Archive for November 8th, 2014

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Saturday Means Laugh Laugh Laugh

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Saturday Means Laugh Out Loud

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A Tweet Or Two

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Chat On

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A Political System On Life Support

The results of Tuesday’s “earth shattering” election are quite revelatory, but not for the reasons bruited about by your average MSNBC/Fox/CNN vacuous pundit.

Although President Obama won’t use the word—and bless him for it—it was a “shellacking” which the voters meted out to the Democratic Party. But let’s examine this “mandate” a bit further.

The turnout for the midterm election stands at 36%, a low not seen since the 1940s. That’s 36% of registered voters. Voter registration in its turn doesn’t encompass all eligible voters. This Al Jazeera article has this telling paragraph:

Election turnout is often cited as an indicator of the strength of the mandate of winning candidates, but it can be a misleading statistic: Turnout is usually measured as a proportion of registered voters rather than of those eligible to vote — and census numbers show that more than 70 million U.S. citizens of voting age are not registered voters.

Get that? 70 million Americans who are eligible to vote aren’t even registered. What does this mean? That the number of registered voters is at best a bare majority of eligible voters. And then that the voters who turned out were a minority of that number. And then that the GOP “landslide” depended on a further minority of registered voters, which in turn doesn’t account for all eligible voters.

This opens up a veritable cornucopia of delicious dysfunction.

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Nov
14

Introducing Loretta Lynch

11:25 AM EDT: The President announces his intention to nominate Loretta Lynch to be the next Attorney General

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Nov
14

Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama greets audience members after delivering remarks on infrastructure, the economy, and creating jobs by increasing exports, at the Port of New Orleans in New Orleans, La., Nov. 8, 2013 (by Pete Souza)

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Today

11:10 AM: The President will announce his intention to nominate Loretta Lynch to be the next Attorney General

After midnight (12:45): The President leaves for China

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November 10-16: China, Burma and Australia

November 10-12

In China, President Obama will attend the APEC Leaders Meeting and APEC CEO Summit. He will then participate in a state visit with President Xi Jinping of China.

November 12-14

In Burma, the President will attend the East Asia Summit (EAS) and the U.S.-ASEAN Summit in Nay Pi Taw, and hold a bilateral meeting with President Thein Sein. In Rangoon on November 14, the President will participate in a town hall event with participants in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) and meet with Aung San Suu Kyi.

November 15-16

In Brisbane, Australia, the President will participate in the G20 Leaders Summit and deliver a speech on U.S. leadership in the Asia-Pacific.

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If you read one thing this week…..

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On This Day

First Lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by children from low income communities in the region, tours the National Craft Museum in New Delhi, India, Nov. 8, 2010 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, along with President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and her husband, Dr. Devisingh Ramsingh Shekhawat, greet guests during the state dinner at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the presidential palace, in New Delhi, India, Nov. 8, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning!

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Early Bird Chat

On This Day: President Barack Obama says goodbye to students after a visit to the Yeadon Regional Head Start Center in Yeadon, Pa., Nov. 8, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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MoooOOOooorning – Happy Saturday!




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