Obama says he knows what kind of stuff is aired on Fox News — and that makes Fox News angry

Sometimes it seems that the folks who run Fox News Channel would prefer that the stuff it airs was heard only by the gullible geezers who comprise the bulk of its viewing audience. The Foxies definitely don’t like it that Barack Obama, of all people, is not oblivious to the nonsense the channel peddles. Jonathan Chait EXPLAINS: There are certain facts that an educated person realizes you can’t point out without provoking an angry rebuttal from a Fox News devotee — climate scientists overwhelmingly believe in the theory of anthropogenic...

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Will Obama’s approval ratings ever sink as low as those for recent Republican presidents?

Regular readers of this blog may have noticed that I keep fairly close tabs on President Obama’s approval ratings in the Gallup Daily Tracking poll, which is the best measure of such stuff. My purpose is to see which factors in the continuing flow of events are having positive or negative effects on Obama’s standing with the public at large. I checked again this afternoon to see if there’s been any effect from days of civil unrest in Baltimore. The short answer, at least for now, is that there has been no negative impact. In...

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To support their own worldview, Republicans have to ignore these Obama successes

Today’s candidacy announcement by Sen. Ted Cruz marks the formal opening of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, which means the rhetoric will now become hotter and heavier with each passing day. For example, Cruz and his likely rivals for the GOP nod will now have to double-down on their denunciations of Democrat Barack Obama’s two-term presidency. As we see HERE, these Republicans will have to ignore or try to explain away how Obama has: 1. Proved trickle-down economics are wrong, again; 2. Proved we can expand...

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Poll: Americans have more faith in Obama than GOP to deal with country’s problems

A CNN survey released today shows that Americans, by 11 percentage points, have more confidence in President Obama than congressional Republicans to deal with the nation’s problems. The poll also showed that two-thirds of Americans favor the Obama administration’s diplomatic negotiations with Iran on the issue of nuclear weapons. A plurality of respondents said the controversial letter sent to Iranian leaders by 47 Republican senators “went too far.” Details of the survey are HERE.          ...

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Gallup Daily Tracking Poll shows more approval than disapproval of Obama

The Gallup Daily Tracking Poll measures the percentage of Americans who approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president and publishes results showing a three-day rolling average. It’s perhaps as good a way as any to follow how the public is reacting to Obama’s ongoing performance. Most other polls are conducted at longer intervals and include numerous other questions. In recent weeks and months, the Gallup Tracking Poll has shown Obama’s approval rating at least slightly tilted to the negative side....

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