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Blog Buzz: Did Romney Go ‘Brown’ for Spanish TV Interview?

Sep 21, 2012, 8:55 am EDT

Mitt Romney’s appearance on Spanish-language channel Univision’s “Meet the Candidates” forum managed to stir up the blogosphere, and not because of his attempts to woo Latino voters. No, most bloggers seemed to notice that Romney’s skin seemed…browner than usual.

This led many of them to speculate on whether or not Romney had used “brownface” in a misguided attempt to appeal to Hispanic voters. Some blogs, like Gawker and Wonkette, concluded he had. Others felt it might have just been unfortunate makeup work.

A controversy over makeup is probably the last thing Romney needs, considering the rough patches his campaign has faced recently. He is also trailing Obama for support among Latino voters by 40%. Read 

Tax Penalty to Hit 6 Million Americans

Sep 21, 2012, 8:10 am EDT
Tax Penalty to Hit 6 Million Americans

About 6 million Americans — many in the middle class — will face a tax penalty for not purchasing health insurance under Obama’s health care plan, according to congressional analysts.

The penalty, which starts in 2014 and takes full effect in 2016, will work out to an average penalty of $1,200 in 2016. Earlier estimates, back when the bill was first passed, had 4 million people being affected by the penalty.

The fact that the penalty is likely to affect middle class citizens more has the usual critics of the health care law speaking out. According to Rep. Dave Camp,R-Mich., “The bad news and broken promises from Obamacare just keep piling up.” Read 

Tim Tebow Won’t Rule Out a Political Career

Sep 20, 2012, 1:05 pm EDT
Tim Tebow Won’t Rule Out a Political Career

Tim Tebow for president? That might not be as farfetched an idea as some may think, according to a recent interview with ESPN New York.

When asked a question about his popularity in Florida, and whether he would ever consider a run for political office, Tebow had the following to say:

“I haven’t ruled it out. Whatever avenue I feel like I can make a difference in, I’d love to do. I haven’t ruled out anything like that. It won’t be anytime soon in my future, but it’ll be something I’ll at least look at and consider one day.” Read 

Jon Stewart, Bill O’Reilly to Face Off on Presidential Race

Sep 19, 2012, 10:38 am EDT
Jon Stewart, Bill O’Reilly to Face Off on Presidential Race

“The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart and “The O’Reilly Factor” host Bill O’Reilly are putting aside (some of) their ideological differences to meet in a presidential-style debate on October 6.

The event, being billed as “The Rumble in the Air Conditioned Auditorium”, will be taking place at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. It will be a 90-minute debate on campaign issues, with questions coming from audience members and former “Fox News Live” host E.D. Hill.

Tickets were on sale for $75 to $100, with a limited number of $25 student tickets, but the event appears to have already sold out. However, the event will be available for live streaming online for $4.95. Half the proceeds will go to charity. Read 

Leaked Obama Tape: ‘I Believe in Redistribution’

Sep 19, 2012, 9:35 am EDT
Leaked Obama Tape: ‘I Believe in Redistribution’

Matt Drudge, the journalist behind the right wing news site Drudge Report, has posted a link to a video featuring Barack Obama saying he believes in redistribution.

The video is actually a recording of a speech given by Obama in 1998 at Loyola University, in which he attempts to counter conservative arguments against assisting the poor. Towards the end of the clip, he can be heard saying, “I believe in redistribution, at least a certain level, to make sure that everybody has got a shot.”

Mitt Romney, facing heat for his own leaked comments, has used these newly leaked Obama comments as an opportunity to criticize Obama and draw attention away from what he said about certain Americans believing they were victims. Read 

Small Businesses: Economy, Ethics Guide Our Votes

Sep 18, 2012, 3:34 pm EDT
Small Businesses: Economy, Ethics Guide Our Votes

Small businesses overwhelmingly see the economy and jobs as the most important issue this presidential election, followed by ethical issues, according to data released today by the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management and Thumbtack.com.

More specifically, small businesses’ ethical concerns revolve around honesty and corruption in government. In the study, 40% of all small-business owners rated the economy and jobs as the most important issue to them. Ethical issues were most important to 14% of small-business owners.

Also interesting to note is that more small-business owners say President Barack Obama is more supportive of small businesses than Mitt Romney. However, more than a quarter of those surveyed said they were unsure who was more supportive of small businesses, and only 20% said that Obama’s health care policy helped their businesses. Read 

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