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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.

Why McConnell and Obama give reason for optimism — By WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - Quack, quack. With just two weeks left, the 113th - and very lame duck - Congress is going out with a thud. Try and contain your surprise. A few bright spots have emerged that auger well for the new Congress that'll be sworn in Jan.

How to Build a 200,000 Twitter Following From Scratch — I'm often asked how I built a 200,000 follower Twitter account from scratch, without even using my name. Corporate communications types, television producers, others ask what's the secret, and how can I (or my company) do it? First, let's take a step back.

The Kennedy Assassination: No Conspiracy — Today is the 51st anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The murder of America's 35th president on November 22, 1963 was a monstrously traumatic, shattering event. It was over in about six seconds. And we've been arguing about it ever since.
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Mar 01, 2015

"A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have." – Gerald Ford

Mar 01, 2015

On This Day. 1961: John F. Kennedy signed an Executive Order establishing the Peace Corps

Mar 01, 2015

On This Day. 1872: Ulysses S. Grant established the nation’s first national park – Yellowstone. Future President Ford was park ranger there

Mar 01, 2015

In admitting Texas to the Union, the U.S. inherited its border dispute with Mexico - which led to the Mexican-American War of 1848

Mar 01, 2015

On This Day. 1845: John Tyler signed the Texas Annexation Bill, which admitted Texas to the Union as the 28th state

Mar 01, 2015

President's approval 44.6%, disapproval 51.1%; Congress: 18.6-72.2 (RealClearPolitics avg. of all recent polls)

Mar 01, 2015

Gasoline up 12 cents last week (AAA natl. avg). to $2.41. Month ago: $2.05; year ago: $3.45

Mar 01, 2015

Five things to know about King v. Burwell - the Obamacare case that goes before Supreme Court this week:…

Mar 01, 2015

Plaintiffs: federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act are lawful only in states which have set up their own health care exchanges

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