Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Rally Signifying Absolutely Nothing

David Zurawik, Baltimore Sun
By the time Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert got to the portion of their rally that featured the giant paper mache puppet of Colbert Saturday, I was thinking that somewhere in a poor mountain village in a former Eastern bloc Soviet country, there were two aged actors unemployed since the fall of Communism who were putting on a play for peasant children of pre-school age because that was the only audience they could find and hold. And they were being a lot more engaging and entertaining than this duo on the National Mall.

Murphy, Christopher S. Murphy, Patrick J. Murphy, Scott Murphy, Tim Myrick, Sue Wilkins

What's at Stake on Tuesday

George Will, Washington Post
During the Tuesday evening deluge, pay particular attention to these stories:-South Carolina Rep. John Spratt, second-ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, is seeking a 15th term. Missouri Rep. Ike Skelton, chairman of Armed Services, is seeking an 18th term. Texas Rep. Chet Edwards, 13th-ranking Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, is seeking an 11th term. Minnesota Rep. James Oberstar, chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, is seeking a 19th term. In 2008, they won by 25, 32, 7 and 36 percentage points, respectively. In 2010, all are vulnerable,...

Diaz-Balart, Mario Dicks, Norman D. Dingell, John D. Djou, Charles K. Doggett, Lloyd

The Top Cities For Trick Or Treating

Professor Richard Florida, director of the University of Toronto's Martin Prosperity Institute, has released his Trick or Treat Index for 2010. It's a kind of Lonely Planet guide for hobgoblins. He gives us his top-five list of the best U.S. cities for Halloween trick-or-treating.

Welch, Peter Westmoreland, Lynn A. Whitfield, Ed Wilson, Charles A. Wilson, Joe

Obama Makes His Closing Arguments

Sunday is President Obama's last day on the road before Tuesday's midterm elections. His get-out-the-vote effort took him to Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Illinois on Saturday. On Sunday, he'll fire up the base at one last big rally in Ohio.

Kline, John Kosmas, Suzanne M. Kratovil, Frank Jr. Kucinich, Dennis J. Lamborn, Doug

Unemployment: Is Anybody Working On It?

Nate Beeler and Paresh Nath ask, is it anybody's job one?

Perriello, Thomas S. P. Peters, Gary C. Peterson, Collin C. Petri, Thomas E. Pierluisi, Pedro R.

Election Season China Bashing is Short Sighted

Nin-Hai Tseng, Fortune
Members of both parties are using China as a scapegoat for America's economic woes. But China is a key trade partner for many of these states, which is going unnoticed in the sometimes xenophobic attack ads.With midterm elections only days away, a spate of political ads has emerged that treats China like an economic plague. Though polls show that the Democrats risk losing control of the House of Representatives, it seems China bashing on the campaign trail has become the weapon of choice regardless of party affiliation.

Johnson, Sam Johnson, Timothy V. Jones, Walter B. Jordan, Jim Kagen, Steve

Taste Receptors In Lungs May Help Asthmatics

Writing in Nature Medicine, researchers report on discovering bitter taste receptors in human lungs, and that bitter compounds expand airways in asthmatic mice. Stephen Liggett talks about the possibility of treating asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with bitter compounds.

Lummis, Cynthia M. Lungren, Daniel E. Lynch, Stephen F. McCarthy, Carolyn McCarthy, Kevin

White House: could be more mail bombs (The Arizona Republic)

Lungren, Daniel E. Lynch, Stephen F. McCarthy, Carolyn McCarthy, Kevin McCaul, Michael T.

Unemployment: Is Anybody Working On It?

Nate Beeler and Paresh Nath ask, is it anybody's job one?

Grijalva, Raúl M. Guthrie, Brett Gutierrez, Luis V. Hall, John J. Hall, Ralph M.

'Shop Talk': Should Kendrick Meek Stay In Florida Senate Race?

In this week?s installment of The Barbershop, host Michel Michel Martin talks with author Jimi Izrael, civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, syndicated columnist Ruben Navarette and screenwriter and graphic novelist John Ridley. They discuss former U.S. President Bill Clinton urging Florida Democrat Kendrick Meek to drop out of the Senate race in Florida; Stephen Colbert and John Stewart?s ?Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear? that will take place in Washington D.C. this Saturday; California GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman?s recent comment on FOX News about her feelings toward the maid ?an illegal immigrant? she fired; and Miami Heat basketball player LeBron James? new Nike commercial.

Crenshaw, Ander Critz, Mark S. Crowley, Joseph Cuellar, Henry Culberson, John Abney

5 Maine gov race rivals discuss attack ads, taxes (The Arizona Republic)

Baldwin, Tammy Barrett, J. Gresham Barrow, John Bartlett, Roscoe G. Barton, Joe

What?s Your Favorite Scary Movie?

Guest blogger Jimi Izrael takes readers through some of his favorite scary movie performances of all time.

Fudge, Marcia L. Gallegly, Elton Garamendi, John Garrett, Scott Gerlach, Jim

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Is Genome Sequencing Surpassing Medical Knowledge?

The cost of sequencing a human genome is plummeting, and soon many people may obtain a copy of their own. But how useful is that information to patients, especially if their genes predict untreatable, fatal diseases? Hank Greely discusses the promise and the pitfalls of genetic testing.

McDermott, Jim McGovern, James P. McHenry, Patrick T. McIntyre, Mike McKeon, Howard P. \"Buck\'\'

Juan Williams Firing Rocks Blogosphere

Host Michel Martin and producer Lee Hill, the program's "digital media guy," comb through listener feedback and offer important news updates to recent conversations on the program. Hear listener reactions to NPR's recent termination of news analyst Juan Williams." Also, a 22-year-old Tennessee man is headed to prison after his 2008 plot to assassinate then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Capito, Shelley Moore Capps, Lois Capuano, Michael E. Cardoza, Dennis A. Carnahan, Russ

The New Republic: Governors As Health Care Allies

The Affordable Care Act, often called the health care overhaul, is under the threat of repeal by House and Senate Republicans. Harold Pollack of The New Republic argues that if President Obama wishes to work with the GOP on funding the policy, he should turn to the governors, who are held accountable for the uninsured in their states.

Maloney, Carolyn B. Manzullo, Donald A. Marchant, Kenny Markey, Betsy Markey, Edward J.

Michel Martin Remembers Her One-Of-A-Kind Uncle Ronald

Host Michel Martin tells readers where she?s been for the past few days ? laying her Uncle Ronald or, as she called him, ?Unc,? to rest. Martin reflects on his life, explains why her uncle was so special and tells why he will be sorely missed.

LaTourette, Steven C. Latta, Robert E. Lee, Barbara Lee, Christopher John Levin, Sander M.

Nitty Gritty Numbers Suggest a Downward Spiral

Robert Lenzner, Forbes

Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch Rush, Bobby L. Ryan, Paul Ryan, Tim Sablan, Gregorio Kilili Camacho

Text Messages, Radio Warn Haitians Of Cholera Risks

The cholera epidemic in Haiti is slowly spreading into new areas, mostly in the north of the country. Public health officials are racing to get health tips and warnings to the public via radio broadcasts and text messages to cell phones.

Bartlett, Roscoe G. Barton, Joe Bean, Melissa L. Becerra, Xavier Berkley, Shelley

The Root: The Smallest State Should Shorten Its Name

A debate is raging in Rhode Island over the state's full name, State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Some support dropping 'plantations' to mark a clear break with the history of slavery that it invokes, others call that a glossing over of the state's dark past. Michael E. Ross of The Root argues that shortening the name would make a definitive statement that the state is ready to put its history behind it.

Bachus, Spencer Baird, Brian Baldwin, Tammy Barrett, J. Gresham Barrow, John

Dude city (Powerlineblog.com)

Rodriguez, Ciro D. Roe, David P. Rogers, Harold Rogers, Mike Rogers, Mike

The Mysterious Life Of The Cholera Bacterium

Scientists have long known that cholera is caused by a bacterium transmitted through food or water. But where does the bacterium live between epidemics, and what dictates the timing of new outbreaks? CDC cholera expert Eric Mintz discusses the bacterium behind the Haiti outbreak.

Burgess, Michael C. Burton, Dan Butterfield, G. K. Buyer, Steve Calvert, Ken

Why On Earth Is President Obama Going All-In On Tom Perriello?

The president is rallying Virginia Democrats not by going to a safe precinct but by going to the least safe. And by appearing with Rep. Perriello, he may be saluting the past -- their victories in 2008 -- more than the likelihood of victory in 2010.

Chandler, Ben Childers, Travis W. Christensen, Donna M. Chu, Judy Clarke, Yvette D.

GOP Remains Hopeful Ahead Of Mid-Term Elections

Ed Rollins, a Republican campaign consultant and advisor, discusses the GOP's chances of reclaiming the U.S. Congress, particularly the House of Representatives, as well as the impact of candidates from the tea party.

Rogers, Harold Rogers, Mike Rogers, Mike Rohrabacher, Dana Rooney, Thomas J.

Will Obama Reassess His Strategy?

Ronald Brownstein, National Journal
President Obama faces the risk next week of an even greater electoral pasting than Bill Clinton suffered in 1994, after his first two years in office.Yet the personal reaction of the two men to these reversals could not be more different. While Clinton seemed tormented, Obama appears remarkably at peace. The latter response may be more emotionally healthy; whether it's politically wise is another question.

Bordallo, Madeleine Z. Boren, Dan Boswell, Leonard L. Boucher, Rick Boustany, Charles W. Jr.

Friday, October 29, 2010

President Obama, the Dude in Chief

Chandler, Ben Childers, Travis W. Christensen, Donna M. Chu, Judy Clarke, Yvette D.

Obama says Yemen packages 'credible terrorist threat' (AFP) (Yahoo!)

Bishop, Sanford D. Jr. Bishop, Timothy H. Blackburn, Marsha Blumenauer, Earl Blunt, Roy

Unemployment: Is Anybody Working On It?

Nate Beeler and Paresh Nath ask, is it anybody's job one?

Welch, Peter Westmoreland, Lynn A. Whitfield, Ed Wilson, Charles A. Wilson, Joe

Russia may review U.S. arms pact approval plans (Reuters)

Quigley, Mike Radanovich, George Rahall, Nick J. II Rangel, Charles B. Rehberg, Denny

Jay Weston: Food Event at Malibu Ranch Was Different -- It Had Animals as Well as People! (Huffingtonpost.com)

Welch, Peter Westmoreland, Lynn A. Whitfield, Ed Wilson, Charles A. Wilson, Joe

Tim Kaine: 'We're Fully Behind' Kendrick Meek

Just days before the midterm election, Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tim Kaine discusses the party's efforts to maintain a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, and news that former president Bill Clinton has asked Democratic Florida Senate candidate Kendrick to bow out of the race. Kaine also discuss what upset victories he's expecting in the Democrat's favor.

Higgins, Brian Hill, Baron P. Himes, James A. Hinchey, Maurice D. Hinojosa, Rubén

The Root: Obama's Economic Policies Benefit Blacks

The Obama administration has come under criticism for its lack of job creation and economic growth, but Cord Jefferson of The Root argues that many of its accomplishments have gone unnoticed. In fact, the administration has implemented many policies that serve and protect minority communities.

Edwards, Donna F. Ehlers, Vernon J. Ellison, Keith Ellsworth, Brad Emerson, Jo Ann

House Republicans Vow 'No Compromise'

If the GOP soon takes control of the House, they seem in no mood to negotiate. Both House GOP leader REp. John Boehner and Rep. Mike Pence have said they won't compromise on their agenda items, including repealing Obamacare.

Markey, Betsy Markey, Edward J. Marshall, Jim Massa, Eric J. J. Matheson, Jim

House Republicans Vow 'No Compromise'

If the GOP soon takes control of the House, they seem in no mood to negotiate. Both House GOP leader REp. John Boehner and Rep. Mike Pence have said they won't compromise on their agenda items, including repealing Obamacare.

Shuster, Bill Simpson, Michael K. Sires, Albio Skelton, Ike Slaughter, Louise McIntosh

The Battle For The Senate: Republicans On Track To Pick Up 7 Seats

With just a few days to go before the election, we are showing Republicans likely to make significant gains in the battle for the Senate -- but not the net of 10 seats needed to take control.

Rahall, Nick J. II Rangel, Charles B. Rehberg, Denny Reichert, David G. Reyes, Silvestre

National Review: Turning Arkansas Red

In some districts, President Obama is helping to make up voters' minds about the midterm elections, but not in the way that he had hoped. Andrew Stiles of the National Review argues that in Arkansas, the president is turning out to be a liability for Democrats.

Boucher, Rick Boustany, Charles W. Jr. Boyd, Allen Brady, Kevin Brady, Robert A.

Why Business Should Fear the Tea Party

Robert Reich, Wall Street Journal
America's business leaders have not exactly shied away from offering political views. Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg has accused President Obama of creating a hostile environment for investment and job-creation, while General Electric's Jeff Immelt says the administration is out of sync with entrepreneurs. All of which makes particularly curious the deafening silence of business leaders about the tea party that's now taking over the GOP and about to take over a chunk of Congress. Maybe business leaders see it as a relatively harmless fringe group advocating the...

Gordon, Bart Granger, Kay Graves, Sam Graves, Tom Grayson, Alan

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Unions in America: Bad Policy Turning Into Bad Politics

The Economist

Quigley, Mike Radanovich, George Rahall, Nick J. II Rangel, Charles B. Rehberg, Denny

National Review: Turning Arkansas Red

In some districts, President Obama is helping to make up voters' minds about the midterm elections, but not in the way that he had hoped. Andrew Stiles of the National Review argues that in Arkansas, the president is turning out to be a liability for Democrats.

Duncan, John J. Jr. Edwards, Chet Edwards, Donna F. Ehlers, Vernon J. Ellison, Keith

The Root: Opposing The Ban On Menthol Cigarettes

A proposed ban on menthol cigarettes has split the black community. Some argue in favor of banning the tobacco product most preferred by African Americans as a protection, others call it discrimination. Deron Snyder of The Root argues that banning some cigarettes and not others is paternalistic and not effective.

Latta, Robert E. Lee, Barbara Lee, Christopher John Levin, Sander M. Lewis, Jerry

South-Asian Americans Discover Political Clout

There are a record number of candidates of South Asian descent running for prominent offices across the country. Most notably is Nikki Haley for governor of South Carolina, and six candidates are running for congressional seats. Commentator Sandip Roy looks at the different ways some of these candidates are expressing their ethnicity.

Altmire, Jason Andrews, Robert E. Arcuri, Michael A. Austria, Steve Baca, Joe

Four Myths About the Tea Parties

John Judis, The New Republic
On the eve of the November elections, we are suddenly awash in books, articles, and monographs about the Tea Parties. Some of these—I would single out Sean Wilentz’s historical piece in The New Yorker—deepen our understanding, but most of them don’t get it right. They are too quick either to dismiss or to stigmatize the Tea Parties. And the mistakes they make are not just academic; they contribute to a misunderstanding of what it will take for liberals and the left—not to mention the Obama administration—to turn around...

Norton, Eleanor Holmes Nunes, Devin Nye, Glenn C. Oberstar, James L. Obey, David R.

What Happens To The Tea Party After Election Day?

Activists insist the movement will find its stride after the midterms. They plan to put Tea Party-backed members of Congress on notice that they risk losing support if they go against the movement's agenda. And some GOP senators may be in danger in 2012 if they don't embrace the push for smaller government.

Guthrie, Brett Gutierrez, Luis V. Hall, John J. Hall, Ralph M. Halvorson, Deborah L.

Reminders Of BP's Oil Spill Linger Along Gulf Coast

More than three months since BP plugged its underwater gusher, crews continue to clean hundreds of miles of soiled shoreline from Louisiana to the Florida panhandle. Tar balls still wash ashore and after the tide goes out, the sand has what looks like a light coffee or tea stain.

Kagen, Steve Kanjorski, Paul E. Kaptur, Marcy Kennedy, Patrick J. Kildee, Dale E.

An angry electorate? You can't tell it in Texas (Houston Chronicle)

Conyers, John Jr. Cooper, Jim Costa, Jim Costello, Jerry F. Courtney, Joe

What Happens To The Tea Party After Election Day?

Activists insist the movement will find its stride after the midterms. They plan to put Tea Party-backed members of Congress on notice that they risk losing support if they go against the movement's agenda. And some GOP senators may be in danger in 2012 if they don't embrace the push for smaller government.

Loebsack, David Lofgren, Zoe Lowey, Nita M. Lucas, Frank D. Luetkemeyer, Blaine

Today's Political Junkie Segment On TOTN: Six Days To Go And Counting

Six days to go before the election, and the Political Junkie segment on NPR's Talk of the Nation was filled with predictions and analysis of what might happen on November 2.

Rodriguez, Ciro D. Roe, David P. Rogers, Harold Rogers, Mike Rogers, Mike

How High Is The Sky?

A look back at artist Eric Sloane's vision of what the sky looks like to most of us: a weather making machine.

Johnson, Sam Johnson, Timothy V. Jones, Walter B. Jordan, Jim Kagen, Steve

Amid Iran's Economic Woes, Sanctions Begin To Bite

The Islamic republic is having difficulties finding international banks to handle the revenue from its oil sales that appear to be shrinking. Meanwhile, a recent dramatic drop in the value of Iran's currency has left many people shaken.

Kingston, Jack Kirk, Mark Steven Kirkpatrick, Ann Kissell, Larry Klein, Ron

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Joe Sestak's Witching Hour

E.J. Dionne, The New Republic
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- If there is one candidate who truly wishes that Christine O'Donnell had not won the Republican senatorial nomination in Delaware, it is the Republican Senate candidate in Pennsylvania, Pat Toomey. Toomey, a former congressman, became a hero to the right for pushing Sen. Arlen Specter out of the GOP. For much of the summer, Toomey ran safely ahead of the man who went on to knock out Specter in the Democratic Senate primary, Rep. Joe Sestak. Receive news alertsThen came O'Donnell's defeat of Rep. Mike Castle in one of the tea party's most celebrated...

Schrader, Kurt Schwartz, Allyson Y. Scott, David Scott, Robert C. \"Bobby\'\' Sensenbrenner, F. James Jr.

Winter Squash: New Faces In The Pumpkin Patch

If you've had enough of the seemingly ubiquitous butternut squash soup, have no fear. Butternut and acorn squash are making way for varieties like kabocha and jarrahdale. Yes, squash is the latest "it" fruit, so it's time to go beyond butternut.

Neal, Richard E. Neugebauer, Randy Norton, Eleanor Holmes Nunes, Devin Nye, Glenn C.

Foreign Policy: Blame Blair For Britain's Budget

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has published a memoir justifying his attempts to strengthen the bond between his country and the U.S. William Inboden of Foreign Policy argues Blair's legacy in part accounts for the deep cuts that Britain is making in its domestic spending ? cuts that hurt the alliance with the U.S.

Sires, Albio Skelton, Ike Slaughter, Louise McIntosh Smith, Adam Smith, Adrian

For Amtrak Riders, It's All Aboard Despite The Cost

More people took an Amtrak train in the last year than ever before, bringing in record ticket sales for the national rail service. The most popular line serves the heavily congested Northeast corridor. Traveling by train can be faster than a car or airplane, but it's seldom a cheap fare.

Mollohan, Alan B. Moore, Dennis Moore, Gwen Moran, James P. Moran, Jerry

McCain to Rally For Angle (TIME)

Meeks, Gregory W. Melancon, Charlie Mica, John L. Michaud, Michael H. Miller, Brad

Being Attacked by a Conservative Means Always Having to Say You?re Sorry (Thepoorman.net)

Pomeroy, Earl Posey, Bill Price, David E. Price, Tom Putnam, Adam H.

Quantifying elitism (Washingtonmonthly.com)

Barrow, John Bartlett, Roscoe G. Barton, Joe Bean, Melissa L. Becerra, Xavier