Clinton urges ‘transition to a democratic regime’

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Jan. 30: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tells NBC’s David Gregory, "I want the Egyptian people to have the chance to chart a new future." (Meet the Press)With Egyptian President Mubarak’s regime in danger of being toppled by waves of street protests, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday urged “a peaceful, orderly transition to a democratic regime.”

Palin Kills It in Gun Country (The Daily Beast)

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The Daily Beast – Rocking the house at the Safari Club International annual convention, Sarah Palin warned Obama was out for their gun rights—and dangled a major hint about 2012. Andrew Romano reports.

Overwhelming majority prioritize job creation over cutting deficit

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Public Policy Polling for Daily Kos. 1/27-30. Registered nationwide voters. MoE 3.1%.

Which do you think should be a higher priority
for the government: creating jobs or cutting the deficit?

  Creating jobs Cutting deficit Not sure
All 60 34 6
Women 66 27 7
Men 54 41 5
Democrat 81 13 5
Republican 37 56 7
Independent/Other 60 34 5
Liberal 88 9 3
Moderate 69 26 6
Conservative 38 55 7
Tea Party 32 61 6
Non TP 67 28 5

So it turns out the vast majority of Americans are Keynesians after all — other than Republicans, conservatives, and tea party supporters, every single ideological and demographic group in America prioritizes job creation over deficit reduction.

You can find the full breakdown here, but regardless of race, ethnicity, income, region, age, or gender, overwhelming majorities prioritized job creation.

Independents prioritized job creation by a nearly two-to-one margin and moderates prioritized it by nearly three-to-one. A staggering 71% of eighteen to twenty-nine year olds ranked job creation ahead of deficit reduction, even though those are the people who have the most at stake in with respect to the long-term consequences of deficits.

Moral of the story: it turns out that Paul Krugman’s ideas represent the political mainstream. It’s the teahadists and the beltway’s self-styled deficit hawks who are on the political margin. There’s no appetite for austerity. Americans know the path to prosperity is economic growth, not Draconian cuts to public services.


Fla. judge rules health care law unconstitutional

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Judge Roger Vinson, a Reagan appointee serving in Pensacola, Florida, ruled that key components of the law are unconstitutional and that the entire law "must be declared void."Judge Roger Vinson, a Reagan appointee serving in Pensacola, Florida, ruled that key components of the law are unconstitutional and that the entire law “must be declared void.”

White House: Huntsman to leave China post

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U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, a Republican with potential presidential ambitions, has advised officials that he intends to leave the post during the first part of this year, the White House said Monday.

Judge strikes down healthcare reform law (Reuters)

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Victoria Will (L) has her blood pressure checked by nurse practitioner Sapana Patel during a routine physical in New York March 22, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas JacksonReuters – A federal judge in Florida struck down President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare overhaul as unconstitutional on Monday, in the biggest legal challenge yet to federal authority to enact the law.

RNC: $23 million debt as it gears up for 2012

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The Republican National Committee says it is million in debt as it prepares for the 2012 elections.

U.S. urges Egypt’s Mubarak do more, sends envoy (Reuters)

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A man carries a picture of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak during a protest in Cairo, January 31, 2011. REUTERS/Goran TomasevicReuters – The United States urged Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to do more than name a new government in response to mass protests and sent an envoy to Cairo to reinforce the message.

Key Blue Dogs back plan to restrict abortion access for incest, rape victims

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Meet the Democrats — six of them Blue Dogs, including Heath Shuler and Dan Boren — who have co-sponsored the Republican legislation that would exclude incest and statutory rape from the legal definition of rape when it comes to publicly-funded abortion:

Dan Boren, OK-2*
Jerry Costello, IL-12
Mark Critz, PA-12
Joe Donnelly, IN-2*
Daniel Lipinski, IL-3
Mike McIntyre, NC-7*
Colin Peterson, MN-7*
Nick Rahall, WV-3
Mike Ross, AR-4*
Heath Shuler, NC-11*
* Blue Dog

Notice that on this list of ten Democrats who have agreed to cosponsor the GOP’s inhumane restrictions on abortion, not a single one is a woman?

Despite receiving some support from Blue Dogs and anti-choice Democrats, the legislation is primarily a Republican initiative. It was introduced by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ) and has been coponsored by 154 Republicans.


State of the Nation Poll: SOTU bounce

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Public Policy Polling for Daily Kos. 1/27-30. Registered nationwide voters. MoE 3.1% (Obama polled weekly, others polled bi-weekly)

FAVORABLE UNFAVORABLE NET CHANGE
OBAMA 52 (50) 44 (45) +3
DEMOCRATIC PARTY: 46 (42) 45 (49) +8
REPUBLICAN PARTY: 36 (36) 49 (51) +2
APPROVE DISAPPROVE NET CHANGE
OBAMA 50 (46) 45 (48) +7
REID: 22 (23) 45 (44) -2
MCCONNELL: 19 (19) 34 (33) -1

A State of the Union bounce? In general, 2011 has been good for Obama. Since the inaugural poll on 1/6-9, Obama is up a whopping 11 points in both net favorability and job approvals.

The two Senate leaders are just treading water, within the float. But the Democratic Party’s bounce is real — some evidence that the party’s fortunes are really tied to the President’s. In a few weeks we’ll bring back the graphs, so we’ll be able to tell as the year shakes out just how closely the two favorability ratings correlate.

Asking about his reelection chances, 50 percent chose Obama this week, while 44 percent chose the generic Republican. Two weeks ago, it was 47-45 Obama — a four point swing in Obama’s direction. Where did those numbers come from? Independents. They went from a 40-43 edge toward the GOP candidate, to a 53-35 advantage for Obama. Seems like a lot! Could be margin of error (which is larger in the sub-samples). Could be an outlier (either two weeks ago or this week). Could be genuine post-Arizona, post-SOTU movement. We’ll get a better picture of where Obama’s reelects stand in two weeks, when we ask this question again.

Finally, let’s take a look at the intensity gap:

Are you very excited, somewhat excited, or not at all excited about voting in the 2012 election for President?

Dems
Very excited: 65 (57)
Somewhat excited: 23 (28)
Not excited: 12 (16)

Republicans
Very excited: 56 (62)
Somewhat excited: 27 (20)
Not excited: 17 (18)

Yup. There’s an intensity gap, alright. But this time, it’s the Republicans on the wrong side of it.