Jul 28, 2012

Good Stuff You May have Missed Last Week - enjoy



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Obama Signs Military Assistance for Israel

 US President Barack Obama has signed a piece of legislation ratified by Congress that gives Israel another $70 million in military assistance, on top of the $3 billion the United States had already pledged to provide to the Israeli military this year.

On Friday, Obama signed the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, which provides more US taxpayer dollars to help Israel expand its Iron Dome short-range rocket defense system, Xinhua reported.

The Iron Dome is a short-range rocket defense system designed to intercept rockets and artillery shells fired from a range of between four and 70 kilometers.

Representatives of the pro-Israeli lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and Israeli journalists were invited to the signing ceremony, which was held at the White House.

“I have made it a top priority for my administration to deepen cooperation with Israel across the whole spectrum of security issues — intelligence, military, technology,” Obama said before signing the bill in the Oval Office.

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Karl Rove's Catch-22  Light up Secret Donors

Karl Rove's Catch-22 | The Middle Ground | Scoop.it
Starting Saturday, Crossroads GPS and other politically active nonprofits face new pressure to reveal who bankrolls their ads. What's a dark-money group to do?

For all the headlines and hand-wringing about super-PACs, it is dark-money nonprofits like Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS and Americans for Prosperity that dominate the political money wars. These politically oriented groups, which keep their donors secret, outspent super-PACs 3-to-2 in the 2010 elections. Through the spring of 2012, 91 percent of advertising by independent groups came from nonprofits and big business trade groups. And a growing pile of evidence suggests that it's these nonprofits, notsuper-PACs, hauling in the bulk of corporate political cash.

But come Saturday, the dark-money nonprofits face a dilemma. A high-profile court case known as Van Hollen v. FEC threatens to shine an unwelcome beam of sunlight on donors bankrolling these organizations. Nothing's stopping Crossroads GPS or AFP from running more "issue" ads hitting Obama and other Democrats (that is, ads that don't explicitly say "vote for" or "vote against"). Except now nonprofits will have to reveal who funded those spots... [MORE]

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 Huff Post's Blog

Mitt Romney: The Gated Candidate


The wealthiest Americans often choose to live in gated communities, designed to shield them from the intrusion of those Ann Romney calls "you people."

Now, Mitt Romney is applying that same notion to his campaign for the presidency. 

He's offering Americans a gated candidate, with whole areas of his record walled off to keep "you people" from knowing about them. 

The scope of information gated off is striking and unprecedented in modern presidential politics. Romney insured that records on his stint as Governor and as CEO of the Olympics were scrubbed. He walls off access to his history at Bain, the company he led. Romney refuses to reveal his tax returns. He walls off information about the bundlers who are raising the money for the campaign to whom he will be deeply indebted. Not surprisingly, he stayed mum as Republican Senators torpedoed the legislation to require disclosure of corporate and individual contributors who give more than $10,000 to non-profits now poisoning the airwaves with attack ads.

He is as Maureen Dowd concludes, "hiding in plain sight."    The rest of the essay...

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The Choice for America couldn't be more clear!

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How a Loan Between Friends or Family Can Destroy the Relationship
Asking friends for loans is like asking them for sex: Whatever happens, the relationship will never be the same again.

At this point in history, money holds such massive emotional baggage that asking Can I have some of yours for a while? or Will I ever get it back? are some of life's weightier questions, especially in hard times.  More of an excellent story from Banoosh public share site
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Babytalk mommies drive me nuts!   And kindergarten teachers everywhere who have to reteach them how to talk!


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St Louis Post Dispatch Poll has Claire McCaskill Trailing
No matter who wins the Missouri Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate on Aug. 7, Democrat Claire McCaskill is running from behind.

McCaskill, the first-term incumbent Democratic senator, trails all three of her likely Republican challengers, according to a new Post-Dispatch/News 4 poll. She would lose to GOP frontrunner John Brunner by 11 percentage points if they were matched up today, the poll found. She would fall to Sarah Steelman or Todd Akin as well, though by smaller margins. More from the Dispatch's Story...

Wait a minute.  What about their poll...for this is a bit of a surprise.  Conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling.   What's IN a poll, anyway?  
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