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thepoliticalfreakshow:

A new Tumblr from C-SPAN’s Bill Gray collected some of the greatest hits from Capitol Hill. Your tax dollars at work.

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See them all at the Senate Charts Tumblr.

motherjones:

Is climate change the sleeper issue of 2012?
(The awesome Chris Mooney’s inaugural story for Climate Desk and Mother Jones!…)

motherjones:

Is climate change the sleeper issue of 2012?

(The awesome Chris Mooney’s inaugural story for Climate Desk and Mother Jones!…)

Trends appearing on FiveThirtyEight dot com before first debate - Barrywone-blog

barrywone-blog:


On FiveThirtyEight dot com, Nate Silver is saying that the national race is tightening slightly and the odds of President Obama winning the Electoral College have declined from 85.7 percent on Monday to 84.7 percent. Romney is creating quite a bit of churn with the ideas on changing federal income tax law he is floating just before tomorrow’s debate. It is difficult to predict how this will influence voter expectations on the debate and how significant the debate will be in the overall race.

Mr. Obama is maintaining and/or widening his lead in certain swing states like Virginia, Ohio and Nevada. Moreover Pennsylvania is dropping from the list of swing states. The race appears to be narrowing in Florida.

State polls have generally more reflective of election outcome than national polls in recent elections.

Tuesday’s polls obeyed by largely the same themes as Monday’s. There were signs of tightening toward Mitt Romney in the national polls, but they were harder to discern in state surveys, which remained strong for President Obama.

As mentioned, debates generally have little impact on voter’s preferences but when one candidate is introducing new, extreme and slightly off the wall ideas on taxation a day before the debate occurs, the effect is difficult to forecast in the near term.

tpmmedia:

The Run On Romney Stock
thenoobyorker:

theeconomist:

Daily chart: who’s arming the developing world? Arms deliveries to developing countries last year were the highest since 2004, totalling $28 billion, or around 60% of global sales. America and Russia, the world’s leading arms suppliers, accounted for around two-thirds of the deliveries. 

Can you feel the freedom and liberty?

thenoobyorker:

theeconomist:

Daily chart: who’s arming the developing world? Arms deliveries to developing countries last year were the highest since 2004, totalling $28 billion, or around 60% of global sales. America and Russia, the world’s leading arms suppliers, accounted for around two-thirds of the deliveries. 

Can you feel the freedom and liberty?

A demographic look at how the Democratic party has changed over time - The Washington Post

A demographic look at how the Democratic party has changed over time - The Washington Post

amprog:

Fact: New fuel efficiency standards put U.S. auto manufacturers closer to consumer demand. Five ways the Obama admin revived the auto industry by reducing oil use after the jump.

(source: Center for American Progress)

amprog:

Fact: New fuel efficiency standards put U.S. auto manufacturers closer to consumer demand. Five ways the Obama admin revived the auto industry by reducing oil use after the jump.


(source: Center for American Progress)

theatlantic:

60 Years of American Economic History, Told in 1 Graph
thedailywhat:

What Liberal Bias? of the Day: Surprising stuff, yes? Here’s how 4thEstate breaks everything down. [thanks, mike!]

thedailywhat:

What Liberal Bias? of the Day: Surprising stuff, yes? 

Here’s how 4thEstate breaks everything down. 

[thanks, mike!]

amprog:

U.S. now has the smallest Government in 45 Years! America’s public sector has shrunk, handing the economy a nasty self-inflicted wound in the process. 

(source: The Atlantic)

(see story HERE)

theatlantic:

How Much Does It Cost to Have a Kid? (Much More Than It Used To)

Parenthood is priceless. Kids aren’t. Between 1960 and 2011, the cost of raising a child grew by $40,000, or 23% in 2011 dollars, according to a new study by the USDA.
Read more. [Image: USDA, via Suzy Khimm]

theatlantic:

How Much Does It Cost to Have a Kid? (Much More Than It Used To)

Parenthood is priceless. Kids aren’t. Between 1960 and 2011, the cost of raising a child grew by $40,000, or 23% in 2011 dollars, according to a new study by the USDA.

Read more. [Image: USDA, via Suzy Khimm]

socialuprooting:motherjones:


The Charts TED Doesn’t Want to Publicize: 
Why wouldn’t TED Talks post these income inequality charts and the video of a TED presentation about how the American middle class has been left behind?

“We’ve had it backward for the last 30 years. Rich businesspeople like me don’t create jobs. Rather they are a consequence of an eco-systemic  feedback loop animated by middle-class consumers, and when they thrive, businesses grow and hire, and owners profit. That’s why taxing the rich to pay for investments that benefit all is a great deal for both the middle class and the rich.
So here’s an idea worth spreading.
In a capitalist economy, the true job creators are consumers, the middle class.  And taxing the rich to make investments that grow the middle class, is the single smartest thing we can do for the middle class, the poor and the rich.”

socialuprooting:motherjones:

The Charts TED Doesn’t Want to Publicize:

Why wouldn’t TED Talks post these income inequality charts and the video of a TED presentation about how the American middle class has been left behind?

“We’ve had it backward for the last 30 years. Rich businesspeople like me don’t create jobs. Rather they are a consequence of an eco-systemic  feedback loop animated by middle-class consumers, and when they thrive, businesses grow and hire, and owners profit. That’s why taxing the rich to pay for investments that benefit all is a great deal for both the middle class and the rich.

So here’s an idea worth spreading.

In a capitalist economy, the true job creators are consumers, the middle class.  And taxing the rich to make investments that grow the middle class, is the single smartest thing we can do for the middle class, the poor and the rich.”

novenator:

Excuses Conservatives Make When Facts Prove Them Wrong

novenator:

Excuses Conservatives Make When Facts Prove Them Wrong

novenator:

*The Insanity Of U.S. Military Spending In One Chart* This chart actually underestimates US military spending.  Starting in the Vietnam War, the Military-Industrial Complex in the US began hiding their true spending levels in various budgets outside the Dept. of Defense (DoD).  The real expenditures are nearly *DOUBLE* the official DoD figures as explained and tabulated very clearly here: http://archive.truthout.org/the-real-us-national-security-budget-the-figure-no-one-wants-you-see68127  and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_budget_of_the_United_States#Budget_Breakdown_for_2012 and http://pubrecord.org/commentary/7412/dollars-military/

novenator:

*The Insanity Of U.S. Military Spending In One Chart*

This chart actually underestimates US military spending.  Starting in the Vietnam War, the Military-Industrial Complex in the US began hiding their true spending levels in various budgets outside the Dept. of Defense (DoD).  The real expenditures are nearly *DOUBLE* the official DoD figures as explained and tabulated very clearly here:
http://archive.truthout.org/the-real-us-national-security-budget-the-figure-no-one-wants-you-see68127
and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_budget_of_the_United_States#Budget_Breakdown_for_2012
and http://pubrecord.org/commentary/7412/dollars-military/