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  • The Day After...and the Next Two Years

    Election Day 2010 is (mostly) behind us - looking in the rearview mirror, here is what we now know: The Numbers: Republicans will control the U.S. House of Representatives in the 112th Congress, achieving a net gain of 60+ seats (8 races still uncalled). Democrats will retain control of the U.S. Senate...
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  • 13 Interesting Days...

    With less than two weeks until Election Day and control of Congress hanging in the balance, the stakes are high for both major political parties in getting out the vote on November 2. If you believe the polls, Republicans and Tea Party advocates appear more enthusiastic about turning out to vote this...
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  • 97 Days Out...A Snapshot

    Election Day (November 2, 2010) is 97 days away. The House of Representatives will pack up for the summer by this Friday (July 30), with the Senate planning to follow suit in a week (August 6). Some will escape the DC heat to vacation with their families and participate in parades and town hall meetings;...
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  • Expectations on the Mound...and the Hill

    The nation's capital is buzzing today over Stephen Strasburg's Major League pitching debut for the Washington Nationals , with most sports commentators and fans agreeing that he met or surpassed expectations in his first outing. In a city that has experienced its share of sports-related letdowns...
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  • Big Week for Obama and Congress

    With the 2010 congressional elections just 251 days away and polls showing that nearly 60% of Americans feel the country is on the “wrong track,” this week could be a critical test for the Obama Administration and Congress. First up: the Jobs for Main Street Act ( H.R. 2847 ), which the Senate...
  • A Little Perspective

    The Random House College Dictionary I keep at my desk defines perspective as “the ability to see all the relevant data in a meaningful relationship.” And nowhere is it more difficult to keep proper perspective than in our nation’s capital. Washington—like the entire nation—is...
  • Panama Jogs to the Right

    In the midst of incoming and established left-leaning politicians in the Latin America region comes a new winner who bucks the trend. Using words such as tycoon, magnate, self-styled millionaire, etc. reporters from all the major and not-so-major news services brought out words they had long since mothballed...
  • More Leftward Leaning…and Now for Panama

    Further to this trend I was pointing out a few weeks ago, now we see that el presidente Rafael Correa won reelection in Ecuador, the first such repeat in three decades. So the people must like him. A close associate of president-for-life hopeful Hugo Chávez, Correa is seeking a constitutional amendment...
  • Ghosts of Elections Past, Present and Yet to Come

    I keep seeing these ads on TV for the upcoming movie " Ghost of Girlfriends Past " which seems to be about some commitment-phobic guy coming to the realization that he let the love of his life get away and he needs to get her back. The Dickensian look at relationships from the "what was...
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