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    Obama, the Russians, and American elections

    David Marcus of the Federalist turns the clock back seven years to add context to a current-day controversy. Hot microphones are a hell of a thing. In 2012, speaking with Dmitry Medvedev, who was then president of our great rival Russia, President Obama said, “After my election I…
    Mitch Kokai, December 12, 2019
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    Snapshot of the Day

    From Real Clear Politics comes a fascinating chart that shows a comparison of job approval rating averages between President Barack Obama in December 2011, and President Donald Trump today. The raw percentages are listed below the chart on the RCP page.  …
    Donna Martinez, December 3, 2019
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    Former Defense secretary’s book slams Obama

    Kelly Jane Torrance of the Washington Examiner highlights interesting details from the memoir of former U.S. Defense secretary Jim Mattis. Though former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis mentions his last boss, President Trump, only in the opening pages of his new book, the Washington establishment seems certain the tome…
    Mitch Kokai, September 4, 2019
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    Tan-suit anniversary and media mishaps

    Becket Adams of the Washington Examiner comments on an interesting anniversary from the Obama era. Five years ago, former President Barack Obama revealed at a White House press briefing that he had no strategy to defeat the Islamic State. Members of the press and a handful of right-wing…
    Mitch Kokai, September 3, 2019
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    Obama, Omar, oh my!

    Paul Mirengoff of the Powerline blog dissects the latest controversy involving Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar. Rep. Ilhan Omar has gone on the attack. That’s not surprising, but some might be surprised at the target of her latest attack. This time, it’s not Jews. This time the target is…
    Mitch Kokai, March 11, 2019
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    Socially isolated voters

    Donald Trump elicited the same kind of hopeful expectation among his voters in 2016 that Barack Obama did among his voters in 2008 and 2012. In his forthcoming book, Alienated America, Tim Carney takes another look at who those Trump voters were and finds that many of them identified…
    Joseph Coletti, January 30, 2019
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    Hanson decries a ‘perpetual presidency’

    Victor Davis Hanson of National Review Online takes note of former President Barack Obama’s response to his successor’s administration. Obama’s charges are paradoxical. On one hand, Obama seems to believe that he, rather than Trump, should be credited with the current economic boom and the emergence of the…
    Mitch Kokai, December 7, 2018
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    Obama isn’t going away

    Joe Schoffstall of the Washington Free Beacon highlights the latest evidence that former President Barack Obama will continue to play a visible role on the American political scene. Contributions to President Barack Obama’s foundation skyrocketed last year as the group hauled in more than $230 million, its most…
    Mitch Kokai, November 30, 2018