Study shows a political shift of sorts as more people move from blue states to red states

The political map of America never stays the same for very long. Attitudes change, and people move around, resulting in different blends of Republican red and Democratic blue in the various states. HERE‘s a look at the changes of late: Over the last few decades, residents of many traditionally liberal states have moved to states that were once more conservative. And this pattern has played an important role in helping the Democratic Party win the last two presidential elections and four of the last six. The growth of the Latino...

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A second national poll shows that most Americans oppose Boehner’s lawsuit against Obama

It probably won’t matter to congressional Republicans that Americans generally disagree with THIS FOOLISH STRATEGY: A majority of Americans disapprove of the House Republican lawsuit against President Barack Obama, which charges that he overstepped his authority in failing to enforce the Affordable Care Act in a timely manner, according to a new CBS News poll. The House of Representatives voted last week along party lines to authorize Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to file a suit forcing the president to enforce the law — in...

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Poll: Approval of Congress hits new low, but it’s worse for Republicans than Democrats

As things stand now, the consensus among the political cognoscenti is that Republicans likely will make at least a few gains in this year’s mid-term elections. But THIS suggests to me that Democrats might hold their own if they play their cards right: The number of Americans who approve of their own representative in Congress has reached an all-time low, according to a poll released Tuesday. In a Washington Post-ABC News poll, 51 percent of Americans said that they disapprove of the way their member of Congress is “handling his or her...

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Some Republicans are backing away from social issues they previously trumpeted

For years now, Republican candidates for public office have readily seized upon hot-button social issues calculated to rile the party’s right-wing base. But there’s evidence this year that a new trend is emerging: Democrats seem more likely than GOPers to push the hot button issues. John Harwood EXPLAINS: Facing re-election, Gov. Scott Walker, Republican of Wisconsin, no longer talks about stopping same-sex marriage. “It’s those on the left that are pushing” the issue, he says. Ed Gillespie, the Republican Senate candidate in...

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What kind of logic is this?

Every now and then, the rhetoric I hear from certain politicians in Washington reminds me of something Dale Carnegie, the self-improvement guru, once said: “When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures bristling with prejudice and motivated by pride and vanity.” Such is the case in THIS SITUATION: After conservatives on Thursday brought down House Speakerr John Boehner’s bill to address the border crisis, the new House Republican leadership team issued a joint statement declaring...

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