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August 21, 2011 | By Michael Smerconish
I don't have a solution, but I do wish to propose a different way of approaching the problem. The problem is that first, the economy is in tatters. Unemployment hovers near 9 percent. Standard & Poor's has downgraded the nation's credit rating. U.S. debt stands in excess of $14 trillion. Second, we're suffering political paralysis. A recent study by the National Journal showed that Congress is more polarized today than at any time in the last three decades. And though there seems to be a consensus among econ- omists that addressing the debt will require a combination of spending cuts and tax increases, that does not seem likely to happen in this Congress, in which 236 members of the House and 41 members of the Senate have signed a pledge ruling out tax increases.
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August 12, 2011
By Matt Mackowiak In light of the recent debt deal and an unprecedented downgrade of the United States' credit rating, who has the upper hand in the presidential and congressional election that's only 14 months away? As this election year approaches, the polls don't look good for anyone. Congress' approval rating has never been worse. Only 14 percent of those surveyed in a recent CNN-Opinion Dynamics poll approved of its performance. At this point, we're down to paid employees and blood relatives.
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August 9, 2011 | By Ben Feller, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Eager to calm a nervous nation, President Obama on Monday dismissed an unprecedented downgrade in the nation's credit rating, insisting investors would stand by the United States even as stock markets plunged. Obama said Washington can fix its ills by showing more political will. "Markets will rise and fall, but this is the United States of America," he said. "No matter what some agency may say, we've always been and always will be a triple-A country. " Investors did funnel money on Monday into Treasurys, a sign of confidence in the United States as a safe long-term investment even after Standard & Poor's had dropped the U.S. credit rating down a notch.
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August 3, 2011 | By Angela Couloumbis, INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett is more popular these days - and he has women to thank for it. A Quinnipiac University poll released today said changing attitudes among women voters has helped give Corbett a 44-36 percent job approval rating, a cushy boost over his dismal 39-38 percent rating in June. And that's better than a lot of his governor colleagues in neighboring states, the survey found: Ohio Gov. John Kasich had only a 35 percent approval rating, with a whopping 50 percent disapproving, as of last month.
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May 12, 2011 | Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Some members of Congress are making appointments at CIA headquarters to view graphic photos of Osama bin Laden's corpse. But the American people might have to wait decades to see images of the al Qaeda leader who was killed in Pakistan by Navy SEALs during a daring middle-of-the-night raid. The CIA is allowing members of the House and Senate Intelligence and Armed Services committees to see the photos in a secure room at the agency's headquarters in Langley, Va., a CIA spokeswoman said yesterday.
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May 12, 2011 | Associated Press
WASHINGTON - President Obama's approval rating has hit its highest point in two years - 60 percent - and more than half of Americans now say that he deserves to be re-elected, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll taken after U.S. forces killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. In worrisome signs for Republicans, the president's standing improved not just on foreign policy but also on the economy, and independents - a key voting bloc in the November 2012 presidential election - caused the overall uptick in support by sliding back to Obama after fleeing for much of the past two years.
NEWS
May 3, 2011
OSAMA BIN LADEN, in death as in life, is affecting U.S. politics. The ballsy mission to gun down and grab the notorious al Qaeda founder boosts Barack Obama at a time that the president needs it. It provides a positive political push on at least three levels. First, the carefully planned hit, carried out in secrecy near an elite military academy described as the West Point of Pakistan (does anyone think Pakistan wasn't helping hide this guy?), counters suggestions that the president tends to be tentative, soft or unprepared.
NEWS
April 27, 2011
Note: This story has been clarified from an earlier version. GOV. CORBETT's first 100 days - he hits that mini-milestone tomorrow - offer insights into who he is and how he'll govern, and show a mix of results. He campaigned on reforming the evils of Harrisburg, especially the Legislature, and putting the brakes on taxes and spending. So far, he's known for opposing taxes, especially on Marcellus Shale drilling, and backing big cuts in spending, especially in education.
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April 7, 2011 | By Samantha Gross, Associated Press
NEW YORK - The City Council passed legislation Wednesday that members said would prevent a repeat of mistakes like those made during a day-after-Christmas blizzard that shut down large swaths of the city and reverberated far past the holiday, chipping away at Mayor Michael Bloomberg's approval rating and continuing to spark ire among residents and local officials. "We're taking these aggressive actions to make sure that something like this never happens again," City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said.
NEWS
March 25, 2011
IF GOD hadn't given us Milton Street, some columnist would have created him. He wouldn't have been as colorful. The dimensions would have been more modest. After all, only God can make a tree. The language would have been more subdued and the episodes wouldn't have been as hard to believe. We wouldn't have had him pitch a tent on the Capitol lawn in Harrisburg to protest the condition of his legislative office, or roll out a coffin as a campaign prop. I doubt that any of us would have had him set up a company to counsel traffic scofflaws after he lost his Traffic Court job for nonpayment of his own tickets.
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