Millions of people think God will decide who wins the Super Bowl

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said something the other day to the effect that the outcome of a football is not likely of any great concern to the proverbial Man Upstairs. Rodgers was responding to a fan who said she found it “a little off-putting” when an athlete thanks God for helping his team win a big game. Said Rodgers: “I agree with her. I don’t think God cares a whole lot about the outcome. He cares about the people involved, but I don’t think he’s a big football fan.” Perhaps so, but a new survey commissioned...

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Here’s a Republican Party variation on the deflated football scandal

No doubt you’ve heard about allegations that the New England Patriots partially deflated some of the footballs used this past Sunday in the team’s victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Well, the Republican Party has come up with its own variation on this kind of thing. The GOP promised early yesterday that Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida (above) would offer a Spanish-language version of a rebuttal by Sen. Joni Ernst to President Obama’s State of the Union address. But Curbelo’s speech mentioned Republican efforts...

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Why do the media hype Chris Christie more than Ben Carson as a presidential possibility?

Political numbers-cruncher Sam Wang (above) of the Princeton Election Consortium raises an interesting question about several of the prospective candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Citing a recent CBS poll showing that Republicans are far more strongly in favor of surgeon Ben Carson running for president than New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Wang ASKS: “[W]hy are reporters covering Christie and not, say, Ben Carson?” Why, indeed? The answer, of course, is that too many political pundits know too little...

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Tammy Duckworth says she’s weighing a challenge to Mark Kirk next year

Conventional political wisdom holds that U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois is among the least likely Republican incumbents to win re-election next year — for several reasons. For starters, Illinois is a bastion of Democratic strength. Then, too, Kirk still has lingering effects of a serious stroke he suffered three years ago this month. But more to the point, if Kirk wins the GOP nomination, he might well face formidable opposition in the general election, as we see HERE: Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a two-term Democrat, told CQ Roll Call Monday...

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Behold a terrible headline on misreading results of a poll on race relations

There’s a new poll out today on the status of race relations in America during the presidency of Barack Obama — and even a prominent liberal website is grossly misreporting the results of the survey. The poll shows that most Americans think race relations have either remained unchanged under Obama (40 percent) or improved (15 percent). But that’s not how the folks at Talking Points Memo are interpreting the results. As we see HERE, the headline on TPM’s story reads: “Americans Think Race Relations Are Worse ...

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Here’s why history likely will be kind to Barack Obama’s presidency

As we near the halfway mark of Barack Obama’s second term as president, his job-approval rating in most polls is running about even, which is a considerable improvement over the numbers of not so long ago. But more to the point, Obama’s tenure in the White House now seems likely to be remembered rather fondly by history. Of course, most presidents fare better in the public’s mind after they’ve left office than when they served as chief executives. That’s true of Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and both...

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