Highlights of the Week – Happy Friday from the PolicyMic Team! Here are three highlights from this week:
- Hamdan Azhar's article describing foul play against Ron Paul delegates at Louisiana's GOP Convention made it to the front page of Reddit politics, racking up over 8K shares, 300 Tweets, and 20 Mics.
- On Tuesday, our Wisconsin pundits put together awesome live coverage, analysis, and reporting of the Scott Walker recall election. Special thanks to Sara Jerving and the Center for Media and Democracy for all your amazing stories.
- Matthew Rozsa wrote a provocative piece entitled, "Why Mitt Romney is a Coward," which criticized Romney for campaigning alongside "birther" Donald Trump and for sidelining Richard Grenell, his former openly gay foreign policy adviser who ultimately resigned from the campaign to avoid controversy. The piece stirred up some heated debate, with 144 comments, and Grenell himself read the piece.
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Driving the Day – What do women voters want? Felicia Reid analyzes women's voting patterns in the past three elections and describes how Obama and Romney can win women's vote in 2012. If either candidate is to win, she says they'll have to recognize some basic facts about how women vote and what they want. Most importantly, women want to be treated as equals. Read more here.
Obama's Fundraising Woes – The Romney campaign and RNC outraised the Obama campaign and DNC in May, $76.8 million to $60 million respectively (nearly 30 percent higher). Obama campaign manager Jim Messina wrote to supporters in an email titled, "We got beat": "We knew this moment would come when Romney secured the nomination. What happens next is up to you. Help close the gap right now -- make a donation of $3 or more."
Trouble from the Battlefield – Suicides are surging among U.S. troops. The 154 suicides for active-duty troops in the first 155 days of the year far outpace the U.S. forces killed in action in Afghanistan (about 50 percent more) according to Pentagon statistics. Suicides had leveled off in 2010 and 2011. (via the AP)
Top PolicyMic Stories – President Obama Has Been a Failure Because He Doesn't Communicate Well (Daniela Quintanilla) – Obama is certainly charming, but has he been persuasive? His limitations in office have been a result of this lack of persuasion and his failure to communicate to his party and his public.
The 4 Neocon Romney Foreign Policy Advisers That Would Pull the U.S. Into War With Iran (Joe Sarkisian) – Closer examination of Romney's foreign policy advisers shows Neocons, policy hacks, and general ignorance.
Nazis and Racism at Euro 2012? UEFA Has the Power to Save Ukraine (Eugene Resnick) – On June 8 the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship begins in Poland and Ukraine. The world will watch the games, but Ukraine faces harsh backlash for its record on racism and anti-Semitism.
Ron Paul Rallies Are Nearly All White and Make Black People Feel Uncomfortable (Olivia Davis) – As I went to a Ron Paul rally, I was one of perhaps only 10 African-Americans, which made me feel unwelcome and awkward.
Friday Fun – From scrubbing floors to the Ivy League (CNN); Rich people know how to buy happiness (do you?) (The Atlantic); Are we asking the right questions? (Boston Globe); 25 things you didn't know about Mad Men that will blow your mind (Buzzfeed).
What We’re Reading – How to prevent drone pilot PTSD (Wired); Krugman: Reagan was a Keynesian (NY Times); Will Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016? (Washington Post); Health care bill adds 6.6 million young people to parents plans (Business Week).
Dessert – If you're headed to the movies this weekend, here's some inspiration: The New Yorker's David Denby reviews Ridley Scott's latest sci-fi thriller, "Prometheus," while PolicyMic's Christian Holub discusses Quentin Tarantino's new film "Django Unchained" and explains why the new Batman movie "Dark Knight Rises" will be the best yet.