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January 15, 2003
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If you like reading Fox-Is-Thrashing-CNN stories, here’s yet another one.

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January 15, 2003
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Via Political Wire: Haley Barbour is, indeed, running for Mississippi governor in 2003. Republicans have a better-than-even chance of winning all three governorships up in 2003 – Mississippi, Kentucky and Louisiana. That will be a net gain of 2 for the GOP.

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January 15, 2003
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Now that the Democratic presidential field is clearer, there are some surprising benefits for Republican Senate prospects in 2004. If Bob Graham and John Edwards go all out for the presidential nomination, they may choose not to run for their Senate seats in Florida and North Carolina, giving the GOP a better chance of...

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January 15, 2003
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Donald Lambro writes up “the seven dwarfs” in the Washington Times. And Tony Blankley analyzes the Democrats’ shrill post-election partisanship.

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January 14, 2003
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Storm in a teacup? Republican and Democratic Senate leaders are waging a quiet war over funding Senate committees. The question is whether the committees will be funded 2-1, as tradition dictates, or 50-50, as was the case when Democrats controlled the Senate by a 50-49-1 margin last year. This seemingly minor battle doesn’t mean...

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January 14, 2003
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There’s been a poll floating around that tallied partisan identification in most states. It’s an interesting poll, since the sample size is very large (44,000.) Patrick Ruffini has a very good analysis. Excerpt: Before I go further, first a word about the overall battle for partisan loyalty: Republicans appear to be gaining. Combine the...

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January 14, 2003
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Rush Limbaugh says we should all mark today on our calendars because no Democrat has announced his intention to run for president. Years from now, we’ll be telling our grandchildren about this day.

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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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