Archive of Articles for January, 2012

Governor O'Malley Is Right

[ Posted Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 – 17:50 UTC ]

O'Malley makes a good point. President Obama's re-election team should heed it.

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King's "Drum Major Instinct" Speech

[ Posted Monday, January 16th, 2012 – 18:07 UTC ]

[Program Note: I am taking the day off today. But I did want to post this link to a transcript of Martin Luther King Junior's "Drum Major Instinct" speech. This is the speech that was misquoted on his new memorial in Washington D.C., and you really have to read the speech itself to [...]

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Friday Talking Points [193] -- Run It Up The Flagpole

[ Posted Friday, January 13th, 2012 – 16:50 UTC ]

Not a whole lot has been happening in Washington, due to Congress being out on one of their countless month-long vacations. Not a whole lot of Democrats have been in the news, either, since the Republican primary season is sucking all the oxygen out of the political arena right now.

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Mitt's Tax Returns

[ Posted Thursday, January 12th, 2012 – 17:19 UTC ]

What is hiding in Mitt Romney's tax returns?

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Happy Birthday, Common Sense

[ Posted Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 – 18:09 UTC ]

Two hundred and thirty-six years ago this week, a pamphlet was published in Philadelphia. There is some disagreement among historians over the exact date (variously given as January 9th or 10th), and the pamphlet's title page itself only lists the year, 1776. Whatever the actual date, though, Thomas Paine's Common Sense hit the American consciousness like a bombshell -- one which would reverberate for years to come.

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Old-School Editorializing

[ Posted Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 – 18:55 UTC ]

What struck me about New Hampshire's contest, being in the midst of historical research into such things, was the old-school nature of the Union Leader, a very conservative New Hampshire newspaper. It struck a lot of the media as interesting as well, but I didn't see anyone else commenting on such historical context.

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Calling New Hampshire's Primary

[ Posted Monday, January 9th, 2012 – 16:11 UTC ]

Tomorrow, New Hampshire voters will go to their first-in-the-nation (don't-mention-Iowa-to-us-that's-a-caucus-dammit!) primary, and cast their votes in the Republican nominating contest. Which means it's time to haul out the old crystal ball and attempt to predict what's going to happen. If you hate these types of speculative wonktastic articles, then I strongly advise you to just close this article right now, and start a game of Angry Birds or something.

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Friday Talking Points [192] -- Obama Picking His Fights

[ Posted Friday, January 6th, 2012 – 15:56 UTC ]

I have to say, while the Republicans have been having their three-ring primary circus, President Obama has been looking better and better. Both in comparison to the Republican field (of nightmares, so to speak), and also because Obama's been making progress on his own.

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[ Posted Thursday, January 5th, 2012 – 19:54 UTC ]

When we were all kids, "recess" was one of the happiest words in the English language, because it meant escaping the schoolroom for a while, and (on nice days) getting outside and running around and playing with our friends. The bell would ring, and we would all cry "Recess!" and run outside.

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Obama Poll Watch -- December, 2011

[ Posted Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 – 16:07 UTC ]

President Obama had a pretty good month last month in the job approval polls, bettering his standing in both approval and disapproval by roughly three-fourths of percentage point. This may not sound like that big a deal, but it was the second straight month of solid gains for the president in both categories.

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