Republicans and Standard & Poor’s Weigh In On the Ratings Downgrade

Posted by on August 10, 2011 in Blog

GOP presidential candidates have all weighed in on the debt issue, declaring almost unanimously that President Obama is solely to blame for allowing the national debt spin out of control, leading to the downgrade of our Standard & Poor’s credit rating from AAA to AA+. But is this a viable assessment or just more political rhetoric?

When we look at the language of the S&P’s announcement to downgrade our rating, it’s quite clear that their reasons for changing our credit rating are less about our ability to pay our bills and more about our perceived willingness to do so, and they lay the blame...

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Countdown: Vol. 10, No. 9

Posted on August 09, 2011 in Countdown
Does Al Gore like Yalla Change? Does Herman Cain have a new problem? Will we face Jedi knights at the airport? Countdown has the answers.
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Debating Israel in NY-9: A History of Outrage

Posted by on August 02, 2011 in News Clips

Debating Israel with a congressman from Brooklyn isn’t easy, then or now.

Asked about the tone of the debate over Israel-hawk credentials in the upcoming special congressional election to replace Anthony Weiner, James Zogby, head of the Arab American Institute, recalled a run-in he had more than 20 years ago.

“In 1988, when I raised the plank at the Democratic National Convention, I went up against Chuck Schumer,” said Mr. Zogby, who was a delegate from the Jesse Jackson campaign at the time. “They were telling me, ‘Zogby, if you even raise this at the convention you’ll never have a...

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Pawlenty Throws Punches for Iowa Caucus-Goers

Posted by on July 20, 2011 in Blog

“The main way we’re gonna goof this up as Republicans is to nominate the wrong candidate.” That’s what GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty recently conveyed to a group of potential Iowa caucus-goers as he has struggled to gain political momentum before the crucial Iowa straw poll on August 13th. His comments are more than likely aimed at fellow Minnesotan and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann who has emerged as an unexpected challenger to Pawlenty in Iowa. Bachman’s frontrunner status in the state has asserted pressure on Pawlenty and has forced the often unaggressive, soft-spoken candidate to finally start throwing some punches of his own–this time at Bachmann. By and...

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Countdown: Vol.10, No.6

Posted on July 19, 2011 in Countdown
In this week's Countdown, Herman Cain steps up the Islamophobic rhetoric (again), Michele Bachmann gaffes (twice), Walid Shoebat is exposed (finally), debt negotiations stall, and much more!
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On Islamophobia: “[Banning a mosque] is not discriminating against religion”

Posted on July 17, 2011 in Campaign Statements

  Wallace: “So you’re saying any community, if they want to ban a mosque?” Cain: “Yes, they have the right to do that. That’s not discriminating based upon religion.”

Wallace: “So you’re saying any community, if they want to ban a mosque?”

Cain: “Yes, they have the right to do that. That’s not discriminating based upon religion.”

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Countdown: Vol. 10, No. 5

Posted on July 12, 2011 in Countdown
Countdown: Vol.10, No.5
This edition covers issues ranging from the Sharia craze to the latest developments in Yemen.
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Countdown: Vol. 10, No. 4

Posted on July 06, 2011 in Countdown
Countdown: Vol. 10, No. 4
This edition covers issues including the budget debate and U.S. policy in the Middle East.
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Viewpoint with James Zogby: Emil Salayta, Lavinia Limon, Aaron Blake

Posted on July 01, 2011 in Viewpoint with James Zogby

Father Emil Salayta, head of the Tribunal Court of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Co-founder of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation, discusses the current status of Christians in the Holy Land.

Lavinia Limon, Former President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), discusses refugee issues in the Middle East.    

Aaron Blake, National Politics Reporter at the Washington Post discusses developments related to the current GOP presidential field.

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Countdown: Vol. 10, No. 2

Posted on June 21, 2011 in Countdown
This edition covers issues ranging from the first GOP presidential debate hosted by CNN in New Hampshire, to the recent Turkish Elections.
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