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Meet The Press -Ron Paul joins us with less than four weeks until the Iowa Caucuses and he remains among the top tier there. Is 2012 his year? He came in a very close second to Michele Bachmann at the Iowa Straw Poll in the summer, a key test of organizational strength. What is his plan to take on GOP front-runners Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney?
The president is pushing for an extension of the payroll tax cut, but will it get through Congress before it expires at the end of the year. We’ll talk with two key voices in the Senate: Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC). What are the sticking points and what is the likelihood of a deal getting done by the end of the year? Plus, Decision 2012: How do they see the race shaping up in the final weeks before the first Republican contest?
The Republican candidates meet on stage for another debate this Saturday. We'll have the latest on the state of the race including Newt Gingrich's rapid rise. Plus, the President takes a page out of Teddy Roosevelt's playbook in an impassioned speech where he called for fairness in the economy. Will his strategy work? Our roundtable weighs in:
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, NBC News Special Correspondent Ted Koppel, NBC Investigative Correspondent, who covered Captiol Hill during Gingrich's tenure as speaker, Lisa Myers, Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, and NBC's Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd
ABC This Week- GOP Candidate Jon Huntsman, Analysis of the ABC News GOP Presidential Debate
On Saturday night, the top Republican presidential candidates face off in a critical debate hosted by ABC News on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines. On Sunday morning, turn to "This Week" for the latest analysis from the ABC News political team on the scene in Iowa and in Washington, D.C.
Front-runner Newt Gingrich has surged ahead of Mitt Romney in several key state and national polls this week, leading the Romney campaign and surrogates to challenge Gingrich on his personal and professional life. Will Romney take the attacks directly to Gingrich on the debate stage Saturday, and how will Gingrich respond? And with many voters still undecided with only three weeks before the Iowa caucuses, will any of the other candidates break through on Saturday night?
ABC News anchors and debate moderators Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will join Christiane Amanpour live on Sunday morning to break down highlights from the Iowa debate showdown. ABC News senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper, senior political correspondent Jonathan Karl, and correspondent John Berman will also join Amanpour from Iowa to analyze how the candidates fared, and what comes next as the campaigns head into the final stretch.
And Christiane goes one-on-one with Jon Huntsman in a "This Week" Sunday exclusive. The Republican candidate is skipping Iowa and putting all his chips on New Hampshire. Will his "Live Free or Die" state strategy revive his campaign? How does he plan to catch Romney and Gingrich? Jon Huntsman, only on "This Week."
Then, the roundtable will examine key moments from Saturday's debate and from the campaign trail this week, with ABC's George Will, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, and Republican strategist Leslie Sanchez in Washington, and Des Moines Register political columnist Kathie Obradovich from Iowa.
CBS Face The Nation -Michele Bachmann, Steve King
Norah O'Donnell, John Dickerson
Fox News Sunday- Rick Perry. Senator Mitch McConnell discusses the payroll tax debate
CNN State of The Union - Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum is 'all in' in Iowa. He'd been to every corner of the state. He's working hard to rise to the top, and after a key endorsement he says he's gaining traction. But does he have enough time to spoil the party?
Then Former U.S. Congressman Bob Walker, a Gingrich supporter and Former NH Governor John Sununu, a Romney supporter, explain why their guy will go the distance.
Then, extending the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits; they are set to expire at the end of the year. Will either side blink? And who will get the blame when voters go to the ballots in the fall? We ask former Obama White House Communications Director Anita Dunn and Republican Tom Davis a former member of congress.
Finally, after announcing massive cuts to its service – What’s the future of the USPS? Postmaster general and CEO, Patrick Donahoe joins us for an exclusive interview.
Fareed Zakaria GPS- Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman.
Tarek Masoud, Harvard; Daniel Yergin, energy expert
The Chris Matthews Show - Republican presidential race: Major Garrett, National Journal; Kelly O'Donnell, NBC; David Ignatius, the Washington Post; Gloria Borger, CNN
C-SPAN's "Newsmakers," -freshman Sen. Mark Kirk
Bloomberg TV’s “Political Capital”- Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.)
Reliable Sources-Gingrich coverage; Trump to moderate a debate: Margaret Carlson. John Harris; Matt Lewis, Daily Caller, David Frum.
Rachel Sklar, Mediaite; Robert Thompson, Syracuse University
CBS 60 Minutes -"60 Minutes" excerpt:
President Obama says he didn't "overpromise", Unemployment could go down to 8% by election
The president believes the U.S. unemployment rate could drop to eight percent before the 2012 elections next fall, he tells Steve Kroft in an interview conducted at the White House. Kroft's interview with Barack Obama will be broadcast on "60 Minutes," Sunday Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
Howard Buffett - Legendary investor Warren Buffett has chosen his son Howard to succeed him as head of his multibillion dollar holding company. But as Lesley Stahl reports, "Howie" - a farmer - is no chip off the old block.
Up w/Chris Hayes- Senator Bob Casey.
Sundays from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. ET.
Pundits and strategists on the left and right alike were united in their reaction to Mitt Romney’s $10,000 mid-debate bet with Rick Perry: expect to see it many, many, many more times if Romney wins the nomination.
The consensus seemed to be that Romney had given Democrats a big fat peg for yet another round of attacks on the candidate’s vast fortune.
You can already feel the $10k bet backfiring—will be one of the replayed moments from the debate,” The National Review’s Rich Lowry tweeted.
“How does Romney challenging Perry to a $10,000 bet fit into strategy of being champion of the middle class?” tweeted the Washington Examiner’s Phillip Klein.
Watch the video of the moment:
As Businesses Pull Out Of Alabama Due To Anti-Immigrant Law, Gov. Pleads With Car Companies To Stay
First, farmers saw the immediate economic catastrophe in Alabama because of the state’s draconian immigration law HB 56 as immigrant workers fled and their crops rotted. Then two high-profile arrests of foreign autoworkers legally in the state potentially put international investment in Alabama at risk. As a result, business leaders are now joining the chorus of voices against HB 56 because of serious economic consequences the anti-immigrant law is having on the state — while the state’s governor is playing damage control with the four foreign automakers that employ tens of thousands of Alabamians:
Gov. Robert Bentley, who signed the law, said he’s contacting foreign executives to tell them they and their companies are still welcome in Alabama.
“We are not anti-foreign companies. We are very pro-foreign companies,” he said.
Bentley put out a statement today saying that he “recognizes that changes are needed” to Alabama’s immigration law, but insisted he would not support repealing the law.
Governor Bentley and Legislative Leadership Committed to Making Immigration Law Most Effective in Nation
Thousands of people who have been voting for years and college students eager to vote will find themselves shut out next year.
Julian Bond of the NAACP says that older blacks who were born during segregation in the South may not have a birth certificate and even though they may have been voting for years will be denied their right to vote next year.
Rock the Vote, which works to get young people registered, says the new laws will keep thousands of students from voting and believes it is because they tend to be liberal.
How ironic that as the United States demands democracy and free elections around the world, politicians here are trying to tamp down voting in America.
Source: Associated Press
President Barack Obama is pressing congressional Republicans to approve his pick to head a new consumer watchdog office, promising he won't back down on his effort to protect middle-class Americans from deceptive business practices and prevent another financial meltdown.
Every day America has to wait for a new consumer protection watchdog is another day that dishonest businesses can target and take advantage of students, seniors and service members," Obama said Saturday in his weekly radio and Internet address. "So I refuse to take `no' for an answer. Financial institutions have plenty of high-powered lawyers and lobbyists looking out for them. It's time consumers had someone on their side."
Obama also reiterated his push for congressional Republicans to extend the Social Security payroll tax cut, which is set to expire at the end of the year.
"No one should go home for the holidays until we get this done," Obama said. "So tell your members of Congress, `Don't be a Grinch.' Tell them to do the right thing for you and for our economy."
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President Obama says won't take "no" on consumer watchdog
President Barack Obama on Saturday said he will not take "no" for an answer on his nominee to head a new consumer watchdog agency, despite Republicans vowing to block him.
A midnight deadline has passed for Occupy Boston protesters to move from their diminished encampment in the city's financial district, but police have not moved to evict them.
Two protesters were arrested early Friday after police said they blocked a street and refused to move. No other arrests were reported.
Boston police Supt. William Evans told protesters that even though Mayor Thomas Menino set the deadline, he did not specify when the camp would be shut down.
Chanting crowd masses as some occupiers decamp, others vow to stay
A crowd of as many as 1,000 people gathered at Occupy Boston in Dewey Square last night, some chanting defiantly, blocking the street and erecting a barricade around part of the tent city, while others sang and danced to a brass band, as authorities delayed their promised eviction of the two-month-old encampment.
Some capitulating members of Occupy Boston meekly folded their tents earlier in the evening, declaring their occupation of Dewey Square a success in the wake, while more defiant protesters remain encamped, building a barricade and braced for a standoff with police.
An Occupy Boston statement declared victory:
“We have occupied Dewey Square because Wall Street has occupied our government, broken our economic system, divided our country, and negatively impacted our lives for far too long,” the statement said. “Occupation is a single tactic, but its significance is much greater than that.”
City Lets Midnight 'Occupy' Deadline Pass
The city-imposed midnight deadline for Occupy Boston protesters to leave their encampment in the city's financial district passed early Friday with no action by Boston police to remove them.
As midnight approached, Occupy Boston members began organizing those demonstrators willing to be arrested, telling them to stay in the encampment and link arms. But the police made no arrests and did not remove any tents.
Occupiers Crash Chamber Of Commerce Holiday Party With Human Red Carpet
Several dozen Occupy DC protesters rolled out the human red carpet for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s holiday party at their Washington, DC headquarters this evening. The Chamber is the nation’s largest corporate lobby group. As guests entered, protesters shouted, “You walk on our rights, now walk on us!” encouraging attendees to trample on the activists laying underneath the red carpet painted with “99%.” No one did, sadly, at least while ThinkProgress was in attendance.
Chamber Executive Vice President Bruce Josten stood at the foot of the carpet most of the time, welcoming his frightened, amused, and befuddled guests, easily distinguishable from the activists by their business attire.
video at link
Disingenuous Karl Rove Ad Smears Elizabeth Warren, Implies She Facilitated Bank Bailouts And Corporate Bonuses
Karl Rove’s independent group Crossroads GPS is up with a new advertisement today, smearing Massachusetts senate candidate Elizabeth Warren (D) by insinuating that she was responsible for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), the bank bailout that took place at the height of the financial crisis.
The ad blames Warren for “bailing out the same banks that caused the financial meltdown, bailouts that helped pay big bonuses to bank executives while middle class Americans lost out.” It closes by imploring the viewer to “tell Professor Warren we need jobs, not more bailouts and bigger government.”
The accusation that Warren is responsible for TARP, bank bailouts, or huge executive bonuses is beyond absurd. TARP and the bank bailouts were Republican ideas that began under President Bush. As Simon Johnson notes, Warren “has also been a strong supporter of all efforts to rein in Too Big To Fail banks, including by breaking them up.”
In fact, her work creating and heading up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau involved advocating directly on consumers’ behalf, a key check on the power of big banks. She also ran the Congressional Oversight Panel for TARP, where her role was to track the money that was given to the banks. She was extremely critical of both the banks’ and Washington’s inability to accurately account for TARP money.
By Simon Johnson
I count at least five misrepresentations in the ad, and I suggest the following corrections:
The gay half-sister of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich slammed his position on gay rights on Wednesday and said she will support President Barack Obama, a Democrat, in the 2012 election.
Candace Gingrich-Jones, a gay rights activist, told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that she and her older half-brother, the former speaker of the House of Representatives, were "mutually respectful" but disagree on gay rights.
"He is definitely on the wrong side of history when it comes to those issues," Gingrich-Jones said.
She said she would "work really, really hard to make sure that President Obama is re-elected next year no matter who the Republican candidate is."
Financier’s Largess Shows G.O.P.’s Wall St. Support
Journalists Funded By ‘Vulture Capitalist’ Paul Singer Campaign To Smear Wall Street Protests
EXPLOITS poor nations like the Congo by buying their debt for cheap and forcing them to pay in full.
SPECULATED on oil while donating to the politicians regulating speculation, helping spur record gas prices in 2008.
RAISED money for false Swift Boat Veterans for Truth smears against Sen. John Kerry in 2004.
Vulture Capitalist Funding GOP
Corporate Tax Dodging Has Cost States More Than $42 Billion In Revenue Over The Last Three Years
ThinkProgress has documented the repeated tax dodging of large corporations, some of which, like GE, have gone entire years without paying taxes despite hauling in massive profits. Now, that phenomenon has spread to the states, where many corporations have largely avoided paying state corporate income taxes despite growing profits. Some companies, like DuPont, avoided state taxes altogether, paying nothing from 2008 to 2010 even as its profits piled up.
But DuPont wasn’t alone. According to a study from Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, 68 corporations avoided state taxes entirely for at least one year from 2008 to 2010, costing state governments at least $42.7 billion, as the New York Times reports
To gauge how much Fortune 500 companies are paying in corporate income taxes, the study looked at the 265 of them that are both profitable and disclose their state tax payments. It found that 68 reported paying no state corporate taxes in at least one year between 2008 and 2010. All together, the study found that the companies reported $1.33 trillion in domestic profits from 2008 to 2010, but paid states only about half of what they would have if they had paid at the average corporate income tax rate of all states — reducing their state taxes by some $42.7 billion
As the Times notes, the share of state revenues coming from corporate taxes has steadily declined since 1980, from about 10 percent then to less than 6 percent now. And despite Republican rhetoric calling for lower corporate taxes on the national level, America’s rate there remains low as well. Corporations continue to sit on huge amounts of cash without investing in job creation, but GOP politicians and corporate leaders have called for even larger tax giveaways.
And now it is winter. Wall Street rejoices, hoping that the change of seasons will mean a change in our spirit, our commitment to stop them.
They couldn't be more wrong. Have they not heard of Washington and the troops at Valley Forge? The Great Flint Sit-Down Strike in the winter of 1936-37? The Michigan Wolverines crushing Ohio State in the 1950 Blizzard Bowl? When it comes to winter, it is the time historically when the people persevere and the forces of evil make their retreat!
We are not even 12 weeks old, yet Occupy Wall Street has grown so fast, so big, none of us can keep up with the hundreds of towns who have joined the movement, or the thousands of actions -- some of them just simple ones in neighborhoods, schools and organizations -- that have happened. The national conversation has been irreversibly changed. Now everyone is talking about how the 1% are getting away with all the money while the 99% struggle to make ends meet. People are no longer paralyzed by despair or apathy. Most know that now is the time to reclaim our country from the bankers, the lobbyists -- and their gofers: the members of the United States Congress and the 50 state legislatures.
And they're crazy if they think that a little climate chaos (otherwise known as winter in the 21st century) that they've helped to bring about is going to stop us.
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As ThinkProgress has been reporting for some time, the corporate front group American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been colluding with the billionaire Koch brothers to privatize government and eliminate environmental regulations that interfere with profits.
GOP legislators in many states have given ALEC free reign to write anti-health care reform and anti-environment legislation. Now, ALEC is fighting to kill Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules limiting the sale of rat poisons that pose a serious health threat to children and the ecosystem.
A top representative for the ultra-conservative group said kids eating rat poison is an “acceptable risk” that does not justify government intervention:
“There are certain levels of acceptable risk in society,” says Todd M. Wynn, director of the ALEC Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force, in an interview about the EPA rules with the Heartland Institute’s Heartlander website. “And parents play an important role by weighing the potential risks and benefits of using a product.”
“Unfortunately, EPA expands its reach into the American economy more and more each and every year,” Wynn said. “This year it will be d-Con, but next year another useful product will be burdened by additional regulations or banned outright from the market.”
(more at link)
Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva called for Joe Arpaio to resign after accusations that the Maricopa County Sheriff botched over 400 sex-crime investigations in a period of three years.
“This nothing-to-see-here attitude is the worst kind of unaccountable arrogance, and Mr. Arpaio needs to step down before any more damage is done to public confidence in our law enforcement and justice system,” Grijalva (D) said Monday in a press release. “The picture emerging - no follow-up, no investigation, no prosecution, no justice and a shield of silence after the fact - is not how we conduct law enforcement in this country.”
“Mr. Arpaio might love headline-grabbing crackdowns and theatrical media appearances,” Grijalva continue, “but when it comes to the everyday work of keeping people safe, he seems to have lost interest some time ago. He should give the affected families a sense that justice is finally being done by taking the honorable route and resigning now.”
The AP reported over the weekend that current and former police officers accuse Arpaio of inadequately investigating over 400 sex-crimes, or not investigating them at all. Many of the cases involved illegal immigrants.
Grijalva Calls for Immediate Resignation of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio – Office Has Mishandled More Than 400 Sex Crimes
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