Obama and Romney Respond to PolicyMic! Several weeks ago, we asked our community to submit and vote on a question which we asked both campaigns. Over 1,400 millennials participated, and the campaigns responded to the most Mic'd question. Pundit Anna Day asked the campaigns, "Every election, students play a vital role energizing campaigns. In 2008, both of you supported bailing out struggling financial institutions, which are now making record profits. Meanwhile, the students they lend money to are struggling with increasing debt loads as the price of higher education continues to rise. The amount of student loan debt now exceeds the amount of credit card debt in this country, and neither party seems to have a plan to provide any relief. With millennials graduating tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, why should students lift a finger to help either of your campaigns?" Find out how Obama and Romney responded, and join the discussion here.
Writer Spotlight – Today, pundit Audrey Farber begins a new series of articles which will review the state of abortion in all 50 states ahead of the election. She'll provide one article every day leading up to the November election detailing the status of Roe vs. Wade in every state. She begins with Maine and New Hampshire here.
Brown vs. Warren Debate Showdown – Tonight, U.S. Senator Scott Brown and Harvard Law School Professor Elizabeth Warren take the stage for the first of four debates in what is the most closely watched congressional race in the country. Thursday’s debate moderated by Jon Keller will air nationally on C-SPAN (and WBZ-4, locally) at 7:00 pm. Polls show that the election is up for grabs, so the debates should play a major role in determining who will win the state's seat. PolicyMic editor Michael Luciano will be live blogging the debate, read his preview here.
Democrats' Excitement Soars – According to a new Gallup poll, 73% of Democrats in swing states are excited to call their ballots, up from 53% in June. For Republicans, only 64 percent say they’re excited, an increase from 55 percent. On a national level, 68% of Democrats are enthusiastic about voting, compared to 62% of Republicans. Independents are not as inspired. Only 43% in swing states, and 38% nationally, are excited to vote.
Chick-fil-A No Longer Anti-Gay? (via Yahoo News) "Chick-fil-A, the fast-food chain that sparked a firestorm earlier this year after its president made public comments against same-sex marriage, has agreed to stop funding antigay groups, a Chicago alderman says. Joe Moreno, the alderman whose opposition of a proposed Chick-fil-A on Chicago's north side helped fuel the controversy, told the Chicago Tribune the company has pledged to include a statement of respect for all sexual orientations in a memo to staffers, and has promised that the WinShape Foundations, its not-for-profit arm, would no longer contribute money to groups that oppose gay marriage."
Top PolicyMic Stories – Why Romney's Latest Gaffe Might Actually Win Him the Election (James Connolly) – Though widely perceived as a blunder, Mitt Romney's remark "47%" remark could propel him to victory in November.
Ron Paul End the Fed Movement Goes Nationwide With Protests at Every Federal Reserve Bank (Robert Taylor) – Thousands will be protesting outside of Federal Reserve banks all across the country this weekend, and it couldn't come at a better time.
Ray Kelly and NYPD: How the NYPD Has Opened the Floodgates for Social Media Spying (Jerome Nathaniel) – The NYPD's new push for officers to use social media aliases and pseudonyms as policing practices is a deceptive act that encourages profiling and intensifies community relations.
What Obama and Romney Won't Tell You About Student Debt Loans (Elaine Hayes) – It is difficult for either candidate to honestly answer the question about student loan debt because the answers aren't always popular. But applying basic financial planning strategies can help.
What We’re Reading – A conservative history of the U.S. (New Yorker); An open letter to Urban Outfitters regarding their Che Guevara merchandise (Huff Po); Free speech in the age of YouTube (Foreign Policy); Half of U.S. social program recipients believe they "have not used a government social program" (Boing Boing); America: 50 states in 50 photos (The Atlantic); 50 most romantic photos of all-time (Buzzfeed); Silicon Valley titans join forces in internet advocacy group (INC); Sign language that African Americans use is different from that of whites (Washington Post, tip-off Luis Urbina).