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"Stand Your Ground"

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Like many people, I’ve been following the Trayvon Martin case with sadness and horror. If you’re not aware of the facts of the case, I recommend Ta-Nehisi Coates’s blogging on the subject, as well as work from The Huffington Post and The New York Times.

Relative Optimism

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This week begins with a little positive news about economic expectations: according to Gallup, 19 percent of Americans say that this is a “good time” to find a “quality” job, the highest since September 2008:

Of course, the larger lesson is that “good” is relative. Five years ago, before the economy collapsed in a horrible mess, 45 percent of Americans said that it was a good time to find a quality job. But the labor market is far worse than it was then, and at the moment, things are actually looking up if one in five Americans think that they could find a decent job in this environment.

Base Problems

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BuzzFeed’s Zeke Miller looks at the Obama campaign’s attempt to bring health-care reform into the spotlight for the first time since the “shellacking” Democrats received in the 2010 midterm elections:

The new case, though, is less factual, and more emotional. It emerged first in the 17-minute “documentary” the campaign released last week, narrated by Tom Hanks. […]

"Dumb and Obnoxious"

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One thing that has gone unremarked upon in the continuing story of Latino disdain for the Republican Party—and its desperate attempt at damage control—is the degree to which Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court was a pivotal event for the GOP’s relationship to the Latino community.

Halftime

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What do you get when you combine Mitt Romney and Lucille Bluth? Hilarity..

I haven’t played the new Mass Effect (I don’t have a device that can run it!), but I have heard a lot about the controversy surrounding the ending. Here is a quick thought: It seems clear to me that the entire game is “the ending,” as would be the case in any kind of trilogy. That the last 10 minutes aren’t what players expected doesn’t negate the fact that players had a real part in how the proceeding 30 hours unfolded.

When Race-Baiting Is Unintentional

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Reporting from a campaign event in Rosemont, Illinois, Felicia Sonmez (of the Washington Post) tweeted this odd attack from Mitt Romney on Obama’s private sector experience:

“It’s hard to create a job if you never had one,” Romney says of Obama.

Dreams Never End

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Even after losing the Deep South primaries, Newt Gingrich refuses to back down from his bid for the Republican presidential nomination:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says there’s probably no circumstance that would lead him to pull out of the Republican presidential sweepstakes before the party’s August nominating convention.

“I’ll be with you in Tampa,” Gingrich tells CBS’s “This Morning” show, when asked about his plans.

The former congressman from Georgia has won primaries in only two states, South Carolina and Georgia. But when asked Friday what conditions could lead him to withdraw from the race, he says, “Probably none.”

State-Level Republicans Focus Their Time on Shaming Women

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At Talking Points Memo, Pema Levy reports on the Republican state houses that have taken the failed Blunt amendment—which would have granted a broad “conscience” exemption to employers for virtually anything—and run with it:

Stakes on Stakes on Stakes

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Writing for Reuters, David Cay Johnston describes the wildly divergent recovery from the Great Recession:

The 1934 economic rebound was widely shared, with strong income gains for the vast majority, the bottom 90 percent. In 2010, we saw the opposite as the vast majority lost ground.

National income gained overall in 2010, but all of the gains were among the top 10 percent. Even within those 15.6 million households, the gains were extraordinarily concentrated among the super-rich, the top one percent of the top one percent.

Just 15,600 super-rich households pocketed an astonishing 37 percent of the entire national gain

Halftime

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It’s entirely possible that everyone is losing the GOP primary, in one way or another.

As much as I want to endorse the well-founded notion that Mitt Romney will cruise through the rest of the primary, actual events are keeping me from making that plunge.

What About Black Republicans?

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Even though the vast majority of African American voters and lawmakers are Democrats, it may be black Republicans who have the best chance to reach the U.S. Senate or win governorships, at least in the near future.

Blame It (on the GOP)

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Writing in Politico, Glenn Thrush finds Republicans terrified of the possibility that their likely nominee—Mitt Romney—has completely alienated Latinos with his harsh, anti-immigration rhetoric, and left Obama with the space to rack up a huge margin of support among the Latino community. Here’s Thrush:

Hispanics, a powerful bloc whose vote could decide the outcome in pivotal states such as Nevada, Florida, Colorado and Arizona, seem to have responded by abandoning Romney, with only 14 percent of Hispanic voters favoring him over Obama in a recent Fox Latino poll — one-third of the Hispanic support George W. Bush enjoyed in 2004.

A Get-Together to Tear It Apart

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Thus far, I’ve been convinced that Republicans will rally around Mitt Romney if and when he wins the nomination. The former Massachusetts governor might not be popular with Republican voters, but Barack Obama is the most hated figure in the GOP, and unity is necessary if Republicans want a shot at taking the White House.

This Station Is Non-Operational

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I’m kind of a nerd for productivity software and writing applications in particular. My favorite text editor for the Mac, Byword, just made its iOS debut, and you should check it out.

Mitt Romney can’t help but sound like a huge tool when it comes to discussing his wealth.

Can't Stop, Won't Stop

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Analysts predict that Apple will sell a whole lot of iPads:

“With our checks indicating record pre-orders and 2–3 week wait times for new iPads, we anticipate a record iPad launch this weekend,” said analysts T Michael Walkley and Matthew Ramsay.

They raised their iPad unit estimate to 65.6 million from 55.9 million for 2012, and to 90.6 million from 79.7 million for 2013, saying rivals will likely struggle to introduce competitive products over the next couple quarters.

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