Forbes: ‘Obama Outperforms Reagan On Jobs, Growth And Investing”
The US economy has experienced 63 straight months of economic expansion, and 25 consecutive months of manufacturing expansion

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Writing for Forbes.com in September, Adam Hartung uncovered the remarkable fact that, by most metrics, Pres. Obama has been more successful on the economic front than was Republican patron saint Ronald Reagan. Hartung interviewed Bob Deitrick, CEO of Polaris Financial Partners, who had this to say:

Hurricane Sandy Victim Chris Christie Told to Sit Down and Shut Up Discusses Christie’s Terrible Record on Storm Relief

MSNBC host Chris Hayes interviewed James Keady, the New Jersey resident who called out GOP Gov. Chris Christie over his abysmal record in distributing funding for recovery from Hurricane Sandy, which hit the Jersey shore two years ago last month.

Sorry, Beltway Media, Chris Christie Will Never Be President
Imagine how South Carolinians would react to having a Yankee bullyboy telling them to 'Sit down and shut up'

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New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie got into another bully-boy spat on camera this week when a constituent heckled Christie over his abysmal record on the state’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy, which hit the coast two years ago. Records show that the Christie administration has disbursed about $300 million of the $1.1 billion federal recovery fund to New Jersey homeowners affected by the storm.

In Which Jon Stewart Discovers That the Koch Brothers Have Taken Out Ads on His Show

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The billionaire Koch brothers have been running feel-good, folksy image ads about their company, Koch Industries, the nation’s second largest privately held corporation, on liberal outlets, particularly MSNBC and now on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show,” on Comedy Central.

Stewart fired back with a parody of the brothers’ ad on his show this week. “Clearly,” Stewart said, “the Koch brothers are trying to say to our audience of not yet dying-off voters: ‘Even though you may have heard certain things about the Koch brothers, how bad could they be? I mean, if they were evil, would a baby agree to appear in one of their advertisements?’”

Iowans Set to Elect Tea Party Senate Candidate Who Claims the Right to Shoot Other Government Officials
If elected, Joni Ernst will join Ted Cruz's Klown Kar Kaucus in the Senate
Ernst addresses a rally in support of gun rights after a gunman killed 12 people in a Colorado movie theatre in 2012

Ernst addresses a rally in support of gun rights after a gunman killed 12 people in a Colorado movie theatre in 2012

During the 2010 midterms, Nevada tea party extremist Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee in the U.S. Senate race, made a series of gaffes that cratered her opportunity to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The best remembered of these were quotes that surfaced in which she suggested “Second Amendment” remedies might be required both to deal with the “tyrannical” federal government (read: “Obamacare”) and to unseat Sen. Reid if voters foolishly chose to reelect him.

In this cycle, a tea party candidate for the U.S. Senate in Iowa has made a similar, though more oblique, statement that has barely caused a stir. At a rally sponsored by the National Rifle Association about a month after a shooter opened fire in an Aurora, Co., movie theatre, killing 12 people in 2012, Joni Ernst — who, as a member of the Iowa Senate, is a government official herself — claimed the right to take up arms against other government officials:

Thousands of Americans Died While Reagan Ignored the Outbreak of a Deadly Virus
Elizabeth Taylor persuades President Ronald Reagan to finally acknowledge the HIV problem and for the first time he uses the term "AIDS" in a public speech. “There’s no reason for those who carry the AIDS virus to wear a scarlet ‘A,’” he said, as ACT UP protesters yelled outside. Americans who have died from AIDS surpass 40,000.

Elizabeth Taylor persuades President Ronald Reagan to finally acknowledge the HIV problem and for the first time he uses the term “AIDS” in a public speech. “There’s no reason for those who carry the AIDS virus to wear a scarlet ‘A,’” he said, as ACT UP protesters yelled outside — Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation

Republicans have taken great glee in turning the Ebola outbreak in the United States — six cases have been treated here so far, one patient has died — into an election issue this year. Blaming Pres. Obama for the outbreak fits neatly in their strategy of nationalizing the midterms by making the election about him, rather than about their party’s own lousy record in Congress.

The fact is, the Obama administration has acted rapidly and with keen efficiency in its handling of the Ebola outbreak when compared with the record of the handling of a similar outbreak in the early 1980s by the administration of GOP patron saint, Ronald Reagan.

Early Voting Trends Suggest Democrats Are Resisting GOP Voter Suppression Tactics in North Carolina and Florida

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Early voting is underway in North Carolina, ground zero for the worst of the tea-party GOP’s voter suppression tactics, and early reports suggest that Democratic voters are coming out in force:

In Hearing, GOP Chairman Issa Misnames African Country, Repeatedly Mispronounces ‘Ebola’

Congress is out of session, of course, but yesterday House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa hastily called his committee into session in order to fan public hysteria about Ebola after a physician in New York was found to have contracted the disease while tending patients in Africa. In his opening statement, however, Issa mistakenly referred to the African nation of Guinea as Guiana, a country in South America, and then repeatedly mispronounced “Ebola” so that it rhymed with “e coli.”

Here’s a rough transcript of the highlights of Issa’s statement:

Neocon US Senate Candidate Exploits ISIS Recruitment Video in Campaign Ad
ISIS-produced imagery GOP Rep. Tom Cotton used in a campaign ad for his U.S. Senate race in Arkansas

ISIS-produced imagery from an ad for GOP Rep. Tom Cotton’s U.S. Senate race in Arkansas

Tom Cotton, neo-con candidate for the Arkansas U.S. Senate seat held by conservative Democrat Mark Pryor, has been nailed for using graphic propaganda footage from a 55-minute terrorist-recruitment film produced by the extremist group ISIS in a campaign ad:

With Millions in Tax Revenue on the Line, Marijuana Legalization Is on Ballots in Three States and DC

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As a spate of new studies find positive results from the legalization of pot in Colorado and Washington state, including a dip in traffic fatalities in Colorado — and with Washington state accruing $3 million in taxes since pot was legalized in July, Colorado tallying $18 million in pot-tax revenue since January, including $7 million in July alone, and a projection that $3.1 billion in taxes would be collected if all 50 states legalized weed — voters in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. will decide whether to legalize marijuana on Nov. 4, and Floridians will decide whether to allow the sale of medical marijuana.

Vox.com has a round-up of the initiatives:

Enumerati

  • 19% Percentage of Republican voters nationwide who prefer Mitt Romney as their presidential nominee again, followed by Jeb Bush at 11% and Chris Christie and Ben Carson at 8% each, according to a new Quinnipiac poll. No other Republican tops 6%. With Romney out of the race, Jeb Bush leads with 14%, followed by Christie […]

  • 45%

    Of American voters agree that the president should issue an executive order on his own to address the immigration issue while 48% disagree, according to a new Quinnipiac poll. Meanwhile, President Obama’s approval rating is a negative 39% to 54%, close to his lowest-ever.

  • 3.9%

    Rate at which the gross domestic product, the broadest measure of goods and services produced across the economy, grew in the third quarter, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. The agency had previously estimated the third quarter’s growth rate at 3.5%. “The economy expanded at its fastest pace in more than a decade during the spring and summer, showing the U.S. sits on a solid foundation despite increasing global uncertainty,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

  • 27

    Number of incoming House members who have electoral losses on their records — more than 40 percent of the new class — and many of them lost contests for the same seat they will represent in the 114th Congress, Nathan Gonzales writes.

  • 56%

    Of Americans think the country’s economic and political systems are stacked against them, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds. “Most striking is how widely shared this sense of alienation now is. Among those saying the system is stacked against them are 58% of Democrats; 51% of Republicans; 55% of whites; 60% of blacks; 53% of Hispanics; as well as decent majorities of every age and professional cluster, including blue-collar workers, white-collar workers and retirees.”

Poetic Justice

Lo, once again, the political cycle completes,
Republicans rise rampant, Democrats sink in defeat.
But Obama’s executive action
Has irked the GOP to distraction,
Predicting armed uprisings and anarchy in the streets!

Verbatim

  • I don’t think I’m all that conservative.

    — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), quoted by the New York Observer.

  • Unfortunately, Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them… We took their mandate and put all our focus on the wrong problem — health care reform.

    — Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), asserting that Democrats made a mistake by passing President Obama’s health-care law in 2010 instead of focusing more directly on helping the middle class, Bloomberg reports.

  • You cannot put women and men on an equal footing. It is against nature.

    — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, quoted by the BBC, accusing feminists of rejecting motherhood.

  • Why come out and vote for the Democratic Party? There was no message to say: Here’s what we’ve done. I wish the party or whoever had done a national media campaign and say, here’s what you get when you elect Democrats. But there was no — what was the message out of ’14? I’m asking you rhetorically — do you know? No. What was it?

    — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), quoted by Politico.

  • Sometimes she’d be in those meetings and I’d think, ‘Please don’t let her yell at me.’

    — Clinton White House aide Joan Baggett, quoted in a newly-released Miller Center oral history, about Hillary Clinton.

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