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Aung San Suu Kyi’s Party wins election

Yesterday, Myanmar’s government confirmed that dissident leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her party , the National League for Democracy, won a sweeping victory in the nation’s weekend by-elections. National state radio and television reported that Ms. Suu Kyi’s party won 43 of the 45 open parliamentary seats.

Calling the results a “a triumph of the people” Suu Kyi’s party won a victory that marks an important turn for her  political career and for her nation as it emerges from a half-century of military rule.

Change in Myanmar began in November 2010, when then-new President Thein Sein instituted a set of national reforms. One important element of these reforms included engaging in a dialogue with Nobel Prize winning opposition ...

Yesterday, Myanmar’s government confirmed that dissident leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her party , the National League for Democracy, won a sweeping victory in the nation’s weekend by-elections. National state radio and television reported ...

Southern Tuesday: Election Recap

Mitt Romney still can’t close the deal with GOP primary voters.

It feels like I’ve been writing this same line over and over the past few months.  Last night on Southern Tuesday, Mississippi and Alabama cast votes for their Republican nominee.  Rick Santorum came out on top in both contests. Newt Gingrich (who overperforms in the southern states) came in second.  And Mitt Romney, third in both states.

At this stage in the game, 27 states have voted.  Mitt Romney has been considered the frontrunner the entire time — with a few moments of weakness when other candidates surged ahead temporarily, but he has significantly more money and his SuperPAC floods the airwaves in each state with negative ads attacking opponents. ...

Mitt Romney still can’t close the deal with GOP primary voters.

It feels like I’ve been writing this same line over and over the past few months.  Last night on Southern Tuesday, Mississippi and Alabama cast votes for ...

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Rick Santorum: Single mothers “breed” criminals

From the Rick Santorm archives, new foolishness emerges. As unearthed by the good people at Mother Jones, in 1994 when Santorum was running for Senate in Pennsylvania he boldly asserted that single moms were the downfall of the United States. At a town hall in Clairton, Pennsylvania, Santorum said:

“Most people agree a continuation of the current [welfare] system will be the ruination of this country. We are seeing it. We are seeing the fabric of this country fall apart, and it’s falling apart because of single moms.”

Santorum made this point in the context of government spending and moralizing about women’s life choices, but he went further to make a ridiculous assertion about single motherhood and crime, telling the Philadelphia Inquirer that ...

From the Rick Santorm archives, new foolishness emerges. As unearthed by the good people at Mother Jones, in 1994 when Santorum was running for Senate in Pennsylvania he boldly asserted that single moms were the downfall ...

The wins and losses of yesterday’s election

Yesterday’s election was a big night for progressives–especially when it came to defeating ultra-conservative ballot initiatives, and a few ultra-conservative politicians. After the blood bath that was the midterm election in 2010, we saw what a year under right-wing leadership meant across the country. It has meant many ideological laws and initiatives aimed at restricting reproductive rights, unions and immigrants. It has also meant extreme budget cuts to social programs.

Last night seems like an overall win for pushing back against this conservative trend. It is true that in many ways it feels like a big win because we were expecting to lose, but it is still a possible foreshadowing of the tide turning for 2012.

Win:

Ohio voters overwhelmingly win a ...

Yesterday’s election was a big night for progressives–especially when it came to defeating ultra-conservative ballot initiatives, and a few ultra-conservative politicians. After the blood bath that was the midterm election in 2010, we saw what a year ...

Updated: New accuser goes public about alleged sexual harassment assault by Herman Cain

Updated 2:19pm EST: Sharon Bialek has come forward with allegations against Herman Cain that sounds more sexual assault than just harassment (possibly triggering):

A woman says Republican presidential contender Herman Cain reached under her skirt for her genitals and pushed her head toward his crotch in July 1997.

Sharon Bialek told reporters Monday in New York that she met with Cain to ask about getting her old job back at the National Restaurant Association when the incident happened in Washington. At the time, Cain was chief of a restaurant trade group.

Bialek says that, when she asked Cain what he was doing, Cain said, “You want a job, right?”

Wow. I don’t know if ...

Updated 2:19pm EST: Sharon Bialek has come forward with allegations against Herman Cain that sounds more sexual assault than just harassment (possibly triggering):

A woman says Republican presidential contender Herman Cain reached ...

What We Missed

Chloe talks “Parks and Recreation” on Bloggingheads.

As usual, Jay Smooth nails it.

Also Occupy-related: The People of Color Occupying Wall Street Working Group works to improve racial diversity in the movement.

Urban Outfitters sell a ridiculously offensive “Navajo” line of clothing — then quietly erases the line from their site.

As an update to Zerlina’s post on voter suppression, AP reports that South Carolina’s voter-ID law disproportionately prevents African-American voters from participating in elections. Shocking, we know.

Love this: The Repeal Hyde Art Project. Send in your submissions, y’all!

Chloe talks “Parks and Recreation” on Bloggingheads.

As usual, Jay Smooth nails it.

Also Occupy-related: The People of Color Occupying Wall Street Working Group works to improve racial diversity in the movement.

Urban Outfitters ...

The Biggest Sleazer: Mitt Romney v. Scott Brown

Is it just me, or are politician dudes being super sexist and sleazy lately? Take Scott Brown, for example. Eric Kleefeld from TPM found this gem on a radio show in response to Elizabeth Warren’s recent comments poking fun at his nude spread in Cosmo:

[O]ne of the hosts asked Brown: “Have you officially responded to Elizabeth Warren’s comment about how she didn’t take her clothes off?”

Brown began laughing lightheartedly, and gave his reply. “Thank God,” he said, with more laughter.

Listen to the convo on TPM — between the host and Brown, it’s like the Phi Beta Doucha reunion. Then we have Mitt Romney, who apparently didn’t get the memo that we’re ...

Is it just me, or are politician dudes being super sexist and sleazy lately? Take Scott Brown, for example. Eric Kleefeld from TPM found this gem on a radio show in response to ...

GOP candidates on same sex marriage rights

Last night in Ames, Iowa, several of the GOP candidates got together for a debate in advance of the weekend’s largely meaningless but apparently highly newsworthy Iowa Straw Poll.

Think Progress has put together this handy short video, and transcript, of all of last night’s candidates – Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman – stating their positions on marriage equality. Unsurprisingly, they all think that we should continue discriminating against same sex couples! With the exception of Jon Huntsman, none of them is even down with civil unions.

Two big GOP figures, Sarah Palin and Rick Perry, were not present last night, which is a shame because you know that if they had been there, ...

Last night in Ames, Iowa, several of the GOP candidates got together for a debate in advance of the weekend’s largely meaningless but apparently highly newsworthy Iowa Straw Poll.

Think Progress has put together this handy short ...

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