Study shows that U.S. economy does better under Democratic presidents

Don’t share THIS with your Republican friends. It will only confuse them: For the past half-century, the US economy has consistently grown faster under Democratic presidents than under Republican ones. And in a new study, two economists ask whether there’s a reason for that — or if it’s all just a coincidence. The numbers are pretty clear on this. Between 1947 and 2012, the US economy grew at an average real annual rate of 4.35 percent during Democratic administrations and just 2.54 percent during Republican ones. The gap...

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Some Republicans suddenly are wary of wingnut push for impeachment of Obama

Some of the crazier elements on the far right of the Republican Party began calling for the impeachment of President Obama at the very moment he first took the oath of office in 2009. Of course, the GOP establishment was more than happy to harness this passionate streak of disdain for the new president, even if the roots were grounded in racism. But now party leaders suddenly have become a little nervous about all the impeachment rhetoric among the kooks. Perhaps they’ve seen a recent poll showing that Americans overwhelmingly oppose...

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Some right-wingers love to cite the role of Democrats in the segregationist South of yore

Every once in a while, I get a comment on my blog from some conservative who thinks a clever point is made by recalling the days when the Democratic Party was dominated to a certain extent by Southern segregationists. Such comments seem oblivious to the fact that the Democrats long ago cut their ties with segregationists. When Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he privately said to an aide: “We have lost the South for a generation.” LBJ’s prediction was borne out in part by the extent to which the Democratic and Republican...

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Democratic politicians in coal-producing states oppose action on global warming

Anyone paying attention to the politics of climate change is aware that Republican lawmakers generally are opposed as a matter of ideology to any meaningful government action that might help curb global warming. Not so well known, however, is that these GOP obstructionists have allies on this issue among Democratic politicians. Ronald Brownstein EXPLAINS: Even as studies proliferate on the dangers of a changing climate, the issue’s underlying politics virtually ensure that Congress will remain paralyzed over it indefinitely. That means...

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The only way Democrats can lose this year is if they don’t vote — which seems likely

If the Democrats don’t make gains in this year’s congressional elections, they’ll have only themselves to blame. Polls show that the Democratic Party is held in greater favor than the Republican Party. And the Democratic stances on most issues also enjoy greater public favor. So why are most pundits predicting a good year for the Republicans at the ballot box? It simple: Republicans are more likely to vote. Steve Benen EXPLAINS.          ...

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