Attention Michigan Progressives! SAVE THE DATE: The Michigan Summit – May 12, 2012

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 on 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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In Memoriam: Newt Gingrich for President

How the bane of our political system made Bain Mitt’s Albatross.

With the possible exceptions of Grover Norquist, Karl Rove and Roger Ailes, no one man has done more damage to the American political system than Newt Gingrich. But that was back when he was relevant, more than a decade ago.

In the last year, Newt’s campaign for President re-imagined how low a national figure can sink in pursuit of power.

When it was Newt’s turn to be the non-Romney candidate leading the polls, Mitt’s Super PAC unleashed attack that reminded people who Newt Gingrich is. This worked but it turned out to be a tremendous tactical error.…

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I do believe that George W. Bush & the GOP just got Barack-blocked

And his dad got to watch

It’s a rather striking coincidence that Barack Obama ordered Osama bin Laden killed almost exactly 8 years to the day that George W. Bush strapped on a codpiece and landed on an aircraft carrier looking like the soldier he never was, the warrior he always wanted to be but was too busy getting wasted to be arsed to work for.

For all his pomp and circumstance, we all know what most thinking people knew then: that war wasn’t over, not by a long shot.

But now, on the one year anniversary of bin Laden’s death and the gutsy decision made by President Obama to go after him, something George W.…

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Lilly Ledbetter on the GOP War on Women: “Romney should understand this…is about families and economic security”

A veteran in the War on Women sets Mitt Romney straight

I was on a conference call today with DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Lilly Ledbetter, the namesake of the now-famous Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. The two women were speaking to reporters about the War on Women as Mitt Romney tours Pennsylvania and Virginia in this first week of the general election. Ms. Ledbetter, a woman who has been through some of the major battles in the War on Women, has a few things she'd like to say to Mitt Romney.
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UPDATED: President Obama makes surprise visit to Afghanistan, live speech tonight at 7:30 Eastern

While we're on the subject of foreign policy...

President Obama left Andrews Air Force base just after midnight last night and arrived at the Bagram airbase just outside of Kabul, Afghanistan at 10:20 p.m. local time in a surprise visit to the war-torn country. During his visit, he is expected to sign a strategic partnership agreement shortly with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. He will make a live televised speech to the American people tonight just after 7:30 p.m. Eastern from Bagram airbase. Presidents Obama and Karzai will reportedly sign...
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Stephen King to rich people: We want “you to acknowledge that you couldn’t have made it in America WITHOUT America”

Okay, this is BRILLIANT!

Stephen King, rich guy, has a little something to say to the other rich folks out there. You must read this. Here are a few tasty tidbits...
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Some in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula calling for secession from state due to government overreach

That's it. We've had it. So long.

Michigan's Upper Peninsula is a magnificent place and really is a world all to its own. Touching three of the Great Lakes, its climate, geography and culture is completely separate in many ways from the rest of the state. Over the years, there have been at least four different attempts to secede from the state to form the state of "Superior" or "Ontonagon". With the massive overreach of the current government of Michigan, some in the Upper Peninsula are renewing the call for secession...
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How the Death of Osama bin Laden Sent the GOP Chasing Its Tail

Politicizing 9/11 is terrible. But using it as a premise to invade the wrong country is cool.

Hi. I’m one of those death penalty hating, rule-of-law loving American progressives who cheered the death of Osama bin Laden a year ago today. Without a trial, the personification of Al Qaeda was summarily killed and dumped into the Indian Ocean. And I, like most Americans, was pleased.

As time went on, I reconsidered the mission in the context of what I thought were my values. I wasn’t—I think—glad that a man was dead or that justice was handed out summarily. I was cheered because suddenly we could move forward.…

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