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Posted on Sustainabilitank.info on August 31st, 2012
by Pincas Jawetz (PJ@SustainabiliTank.com)

WORLD

Report on Iran Nuclear Work Puts Israel in a Box

By JODI RUDOREN and DAVID E. SANGER

An International Atomic Energy Agency report detailing Iran’s ramped up nuclear capabilities may force Israel to strike Iran or concede it cannot act on its own, according to experts.

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Summit Meeting in Iran Disrupted by Rebukes of Syria

By THOMAS ERDBRINK and RICK GLADSTONE

At a meeting of world leaders in Iran, President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt denounced the repression of the armed uprising in Syria, a close Iranian ally.

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U.N. Leader Broaches Delicate Topics in Meetings With Top Iranian Officials

By THOMAS ERDBRINK and RICK GLADSTONE

The United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, met with Iran’s leaders Wednesday to address his concerns about the country’s nuclear program, the Syria conflict and human rights issues.

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Al Jazeera, Seeking U.S. Viewers, Bets on Soccer

By KEN BELSON

Al Jazeera’s beIN Sport subsidiary bought the rights to broadcast some of the United States national soccer team’s World Cup qualifying games and has paid heavily to show European soccer in the United States.

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U.S.
EDITORIAL

Mr. Romney Reinvents History

Republicans charted a course of denial and obstruction from the day Mr. Obama was inaugurated.

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Romney Vows to Deliver Country From Economic Travails

By JEFF ZELENY

Mitt Romney asked voters to consider whether their lives had improved over the last four years and urged them not to feel guilty about giving up on President Obama.

NEWS ANALYSIS

A Suitor Makes the Case for Divorce

By JIM RUTENBERG

The challenge for Mitt Romney may be that even Americans who are unhappy with President Obama remain attached to him.

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At Convention, Lines Blur for Party and ‘Super PACs’

By NICHOLAS CONFESSORE

Over four days, the official and unofficial sides have all but merged into a unified conservative machine, mixing establishment and grass roots.

CHECK POINT

Facts Take a Beating in Acceptance Speeches

By MICHAEL COOPER

Mitt Romney’s and Paul D. Ryan’s speeches seemed to suggest concerns about fact-checking have been set aside.

G.O.P. Balances Ticket With a Picture of Diversity

By JONATHAN WEISMAN

Republican pollsters and strategists have been warning for years that a diversifying population could doom a party that cannot attract minority voters.

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FRI AUG 31, 2012 AT 08:20 AM PDT

Romney campaign struggles to move past the Clint Eastwood debacle, while everyone else just laughs.

by Laura Clawson on www.dailykos.com/

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OP-ED COLUMNIST

Renovating Mitt Romney

By GAIL COLLINS

Do you feel as if you’ve met a new, improved, more lovable Mitt, people? If not, the Republicans failed completely.

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OP-ED COLUMNIST

Will They Decipher the Cipher?

By MAUREEN DOWD

Stuck between a rock and a hard race, will Mitt Romney be bold or boulder?

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Court Blocks Texas Voter ID Law, Citing Racial Impact

By CHARLIE SAVAGE and MANNY FERNANDEZ

A federal court on Thursday stopped Texas from enforcing a strict voter identification law, handing the state its second legal setback this week involving minority voters.

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Judge to Toss Out Changes in Florida Voter Registration

By LIZETTE ALVAREZ

A federal judge said he planned to block provisions that made it tougher for groups to register voters in the state.

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EDITORIAL

‘Discriminatory Purpose’ in Texas

In a victory for minority voters, a federal district court rejected the Republican-controlled Legislature’s plans for voting districts.

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Courts Reject GOP Voter Suppression Overreach in Four States

By Josh Israel, ThinkProgress

31 August 2012

readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/13219-courts-reject-gop-voter-suppression-overreach-in-four-states

ith Thursday’s ruling that a Texas voter identification law violates the Voting Rights Act, a pattern continues to emerge of Republican legislatures and governors attempting to enact illegal voter suppression legislation and courts striking them down. Among the recently rejected laws are strict voter identification laws, provisional voting restrictions, limits on voter registration drives, and reduced availability for early voting.

Here’s a partial roundup:

  • Florida: Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed a bill last year to impose harsh new restrictions on third-party voter registration groups, requiring them to turn in completed registration forms 48 hours – to the minute – after completion, or face fines. A federal judge blocked the law in late May and agreed to permanent kill its provisions this week. In a separate case, a judge rejected provisions earlier this month that would have reduced the number of days and hours available for earlier voting.

  • Ohio: A 2006 Ohio law, signed by then-Gov. Bob Taft (R), said that even in cases where poll-workers steer voters to the wrong polling place, provisional votes cast in the wrong precinct must be discarded. Monday, a federal judge granted an injunction to block this rule.

  • Texas: A U.S. District Court three-judge panel blocked a Texas voter ID law – signed by Gov. Rick Perry (R) last May, finding that it “imposes strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor” and that “a disproportionately high percentage of African Americans and Hispanics in Texas live in poverty.” Earlier this week, a different federal three-judge panel ruled the state’s gerrymandered redistricting law was also in violation of the Voting Rights Act.

  • Wisconsin: In July, a state circuit court judge blocked a voter ID law, signed by Gov. Scott Walker (R). In his ruling, he noted the law addressed a problem that was “very limited, if indeed it exists” and would create a “needless and significant impairment of the right to vote.”

In addition, a federal court in South Carolina is currently considering the legality of a voter identification law. South Carolina state officials have shown no examples of actual in-person voter impersonation fraud and have conceded that requiring a photo identification to vote would not actually prevent a determined voter impersonator from voting as someone else.

These illegal voter suppression tactics – ostensibly designed to solve the virtually non-existentproblem of voter fraud – are the real election fraud.

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OP-ED COLUMNIST

Party of Strivers

By DAVID BROOKS

The Republican Party unabashedly celebrates individual responsibility en route to material success, but our destinies are shaped by other forces.

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OP-ED COLUMNIST

The Medicare Killers

By PAUL KRUGMAN

Paul Ryan’s big lie in his convention speech was his claim that a Romney-Ryan administration would protect and strengthen Medicare.

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FRANK BRUNI’S BLOG

Mitt’s Mushy Moment

He got religion. He teared up. But the election won’t hinge on Mitt Romney’s humanity.

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REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK

A Night of Problems and Fixes While Keeping an Eye on a Storm

By JOHN SCHWARTZ

The Army Corps of Engineers nervously monitored water levels and the levees, gates and pumps intended to protect New Orleans from a repeat of the devastation after Hurricane Katrina.

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Rain From Isaac Puts Wide Area at Risk

By JOHN SCHWARTZ and CAMPBELL ROBERTSON

The storm’s once fierce winds slowed to 45 miles per hour on Thursday as it moved out of southern Louisiana and headed north, still bringing heavy rains and flooding.

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Isaac Drenches Gulf Coast and High Water Cuts Off Many

By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON and KIM SEVERSON

Downgraded to a tropical storm on Wednesday, Isaac brought its own distinctive mode of destruction to the Gulf Coast seven years after Hurricane Katrina.

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Jason Samrow uses a boat to leave home with his dogs Cubby and Moose in the Olde Towne area after Hurricane Isaac passed through Slidell, Louisiana August 30, 2012.   REUTERS/Michael Spooneybarger  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)

As of late Thursday night, nearly three-quarters of New Orleans had no power.

Given that Louisiana is still in the middle of its recovery effort from Hurricane Isaac and that Mitt Romney has no role to play whatsoever in that effort, this seems like an odd and self-centered distraction:

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will head to Louisiana to tour damage from Hurricane Isaac.Romney has scheduled a last-minute visit Friday to Lafitte, La., where he will tour damage with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal – obviously – a Republican. The storm canceled the first day of Romney’s Republican convention, and his campaign has been considering a visit for several days. [...]

In Louisiana, Romney will thank emergency first responders for their work.

As he thanks those first responders, I hope Mr. Romney will reconsider his words from just two months ago, when he mocked President Obama for seeking more funding for first responders.“He [President Obama] says we need more fireman, more policeman, more teachers,” Romney said on June 8 of this year. “Did he not get the message of Wisconsin? The American people did. It’s time for us to cut back on government and help the American people.”

Maybe with his tour today, Romney will realize just how wrong he was to mock President Obama for wanting to hire more first responders. But of course this really isn’t about them, it’s about the photo-op, and while Romney will make a big show of thanking them for their service, all the thank yous in the world don’t make up for a pink slip. And if Mitt Romney gets his way in November, that’s exactly what a lot of the people he sees today will get.

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