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Real people around the country are beginning to tune into the possibility that these spending cuts could do real damage to their communities and to the country's economic recovery.

A new poll confirms that Presidential rhetoric tends to polarize more than to persuade.

  • Jamelle Bouie
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  • Feb 12, 2013
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Obama's second inaugural is squarely rooted in the tradition of progressive speakers from the past who appropriated the language of the Founding Fathers as their own.

Expect a second inaugural speech that's less exciting than the first.

  • Jamelle Bouie
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  • Jan 21, 2013
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The battle over the future of the American welfare state was not settled by today's outcome, and that fight is the crucial one.

The truth is it's extremely hard to evaluate these things even when everything is done and public

  • Jonathan Bernstein
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  • Dec 31, 2012
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It’s hard to figure out what the president was aiming for in the brief press conference he gave this afternoon.

  • Jamelle Bouie
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  • Dec 31, 2012
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The President signals to GOP leaders that if we do go over the cliff, he intends to extract maximum political pain for it.

But there's no reason to panic. There's little damage as long as everything gets wrapped up in January.

  • Jonathan Bernstein
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  • Dec 28, 2012
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The rules have changed, and even Senate reform won't change them back.

  • Jonathan Bernstein
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  • Dec 26, 2012
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