Good Sunday morning. The staff is (mostly) in and we're preparing for today's program. Prepare along with us – read what we're reading this morning.
On our radar: the official kick-off of the general election, Newt Gingrich's withdrawal from the GOP race, the debate over U.S. policy for Afghanistan, France's runoff presidential election and plenty more.
Check out what we're reading, and be sure to watch our interviews with Gingrich, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and former Virginia Rep. Tom Davis on the importance of their swing states; Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Mike Rogers on the way forward in Afghanistan; and economists Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Alice Rivlin (joined by the National Journal's Major Garrett) on the latest jobs numbers. State of the Union airs today at 9am/12pm ET.
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No new GOP clowns.
Did I reas that correctly, no McCain today. That alone is a major CNN accomplishment.
Obama has brought back manufactoring jobs, ; which I thought would never had come back after bush sent them to China, he has export almost doubling; this with cheaper good to compete with abroad is an accomplishment. Obama has accomplish a lot in a changing global economy which disadvantaged America very much, because big businesses are always looking for ways to save money, this means hiring Chinese and pay them 1/5 of what they are paying Americans. Obama found away by empowering our spenders, to not only keep American companies in America, but attracting international companies boasting our factory workers.
The Modern GOP has been hijacked by crazies such a Bachman, Palin, Paul and Limbaugh. Any one who has any common sense would run from this party like the plague, with the exceptiion of several small Deep South so called religious states that keep their people poor and rig elections to make sure the state goes Republican all the time. Personally, I would like to see a political party form and kick the modern GOP to the side of the road, maybe our government can function if all the crazies are still left in the GOP and they can't even win in one state.
Obamas kick-off ? He defined his position,vision,and conviction. He connects with the people. The people will defend his personal conection with them.His message is heard across the country. The majority of the people will see to it that he gets re-elected because they all are very aware of what he took over and see that as a challenge that they comend and respect him for. Anyone outside Washington who really feels the pain we have in reality knows what a tough job he does have. And the people will have his back.
Fact: Mitt's rate of taxation is less than many working people. He pays a lower special rate because he claims his income is UNEARNED.
Fact: MOST working people pay a much higher percentage of their income in Social Security and Medicare tax than does Mitt.
And Mitt, what makes it even worse is that you want even more regardless of how unaffordable tax cuts unbalance the accounts of this country. You propose to lower your taxes and the taxes of your estate yet more all while taxes on the ultra-rich are about the lowest they have been for most of a century and our country is broke.
Obama starts his campaign for reelection? What a joke. He has been campaigning since his first day in office. He cannot run on his record so he is running for president instead.