Break up the big banks, now

Break up the big banks, now

Ask not who the banks will screw; ask if this is still our country

If a law repealing stop signs resulted in streets clogged with totaled cars, you’d think they might bring back the stop signs.

And that’s what I thought would happen when in 2008—less than ten years after the repeal of the New Deal era law Glass-Steagall—we saw America’s big banks nearly take down the global economy.

Glass-Steagall had separated banking and investing in order to avoid the sort of crashes we saw in 1929 and again in 2008. Simply put: No tax, tariff or law will ever cost us more than the nine million American jobs and trillions in property and retirement savings we lost by setting Wall Street’s greed free to crash our economy.…

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Can a guy like Mitt Romney ever understand what it’s like to be the kid being held down?

Can a guy like Mitt Romney ever understand what it’s like to be the kid being held down?

His hair wasn’t the right height

Yesterday, America took a trip to Mitt Romney’s adolescence and I think I’m the only one who doesn’t want to come back.

Matthew Friedmann to Mitt Romney's left.

Around eight AM Thursday morning, news broke about a disturbing incident that took place at the Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan while Mitt was a student there in the mid 1960s. Romney’s high school friend Matthew Friedmann told the Washington Post how Romney was incensed by a classmate’s bleached hair.

“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!” Mitt reportedly said. Later Mitt and some friends tackled the boy and forcibly cut his hair.…

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Why President Obama’s support of marriage equality is a BFD

Why President Obama’s support of marriage equality is a BFD

Nobody puts Barack in a corner

Yesterday I wrote that the issue of same-sex marriage was coming to a crisis for the President, even though he’s running against an opponent who could not be worse on gay marriage — unless he were literally Rick Santorum.

Mitt Romney has called himself “one of the nation’s leading advocates of traditional marriage” and has the embarrassing credentials to back it up. He’s personally funded ads against gay marriage. He’s for a constitutional amendment that would write homophobia in our founding document. Mitt’s even against civil unions, putting him to the right of George W.…

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THIS SATURDAY! The Michigan Summit: Largest gathering of Michigan progressives of the year

Energizing. Engaging. Winning.

Every year, Progress Michigan and a Who’s Who coalition of progressive organizations from around the state host an event called “The Michigan Summit”. (You can have a look at my liveblog of the 2011 Michigan Summit HERE.)

This year, the event takes place THIS SATURDAY, May 12, 2012, starting at 8:00 a.m. at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. If you are involved in progressive political action, activism or Democratic politics in any way, you won’t want to miss it.

This year’s theme is “Energizing. Engaging. Winning.” and it’s a perfect description of the intent of The Michigan Summit: to activate progressives across the state to achieve our goals in everything that we do.…

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The utter lametude of the Romney campaign’s (attempted) slam on President Obama’s first campaign rally

Seriously? That's all you have?

On Saturday, Romney campaign spokesman Ryan Williams tweeted this:
View from floor during @BarackObama speech. Not the "overflow" crowd he promised #not2008anymore…— Ryan Williams (@RyanGOP) May 5, 2012
The photo was clearly taken before President Obama's first campaign rally got underway. The empty section you see on either side of the tunnel coming out onto the main floor was directly behind the media stand so nobody was seated there intentionally. You can see this in the panoramic image my wife, Anne C. Savage, took while she was there. Go fullscreen with the pano and zoom in on the section in question and When that's all you have, you are in BIG trouble. [More]
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It is impossible to be worse on the issue of marriage equality than Mitt Romney

It is impossible to be worse on the issue of marriage equality than Mitt Romney

He’s the Las Vegas of anti-gay equality

Here are the facts about the President’s record on gay rights:

  • No President has hired more openly gay or lesbian Americans for high profile positions than Barack Obama.
  • Ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was a historic achievement for equality.
  • By refusing to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, the President makes the constitutional case for gay marriage.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney’s positions on gay rights remain:

  • He recently lost his one openly gay staffer who claimed he was “hounded” out the campaign by the religious right.
  • He says he would not have ended “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” at least until the “wars” were over.
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First official Obama rally of 2012 in Columbus, Ohio – PHOTOS & Interactive PANOS

Fired up and ready to GO!

These are a few images from the first official campaign rally for Barack Obama for the 2012 election. It took place in Columbus, Ohio at Ohio State on Saturday, May 5. At the bottom is an interactive panoramic image from the Rally and along with a panoramic still that can be zoomed in so close you can actually find yourself if you were there. Enjoy! [LOTS of photos (and other treats) after the jump.]
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New Obama ad touts President’s accomplishments with a positive, forward message


Here's the newest ad from Obama for America and it's a powerful one. Positive. Doesn't mention his opponent. Forward. [Video after the jump.]
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