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Month: September 2010

September 7, 2010
The Sad History of Trusting the GOP on the Economy

The bad news just keeps coming for Democrats. A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll gives the GOP a record 9-point edge in the generic Congressional ballot for November. Meanwhile, an ABC News/Washington Post survey shows that as President Obama's approval ratings continue to slide, support for his management of the economy and the deficit are […]

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September 6, 2010
Some Republicans Uneasy with the Party of No

"Ninety percent of life," Woody Allen famously said, "is just showing up." For Congressional Republicans, the other 10% is voting no. But despite the apparent success of their unprecedented obstructionism, heading into the midterm elections a handful of Republicans are starting to get a little uncomfortable with only being the Party of No. When House […]

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September 5, 2010
McCain Switches Sides in the Class War

In perhaps the greatest comic moment of the 2010 campaign to date, John McCain last month complained, "I know how popular it is for the Eastern press to paint me as having changed positions. That's not true." Of course, his flip-flops are now so numerous that he long ago earned nicknames like "Jukebox John" and […]

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September 4, 2010
The Republican Party is Paging Dr. Freud

Somewhere in America, a psychology graduate student is doubtless preparing the definitive thesis of the modern conservative mindset. After all, the Bush years produced a cottage industry of analyses on the roots of Dubya's "dead or alive, bring 'em on" macho talk. And now that Sarah Palin has added "impotent" and "limp" to a right-wing […]

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September 3, 2010
Employers Accelerate Shift of Health Care Costs to Workers

A new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation forecast that family health insurance premiums will rise by only 3% in 2010. Sadly, the good news from the Employer Health Benefits 2010 Annual Survey ends there. Coming on the heels of several reports showing financially-strapped Americans dramatically cutting back on needed medical treatment, the Kaiser survey […]

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September 2, 2010
Sacrilege at Gettysburg

On Thursday, NPR offered a tour of the neighborhood around the proposed Islamic center in lower Manhattan. But while Brian Reed offered a tour of the Starbucks, some Indian restaurants, a tobacconist, a strip club, a Christian Science Reading room, some churches and an Off Track Better OTB) facility near Ground Zero, another battle over […]

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September 1, 2010
President McCain Speaks on Iraq

In the wake of President Obama's speech last, the neoconservative architects of the Iraq War predictably reemerged to claim credit for the national disaster they portray as success. But one of them, Bill Kristol, allowed that the address was, "on the whole, not a bad speech by the president," adding that it was "unrealistic for […]

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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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