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Month: January 2010

January 22, 2010
Scott Brown, Fred Thompson and the Authenticity of Trucks

In the wake of Scott Brown's landscape changing win in Massachusetts, the clear message to Republicans is "keep on truckin'." As the Boston Globe reports, the green GMC Canyon truck - what the paper deemed Brown's "regular-guy-mobile" featured so prominently in his campaign - is experiencing "a surge of interest" at Bay State dealerships. All […]

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January 22, 2010
Democrats Waver on Ending Bush Tax Cuts for Wealthy

Last year, President Obama kept his campaign promise to cut taxes for 95% of American households. But facing tough reelection prospects in November, a group of House Democrats is getting weak in the knees when its comes to Obama's pledge to reduce the budget deficit by letting the Bush tax cuts expire for Americans making […]

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January 20, 2010
Cheney's Advice, Krugman's Law and Obama's First Year

If the road to hell is paved with good intentions, then Barack Obama has been in the fast lane when it comes to bipartisanship. Now one year into his presidency, his near-pathological obsession with consensus has only served to resurrect a moribund GOP while leaving his agenda and his own party teetering on the brink. […]

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January 19, 2010
For GOP and Media, Obstructionism is the New Normal
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January 18, 2010
MA Voters Balk at Funding Red State Health Care

One day before voters head to the polls, several factors seem to be fueling Republican Scott Brown's surprising lead over Martha Coakley in the Massachusetts Senate race. Voter anger over the economy, Coakley's weak candidacy and Brown's strength among independents who now dominate Bay State politics are just some of the dynamics at work. But […]

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January 17, 2010
Tim Tebow Turns Super Anti-Abortion Crusader

Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow hasn't played a down in the National Football League, but he will nonetheless be a star during the Super Bowl on February 7. That's because the University of Florida quarterback will join his mother in a 30-second Super Bowl ad to deliver an anti-abortion message funded by Focus on the […]

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January 16, 2010
Remembering Bush's Disaster Response Success - in Florida

Mindful of George W. Bush's record of catastrophic failure when it came to disaster response, some commenters (for example, here and here) are questioning President Obama's decision (one I support) to ask Bush to join Bill Clinton in heading up the fundraising effort for Haiti. But while he initially stumbled in response to the 2004 […]

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January 15, 2010
Why Republicans Win in Massachusetts

That the Massachusetts Senate race is now a toss up, with some polls now putting Republican Scott Brown in the lead, is rocking the American political landscape. After all, the campaign to replace Ted Kennedy takes place in a state Barack Obama carried by 26% in 2008, one which Gallup last August showed leaning Democratic […]

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January 14, 2010
Obama Right to Ask Bush to Aid Haiti Effort

Like a child who begrudgingly has to invite his weird cousin to his birthday party, there are some things a president simply must do. So it must have been when President Obama asked George W. Bush to join with U.N. special envoy to Haiti Bill Clinton to raise funds for the earthquake-ravaged nation. After all, […]

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January 13, 2010
Conservatives Put the Hate in Haiti

On Monday, January 11, PBS Newshour aired what may have been the most upbeat assessment of the progress in and future prospects for long-suffering Haiti offered in years. That 10 minute segment ("Despite Years of Crushing Poverty, Hope Grows in Haiti") revealed new investment, government improvements and signs of economic life in the Western Hemisphere's […]

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Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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