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Freakonomics » Bad Incentives That Work Quite Well: The Opportunity Cost of Political Partisanship

Friday, December 21, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.freakonomics.com

This is painful for a liberal to admit, but conservatives have a point when they suggest that America’s safety net can sometimes entangle people in a soul-crushing dependency.

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David Frum: How the GOP Got Stuck in the Past - Newsweek and The Daily Beast

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Sunday, November 18, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.thedailybeast.com

Those who would urge the GOP to double down on ideology post-2012 should ask themselves: would Republicans have done better if we had promised a bigger tax cut for the rich and proposed to push more people off food stamps and Medi­caid? Would we have done better if we had promised to do more to ban abortion and stop same-sex marriage? If we had committed ourselves to fight more wars? To put the country on the gold standard? Almost half of those surveyed on voting day said they wanted to see taxes raised on Americans earning more than $250,000.

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How Obama won: He had a better team that ran a first-rate campaign. - Slate Magazine

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Sunday, November 11, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.slate.com

The president won because he ran a permanent campaign, keeping his offices open in the battleground states from his 2008 campaign, tending his coalition assiduously, and because he relentlessly defined his opponent.

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Obama Wins: How Chicago′s Data-Driven Campaign Triumphed TIME.com

Friday, November 9, 2012
Category: Politics

From swampland.time.com

The team even worked at a remove from the rest of the campaign staff, setting up shop in a windowless room at the north end of the vast headquarters office. The “scientists” created regular briefings on their work for the President and top aides in the White House’s Roosevelt Room, but public details were in short supply as the campaign guarded what it believed to be its biggest institutional advantage over Mitt Romney’s campaign: its data.

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Obama Victory Could Spell End Of Conservative Supreme Court - Forbes

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.forbes.com

The decades-long conservative project to take control of the U.S. Supreme Court may come to an end during the second Obama administration.

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Still Waiting for the Narrator in Chief - NYTimes.com

Friday, November 2, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.nytimes.com

Presidents generally don’t like to admit mistakes, so it was interesting when Barack Obama owned up to one during an interview with Charlie Rose on CBS last summer. It was the job of the president, Obama said, to “tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and purpose and optimism,” and it was on this score that he had fallen short.

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Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have repeatedly tripped up in talking about Libya. - Slate Magazine

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Monday, October 22, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.slate.com

We are going small bore on Libya, delving into the tiniest questions and definitions of what happened there during a few hours one day in September. We’re certain to get even smaller as Republicans seize on the president’s comments to Jon Stewart: “If four Americans get killed it is not optimal.

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Yes, Undecided Voters Are Partisans and Have Opinions — The Monkey Cage

Thursday, October 18, 2012
Category: Politics

From themonkeycage.org

One of the stupider things that people say about undecided voters is that they’re stupid. But although they may follow politics less closely than other voters, they’re not somehow devoid of values, beliefs, and attitudes that bear directly on politics.

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Why Do America’s Super-Rich Feel Victimized by Obama? : The New Yorker

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Thursday, October 4, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.newyorker.com

In an extreme version of this, the rich feel that they have become the new, vilified underclass. T. J. Rodgers, a libertarian and a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, has taken to comparing Barack Obama’s treatment of the rich to the oppression of ethnic minorities—an approach, he says, that the President, as an African-American, should be particularly sensitive to.

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Why Big Money Can’t Buy an Election After All

Monday, October 1, 2012
Category: Politics

From www.thefiscaltimes.com

Campaign funds under a candidate’s direct control are more valuable than under party control and far more valuable than that being spent on his behalf. That is because independent groups have their own agendas, don’t necessarily know where or how best to utilize their resources due to the prohibition on coordination, and many may simply be incompetent.

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