Robert Schlesinger

December 2010


Does 2011 Start a New Decade?

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When the clock flips tonight will 2011 start a new decade or merely be the second year of the ’10s? As I wrote here and here, I maintain the former: “since our calendar goes from 1BC to 1AD, without a year zero, this is not technically the last year of the decade.”

When I made that argument a ...

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Is Health Reform One of the 5 Biggest Stories of the Decade?

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A year ago I posted my top stories and trends for the decade. Given that the decade is actually coming to an end today (more on that in a second) it seems like a good time to revisit and revise the list.

First the issue of the decade ending. As I noted last year, “since our calendar goes from 1BC to ...

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Bush, George W.
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Republican Party
2008 presidential election
Obama, Barack
unemployment
Boehner, John
Clinton, Hillary
Palin, Sarah

U.S. Population, 2011: 310 Million and Growing

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The United States enters 2011 with a population of more than 310.5 million people, according to a U.S. Census Bureau estimate. Note that that’s an estimate (taken from their neat U.S. “population clock”); according to their official, enumerated count, the U.S. population as of April 1, 2010 was ...

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Under Investigation, Christine O'Donnell Goes Delusional

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Tea Party flash in the pan Christine O’Donnell is back, in classic form: under investigation and spouting delusional, self-aggrandizing nonsense.

O’Donnell, the failed GOP Delaware senate nominee, is reportedly under investigation by the Department of Justice over allegations that she used ...

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O'Donnell, Christine
tea party
Republican Party
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2010 Congressional elections
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Poll: Sarah Palin Really Unpopular in Alaska

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It’s not good news for Sarah Palin that the people who know her best are among those who like her least. And according to polling data released by Public Policy Polling, Palin’s fellow Alaskans have an especially dim view of their former half-term governor.

PPP, a well-regarded Democratic firm,

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Palin, Sarah
Miller, Joe
Alaska
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2012 presidential election
Massachusetts
tea party
Republican Party
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Republicans Admire Obama More Than Glenn Beck

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Maybe Republicans are more perceptive than I have given them credit for. Even with the Tea Party-fication of the GOP, Gallup’s year-end survey of the “most admired” people found that more GOPers list Obama (6 percent) than do talk media blowhard Glenn Beck (4 percent). There must be a conspiracy!

On ...

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Rice, Condoleezza
Obama, Barack
Obama, Michelle
Palin, Sarah
Bush, George W.
Clinton, Bill
Clinton, Hillary
Democratic Party
tea party
Republican Party
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Gallup
Beck, Glenn
Carter, Jimmy
Graham, Billy
Gates, Bill
Pope Benedict XVI
Winfrey, Oprah

John McCain’s Policy Temper Tantrums

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An operating theory of John McCain went like this: His veer to the right in recent years was all about the politics of necessity. He needed to demonstrate his conservative bona fides to the GOP base first to overcome Mitt Romney et al in the 2008 primaries. Then more recently he had to keep ...

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McCain, John
Obama, Barack
Congress
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Hayworth, J.D.
2008 presidential election
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energy
energy policy and climate change
Washington Post
Bennett, Robert

Senate Passes Historic 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal

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The Senate voted overwhelmingly—65-to-31—Saturday to repeal the 17-year old ban on gays serving openly in the military. Eight Republicans joined 57 Democrats on the right side of history. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law some time before Christmas.

Now it’s up to the military to ...

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Burr, Richard
Congress
2010 Congressional elections
Senate
Kirk, Mark
Brown, Scott
Collins, Susan
Snowe, Olympia
Voinovich, George
McCain, John
Ensign, John
Murkowski, Lisa
politics
national security terrorism and the military
LGBT rights
Obama administration
Obama, Barack

Huckabee Dings Kyl on Christmas Week Work

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I noted earlier that Mike Huckabee, appearing on the Daily Show Thursday night to promote his new Christmas book, not only neatly cut off the Kyl Who Politicized Christmas at the knees, but also took a swift shot at the Congress in general-- Democrats and Republicans.

Huckabee, a former ...

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Kyl, Jon
holidays
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Congress
Huckabee, Mike
Palin, Sarah
Gingrich, Newt
Fox News

The Kyl Who Politicized Christmas

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I wrote my column this week about how the tax cut deal and its attendant festivities have played out like some sort of Washington Christmas story (or, if you’re a progressive activist or House Democrat airing your grievances, a Festivus story). I could have added that the U.S. Congress increasingly ...

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Huckabee, Mike
Barton, Joe
Colbert, Stephen
Stewart, Jon
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Reid, Harry
Pelosi, Nancy
DeMint, Jim
holidays
Kyl, Jon

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