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More at *******www.theuptake**** ABOUT THIS VIDEO: President Obama's stimulus package is intended not only to shore up the economy, but the U.S. psyche. The American Dream itself. But what if we euthanize the American Dream? The Uptake wants to hear your voice. Submit your own video "letter to the editor." More information: How to submit a video 1) Have something intelligent to say 2) Record it on a video using your real name. 3) Upload it at www.tubemogul**** using infotheuptake**** as your log in and uptake411 as your password. 4) Send an email to infotheuptake**** telling us about your video. Dennis Trainor, Jr is a regular video contributor to TheUptake****. He was a writer & media consultant for Dennis Kucinich's 2008 presidential campaign & a 2007 "Best of YouTube" nominee for his work as writer/ performer on "The Hermit with Davis Fleetwood." He is currently at work on two books: "My Progressive Dilemma" (chronicling President Obama's 1st year in office) and a novel adapted from his play, "I Coulda Been a Kennedy." Contact: dennistrainorjr (at) gmail (dot) com
  • 11 Feb 2009
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John McCain: A Chicken in Every Pot Your Daily Politics Video Blog: It seems that with the latest economic meltdown John McCain finally realized he had to start running as a populist. This morning he hit all six network talk shows to share the talking points like so much wealth.
  • 9 Feb 2009
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Ground Hound Corrine goes to a Hillary Clinton rally in Nevada on the eve of the Nevada Caucuses
  • 9 Feb 2009
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The Uptake wants to hear your voice. Submit your own video "Op/ED." More information here: *******opinion-editorial.groups.theuptake****/en/summary/ How to submit a video 1) Have something intelligent to say 2) Record it on a video using your real name. 3) Upload it at www.tubemogul**** using infotheuptake**** as your log in and uptake411 as your password. 4) Send an email to infotheuptake**** telling us about your video. ABOUT THIS VIDEO: NBC has rejected a anti-abortion ad submitted for its Super Bowl broadcast. After several days of negotiations, an NBC representative in Chicago told CatholicVote**** today that NBC and the NFL are not interested in advertisements involving "political advocacy or issues." Brian Burch, President of CatholicVote**** reacted: "There is nothing objectionable in this positive, life-affirming advertisement. We show a beautiful ultrasound, something NBC's parent company GE has done for years. We congratulate Barack Obama on becoming the first African-American President. And we simply ask people to imagine the potential of every human life." The ad reads: "This child's future is a broken home. He will be abandoned by his father. His single mother will struggle to raise him. Despite the hardships he will endure...this child...will become...the 1st African-American President." The ad concludes with the tagline, "Life: Imagine the Potential." The ad is the first of several ads in new campaign launched by CatholicVote****. Dennis Trainor, Jr has worked as a writer/ media consultant for Dennis Kucinich's 2008 presidential campaign. In addition to contributing video commentator to The Uptake (*******www.theuptake**** ), he is host at Operation Itch ( *******www.operationitch**** )
  • 3 Feb 2009
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Video Chuck Olsen- Text Noah Kunin - The other aspect, that I found notable, was the idea of cherry picking. These clips are going to be in our highlight reel released later today. Friedburg acknowledged both campaigns were doing it and if someone didn't know about cherry picking they really shouldn't even keep their job. Most observers have conlcuded that both campaigns were targeting their likely supporters but today it was put in stark relief in the cross examination of Peter Demuth - Demuth said that he was called by the MN Republican Party, told his absentee ballot was rejected and ASKED if he supported Coleman. When replied that he had, he was offered legal support to draw up an affadivt.
  • 1 Feb 2009
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The Uptake wants to hear your voice. Submit your own video "letter to the editor." More information here: *******opinion-editorial.groups.theuptake****/en/summary/ ABOUTH THIS VIDEO: Barack Obama wrote the headline to chapter one in his own administration's history when, with George Bush sitting just feet away and the whole world watching, he seemed to wipe away a whole doctrine with:"We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals." As he the new president was signing executive orders that shut down the detention facilities at GITMO, U.S. military drones fired missiles that killed at least 15 people inside Pakistan, leaving people around the world asking if the controversial military policy begun by George W Bush had changed after all. Dennis Trainor, Jr has worked as a writer/ media consultant for Dennis Kucinich's 2008 presidential campaign. In addition to contributing video commentator to The Uptake (*******www.theuptake**** ), he is host at Operation Itch ( *******www.operationitch**** )
  • 29 Jan 2009
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A Tale of 3 Speeches Your Daily Politics Video Blog: Tuesday night Barack Obama extended his election winning streak over Hillary Clinton to 9 with a victory in the Wisconsin primary (and then 10 with a Hawaii caucus win), while John McCain put Mike Huckabee a little further away in his rear-view mirror with wins in Wisconsin and Washington. The tone and the timing of the three post-primary speeches told the story of the night.
  • 26 Jan 2009
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More at *******www.theuptake**** US Senate candidate Al Franken was loose and making jokes as his legal team prepared for Monday's election contest trial that could determine who is Minnesota's next US Senator. After a state-wide hand recount, Franken holds a 225-vote lead over former US Senator Norm Coleman. Coleman is taking the election to court claiming irregularities on how some of the votes were counted and handled. You can watch that trial live on The UpTake *******www.theuptake**** starting Monday at 1pm CT/ 2pm ET/ Noon MT/ 11am PT. Known initially as a comedian, Franken solidified his seriousness about politics while hosting a radio show on Air America. Saturday he recalled those days while speaking at a party thrown by the Minnesota Air America affiliate AM 950, KTNF "The Voice of Minnesota". While he joked he has "lost his sense of humor", Franken showed that he still has his comic chops and used them to make points about the right wing, the recount and the future of America. Partial Transcript: I feel coming to the Blue State Ball that this is my base. I am very proud of what we did with progressive radio. I am very proud of people like Rachel Maddow who have gone on to such great things. And we've really established a foothold. We really have. The other side is really floundering. They don't know what to do. Rush is now " I want 'em to fail". It's pretty amazing, huh? Showing their stripes. And don't they show their stripes. First of all I want to say something about Amy. Amy really taught me how to run for the Senate. In the '06 cycle I must have done about 50 or 60 bean feeds and burger bashes and spaghetti dinners around the state. And everywhere I went, out of the 60, say Amy was at 40. And if Amy wasn't there, her husband John was there. And if John wasn't there her dad Jim was there. And if none of them were there I wondered 'why am I here, there must be something wrong with this, must be something wrong with this one' (laughter) And when I started, and it's almost two years ago now, we on the Franken campaign believe the third year of our campaign will be the best ever (laughter and applause) But when I started two years ago, I said ' no one will work harder for this Senate seat than me because Amy Klobuchar isn't in the race'. (laughter) And Franni and I worked really hard and we're really proud of that. (applause) And Franni was amazing, has been amazing this whole time. You know when I first started I called all my friends and said 'Franni and I are running for the Senate and if we win I get to be the Senator' (mild laughter) And at a certain point in the race I had a lot of people coming up to me and saying like 'God I love Franni.' So I finally had to put in my speech for awhile, then it got cycled out after everyone heard it, was that it's fine to like Franni more than me, but you just, you don't have to tell me. (laughter) I'm the candidate and ... (audience member "we love you too") Well thank you (applause). What an amazing week. Franni is here, where are you honey? (applause) . We were in Washington last week. An unbelievably inspiring inauguration. To look around and see folks as far as the eye can see. You could not see the end of people. There were people from the Capitol, where Barack Obama was sworn in, all the way to the Lincoln Memorial where 45-years ago Martin Luther King gave his 'I have a dream' speech. This has never happened before. It was just awe inspiring. And the President said something that spoke to me. He quoted the bible and said 'it's time to give up childish things ' I think. And it made me think, about what I'm doing and the transition I'm making. And there will be some that argue that what I did was .... Audience member: Please don't give up humor. (laughter) No I, the gentleman said 'please don't give up humor'. I've lost my sense of humor. (laughter). That happened in the ... Audience " no...
  • 26 Jan 2009
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The Reverend Joseph Lowery utters the most memorable lines at the Obama inauguration not spoken by Obama himself.
  • 21 Jan 2009
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More at *******opinion-editorial.groups.theuptake****/en/summary/ Dennis Trainor talks about today's inauguration. No longer with head in the sand, is America really going to change? To submit a video for The UpTake's Op/Ed section (we're going to have a better name for it soon) follow these steps: 1) Have something intelligent to say 2) Record it on a video using your real name. 3) Upload it at www.tubemogul**** using infotheuptake**** as your log in and uptake411 as your password. 4) Send an email to infotheuptake**** telling us about your video.
  • 21 Jan 2009
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Students at the traditionally African-American Howard University in Washington D.C. are committed to a long struggle for progress after Barack Obama is sworn in as President of the United States. Cognizant that it might take at least eight years to resolve the problems of the past administration, students are ready to simultaneously support President Obama while holding him accountable for his campaign promises.
  • 20 Jan 2009
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More at *******www.theuptake****. Salimah Ebrahim previews The UpTake's Inauguration 2009 coverage from the US Capitol in Washington DC. VIDEO: Noah Kunin 1/19/2009 7:20am EST
  • 20 Jan 2009
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More at *******www.theuptake****. Noah Kunin and Salimah Ebrahim moonlight as security consultants and review the security arrangements put in place at the US Capitol for Barack Obama's inauguration as the next US President. They find zip ties. VIDEO: Noah Kunin 1/19/2009 7:20am EST
  • 20 Jan 2009
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More at *******www.theuptake****. The UpTake is opening up a call for Opinion/Editorial videos. To kick this off, we bring you all the first video by Dennis Trainor, who will be providing a regular voice to our media palette. We do not have a name for the show yet, and look forward to hearing ideas for the show's name from our audience. We also hope that more people feel inspired to send us "video op/eds" and will be providing guidance in the near future on how to submit your own opinions to our site.
  • 15 Jan 2009
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More at *******www.theuptake**** With just days until Super Tuesday, Barack Obama is making a multi-state tour appearing in large venues. On Saturday, he filled the Target Center in Minneapolis which is normally home to NBA sporting events. Here's a look at the wait for and the promise of Barack Obama
  • 9 Jan 2009
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Day 3 of Minnesota's Senate recount brings some welcome comic relief in the name of write-in candidates on challenged ballots: Lizard People and Flying Spaghetti Monster, with a little Frankenstin [sic] for good measure. Video by Noah Kunin and edited by Chuck Olsen for The UpTake: *******theuptake****
  • 19 Dec 2008
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More at *******www.theuptake****. At the Hennepin County election warehouse in Minneapolis, the search is on for 133 missing ballots. In the process of searching for those ballots, another envelope was found containing what appears to be overseas ballots that were not counted. It is believed that the envelope contains less than 20 ballots. The state canvassing board will likely determine whether those votes are counted. EDIT, 2:30 PM CT: The missing ballots were NOT found in the Minneapolis warehouse. The search will continue elsewhere. See this later interview with Minneapolis Elections Director Cynthia Reichert: *******the-uptake.groups.theuptake****/en/videogalleryView/id/1400/ Report by The UpTake's Tom Elko, edited by Chuck Olsen. More at *******theuptake****
  • 6 Dec 2008
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More at *******www.theuptake****. Franken attorney Marc Elias gave an audio-only press conference from DC today. While most of the conference was a repeat from previous days, news broke of 171 missing ballots in Ramsey County.
  • 3 Dec 2008
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