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Rachel Maddow “In 2012, Pawlenty said a GOP president could generate 5% growth; Romney said a GOP president could get 6% unemployment, and Gingrich said a GOP president could get gas to $2.50 a gallon.

By Republican standards, is President Obama a striking success?”

 

 

 

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On Friday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow took a hard look at some of the draconian rape and abortion measures that could be enacted if Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) signs the state budget currently on his desk. Under new laws contained in the budget, abortion clinics would close, the terms “pregnancy” and “fetus” would be redefined and women would have to undergo mandatory ultrasound exams for abortions and even some types of contraception.

“On Sunday night John Kasich faces a deadline on whether he signs the state’s new budget,” said Maddow, but the former “marble-mouth, half-cocked tea party radical” is facing intense pressure about a few items in that budget, which comes right in the midst of Kasich’s attempt to reinvent himself as a moderate.

Among the provisions of the Ohio budget is “huge omnibus of rape and abortion provisions that Republicans put in without even debating any of them,” Maddow explained, including a law that imposes a gag order on staffers at rape crisis centers. Ohio will defund the centers unless they forego their option to tell victims that they can get an abortion.

“So if you take any of the state money, the Ohio Republicans will intervene in the type of counseling that rape victims get at rape crisis centers,” Maddow said. “The state government will intervene in the counseling rape victims get. They will intervene in the instructions and information that the victims are allowed to be given, to gag the rape crisis counselor from being allowed to tell a rape victim that she can get an abortion.”

Other measures in the budget include defunding Planned Parenthood, forcing women to undergo ultrasound tests before they can access abortion services (at the patient’s expense) and ordering physicians to give a scripted speech to patients seeking abortions about the probability of their pregnancy lasting to term, whether they agree with it or not.

The list goes on and on, Maddow said. “For some reason, Ohio Republicans decided it was also a budgetary matter to redefine the words ‘pregnancy’ and ‘fetus’ in Ohio state law,” she said.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/06/29/maddow-to-ohio-women-welcome-to-your-mandatory-vaginal-probe-under-new-state-budget/

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On Thursday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s decision to withdraw her name for consideration as potential Secretary of State. The sudden reversal is bound to cause a bit of turmoil in its wake in that there is no clear successor for the posting.

“Her potential nomination was given new prominence and new political heat,” said Maddow, “when Republican senators, led by John McGuess-Who decided that the political traction they could not get before the election in attacking the president for the Benghazi attack, they would try to get instead after the election by attacking Susan Rice for the Benghazi attack.”

Now that Rice has withdrawn, Maddow asked, where does that leave the president? After he so publicly “stuck his neck out” for her, it places him sharply at odds with the three Republican senators who opposed her nomination even before she was nominated. And if Obama nominates Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) to fill the position, where does that leave the Senate?

Maddow was joined by NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, who said that it was perhaps inevitable that Rice’s name would be withdrawn in that not only was she opposed by people outside the administration, but that some key allies of the president were opposed to her nomination, as well.

Mitchell said that she thinks the administration has weighed the political costs of appearing to back down and believe that the Republicans will pay a higher price. “They have now opposed a woman,” Mitchell said, “a very qualified person, a person who went to Stanford, a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and a career diplomat and U.N. ambassador. A person who on paper is very well qualified.”

“So having opposed a woman, and a woman of color,” she continued, “given what they just experienced in this presidential election, I think the conclusion from the White House is that Republicans will pay a higher price.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/12/14/mitchell-to-maddow-gop-will-pay-a-higher-price-for-scuttling-rice-nomination-than-white-house/

 Note from Tim:  Don’t forget, Andrea Mitchell was one of the first to give credence to McCain’s theories about Rice and Benghazi

 

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Dan Rather Sept 10, 2012  “The reason Bill Clinton was so masterful, is he didn’t talk at people, he talked to people.  And, he had a conversation with the audience, with the American people, and he had a respect for the audience, even some respect for the other party.  This was powerful stuff.  Now neither, frankly, neither Obama nor Romney seems to have gotten that message fully.  But, it’s time, and I hope we have this in the rest of the campaign, when, let’s cut the bull feathers here.  Let’s cut this business of saying one thing to one group of people, and really talk to people, not at them, and talk seriously.  And the press has a big role to play in this.  The press needs to hold candidates accountable.  When they flip flop, not just the appearance of flip flop, when they flip flop that needs to be driven home.  There is a tendency in the press, and I do not except my self in this criticism, to say, well on the one hand this isn’t true, but on the other hand, you know, the other side says this, and try to kind of give a moral equivalency.  That’s not the way to cover a campaign, and I hope I, and the rest of the press can do better.”

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/09/11/dan_rather_romney_running_a_campaign_with_more_twists_than_a_pretzel_factory.html