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Poll: Obama approval drops to 43% Poll: Obama approval drops to 43%

The following is an excerpt from Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Anthony Salvanto and Fred Backus | September 25, 2013 | cbsnews.com | President Obama's job approval rating is just 43 percent now, down slightly from earlier this month and the lowest since March 2012. Forty-nine percent disapprove, the highest it has been in two years. His approval rating among women has dropped since earlier in September, from 49 percent to 43 percent now. Positive assessments of the president's handling of the economy ... Read More

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Define and Conquer Define and Conquer

The following is an excerpt from JAY COST | May 20, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 34 | TheWeeklyStandard.com | At his press conference last month, President Barack Obama employed a trope he often uses—that of a sociologist studying his opposition. Explaining how his agenda has stalled in the Senate, he said: I can, you know, rally the American people around those .  .  . common-sense solutions. But ultimately, they, themselves, are going to have to say, we want to do the right thing. And I ... Read More

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Obama Takes Oath in Quiet Ceremony Obama Takes Oath in Quiet Ceremony

The following is an excerpt from JACKIE CALMES and BRIAN KNOWLTON | January 20, 2013 | Nytimes.com | WASHINGTON — With only his family nearby, President Obama was sworn into office in the White House before noon on Sunday in advance of Monday’s public pomp, the private moment forced by a rare quirk of the constitutional calendar but appropriately capturing the downsized expectations for his second term. Even the Monday festivities, with the traditional inaugural parade, balls and not least the re-enactment ... Read More

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Are Republicans Learning the Wrong Lessons? Are Republicans Learning the Wrong Lessons?

The following is an excerpt from JEFFREY H. ANDERSON | November 28, 2012 | TheWeeklyStandard.com | As hard as it is to believe, it’s been only a little over three weeks since Election Day. But there are already plenty of signs that Republicans are learning many of the wrong lessons from that debacle. For starters, there’s been a lot of excessive emphasis on racial demographics, which actually changed very little from 2008. According to exit polling, the portion of Hispanic voters ... Read More

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Morning Jay: Barack Obama and the Triumph of Identity Politics Morning Jay: Barack Obama and the Triumph of Identity Politics

The following is an excerpt from JAY COST | November 8, 2012 | weeklystandard.com | Barack Obama is now the first president in American history to win a second term with a smaller share of the electoral vote, a smaller share of the popular vote, and a smaller aggregate vote than when he was first elected. There are still votes to be counted, but as of this writing he actually has fewer votes than George W. Bush won in 2004. An important ... Read More

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Will a Romney Victory Rattle Geopolitical Stage? Will a Romney Victory Rattle Geopolitical Stage?

The following is an excerpt from Robert Bridge,RT | September 17, 2012 | rt.com | Mitt Romney has painted Russia as America’s “number one geopolitical foe.” Such rhetoric may lead to an explosion in military spending on both sides if the Republican wins in November presidential elections. Russia is seriously concerned by Romney’s anti-Russian comments, which could lead to a series of undesirable consequences, such as the rekindling of an arms race, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said over the weekend. "In ... Read More

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George Washington: Interior Decorator, and Other Famous Makers George Washington: Interior Decorator, and Other Famous Makers

The following is an excerpt from Joseph Flaherty | September 13, 2012 | Wired.com | Think you don't have time to pick up a hobby? Imagine being a head of state, an Emmy award-winning actor, or a musician that can score a spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. While these vocations often require years of dedication and leave little extra free time, we've found a few highly notable names that have garnered great success in side hobbies as diverse and ... Read More

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Nobody for President Nobody for President

The following is an excerpt from David Weigel | May 15, 2012 | Slate.com | The founders of Americans Elect had a dream: A 50-state presidential campaign that would upend, smash, destroy the two-party system. Today, these founders admitted that it wouldn’t work. No presidential candidate had survived the first round of the online primary. At least $35 million had been spent on absolutely nothing. Well, not quite nothing. We have three new tips for the next coalition of enlightened people who ... Read More

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Maureen Dowd’s ‘Phony’ Attack on Ann Romney Maureen Dowd’s ‘Phony’ Attack on Ann Romney

The following is an excerpt from MARK HEMINGWAY | April 8, 2012 | weeklystandard.com | Maureen Dowd weighs in today to decry the "Phony Mommy Wars" over Democratic strategist Hillary Rosen's attack on Ann Romney. I know what you're thinking: If anyone is qualified to call a cancer-survivor "phony" for her decision to stay at home and raise five boys—it's the author of Are Men Necessary? Aside from being nearly a week late weighing in on this controversy, the column seems ... Read More

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U.S. GDP Growth Will Be Slow and Low U.S. GDP Growth Will Be Slow and Low

The following is an excerpt from Morgan Stanley | January 26, 2012 | Barrons.com | The Morgan Stanley economic forecast for the U.S. is that real gross domestic product growth averages about 2% over the next two years. The economy expands, but growth is held down by the unfinished business left from the financial crisis: continued dislocations in the mortgage market and the need to delever in the private and public sectors. With real growth at only about the rate of the ... Read More

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