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Digest for October 31st

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for October 31st from 16:36 to 16:43:

  • Christopher Hennessy: The Big Lie: ‘I Love My Gay Friends, But I’m Voting For Romney Anyway’

    Irony is defined as "the use of words to express something other than and especially the opposite of the literal meaning" or "incongruity between the actual result of a sequence of events and the normal or expected result."

    If I hear one more person explain how, even though the believe in gay rights, they're voting for Romney, I'm going to lose my mind. We need to find ways to reach these people who say they love us and call us friends.

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  • Obama to the Rescue

    "Obama has indeed appeared to be at his calm, commanding best during this crisis. He has made the case not only for himself but also—indirectly, but unmistakably—for the indispensible role that government can and must play in times like these. He doesn’t need to overtly “politicize” the crisis. His best political move is to do his job well."

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  • Daily Kos: Union workers save lives and power Hurricane Sandy recovery

    "If someone you love was rescued from a flooded area, chances are it was a union member who rescued them. When your power goes back on, chances are a union member will have done the work. Mitt Romney will probably once again encourage you to embrace the line that we like workers, but just hate their unions. But the workers are the unions, and the collective power of unions helped individual workers rescue people or restore power or mobility by making sure they had the tools to get the job done and the pay and benefits such important work deserves."

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  • A Stormy Reminder of Why We Need Government | On the Commons

    " Seven years ago, Katrina showed the tragic consequences when government fails its duty to respond to natural disasters. But that was the exception that proves the rule. When disasters hit, the government is the only agent with the authority and capacity to marshal and mobilize resources sufficient to the undertaking. It can coordinate across jurisdictions and with both the public and private sectors. That’s because its mission is not to enhance its balance sheet but to preserve the well being of its citizens. And in October 2012 it has shown how effectively it can perform that task."

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  • Why Democrats Are Right to Politicize Sandy — Daily Intel

    "What you are going to see over the next week is an overt effort by Democrats to politicize the issue of disaster response. They’re right to do it. Conservatives are already complaining about this, but the attempt to wall disaster response off from politics in the aftermath of a disaster is an attempt to insulate Republicans from the consequences of their policies."

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  • Hurricane Sandy Exposes Mitt Romney’s Self-Made FEMA Problem – The Daily Beast

    "The response to Hurricane Sandy shows just why we have a federal government as a backstop, particularly when our country is facing a massive natural disaster that does not neatly correspond to state lines. "

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  • Mitt Romney, the hollow man – Salon.com

    "It’s impossible not to see that this storm has devastated Mitt Romney’s presidential candidacy. The response to the hurricane has seemed like one long dramatic Obama campaign commercial, a lesson in “We’re all in this together,” while Romney, the man who said he’d dismantle FEMA, flails on the sidelines."

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  • Mitt Romney Is Just Not That Into Federal Disaster Relief | The Nation

    "Who would have thought that a late-season hurricane would sweep up the East Coast of the United States on the eve of one of the closest election contests in the country’s history?

    Not, presumably, Mitt Romney."

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  • Hurricane Sandy: Why does Chris Christie think it’s selfish to ignore evacuation orders but OK to skip health insurance? – Slate Magazine

    "Republican governors order hurricane evacuations so we won’t have to bail you out. Then why do they defend your right to skip health insurance?"

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  • Mitt’s useless “storm relief” – Salon.com

    " Romney's Sandy-themed campaign event today collected goods that aid groups don't want "

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