30 GOP Senators Vote to Defend Gang Rape

It is stunning that 30 Republican members of the United States Senate would vote to protect a corporation, in this case Halliburton/KBR, over a woman who was gang raped. The details from Think Progress:
In 2005, Jamie Leigh Jones was gang-raped by her co-workers while she was working for Halliburton/KBR in Baghdad. She was detained in a shipping container for at least 24 hours without food, water, or a bed, and "warned her that if she left Iraq for medical treatment, she'd be out of a job." (Jones was not an isolated case.) Jones was prevented from bringing charges in court against KBR because her employment contract stipulated that sexual assault allegations would only be heard in private arbitration.

Offering Ms. Jones legal relief was Senator Al Franken of Minnesota who offered an amendment to the 2010 Defense Appropriations bill that would withhold defense contracts from companies like KBR "if they restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court."

Seems simple enough. And yet, to GOP Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions of Alabama allowing victims of sexual assault a day in court is tantamount to a "political attack" at Halliburton. That 29 others, all men, chose to join him in opposing the Franken amendment is simply mind-boggling.

Obama Goes After McCain Over Harley Motorcycles

Last week, the Obama campaign revealed a radio ad airing in Ohio that hits McCain on his and campaign chief Rick Davis' lobbying on behalf of a DHL that cost the state 8,200 jobs:

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Why Does The Washington Post Hate Social Security?

A person could get the impression that the Washington Post hates to see regular people with retirement security.

Consider that they want to raid their production workers' pension fund as a precondition to negotiating over giving them their first raise in five years. Consider that last October, an unsigned editorial harshed on Hillary Clinton for not wanting to "fix" a system that was "not sustainable," or that this July, one of their reporters misrepresented Obama's and McCain's positions on Social Security in order to suggest that everyone believes the system is "fragile." Consider their in-house columnist, Ruth Marcus.

Marcus was sitting on a panel this March when she declared that the 10 smartest Democrats and 10 smartest Republicans could fix Social Security in two hours if they were all put in a room together for that purpose. Is she ignorant of the fact that the 10 smartest Republicans have spent the last few years trying to dismantle Social Security? One would hope not. She is a DC-based political columnist for the Washington Post, after all.

What Could Possibly Be More Important Than Healthcare?

Earlier this morning, Anna Burger, the Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU, spoke to the convention and I wanted to highlight her comments about The Employee Free Choice Act in particular. There is a fairly effective ad campaign on the air right now that is framing the The Employee Free Choice Act as "anti-worker privacy" and uses a Sopranos character to fear-monger about what passing The Employee Free Choice Act would mean for workers. So where's the pro-Employee Free Choice Act ad campaign? Hmm, good question. They simply haven't found the right message yet but there is an acknowledgment that there needs to be one and fast. It is a complex issue, one that's not easily broken down into a one line concept or sound byte and it's hard to explain to people why they should care. Anna Burger today made as good a case as I've ever heard for why we should all care about its passage.

What would the Employee Free Choice Act accomplish?

Obama Stronger Among White Voters than Gore or Kerry

Remember all of the talk about Barack Obama's unique weakness among White voters? I noted the absurdity of this assertion earlier this month, but I thought it would be worth passing on a portion of professor Alan Abramowitz's analysis on the issue.

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