Robert Schlesinger

August 2010


Newt Gingrich's Weird 'Ground Zero Mosque' Criticism of Obama

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I read with little surprise yesterday the GOP criticism of President Obama's defense of the right of American citizens to build a Muslim community center in lower Manhattan (the so-called "ground zero mosque" controversy). John Boehner, for example, finds the decision to build a community center a ...

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Boehner, John
King, Pete
Islam
9/11
Romney, Mitt
McCain, John
Obama, Barack
Gingrich, Newt

Democrats Bet on the Politics of Social Security

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Happy birthday to Social Security, which turns 75 today. Over the last few days, Democrats have keyed on the anniversary in their latest attempt to reframe the battle for control of Congress, highlighting the desire on the part of a number of Republicans to retire or revamp the venerable, beloved ...

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TAGS:
Bennet, Michael
Buck, Ken
Bunning, Jim
Paul, Rand
Reid, Harry
Angle, Sharron
Grassley, Chuck
Burr, Richard
Vitter, David
Bond, Kit
Blunt, Roy
Lincoln, Blanche
Boozman, John
Ryan, Paul
tea party
deficit and national debt
polls
Republican Party
Democratic Party
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
social security

Michelle Obama's Campaign Trail Vacation Recalls Hillary in '98

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The Washington Post has an interesting piece today about how Democrats have decided that, with President Obama foundering in the polls, Michelle Obama is their secret weapon heading into the 2010 midterms. As a result the next vacation "the closer," as she was nicknamed in 2008, takes will be out ...

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TAGS:
Obama, Michelle
Schumer, Chuck
Specter, Arlen
Sestak, Joe
Connolly, Gerald
Titus, Dina
Reid, Harry
Boxer, Barbara
2010 Congressional elections
Congress
Obama administration
Obama, Barack
Clinton, Hillary
Clinton, Bill
Axelrod, David

A Democrat-Tea Party Alliance?

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Politico has an intriguing front page story today suggesting that Democrats might have secretly helped a handful of third party, Tea Party-type bids in seven competitive House seats around the country. "Democratic officials and activists in at least four states now stand accused of collaborating ...

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TAGS:
Adler, John
Schauer, Mark
Sestak, Joe
Grayson, Alan
Stupak, Bart
Congress
tea party
2010 Congressional elections
Waxman, Henry

The Politics of the Gay Marriage Prop 8 Decision

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Andrew Gelman has an interesting chart up at FiveThirtyEight showing the relative levels of support for gay marriage in the 50 states, and how they have shifted over the last decade-and-a-half or so. Looking at the numbers in the context of competitive races this cycle gives some insight into the ...

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TAGS:
Boxer, Barbara
Murray, Patty
Bennet, Michael
Reid, Harry
Gregg, Judd
Specter, Arlen
Burris, Roland
Feingold, Russ
Lincoln, Blanche
Voinovich, George
LeMieux, George
Bond, Kit
Bunning, Jim
Paul, Rand
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
marriage
LGBT rights

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