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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Chamber of Commerce leaders apparently suffering from acute amnesia

Tom Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was downright ebulient yesterday in his assessment of the American economy at the halfway point of Barack Obama’s second term as president. “Investing, hiring and consumer spending are firming up,” he said in his speech, and there are “millions of new jobs. . . . We’ve had a few good quarters of very solid growth, surprising some of the experts. . . . There’s no reason to think that another recession is lurking.” All this optimism prompted Dana Milbank of the Washington Post to ask...

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Remember when American right-wingers hated anything having to do with France?

Twelve years ago, France decided not to get involved in George W. Bush’s ill-advised war in Iraq — thereby  inviting the wrath of every red-blooded, right-wing  pseudo-patriot in America. Republican politicians ordered that french fries be renamed “freedom fries” on menus in congressional cafeterias. Right-wing pundits referred to the French as “cheese-eating surrender monkeys.” Anything having to do with France was bad. But, that was then, and THIS is now: Fast forward to Sunday when an estimated 3.7...

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Here’s how bad things have become under Obama

To hear some people tell it, these first three-fourths of Barack Obama’s two-term presidency have led America to the brink of irreversible disaster on virtually every count. HERE‘s Andrew Sullivan’s assessment of the situation as things stand now: The latest reports on economic growth suggest that Obama is now presiding over the strongest economy in more than a decade. Back in 2009, this was in no way predictable, or even likely. Compared with America’s international competitors, it’s powerful evidence that Obama’s early...

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