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Monday, June 18, 2018

Analysis: How Bill Clinton, Improbably, Became America’s Favorite Politician

By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times When Bill Clinton left the White House in January 2001, Americans had experienced quite enough of the boisterous Big Dog and his unending dramas, both personal and political. Republican George W. Bush defeated Clinton’s vice president and preferred successor, fellow Democrat Al Gore, in no small part due […]

September 10, 2014

POLL: Even George W. Bush Did Less Damage To GOP Than Ted Cruz

February 2009 should have been the lowest possible point for the Republican Party. President Obama had just become the 44th president of the United States with the largest majorities in both houses of Congress that any president had enjoyed in generations. The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll that month found that 26 percent of Americans had a […]

January 28, 2014

POLL: Obama Still Most Popular World Leader

Much of Obama’s popularity can be credited to the fact that he’s not George W. Bush.

September 4, 2013

Fox Hired Palin Because She Is ‘Hot’ And ‘Got Ratings’

Is Fox News really part of a right wing conspiracy to manipulate the news, or is it just a bunch of rich guys looking to become richer? An Associated Press interview with Roger Ailes suggests that the Fox News president places ratings above ideology, especially when it comes to a certain “foxy” Tea Party figure. […]

October 5, 2011

Republicans’ Medicare Crisis

Remember the names of these four Republican house members: Rep. Walter Jones, N.C.; Rep. Dave McKinley, W.V.; Rep. Ron Paul, Texas; and Rep. Denny Rehberg, Mont. Out of 240 House Republicans, these four intrepid individuals cast the only votes on the House floor against the bold blueprint of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., […]

July 9, 2011

America Hearts Medicare; Paul Ryan, Not So Much

There was concern that Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal would prevent Democrats from winning the messaging war on Paul Ryan’s Medicare voucher (read: privatization) scheme. Apparently, even the salacious revelations couldn’t distract most Americans from imminent danger to their cherished social program: By a margin of 57 percent to 34 percent, poll respondents say they would […]

June 23, 2011