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ObamaCare Puts IA, CO, MI Senate Seats Into Play

For the past year, most political observers have focused on Republican opportunities to capture Senate seats in red-states like Louisiana and Arkansas. The GOP had a plausible, but narrow, path to capture enough of these seats to win control of the Senate. The ObamaCare disaster, however, has expanded the battlefield for control of the Senate. New polls show high-profile Democrats with negligible leads against phantom Republicans in IA, CO and MI. If these states are in play next year, Dem control of the Senate will be especially vulnerable. Nov 26, 2013 7:10 AM PT

Poll: GOP Surges Past Democrats

A new CNN poll finds a dramatic reversal in the battle for Congress. A month ago, Democrats held a 50-42 advantage on a generic ballot, gauging basic party preference. The disastrous rollout of ObamaCare has driven a ten-point swing to the Republicans. The GOP now leads Democrats 49-47. More importantly, Republicans hold a 17 point advantage among Independents. Nov 26, 2013 5:53 AM PT

Shock Study: Films More Violent Today Than in 1950s

This month, the media swooned over another study on violence funded by the left-wing Robert Johnson Foundation. The study arrived at the ground-breaking conclusion that movies today contain more violence than movies in the 1950’s. With such an obvious and intuitive conclusions, why was this study even done? Ostensibly, it was to pressure MPAA to update its rating system. The study is also, though, the latest effort by one of the researchers, Brad Bushman, to push tenuous conclusions about violence. Nov 25, 2013 8:50 AM PT

Poll: Obama Sinking Dems in Swing State Florida

A new Quinnipiac poll of Florida finds a majority of voters in the state view President Obama as untrustworthy. Just 44% believe Obama is honest. This view is a major factor in the collapse of Obama's approval rating in the state, where just 40% of voters approve of the job he is doing. This poll drop isn't just confined to Obama, however. The poll found a significant trend towards Republicans and steep drops in approval ratings for Democrats up and down the ballot. Nov 25, 2013 6:41 AM PT

Sen Dems Throw Temper Tantrum

On Thursday, Senate Democrats followed through on their oft-threatened plan and invoked the "nuclear option," ending filibusters for presidential appointments and most judicial nominations. Nominees will now require a simple majority vote for confirmation. While many on the left applaud the move by Senate Democrats, the rule change is a clear sign of the caucus's weakening position. Nov 22, 2013 7:56 AM PT

'Cover Oregon' Website Won't Be Ready by Deadline

Amid the complete failure of the federal ObamaCare health exchange, may commentators have pointed to the 14 state-run exchanges as examples of functioning websites where people can buy insurance. While the state exchanges have had more success than the federal site, this is grading on a steep curve. The executive director of "Cover Oregon," which had been in the vanguard of state-run exchanges, admitted to lawmakers this week that the site wouldn't be ready until after the deadline to receive coverage. Nov 22, 2013 5:55 AM PT

Sen. Tim Scott Declines to Endorse Lindsey Graham

On Wednesday, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott was asked on CNN's Crossfire if he would endorse his colleague Lindsey Graham, who faces a primary challenge next year. Scott declined several opportunities to voice support for his state's senior Senator, saying he was focused on his own reelection. Endorsing one's colleague is almost rote in politics. Scott's demurral is a sign of the difficulty Graham faces next year. Nov 21, 2013 7:22 AM PT

ObamaCare 2014: 100 Million Policy Cancellations

The cancellation of health insurance policies for 5 million Americans who buy coverage in the individual market as sparked a political firestorm. Vulnerable Democrats are scrambling to find a "fix" that would allow them to keep their promise that people could keep their policies. This is nothing compared to what will happen next year, when up to 100 million individuals lose the insurance they receive from their small business employers. Nov 20, 2013 12:28 PM PT

Dem House Aide: ObamaCare 'Could Be Demise of Democrat Party'

The disastrous roll-out of ObamaCare is exerting a profound gravitational pull on the nation's political climate. Obama's approval ratings are reaching the lowest points of his presidency. The short-term advantage Democrats enjoyed over Republicans in the wake of the government shutdown has disappeared. Earlier this year, Democrats entertained thoughts of winning back the House. If current trends hold, they would be lucky to hold on to the seats they have. Nov 20, 2013 9:36 AM PT

Failed Left-Wing Policies Sinking Obama's Presidency

One year ago, fresh off his reelection, 52% of Americans approved of the job Obama was doing. Just 41% disapproved, giving him a net approval of +11. What a difference a year makes. On Saturday, Gallup reported that just 40% now approve of Obama. A majority of Americans, 53%, disapprove. Obama's net approval is now -13, a 24-point swing away from Obama. Nov 16, 2013 1:58 PM PT

'Generation Wait': Youth Mobility Lowest in 50-Years

A great puzzle for future political scientists is the fact that young people overwhelmingly supported President Obama, even though his policies were economically damaging for them. Facing a sluggish economy, weak job market and student debt, young adults are increasingly staying put and not moving to pursue a job or career. In fact, the mobility of young adults is at its lowest level since 1963. Nov 16, 2013 8:48 AM PT

39 Democrats Break With Obama to Pass Upton 'Fix'

On Friday, the House of Representatives approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) that would allow insurers to continue to offer policies on the individual market. The vote was 261-157. 39 Democrats voted for the Upton Amendment, which is an indication the Democrat united front on Obamacare is cracking. Nov 15, 2013 10:36 AM PT

Countdown: US Hits Debt Ceiling in 84 Days

Twelve weeks from today, the US government will hit its borrowing limit. When Congress lifted the debt ceiling last month, for the first time ever, it pegged the increase to a specific date, rather than a dollar amount. The current borrowing authority expires in just 84 days, on February 7th. Nov 15, 2013 7:15 AM PT

Obama Is 'Winging It' on ObamaCare

The media profile of President Obama is that he is a brilliant, cool and confident leader. He takes a very deliberate approach to policy and doesn't get flustered by the ups-and-downs of the office. It is a very thin line, though, between calm and aloof, confident and arrogant. Obama's reaction to the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare is anything but deliberate. The White House seems to be responding on the fly. Nov 15, 2013 5:55 AM PT

Obama: People Can Keep Cancelled Plans Until After the Midterms

On Thursday, President Obama unveiled another "fix" for ObamaCare. Americans who had their insurance plans cancelled, because they didn't meet all of ObamaCare's coverage mandates, can renew those policies for another year. Presumably, their plans would be cancelled at the end of 2014, after the midterm elections. Nov 14, 2013 9:51 AM PT

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