Politico’s Glenn Thrush looks at who Obama really is. “I think to a certain extent he was renting for first four years,” Thrush said. “Now he feels like he owns.”
“No one really wants to balance the budget”
Reason Foundation’s Anthony Randazzo recently spoke to us about the future of the libertarian movement following the 2012 election. Anthony had a lot of positive thoughts, highlighting the fact that a lot of people liked Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson but couldn’t bring themselves to vote for him since he didn’t have a chance of winning. Randazzo says the near future of libertarianism is not based in electoral politics but in grassroots and education based focus on expanding ideas of liberty.
On the budget, libertarians are not hopeful that a balanced budget can be accomplished, as Anthony details his own failed efforts to find a way to a balanced budget through a roundtable of people with different political ideologies.
Harvard Kennedy School’s Paul Peterson recently spoke with us about the challenges facing the U.S. education system. Peterson points to falling short in science and mathematics when compared to other countries, but says there are things we can do to put our education system back together. To him, the most important thing is creating human capital in the form of skilled workers who can accomplish a lot.
Specifically, he says we need to bring more effective teachers into the classroom, compensate them well, reexamine our federal school accountability system, and build on the charter school system.
Believe it or not, the 2012 election is almost over.
See how much you remember about the Campaign That Was—and other great moments in politics—with this hilarious night of political trivia, hosted by whipsmart comedian Julie Klausner. Bring a team, or come solo and join one. Either way! It’s a free country.
Prizes will be awarded and the winning team will be sworn in as 2012 Presidents of Trivia!
7pm Sun. 11/4 at 92YTribeca, NYC
DO YOU KNOW: Which candidate’s spouse bought “doggie sunglasses” while campaigning in Iowa?
Judah Friedlander, who was just glowingly profiled by the New York Times, has been added to The Unconvention, presented by 92Y’s Campaign for the American Conversation and Comedy Central’s Indecision, on Sep 9 at 92YTribeca. In a night that will mix political talk and comedy, the line-up also includes Abby Huntsman, former Senator Evan Bayh, Touré, Time’s Joe Klein, former RNC chairman Michael Steele, Jonathan Krohn, Scott Blakeman, Connor Ratliff, Molly Knefel, Michael Che, The PIT’s Political Subversities, and host Ben Smith of BuzzFeed. For those outside New York, we’ll update this page with live webcast info soon.
Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law graduate and progressive activist attacked by Rush Limbaugh for her comments to Congress about insurance coverage for contraception, talks about the impact of President Obama’s health care law and what it means for women’s health issues. She explains how it’s “an incredible step forward” for women, men and families, beyond the contraception issue, that would all be undone by a Romney/Ryan White House. As far as a “war on women,” she says you can call it what you want but the legislative attacks on women’s health and pay are very real issues.
When Clinton introduced Sandra Fluke, the law student whom Rush Limbaugh had just a month earlier called a “slut,” she startled everyone by saying, “She and I actually have something in common. We’ve both been attacked by Rush Limbaugh. . . . She was 30, I was thirteen. In 1993 he said . . . ‘You may know that the Clintons have a cat, Socks, in the White House. They also have a dog.’ And then he put a picture of me on the screen.” If she hadn’t had everyone’s undivided attention before, she certainly did then.
more, at Vogue.
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As we inch closer to September’s 225th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution, Reason Magazine’s Senior Editor, Damon Root, describes the modern day battle developing around our nation’s law of the land: between conservatives and libertarians. Root explains the important differences between how these two groups look at the constitution, which he says all Americans should care about as “it’s providing real limits on government power that spells out what the government can and can not do.”
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