The Obama Lesson: Deeds Beat Words

President Obama started his term by passing a politically toxic stimulus bill. Next, he oversaw a politically toxic auto bailout. He then spent an agonizing year on a politically toxic health reform bill. His approval ratings dropped, the Tea Party erupted, and as he continued to do controversial things—on gay rights, on immigration, on Iraq—pundits continued to accuse him of […]

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Obama, Romney launch final blitz

President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney barnstormed their way across more than a half-dozen battleground states on Sunday, making closing arguments to a closely divided American electorate before Tuesday’s vote. Obama stumped in New Hampshire in the morning, flew to Florida and Ohio, and was headed west to Colorado in the evening. Romney spent Sunday heading east from […]

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Poll: Single digit race for Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes

Need more evidence that Pennsylvania won’t be a cakewalk this time around for President Barack Obama? Then here you go: A Franklin and Marshall College poll of likely Keystone State voters released Wednesday indicates Obama with a 49%-45% edge over Republican nominee Mitt Romney. The president’s four point advantage is within the survey’s sampling error and is down from a […]

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Private hiring jumps, unemployment claims fall

Private sector hiring jumped in October, according to a report released Thursday by payroll processor ADP. Private employers added 158,000 jobs in the month, ADP (ADP, Fortune 500) said, beating economists’ forecasts of 143,000. The October report is the first to feature ADP’s new methodology aimed at further aligning its figures with the final monthly data released by the Bureau […]

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I Don’t Know

We’re a week away from the election. I’m in the doldrums, stuck in a Washington hotel while a storm called “Sandy” pummels Bruce Springsteen’s beloved Jersey Shore. I tried to spend a day out with the President and Bill Clinton, but my shirt got caught. We went to Florida last night and the storm kept us spinning right back to […]

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Candidates Look for Right Time to Resume Campaign

The presidential candidates searched for the right moment to get back to politicking after superstorm Sandy’s destructive interruption, with President Barack Obama monitoring relief efforts and Republican Mitt Romney struggling to strike the right tone. Romney and running mate Paul Ryan initially announced they were canceling events out of sensitivity for the millions of American’s in Sandy’s path. But with […]

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