'After the 2012 elections, when Repubs…spent more than $1 billion…failing to unseat Pres. Obama and win back the Senate, they concluded that they had fallen dangerously behind Democrats in…technology. Now, with midterm elections just nine months away, the right is investing tens of millions of dollars to match the interactive platforms, grass-roots databases and sophisticated data analytics that allowed Democrats to identify voters, reach them with precision and persuade them to vote.'
…a recounting of Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, but also a revealing window into the le Carré-like layers of intrigue that develop when a celebrity politician who is married to another celebrity politician loses to yet another celebrity politician, and goes on to serve the politician who defeated her.
the Obama who appeared before Congress a few nights ago missed history’s memo that his presidency is over. It was the same Obama who missed the 2007 memo that Hillary Clinton was going to be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2008, the same Obama who missed the memo in late 2009 that health-care reform was doomed, the same Obama who missed the bulletin in the fall of 2012, following the first presidential debate, that Governor Mitt Romney was overtaking him in the campaign and on the way to defeating him.
…what the vow of executive action…constitutes is a gamble that Americans…agree more with the liberal economic vision than the conservative one. The hope: If people support liberal economic policies like the minimum wage hike, they will support accomplishing them via executive action, won’t care about process, and will contrast this action favorably with Congressional Republicans, who will remain associated with Washington dysfunction and, by extension, economic pessimism.
Obama to increase minimum wage
USA Today: President Obama will announce he is signing an executive order to raise the minimum wage for some federal workers to over $10 an hour.
He will also pledge to work with Congress on plans to increase the federal minimum wage for all workers from $7.25 to $10.10
Photo: President Obama working Monday on the State of the Union speech.(Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP)
[look of the hour]
'being so easily bullied by Fox’s childish provocations, the left gives the network the attention on which it thrives and hands it power that it otherwise has lost…'
As the post-Obama era approaches, the energy spent combating Ailes might be better devoted to real political battles against more powerful adversaries—not to mention questioning the ideological slant of legitimate news operations like, say, 60 Minutes.
I have often reminded myself I would not be where I am today were it not for the courage of dissidents like Dr. King, who were spied upon by their own government…And, as President, a President who looks at intelligence every morning, I also can’t help but be reminded that America must be vigilant in the face of threats.
"…Obama’s faith has been one of the most misunderstood of any president out there"…People close to the president say that Mr. Obama’s spiritual beliefs are profoundly held. In addition to the daily devotional he receives—which contains lines of Scripture and quotations from people as wide-ranging as Nina Simone and Johnny Cash—Mr. Obama regularly speaks to spiritual leaders on a variety of topics. Every year on his birthday…the president convenes a phone call with ministers “to thank God for the year that was and pray for the year ahead.”