2012 Presidential Debate – Foreign Policy

October 22, 2012

9:00 – 10:30 PM ET

Presidential Debate at Lynn University – Foreign Policy

Boca Raton, Florida


WTO sides with Obama over China

Fri Oct 19, 2012 4:32 PM EDT By Steve Benen – maddowblog

How many times did Mitt Romney refer to China in this week’s debate? Thirteen times. In fact, ” cracking down on China” was one of the principal elements, Romney said, of his entire economic plan. The argument dovetailed with the Romney campaign’s offensive on the issue in late September.

If you only listened to the Republican candidate, you might think the Obama administration were struggling when it came to addressing unfair Chinese trade practices. In reality, however, President Obama keeps winning these fights.

The World Trade Organization barred China on Thursday from imposing duties on certain U.S. steel exports, siding with U.S. President Barack Obama in a dispute with Beijing over a type of steel made in two election battleground states.

The case involved duties imposed by China on “grain-oriented electrical steel,” which is used in the cores of high-efficiency transformers, electric motors and generators. The steel is made by AK Steel Corp of Ohio and ATI Allegheny Ludlum of Pennsylvania.

Although the specialty steel case is tiny compared with other trade disputes with Beijing, the WTO ruling gave Obama a timely win as he defends himself against accusations by his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, that he is soft on China.

And every time this comes up, I’m reminded of this segment from July.


Tough Trade Enforcement Supports Jobs for American Workers

Ambassador Ron Kirk July 30, 2010

Every day, the Obama Administration is working to enforce America’s rights in the international trading system – to keep our workers on a level playing field in global markets, and ultimately create and sustain American jobs.

Over the past year, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has stepped up enforcement of our trade agreements using a range of options from negotiation to taking disputes to the World Trade Organization. These enforcement actions have helped workers in sectors ranging from agriculture to auto parts, from aluminum and steel manufacturing to aerospace construction.

Because President Obama took action to stem the tide of imported Chinese tires, flooding the U.S. market, moms and dads are bringing home paychecks from tire factories in North Carolina and Arkansas. Because USTR successfully challenged Chinese industrial policy, that pushed American auto parts suppliers to move production facilities offshore, men and women in Ohio and Michigan are still working on assembly lines. And because we took the European Union to court and won, the jobs of thousands of U.S. aerospace engineers and electricians in Washington State, Kansas, and South Carolina are more secure. And more American workers, from welders to widget-makers, will have a chance at future jobs on a more level playing field.

We are taking these actions because our trade agreements affirm the rights of American workers and businesses to compete in a system of rules that applies equally to all of our trading partners.

We insist on fair play because we are confident that American workers and businesses can compete – and win – in a global market. As the President has said, “When the playing field is even, nobody can beat us.” And we can’t afford to leave any jobs on the table.

For the entire article: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/07/30/tough-trade-enforcement-supports-jobs-american-workers


President Obama on the Issues


Mideast – Opposes near-term military strike on Iran except as last resort to stop it from getting nuclear weapons,; seeks international pressure against Syrian government rather then military aid for oppositions.


Approved the raid that killed Osama bin Laden ; set policy that the US would no longer use harsh interrogation techniques; expanded use of drone strikes against terrorist targets abroad and has kept America safe for threats.

China – Opposes citing China as a currency manipulator, which could lead to broad trade sanctions, instead pressing the matter through diplomacy and aggressively burnt unfair-trade cases to the WTO.



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  1. WH

    Monday, October, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    9:10 AM
    Dr. Jill Biden attends a campaign event
    Madison, WI

    10:00 AM
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    11:25 AM
    President Obama departs Camp David en route to Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL

    11:30 AM
    Vice President Biden attends a campaign event
    J. Babe Stearn Community Center, Deuble Gymnasium, Canton, OH

    11:30 AM
    Dr. Jill Biden attends a campaign event
    Appleton, WI

    12:00 PM
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    President Obama arrives at Palm Beach International Airport.

    2:00 PM
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    First Lady Michelle Obama attends a campaign event
    Broward College – Central Campus, George Mayer Gymnasium, Davie, FL

    3:15 PM
    Vice President Biden attends a campaign event
    Lorain High School Lorain, Lorain, OH

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    First Lady Michelle Obama attends a campaign event
    Boca Raton, FL

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    President Obama participates in the Third Presidential – Foreign Policy, Debate at Lynn University
    First Lady Michelle Obama also attends.
    Boca Raton, FL

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    President Obama and First Lady Michelle remain over night in Boca Raton, FL

  2. President Barack Obama on Foreign Policy issues

    China – Opposes citing China as a currency manipulator, which could lead to broad trade sanctions, instead pressing the matter through diplomacy and aggressively burnt unfair-trade cases to the WTO.

    * Kept his 2008 campaign promise to end the war in Iraq by December 2011
    * Worked with other democratic nations to secure our America’s borders and defeating terrorists like Al-Quaeda that threatened America.

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    Immigration – Issued directive that immigrants brought illegally to the US as children be exempted from deportation and granted work permits if they apply; has failed to deliver on promised immigration overhaul but says he is still committed to it.

    Mideast – Opposes near-term military strike on Iran except as last resort to stop it from getting nuclear weapons,; seeks international pressure against Syrian government rather then military aid for oppositions.

    Source: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-romney-where-stand-issues-211840370.html

    • Opinion: Obama is leading on national security

      9/29/2012 By Special to the Mercury News – Thomas Friedman

      For the first time in a long, long time, a Democrat is running for president and has the clear advantage on national security policy. That is not “how things are supposed to be,” and Republicans sound apoplectic about it. But there is a reason President Barack Obama is leading on national security, and it was apparent in his U.N. speech last week, which showed a president who understands that we really do live in a more complex world today — and that saying so is not a cop-out. It’s a road map. Mitt Romney, given his international business background, should understand this, but he acts instead as if he learned his foreign policy at the International House of Pancakes, where the menu and architecture rarely changes.

      Rather than really thinking afresh about the world, Romney has chosen instead to go with the same old GOP bacon and eggs — that the Democrats are toothless wimps who won’t stand up to our foes or for our values, that the Republicans are tough and that it is 1989 all over again. That is, the U.S. stands astride the globe with unrivaled power to bend the world our way, and the only thing missing is a president with “will.” The only thing missing is a president who is ready to simultaneously confront Russia, bash China, tell Iraqis we’re not leaving their country, snub the Muslim world by outsourcing our Arab-Israel policy to the prime minister of Israel, green light Israel to bomb Iran — and raise the defense budget while cutting taxes and eliminating the deficit.

      It’s all “attitude” — without a hint at how we could possibly do all these contradictory things at once, or the simplest acknowledgment that two wars and a giant tax cut under former President George W. Bush has limited our ability to do even half of them.

      Let’s look at the world we’re actually living in. It is a world that has become much more interdependent so that our friends failing (like Greece) can now harm us as much as our enemies threatening, and our rivals (like China) collapsing can hurt us as much as their rising. It’s a world where a cheap YouTube video made by a superempowered individual can cause us more trouble than the million-dollar propaganda campaign of a superpower competitor. It is a globalized economy in which the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the U.S.’ largest business lobby, has opposed Romney’s pledge to designate China as a currency manipulator and is pressing Congress to lift Cold War trade restrictions on Russia, a country Romney has labeled the U.S.’ “No. 1 geopolitical foe.” It is a world where, at times, pulling back — and focusing on rebuilding our strength at home — is the most meaningful foreign policy initiative we can undertake because when the U.S. is at its best — its institutions, schools and values — it can inspire emulation, whereas Russia and China still have to rely on transactions or bullying to get others to follow. It is still a world where the use of force, or the threat of force, against implacable foes (Iran) is required, but a world where a nudge at the right time and place can also be effective.

      For more: http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_21663771/opinion-xxxx?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com

    • October 03, 2012

      Statement by NSC Spokesperson Tommy Vietor on Extension of NATO Secretary General Rasmussen’s Tenure

      President Obama welcomes the decision by all 28 NATO members to extend NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s tenure for an additional year, through 2014. The United States commends the Secretary General for his strong leadership of America’s most important security alliance, and we look forward to continuing to work with him and with our NATO allies and partners as we strengthen and revitalize NATO for the 21st century. For over 63 years, NATO has advanced freedom, security, and prosperity for the United States and its allies and partners. Secretary General Rasmussen will lead the Alliance to fulfill the commitments made at the Chicago Summit hosted by President Obama last May, which include completing transition, ending the war, and defining NATO’s long-term partnership with Afghanistan; reshaping alliance capabilities to realize the goals set forth in NATO Forces 2020; and advancing opportunities for global partners to cooperate with NATO.

    • Madeleine Albright Dismisses Romney’s Foreign Policy Speech As Light On Ideas

      OCTOBER 8, 2012, 2:24 PM EVAN MCMORRIS-SANTORO – tpm

      Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright dismissed Mitt Romney’s big foreign policy speech on Monday as trivial ideas coming from a foreign policy lightweight.

      Albright, a surrogate for President Obama, told reporters on a conference call that Romney’s foreign policy vision would not score high marks in her classroom.

      “I just find him very shallow in the ideas that he has,” she said. “Shallow. The op-ed that he had in the Wall Street Journal a couple of days ago? I’m a professor and if one of my students turned it in they’d get a ‘C’ because he gave absolutely no specifics.”

      Albright referred to Romney’s Sept. 30 WSJ piece, in which he called for “a new strategy toward the Middle East.” That topic was also central in his foreign policy address at the Virginia Military Institute Monday. Romney laid out a vision for American power he said would be more proactive than Obama’s, while offering up policy specifics that critics described as not much different from those Obama is already employing.

      For example, Romney said Obama has “not signed one new free trade agreement in the past four years,” a statement he’s been using for some time that ignores the free trade pacts Obama has signed into law while in office.

      Albright said Romney’s foreign policy take is a litte off-the-wall, referring to his previous characterization of Russia as America’s “number one geopolitical foe”. Romney promised to engage the country if elected.

      “There is a longing for American leadership in the Middle East—and it is not unique to that region,” Romney said in the prepared version of his remarks at VMI. “It is broadly felt by America’s friends and allies in other parts of the world as well— in Europe, where Putin’s Russia casts a long shadow over young democracies, and where our oldest allies have been told we are ‘pivoting’ away from them.”

      Albright described Romney’s stance on Russia as another example of a man out of his depth when it comes to foreign policy.

      “Of the various weird things Gov. Romney has said, his postion on Russia is truly out of date,” she said. “If you were living in the 20th century, his position on Russia might make a certain amount of sense. We’re living in the 21st century, and to think that Russia is our biggest geostrategic threat makes absolutely no sense.”

      Albright said global terrorism is the biggest national security threat, and praised Obama for some of his engagement with the Russians.

      “The truth is the Russians have been pretty helpful on Iran. Not on Syria, but they have on Iran,” Albright said. “I think we can’t look at them the way we did during the Cold War. So much of this speech had kind of a Cold War tone. A little bit of nostalgia for that period.”

      • Foreign Policy: President Obama’s Strong and Steady Leadership vs. Romney’s Blunder and Bluster

        Published on Oct 21, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom

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        In a series of interviews, Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Senator John Kerry, Admiral John Nathman (ret.), and Former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy explain why Mitt Romney is not prepared to be commander-in-chief. They each lay out how President Obama’s leadership has made America stronger, safer and more secure while Mitt Romney has nothing to offer except bluster, chest-thumping, and a commitment to endless war. As Monday’s debate will demonstrate, blunder and bluster are no substitute for strong leadership.


      19 Jul 2012 by GREGORY D. CHANG

      Adam Smith, Democratic representative from Washington State’s 9th district, thinks you should be afraid of a “Romney-Cheney” foreign policy doctrine and took about 900 words on ForeignPolicy.com to tell us all why. Here is Smith’s opening paragraph.

      A large majority of Americans agree that President Barack Obama has a strong record protecting our nation’s security and that he has the right vision for American leadership in the world. Governor Mitt Romney’s proposals, in contrast, promise to return us to the discredited doctrines and reckless policies of the George W. Bush administration. We’ve seen that movie before, and it doesn’t end well.

      A big statement, so let’s look at the pieces, starting with “a large majority of Americans” like Obama’s ideas for American leadership in the world. Smith is pulling from an AP poll with a sample of 1,004 people tilted 49% Democrat to 37% Republican that asks exactly two questions on Obama’s foreign policy: do you approve/disapprove/neither of the way Obama is handling “Terrorism” and “The situation in Afghanistan”? He earns 64% and 53% respectively, an average of 58.5%–that’s a large majority? The Real Clear Politics average of all polls, “President Obama Job Approval – Foreign Policy,” a much broader based representation, shows Obama getting a 48.8% approval rate, a minority.

      On the AP poll Obama gets his best number on fighting terrorism. So what is he doing? Some of his tools for fighting terrorism are the Patriot Act, warrantless wiretaps and data collection, military commissions and drone strikes. These are all Bush administration programs that have been kept by the Obama administration and, in some cases (particularly drones), massively expanded.

      And the programs Obama specifically condemned the Bush administration for prior to taking office such as Guantanamo Bay, assassinations, rendition, and enhanced interrogation? Gitmo is still open and Obama is still breathing heavily after his many victory laps post-Usama Bin Laden assassination. In fact, Obama has even expanded the assassination program to include the summary execution of an American—something that made even the most hawkish conservatives blink.

      For more: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/07/19/Rep-Adam-Smith-Bemoans-The-Romney-Cheney-Doctrine-We-ve-Seen-That-Movie-And-It-Doesn-t-End-Well

    • Bill Clinton defends Obama’s foreign policy

      September 25, 2012 at 9:06 am Posted by Rachel Weiner – washingtonpost

      ON MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday, former president Bill Clinton argued that President Obama has invested plenty of time in working with world leaders, even though he’s not holding any bilateral meetings when he addresses the UN General Assembly today.

      “I have not talked to Hillary about this because I never want to know anything that i shouldn’t be talking about on television,” Clinton said. But he said his understanding was that “they’ve been up to their ears in conversations” with leaders in the Middle East.

      Clinton also predicted less gridlock in Washington should Obama win reelection.

      Democrats and Republicans “will have a dramatically greater incentive to get stuff done,” Clinton argued, with a president who is not running for reelection. “I think you will have an operating majority to do something.”

    • McRaven gives ‘fantastic’ Obama credit for bin Laden raid

      By JOSH GERSTEIN | 7/26/12 1:06 AM EDT POLITICO

      ASPEN, Colo.—Republicans trying to play down President Barack Obama’s decision to launch the raid that led to the death of Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden are not getting much help from the military brass who oversaw the operation.

      During a rare public interview on Wednesday, Adm. Bill McRaven, head of the U.S. Special Operations command, portrayed as bold and brave Obama’s decision to order the raid despite significant doubts about whether bin Laden was at the Abbottabad, Pakistan compound.

      “At the end of the day, make no mistake about it, it was the president of the United States that shouldered the burden of this operation, that made the hard decision,” McRaven said during an on-stage interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that served as the kickoff session of the Aspen Security Forum.

      Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has suggested that the decision to launch the raid was a no-brainer. “Even Jimmy Carter would have given that order,” Romney said in April.

      McRaven refused to respond Wednesday when asked whether he agreed with Romney that any president would have made the same decision Obama did. However, at a couple of junctures, the Special Operations commander offered effusive praise for Obama.

      “The president of the United States is fantastic,” the admiral said. “I’m not a political guy. I’ve worked in both [administrations,] very much enjoyed working with President Bush and I very much enjoy working for President Obama. This isn’t about politics. This is about a Commander in Chief who I have the opportunity to engage with on a routine basis.”

      McRaven also had high praise for Obama’s national security team, including those in place at the time of the raid, such as then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then-Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, Deputy National Security Advisers Denis McDonough and John Brennan.

      “I’m not a political guy, but I’ll tell you as an interested observer of this, they were magnfiicent how they handled the start-to-finish,” McRaven said. “The president asked all the right questions…The president gave me ample time to prepare once the conversations were through.”

      McRaven, like all military officers, serves at the pleasure of the president. A few weeks before the bin Laden raid, Obama nominated McRaven to take over the Special Operations command and be elevated to four-star admiral. McRaven, who was deeply involved in planning and executing the May 2011 raid, was confirmed by the Senate to his current post the following month.

    • Militant Commander Likely Killed in Drone Strike: U.S.

      Aug. 30, 2012 By JAKE TAPPER , MUHAMMAD LILA – abc

      U.S. officials said today that an American drone strike likely took out a top commander of a powerful militant group the U.S. says is responsible for deadly, high-profile terrorist attacks in Afghanistan.

      Badruddin Haqqani, described by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point as the “chief of operations” of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network, had been reported killed last week in a drone strike. After those reports, however, a Taliban spokesperson denied Badruddin’s death, saying in an email to reporters that he was alive and well in Afghanistan.

      Today two U.S. officials, including a senior American diplomat, told ABC News that the U.S. government believes Badruddin was among those killed in an Aug. 21 drone strike.

      “This is a significant loss from the Haqqani network as [Badruddin] was an operational leader behind a number of the group’s high-profile attacks, including the attacks against the U.S. Embassy in Kabul,” an American official said, apparently referring to an assault on the embassy in September 2011.

      A spokesperson for Afghanistan’s interior minister said Monday officials there believe Badruddin was killed in the strike, calling his “elimination” a “major blow and serious setback to the Haqqani network,” according to a Reuters report.

      Pakistani intelligence officials confirmed the death to The Associated Press and told ABC News they had heard from area locals the Haqqani commander had been killed.

      For more: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/militant-commander-killed-drone-strike-us/story?id=17114585#.UD_jmql9-Jc

    • 5 terrorism suspects extradited from UK to US

      10/6/12 By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN and LARRY NEUMEISTER | Associated Press –

      NEW YORK (AP) — An ailing extremist Egyptian-born preacher and four other terrorism suspects arrived in the United States from England early Saturday under tight security to face trial, and two appeared within hours in a Connecticut court.

      The preacher, Abu Hamza al-Masri, was taken to a lockup next to the federal courthouse in lower Manhattan to face charges that he conspired with Seattle men to set up a terrorist training camp in Oregon and that he helped abduct 16 hostages, two of them American tourists, in Yemen in 1998.

      Just hours after their arrival in America, Syed Talha Ahsan, 33, and Babar Ahmad, 38, pleaded not guilty in federal court in New Haven, Conn., to charges that they provided terrorists in Afghanistan and Chechnya with cash, recruits and equipment.

      Ahmad made efforts to secure GPS devices, Kevlar helmets, night vision goggles, ballistic vests and camouflage uniforms, prosecutors said.

      They were kept detained while they await trial in Connecticut, where an Internet service provider was allegedly used to host a website. Their lawyers declined to comment.

      Al-Masri, a one-time nightclub bouncer, will be housed in Manhattan along with Khaled al-Fawwaz, 50, a citizen of Saudi Arabia, and Adel Abdul Bary, 52, an Egyptian citizen, who will face trial on charges that they participated in the bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa in 1998. The attacks killed 224 people, including 12 Americans. They were indicted in a case that also charged Osama bin Laden.

      For more: http://news.yahoo.com/5-terrorism-suspects-extradited-uk-us-113010130.html

    • U.S. freezes assets of three men linked to Taliban, militants

      10/17/12 Alister Bull – Reuters – 2 hrs 1 min ago

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury said on Wednesday it had frozen the assets of three Pakistani-based individuals suspected of backing the Taliban and other militant organizations in Pakistan and Afghanistan, including one man linked to a failed attack in New York.

      Treasury said it froze all U.S. assets and prohibited any U.S. individuals from doing business with Maulawi Adam Khan Achekzai, Aamir Ali Chaudhry and Qari Ayyub Bashir.

      Adam and Chaudhry were involved in the production of bombs for the Taliban and the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the Pakistan Taliban, Treasury said in a statement. Bashir coordinated financial support for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, it said.

      “As these designations demonstrate, we will continue to work to dismantle the terrorist support networks operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan, paying special attention to those involved in the manufacture of IEDs (improvised explosive devices),” said David Cohen, U.S. undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.

      Treasury said Chaudhry was an electronics and explosives expert with the TTP who was also suspected of providing advice on what type of fertilizer to use in the failed May 2010 attempt to explode a bomb in New York’s Time Square.

      Adam was a key figure for the Taliban, responsible for the production of improvised explosives and suicide vests, who had trained around 150 other bomb makers to support the Islamic group’s attacks, it said.

      Bashir, whom Treasury named as head of finance for the IMU, was suspected of marshalling funds from sources in Turkey and Europe to finance IMU attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as recruiting fighters at his school in Pakistan.

    • Obama better for world economy: poll

      8/17/12 Andy Bruce – Reuters – 3 hrs ago

      LONDON (Reuters) – Twice as many business executives around the world say the global economy will prosper better if incumbent President Barack Obama wins the next election than if his Republican challenger Mitt Romney does, a poll showed on Friday.

      Democrat Obama was chosen by 42.7 percent in the 1,700 respondent poll, compared with 20.5 percent for Romney. The rest said “neither”.

      The result was different among respondents in the United States, where a slim majority thought Romney would be better for their businesses than Obama.

      Obama maintains a seven-point lead over Romney among registered voters in the race for the November 6 presidential election, despite the fact Americans are increasingly pessimistic about the future, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted last week.

      The FT poll was conducted before Romney picked Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan as his vice presidential running mate at the weekend, a move that could dramatically shift the election debate between two sharply contrasting views of government spending and debt.

      Romney’s choice for running mate gave him no immediate boost to his White House prospects, a Reuters/Ipsos poll suggested on Monday.

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      Projecting ‘resolve’ doesn’t make a difference

      Mon Oct 8, 2012 11:32 AM EDT By Steve Benen – maddowblog

      In the days following last month’s deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, Republicans slowly coalesced around a specific talking point: it’s President Obama’s fault because he didn’t project enough “strength” in the Middle East and North Africa. There would be no similar violence under a President Romney, a spokesperson said, because Muslim protestors would “respect American resolve.”

      It’s always been a deeply silly argument, but it’s also an oddly self-defeating criticism from the right given the number if attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities abroad during the Bush/Cheney era. Adam Serwer took this further, documenting the number of attacks per president over the last 40 years.

      For more: http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/10/08/14295159-projecting-resolve-doesnt-make-a-difference?lite

    • WTO sides with Obama over China

      Fri Oct 19, 2012 4:32 PM EDT By Steve Benen – maddowblog

      How many times did Mitt Romney refer to China in this week’s debate? Thirteen times. In fact, ” cracking down on China” was one of the principal elements, Romney said, of his entire economic plan. The argument dovetailed with the Romney campaign’s offensive on the issue in late September.

      If you only listened to the Republican candidate, you might think the Obama administration were struggling when it came to addressing unfair Chinese trade practices. In reality, however, President Obama keeps winning these fights.

      The World Trade Organization barred China on Thursday from imposing duties on certain U.S. steel exports, siding with U.S. President Barack Obama in a dispute with Beijing over a type of steel made in two election battleground states.

      The case involved duties imposed by China on “grain-oriented electrical steel,” which is used in the cores of high-efficiency transformers, electric motors and generators. The steel is made by AK Steel Corp of Ohio and ATI Allegheny Ludlum of Pennsylvania.

      Although the specialty steel case is tiny compared with other trade disputes with Beijing, the WTO ruling gave Obama a timely win as he defends himself against accusations by his Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, that he is soft on China.

      And every time this comes up, I’m reminded of this segment from July.

    • Global Factory Weakness Spreads as Debt Crisis Persists

      Oct 1, 2012 3:51 AM PT By Simone Meier and Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

      Manufacturing from Europe to China contracted in September as the euro region’s fiscal crisis eroded investor confidence and clouded global growth prospects.

      A gauge of manufacturing in the 17-nation euro region based on a survey of purchasing managers was at 46.1, above an initial estimate of 46 on Sept. 20, Markit Economics in London said today. A reading below 50 indicates contraction. A Chinese factory index was at 49.8 for September, a statistics bureau report showed. In the U.S., manufacturing probably contracted for a fourth straight month, according to a Bloomberg survey.

      Economies around the globe are cooling as European governments toughen spending cuts to restore investor confidence as the region’s economic slump deepens. Euro-area unemployment held at a record 10.4 percent in August and Japan’s Tankan index of large manufacturers’ confidence dropped to minus 3 for the past quarter, two reports showed today.

      “Europe is still a big problem out there, you’re seeing weaker global growth in general,” said Scott Brown, chief economist at Raymond James Financial Inc. in St. Petersburg, Florida. “A lot of firms doing business in Europe are reporting weaker results, a lot more caution.”

      For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-01/euro-region-manufacturing-contracted-for-14th-month-in-september.html

      • International Demand for U.S. Assets Rises on Europe

        Sep 18, 2012 8:07 AM PT By Meera Louis – bloomberg

        International purchases of U.S. financial assets rose more than sevenfold in July as investors sought shelter from the debt crisis in Europe.

        Net buying of long-term equities, notes and bonds totaled $67 billion during the month, up from net purchases of $9.3 billion in June, the Treasury Department said today in Washington. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg projected net buying of $27.5 billion of long-term assets, according to the median estimate.

        “The data suggest that European private investors used Treasuries and agencies to protect against deterioration in the euro financial markets in July,” said Guy LeBas, chief fixed- income strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC in Philadelphia. “That trend will likely continue into August’s data.”

        U.S. assets have maintained their attraction as Spanish banks are hemorrhaging deposits and European leaders are still squabbling over the next steps needed to overcome the sovereign debt crisis. A Sept. 14 European Union finance ministers meeting in the Cypriot capital of Nicosia deadlocked over the timetable for a more unified EU banking sector.

        For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-18/international-demand-for-u-s-assets-rises-on-europe-crisis.html

      • Dollar to Gain on Stronger U.S. Growth, FX Concepts’ Taylor Says

        By Joseph Ciolli – Oct 9, 2012 8:29 AM PT

        Investors should remain bullish on the dollar because issues within the U.S. economy pale in comparison with those in Europe and Australia, according to John Taylor of FX Concepts LLC.

        The dollar is in a “box” between the important technical level of $1.29 per euro and downtrend levels of $1.3050 to $1.31, said Taylor, the founder and chief executive officer of currency-hedge fund FX Concepts LLC, which manages $3 billion. A closing price below $1.29 would be a “very bad” technical signal, Taylor said. The greenback will see a “significant” move after it breaks out of this range, he said.

        The dollar gained 0.6 percent to $1.2885 per euro at 11:27 a.m. New York time after reaching $1.2877. The greenback fell 0.1 percent to 78.23 yen.

        The Dollar Index (DXY) has fallen the last two months and is on pace to decline in October. German Chancellor Angela Merkel traveled to Athens today to promote austerity and encourage Greece to stay in the euro.

        “It’s a good short-term and long-term play,” Taylor said of the dollar in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “In the Loop” with Deirdre Bolton. “The U.S. economy is looking much better than the other economies of the world. Europe has a possibility of a bad nick with the Greek situation.”

        Countries such as Australia, which rely on China for export demand, may struggle as the dollar appreciates, Taylor said. Slowing Chinese growth is more likely to be driven by internal demand going forward, making the country less reliant on imports, he said. China is Australia’s biggest trade partner.

        “The price of its commodities and exports are going down,” Taylor said. “The housing market is overpriced. There are all kinds of problems in Australia.”

        The Australian dollar appreciated 0.1 percent to $1.0178 in New York. It was little changed against the yen at 79.62.

      • International Demand for U.S. Assets Rises on European Crisis

        By Meera Louis – Oct 16, 2012 6:00 AM PT

        International purchases of U.S. financial assets rose in August as investors sought shelter from the debt crisis in Europe, boosted by purchases from France, the U.K. and China.

        Net buying of long-term equities, notes and bonds totaled $90 billion during the month, up from net purchases of $67.2 billion in July, the Treasury Department said today in Washington.

        Economists surveyed by Bloomberg projected net buying of $48 billion of long-term assets, according to the median estimate.

        “Until something clearly changes in Europe, the U.S. will remain the safe haven,” Joel Naroff, president of Naroff Economic Advisors in Holland, Pennsylvania, said by e-mail before the report. “Greece, Spain, etc. are still evolving and until conditions, both economic and political, are clearer, I don’t expect any major slowing in the inflow of foreign capital.”

        U.S. assets have maintained their attraction as European leaders struggle to resolve differences on renewed aid for Greece and as Spain holds out on tapping a bailout. The International Monetary Fund’s decision this month to cut its forecast for world economic growth to 3.3 percent this year and 3.6 percent for 2013 may further increase the lure of U.S. assets as a safe-haven investment.

        For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-16/international-demand-for-u-s-assets-rises-on-european-crisis.html

      • U.S. 10-Year Yield Hits 1-Month High on Europe Optimism, Economy

        Oct 19, 2012 9:00 PM By Cordell Eddings and Susanne Walker – bloomberg

        Treasuries fell, with 10-year note yields rising to a one-month high, as better-than-forecast economic data and optimism that the political will exists to stave off a deeper crisis in Europe trimmed refuge demand.

        Benchmark 10-year yields had their biggest two-day gain in seven months this week as Spain kept its investment-grade debt rating from Moody’s Investors Service and U.S. new-home construction rose to the highest level in four years. The U.S. will auction $99 billion of notes next week. The Federal Reserve is forecast to maintain its bond-buying stimulus plan at its policy meeting Oct. 24.

        “The data in the U.S. seems to be getting progressively stronger and European risk seems to be waning some,” Christopher Sullivan, who oversees $2 billion as chief investment officer at United Nations Federal Credit Union in New York, said in a phone interview yesterday. “With auctions next week, there may be more resistance to the lower yields we’ve seen.”

        The benchmark 10-year yield climbed 11 basis points, or 0.11 percentage point, to 1.76 percent in New York, according to Bloomberg Bond Trader prices. The yield, which surpassed the 200-day moving average of 1.808 percent, touched the highest level since Sept. 19.

        The yield on the 30-year bond reached 3.02 percent, the highest level since Sept. 19, as it gained 10 basis points. It traded above its 2.93 percent 200-day moving average.

        For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-20/u-s-10-year-yield-hits-1-month-high-on-europe-optimism-economy.html

    • Manufacturing in U.S. Expands Unexpectedly as Orders Rise

      Oct 1, 2012 7:50 AM PT By Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

      Manufacturing in the U.S. unexpectedly expanded in September, indicating the industry is stabilizing after three months of contraction.

      The Institute for Supply Management’s factory index rose to 51.5 last month from 49.6 in August, the Tempe, Arizona-based group said today. Economists in a Bloomberg survey projected a September reading of 49.7, according to the median forecast. Measures above 50 represent expansion.

      Stocks extended gains after the figures showed American factories are holding up in the face of a global economic slowdown that’s weakened manufacturing from Asia to Europe. At the same time, a further strengthening among U.S. producers may prove difficult as cutbacks in household spending and limited investment remain persistent headwinds for companies such as Caterpillar Inc.

      “This report removes some of the concern that manufacturing is contracting,” even though “we’re definitely seeing slower growth,” said Gus Faucher, a senior economist at PNC Financial Services Group Inc. in Pittsburgh, who projected a reading of 50.2. The “details look pretty good. Overall, we’re looking at economic growth that’s moderate but not enough to bring down the unemployment rate significantly.”

      Estimates for the index from the 76 economists surveyed ranged from 48 to 51.2. A reading above 42.5 generally indicates an expansion in the overall economy, the ISM has said. The gauge averaged 55.2 in 2011 and 57.3 a year earlier.

      The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index climbed 1 percent to 1,454.78 at 10:30 a.m. in New York.

      For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-01/ism-index-of-u-s-manufacturing-increased-to-51-5-in-september.html

    • Table

      Published on Sep 26, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom

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      During the last weeks of this campaign there will be debates, speeches and more ads. But if I could sit down with you in your living room or around the kitchen table here’s what I’d say:

      When I took office we were losing nearly 800,000 jobs a month and were mired in Iraq. Today I believe that as a nation we are moving forward again. But we have much more to do to get folks back to work and make the middle class secure again.

      Now, Governor Romney believes that with that even bigger tax cuts for the wealthy and fewer regulations on Wall Street all of us will prosper. In other words he’d double down on the same trickle down policies that led to the crisis in the first place. So what’s my plan?

      First, we create a million new manufacturing jobs and help businesses double their exports. Give tax breaks to companies that invest in America, not that ship jobs overseas.

      Second, we cut our oil imports in half and produce more American-made energy, oil, clean-coal, natural gas, and new resources like wind, solar and bio-fuels—all while doubling the fuel efficiencies of cars and trucks.

      Third, we insure that we maintain the best workforce in the world by preparing 100,000 additional math and science teachers. Training 2 million Americans with the job skills they need at our community colleges. Cutting the growth of tuition in half and expanding student aid so more Americans can afford it.

      Fourth, a balanced plan to reduce our deficit by four trillion dollars over the next decade on top of the trillion in spending we’ve already cut, I’d ask the wealthy to pay a little more. And as we end the war in Afghanistan let’s apply half the savings to pay down our debt and use the rest for some nation building right here at home.

      It’s time for a new economic patriotism. Rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong, thriving middle class. Read my plan. Compare it to Governor Romney’s and decide for yourself. Thanks for listening.

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      “A decade of war that cost us dearly and now for president a clear choice. President Obama ended the Iraq war. Mitt Romney would have left 30,000 troops in Iraq and called bringing them home tragic. Obama’s brought 30,000 soldiers back from Afghanistan and has a responsible plan to end the war. Romney calls it Obama’s ‘biggest mistake’. It’s time to stop fighting over there and start rebuilding here.”

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      President Obama is taking a balanced approach to cutting the deficit without sacrificing investments needed to grow the economy and create jobs

      President Obama has a long-term economic plan, investing in education, small businesses, clean energy, infrastructure, and tax cuts for companies that bring jobs back to the U.S.

      President Obama is calling on millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share, and believes no family earning less than $250,000 should face higher taxes – compare the tax plans
      President Obama responsibly ended the war in Iraq, is bringing our troops home from Afghanistan, and will use half the savings to reduce the deficit

      President Obama has improved Medicare by adding benefits like free mammograms, is closing the “donut hole” and saving seniors an average of $600 a year on prescription drugs, and extending Medicare’s life by eight years




      Mitt Romney opposes asking the wealthiest to pay their fair share and instead wants to reward them with even more tax breaks, paid for by raising middle class taxes

      Mitt Romney’s plan would add $5 trillion in tax cuts skewed to the rich, either increasing the deficit or requiring tax increases on the middle-class

      Mitt Romney would slash middle class investments like education, Social Security, and Medicare

      Mitt Romney criticized the end of the Iraq war as “tragic,” and has offered no plan to bring our troops home from Afghanistan

      Mitt Romney would let Medicare go bankrupt by the end of his first term, and then turn it into a voucher

    • Eli and Seth Lovell – Twin Brothers and Veterans Who Support President Obama

      Published on Oct 22, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom

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      Eli and Seth Lovell, twin brothers who were deployed to Afghanistan together, share how together they pulled through serving overseas and how they both support President Obama. Both Eli and Seth support President Obama because the President has stood by veterans and the President brought an end to the Iraq war—while Mitt Romney has and will continue to fail the commander-in-chief test.

      As Eli shares
      “So when Mitt Romney said that leaving Iraq was tragic I did think that was concerning. And as a veteran I took a lot of offense to Governor Romney’s 47 percent comments and I don’t think he did take into consideration that the 47 percent includes veterans that have served overseas and given up a year or more of their lives to serve their country.”

    • Colin Powell endorses Obama for second term

      10/25/12 By Susan Heavey | Reuters – 17 mins ago

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on Thursday endorsed Barack Obama’s bid for re-election, citing the Democratic president’s efforts to wind down the war in Afghanistan and tackle terrorism.

      “I think we ought to keep on the track that we are on,” the Republican, who also backed Obama in 2008, told “CBS This Morning,” adding, “I voted for him in 2008 and I plan to stick with him in 2012.”

      The move comes just days after Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney clashed over foreign policy in the third and last presidential debate ahead of the November 6 election.

      Polls show Obama and Romney neck and neck. A Reuters/Ipsos online tracking poll gave Romney a 1-point edge on Wednesday, 47 percent to Obama’s 46 percent.

      Obama’s campaign was quick to promote the endorsement in a video statement released about 30 minutes after Powell’s appearance.

      Powell criticized Romney’s foreign policy as inconsistent and questioned the former Massachusetts governor’s ability to tackle the deficit and looming defense cuts.

      “I’m not quite sure which Governor Romney we’d be getting with respect to foreign policy,” Powell said, calling Romney’s foreign policy “a moving target.”

      As for the U.S. budget, he added: “It’s essentially, let’s cut taxes and compensate for that with other things, but that compensation does not cover all the cuts intended or the expenses associated with defense.”

      Powell has been critical of Romney’s foreign policy advisers and has taken issue with the former business executive’s stance on countries such as Russia.

      A moderate Republican, Powell served under President George W. Bush. Some of Romney’s advisers are more conservative veterans of the Bush administration.

      “There’s some very, very strong neo-conservative views that are presented by the governor that I have some trouble with,” Powell said on CBS.

      He added that other issues such as the economy and education also loomed large in his continued support for a second term for Obama.


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      • Obama calls Colin Powell

        10/25/12 11:06 AM EDT By DONOVAN SLACK – POLITICO44

        After an overnight flight from Las Vegas to Tampa, President Obama took time out to call Colin Powell, who endorsed him Thursday morning.

        “He thanked him for the endorsement, for what he said about both the president’s domestic policy and foreign policy as well,” press secretary Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One afterward.

        Campaign spokeswoman Jenn Psaki confirmed he had no prior notice of Powell’s endorsement but said it was a welcome turn of events.

        “We were happy to see it on the news this morning,” she said. “We think it sends a strong signal about why he should be sent back for another four years as commander in chief.”

        Powell, a Republican and retired general, endorsed Obama in 2008 but had not done so in 2012, repeatedly saying he hadn’t made up his mind yet. In an interview with CBS News on Thursday, he said he has decided “to stick with him” this year.

        Powell’s military credentials could help shore up support for the president on defense issues, particularly in light of the pending defense cuts that Republicans are blaming on Obama, and that GOP challenger Mitt Romney has held up as a sign of the president’s lackluster commitment to the military.

        Like Carney, Psaki also hinted that the Obama campaign is hoping Powell’s stamp of approval may help in domestic areas as well. “He talked not just about the president’s leadership on foreign policy issues but on the Affordable Care Act,” she said.

  3. <img src="htGOP Mitt Romney on Foreign Policy

    Mideast– Appears to present a clearer US military threat to Iran; has spoken in favor of coveret action by the US in Syria but not military invervention; said “”Palestinians do not want peace and are committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel”

    China– He said he would formally declare China a currency manipulator and would get tougher with China on human rights, religious freedom and intellectual property rights; wants more military capabilities in the Pacific to counter Beijing’s growing influence in East Asia. His company, Bain Capital shipped American jobs overseas to counties like China.

    “The greatest threat the US faces is a nuclear Iran … [But] who is it who always stands up for the world’s worst actors? It’s always Russia, typically with China along side,” Romney said. “Russia is not a friendly character on the world stage.” March 26, 2012

    Immigration – Favors US – Mexico border fence; opposes education benefits to illegal immigrants; opposes offering legal status to illegal immigrants who attend college, but would do so for those who serve in the military; would establish an immigration – status verification system for employers.

    Terrorism – Says foreign terrorism suspects should have no constitutional rights; in 2007 refused to rule out use of waterboarding to interrogate terrorist suspects; his campaign has said he doe not consider waterboarding to be torture. Said that Russia is the current biggest threat to the US.

    Source: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-romney-where-stand-issues-211840370.html

    • GOP Mitt Romney still fighting cold war

      7/24/2012 By Trudy Rubin – Philadelphia Inquirer

      Foreign policy hasn’t figured much in the presidential campaign, which is lucky for Mitt Romney.

      With scant foreign policy experience, Romney has had trouble projecting himself as a statesman. His foreign policy statements have veered from vague to disturbingly hawkish.

      So this week, he’s off to Europe and Israel in hopes of burnishing his image as the future leader of the “free world.” Unfortunately, the world Romney seeks to lead no longer exists.

      Romney’s foreign affairs statements have a Rip Van Winkle quality, as if he had just emerged from a sleep of two decades. His Cold War language suits the bipolar world of the 20th century, not the current era.

      One telling example: Earlier this year, he made the stunning claim that Russia was “our No. 1 geopolitical foe,” prompting former Secretary of State Colin Powell to comment, “C’mon, Mitt, think. That isn’t the case.”

      Romney’s Cold War mind-set prevents him from coming to grips with the major global problems he would have to deal with. In October, in a major foreign policy speech, he insisted: “This century must be an American century. In an American century, America leads the free world, and the free world leads the entire world.”

      I agree that American leadership still matters mightily on most global issues. But does Romney intend, as he has stated, to increase our military by 100,000 troops and raise defense spending — while cutting taxes? Has he read the newspapers for the past year?

      Does he really think we still lead something called the “free world” against one nefarious enemy — I guess, in his view, Moscow?

      Other powerhouse states are emerging, including, most obviously, China. Regional powers such as Turkey and Brazil are no longer constrained by the Cold War and don’t have to obey Washington. The security threats we face are no longer represented by one country or one “ism.”

      These are geopolitical facts, not some plot cooked up by President Barack Obama. But Romney seems unwilling to face facts.

      Nor does he confront the damage to America’s global reputation caused by the debacle of the Iraq War. Perhaps that’s because the list of Romney’s foreign policy advisers is heavy on hawkish members of the George W. Bush team, including several who led the charge to invade Baghdad.

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    • GOP Mitt Romney: Failing the Commander-in-Chief Test

      Published on Oct 8, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom

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      Mitt Romney has insulted our closest allies, rushed to judgement without facts while Americans were under attack, called Russia—not al Qaeda, our greatest threat, called the Iraq withdrawal “tragic”, and didn’t even mention Afghanistan in his convention speech.

    • Romney has unique distinction of uniting all of England against him: Weinstein

      Tue 18 Sep, 2012 By ANI | ANI

      London, Sept. 18 (ANI): Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein said that British Prime Minister David Cameron told him during the London Olympics that England is united against GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

      “I also witnessed Prime Minister David Cameron say to a group of people, myself included, that Mitt Romney had that unique distinction of uniting all of England against him with his various remarks,” Weinstein said.

      Shortly before the summer Olympics, Romney was critical of London’s preparedness, and said: “You know, it’s hard to know just how well it will turn out”.

      “There are a few things that were disconcerting, the stories about the, private security firm not having enough people, the supposed strike of the immigration and customs officials, that obviously is not something which is encouraging,” Romney added.

      According to Politico, the Oscar-winning Weinstein, whose wife is English, is a supporter of President Barack Obama, for whom he has even held a fundraiser.

      “So on behalf of my love of England, I have to support the president who is anything but making faux pas,” Weinstein said. (ANI)

    • Romney book: Britain is a tiny island that makes stuff nobody wants

      Thursday, July 26, 2012 Posted By Joshua Keating – foreign policy

      England [sic] is just a small island. Its roads and houses are small. With few exceptions, it doesn’t make things that people in the rest of the world want to buy. And if it hadn’t been separated from the continent by water, it almost certainly would have been lost to Hitler’s ambitions. Yet only two lifetimes ago, Britain ruled the largest and wealthiest empire in the history of humankind. Britain controlled a quarter of the earth’s land and a quarter of the earth’s population.

    • Albright: GOP Romney would get a C on foreign policy

      10/8/12 POLITICO44

      Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said that, in her role as a Georgetown professor, she would give Mitt Romney a C on a recent foreign policy op-ed in the Wall Street Journal.

      “I’m a professor,” Albright said on a Monday conference call organized by the Obama campaign. “If one of my students turned it in, they’d get a C.”

      “I just find him very shallow,” she said.

      Romney expanded on the ideas in his op-ed in a Monday foreign policy speech at the Virginia Military Institute — where he laid out the case against President Obama’s foreign policy.

      Romney accused Obama of abandoning allies and failing to robustly assert American leadership around the world. Romney promised to restore American credibility but declined to identify specific U.S. policies that he would change as president.

      Albright said that the speech “sounds pretty good” to a foreign policy layperson, but that it seemed devoid of new ideas.

      “I think it is really full of platitudes and free of substance,” Albright said. “I would like to ask Gov. Romney or his advisers exactly what he would do differently.”

      Albright also said that Romney’s foreign policy teetered between the pro-democracy, pro-freedom agenda tilt of the neo-conservatives, and the more hard-nosed, realist school of thought — without picking one approach.

      “When one reads through this carefully, you can kind of see a little bit of back and forth,” she said.

      She said ultimately, many of Romney’s foreign policy team were hold-overs from George W. Bush’s administration.

      “The truth is that a lot of them are exactly the people that brought us the previous administration,” she said.

    • Policy

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      “Reckless” – Tampa Bay Times 7/31/12
      “Amateurish” – National Journal 8/27/12
      “Romney Trip Begins in Shambles” – CNN 7/27/12
      “Mitt Romney Showed an Extraordinary Lack of Presidential Character” The New York Times 9/12/12
      “The Worst Possible Reaction” Anthony Cordesman, Former McCain Foreign Policy Advisor TIME 9/12/12

      “Reckless, amateurish—that’s what news media and fellow Republicans called Mitt Romney’s gaffe-filled July tour of England, Israel and Poland. When our U.S. diplomats were attacked in Libya. The New York Times said Romney’s knee-jerk response ‘showed an extraordinary lack of presidential character.’ And even Republican experts said Romney’s remarks were ‘the worst possible reaction to what happened.’ If this is how he handles the world now just think what Mitt Romney might do as president.”

    • The public message vs. the private message

      Mon Oct 8, 2012 12:34 PM EDT By Steve Benen – maddowblog

      Mitt Romney, speaking in Virginia today, on the Middle East;

      “I know the president hopes for a safer, freer, and a more prosperous Middle East allied with the United States. I share this hope. But hope is not a strategy.”

      Mitt Romney, speaking to donors in Boca in May, on the Middle East:

      “[S]o what you do is, you say, you move things along the best way you can. You hope for some degree of stability, but you recognize that this is going to remain an unsolved problem … and we kick the ball down the field and hope that ultimately, somehow, something will happen and resolve it.”

      Hmm. It’s almost as if what Romney says in private, when he thinks the public won’t hear him, differs from what he says in public.

      Indeed, towards the end of today’s speech, Romney went on to say, “I will recommit America to the goal of a democratic, prosperous Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with the Jewish state of Israel. On this vital issue, the president has failed, and what should be a negotiation process has devolved into a series of heated disputes at the United Nations. In this old conflict, as in every challenge we face in the Middle East, only a new president will bring the chance to begin anew.”

      Now, as a substantive matter, the notion that “a new president” who has no experience in or working understanding of foreign affairs will suddenly transform the peace process is pretty silly, but there’s another, more obvious problem.

      We know Romney doesn’t mean what he’s saying. We know this, of course, because Romney’s said so.

      The “47 percent” video didn’t leave any ambiguities in this area. The Republican spoke of “the Palestinians” as a united bloc of one mindset, arguing, “I look at the Palestinians not wanting to see peace anyway, for political purposes, committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel, and these thorny issues, and I say there’s just no way.”

      Romney then added he intends to show no leadership in this area at all, “hoping” — remember, “hope is not a strategy” — that someone other than the United States will somehow take the lead. If elected, “recommit America” to anything, except for letting others worry about the dispute after he “kicks the ball down the field.”

    • FACT CHECK: A one-sided story on trade, defense

      10/8/12 By BRADLEY KLAPPER and CALVIN WOODWARD – Associated Press

      WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney solely blamed President Barack Obama on Monday for potential defense cuts that Republicans in Congress worked out with the White House and Democrats and left the misimpression that Obama has ignored free trade initiatives.

      A closer look at some of the Republican presidential nominee’s statements in his foreign policy speech:

      ROMNEY: “I will roll back President Obama’s deep and arbitrary cuts to our national defense that would devastate our military.”

      THE FACTS: “Arbitrary” defense cuts do not belong to Obama alone but also to congressional Republicans, including his vice presidential running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan. The first round of cuts in projected defense spending is the result of a bipartisan deal in August 2011 between Congress and the White House to wrestle down the deficit. Unless a new budget deal is reached in time, additional spending cuts will begin in January across government, and the cost to the Pentagon would be $500 billion over a decade. Lawmakers are working to avoid that. Separately, Obama wants to slow the growth of military spending, now that the war in Iraq is ended and the war in Afghanistan is drawing to a close. The Pentagon’s budget, including war costs, is $670 billion this year, or about 18 percent of total federal spending. Even setting aside the costs of the wars, military spending has more than doubled since 2001.

      At its heart, Romney’s statement marks a disagreement with Obama over the proper level of military spending but also skips past a deficit-reduction deal that he recently criticized Republicans in Congress for negotiating.

      ROMNEY: “The president has not signed one new free trade agreement in the past four years. ”

      THE FACTS: Obama hasn’t opened new trade negotiations, but he’s completed some big ones, overcoming opposition from fellow Democrats to do so. After taking office, he revived a free-trade deal with Colombia that had been negotiated by his Republican predecessor but left to languish without congressional approval and sought similar progress with South Korean and Panamanian free-trade pacts. The president delayed submitting the three deals to Congress while he tried to placate Democrats who opposed some of the terms, but finally submitted them in 2011, and Congress approved them.

      ROMNEY: “I will recommit America to the goal of a democratic, prosperous Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with the Jewish state of Israel. On this vital issue, the president has failed, and what should be a negotiation process has devolved into a series of heated disputes at the United Nations. In this old conflict, as in every challenge we face in the Middle East, only a new president will bring the chance to begin anew.”

      THE FACTS: With this statement, Romney has moved toward the balance enshrined in U.S. policy from one administration to another on the question of Israelis and Palestinians and away from his provocative remarks to a May fundraiser that recently came to light.

      In those remarks, he said “the Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in establishing peace,” ”the pathway to peace is almost unthinkable to accomplish,” Palestinians are “committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel” and it would be “the worst idea in the world” to put pressure on the Israelis to give up something in hopes Palestinians would respond accordingly.
      Now he is appearing to put faith in a negotiation process he all but dismissed before.

      ROMNEY: “As the dust settles, as the murdered (in the Libya consulate attack) are buried, Americans are asking how this happened, how the threats we face have grown so much worse, and what this calls on America to do.”

      THE FACTS: It’s unclear whether terrorism has gotten worse. There has been no incident even remotely comparable in scope or symbolic meaning to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. After a score of counterterrorist successes, the Obama administration has been knocked back on its heels since the attacks’ 11th anniversary, when assailants stormed the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans. There has also been an uptick in attacks on American troops by supposedly friendly Afghan forces. But many counterterrorist experts say al-Qaida has been significantly weakened and the threats of global terrorism significantly better countered over the last decade.

      ROMNEY: “When we look at the Middle East today — with Iran closer than ever to nuclear weapons capability, with the conflict in Syria threating to destabilize the region, with violent extremists on the march and with an American ambassador and three others dead likely at the hands of al-Qaida affiliates — it is clear that the risk of conflict in the region is higher now than when the president took office.”

      THE FACTS: Risk is always a matter of perception, so it doesn’t fall easily into the realm of truth vs. fiction. But for the United States and the region, it’s not clear that conflict has increased in the last four years. Obama entered office in 2009 with the United States still engaged in a conflict in Iraq. U.S. troops are no longer there. And he came as Israel and Hamas just finished a three-week war. That was two years after another war between Israel and an Iranian-backed force, in that case, Hezbollah in Lebanon.
      There has been no significant Israeli military conflict since Obama has come into office. That said, Syria’s conflict has become the region’s deadliest since the Iraq war. The U.S. has stayed out of that conflict under Obama.

      • Romney’s offensive on Benghazi unravels

        Oct 22, 2012 9:47 AM EDT By Steve Benen – maddowblog

        A month ago, an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi left four Americans dead, and Mitt Romney immediately tried to exploit the crisis for partisan gain. The effort backfired and even many on the right condemned the candidate’s cravenness.

        Though the incident left Romney hesitant to pursue Benghazi as a line of attack, the Republican again went on the offensive in last week’s debate. Again, Romney’s offensive backfired and left him looking rather ridiculous.

        And on the eve of his third and final debate with President Obama, this time focused primarily on foreign policy, Romney very likely hoped to have one more chance to use Benghazi to undermine the president’s standing on national security. Over the weekend, however, the Republican’s entire line of criticism started to unravel.

        The Romney campaign may have misfired with its suggestion that statements by President Obama and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice about the Benghazi attack last month weren’t supported by intelligence, according to documents provided by a senior U.S. intelligence official.

        “Talking points” prepared by the CIA on Sept. 15, the same day that Rice taped three television appearances, support her description of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate as a reaction to Arab anger about an anti-Muslim video prepared in the United States. According to the CIA account, “The currently available information suggests that the demonstrations in Benghazi were spontaneously inspired by the protests at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and evolved into a direct assault against the U.S. Consulate and subsequently its annex. There are indications that extremists participated in the violent demonstrations.”

        The L.A. Times also reported over the weekend that the best available evidence still suggests the administration’s early assessment was correct: the attack apparently wasn’t pre-planned. A U.S. official explained that most of the evidence suggests that “the attackers launched their assault opportunistically after they learned about the violence at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo” earlier that day.

        For weeks, the Romney campaign has pushed a fairly specific line to the media: the Obama administration deliberately misled the public, falsely claiming the violence was related to the online video, when it was actually an attack carried out by al Qaeda. The latest information suggests the Romney campaign had the entire story backwards.

        There’s a larger point to also keep in mind.

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      Romney’s New Tax Incentive for Outsourcing U.S. Jobs

      How Romney’s Plan Would Reward Foreign Outsourcing

      By Seth Hanlon | July 16, 2012

      The Washington Post recently reported that some of the companies Mitt Romney’s firm Bain Capital invested in were “pioneers in the practice of shipping work from the United States to overseas call centers and factories.” Even more troubling than his business record is his platform as Republican presidential candidate, which includes a policy that would encourage and further accelerate the outsourcing of American jobs to foreign countries.

      The former Massachusetts governor would make U.S. corporations’ overseas profits exempt from U.S. taxes. These profits are already treated favorably under the tax code compared to corporate profits that are earned and reported domestically, creating an inefficient bias toward investment offshore. The favorable treatment of profits that are reported offshore also creates rewards for corporations that shift profits (on paper) out of the United States to foreign countries, including tax havens such as Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.

      Romney’s proposed exemption for foreign profits would exacerbate the worst features of our current tax system. It would:

      * Enhance the tax code’s rewards for moving jobs and investments overseas

      * Provide a gratuitous windfall to some of the very companies that have already shifted jobs and profits overseas

      * Further invite the offshore tax haven abuse that deprives the U.S. Treasury of tens of billions of dollars in revenue every year

      For more: http://www.americanprogressaction.org/issues/2012/07/hanlon_outsourcing.html/print.html

      • romney-corps-layoff

        GOP Mitt Romney, Man Without A Conscience

        AMPAD – July 1992
        With American Pad & Paper (Ampad), Mitt Romney and his partners took a small but successful paper products business and merged it with other companies in the industry, piling up debt as they went. Ultimately, the company was unable to keep up with the interest payments on its debt and was forced into bankruptcy, but not before Romney and his partners were able to squeeze out more than $100 million for themselves.

        Filed for bankruptcy


        GST Steel – 1993
        Bankruptcy and bailouts
        Kansas City’s GST Steel was a successful company that had been making steel rods for 105 years when Mitt Romney and his partners took control in 1993. They cut corners and extracted profit from the business at every turn, placing it deeply in debt. When the company eventually declared bankruptcy, workers were denied their full pensions and health insurance, and the federal government was forced to step in and bail out the pension fund.


        Dade – 1994
        Profiting from debt
        With Dade Behring, Mitt Romney and his investors took over a healthy company and loaded it with debt. Rather than sell the company, they then had Dade take out even more loans to buy out their shares, driving the company into bankruptcy. Nearly 3,000 workers lost their jobs, while Romney and his partners made more than $250 million in profit.


        Modus Media

        Jobs outsourced to Mexico and China


        SMEC Company

        Jobs outsourced to Mexico


        Stage Stores

        Filed for bankruptcy


        GS Industries

        Filed for bankruptcy

      • Romney’s Bain Selling Out American Workers to China

        Published on Oct 10, 2012 by Steelworkers

        Mitt Romney and Bain Capital continue to move good, American jobs overseas for big profits. Watch and share the story of Sensata workers in Freeport, Ill., to see how selling out American workers and moving jobs to China continues to line Romney’s pockets.

    • President Clinton Explains Mitt Romney’s $5 Trillion Tax Cut

      Published on Oct 16, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom

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      President Clinton explains Mitt Romney’s $5 trillion tax cut and how middle class families with children will get an average tax increase of $2,000 to pay for $250,000 in tax cuts for multi-millionaires.

      As President Clinton shares:
      “In the first debate, Governor Romney said that he wasn’t really going to cut taxes on upper income people—he only wanted to cut taxes for middle class people. That’s not true.”

    • Mitt Romney’s remarks to wealthy donors at a campaign event on 47 percent of Americans


      Mitt Romney’s remarks to wealthy donors at a campaign event saying that 47 percent of Americans “who pay no income tax” and “who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.”

      “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. Andy they will vote fro this president no matter what.

      And I mean the president starts off with 48, 49…he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. So he’ll be out there talking about no tax cuts for the rich.

      I mean, that’s what they sell every four years. And so my jobs is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to is convince the five to ten percent in the center that are independents that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon in some cases emotion, whether they like the guy or not. “

      5/17/12 Mitt Romney’s remarks to wealthy donors at a private campaign event

      • Obama Tears Into Romney’s 47 Percent Remarks

        SEPTEMBER 20, 2012, 6:12 PM EVAN MCMORRIS-SANTORO – tpm

        Until Thursday, President Obama and his campaign have been mostly content to sit on the sidelines and watch hidden camera footage of Mitt Romney attacking “47 percent” of Americans roil the Republican’s campaign.

        At a Univision forum Thursday, Obama went on offense over the remarks.

        The day before at the same forum, Romney unveiled a new damage-control strategy.

        “This is a campaign about the 100 percent,” Romney said during his visit with Univision. “My campaign is about the 100 percent of America, and I’m concerned about them.”

        Asked to respond which version of Romney he believed was sincere — the man who writes off 47 percent, or the one who believes in 100 percent of the country, Obama suggested Romney hasn’t met enough Americans.

        “When you express an attitude that half the country considers itself victims, that somehow they want to be dependent on government, my thinking is maybe you haven’t gotten around a lot,” Obama said.

        Obama picked apart the argument that Romney made in the hidden camera footage from his May fundraiser. Though Romney has stood by the comments, he’s said he expressed his point inartfully.

        I travel around the country all the time and the American people are the hardest working people there. Their problem is not that they’re not working hard enough or they don’t want to work or they’re being taxed too little or they just want to loaf around and gather government checks. We’ve gone through a challenging time. People want a hand up, not a handout. Are there people who abuse the system? Yes. Both at the bottom and at the top. Because their are whole bunch of millionaires who aren’t paying taxes at all either.

        For more: http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/09/obama-47-percent-mitt-romney.php?ref=fpnewsfeed


        Obama Responds To Romney’s 47% Statement

        Published on Sep 20, 2012 by tpmtv
        more at univision.com

    • romney_flip-flop

      GOP Mitt Romney Flip Flops

      I believe that since Roe v. Wade has been the law for 20 years we should sustain and support it.” Source

      “Roe v. Wade has gone too far.” Source

      “I don’t line up with the NRA.” Source

      “I’m a member of the [NRA].” Source

      “I like mandates. The mandates work.” Source

      “I think it’s unconstitutional on the 10th Amendment front.” Source

      “I respect and will protect a woman’s right to choose.” Source

      “I never really called myself pro-choice.” Source

      “I saw my father march with Martin Luther King.” Source

      “I did not see it with my own eyes.” Source

      “I supported the assault weapon ban.” Source

      “I don’t support any gun control legislation.” Source

      “I think the minimum wage ought to keep pace with inflation.” Source

      “There’s no question raising the minimum wage excessively causes a loss of jobs.” Source

      “I will work and fight for stem cell research.” Source

      “In the end, I became persuaded that the stem-cell debate was grounded in a false premise.” Source

      “I would like to have campaign spending limits.” Source

      “The American people should be free to advocate for their candidates and their positions without burdensome limitations.” Source

      “Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check.” Source

      “I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry’s come back.” Source

      “I’m not in favor of privatizing Social Security or making cuts.” Source

      “Social Security’s the easiest and that’s because you can give people a personal account.” Source

      “I’m not trying to return to Reagan-Bush.” Source

      “Ronald Reagan is… my hero.” Source

      “I’ve been a hunter pretty much all my life.” Source

      “Any description of my being a hunter is an overstatement of capability.” Source

      “If Massachusetts succeeds in implementing it, then that will be a model for the nation.” Source

      “What works in one state may not be the answer for another.” Source

      “It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam.” Source

      “I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there.” Source

      “It’s a tax cut for fat cats.” Source

      “I believe the tax on capital gains should be zero.” Source

      “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.” Source

      “He’s going to pay, and he will die.” Source

      “Relative to the leading candidates, some people see me as being more conservative.” Source

      “I’m not the most conservative candidate.” “I’m not the most conservative candidate.” Source

      “The TARP program… was nevertheless necessary to keep banks from collapsing in a cascade of failures.” Source

      “When government is… bailing out banks… we have every good reason to be alarmed.” Source

      “These carbon emission limits will provide real and immediate progress.” Source

      “Republicans should never abandon pro-growth conservative principles in an effort to embrace the ideas of Al Gore.” Source

      “This is a completely airtight kennel mounted on the top of our car.” Source

      ‘They’re not happy that my dog loves fresh air.” Source

      “Those… paying taxes and not taking government benefits should begin a process toward application for citizenship.” Source

      “Amnesty only led to more people coming into the country.” Source

      “When I first heard of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, I thought it sounded awfully silly.” Source

      “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has worked well.” Source

  4. October 21, 2012

    Statement by the Press Secretary on Today’s Shooting in Wisconsin

    The President was informed of the tragic shooting in Wisconsin earlier today at 1:30pm EDT by his Advisor for Homeland Security, John Brennan.

    At 2:30pm EDT, the President received a follow-up briefing from FBI Director Bob Mueller, his Chief of Staff, Jack Lew, and Advisor for Homeland Security John Brennan. The President was told there was an active shooter in Brookfield, Wisconsin. The President was informed that the shooting did not appear to be terrorism-related. The FBI is on the scene and is supporting the Brookfield, Wisconsin police department while they respond to the on-going situation. The President instructed the FBI to ensure that the state and local officials had the full support of the Federal government.

    The President and First Lady’s thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this horrible shooting and their families.

    • October 21, 2012

      Readout of the President’s Call to Wisconsin Governor Walker and Brookfield Mayor Ponto

      This evening, the President called Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Brookfield Mayor Steven Ponto to express his condolences for the lives lost and his concern for those who were injured in today’s tragic shooting. The President told the Governor and Mayor that he had spoken with FBI director Mueller and had directed him to make sure that the federal government continues to provide whatever resources are necessary to support the ongoing response and investigation to this horrible event. The President also told the Governor and the Mayor that the citizens of Wisconsin and Brookfield, as well as the brave first responders, were in his and the First Lady’s thoughts and prayers and asked them to identify any additional needs for support as the investigation progresses.

  5. Life is a Pre-existing Condition – Mike McCready (Pearl Jam)

    Published on Oct 22, 2012 by PearlJamOfficial

    “Life is a Pre-existing Condition” was made in collaboration with Mike’s friend and filmmaker, Jesse Dylan.

    • Pearl Jam Reveals New Album Plans – Made in America Festival

      Published on Sep 5, 2012 by fuse

      Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament talked about their plans for a new album and their surprise at being on Jay-Z’s radar at the Made in America festival.

      “I’d be willing to bet that every member [of their band] is going to vote for Obama” said Ament in the video

  6. Photo of Second World War veteran casting ballot captures hearts

    10/22/12 By Audrey McAvoy, The Associated Press | Associated Press – 6 hrs ago

    HONOLULU, Hawaii – A photograph of a 93-year-old Second World War veteran casting what will likely be his last ballot has captured the hearts of tens of thousands of Internet users.

    The photo shows Frank Tanabe lying in a hospital bed at home as his daughter Barbara Tanabe helps him fill out his absentee ballot. A half-million people saw the picture on the website Reddit after his grandson posted it there on Thursday, making it one of the most popular items on the social media network for a day after.

    “True Patriotism,” was the top rated comment on the post. “This is America. Amen,” was next, followed by “Thank you, Citizen.”

    Doctors diagnosed Tanabe with an inoperable cancer tumour in his liver two months ago. He’s been in hospice care for the past three weeks at his daughter’s home. His condition has been deteriorating, and he’s been speaking little lately.

    He’s been determined to vote regardless, eagerly asking when the ballot would be arriving in the mail, his daughter said. She kept telling him, “don’t worry, it’s coming.” He filled it out immediately when it landed in the mailbox on Wednesday.

    Barbara Tanabe read aloud the names of the candidates to her dad. He either nodded “yes” to the names or shook his head “no.” She filled in the boxes on his behalf, following his instructions even when he didn’t pick the people she wanted.

    “There were some that were OK, but there were others where I said, ‘Dad, are you sure?'” she said.

    But he knew what he was doing. He’s kept up on the issues, reading newspapers regularly until only recently, she said.

    Tanabe volunteered to join the Army from behind barbed wire at the Tule Lake internment camp in California. He was pulled out of college at the University of Washington and taken to the camp when President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered 110,000 Japanese-Americans detained and isolated after the start of the war with Japan.

    The Army assigned Tanabe to the Military Intelligence Service, a classified unit whose members were collectively awarded the Congressional Gold Medal last year along with soldiers who served in the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team — highly decorated segregated units of mostly Japanese-Americans.

    “I’d like to accept on behalf of all hyphenated Americans, including American-Americans,” Tanabe told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser at the time. “We all served together in defence of our country.”

    Noah Tanabe, the grandson who posted the photo online, said he thinks about his grandfather every time he votes.

    “It’s hard to imagine – after his family business is torched, his family imprisoned, and denied the opportunity to finish his college education – he volunteered to serve. I don’t know if I would have done the same thing, but we are all very proud of him,” he said.

    The family has been surprised and gratified by the online comments on the photo, Barbara Tanabe said.

    “I think he feels like joining the Army, going to the camp, fighting in the war, and fighting discrimination — these were all things he did so that we have this precious right to vote,” she said. “For so many people to express their heartfelt tribute to my father was really, really heartwarming for us.”

    Several Reddit commentators asked whether Tanabe’s vote would be counted if he passed away before Election Day on Nov. 6.

    Glenn Takahashi, Honolulu election administrator, said absentee ballots cast by voters who later die become invalid if the state Department of Health notifies elections officials of the death before Election Day. To void a ballot when that happens, officials have to be able to sort through tens of thousands of ballots to find the one in question. This is not always practical, and so the ballot is counted if it isn’t.

    A similar situation arose in Honolulu four years ago when President Barack Obama’s grandmother died two nights before the election but after she mailed her absentee ballot. Hawaii counted her vote anyway because the Health Department didn’t receive her certificate of death before the election.

    Barbara Tanabe said her father, a quiet, unassuming man, would wonder what the fuss over the photo was about. But he’d be thrilled it encouraged others to vote, she said.

    “That would be the ultimate honour for him,” she said.

    • WWII vet from Hawaii dies at age 93 after casting last ballot

      10/24/12 By Audrey McAvoy – Associated Press

      HONOLULU (AP) — A World War II veteran who inspired many with his determination to vote even though he had end-stage liver cancer died Wednesday.

      Frank Tanabe’s daughter Barbara Tanabe said he died at her Honolulu home, where he has spent the past few weeks in hospice. He was 93.

      Barbara Tanabe said she put the American flag up outside the home to mark the day for him and their family.

      “He really liked it when I put out the flag,” she said.

      Hundreds of thousands of people saw a photo of Frank Tanabe filling out his absentee ballot with the help of his daughter last week, after his grandson posted the picture on the social media site Reddit.

      The photo struck a chord, prompting many to thank Frank Tanabe for his service and praise his patriotism. The story spread further when The Associated Press and other media organizations wrote about the photo and the response it generated online.

      Tanabe served in a mostly Japanese-American unit of the Military Intelligence Service during the war, interrogating Japanese prisoners in India and China.

      He volunteered for the Army from an internment camp where the U.S. government sent him as part of a policy to detain and isolate 110,000 Japanese-Americans after the start of the war with Japan. He spent time in both the Tule Lake camp in California and the Minidoka camp in Idaho.

      Decades later, Tanabe explained how he felt in an interview for a documentary tribute to Japanese-American veterans.

      “I wanted to do my part to prove that I was not an enemy alien, or that none of us were — that we were true Americans. And if we ever got the chance, we would do our best to serve our country. And we did,” he said.

      Barbara Tanabe said she told her father about all the news coverage his vote was getting, including stories that appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on the front page of the Idaho Statesman.

      “I was thinking these are the two big newspapers in Idaho and California, where he went to camp,” Barbara said. “It’s just a nice way to look back at history and say that things do turn out OK.”

      Honolulu elections officials say Frank Tanabe’s vote will be counted unless they receive his death certificate before the Nov. 6 election. Even if they do receive the certificate, it most likely won’t be practical for elections officials to pick out his ballot from the thousands of absentee ballots mailed in.

      His family knows which candidates he chose, but they’ve decided to keep that information private.

      Barbara Tanabe said it’s not important who her father voted for — it’s the voting itself that makes a difference.

      • WWII Veteran Fought To Cast His Last Vote

        October 27, 2012

        This is the time of a long election season when voters can begin to feel weary. You can’t watch the World Series without seeing ads so scolding and snarling you may want to shoo away your children. They can make voting seem like a nasty chore.

        When 93-year-old Frank Tanabe of Honolulu moved into the home of his daughter, Barbara, earlier this year, he had liver cancer and knew he was going to die. But his family said he was determined to hold on long enough to vote.

        Frank Tanabe grew up in Washington State. He was 22 years old and a college man when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. A Japanese-American, he was sent to an internment camp.

        He volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army’s Military Intelligence Service, where he interrogated Japanese prisoners in India and China.

        “I wanted to do my part to prove that I was not an enemy alien,” he said years later in a documentary film. “And if we ever got the chance, we would do our best to serve our country. And we did.”

        Congress awarded the Congressional Gold Medal last year to all who served in the MIS and other Japanese-American units. Frank Tanabe was able to come to Washington, D.C., stand tall, and have the medal draped around his neck.

        As his illness made inroads, his family said Frank Tanabe made living long enough to vote his last goal. He used a magnifying glass to read the newspaper each day and exercised in his bed.

        Barbara Tanabe said, “I would let him know, ‘Hey, the ballots are coming next week. Just hang in there.'”

        Frank Tanabe’s absentee ballot arrived last week, and Barbara said she hurried into his room to say, ‘OK, I’m going to read you the names and you just nod yes or no.'”

        For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/2012/10/27/163761795/wwii-veteran-fights-to-live-long-enough-to-cast-last-ballot

  7. Re-Elect Barack Obama – Be The Best Music Video

    Published on Oct 22, 2012 by brianbradleyfilms

  8. Aloha kakahiaka ia ouko. (Good morning everyone)
    Koho pololei kemokalaka. (Vote straight ticket – Democrat)

  9. 3:00 PM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama attends a campaign event
    Broward College – Central Campus, George Mayer Gymnasium, Davie, FL

  10. Obama’s Bear-Hugger Invited To Debate

    10/22/12 By Mary Bruce | ABC OTUS News – 52 mins ago

    BOCA RATON, Fla. – President Obama’s campaign has invited Scott Van Duzer, the bear-hugging Florida restaurant owner who gave Obama a lift last month, to be a guest at tonight’s presidential debate.

    Obama got a friendly boost – literally – from Van Duzer when he made a surprise stop at his Ft. Pierce, Fla., restaurant [Big Apple Pizza & Pasta Italian Restaurant]. The pizza shop owner enthusiastically embraced the president, physically lifting him off the ground.

    “Look at that!” the president exclaimed when he was back on solid ground. “Man, are you a powerlifter or what?” Van Duzer, 46, who stands at 6-foot-3 and weighs 260 pounds, later admitted he can bench press 350 pounds.

    Van Duzer will be in the audience at Lynn University as Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney face off for the third and final time before election day.

    A registered Republican, Van Duzer voted for Obama in 2008 and said last month that he plans to do so again in this election.


    • President Obama’s Favorite Florida Pizza Man Sits With First Lady At Foreign Policy Debate

      OCTOBER 22, 2012 obamafoodorama.blogspot

      Boca Raton, FL: First Lady Michelle Obama sat with a special guest on Monday night as she watched her husband participate in the final debate of his presidential career: Scott Van Duzer. The Florida pizza maker, a power lifter, made international headlines when he picked up President Obama during a “surprise” visit in September to the Big Apple Pizza & Pasta Italian Restaurant in Fort Pierce. A Republican, the 46-year-old’s story has become a Presidential favorite. Van Duzer’s wife and four other guests also sat with Mrs. Obama at Lynn University as the President and Mitt Romney went toe-to-toe, ostensibly on foreign policy.

  11. Former Marine Raises $4,000 To Be Reunited With Dog From Afghanistan

    10/22/12 By Eliza Murphy | ABC News Blogs – 56 mins ago

    Former Marine Shaun Duling, 27, is taking the Corps’ creed, “Leave No Man Behind,” to a whole new level.

    When Duling completed a year-long contract in Afghanistan earlier this month, he was heartbroken that he had to leave behind one of his closest companions, a dog named Bolt.

    “He was always by my side, which was really difficult because when I had left Afghanistan for good, he tried to jump on the helo with me. He usually doesn’t like to go toward the helipad and he was right there with me,” Duling told ABCNews.com. “I got on, and they had to come pull him back. It was pretty hard saying goodbye to him. And that’s when I definitely made the decision to do what I had to.”

    Duling had heard about an organization called Nowzad, which helps rescue stray and abandoned animals in Afghanistan. But in order to bring Bolt home with him to Alexandria, Va., Duling would have to raise the necessary $4,000 for the dog to make the 14-and-a-half-hour trip from the other side of the world.

    “They set up the fundraising page, and they told me to put it on Facebook and spread the word via Facebook. And before I knew it I was getting 50 friend requests a day. People all over the world were donating money,” Duling said.

    Now, helped by the overwhelming response, Duling and Bolt will be reunited once the dog gets out of quarantine, probably within two and a half weeks.

    “Now it’s just a waiting game. They’ll give me a time and a date to go pick him up. I held off on buying anything because I didn’t want to jinx it,” Duling said.

    However, he and his cousin did just buy a new house together, which Duling says he is excited to share with Bolt.

    “It’s got a huge yard. It’s right near the Potomac River with great running trails. I’m gonna take him out on nice walks. A lot of my friends out here have dogs, so we’re gonna have a welcome home party,” said Duling.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/former-marine-raises-4-000-reunited-dog-afghanistan-194631146–abc-news-topstories.html

  12. “Wherever he’s needed, he goes”

    By Melanie on October 22, 2012 Volunteers

    “I’m doing it for a great reason, and that reason is President Obama.”
    —Patrick, a supporter from Scranton who’s cycling across Pennsylvania to volunteer for President Obama

    • October 23, 2012

      Remarks by the President and Governor Romney in the Third Presidential Debate

      Lynn University
      Boca Raton, Florida

      9:01 P.M. EDT

      MR. SCHIEFFER: Good evening from the campus of Lynn University here in Boca Raton, Florida. This is the fourth and last debate of the 2012 campaign, brought to you by the Commission on Presidential Debates. This one is on foreign policy. I’m Bob Schieffer of CBS News.

      The questions are mine and I have not shared them with the candidates or their aides. The audience has taken a vow of silence — no applause, no reaction of any kind — except right now, when we welcome President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney. (Applause.)

      Gentlemen, your campaigns have agreed to certain rules, and they are simple. They’ve asked me to divide the evening into segments. I’ll pose a question at the beginning of each segment. You will each have two minutes to respond, and then we will have a general discussion until we move to the next segment.

      Tonight’s debate, as both of you know, comes on the 50th anniversary of the night that President Kennedy told the world that the Soviet Union had installed nuclear missiles in Cuba, perhaps the closest we’ve ever come to nuclear war. And it is a sobering reminder that every President faces at some point an unexpected threat to our national security from abroad.

      For the entire transcript: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/23/remarks-president-and-governor-romney-third-presidential-debate


      The Complete Final Presidential Debate – October 22, 2012 -Split Screen

      Published on Oct 22, 2012 by polititick

      From Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, the last Presidential Debate, in it’s entirety. Split Screen. Who do you think wins the debate(s)? Post your comments below.

    • President Obama on his role as commander in chief
      9:13 p.m. ET

      “My first job as commander in chief … is to keep the American people safe. That’s what we’ve done over the last four years. We ended the war in Iraq, refocused ourselves on who actually attacked us on 9/11. We are now able to transition out of Afghanistan in a responsible way, making sure that Afghans take responsibility for their own security, and that allows us also to rebuild alliances and make friends around the world to combat future threats.”

    • President Obama on Libya
      9:18 p.m. ET

      “With respect to Libya, as I indicated in the last debate, when we received that phone call, I immediately made sure that number one, we did everything we could to secure those Americans who were still in harm’s way. Number two, that we would investigate exactly what happened, and, number three, most importantly, that we would go after those who killed Americans, and we would bring them to justice. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do. But I think it’s important to step back and think about what happened in Libya.

      “Keep in mind that I and Americans took leadership in organizing an international coalition that made sure that we were able to, without putting troops on the ground, at the cost of less than what we spent in two weeks in Iraq, liberate a country that had been under the yoke of dictatorship for 40 years, got rid of a despot who had killed Americans. And as a consequence, despite this tragedy, you had tens of thousands of Libyans after the events in Benghazi marching and saying, ‘America is our friend, we stand with them.’”

    • President Obama to Mitt Romney: “The foreign policies of the 1980s”
      9:21 p.m. ET

      “A few months ago when asked what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you [Governor Romney] said, ‘Russia.’ Not al-Qaeda, Russia.

      “The Cold War has been over for 20 years. But, Governor, when it comes to our foreign policy, you seem to want to import the foreign policies of the 1980s, just like the social policies of the 1950s and the economic policies of the 1920s.”

    • TruthTeam2012@TruthTeam2012
      9:23 PM ET

      FACT: The President has applied increasingly harsh sanctions on Syria that are undermining the regime and depleting its treasury.

    • President Obama on Mitt Romney’s foreign policy positions
      9:24 p.m. ET

      “I know you [Governor Romney] haven’t been in a position to actually execute foreign policy, but every time you’ve offered an opinion, you’ve been wrong. You said we should have gone into Iraq despite the fact that there were no weapons of mass destruction. You said that we should still have troops in Iraq to this day. You indicated that we shouldn’t be passing nuclear treaties with Russia, despite the fact that 71 senators, Democrats and Republicans, voted for it. You’ve said that first we should not have a timeline in Afghanistan, then you said we should. Now you say maybe, or it depends, which means not only were you wrong, but you were also confusing and sending mixed messages both to our troops and our allies.

      “So what we need to do with respect to the Middle East is strong, steady leadership—not wrong and reckless leadership that is all over the map. And unfortunately that’s the kind of opinion that you’ve offered throughout this campaign, and it is not a recipe for American strength or keeping America safe over the long term.”

    • ThinkProgress
      9:25 PM ET

      Obama says Romney recently said he wanted to keep more troops in Iraq. TRUE thkpr.gs/RR4enB

    • President Obama on Syria
      9:27 p.m. ET

      “What we’re seeing taking place in Syria is heartbreaking, and that’s why we are going to do everything we can to make sure that we are helping the opposition. But we also have to recognize that … for us to get more entangled militarily in Syria is a serious step, and we have to do so making absolutely certain that we know who we are helping, that we’re not putting arms in the hands of folks who eventually could turn them against us or our allies in the region. And I am confident that Assad’s days are numbered.

      “But what we can’t do is to simply suggest, as Governor Romney has at times … that giving heavy weapons, for example, to the Syrian opposition is a simple proposition that would lead us to be safer over the long term.”

    • President Obama on the choice on foreign policy
      9:40 p.m. ET

      “Both at home and abroad, [Governor Romney] has proposed wrong and reckless policies. He has praised George Bush as a good economic steward and Dick Cheney as someone who shows great wisdom and judgment. Taking us back to the strategies that got us into this mess are not the way we are going to maintain leadership in the 21st century.”

    • President Obama on military spending
      9:48 p.m. ET

      “What I did was work with our Joint Chiefs of Staff to think about what are we going to need in the future to make sure we are safe, and that’s the budget that we put forward. But what you can’t do is spend $2 trillion in additional military spending that the military is not asking for, $5 trillion on tax cuts—you say that you’re going to pay for it by closing loopholes and deductions without naming what those loopholes and deductions are, and then somehow you’re also going to deal with the deficit that we’ve already got. The math simply doesn’t work.

      “But when it comes to our military, what we have to think about is not, you know, just budgets. We’ve got to think about capabilities. We need to be thinking about cyber security, we need to be thinking about space. That’s exactly what our budget does, but it’s driven by strategy. It’s not driven by politics, it’s not driven by members of Congress and what they would like to see. It’s driven by what are we going to need to keep the American people safe.”

    • TruthTeam2012@TruthTeam2012
      9:48 p.m. ET

      See why “the arithmetic does not add up” on Mitt Romney’s plan for the defense budget: OFA.BO/exT7r9 #RomneyNotReady

    • Veterans for Obama@Vets4Obama
      9:49 p.m. ET

      Mitt Romney has no strategy behind his plan to needlessly increase the defense budget: OFA.BO/exT7r9 #RomneyNotReady

    • President Obama to Mitt Romney: “It just doesn’t work”
      9:52 p.m. ET

      “I think Governor Romney hasn’t spent enough time looking at how our military works. You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military has changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go under water, nuclear submarines, and so the question is not a game of battleship where we’re counting ships, it’s what are our capabilities.

      “And so when I sit down with the Secretary of the Navy and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, we determine how are we going to be best able to meet all of our defense needs in a way that also keeps faith in our troops that also makes sure that our veterans have the kind of support that they need when they come home—and that is not reflected in the kind of budget that you’re putting forward because it just doesn’t work.”

    • President Obama on Iran
      9:53 p.m. ET

      “As long as I’m President of the United States, Iran will not get a nuclear weapon. I made that clear when I came into office. We then organized the strongest coalition and the strongest sanctions against Iran in history, and it is crippling their economy. Their currency has dropped 80%. Their oil production has plunged to the lowest level since they were fighting a war with Iraq 20 years ago. So their economy is in a shambles. And the reason we did this is because a nuclear Iran is a threat to our national security and it’s a threat to Israel’s national security. We cannot afford to have a nuclear arms race in the most volatile region of the world.”

    • President Obama: Credibility
      10:08 p.m. ET

      “When I was a candidate for office, the first trip I took was to visit our troops. And when I went to Israel as a candidate, I didn’t take donors, I didn’t attend fundraisers. I went to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum there, to remind myself of the nature of evil and why our bond with Israel will be unbreakable. And then I went down to the border towns which had experienced missiles raining down from Hamas, and I saw families there who showed me where missiles came down near their children’s bedrooms. And I was reminded what that would mean if those were my kids, which is why as president we funded an Iron Dome program to stop those missiles. So that’s how I have used my travels when I traveled to Israel and when I traveled to the region.

      “And the central question at this point is going to be who is going to be credible to all parties involved. And they can look at my track record—whether it’s Iran sanctions, whether it’s dealing with counterterrorism, whether it’s supporting democracy, whether it’s supporting women’s rights, whether it’s supporting religious minorities—and they can say that the President of the United States, and the United States of America, has stood on the right side of history, and that kind of credibility is precisely why we’ve been able to show leadership on a wide range of issues facing the world right now.”

    • President Obama on Osama bin Laden
      10:14 p.m. ET

      “I said if I had bin Laden in our view, I would take a shot. You said we should ask Pakistan for permission. If we asked Pakistan for permission, we would not have gotten it. It was worth ‘moving heaven and earth’ to get him.

      “I was at Ground Zero for a memorial and talked to a young woman who was 4 years old when 9/11 happened, and the last conversation she had with her father was him calling from the Twin Towers, saying, ‘I love you, and I will always watch over you.’ And for the next decade she was haunted by that conversation. And she said to me, you know, by finally getting bin Laden, that brought some closure to her. When we do things like that, when we bring those who have harmed us to justice, that sends a message to the world, and it tells that young lady that we did not forget her father.”

    • President Obama: “Nation-building here at home”
      10:17 p.m. ET

      “We’re now in a position where we can transition out [of Afghanistan], because there’s no reason why Americans should die when Afghans are perfectly capable of defending their own country. Now, that transition has to take place in a responsible fashion. We’ve been there a long time, and we’ve got to make sure that we and our coalition partners are pulling out responsibly and giving Afghans the capabilities that they need.

      “But what I think the American people recognize is after a decade of war, it’s time to do some nation-building here at home, and what we can now do is free up some resources to, for example, put Americans back to work—especially our veterans.”

    • President Obama: Democracy and vigilance
      10:20 p.m. ET

      “One thing I think Americans should be proud of: When Tunisians began to protest, this nation, me, my administration, stood with them earlier than just about any other country. In Egypt, we stood on the side of democracy. In Libya, we stood on the side of the people. And as a consequence, there is no doubt that attitudes about Americans have changed.

      “But there are always going to be elements in these countries that potentially threaten the United States, and we want to shrink those groups and those networks, and we can do that. But we’re always also going to have to maintain vigilance when it comes to terrorist activities. The truth, though, is that al-Qaeda is much weaker than it was when I came into office, and they don’t have the same capacities to attack the U.S. homeland and our allies as they did four years ago.”

    • President Obama on China
      10:22 p.m. ET

      “China is both an adversary, but also a potential partner in the international community—if it’s following the rules. So my attitude coming into office was that we are going to insist that China plays by the same rules as everybody else. I know Americans had seen jobs being shipped overseas, businesses and workers not getting a level playing field when it came to trade, and that’s the reason why I set up a trade task force to go after cheaters when it came to international trade. That’s the reason why we have brought more cases against China for violating trade rules than … the previous administration had done in two terms, and we’ve won just about every case that we filed that has been decided.”

    • TruthTeam2012@TruthTeam2012
      10:25 p.m. ET

      FACT: Romney invested in firms that specialized in outsourcing jobs to low-wage countries like China. OFA.BO/vGnqfm

    • President Obama on Mitt Romney’s record on outsourcing
      10:28 p.m. ET

      “[Governor Romney,] you know about jobs being shipped overseas because you invested in companies that ship jobs overseas. That’s your right. That’s how our free market works.

      “But I’ve made a different bet on American workers. If we had taken your advice, Governor Romney, about our auto industry, we would be buying cars from China instead of selling cars to China. If we take your advice with respect to how we change our tax code so that companies that earn profits overseas don’t pay U.S. taxes compared to companies here that are paying taxes, now that’s estimated to create 800,000 jobs. The problem is they won’t be here—they will be in places like China.”

    • President Obama: “Smart choices”
      10:32 p.m. ET

      “In order for us to be competitive, we’re going to have to make some smart choices right now. Cutting our education budget, that’s not a smart choice. That will not help us compete with China. Cutting our investments in research and technology, that’s not a smart choice. That will not help us compete with China. Bringing down our deficit by adding $7 trillion of tax cuts and military spending that our military is not asking for before we even get to the debt that we currently have, that is not going to make us more competitive. Those are the kinds of choices that the American people face right now.”

    • President Obama: “You’ve got a choice”
      10:38 p.m. ET

      “You have now heard three debates, months of campaigning, and way too many TV commercials, and now you’ve got a choice.

      “Over the last four years, we have made real progress digging our way out of policies that gave us two prolonged wars, record deficits, and the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Governor Romney wants to take us back to those policies. A foreign policy that’s wrong and reckless, economic policies that won’t create jobs, won’t reduce our deficit, but will make sure that folks at the very top don’t have to play by the same rules that you do.”

  13. Tonight we saw the Commander-in-Chief and the next President of the United States. And also some rambling, babbling guy named Romney.

  14. WH

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing.

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:10 AM
    President Obama attends a campaign event
    Delray, FL

    11:00 AM
    Vice President Biden attends a campaign event
    University of Toledo in Toledo, OH

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    2:30 PM
    President Obama arrives in Dayton, Ohio.

    3:00 PM
    3:50 PM
    President Obama and Vice President Biden will speak at a grassroots event
    Dayton, OH

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    President Obama departs Dayton, Ohio.

    6:00 PM
    6:20 PM
    President Obama arrives at Joint Base Andrews.

    6:35 PM
    President Obama arrives at the White House.

    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  15. Determination

    Published on Oct 23, 2012 by BarackObamadotcom
    Read the President’s Plan: http://OFA.BO/i6gBXc

    There’s just no quit in America and you’re seeing that right now. Over five million new jobs, exports up forty one percent, home values rising, our auto industry back and our heroes are coming home.

    We’re not there yet. But we’ve made real progress and the last thing we should do is turn back now.

    Here’s my plan for the next four years: Making education and training a national priority; building on our manufacturing boom; boosting American-made energy; reducing the deficits responsibly by cutting where we can, and asking the wealthy to pay a little more. And ending the war in Afghanistan, so we can do some nation-building here at home. That’s the right path.

    So read my plan, compare it to Governor Romney’s and decide which is better for you. It’s an honor to be your President and I’m asking for your vote. So together we can keep moving America forward.

  16. U.S. Home Values Jump the Most Since 2006, Zillow Says

    By Prashant Gopal – Oct 22, 2012 9:01 PM PT

    U.S. home values jumped 1.3 percent in the third quarter, the biggest gain since 2006, in an uneven recovery across the country, Zillow Inc. (Z) said.

    The median value rose to $153,800 from $151,800 in the previous three months on a seasonally adjusted basis, the Seattle-based property-data company said in a report today. It was the biggest increase in Zillow’s Home Value Index since the first quarter of 2006, when values rose 1.5 percent.

    Home prices are rising nationally as the U.S. unemployment rate declines and buyers compete for a tightening supply of homes listed for sale. Still, values fell from the second quarter in 52 percent of markets covered by the index as the traditional homebuying season ended, according to Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-23/u-s-home-values-jump-the-most-since-2006-zillow-says.html

  17. Maersk Gaining as U.S. Imports Most Boxes in Five Years

    By Isaac Arnsdorf – Oct 22, 2012 4:01 PM PT

    U.S. imports of containerized goods are the highest since before the recession as the economic recovery gains traction, boosting rates for A.P. Moeller-Maersk (MAERSKB) A/S and other shipping lines.

    Imports of everything from car parts to furniture probably rose 7.9 percent to 4.75 million 40-foot steel boxes in the third quarter from a year earlier, according to PIERS-JOC, a Newark, New Jersey-based research company tracking port volumes. Shares of Maersk, which has the most vessels shipping Asian-made goods to the U.S., will rise 19 percent in 12 months, based on the average of 20 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

    Builders started the most new homes in four years last month and Americans bought cars at the fastest pace since 2008, government data show. The biggest expansion in retail sales since 2010 is boosting consumer spending, accounting for about 70 percent of the economy, as President Barack Obama seeks a second term in elections Nov. 6. That contrasts with shipping, where the gains are being limited by a glut of capacity as owners contend with the biggest fleet in history.

    “The imports are consistent with the macroeconomic picture in the U.S., and things just turned significantly better,” said Nigel Prentis, the head of research at HSBC Shipping Ltd., a London-based shipbroker and consultant. “As far as that translates into freight rates for box ships, that will depend on the supply side. There are an awful lot of ships.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-22/maersk-gaining-as-u-s-imports-most-boxes-in-five-years-freight.html

    • October 23, 2012

      Remarks by the President at a Campaign Event in Delray Beach, Florida

      Delray Tennis Center
      Delray Beach, Florida

      10:27 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Florida! (Applause.) Are you fired up? (Applause.) Are you ready to go? (Applause.) I fired up right now! (Applause.) It is good to be in Florida.

      Give it up for Congressman Ted Deutch, who’s here. (Applause.) Your Mayor, Nelson McDuffie, is here. (Applause.) State Senator Maria Sachs. (Applause.) A great candidate for Congress, Lois Frankel. (Applause.) And my friend and your former governor, Charlie Crist, is here. (Applause.)

      And I want everybody to give a huge round of applause to Scott for that introduction. (Applause.)

      AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years! (Applause.)

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. You guys really are fired up! (Applause.)

      Now, I was mentioning Scott. Every time I need a pick-me-up I try to see Scott. (Laughter.) In addition to some outstanding pizza. And Scott and Charlie Crist, they remind us that the values we’re fighting for, they’re not Democratic values, they’re not Republican values, they are American values. And that’s what this election is all about. (Applause.)

      Now, two weeks from today, Americans in all 50 states will step into the voting booth. But here in Florida, you get to start voting on Saturday. (Applause.) And as Scott just told you, if you need to know where to vote, you go to Vote.BarackObama.com. But I need you to vote because you’ve got a very big choice to make. It’s not just a choice between two candidates or two parties. It is a choice between two very different visions for this country that we love. (Applause.)

      Now, last night we had our third and last debate. (Applause.) And I hope that during the debate I made those differences very clear. (Applause.) Because the greatest responsibility I have as President is to keep the American people safe. That’s why I ended the war in Iraq, so we could go after the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11. (Applause.) That’s why we decimated al Qaeda’s core leadership and brought Osama bin Laden the justice he deserved. (Applause.) That’s why we’re ending the war in Afghanistan, because after a decade of war, it’s time to do some nation-building here at home. (Applause.)

      In a world of new threats and profound challenges, America needs leadership that is strong and is steady. Governor Romney’s foreign policy has been wrong and reckless. Last night he was all over the map. Did you notice that? During the debate he said he didn’t want more troops in Iraq, but he was caught on video saying it was unthinkable not to leave 20,000 troops in Iraq, troops that would still be there today.

      Last night he claimed to support my plan to end the war in Afghanistan. I’m glad he supports it. But he’s opposed a timeline that would actually bring our troops home. Early in this campaign he said he’d do the opposite of whatever I did in Israel, but last night I reminded him that cooperation with Israel has never been stronger. (Applause.)

      Last night he said he always supported taking out Osama bin Laden, but in 2007, he said it wasn’t worth moving heaven and earth to catch one man.

      Now, we’ve come up with a name for this condition. It’s called Romnesia. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/23/remarks-president-campaign-event-delray-beach-florida

    • More Obama Love For Pizza Man Scott Van Duzer

      OCTOBER 23, 2012 obamafoodorama.blogspot

      Scott Van Duzer, the power-lifting Republican pizza man famous for hoisting President Obama aloft during a September visit to his Florida restaurant (Big Apple Pizza & Pasta Italian Restaurant) got more presidential love on Tuesday morning. After sitting with First Lady Michelle Obama at Monday night’s debate at Lynn University, Van Duzer today introduced the President at his first post-debate rally at the Delray Beach Tennis Center. The two hugged, but Van Duzer resisted the urge to pick up the President.

      “Every time I need a pick-me-up I try to see Scott,” President Obama told the crowd of about 11,000, before going on to blast his GOP challenger. The 10:10 AM rally was the start of a three-day junket through swing states.

      For more: http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2012/10/more-obama-love-for-pizza-man-scott-van.html

  18. Bill Clinton hits Chicago Oct. 23 for Obama fund-raiser

    October 1, 2012 4:55 PM By Lynn Sweet – chicagosuntimes

    WASHINGTON–Former President Bill Clinton hits Chicago on Oct. 23 for a $10,000-per-person fund-raiser to benefit the Obama re-election campaign. The lunch is at Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse. While many high end Chicago donors are tapped out–First Lady Michelle Obama was in Chicago last week for two mega-donor events–Bill Clinton appeals to a segment of Chicago area major Democratic donors–read that folks who backed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president in 2008–who will write big checks to hang out with Bill.

  19. Study: Romney-like plan cuts $1.7 trillion in Medicaid

    October 23, 2012 at 11:22 amPosted by Sarah Kliff – washtingonpost

    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney pointed to his Medicaid funding cuts during Monday night’s debate as one way to help balance the budget.

    The Kaiser Family Foundation is out this morning with a deep dive into a plan that looks a lot like Romney’s. The big takeaway: Medicaid funding would be reduced by $1.7 trillion, with hospitals and nursing homes seeing payments fall by hundreds of billions of dollars.

    Kaiser modeled a Medicaid block grant plan, where each state gets a capped amount of money to spend on its Medicaid population. That amount would grow 1 percent faster than inflation, the same target that the Romney campaign set, as did House Republicans in 2012.

    Under that growth target, Medicaid funding would drop by $1.7 trillion between 2013 and 2022. About half of that cut would come from repealing the health care law’s Medicaid expansion. The other half would come from reducing payments to states for the Medicaid patients they already cover.

    For more; http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/wp/2012/10/23/study-romney-like-plan-cuts-1-7-trillion-in-medicaid/

  20. U.S. administration agrees to ease in Medicare benefit rules

    10/23/12 Reuters – 1 hr 26 mins ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration has agreed to relax Medicare’s requirements for skilled nursing and home health care, allowing beneficiaries to qualify for benefits even if their conditions are not expected to improve, according to court documents.

    A proposed settlement of a national class-action lawsuit, filed October 16 in U.S. District Court in Vermont, says the government will revise its Medicare manual to make benefits available when care would only “maintain the patient’s current condition or … prevent or slow further deterioration”.

    The new language, which would expand Medicare coverage for skilled nursing, home health and outpatient care, marks a significant departure from longstanding policies that insist on evidence of medical improvement to sustain coverage.

    An official with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the Medicare program for the elderly and disabled, declined to comment because the litigation is still pending.

    Judith Stein, director of the nonprofit Center for Medicare Advocacy that is lead counsel for beneficiaries, said the settlement would cast aside a major barrier to care for thousands with chronic or degenerative conditions from multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injuries to Parkinson’s, cerebral palsy and Lou Gehrig’s disease.

    Without Medicare benefits, she said patients and their families are often left to choose between the overwhelming cost of nursing home care and the prospect of managing on their own.

    “Very often, people go entirely without the care they need or reduce it to an extent that’s dangerous to them,” Stein said.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/u-administration-agrees-ease-medicare-benefit-rules-163623269–business.html

  21. Court blocks Indiana law cutting Planned Parenthood funds

    10/23/12 By Jonathan Stempel | Reuters – 1 hr 7 mins ago

    (Reuters) – A federal appeals court has blocked Indiana from enforcing a law to cut off Medicaid funds for Planned Parenthood, a law that critics said would deprive thousands of low-income people of medical services, including abortion.

    The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday ruled that while Indiana has broad authority to exclude unqualified providers from its Medicaid program for the poor, it lacks authority to exclude a class of providers – in this case Planned Parenthood clinics – for reasons unrelated to their qualifications.

    It said doing so deprives Medicaid recipients of their legal right to obtain care from qualified providers of their choosing.

    “Indiana maintains that any harm to Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid patients is superficial because they have many other qualified Medicaid providers to choose from,” Circuit Judge Diane Sykes wrote for a three-judge panel. “This argument misses the mark.”

    While the 7th Circuit decision applies in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, it could have wider significance.

    Lawmakers in more than a dozen states have in the last few years taken steps to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood, prompting it to file several lawsuits.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/court-blocks-indiana-law-cutting-planned-parenthood-funds-173524885–sector.html

    • October 23, 2012

      Remarks by the President and Vice President in Dayton, OH

      Triangle Park
      Dayton, Ohio

      3:58 P.M. EDT

      THE VICE PRESIDENT: Hello, Ohio! (Applause.) Hello, everybody back in the next county over there! What a great crowd! (Applause.)

      Before I begin, I want you all to look at those two words: Vote Early. Do it now. (Applause.)

      Wasn’t the President great last night?

      AUDIENCE: Yes!

      THE VICE PRESIDENT: Last night, we saw a Commander-in-Chief who is in command of the issues. You guys got to see what I see every day for the last four years, a President who clearly understands America’s interest around the world and has the courage to pursue and protect those interests.

      Ladies and gentlemen, this is a man who’s not only earned my respect and all those who work with him and all of you, but he’s earned the respect of all the world leaders. (Applause.) Ladies and gentlemen, the Commander-in-Chief not only knows how to lead America, but this Commander-in-Chief is leading the world. (Applause.)

      As my dad would say, this is a man with a steady hand and a clear vision; a man who leads not only by the example of our power, but by the power of America’s example. This is a President who says what he means, means what he says, and does what he says. (Applause.)

      This is a man the world relies on, and we rely on. And, boy, was the contrast clear last night. (Applause.) Whoa! Whoa! It wasn’t even close, was it?

      AUDIENCE: No!

      THE PRESIDENT: No. (Laughter.) As the President pointed out last night, these debates have exposed that Governor Romney and Paul Ryan have a foreign policy right out of the ‘80s, a social policy out of the ‘50s, and an economic policy right out of the ‘20s. (Applause.) The differences in our policies and, I would submit to you, in our values, are profound, and the American people, after four debates, know it.

      Ladies and gentlemen, that’s why last night you saw Governor Romney rushing to agree with the President on Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria. He disavowed the foreign policy he’s been running on for the past two years just like that. Even this one — this one amazed me. (Laughter.) This one amazed me. He even tried to rewrite the history of his position on rescuing the automobile industry. Whoa! (Laughter.) If I only knew he was ready to help back then. (Laughter.) If I only knew.

      Look, half the time, I didn’t know whether Governor Romney was there to debate Barack Obama or endorse Barack Obama. (Applause.) I mean, it’s hard to tell.

      But I have a message for the good governor. Governor, you can’t run from the truth. You can’t run from your record. You can’t run from your policies.

      Look at his policies — opposition to nuclear arms control agreements; wanting to keep 30,000 troops in Iraq; shredding regulations, which he commits to do, letting Wall Street gamble with our money again and letting banks write their own rules again; proposing over $2 trillion in new tax cuts for the wealthy while raising taxes on the middle class.

      AUDIENCE: Booo —

      THE VICE PRESIDENT: Folks, folks, we have seen this movie before and we know how it ends. It ends in a catastrophe for the middle class. It ends in the Great Recession of 2008. And the American people are not prepared to go back — and we’re not either. (Applause.)

      Folks, this President is leveling the playing field, getting the middle class back in the game. He knows how to build America, from the middle out. That’s how you build America. (Applause.) And thanks to his leadership and the grit of the American people, America is coming back.

      There is no quit in America. There never has been any quit in America. (Applause.) The American people know only one way forward — only one way — and that is forward. And together — together, ladies and gentlemen, all of us — even the 47 percent of us that Romney doesn’t think matter — (applause) — we’re moving forward. (Applause.) Regardless.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/10/23/remarks-president-and-vice-president-dayton-oh

  22. Final Presidential Debate Drew 53.9 Million TV Viewers

    October 23, 2012 By Andy Fixmer – bloomberg

    Last night’s final presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney averaged about 53.9 million viewers on six television networks, including a record 11.5 million on cable’s Fox News.

    Comcast Corp.’s NBC drew 12.4 million viewers, the most of any broadcast or cable outlet, according to Nielsen data released by the networks. The debate was the highest-rated telecast ever for Fox News, the 16-year-old cable channel owned by New York-based News Corp. The figures are subject to revision, and Nielsen will release its own total for both broadcast and cable networks later today.

    The final debate faced competition from football and a baseball playoff game, showing a drop-off from the 65.6 million who tuned in to last week’s second debate. President Obama, a Democrat, kept Republican Romney on the defensive on foreign policy, the topic of last night’s session.

    For more: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-10-23/broadcasters-drew-30-dot-5-million-to-last-obama-romney-debate

  23. Happy & HOPEful Tuesday, CR and all friends!

    Two weeks from today we’ll re-elect President Obama. Let’s give him (and us) the House and Senate too!

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