Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Real Ryan Record: 2 Minor Bills, Lots of High-Profile Talk, Gridlock

The Real Ryan Record: 2 Minor Bills, Lots of High-Profile Talk, Gridlock

The Real Ryan Record: 2 Minor Bills, Lots of High-Profile Talk, Gridlock

A lot of the coverage of Republican vice presidential pick Paul Ryan talks about how handsome he is. How thoughtful. How serious and substantive and what a genuinely nice guy.
After looking at his record, I'm going to have to agree with Jonathan Chait, who writes that Ryan's "public persona is a giant scam" that marks him as a "skillful pol" -- and also someone who ought not to be underestimated. But there's a big difference between manners and character, between ideologically rigid political posturing and a substantive commitment to the difficult work of creating positive change within a pluralistic and diverse democratic society. If people can no longer tell the one from the other it's because we now live in an age, as Ta-Nehisi Coates has so memorably noted, where "where counter-intuitive bullshitting is valorized, where the pose of argument is more important than the actual pursuit of truth, where clever answers take precedence over profound questions."

Mitt Romney Would Pay 0.82 Percent in Taxes Under Paul Ryan's Plan

Mitt Romney Would Pay 0.82 Percent in Taxes Under Paul Ryan's Plan

US launches sweeping immigration reform

US migrants say the change in immigration policy is a 'big win' for their community

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Undocumented immigrants are applying for the temporary right to live and work openly in the US, as a sweeping immigration policy reform takes effect.
Up to 1.7 million people could be eligible for the programme, unveiled in June by President Barack Obama amid pressure from Hispanic voters.
Republicans say Mr Obama has passed over Congress - and unemployed US citizens - with the programme.
The Latino vote could be important in November's presidential election.
Most of the estimated 11.5 million undocumented immigrants in the US are from Latin America.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Obama distances himself from 'ideological' Ryan

12 August 2012 Last updated at 21:28 ET
Obama distances himself from 'ideological' Ryan Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (L) and his running mate Representative Paul Ryan greet supporters during a campaign rally at the Waukesha County Expo Center on in Wisconsin on Sunday The nomination of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's running mate seems to have given the Republican campaign a boost, say correspondents US President Barack Obama has depicted the new Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan as the "ideological leader" of the Republican Party. Mr Obama said Mr Ryan was a "decent" man - but with a vision "fundamentally" at odds with his own. More

Friday, August 10, 2012

Can country singer Randy Travis get past his rough patch?

By Phil Gast, CNN updated 5:58 PM EDT, Fri August 10, 2012 (CNN) -- Country music fans are loyal and they don't like to see their legends fall. Randy Travis, one of the genre's most revered traditional singer-songwriters, was arrested this week after being found naked, smelling apparently of alcohol and lying on a remote roadway in northern Texas, authorities said. In a genre largely led by artists who can achieve chart-topping tunes and high-grossing concert tours, industry consultants and radio station personalities say Travis, 53, faces significant challenges ahead and should first address whatever issues may have led to this incident. More>
10 August 2012 Last updated at 20:40 GMT USA smash world 4x100m relay record to win Olympic gold By Sam Sheringham BBC Sport at the Olympic Stadium The United States shattered a 27-year-old world record to win gold in the women's 4x100m relay at London 2012. The team of Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter blazed round the track in 40.82 seconds, beating East Germany's record of 41.37, which had stood since 1985. Jamaica were second in a national record time of 41.41, with Ukraine third in 42.04 and Nigeria fourth.
Big Issues Amber Waves of Green Guess what, compatriots? The gap between the richest and the poorest among us is now wider than it has been since we all nose-dived into the Great Depression. So GQ sent Jon Ronson on a journey into the secret financial lives of six different people on the ladder, from a guy washing dishes for 200 bucks a week in Miami to a self-storage gazillionaire. What he found are some surprising truths about class, money, and making it in America By Jon Ronson Photographs by James Mollison July 2012 Maurose Frantz, Age: 26 Frantz says he has never even seen a customer or a menu at the steak house where he toils in the kitchen. "If I get money," says the Haitian immigrant, "I'm going to leave." How to Live on $625,000 a Week As I drive along the Pacific Coast Highway into Malibu, I catch glimpses of incredible cliff-top mansions discreetly obscured from the road, which is littered with abandoned gas stations and run-down mini-marts. The offlce building I pull up to is quite drab and utilitarian. There are no ornaments on the conference-room shelves—just a bottle of hand sanitizer. An elderly, broad-shouldered man greets me. He's wearing jogging pants. They don't look expensive. His name is B. Wayne Hughes. You almost definitely won't have heard of him. He hardly ever gives interviews. He only agreed to this one because—as his people explained to me—income disparity is a hugely important topic for him. They didn't explain how it was important, so I assumed he thought it was bad. I approached Wayne, as he's known, for wholly mathematical reasons. I'd worked out that there are six degrees of economic separation between a guy making ten bucks an hour and a Forbes billionaire, if you multiply each person's income by five. So I decided to journey across America to meet one representative of each multiple. By connecting these income brackets to actual people, I hoped to understand how money shapes their lives—and the life of the country—at a moment when the gap between rich and poor is such a combustible issue. Everyone in this story, then, makes roughly five times more than the last person makes. There's a dishwasher in Miami with an unbelievably stressful life, some nice middle-class Iowans with quite difflcult lives, me with a perfectly fine if frequently anxiety-inducing life, a millionaire with an annoyingly happy life, a multimillionaire with a stunningly amazing life, and then, finally, at the summit, this great American eagle, Wayne, who tells me he's "pissed off" right now. Read More