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Analysis & Opinions - Brookings Institution

Reflections on President Obama's Inaugural Address, His Second Term and Presidential Leadership Style

| January 22, 2012

"But the President's speech was light on the economic problem meaning that his biggest challenge will be to not repeat the mistakes of the first term by underestimating the pain and suffering of the recession. He can't assume that just because we're moving in the right direction, attention can be turned to other issues—worthy as they may be."

Analysis & Opinions - Politico

Time to Reform Complex Tax Code

| December 9, 2012

"The top priority for Democratic and Republican lawmakers is jobs. Reforming the corporate Tax Code by lowering the rate to an internationally competitive rate and broadening the base is just the solution we need. For example, a corporate rate of 25 percent would add 581,000 jobs every year for the next decade and increase GDP growth by up to 2 percent. More important to the middle class, comprehensive tax reform would boost take-home pay for a family of four by $2,484."

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., waves to the crowd as she walks on stage to declare victory over challenger Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., in the Missouri Senate race, Nov. 6, 2012, in St. Louis.

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Analysis & Opinions - WBUR

The Obama Realignment

| November 7, 2012

"In addition to the presidential election, the party easily retained control of the Senate; something they were not expected to do even a year ago. The same generational dynamic that helped the president, also helped Democrats like Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill. McCaskill, who was considered to be one of the most vulnerable Senate candidates, was supported by 68 percent of voters between the ages of 18 and 29 and by 55 percent of voters between the ages of 30 and 44."

Analysis & Opinions - WBUR

Debate Dominated By Issues Important To Voters In Swing State Ohio

| October 17, 2012

"...[T]he subtext of this second presidential debate was all Ohio, all the time. At every opportunity the two candidates came back to the three C's that matter in Ohio — cars, China and coal. If this seemed a little strange to everyone else in the country it made perfect sense in the dynamic of this campaign....By the time the second debate rolled around last night, though Obama still held an edge in the electoral college, the race had gotten so close that it looked like it was coming down to who could win Ohio."

Analysis & Opinions - WBUR

Biden Delivers for the Democrats

| October 12, 2012

"...Biden lifted the veil on that one, pointing out that to even begin to get enough money to pay for tax cuts of the size the Republicans are talking about, you'd have to cut the mortgage interest deduction and you'd have to start counting employer paid health care as part of taxable income. The howls from the middle class would be heard from coast to coast. The only people who wouldn't howl would be the really rich for whom these deductions are minor and the really poor who don't own houses or have employer paid health care. Good for Biden for finally putting that on the table."

Analysis & Opinions - WBUR

Contemplating 'What If'

| October 1, 2012

"What if in 1976 President Ford had quickly corrected the impression that he thought Poland was not a Communist country (it was at the time)? What if in 1980 Ronald Reagan never got the chance to ask the country, 'Are you better off today than you were four years ago?' What if in 1992 President Bush had not looked at his watch instead of at the woman who was pouring out her heart to him?"

Analysis & Opinions - WBUR

Are You Better Off Than You Were 4 Years Ago?

| September 11, 2012

"...[W]hat makes the 'better off' question especially difficult this year is the presence of an economic variable that is not to be found in all the modeling that has been done by political scientists and economists — the housing market. We don't know what the effect of a real estate crash and thousands of 'underwater' homes are on elections."

Analysis & Opinions - WBUR

God, The Democrats & Bill Clinton

| September 6, 2012

"Moderates, as opposed to Independents, are close to liberals on the social issues; favoring abortion, gay marriage and stem cell research. But they differ from liberals on one critical dimension; they tend to be more religious than self-identified liberals. Bill Clinton's party platforms were famous for their sensitivity to these values."