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Photos and quotes from President Barack Obama’s speech in Cleveland Ohio

Photos and quotes from President Barack Obama’s speech in Cleveland Ohio

“Don’t let anybody tell you that the challenges we face right now are beyond our ability to solve.”

President Barack Obama visited Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio yesterday to talk about the two completely different views he and Romney have about how to create jobs and grow the economy.

Click HERE for read the entire speech or watch the video.

MANY more photos with excerpts from his speech after the jump.

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Mich GOP spokes-person Ari Adler says female Democrats threw “temper tantrums” on House floor

Mich GOP spokes-person Ari Adler says female Democrats threw “temper tantrums” on House floor

The Republican War on Women, Michigan-style

Ari Adler, spokesperson for Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger, sent a letter to the Capitol press corp saying the Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer and Democratic House Representative Barb Byrum threw “temper tantrums” on the House floor this week. That’s what Republican men call it, I guess, when female legislators dare to speak out.

Much more GOPocrisy more after the jump.

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Netroots Nation, PHOTO-BLOG Part 2 – Time to play!

Netroots Nation, PHOTO-BLOG Part 2 – Time to play!

This is part 2 of my photoblog on Netroots Nation. Click HERE to see part one.

Feel free to use the photos below for non-commercial uses. The only requirement is that you leave my watermark on them and that you send me a note letting us know where you posted them. You can use the contact link at the top of the page.

Lots of photos after the jump.

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Aetna Insurance donates $7 million to groups fighting personal mandate in the ACA that it LOVES

Aetna Insurance donates $7 million to groups fighting personal mandate in the ACA that it LOVES

A fool and his money…

How does this make sense? Aetna Insurance company inadvertently revealed that it has donated $10 million to two groups, the US Chamber of Commerce and the American Action Network in 2011.

Both groups are actively fighting the Affordable Care Act (aka “Obamacare”.) But the insurance industry LOVES the ACA? Why? Because the individual mandate part of it ensures them a giant pool of money.

Oops.

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Michigan Republican Township Supervisor not happy with privatized prison in his area

Michigan Republican Township Supervisor not happy with privatized prison in his area

It’s all fine until it happens to you

As Republicans across the country move toward privatizing absolutely everything that isn’t nailed down, one Republican Township Supervisor in Michigan is decidedly NOT happy about the privatization of a prison in his municipality.

Details after the jump.

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UPDATED: Michigan House Republicans are afraid of vaginas. And vasectomies. What’s next? Elbows?

UPDATED: Michigan House Republicans are afraid of vaginas. And vasectomies. What’s next? Elbows?

Oh, grow up.

Michigan House Representative Lisa Brown was banned from speaking on the floor of the state House today. Why? Because Michigan Republicans are afraid of vaginas.

The the terrifying and unconscionable act of verbal vaginaism that got her banned after the jump (video and SO much more.)

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Mitt Romney’s 3rd grade campaign team brings their “most excellent race” to Cleveland, Ohio

Mitt Romney’s 3rd grade campaign team brings their “most excellent race” to Cleveland, Ohio

Kids will be kids…

As wrote about earlier today, the third graders that are in charge of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign used the time-honored and highly professional campaign tactic of driving around their opponent’s campaign rally honking the horn on their bus.

My wife, Anne, caught up with their bus parked strategically under an incredibly ironic billboard.

Photo after the jump.

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UPDATED: Ct. of Appeals rejects special panel on Emergency Manager law repeal petitions – referendum WILL be on the ballot

UPDATED: Ct. of Appeals rejects special panel on Emergency Manager law repeal petitions – referendum WILL be on the ballot

Halle-freakin-lujah Information is just coming out but various news sources are reporting that the Michigan Court of Appeals has declined to convene a special 7-member panel to review the correctness of a 30-year old decision regarding “substantial compliance” of referendum petitions. Because of this, for now at least, the referendum to repeal Public Act 4, the Emergency Manager law, WILL […]

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Mitt Romney’s campaign appears to be run by third grade brats

Mitt Romney’s campaign appears to be run by third grade brats

Stop it. Adults are trying to run for president.

Late last month, Mitt Romney sent staffers to disrupt an Obama campaign event where David Axelrod appeared and had them shout, scream, and (I’m not kidding about this) blow bubbles to interrupt Axelrod’s speech.

Today, they are at it again.

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The Immorality of What Mitt Romney is Selling

The Immorality of What Mitt Romney is Selling

We’re all in this together When will we face the fact that no one will ever cost us more jobs than Wall Street did in 2008-2010 and that no one will ever kill more Americans than the 45,000 who die every year for lack of insurance? Our enemies are corporate greed and those pretend that such greed is patriotism. It’s […]

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A photographer’s perspective of Netroots Nation, PHOTOBLOG Part 1 — Let’s get to work!

A photographer’s perspective of Netroots Nation, PHOTOBLOG Part 1 — Let’s get to work!

Energized for the work ahead

This was my first year at Netroots Nation. I was one of the Netroots Nation staff photographers, and feel very privileged to be included in such a talented group. My first experience with Netroots might have been quite different if I had just bought a ticket and gone. I tend to be a little shy in those kinds of settings. I would have gone to the talks that interested me, hung with people I knew and maybe spent more time on my computer than I needed to. I would have had a great experience, but being a staff photographer enabled me to experience it in a unique way and it has inspired me to write this as a prologue to my clearer voice, my photographs.

Photos after the jump.

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