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November 16, 2012 | By Jonathan Tamari, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
WASHINGTON - Mayor Nutter, standing outside the White House Thursday evening, delivered a message that echoed the one coming from his ally inside: Ensure middle-class tax cuts stay in place, before the country heads over the fiscal cliff. "Taxpayers making less than $250,000 should not see their taxes go up," Nutter said after he and 13 other mayors met with Vice President Biden. "If you have one thing that everyone agrees on, there's no reason not to do that one thing now. " Nutter's comments as he stood outside the West Wing highlighted his ongoing role as one of Obama's most visible allies, having served as one of the president's top surrogates during the election.
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November 12, 2012 | By Robert W. Patterson
President Obama may have scored a narrow victory Tuesday night, barely winning 50 percent of the popular vote. Yet his squeaker of a triumph not only represents a bigger loss for the Party of Lincoln, but also offers a critically important lesson. Republicans and their standard bearer, Mitt Romney, were confident of consigning Obama to the same ash heap as the failed Jimmy Carter presidency. But Election Day hit them like a ton of bricks. Extending the tragic reversal of their three landslides in the 1980s, the GOP failed for the fifth time in six presidential elections to capture the vote of the people.
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October 16, 2012 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. Jesse Jackson was the hardest-working man in Philadelphia over the weekend, touring union halls, preaching at churches, speaking on radio programs, and headlining a get-out-the-vote barbecue in West Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon. Seconds after taking the microphone at Malcolm X Park, he had the crowd fired up. "I assume we're all going to vote. We have enough sense to register and vote," he said playfully. "We need workers to wake up the sleeping. We need workers to change the minds of those who don't get it. " He declared Nov. 6 "Dignity Day," urging everyone to skip work, knock on doors, and help neighbors get to the polls.
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October 12, 2012 | By Angela Delli Santi, Associated Press
EWING, N.J. - With just under a month to go in their campaign for U.S. Senate, New Jersey's two major-party candidates spent much of their second debate Wednesday trying to blame each other for the lackluster economy and struggles of the middle class. Sen. Bob Menendez, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Joe Kyrillos, a veteran state legislator, stuck mainly to their respective parties' talking points on issues such as health care and illegal immigration, and were most animated when arguing over how best to jump-start the economy.
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October 11, 2012 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
For years, Mee Lin Youk could calculate her professional worth to the penny: $21 an hour, plus perks like free flights and health insurance to soothe the pain from loading planes for American Airlines at Philadelphia International Airport. Nothing has changed about the fleet service clerk's physically taxing job except the pay: An outsourcing firm is now offering just $8.50 an hour with no benefits, if Youk and her coworkers decide to reapply. After writing three columns in a row about how the unemployed remain a legion of suffering in spite of jobs reports and campaign claims, I found Youk's overnight economic devaluation to be an equally infuriating story of our time.
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October 5, 2012 | By Felicia Sonmez, Washington Post
Vice President Biden's off-script remark at a campaign rally Tuesday that the middle class has "been buried for the last four years" has rekindled debate over his effectiveness on the stump, with defenders contending that such gaffes are a sign of Biden's authenticity, while critics argue that he has served as more of a punch line than an effective messenger on the trail. With the vice presidential debate just a little more than a week away, Republicans have begun ramping up their criticism of the No. 2 Democrat, noting that whereas Biden as a senator was a regular on the Sunday talk-show circuit, Biden the vice president has not sat for a national TV interview since the Meet the Press appearance in which he - apparently unintentionally - preempted President Obama in expressing support for same-sex marriage.
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October 5, 2012 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
DENVER - An aggressive Mitt Romney used the first debate of the fall campaign to accuse President Obama of offering nothing in a second term but more "trickle-down government" that has failed. "It's not working," the Republican nominee said. "The proof of that is 23 million people out of work. The proof of that is 1 out of 6 people in poverty. The proof of that is we've gone from 32 million on food stamps to 47 million on food stamps. The proof of that is that 50 percent of college graduates this year can't find work.
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October 1, 2012 | Robert W. Patterson
Robert W. Patterson is editor of the public-policy journal the Family in America When Sen. John Kerry sought to unseat President George W. Bush eight years ago, journalist Thomas Frank thought he could help the challenger from Massachusetts. In a 2004 bestseller, What's the Matter With Kansas? , Frank claimed Republicans were playing dirty tricks by leveraging cultural "wedge" issues to dupe voters in his native state from voting their economic interests - in other words, for Democrats.
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September 27, 2012
Basics of American democracy We are coming up on the anniversary of one of the greatest speeches in American history, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, Nov. 19, 1863. In just over two minutes, Lincoln laid out the basics of American democracy, calling it government "of the people, by the people, for the people. " Now that we have heard Mitt Romney say to wealthy donors that it's not his job to worry about 47 percent of the American people, might we say that he thinks of American democracy as government "of the rich, by the rich, for the rich"?
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