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January 14, 2003
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Everyone’s abuzz about the Gallup poll that shows Bush’s job approval at 58% – its lowest point since 9/11. I’m not the slightest bit bothered by this poll. There are two years to the next election and two years is a lifetime in politics. I predict that we’ll see the president’s approval rating swing...

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January 14, 2003
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Janet Hook says in the LA Times that this year is going to see some bitter partisan fights in Congress. One factor she doesn’t touch on is the sheer number of Democratic presidential candidates. It’ll be difficult for these candidates to distinguish themselves from each other. I expect they’ll try to do it by...

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January 14, 2003
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Could Americans be backing the president on Iraq simply because they’re misinformed? Check out this poll to see what I mean: As far as you know, how many of the Sept. 11 terrorist hijackers were Iraqi citizens? Most of them – 21%Some of them – 23%Just one – 6%None – 17%Don’t know/refused – 33%...

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January 14, 2003
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Outgoing Governor George Ryan’s death penalty commutations in Illinois have created a hodgepodge of death penalty laws, making application of the death penalty completely arbitrary. Some of the commutations may be overturned because the inmate in question was in the middle of an retrial. Perversely, those who appealed their sentence might not benefit from...

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January 13, 2003
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Now that Joe Lieberman is officially in the 2004 presidential race, here’s some RNC oppo research.

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January 13, 2003
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The House is going to be an invaluable tool for passing conservative legislation in the next two years. Speaker Dennis Hastert and Majority Leader Tom Delay are consolidating their power and preparing to up the ante to force the fractious Senate closer to the president’s versions of various bills.

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January 13, 2003
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The New York Times has an unintentionally hilarious story on the French 35-hour work week. Excerpt: “If you cut the hours without increasing the work force, everybody has to work harder,” said Jean-Paul Rouillac, a postal worker and union official, sipping a coffee beneath a poster of Che Guevara at a local union office...

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January 12, 2003
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Germany’s economic, political and military weakness is hurting the Eurocrats: Gerhard Schroeder is feeling besieged. Every day he’s trashed in the German media. At press conferences, he irritably lashes out at critics. His poll numbers are abominable—32 percent and sinking. Abroad, he’s robbed Germany of nearly all clout with his count-me-out stance on Iraq...

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January 12, 2003
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The Washington Post has a good article on 2004 fundraising in light of the campaign finance “reform” legislation that passed last year. Now that soft-money contributions are banned and the hard-money contribution limit has been doubled to $2,000, Republicans enjoy an enormous fundraising edge. As I’ve mentioned before, in the presidential campaign, this edge...

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January 12, 2003
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Senator Bob Graham (D-FL) is looking increasingly like a presidential candidate. My take on Graham is here.

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January 12, 2003
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Dick Morris in the NY Post and Donald Lambro in the Washington Times recognize the broad and deep voter appeal of the Bush tax cuts.

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January 11, 2003
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Illinois Governor George Ryan goes nuts and pardons everyone on death row. This is yet another example of a Republican becoming more liberal once in public office. Can you think of a single instance in which a Democrat became more conservative in office? No? You can blame the liberal media cocoon for that. The...

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January 11, 2003
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Here’s more on a potential 2004 Jeff Flake vs. John McCain showdown. Of course, I’m all for Flake.

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January 11, 2003
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I’m watching the McLaughlin Group and all the conservatives are calling for pulling our troops out of South Korea. Surprisingly the liberals want to keep troops there because, they say, keeping them there shows that the US is willing to live up to its commitments to Asian allies. If projecting force is the reason...

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January 11, 2003
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Now that Bush administration is trying to decide whether it should weigh in on the Michigan Affirmative Action cases, here’s a Washington Post poll that shows how Americans feel about the issue: In order to give minorities more opportunity, do you believe race or ethnicity should be a factor when deciding who is hired,...

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