President Trump, who won the presidency with a minority of the votes cast, has retained a strong hold on his core supporters. After a brief increase in popularity early in his transition, almost all public polls show a steep decline in Trump’s support, and he has quickly fallen into territory plumbed by Harry Truman, Richard Nixon, and Jimmy Carter.
The GOP is trying to figure out what to do when its public face resembles a rodeo clown like Sean Hannity, and when so many Republican voters live inside the right-wing, fact-free, Rush Limbaugh bubble that Trump so firmly embraced.
For all its loudness, all its exclusion, violence, and ubiquity, the faith that is modeled in the public square is often not particularly affecting. It is hard to imagine someone looking on it from outside and musing to herself, “I’d like to have some of that.” What Jimmy Carter showed the world, though, was different.
By Greg Bluestein, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ATLANTA — The actor William H. Macy has a problem. He’s trying to come up with a song to play at an upcoming fundraiser for Democrat Jason Carter’s campaign, and now he’s learned that former President Jimmy Carter may also attend. Suddenly, that ukulele tune has become more important. […]
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), a likely 2016 presidential candidate, has some explaining — and penance — to do. On Wednesday, Mother Jones dug up some old videos of the self-proclaimed libertarian slamming Republican hero Ronald Reagan’s economic policies for increasing government spending and debt. In 2007, while stumping on behalf of his father’s presidential campaign, […]
By Chuck Lindell, Austin American-Statesman AUSTIN, Texas — Even as he praised the Civil Rights Act as a bold step in the quest to build a more perfect union, former President Bill Clinton cautioned Wednesday that the historic law’s gains are being threatened by a rising tide in the politics of exclusion. Closing the second day […]
Austin American-Statesman AUSTIN, Texas—Former President Jimmy Carter said that although much progress has been made on human rights in the United States and around the world, much still needs to be done. Speaking to LBJ Presidential Library Director Mark Updegrove at the Civil Rights Summit, the 39th president said women’s issues — including wage disparity, […]
By Rachel E. Stassen-Berger, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) MINNEAPOLIS—Former Vice President Walter Mondale had heart surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester on Wednesday. The surgery, which a statement said was “successful,” came just a few days after his wife, Joan Mondale, passed away. Joan Mondale, 83, died on Feb. 3 and was memorialized on Feb. 8. “Walter […]
What if in 1980 Ayn Rand — the bestselling author and founder of the Objectivist philosophy that professes the virtues of selfishness — became an advice columnist? Former Daily Show contributor John Hodgman explored this theme in the pages of The New Yorker, and in the video above, he performs the columns hilariously — complete […]
Washington (AFP) – Former president Jimmy Carter on Monday proposed three principles as a basis for Syria peace talks in Geneva: free elections, respect for their results and the deployment of peacekeepers. Syria peace talks are set to begin in Switzerland on January 22, though the full list of participants is still unclear. The talks […]