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artist topanga creek with a remix of the grant wood classic. via thesmithian.


presidential debate schedule & format

08/23/12 3 Comments

via 2012 election central.  it’d be cool if the format matched the last episode of the newsroom but oh well.  as the magazine cover asks, who do you think will win the debates?

October 3, 2012
Topic: Domestic policy
Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: University of Denver in Denver, Colorado
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
Moderator: Jim Lehrer (Host of NewsHour on PBS)
The debate will focus on domestic policy and be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced several weeks before the debate.The moderator will open each segment with a question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the topic.
October 11, 2012
Vice Presidential
Joe Biden and Paul Ryan
Topic: Foreign and domestic policy
Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Centre College in Danville, Kentucky
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan
Moderator: Martha Raddatz (ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent)
The debate will cover both foreign and domestic topics and be divided into nine time segments of approximately 10 minutes each. The moderator will ask an opening question, after which each candidate will have two minutes to respond. The moderator will use the balance of the time in the segment for a discussion of the question.
October 16, 2012
Topic: Town meeting format including foreign and domestic policy
Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
Moderator: Candy Crowley (CNN Chief Political Correspondent)
The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which citizens will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic issues. Candidates each will have two minutes to respond, and an additional minute for the moderator to facilitate a discussion. The town meeting participants will be undecided voters selected by the Gallup Organization.
October 22, 2012
Topic: Foreign policy
Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
Moderator: Bob Schieffer (Host of Face the Nation on CBS)
The format for the debate will be identical to the first presidential debate and will focus on foreign policy.

election quiz to see who you should vote for


we’re almost 100 days away from the us presidential election and most people know who they’ll vote for already.  however, do they know which one they should vote for? helps voters figure that out with their presidential election quiz.  by answering a series of questions on political hot topics, voters can find out which candidate best matches their views and interests.  personally, the process is more interesting than the result since it encourages people to take stock of the things they actually believe in as opposed to just following the party line.  also, it’s a good way of gauging your knowledge on different issues (specifically, to see if you even know enough to make an informed assessment).

take the quiz at the link below and let me know how it goes.

presidential election quiz (spotted on npr).

celebrating the 40th anniversary of title ix, nike put out a cool commercial supporting young female athletes.  it features 4 us olympians: lisa leslie (basketball), diana taurasi (basketball), marlen esparza (boxing) and joan benoit samuelson (marathon).  samuelson had one of my quotes in the piece: “i’m 55 years old and i run close to 70 miles a week.”  yo.

related: an op-ed by pres. obama on the impact of title ix.

nike: “voices”

06/23/12 2 Comments

today the obama administration announced a new policy that could have a big impact on the ongoing immigration debate in america. via nytimes:

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to the United States as children will be able to obtain work permits and be safe from deportation under a new policy announced on Friday by the Obama administration.

The policy, effective immediately, will apply to people who are currently under 30 years old, who arrived in the country before they turned 16 and have lived in the United States for five years. They must also have no criminal record, and have earned a high school diploma, remained in school or served in the military.

as the article points out, this echoes tenants of the proposed development, relief, and education for alien minors act aka dream act.  that congressional act did have support on both sides of the political aisle (including potential republican vice-presidential nominee marco rubio) so it will be interesting to see how this move by obama plays going forward in the election year.

directly related to this discussion is a documentary called limbo.  from the creators:

This 19 minute film exposes the lives of 3 undocumented students, living in the US without legal status. Never having touched a camera, the 3 students were gifted with a small handycam and trained for half a day by Lukas Korver and Matt B. Taylor. They were asked to film everyday for 3 months. Through their lens, this is their story.

check it out and let me know what you think about both the policy and the video.



06/15/12 1 Comment



this month, president obama proposed a 3.7 trillion dollar budget for 2011.  ny times breaks down it in a nifty infographic.  it not only gives an idea where the money will be spent, but it also highlights changes from last year’s budget.  check it out here.

related:  Obama’s Budget Focuses on Path to Rein in Deficit – NY Times

president obama sat down for an interview with bill o’reilly and fox news.  at times, the president was on auto-pilot with stock answers and bill flashed some of his trademark abrasiveness, but overall, it was a good exchange.  in part one (which aired before the super bowl), they run through relevant topics like the civil unrest in egypt and health care in america but also touch on obama’s experience as president of united states.  check after the jump for part 2, which aired the next night on the o’reilly factor.  in it, they cover the war in afghanistan, fixing the american economy, the need for civility in the media and president obama’s opinion of fox news.


obama and o’reilly

02/08/11 2 Comments

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