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Man Up, Barack Obama!

“Opinion from Josh Marshall: It probably makes no sense for the president to get in [John Boehner’s and Mitch McConnell’s] face at first. Not at first. But he needs to recognize and act on the basis of every statement the GOP leaders make is calculated to diminish, denigrate and — let’s not be squeamish about it — unman him. ”
See also: The Shellacked And The Furious: Obama Gets No Love From McConnell (VIDEO)“The rhetoric of the two men could hardly have been more different. Set aside the policy divide and their different speaking styles. Forget about who won the election and who lost. Those account for some of the differences, but there was in their rhetoric a reflection of the fundamentally different political approaches not just of these two men, but of the parties they lead.”

Pence: Voters Don’t Want Democrats And Republicans ‘To Work Better Together’

“After the GOP victories this week, Democratic leaders said they want to work with Republicans to get things done. Obama said there are a “whole bunch” of areas where Democrats could work with the GOP. “We’ve got to start working together. … Legislation’s the art of compromise,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said. Yet, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) doesn’t think so. On a local radio show today, not only did Pence reiterate his “no compromise” pledge, but he upped the ante, saying voters don’t want Republicans and Democrats to work together:

PENCE: I’m going to ensure that Republicans come out of the gate and seize this moment, we’ve really been given a second chance at a first impression and I’m going to tell them that we have to rise to the challenge with principle and conviction and not with this attitude that you saw coming from the White House yesterday and from some other quarters on the establishment left in Washington which was that somehow the message of the election was that they want Democrats and Republicans to work better together, to get along — good heavens.”

Mark Penn Says Obama Needs Another Moment Like Oklahoma City Bombing To Reconnect With The Country

“Penn suggested that President Bill Clinton was provided an opportunity with the Oklahoma City bombing to “reconnect” with voters. In a clumsy, ham-handed way, Penn then suggested that perhaps Obama needs his own similar event — like the domestic terror attack in OK City — to reconnect with Americans.”

Senator Tom Udall Wants To End Filibuster Abuse: ‘Now Is The Time For Rules Reform’

“Earlier this year, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) delivered an address about conservative obstruction at the Center for American Progress Action Fund titled “Deliberation, Obstruction or Dysfunction? Evaluating the Modern U.S. Senate and its Contribution to American Governance.” At the event, Udall discussed what he called the “Constitutional Option,” which he described as the Senate having the ability to alter its rules with a simple majority vote at the beginning of each Congress. Indeed, with record use of the filibuster in the current Senate, an overhaul of the procedure is needed to prevent further obstruction.

A week and a half ago, Udall conducted an interview with Tikkun Daily’s Lauren Reichelt in which he reiterated his support for changing the rules of Senate procedure. He explained once again that all it takes is for 51 senators to vote for a change in the rules for the Senate to change the filibuster right at the start of the session. He concluded, “Now is the time for rules reform“.”

Karl Rove: ‘Climate Is Gone’

““Climate is gone,” said Rove, the keynote speaker on the opening day of a two-day shale-gas conference sponsored by Hart Energy Publishing L.L.P. And Rove told the trade show, “I don’t think you need to worry.”
Rove’s pronouncement that the “climate is gone” may be more accurate than he realizes. The Geological Society of London is warning that the planet will take 100,000 years to recover from man’s global warming pollution, the permanently warmer Arctic is altering weather patterns across the Northern Hemisphere, and scientists continue to warn that global policy ambitions — if the United States even acted — are likely too weak to avoid catastrophe.”

Pawlenty Inadvertently Explains How House Republicans Are ‘Lying To You’ About Spending Cuts

“As ThinkProgress has repeatedly noted, despite their professed commitment to cut government spending, most Republicans in Congress refuse to propose specifics that would actually cut spending in any significant way. Recognizing the extreme unpopularity of cutting Social Security and Medicare, and the aversion of their base to military cuts, these self-styled fiscal conservatives often take entitlement and defense spending off the table, removing nearly 60 percent of the federal budget from scrutiny. Of the remaining spending, another sizable portion goes to debt payments — which are untouchable — and most Republicans also take homeland security and other security spending off the table, leaving only a small fraction of the total federal budget from which to find cuts.

Despite this stark reality, Republicans still try to claim the mantle of fiscal responsibility, and are forced to fumble, hem and haw when pressed on how they would actually cut spending. But at least one Republican leader is willing to be honest. Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) essentially called his party’s congressional leaders liars, saying anybody says they want to cut spending but won’t touch entitlements or defesne is “lying to you”.”

Obama is heading to India, 3 other Asia stops

“Can India be good for America's economy? Will its relatively cheap, English-speaking work force siphon off too many U.S. jobs and force down American wages? Or can India's fast-growing wealthy and middle classes offset the downsides of their rising economy by creating enough demand for U.S. exports to benefit average Americans as well as CEOs and investors?”

What does Kirk’s early Senate entry mean for the DREAM Act?

“Mark Kirk, the Republican senator-elect from Illinois, could be sworn in as early as Nov. 29 due to special circumstances regarding his seat, which used to belong to President Obama but was handed over to Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.) when Obama took office. Kirk will serve in the lame-duck session in a seat that used to be a reliable Democrat vote — meaning Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will have more difficulty passing the DREAM Act in a the lame-duck session.

Reid claims his caucus is behind him on the act, which would give some undocumented students and military service members a change to gain legal status to remain in the country. “We all support the DREAM Act,” he said on Univision in an interview that aired Sunday. “I just need a handful of Republicans to help me.”

Kirk has said he wouldn’t, despite exhaustive efforts by DREAM Act supporters to convince him otherwise. “This is not the time to do that,” Kirk said in a debate.”

Immigrant voter-mobilizing groups look to 2012

“As the dust settles from Tuesday’s midterm elections, Latino and immigrant rights groups that worked to register Latinos and newly naturalized citizens to vote this year said they are now looking at how they can influence the elections in 2012. Their central message: Latinos, already the largest and fastest-growing minority group in the country, will continue to gain power as a voting bloc until it becomes impossible for candidates deemed anti-immigrant to win elections.

“We built this infrastructure to mobilize voters to support our friends,” Field Director Rudy Lopez of Campaign for Community Change said on a conference call this afternoon. “For those who choose not to be our friends, go ask Ken Buck and Sharron Angle how they feel about the election results.””

Human Development Report Shows Great Gains, and Some Slides

“The United Nations report charted global progress in income, health and education since 1970.”

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