Thomas Jefferson Street

May 2009


America Likes Sotomayor, Especially Democrats and Women

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Jack Farrell may argue that Sonia Sotomayor is Sam Alito on the left ("a studious Catholic baby boomer who enlisted in the meritocracy, graduated from prestigious Ivy League schools [Princeton, Yale Law], and served as a federal judge, showing ...

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Sotomayor, Sonia
Democratic Party
female voters
Gallup
polls
Rasmussen Report
Supreme Court

Time to Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell? Most Americans Favor Gays in the Military

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

One other item worth noting from the new Gallup poll on Americans' views regarding gays: A huge majority of Americans—69 percent—now support gays being able to serve in the U.S. military.

From Gallup:

Americans' views about allowing ...

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LGBT rights
military
polls
Department of Defense
Gallup
national security terrorism and the military

Terminator: Salvation vs. Star Trek

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

When Star Trek came out I blogged that it could represent (or be a leading indicator of) a change in the national mood. We went through a post-9/11 period in movies and television where our movies were dark and gritty and our heroes were ...

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movies

Obama Commencement Speech at Notre Dame Echoed JFK's at American University

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

One thought on Barack Obama's much discussed commencement speech at Notre Dame. People have dissected it for substance and policy angles (I especially commend my colleague Dan Gilgoff's analysis), especially as regards abortion. But it also struck ...

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Obama administration
Obama, Barack
speeches
University of Notre Dame
Kennedy, John
American University

Homeland Security's Napolitano Working to be First Obama Cabinet Member Axed

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By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano certainly seems to be working very hard toward becoming the first Obama cabinet official to get the ax. As both Robert Schlesinger and I have written about here on the Thomas Jefferson Street blog, Napolitano ...

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national security terrorism and the military
Department of Homeland Security
Napolitano, Janet
Obama administration
cabinet members

Obama Must Stop Blaming Bush, Accept Responsibility for Failing Economic Policies

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By Peter Roff, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

According to White House Budget Director Peter Orszag, as Reuters reported Monday, "High U.S. budget deficits are being driven by an economic crisis that President Barack Obama inherited."

That really says it all.

It is true that the U.S. economy was in bad ...

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Orszag, Peter
Obama administration
Obama, Barack
deficit and national debt
federal budget
economy
Bush administration

Star Trek Marks a Shift in the National Mood

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By Robert Schlesinger, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

The national mood can be traced in some ways by the movies the country produces and consumes.* I wonder if we won't look back in a few years and see in Star Trek the demarcation of a new such era.

The great science fiction and fantasy movies ...

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movies