mouth gawping for air, completely knocked out of his zone. It's not easy to debate someone who tells lie after lie after lie. You risk spending your entire time refuting the lies without ever getting your own message out. Last night, Joe Biden taught us how to do it. He started out grinning whenever Ryan lied. By the end, he was openly laughing and, in what was almost like a live-tweeting of his own debate, responded in the background to each lie that rolled out of Ryan's mouth with a refutation so that, when it was his own turn, he could actually deliver his message. Much more after the jump.
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Jill Biden inadvertently references Joe’s penis, cracks up self and everyone else

Joe has a BFP?!

Yesterday, at a campaign stop in New Hampshire with her husband Vice President Joe Biden, the crowd reacted to one of Jill Biden's comments as if she was referencing her husband's junk. The unintentional double entendre cracked up Joe, the crowd, and Jill Biden herself. "I've seen Joe up close," Dr. Biden said, holding her hands a couple feet apart. The crowd started cheering and whistling and catcalling and Jill turned around repeatedly to look at her husband who was also cracking up. Video and more childish humor after the jump.
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