John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), godfather of the “stimulus” and the “multiplier,” and Friedrich Hayek (1899-1992), who argued that government intervention in the economy breeds prosperity-killing economic distortions, weren’t just polar opposites in economic theory. They were real-life sparring partners.Read more
The NBA franchise in New Orleans is, long overdue, considering a name change. This is a good thing—even though the proposed nickname Pelicans has been the target of an unfair amount of derision since being floated. To be sure, it’s not slick. It’s not modern. And it is not hip, like the singular form names of European soccer teams, such as United, Dynamo, or Arsenal. But it is quintessentially Louisiana.Read more
Cory Booker won’t say if he’s running for governor of New Jersey, but when I ask if he’s going to challenge Republican governor Chris Christie next year at the Democrats’ LGBT caucus meeting Thursday afternoon, he answers with a nervous laugh.
Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren made a pitch to the middle class in her primetime address to the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night—and was a big hit with the Democratic faithful, to boot.
Warren, who is challenging incumbent Republican senator Scott Brown, received an extended standing ovation as she took the stage in the packed Time Warner Cable Arena. “Warren! Warren!,” the delegates chanted.Read more
This afternoon, the Democratic convention ran off the rails when DNC Chairman Antonio Villaraigosa steamrolled over dissenting delegates to make sure that the Democratic party platform included language mentioning "God" and "Jerusalem." Appearing Godless and insufficiently supportive of Israel was not the message that the president wanted to send with the party platform, and it has been reported that Obama personally intervened to make sure the language was restored.
Sidney Ginsberg is a 22-year-old recent graduate of Dartmouth College. A native of New York, she lives in San Francisco, working as an unpaid intern. She stresses to me she’s “not a political person” but she came to her first Democratic National Convention anyway because she wants to support her friend, who works for the Obama campaign. That’s dedication; the distance to Charlotte is more than 2,700 miles.
CHARLOTTE—It's been raining every afternoon here during the Democratic convention, but from talking to the locals here in Carolina, short afternoon showers are pretty common this time of year. One imagines that way back when Democrats booked the 74,000 seat Bank of America stadium for Obama's acceptance speech, someone did the due diligence to inquire what the weather might be like in Charlotte this time of year. The possibility of rain must have been considered.Read more
It's been raining every afternoon during the Democratic convention, but from talking to the locals here, short afternoon showers are pretty common this time of year. One imagines that way back when Democrats booked the 74,000 seat Bank of America stadium for Obama's acceptance speech, someone did the due diligence to inquire what the weather might be like in Charlotte this time of year. The possibility of rain must have been considered.
Today is the first day of the Democratic convention in Charlotte. Coincidentally, GM, the embattled car company that was bailed out by the federal government, has some good news to report.Read more
The city of Charlotte's motto for the Democratic convention is, "We Make It Possible." As a local affiliate reports:
Charlotte in 2012, the non-partisan convention host committee, designed this campaign to help the city win as the eyes of the world are watching.
"We make it possible" signs will be everywhere with different messages featuring real people and places in the community.
And here's that logo:Read more
At the official kickoff of his reelection campaign, President Obama offered a tacit (although unintended) admission of four years of failure, declaring, "We have to move forward, to the future we imagined in 2008. ... That’s why I’m running for a second term as president of the United States." This peculiar yet revealing emphasis on the future, the past, and the imaginary neglects only two things: the present and reality. Lacking laudable achievements to tout in the present, Obama wants voters to focus on the future they imagined in the past.Read more
The Charlotte Observer reports that big protests and rallies are expected in Charlotte:
"Protesters planning rallies and marches in Charlotte say their actions during the Democratic National Convention will likely dwarf those in Tampa, where thousands of demonstrators were expected but only hundreds showed up to the rain-drenched Republican National Convention.Read more
Earlier today, Democrats announced that Costco CEO Jim Sinegal will be speaking at their convention in September. But while Sinegal has been a faithful supporter of President Obama, even holding a fundraiser for the president at his Washington state home recently, the choice of him as a speaker in Charlotte is likely once again to aggravate labor unions.Read more
In a report called, "Messina dismisses doubts about Obama chances of winning North Carolina," the Hill has this to say about Obama campaign manager Jim Messina:Read more
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