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The GOP’s October Comeback

October 18, 2018 |
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Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings jolted Republican enthusiasm. The July 22 NPR/PBS News House/Marist poll, for example, found that 78% of Democrats and only 68% of Republicans considered this midterm “very important.” 

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February 13, 2013 |
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President Obama delivered yet another speech with skill Tuesday night and, near the end when he spoke about victims of gun violence, emotion. The president's problem has never been with the theatrics of politics. It's the substantive and governing side wh...
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February 06, 2013 |
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There was rare good news from Washington last week, as eight senators—four from each party—announced a "Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive Immigration Reform."The so-called Gang of Eight proposed a "tough but fair path" to citizenship for undocumented...
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January 30, 2013 |
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Many are arguing these days that President Obama has forged a new majority coalition of women, minorities, young people and upscale cultural liberals so large and durable that he can do what no president has done before—pursue a very liberal agenda withou...
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January 23, 2013 |
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President Obama's 15-minute, 2,108-word second inaugural address followed the old wedding advice to offer "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue."The "something old" was Mr. Obama's habit of serving up straw men before triumphan...
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January 16, 2013 |
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As President Obama prepares to be sworn in a second time, it's a good moment to consider the state of the union during his era.As of his first inaugural, 134.379 million Americans were working and unemployment was 7.3%. Four years later, 134.021 million a...
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January 09, 2013 |
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President Obama says he won't negotiate with Republicans over his proposed more than $1 trillion increase in the debt ceiling as a matter of principle because Congress "should pay the bills that they have already racked up."Set aside the obvious—that he c...
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January 02, 2013 |
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A year ago, I offered political predictions for 2012. It's time to assess what I got right and wrong—and to make some predictions for 2013....
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December 26, 2012 |
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President Barack Obama wasn't in the Christmas spirit during recent discussions with Speaker John Boehner to avoid the fiscal cliff. According to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal, when Mr. Boehner asked what he would get for offering $800 billi...

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