Thursday, December 01, 2011

The Noon News

In the fine tradition of University Hospitals, some short mid-day clips:

    Joe Biden said again that he's open to a presidential run in 2016, explaining in an NBC interview that it would be "foolish" to rule out a campaign years in advance.

    "I am never ready to close the door on anything. That's just a foolish thing to do," Biden told the "Today" show's Ann Curry, during a visit to Iraq.

    Said Biden: "I am intent on reelecting Barack Obama president of the United States of America. The rest will take care of itself."

  • "America has some issues with race, according to a new paper from Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, a Harvard University Ph.D. candidate in economics":
    His research found that “racial animus” cost Mr. Obama three to five percentage points of the popular vote in 2008.

    If the whole country held the same views as the most racially tolerant communities, the researcher found, Mr. Obama would have earned between 56.7% and 58.7% of the popular vote, compared with the 53.7% he won in 2008.

    “The cost of racial animus was not decisive in the 2008 election,” the paper states. “But a four percentage point loss by the winning candidate would have changed the result in the majority of post-war presidential elections.”

  • Kos, still bummed about how we spiked Howard Dean, does some more Iowa bashing.

  • Also at The Great Orange Satan, Which swing state is the most swingin', baby? Depends on how you define it, but Iowa's still pretty high on the list. How shagadelic is that?

  • And as the candidates sling mud, remember it could be worse:
    A lot of people who have gone to the zoo have become the targets of feces thrown by apes or monkeys, and left no doubt wondering about the so-called intellectual capacity of a beast that would resort to such foul play. Now however, researchers studying such behavior have come to the conclusion that throwing feces, or any object really, is actually a sign of high ordered behavior.
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