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Archive for May 11th, 2012

Poll Shows Growing Economic Pessimism

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 11th, 2012 11:08 pm by HL

Poll Shows Growing Economic Pessimism
Agiesta & Raum, Associated Press
Americans are growing more pessimistic about the economy and handling it remains President Barack Obama's weak spot and biggest challenge in his bid for a second term, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

Mitt’s Troubling Incidents From Prep School
Jason Horowitz, Wash Post
Mitt Romney returned from a three-week spring break in 1965 to resume his studies as a high school senior at the prestigious Cranbrook School. Back on the handsome campus, studded with Tudor brick buildings and manicured fields, he spotted something he thought did not belong at a school where the boys wore ties and carried briefcases. John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn’t…

What Has Made Congress More Polarized?
Sean Trende, RealClearPolitics
Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein ignited a bit of a firestorm with their column describing Republicans as main drivers behind Washington's problems. The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza has made some excellent points with regard to Mann and Ornstein's qualitative arguments, and other thorough responses abound. Rather than revisiting these points, I would like to focus my attention on the quantitative arguments made at the end of the article. Mann and Ornstein note that:"[P]olitical scientists Keith Poole and Howard Rosenthal, who have long tracked historical trends in…