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By: Michael Barone | Posted: January 24, 2013 3:55 AM
Commentators both left and right agree that Barack Obama's second inaugural speech Monday was highly partisan, with shoutouts to his constituencies on the left and defiance of his critics on the right.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: January 17, 2013 3:55 AM
To judge from his surly demeanor and defiant words at his press conference on Monday, Barack Obama begins his second term with a strategy to defeat and humiliate Republicans rather than a strategy to govern.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: January 14, 2013 3:55 AM
It's often good fun and sometimes revealing to divide American history into distinct periods of uniform length.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: January 10, 2013 3:55 AM
Barack Obama, we have been told by his admirers on the left and right, is an instinctive centrist, a moderate always ready to negotiate compromises, a politician deeply interested in the nuances of public policy.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: January 7, 2013 3:55 AM
Over the next year, we will probably see much controversy over the implementation of Obamacare.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: December 31, 2012 3:55 AM
There's a natural human impulse to help people who need a hand. In the political world, that often translates to an impulse to have government help people who need a hand. Who wants to argue with that? 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: December 24, 2012 3:55 AM
Last week, Republicans proved they are not a governing party. Next week we will see whether Democrats are.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: December 20, 2012 3:55 AM
 
On Monday, the U.S. Senate got its newest member and lost its most senior member.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: December 17, 2012 3:55 AM
Democrats in Washington declare that they will absolutely, positively allow no changes whatever in the nation's unsustainable entitlement programs -- Social Security and Medicare.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: December 13, 2012 3:55 AM
Is Barack Obama bluffing when he threatens to go over the fiscal cliff if Republicans refuse to agree to higher tax rates on high earners?
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: December 10, 2012 3:55 AM
Is mass migration from Mexico to the United States a thing of the past?
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: December 6, 2012 3:55 AM
The fiscal cliff negotiations seem to be foundering on Barack Obama's insistence on higher tax rates on high earners and House Republican leaders' insistence on opposing them.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: December 3, 2012 3:55 AM
Americans are very generous to people with disabilities. Since passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990, millions of public and private dollars have been spent on curb cuts, bus lifts and special elevators.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: November 26, 2012 3:55 AM
In Washington, Americans have two-party government, with a Democratic president and Senate and a Republican House. We had it before November's election and will have it again for the next two years.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: November 19, 2012 3:55 AM
In his first formal press conference in months, Barack Obama showed that getting re-elected can increase a president's confidence and combativeness. He staked out tough stands on several issues, especially on the looming budget negotiations.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: November 15, 2012 3:55 AM
Barack Obama attended more than 200 fundraisers for his presidential campaign, but he refrained from raising money for congressional Democrats.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: November 1, 2012 3:55 AM
As the East Coast recoils from Hurricane Sandy, the political news is of new states suddenly inundated with presidential campaign ads. First Wisconsin, then Pennsylvania, more recently Minnesota.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: October 29, 2012 3:55 AM
When reading one of the endless stories about a just-released poll Thursday night, a pair of numbers struck my eye: 60 and 37.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: October 25, 2012 3:55 AM
Back in May, I wrote a column laying out possible scenarios for the 2012 campaign different from the conventional wisdom that it would be a long, hard slog through a fixed list of target states like the race in 2004.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: October 22, 2012 3:55 AM
How will this election be seen in history? Obviously, it depends on who wins.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: October 15, 2012 3:55 AM

When a politician is in trouble, he usually falls back on what he knows best -- the world he saw around him when he entered into political awareness as a young adult.

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By: Michael Barone | Posted: October 8, 2012 3:55 AM
Wednesday night's presidential debate in which Mitt Romney shellacked Barack Obama attracted the biggest audience since the debate between Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan seven days before the 1980 election.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: October 4, 2012 3:55 AM
Mitt Romney was 13 years old and Barack Obama had not been born when an energetic-looking John Kennedy, 43, and a tired-looking Richard Nixon, 47, walked into the WBBM-TV studio in Chicago for the first general election debate between presidential candidates.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: October 1, 2012 3:55 AM
As a recovering pollster (I worked for Democratic pollster Peter Hart from 1974 to 1981), let me weigh in on the controversy over whether the polls are accurate.
 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: September 27, 2012 3:55 AM
In 2008, voters under 30 preferred Barack Obama over John McCain by a 66 percent to 32 percent margin. Among older voters, Obama led McCain by 50 percent to 49 percent.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: September 24, 2012 3:55 AM

"The most important lesson I've learned is that you can't change Washington from the inside," Barack Obama said in an interview Thursday on the Spanish-language Univision network. "You can only change it from the outside."

 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: September 17, 2012 3:55 AM

In Libya, U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three colleagues were murdered Tuesday. Earlier that day, protesters in Egypt stormed the U.S. embassy and tore down the American flag.

 
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: September 10, 2012 3:55 AM
The consensus on Barack Obama's acceptance speech Thursday night, and in effect on the Democratic National Convention as a whole, is that it was a bust.
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: September 6, 2012 3:55 AM
"One question, Mr. President," read the words on the front cover of this week's Economist, behind a silhouette of the back of Barack Obama's head, "just what would you do with another four years?"
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By: Michael Barone | Posted: August 27, 2012 3:55 AM
Today, the 40th Republican National Convention assembles in hurricane-threatened Tampa, Fla.
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