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Why President Obama’s upcoming economic speeches matter

He’s reinforcing his vision for our country — the reason he was elected twice — and calling on Republicans to get to work.

It’s unusual for the White House to start promoting a series of speeches days before they begin. But there’s a good reason they’re doing it now. They want to make sure people are paying attention. I feel the same way.

Here’s what Dan Pfeiffer, Senior Advisor to the President, had to say in an announcement on Sunday:

Eight years ago, not long after he was elected to the United States Senate, President Obama went to Knox College in his home state of Illinois where he laid out his economic vision for the country.

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GOP: Obamacare is evil. Except when it makes me look very, very good.

GOPocrisy at it finest

Lee Fang has a great piece up at The Nation this week detailing new evidence of the unrelenting hypocrisy of Republican legislators on the Affordable Care Act. After spending four years demonizing it, many of them continue reap the political gains from the benefits it brings to their communities. Click through for more.
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GOP is serious about killing ObamaCare because 10 million more voters with public health care will change everything

Prepare for a messy 2013

I have to admit that I was wrong in two very serious ways.

I thought Paul Ryan’s disgrace as a VP candidate — booed by seniors and hidden for the last weeks for the campaign — would  temper the House Republicans a bit.

That almost seemed to happen at the beginning for 2013 with the “fiscal cliff” deal. The GOP waited till the Bush tax cuts expired and then voted for trillions in new “cuts.” They then quickly folded on the debt limit, extending it for three months in exchange for free promotion of a hashtag.…

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Obama to Congressional Republicans: Go Cheney yourselves

John Boehner: between a tea bag and a hard place

John Boehner has been negotiating all week with President Obama and his staff to resolve the "fiscal speedbump" issue. President Obama took a step toward Speaker Boehner in the negotiations by allowing the Bush tax cuts to remain in place for incomes over $400,000/year (up from $250,000), making some cuts to entitlements to be named later and agreeing to a different way to calculate Social Security cost of living increases that would lower how much our seniors get in their monthly allocation by a smidgen -- the so-called "chained CPI". In return, Boehner offered to extend the debt ceiling for two years and allow the Bush tax cuts to expire for income over $400,000. This was, however, a bridge to far for his tea party leadership team, according to Ezra Klein at the Washington Post. So, he offered what he's calling "Plan B" and the response from the White House was a resounding "screw you". Check it all out after the jump.
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The Not-So Secret Path To A Democratic Majority: Medicaid Expansion

Yes, Ronald Reagan Socialized Medicine In The United States

There are two dirty secrets in American politics. The first is that the GOP is the real “food stamp party”. The second is that we already pay for each other’s health care in the dumbest possible way, thanks to Ronald Reagan.

Every time an uninsured person waits to the last possible moment to go to the emergency room then incurs bills he or she will never, ever pay, that cost gets passed on to everyone else. Health care can’t be socialized because it’s naturally socialized. Unless we’re determined to let people die in the streets, we’re all in this together.…

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There is nothing more powerful than ordinary citizens coming together for a just cause.

"Forward Together" -- a new photomosaic of Barack Obama

Four years ago, I was busy devoting most of my free time knocking on doors and talking to people about the presidential election. At first I was very uncomfortable disturbing folks at their homes to talk about a subject that most would prefer to avoid: politics. Admittedly, it took me a little while to become comfortable with the front porch conversations, but, as soon as I did, there was no stopping me. I loved it. All of it. In '08, I also spent some time traveling around Michigan photographing Obama rallies. While Obama spoke to the crowds, I photographed them. I viewed, intimately through my lens, the large diverse crowds while he spoke the words "Yes we can" and shared a message of unity and how together we can bring about change. Click through to learn more about the photomosaic of Barack Obama.
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National Voter Registration Day: Amplify your vote

It's like voting more than once

One person, one vote. That's what you learn about our democracy -- each person gets one vote. But there is a way to, in essence, vote more than once; to amplify your vote: register others to vote and make sure they DO vote. That's the Obama campaign's single-minded goal for the next 42 days. Today is National Voter Registration Day and it's a fine day to dust off your GOTV shoes and go out to register some voters. The voter registration deadlines are looming so time is running out. A list of voter registration deadlines by state can be found HERE. Need more information on voting in your area? The Obama campaign has put together a terrific website called WWW.GottaVote.Com that has all of the resources you could hope to find. More details and resources await you after the jump.
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PHOTOS: A look back at the Democratic National Convention

DNC photo-extravaganza!

I would have loved to have shared more images with you last week but there just wasn't enough time for uploading and editing images, unless I wanted to lose more sleep, and that wasn't an option. However, for those of you who were there, the timing of this photo post is probably just right giving you the weekend to catch up on sleep and email. LOTS more photos after the jump.
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EXCLUSIVE: Interactive PANORAMIC IMAGES from the last night of the Democratic National Convention

The next best thing to being there

Want to feel a little of what it was like to be at the Democratic National Convention during President Obama's acceptance speech? Click through for two exclusive interactive panoramic images from the last night of the DNC and experience a bit of the excitement yourself!
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Obama breaks new ground in social media with Reddit “AMA”, broke record & almost broke Reddit

Ask me anything...

Reddit is a force of nature. The biggest traffic days on Eclectablog are directly attributable to us hitting the front page of Reddit and doing that actually shut the site down at one point because we overloaded our host's servers. On Reddit, people post links, photos or commentary for others to look at. There are subreddits which are categories. For example, links to stuff at Eclectablog typically end up in the Politics reddit. Links that get popular enough in a specific reddit get promoted to Reddit's front page and that's where the traffic really gets heavy. There's a specific type of post on Reddit called an "AMA" which stands for "Ask me anything". Some of them are "IAMA" which means "I am a ... ask me anything". They are very popular and numerous celebrities, business owners and other folks have done them. You can read more about AMAs at Reddit's blog HERE. Last week, President Obama did an IAMA titled "I am Barack Obama, President of the United States -- AMA". He almost broke the internet. Details after the jump.
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