Clock is ticking on emergency unemployment extension

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The payroll tax isn’t the only thing that needs extending to help families keep making ends meet. Congress also needs to extend emergency unemployment benefits:

Currently, unemployed people in the hardest hit states can get nearly two years of benefits. But if Congress doesn’t act, as of Jan. 1 the maximum will drop down to six months. By mid-February, the National Employment Law Project estimates that 2.1 million people would lose benefits.

“I cannot imagine Congress leaving town to go home for holiday celebrations and leaving the unemployed unattended to,” says Judy Conti, the federal advocacy coordinator for the NELP. “I can’t fathom how that happens.”

Thing is, this Congress has done a lot of unfathomable stuff, and an extension won’t come without a significant fight. On Wednesday, the AFL-CIO is delivering petitions calling on Congress to extend unemployment; meanwhile, the Heritage Foundation, for instance, already has its people out talking to the press about how extending benefits will add to the national debt and discourage lazy unemployed people from taking jobs. Never mind that in fact there aren’t enough jobs for all of the job seekers out there and that unemployment benefits help the economy.


Cain plows forward in face of latest allegation (AP)

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Republican presidential candidate, Herman Cain makes a point during a speech at a campaign rally, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, in Dayton, Ohio. Cain claimed a 'groundswell of positive support' from backers for his presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)AP – His campaign’s survival in question, Herman Cain plowed ahead Wednesday in a determined effort to move past a woman’s allegation that they had a longtime affair.

Obama: ‘Massive blow’ if GOP blocks payroll tax (AP)

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President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at Scranton High School in Scranton, Pa., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)AP – Blending governing with re-election politics, President Barack Obama roused a cheering northeast Pennsylvania crowd Wednesday as he warned of a “massive blow to the economy” if Republicans block a payroll tax extension because of his insistence on a millionaires’ tax.

Bloomberg: ‘I have my own army in the NYPD’

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Bloomberg News has “own army” decide who can cover
certain news stories. (@VOCALNewYork/Twitpic)

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg really knows how to jam every last inch of his velvet-slippered foot in his mouth:

In a speech at MIT last night to discuss the packed sweepstakes to build a tech campus in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg said he prefers City Hall to the White House. Almost immediately after Mayor Bloomberg dampened recent speculation he’s eyeing a White House bid, he added fuel to the fire by explaining why a mayor would be the best person for the job. […]

“I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world. I have my own State Department, much to Foggy Bottom’s annoyance. We have the United Nations in New York, and so we have an entree into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have,” Mayor Bloomberg said.

Hold up a second.


“I have my own army in the NYPD.”

Wow.

Bloomberg considers the NYPD his “own army.” Guy also happens to own his own news outlet, and happens to be using his “own army” to arrest competitors covering the Occupy Wall Street protests … against the consolidation of wealth and power among a tiny elite.

Geez, one percent much, Mike?

And mind you, this was all said in the context of what an excellent idea it would be to hand Bloomberg even more power, by letting him ride his golden pony into the White House.

But at least this erases all doubt about where the buck stops for the rampant pepper spray wilding, right? No? Hello? Mr. Mayor, are you there? Hmm. Line went dead.


Perry’s struggles overshadow a good day in NH (AP)

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Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, left, gestures after addressing the New Hampshire legislature during a campaign stop at the Statehouse in Concord, N.H., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)AP – At least Wednesday was a good day for Rick Perry.

FACT CHECK: GOP field flubs, big and small (AP)

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Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich waits to begin an interview with FOX News after speaking to supporters at Tommy's Ham House, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, in Greenville ,  S.C.  (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)AP – Newt Gingrich didn’t know when he would take office if he wins the presidency. Rick Perry got the voting age and the date of Election Day wrong. Herman Cain didn’t realize the president does not sign amendments to the Constitution.

Obama: ‘Massive blow’ if GOP blocks payroll tax

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One trip, two money pitches. President Barack Obama wants more money in the pockets of U.S. workers — and in his campaign treasury.

Campaign and business joined for Gingrich

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A First Read analysis finds that, for the surging former House Speaker, his campaign and business interests are intertwined—and he keeps it all in the family. The latest in a series.

PPP: Newt Gingrich takes 30-point lead in Florida primary

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The huge margin suggests Newt Gingrich is more than just a Not Romney (Chris Keane/Reuters)
 

Public Policy Polling (PDF). 11/28-30. Florida Republicans. ±4.5%. (9/25 results)

Newt Gingrich: 47 (10)
Mitt Romney: 17 (30)
Herman Cain: 15 (7)
Ron Paul: 5 (8)
Michele Bachmann: 4 (6)
Jon Huntsman: 3 (3)
Rick Perry: 2 (24)
Rick Santorum: 1 (2)
Gary Johnson: 0 (1)

Those are just stunning numbers. Not only is Newt Gingrich dominating the most important of the early states, but Mitt Romney has collapsed to Herman Cain’s level. Nobody else is even on the map.

And as amazing as these numbers are, they are mirrored by PPP’s survey of Montana, conducted on the same days, with a margin of error of ±3.7%. The results:

Newt Gingrich: 37
Ron Paul: 12
Mitt Romney: 11
Michele Bachmann: 10
Herman Cain: 10
Rick Perry: 5
Jon Huntsman: 3
Rick Santorum: 1
Gary Johnson: 1

If these numbers reflect what’s going on in other states around the country, Newt Gingrich hasn’t just surged to the top of the GOP primary field, he’s opened up a massive lead.

12:24 PM PT: Amazingly, PPP says the numbers show Gingrich has room to expand his lead:

As strong as Gingrich is in these polls there’s still evidence he could get stronger. Despite his troubles this week, which voters may not yet be fully aware of, Cain hit double digits on both of these polls. If his declining support bottoms out after the newest set of revelations, Gingrich will be the beneficiary. 45% of Cain voters in Florida say he is their second choice to only 13% for Romney and in Montana Cain backers prefer Newt over Romney 35-11 as a back up.

12:32 PM PT: I updated the Florida numbers to include the trends from PPP’s September poll of Florida. Romney’s collapse is only beaten by Rick Perry’s fall.

12:48 PM PT: 46% of Florida Republicans say they agree with Newt Gingrich’s position on immigration. 17% don’t.


Herman Cain reassesses not reevaluating reappraisal of original reassessment

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Herman Cain

‘You guys are looking at me like a nuclear bomb just went off in the middle of my campaign’
(Cain photo: Steve Marcus / Reuters)
 

Last we tuned in, Herman Cain had just vowed to press forward with his campaign moments after refusing to say if he would drop out, despite having indicated the night before that he wouldn’t withdraw, even though he’d said earlier in the day that possibly he would. And now he’s reassessing all that reassessment all over again:

When asked by CNN if he is vowing to continue his campaign, Cain declined to give a direct response.

“We are reassessing and reevaluating,” Cain said.

Cain said he would have a final answer about his future plans soon.

“We will be making a decision in the next several days,” Cain said.

Cain made the comments as he was greeting voters along a security ropeline after a speech in Dayton, Ohio.

I guess he needs to see the latest sales figures for his book before making up his mind, because at this point, that’s the only reason he’s still in the race.