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Monday, August 12, 2013

Monday, August 12, 2013 - 06:49:00

Rodeo clown dressed as Obama revs up Missouri fair crowd

Lots of buzz this morning about a story from the Missouri State Fair, where a rodeo clown wearing an Obama mask delighted the crowd when the announcer suggested that the Obama clown be run down by a bull.

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday, August 9, 2013 - 14:25:00

Obama tries to get in front of spying debate

President Obama held a news conference this afternoon to discuss spying and citizens' privacy. Naturally, a task force will result.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 06:35:59

The Party of No: Is it a winning strategy?

I was struck last night and again this morning by the lead on the New York Times' account of House Republicans' implacable strategy — to vote again and again against the Affordable Care Act and to otherwise insist on enormous budget cuts, with the option perhaps being a government shutdown.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 13:32:00

Obama speaks on Trayvon Martin case: 'Could have been me'

This is a rush transcript, so full of typos, on President Obama's unexpected remarks today on the Trayvon Martin case.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 15:22:41

Poll update: Hillary in a walk over GOP oppnents

I mentioned earlier that a UA poll on presidential politics would be discussed at the Clinton School at lunch today.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 06:11:58

Hillary's the one in 2016 — more polling coming today

A former campaigner for George H.W. Bush writes in the Daily Beast that Hillary Rodham Clinton is a particularly dangerous opponent for Republicans in 2016, as evidenced by her popularity among voters in Texas and Kentucky over Republican candidates.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012 - 06:30:36

Obama again won social media and the people who use them

An interesting analysis in the New York Times on President Obama's apparent dominance - again - in 2012 in social media.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 07:06:29

Landslides! For Obama; for Arkansas Republicans

Well, here we go. I lift a commemorative Republican mug to the new Republican majority in the Arkansas legislature.

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Monday, November 5, 2012 - 06:27:57

Legal conflict awaits end of presidential election

I predicted on the radio yesterday that President Obama would be re-elected if there's a fair election.

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Friday, November 2, 2012 - 09:36:12

Jobs report positive as election day nears

Better than a sharp stick in the eye (NYT) four days before election day. In the last assessment of the job market before the presidential election, the Labor Department announced Friday that the nation’s employers had added 171,000 positions in October, as well as more jobs than initially estimated in both August and September.

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Friday, November 2, 2012 - 08:57:00

Catholic bishop requires reading of anti-Obama letter

The Catholic bishop in Peoria, Illinois has ordered priests there to read an anti-Obama letter from their pulpits.

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Friday, November 2, 2012 - 06:45:16

Republicans: Don't confuse us with facts

I'd say this beats all. But, really, it's more of the same from the faith-based Republican dogma that distinguishes every campaign for office, from president on down.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 10:27:25

Obamacare is here to stay

Even a Romney victory and a Republican takeover in the Senate almost certainly wouldn't do it.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 19:32:24

OPEN LINE: Romney takes lies to a new level in Ohio

A ton of attention is being devoted to the Romney campaign's bodaciously dshonest ads in critical Ohio, notably his mendacious advertising about Jeep leaving Ohio for China.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012 - 11:02:14

Remember when Romney proposed to send FEMA work to the states?

Mitt Romney is doing a Hurricane Sandy flipperoo today. His campaign is saying he didn't propose to abolish the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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Monday, October 29, 2012 - 06:40:29

Krugman: Romney win means 'savage cuts' to Medicaid

Paul Krugman writes on the devastation that Mitt Romney will bring to Medicaid if elected.

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 06:42:02

Employer coercion brought to you by Citizens United

A new wrinkle of corporate personhood, thanks to the Republican Supreme Court bloc's Citizens United decision, is this, as reported in the New York Times: Until 2010, federal law barred companies from using corporate money to endorse and campaign for political candidates — and that included urging employees to support specific politicians.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012 - 10:14:27

New Yorker makes the case for Barack Obama

The editors of the New Yorker have written a tour de force endorsement of President Obama's re-election, a lengthy and specific recitation of his strengths, weaknesses and actions and those of his opponent Mitt Romney.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 05:58:37

Polls: Obama won foreign policy debate

Probably doesn't matter much, but the results seem uniform. President Obama bested Mitt Romney in last night's debate, though Romney's calculated decision to appear moderate and less of a war-monger might have been a smart move among critical swing voters.

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