Thomas Jefferson Street

January 2013


Obama Is Seizing the Moment

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Washington just had a momentous week, perhaps the best of the 21st century, measured in deeds. The mood is much as if a battle-hardened Henry V returned from the fields of Agincourt a few minutes ago.

Truly the capital city appears made anew in the days since President Obama took the oath of office ...

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Obama, Barack
Congress
politics

GOP Must Turn Up the Heat on Senate Democrats

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We all know the narrative by now: Things are bad, bad, bad for the Republicans in Washington, and life couldn't be better for the Democrats.

President Obama has a 52 percent approval rating; House Speaker John Boehner is at 18. Indeed, just 26 percent view Republicans favorably. And yes, that was ...

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Republican Party
Democratic Party
Congress
Obama, Barack
deficit and national debt
Boehner, John
Reid, Harry
Senate

Looking to God on Inauguration Day

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Today is a day for pomp and circumstance, for pageantry and for rejoicing. We celebrate not only the inauguration for the second time of America’s first black president but the birthday of one our most important historical figures, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. With this as background, it is ...

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Inauguration

What Obama Can Learn From the Greatest Inaugural Addresses

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President Obama has a couple of big challenges Monday. First, as I write in my assessment today of the greatest inaugural addresses in history, these speeches are as a general rule not memorable. Think of it this way: There have been, to date, 56 inaugural addresses, but only six or seven have ...

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Obama, Barack
Inauguration
Jefferson, Thomas
Lincoln, Abraham
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano
Adams, John
Republican Party
Democratic Party

On Debt Ceiling, House GOP Puts Principle Over Responsibility

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Last week, as most Republicans were going through the desultory process of returning John Boehner to the speaker's chair, some brave souls offered a handful of alternatives. You remember ... a couple cast their votes for Allen West (who had already been voted out of Congress). One suggested former ...

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Boehner, John
Congress
defense spending
politics
Republican Party
Obama, Barack
House of Representatives
federal budget

Professional Gadfly Chuck Hagel Is a Bizarre Choice for Defense

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In selecting Republican former senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska as his nominee for Secretary of Defense, President Barack Obama maintains a recent tradition going back to the Clinton administration of having a Republican—or at least a former Republican—in charge at the Pentagon.

It's not at all clear ...

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Hagel, Chuck
Department of Defense
Congress
politics
national security terrorism and the military

What's Behind the Chuck Hagel Defense Confirmation Fight

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You know the partisan environment in Washington is getting worse when Republican senators are accusing a fellow Republican of being too far out of the "mainstream" to serve in a Democratic president's cabinet.

President Obama has selected former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, a Republican, to serve ...

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Hagel, Chuck
Obama, Barack
Republican Party
Congress
Obama administration
politics
national security terrorism and the military
Department of Defense
Pentagon
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