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How Did Obama Do in his State of the Union?

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How did he do? President Obama in his State of the Union speech, I mean. It was a long and complex piece of oratory with multiple objectives. He was simultaneously trying to inspire a nation beset with a series of economic woes, reposition his presidency in the wake of a profound midterm election

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Obama, Barack
State of the Union
unemployment
deficit and national debt
Ryan, Paul
2010 Congressional elections
Republican Party

What Was the Most Important Story of 2010? Healthcare? Elections?

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What do you think was the most important story of 2010? That can be a hard call. There are obvious choices that land loudly in the headlines: the GOP landslide in the House, the signing of Obamacare (otherwise known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act). There are incremental stories,

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Republican Party
health care reform
unemployment
tea party
national security terrorism and the military
Afghanistan
War in Afghanistan (2001-)
Democratic Party
politics

What Should the Lame Duck Congress Do?

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Lame-duck sessions of Congress are one of those events that regularly stir up all kinds of intrigue about political dealmaking—before they deflate into insignificance. The current version may end the same. But there are big issues on the agenda. The Bush tax cuts expire January 1, and the estate ...

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Congress
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