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Sources: John Kerry to Be Nominated to Be Secretary of State


Via ABC's Jake Tapper:

Sources tell ABC News that President Obama has decided that he will nominate Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to be secretary of state.

Everybody on the Tee Vee Machine has been saying this for days. Good thing "sources" are out there to confirm what we already know. So can we also say, some say that sources say that John Kerry's in like Flynn? Why yes, yes we can.

We can also now say, "officially" and with some certainty, that sources know stuff.


The poor favor Democrats, minorities do better under Dem administrations than Republican ones


Professor of political science and author Zoltan Hajnal and political science doctoral student Jeremy D. Horowitz wrote an op-ed for the L.A. Times that is chock full o' common sense conclusions.

They explain why, without question, minorities do better under Democratic administrations than under Republicans, and it's all backed up by raw data. Facts are facts, Republicans, no matter how you try to ignore or bend them.

Nor does it matter how many times Mitt Romney (who famously said, “It would be helpful to be Latino”) whispers to his donors at secret meetings how President Santa Obama handed out free gifts to all you not-white, not-wealthy, "illegal" people. There's a reason (or 12) why BigBucks McWrongerson lost the election, and it had nothing to do with socialist, Marxist, Kenyan handouts:

The data we analyzed show unequivocally that minorities fare better under Democratic administrations than under Republican ones. [...]

Under Democratic presidents, the incomes of black families grew by an average of $895 a year, but only by $142 a year under Republicans. Across 26 years of Democratic leadership, unemployment among blacks declined by 7.9%; under 28 years of Republican presidencies, the rate increased by a net of 13.7%. Similarly, the black poverty rate fell by 23.6% under Democratic presidents and rose by 3% under Republicans.

The results for Latinos and Asians, though based on fewer years of data, show the same pattern. [...]

More important, these gains do not come at the expense of whites... These numbers show that economic condition need not be a zero-sum game pitting races and ethnicities against one another.

This also can't be rationalized by asserting that Democrats just happen to be in power when things are looking up, or because of the fiscal policies of Republicans who preceded them.

Additionally, the longer Democratic administrations are in office, the more minorities experience economic gains, but the opposite is true under Republican presidents. The authors attribute this to education, economic, and immigration policy differences between the two parties that benefit minorities, whose population numbers are growing... one more fact that scares the pants of the GOP.

Please read the whole piece for specifics. In fact, that might be a particularly wise thing for Republicans to do.


Duh Headline of the Day- Gallup: Wealthy worry about deficit, poor worry about jobs


This is just so laughably obvious it makes me sick.

Gallup shows that there’s a direct correlation between household income and concern about the deficit. A recent survey found that the national debt/deficit was the most frequently listed “economic worry” of those earning $75,000 or more, at 21 percent. By contrast, only 8 percent of Americans earning $30,000 or less listed the national debt as their biggest economic concern.

Gallup also notes that deficit hawks are more likely to reside in the heartland, as “residents of the Midwest are more concerned about the deficit than those elsewhere.”

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BREAKING- Dep't. of Duh: Donald Trump will not moderate GOP debate


From the Dep't. of Duh:

MSNBC is reporting that Donald Trump is backing out of his role as moderator [sic] of  GOP debate number 178095. He's blaming this on something or other about not giving up the "right" aka the impossibility of a run for president as an Independent, choosing to be in denial about everyone running away from him the way Occupy protesters run from pepper spray-happy police officers.

Now Donald can officially join the Sarah Palin Quitter Club and become a regular contributor on ClusterFox, the Media Bias Sunday talk shows, and sell books.

UPDATE, an email from Politico:

Donald Trump will not moderate the upcoming NewsMax presidential debate in Iowa, the New York real estate mogul announced Tuesday. Noting that Republicans had expressed concern about his moderating a candidate forum, since he has not closed off the possibility for running as an independent, Trump said he would bow out of the Dec. 27 event.

"It is very important to me that the right Republican candidate be chosen to defeat the failed and very destructive Obama Administration, but if that Republican, in my opinion, is not the right candidate, I am not willing to give up my right to run as an Independent candidate," Trump said in a statement. "Therefore, so that there is no conflict of interest within the Republican Party, I have decided not to be the moderator of the NewsMax debate." The only two candidates who had agreed to participate in a Trump-moderated debate were Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.

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So now it's the NewsMax debate. Got it.

And Trump will never run.