President ’12

US Foreign Relations

By Patrick Laverty | September 12, 2012 |

I seem to remember back around the time of President Obama’s inauguration, we were being told that President Bush had done great harm to the reputation of our country and that Obama would fix it. Obama would repair all the damage done with regard to US foreign relations. Am I creating a straw man? Here’s…

Things We Read Today, 9

By Justin Katz | September 12, 2012 |

No deep theme, today, but bad British commentary, union priorities, stimulus as wishlist, the fame of Dinesh, and a response to Dan Yorke’s Congressional District 1 analysis.

Things We Read Today, 8

By Justin Katz | September 11, 2012 |

Today: September 11, global change, evolution, economics, 17th amendment, gold standard, and a boughten electorate… all to a purpose.

Exorcising the Totally Non-Political Song Stuck in My Head

By Justin Katz | September 9, 2012 |

Thanks to Marc, this song has been on my mp3 player for better than a year, and it just happened to come up in the shuffle while I was making my morning Internet rounds. And I suspect I’ll have a hard time watching the presidential horse race over the next couple of months without its…

Barack Obama’s Policy Goals

By Carroll Andrew Morse | September 7, 2012 |

During his acceptance speech at last night’s Democratic National Convention, President Barack Obama presented a set of policy goals (and related achievements) that would be his focus, if reelected President…I’m asking you to rally around a set of goals for your country – goals in manufacturing, energy, education, national security, and the deficit; a real,…

Things We Read Today, 4

By Justin Katz | September 6, 2012 |

Today, I touch briefly (for me) on long-term vs. short-term recovery, who’s better off, RI’s long spiral (and potential for quick resurgence), and the significance of different ballot types in Cicilline-Loughlin.

Things We Read Today, 3

By Justin Katz | September 5, 2012 |

Today’s short takes address misleading labeling at the DNC, misleading fact-checking, fading national competitiveness, and the September 10 mentality.

Obama’s Economy

By Marc Comtois | September 5, 2012 |

Better off? Under President Obama… Jan-09 Today Gasoline $1.84 $3.84 National Debt $10.6 Trillion $16 Trillion Unemployment 7.80% 8.30% # Unemployed 11.98 million 12.8 million Median Income $53,410 $50,964 # Food Stamp Users 31.98 million 46.7 million Poverty Rate 13.20% 15.70% Oil (Europe), barrel $41.22 $113 Oil (Texas), barrel $38.57 $95 Gold, oz $853 $1,690…

Things We Read Today, 2

By Justin Katz | September 4, 2012 |

Today’s quick(ish) hits touch on: Partisanship as evidenced by Bill Maher, Rachel Maddow, and Nick Gillespie. The libertarian-conservative divide and this year’s election. Ed Fitzpatrick’s one-way love of fact checking. The dependency nation as an existential threat. Read all about it on the Ocean State Current…

“We’ve Heard it all Before…”

By Marc Comtois | September 3, 2012 |

….and are you better off?