Thomas Jefferson Street

July 2010


Environmentalists, Stop Whining and Follow the Tea Party Example

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It has been five years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the the Gulf Coast and four years since Al Gore’s documentary An Inconvenient Truth demonstrated the dangers of global warming. And now thousands of Gulf Coast residents and small businesspeople are without their livelihoods because of BP’s ...

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tea party
Gore, Al
global warming
oil
energy policy and climate change
energy
BP
Congress
Hurricane Katrina

John Thune's Deficit Proposal Could Launch a 2012 Presidential Bid

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South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune garnered national attention in 2004 when he ousted Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle from the seat he had held since 1986. There have been a lot of eyes on him ever since.

[See who supports Thune.]

Now Thune, who developed a national donor network while ...

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Thune, John
Congress
2012 presidential election
economy
economic stimulus
recession
Daschle, Tom
federal budget

Teach Voters Patience and End Sitcom Politics

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Sorry, I keep coming up with these theories--let me test this one out and see what people think. I have been mulling this over for a while.

My theory is that there is a huge gap between what we have been taught to expect from government, from the private sector, from society in general, and what is ...

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2010 Congressional elections
government
Medicare
Medicaid
social security
Carter, Jimmy
Nixon, Richard M.
Bush, George W.
Obama, Barack

Time to Take Back 'Conservative' From the Right

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For those who like Bob Dylan's song lyric, "Good-bye is too good a word, babe," let's infuse it with fresh political relevance: "Conservative is too good a word, babe." To wit, "conservative" is too good a word for Fox News, for the Tea Party movement, and for upstart Sarah Palin, and Newt ...

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tea party
Palin, Sarah
Gingrich, Newt
Fox News
Roberts, John
Limbaugh, Rush
Coulter, Ann
Obama, Barack
Kagan, Elena
Graham, Lindsey
Congress
Bush, George W.
Cheney, Dick
Rumsfeld, Donald
NAACP

Democrats Should Focus On Jobs, Not Shirley Sherrod

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Race has dominated the political agenda for the last few days. And that’s exactly what Republicans want.

On the day that President Obama signed landmark legislation that cracks down on abuses on Wall Street and protects consumers, the media focused on the travails of a black federal government ...

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USDA
2010 Congressional elections
Democratic Party
economy
Republican Party
Obama, Barack
Wall Street
Congress
race

George W. Bush's Post-Presidential Approval Rating Ticks Up

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I wrote yesterday about a new Gallup poll showing that Bill Clinton is now more popular than Barack Obama. I noted but didn't comment on the fact that the same poll shows that George W. Bush's approval rating had skyrocketed all the way to ... 45 percent.

[See a slide show of the 10 worst ...

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2010 Congressional elections
Congress
Sessions, Pete
Clinton, Bill
Obama, Barack
Bush, George W.
Cornyn, John

Bill Clinton More Popular Than Barack Obama

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Gallup reports that for the first time in the Obama years Bill Clinton has surpassed the sitting president in terms of public popularity. According to the polling organization, 61 percent of Americans view Clinton favorably, as opposed to 52 percent for Obama. George W. Bush registers a ...

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Obama, Barack
Gallup
Clinton, Bill
polls
Bush, George W.
Teague, Harry
Congress
Clinton, Hillary
Kosmas, Suzanne
2010 Congressional elections

Polls Show Democratic Momentum

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Two steps forward, one step back. That's the news for Democrats from Gallup's latest survey looking toward the November congressional elections.

First the good news: Democrats had their best performance in Gallup's generic congressional ballot since the polling firm started asking the question in ...

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Congress
2010 Congressional elections
unemployment
economy
polls
Gallup
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Snowe, Olympia
Collins, Susan
Brown, Scott
Boehner, John

Democrats' Energy Bill Efforts Are Running Out of Gas

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The Democrats’ inability to move an energy bill through Congress has been a major disappointment to those who thought Barack Obama’s election meant an end to the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels. Despite their early optimism, buoyed by the successful passage in the House of a cap-and-trade energy ...

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energy
energy policy and climate change
global warming
Congress
Democratic Party
Reid, Harry
Obama, Barack
McConnell, Mitch
2010 Congressional elections

Colorado Republicans Continue to Sabotage Themselves

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LAKEWOOD, COLO.--The political prospects for Democrats in swing-state Colorado this fall keep improving thanks to Republicans' ability to keep inflicting wounds upon themselves. On Wednesday, the Denver Post editorial board called for Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott McInnis to step down

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Republican Party
Democratic Party
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Colorado
Blumenthal, Richard
Tancredo, Tom
Salazar, John
Markey, Betsy
Perlmutter, Ed

The Tea Party-Birther-Republican Connection

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Sign, signs. Everywhere signs.

When I saw the billboard that the Tea Partyers put up in Iowa with a picture of President Obama next to Lenin and Hitler, I thought of something that Chris Matthews has been saying on Hardball for the last few months.

The host of Hardball believes there is a concerted ...

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TAGS:
McCain, John
Obama, Barack
tea party
Vitter, David
Boehner, John
Matthews, Chris
health care
health care reform

Why Americans Are Anxious, Angry, and Scared

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You can feel it on the Hill, you can feel it within the White House, you can sense it in most households across the country. Anxiety, fear, anger.

The right track, wrong track numbers, as we define the general mood of the nation, are not good. Now, Americans believe by 62 to 29 we are off on the ...

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TAGS:
Obama, Barack
Clinton, Bill
Reagan, Ronald
Gingrich, Newt
2010 Congressional elections
Hannity, Sean
Ingraham, Laura
Coulter, Ann
Limbaugh, Rush

Polls Show Why Republicans Could Win Big in November

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Things continue to look bad for the Democrats. Appearing Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs conceded there are enough congressional seats in play to deny the Democrats another turn as the majority party in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The outcome, he suggested,

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Republican Party
Congress
Gibbs, Robert
Obama, Barack
Gingrich, Newt
Democratic Party
2010 Congressional elections

Obama Laying Down the Law on Immigration, Oil Spill

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Usually it takes time but eventually every president learns for himself the hard way that he has to take names and kick some butt to succeed.

Presidents usually begin their tenures by trying to work together with Congress, the military, and the other players in national politics. But at some point,

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TAGS:
immigration reform
Arizona
health care
Afghanistan
McChrystal, Stanley
Congress
Obama, Barack
Gulf of Mexico
BP
oil
health care reform

Pelosi’s Healthcare Town Hall Plan Will Hurt Democrats

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Congressional Democrats have spent most of the last year hiding from the voters, refusing to engage them in the town hall meeting format that proved so damaging during last summer’s healthcare debate. Now, buoyed by some carefully selected polling data that suggests support for the new law may be ...

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Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Pelosi, Nancy
Democratic Party
health care
Obama, Barack
Coburn, Tom
Barrasso, John
health care reform

Republicans Could Win the Senate in 2010 Elections

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The United States Senate is sometimes referred to as “the world’s greatest deliberative body.” With its members elected to six-year terms--sometimes in cycle with the presidential election and sometimes out of it--the Founding Fathers intended it to be a governor, not just on the power of the ...

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Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Senate
Republican Party
Democratic Party
Sanders, Bernie
Lieberman, Joe

Wall Street-Main Street Message Is Key to 2010 Democratic Wins

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Are we Democrats turning into Chicken Little--“the sky is falling, the sky is falling!” Yeah, maybe more than we care to think.

Democrats are well aware that the average loss for a party in power in the off year is 26 House seats. We are well aware that our losses in governorships and state ...

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TAGS:
2010 Congressional elections
Democratic Party
Cheney, Dick
Boehner, John
Congress
Republican Party
Bush, George W.
McConnell, Mitch