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Obama’s ratings resemble those of past presidents

Here’s a scary exercise for Republicans. First, make a graph of Bill Clinton’s job approval ratings for the nine months following November 1994, when Republicans dealt him a crushing defeat in midterm elections. Then superimpose Barack Obama’s job approval ratings for the nine months following November 2010, when Republicans dealt him a crushing defeat in […]

Wisconsin’s budget bill thought to be a ‘disaster,’ working for school

“This is a disaster,” Mark Miller, the Wisconsin Senate Democratic leader, said in February after Republican Gov. Scott Walker proposed a budget bill that would curtail the collective-bargaining powers of some public employees. Miller predicted catastrophe if the bill were to become law — a charge repeated thousands of times by his fellow Democrats, union […]

Anti-Mormon bias persists, notably among Democrats

Ever since Mitt Romney’s unsuccessful run for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, there has been much discussion of whether GOP voters would accept a Mormon candidate. Would evangelical conservatives, in particular, look past the former Massachusetts governor’s faith to vote for him? The underlying assumption was that the more conservative the views, the more intolerant […]