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Who Said It—Mitt Romney or Gordon Gekko?

eboard Posted September 24, 2010 at 3:38 PM
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Today is the premiere of Wall Street 2, the sequel to a movie that defined and celebrated the greed of Wall Street in the 80's. Twenty years later, the American people saw how that greed and corruption of hedge funds and traders affected their lives in very personal ways, with many losing a lifetime of savings, and others laid off in an economy that has still not fully recovered. So we’ve pulled together some of the most memorable quotes from the original Wall Street to see if you can tell which come from Gordon Gekko, and which come from Mitt Romney, a man who spent his career making and breaking companies, making himself extremely wealthy in the process.

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Six Month Anniversary of Affordable Care Act Means More Protections for Young Americans

eboard Posted September 23, 2010 at 11:36 PM
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Six months ago, President Obama made history by signing the Affordable Care Act into law. This was a major step forward for Americans, particularly young Americans, allowing them to finally get the quality, affordable care they need and deserve.

Today, six months later, another historic moment is reached as many provisions of this important legislation take effect for the first time. It is these provisions that will allow young people – and all Americans – to have greater access to the quality, affordable health care that they deserve.

One of the most important provisions going in to effect today will require that insurance providers allow college students and young adults to remain on their parents’ insurance longer – now until the age ...

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Op-Ed: 2010 Plan Shows Democratic Party Stands with Young People

eboard Posted September 23, 2010 at 9:36 PM
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Last week, DNC Chairman Tim Kaine held a fall campaign kick-off before an audience of students at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  This choice of location illustrates that the Chairman and the Democratic Party believe in young people and their significance in the electoral process.  This week, Chairman Kaine launched a new look and website for the Democratic Party in front of a packed room of college students and activists at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Young people overwhelmingly voted for President Obama in 2008, and through hard work, they will return to the polls this November to cast their ballots for Democrats who are working hard to advance the interest of all Americans.

Young people ...

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Chairman Tim Kaine Meets with National Democratic Ethnic Leaders in Chicago

eboard Posted September 23, 2010 at 7:36 PM
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CHICAGO- Earlier this week, DNC Chairman Tim Kaine met with Democratic ethnic leaders in Chicago to discuss the November elections. Leaders from diverse backgrounds including Arab-Americans, Armenian-Americans, Assyrian-Americans, Croatian-Americans, Greek-Americans, Hungarian-Americans, Irish-Americans, Italian-Americans, Lithuanian-Americans, Polish Americans, Serbian-Americans, Sikhs and Ukrainian Americans held a wide ranging discussion on the importance of ethnic communities within the Democratic Party.

“On behalf of the Democratic Party I’d like to thank Jim Zogby, the DNC Ethnic Council and all Democratic ethnic leaders from across the country for all they do in support of their communities and our Party every day.  In elections, ethnic voters don’t just make the difference in close races – ethnic voters can make the difference in every single race across America,” said ...

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House Passes Small Business Jobs Bill and Sends to President Obama for His Signature

eboard Posted September 23, 2010 at 7:36 PM
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Earlier today, House Democrats passed a Small Business Jobs bill (H.R. 5297) to cut taxes for millions of small businesses and provide them with access to credit that will help spur growth and job creation.

Despite claims that they support small businesses, House Republicans have objected at every turn to Democrats’ efforts to support small business owners with the tax relief and resources to expand, and today's vote was no different -- the bill passed with no Republican votes.

The passage of this bill represents Democrats commitment to small businesses as a launch pad for America’s economic recovery. This bill alone is expected to help create as many as half a million new jobs. After the vote, President Obama released the following ...

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