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Why Do People Often Vote Against Their Own Interests?

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Americans voicing their anger at the healthcare proposals at a town hall meeting


The Republicans’ shock victory in the election for the US Senate seat in Massachusetts meant the Democrats lost their supermajority in the Senate. This makes it even harder for the Obama administration to get healthcare reform passed in the US.

Political scientist Dr David Runciman looks at why is there often such deep opposition to reforms that appear to be of obvious benefit to voters.

Last year, in a series of “town-hall meetings” across the country, Americans got the chance to debate President Obama’s proposed healthcare reforms.

What happened was an explosion of rage and barely suppressed violence.

Polling evidence suggests that the numbers who think the reforms go too far are nearly matched by those who think they do not go far enough.

But it is striking that the people who most dislike the whole idea of healthcare reform – the ones who think it is socialist, godless, a step on the road to a police state – are often the ones it seems designed to help.

In Texas, where barely two-thirds of the population have full health insurance and over a fifth of all children have no cover at all, opposition to the legislation is currently running at 87%.

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Gov. Rick Perry Says Obama Administration is “Hell Bent” on Socialism

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rick-perry-thumb-300x300Texas Governor Rick Perry goes full-on-bat-sh*t-crazy with his anti-Obama rhetoric. Is this his plan to hold on to Governor’s mansion?

As Josh Marshall of TPM says, “Really crazy, lurid stuff. Dangerous times.”.

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Stewart mocks Hannity for inflating Bachman rally attendance+ Fox fact checks Sarah Palin

daily show.logo finalComedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart nails it once again. Watch as Stewart explains how Fox News’ Sean Hannity tries to inflate crowd numbers by splicing in video footage from another larger rally.

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Fox News Fact-Checks Sarah Palin’s Coin Conspiracy Theory
This must sting a bit. Sarah Palin’s newest conspiracy theory on the “disturbing” redesign of U.S. coins was too much, even for Fox News — on Tuesday night, Fox fact-checked Palin.

Last Friday, while speaking at a Wisconsin Right to Life fundraising banquet — attendees were barred from bringing cell phones, cameras, laptops — Palin rolled out the latest: an anti-Christian conspiracy in the redesign of U.S. coins. Palin waded into the subject by remarking that there had been a lot of “change” of late — for example, the redesign of U.S. currency which moved the once-centered text “In God We Trust” to the edge of coins.

“Who calls a shot like that?” Palin demanded on Friday. “Who makes a decision like that?”

As Fox News anchor Bret Baier noted: President Bush, that’s who.

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Obama To Give Interview To Fox News
President Obama will give an interview to Fox News’ Major Garrett, Drudge reports.

The interview will take place in China next week and comes just one day after it was reported that Obama Communications Director Anita Dunn the so-called general in the administration’s war against Fox News will be stepping down.

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Enough Is Enough: Cantor Stands Up To Tea Partiers And Limbaugh

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cantor-tea-party-crowd-cropped-proto-custom_1TPM/Rachel Slajda—At yesterday’s tea party rally on Capitol Hill, at least one protester brandished a large graphic photograph of the victims of the Dachau Nazi concentration camp, comparing health care reform to Nazi policies. Today, Rep. Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) spokesman called the photograph “inappropriate.”

Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) has also condemned the poster.

teapartyzoomCantor, in an interview today with Bloomberg, also offered some criticism of radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh’s comparison of President Obama to Adolf Hitler.

Do I condone the mention of Hitler in any discussion about politics?” said Cantor, who is the only Jewish Republican in Congress. “No, I don’t, because obviously that is something that conjures up images that frankly are not, I think, very helpful.”

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Strange Scene: 10 Arrested As Tea Partiers Heckle Police

U.S. Capitol, Tea-party rally

U.S. Capitol, Tea-party rally

TPM/Christina Bellantoni—U.S. Capitol Police arrested 10 people this afternoon after the Capitol Hill Tea Party crowd stormed Congressional office buildings.

Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, public information office for the Capitol Police, told TPMDC the arrests happened in the Cannon House building as tea partiers attempted to protest Speaker Nancy Pelosi about health care.

They were charged with unlawful entry (entering a Congressional office and refusing to leave when told to do so) and/or disorderly conduct (yelling in the hallway outside an office) at Room 235 in the Cannon House Office Building.

Room 235 is Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office for district business, not where she conducts her duties as Speaker. That’s handled at an office in the Capitol building.

bachmannteaparty1TPMDC happened upon a crowd that formed around two police vans as the protesters were prepared for “transporting,” according to one officer there.

Without those official details, protesters in the crowd watching the arrests were furious. They shouted “Let them go!” and one man yelled at the police that “Martin Luther King” was being dishonored and shouted “Letter from Birmingham Jail!”

One woman told officers they were “shameful.”

This is America, this is not the Soviet Union,” one woman said.

Like a bad game of telephone, the crowd spread rumors without anyone having witnessed exactly what happened.

Several people said the group had been arrested for praying. Others said the group was arrested for ripping up pages from the nearly 2,000-page health care bill.

To show support for them, members of the crowd started ripping up their pages from the bill, which rally organizers had handed out for the purpose of reading them to members of Congress.

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Unruly Crowd Sings God Bless America as Capitol Police Arrest Tea Partiers for Unlawful Entry

Here’s a video recorded by TPM’s Christina Bellantoni, of the Capitol Hill Tea Party crowd singing “God Bless America” in protest of the arrests of several of their compatriots, who were charged with illegally entering or disrupting the office that handles Speaker Nancy’s Pelosi’s duties as a Representative from California:

The Storming Of Capitol Hill

Photos by Christina Bellantoni and Jeff Malet

The 12 Most Offensive Signs From Bachmann’s Tea Party

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Thousands March in Iran Opposition Protests Today

Holding a green ribbon, a symbolic color of pro-reform Iranian opposition, a female opposition supporter attends a protest in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, in competition with government-sponsored mass rallies to mark an annual anti-Israel commemoration, the Quds Day that reflects the Persian nation's sympathy with the Palestinians. (AP Photo)

Holding a green ribbon, a symbolic color of pro-reform Iranian opposition, a female opposition supporter attends a protest in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, in competition with government-sponsored mass rallies to mark an annual anti-Israel commemoration, the Quds Day that reflects the Persian nation's sympathy with the Palestinians. (AP Photo)

AP/Nasser Karimi—Hard-liners attacked senior pro-reform leaders in the streets as tens of thousands marched in competing mass demonstrations by the opposition and government supporters. Opposition protesters, chanting “death to the dictator,” hurled stones and bricks in clashes with security forces firing tear gas.

The opposition held its first major street protests since mid-July, with marchers decked out in green – the reform movement’s color – waving V-for-victory signs on major boulevards in the capital.

Iranian Protesters on Sept. 18, 2009

Iranian Protesters on Sept. 18, 2009


In some cases on several blocks away, larger crowds marched in government-sponsored rallies marking an annual anti-Israel commemoration, waving pictures of Iran’s supreme leader and president and placards denouncing the Jewish state.

The commemoration, known as Quds Day, is a major political occasion for the government – a day for it to show its anti-Israeli credentials and its support for the Palestinians. Quds is the Arabic word for Jerusalem. During a speech for the rallies, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad railed against Israel and the West, questioning whether the Holocaust occurred and calling it a pretext for occupying Arab land.

But the opposition was determined to turn the day into a show of its survival and continued strength despite a fierce three-month-old crackdown against it since the disputed June 12 presidential election.

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Iran eyewitness: protest videos

Thousands of opposition supporters took to the streets across Iran, defying government warnings against using the annual Quds (Jerusalem) Day rally to resume protests.

Many demonstrators have been sending their videos to the BBC or posting them on video sharing website like YouTube. Here is a selection.

Related story: IRAN MOUSSAVI WARNS OF ‘DANGEROUS’ DAYS AHEAD

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