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Scott Walker’s exaggerated record on jobs — By Scott Walker has been compared to Ronald Reagan by both Republicans and Democrats-sparking hopes, and fears, that he'd be just like the Gipper in the White House. Great for the jobs and the economy, GOPers say. A deficit-busting enemy of the working man, counter Dems. Is he as good as some Republicans think and as bad as Democrats fear?

The upside of American politicians being techno-phobic Luddites — Hillary Clinton, the apparently big-time emailing former secretary of State, seems to have proven the exception to a political maxim: the higher you go, the more removed you get from some fundamental tasks core to the lives of real Americans.

3 myths about ObamaCare at the Supreme Court — Americans are a woefully ignorant people. A third of us can't name even one of three branches of the U.S. government. Two-fifths don't even know which party controls the House or Senate. Millions even think that after the Supreme Court rules on a case, it's sent to Congress for lawmakers' consideration.

The far right fears Jeb Bush’s success — By One of the more memorable moments during the last presidential campaign was a GOP debate in August, 2011. Fox's Bret Baier asked the eight candidates if they would agree to $1 in new taxes for every $10 in sending cuts. Not one person raised his (or her) hand.

Would America accept a president with no college degree? — America's last four presidents have each graduated from Harvard or Yale. And indeed, most American presidents have been well educated. Of the 43 men who have been president (Yes, Obama is 44, but Grover Cleveland was number 22 and 24), just nine - Abraham Lincoln among them - didn't earn a degree.

The deficit is shrinking — Let's start with some good news: That monster deficit we faced back in 2009 - all $1.4 trillion of it - has been slashed big time over the past several years. The annual budget shortfall is still $483 billion, but stacked up against the $18 billion U.S.

The crisis that awaits Jeb or Hillary — By You know how Barack Obama likes to blame George W. Bush for the mess he inherited? The $1.4 trillion deficit, the bailouts, the surging unemployment and food-stamp recipients?

A State of the Union scorecard shows Obama can live without Congress — By The State of the Union is like the Super Bowl. There's always a big buildup. It gets a large TV audience. The real action takes only an hour. And after it's over, it's analyzed to death and then largely forgotten. And so it will be tonight.

After a fortunate 2014, global woes and oil slide may catch up to U.S. — It was a pretty good year on the economic front for the United States, but not so good for the world's other three big economies: China, the European Union and Japan. Come 2015, their woes - and new problems of our own - may catch up with us.

The Kennedys: an excerpt from my upcoming White House history book, “Under This Roof” — Prior to 1960, Americans were accustomed to presidents who were old (Dwight Eisenhower), not particularly glamorous (Harry Truman) or ill (Franklin Roosevelt). First Ladies were also older, somewhat bland and - with the exception of Eleanor Roosevelt - not particularly interested in doing much more than attending to their husband's needs.
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Mar 26, 2015

Friday: Just one (public) event on President's schedule, a 3:15 w/science & technology advisors. Full schedule:

Mar 26, 2015

Email scandal has hurt Clinton's numbers. Favorable 26% (38% Nov. 2013); 42% call her honest/trustworthy (CBS)

Mar 26, 2015

RT @gregpmiller: CIA's counter-terror boss, a gaunt, chain-smoking convert to Islam, is moved out after 9 yrs of drone strikes.…

Mar 26, 2015

Funny that folks who think France is always soft don't realize that its position on Iran is closer to Netanyahu's than other P5+1 nations

Mar 26, 2015

@Savannahguthrie Your "makeup Meerkat" - hard to know how many people were in the demo

Mar 25, 2015

Not sure why planes still use black boxes (they're really orange), which date from '70s; flight data can be transmitted and stored digitally

Mar 25, 2015

@nytimes : one pilot on German passenger jet #4U9525 locked out of cockpit before crash; raising questions about terrorism

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