Monthly Archives: August 2011

Decline for Conservatives?

The New York Times/CBS poll just out is now the fourth to find Americans blame Republicans more than Democrats or President Obama for the debt limit fiasco. Unless and until the Times releases crosstabs, it’s hard to get particularly valuable … Continue reading

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Eating Well: Most of Us Can Afford It, and It’s Good For Our Body Politic

The AP says eating well is an indulgence: But it’s not. The AP article focuses on correlation between spending more on food and success at getting sufficient amounts of certain nutrients, like potassium and vitamin D, in one’s diet. But … Continue reading

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The One Other Point At Which Obama May Have Been Able to Cut a Debt Deal

This by Kevin Drum should be read in its entirety; he provides a good corrective to the view that presidents have more power than they actually do by looking at George W Bush’s role in the major legislative actions of … Continue reading

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Debt Deal: Looks Like Democrats Like It, Tea Partiers Hate It

Yesterday I pondered whether the debt agreement would be popular with the public. I’ve only seen one poll today, so we need more corroborating data for sound conclusions. But a new poll from CNN shows the debt limit deal is unpopular…with … Continue reading

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Will The Debt Deal Be Popular?

Matt Yglesias thinks so: There’s another good example to go along with the Affordable Care Act: the proposed immigration reform of 2007, when poll respondents regularly approved of almost every major element but the overall proposal was very unpopular. But … Continue reading

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