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The over-promise of Bernie Sanders

As politicians go, President Obama has a decent record of keeping campaign promises. PolitiFact tallies progress on more than 500 promises Obama made in 2008 and 2012. According to that “Obameter,” the president has kept 45 percent of them, compromised on 25 percent, and broken 22 percent. The remaining 8 percent are either “stalled” or […]

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Deal picks on helpless Syrian refugees

Nathan Deal, Georgia, refugees, National Guard

  I’m a Georgia native. After years of progress under moderately conservative Democratic leadership, my state has been governed by Establishment-to-hard-right Republicans for a dozen years. Our healthcare system has dropped to 46th in the nation, our educational opportunities are similarly plummeting, our only major metro area is mired in gridlock, and the tax burden […]

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Daily News versus Post: Saints versus demons

Muslim Killers, New York Post

Today’s covers of New York’s two tabloids perfectly juxtapose liberal and conservative reactions to the San Bernardino shootings. As they frequently do, both papers cast aside the facade of journalistic balance in favor of visceral passion. The Daily News, grinds the noses of Republican presidential candidates into their own sanctimonious insincerity. Rupert Murdoch’s Post goes straight […]

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On Georgia Day, let’s celebrate righteous dude James Oglethorpe

James Edward Oglethorpe, Alfred Edmund Dyer, portrait

It’s Georgia Day. So let’s remember what a righteous dude the colony’s original founder was. James Edward Oglethorpe was a minor nobleman and military hero who became one of Great Britain’s leading humanitarians after winning a seat in Parliament. Like few others in his aristocratic class, he recognized that rural families were being forced from […]

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From ‘Loss Cat’ to ‘Lost Drone’

Lost Drone, reward, Atlanta

Harbinger of things to come? I talked to Ben, whose number is on the poster. He really did lose his drone. Still, it looks to me like a modern-day version of R. Land’s brilliant Loss Cat poster:

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Heresy: Obama’s popularity is positively Reaganesque

Barack Obama

The media meme that “Obama is an unpopular president” always has seemed a bit thin. That’s even more the case today: As he gears up for his State of the Union address, the president’s enjoying a rise in approval that puts him right about where Ronald Reagan was at this point in his presidency. Like any good groupthink, the […]

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Emory prof: Fox really does influence elections

Emory University Assistant Professor of Political Science Gregory J. Martin

An Emory political scientist and his Stanford colleague figured out a sly way to demonstrate what you’ve always suspected: Fox News makes people more likely to vote Republican. According to a working paper on the study: We estimate that watching the Fox News Channel (at its current ideological positioning) for four additional minutes per week […]

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Georgia GOPer seems to like Fidel more than Barack

State Sen. Jack Hill, R-Reidsville

Wow! Did you expect a GOP leader in the Georgia Senate to say this about the president working to normalize relations with Cuba? Regardless of the political debate, the move to normalize relations with Cuba and the resulting trade implications is good news for Georgia, and particularly agriculture, since the state’s Ag interests have had […]

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1957 Akkord Peggie radio

Here are links to my three recent appearances as a panelist on Georgia Public Radio. • Yesterday, I appeared on Political Rewind with Bill Nigut to talk state politics. That discussion extended over the show’s full hour. • On Nov. 7, I was one of four guest panelists to participate in “The Breakroom” on On Second […]

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Listen to me on Bill Nigut’s show today at 3

Bill Nigut, Georgia Public Broadcasting

I’ll be back on public radio (WRAS 88.5 FM) today, pontificatin’ and prognosticatin’ — except this time on a different show. Political Rewind with Bill Nigut airs 3 pm-4 pm, hosted as the show’s name implies by the venerable TV journalist. We’ll, of course, talk about this month’s election as well as politics rolling forward […]

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